Issue date : Thu 21 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 08 Seconds
Number of items : 37
Snowy Hydro 2.0 could actually cost as much as $4.5b — more than double the initial price tag
ABC News
Thu 21 December, 2017
An ambitious multi-billion-dollar expansion of the iconic Snowy Hydro project could cost more than twice as much as previously thought, but the Prime Minister argues it's still a viable project.
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Minerals Council pushes back after BHP’s threat to quit
The Australian
Thu 21 December, 2017
It’s been a rough few months for the Minerals Council of Australia, with its biggest member, BHP Billiton, flexing its financial muscle over the influential lobby group’s role in the climate debate.
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Weak energy target threatens 27GW of renewable projects
The Guardian
Thu 21 December, 2017
Weak targets suggested for the proposed national energy guarantee will threaten a massive 27 gigawatts of renewable energy projects proposed for development across Australia.
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Solar batteries cost keeps on getting lower: wait or buy now?
Energy Matters
Thu 21 December, 2017
Solar batteries cost is getting lower. Prices have steadily come down over the past 20 years. This is particularly true for the latest lithium-ion batteries – a real revolution in storage technology.
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Major companies sign up to wind farm deal
SBS World News Australia
Thu 21 December, 2017
Telstra says it will head a consortium of companies to underwrite the development of the Murra Warra wind farm in western Victoria.
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The guts of a honeybee
Cosmos
Thu 21 December, 2017
The guts of a honeybee are much like our own, in some ways. They contain a rich, thriving microbial community that functions symbiotically with the bee: the intestinal bacteria live on the food the bee eats and are adapted to the gut environment, and in return they provide essential digestive services.
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Why you shouldn't spray spiders in your backyard
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 21 December, 2017
While the Australian summer months bring out many species of venomous spiders in search of a mate, experts are advising against spraying insecticide to keep them at bay.
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How invasive weeds can make wildfires hotter and more frequent
The Conversation
Thu 21 December, 2017
Over the past year the global media has been full of reports of catastrophic fires in California, the Mediterranean, Chile and elsewhere. One suggested reason for increases in catastrophic wildfires has been human-induced climate change. Higher temperatures, drier weather and windier conditions all increase the impact of fires.
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Major journal sounds alarm over global mass poisoning
Cosmos
Thu 21 December, 2017
Almost every human being is now contaminated in a worldwide flood of industrial chemicals and pollutants – most of which have never been tested for safety – a leading scientific journal has warned.
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Poor drainage in slums and refugee camps can be lethal – we must do better
The Conversation
Thu 21 December, 2017
If your main worry about puddles is that you might absent-mindedly wander into one and get your feet wet, consider yourself lucky. Standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects which can carry diseases such as zika, dengue or chikungunya, and therefore puddles represent a serious threat to human health in much of the world. Already vulnerable people are most at risk, particularly those living in favelas, informal settlements and refugee camps where drainage is poor or non-existent.
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Thousands of tonnes of dangerous mining waste dumped in wrong place
The Guardian
Thu 21 December, 2017
An Australian mine owned by the global trading firm Glencore mistakenly dumped 63 truckloads of dangerous waste material in the wrong place, where it combusted and sent sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.
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It will take more than good intentions to clear Nairobi’s garbage mountains
The Conversation
Thu 21 December, 2017
Nairobi’s new governor, Mike Sonko, has promised to rid Nairobi of its mountains of trash. The city, which is home to an estimated 3.9 million people, generates between 3,000 and 3,200 tons of solid waste daily. But only half is collected.
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In Hearts Wake want to clean up the world
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 21 December, 2017
MUSIC is filled with environmental crusaders. Pearl Jam have donated $100,000 to fight climate change, Green Day have filmed YouTube videos supporting renewable energy and Sheryl Crow has educated college students on cutting omissions.
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Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018
The Conversation
Wed 20 December, 2017
As we approach the end of the year, it’s useful to look back and forward. Now is an auspicious time, as two major energy-related reports have been released this week: the federal government’s review of their climate change policies, and a discussion paper from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) on future energy paths.
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Opinion | Life after coal
The Conversation
Wed 20 December, 2017
This week the new chair of the Port of Newcastle, Roy Green, began his tenure talking about the need for the port to diversify away from coal. As he said; “Clearly the long term outlook for coal is a threat to the Port and Hunter region, but it is also a huge opportunity”.
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2018: When battery storage gets a grip on the grid
Reneweconomy
Wed 20 December, 2017
There are no prizes for predicting that there will be more batteries in Australia’s electricity grid next year: the trick is predicting how much.
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Sydney would be chaos with overflowing sewerage and stuck trains in SA-style blackout
ABC News
Wed 20 December, 2017
Sydney could be plunged into darkness for days with thousands of commuters stranded in underground train tunnels and sewerage plants in danger of overflowing if a South Australian-style blackout struck the city.
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News.com.au
Sydney weather: NSW unprepared for major blackout
SBS World News Australia
The Herald Sun
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New Report Details How Supremely Fkd Sydney Would Be If Huge Blackouts Hit
We've met the renewable energy target, and maybe emissions target, too
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 20 December, 2017
The Renewable Energy Target - a long term source of angst and division in the Turnbull government and in rural Australia - has already been met from wind, solar and hydro energy projects under construction or in the pipeline, new research shows.
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Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed
The Fifth Estate
Wed 20 December, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s Lower North Shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.
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Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
Paris (AFP) - A species of Mexican fish amasses in reproductive orgies so loud they can deafen other sea animals, awed scientists said Wednesday, calling for preservation of the "spectacle" threatened by overfishing.
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Hurricanes, heat waves, fires ravaged planet in 2017
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
Miami (AFP) - Fierce hurricanes, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravaged the planet in 2017, as scientists said the role of climate change in causing or worsening certain natural disasters has grown increasingly clear.
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Why Americans will never agree on oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Conversation
Wed 20 December, 2017
After decades of bitter struggle, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seems on the verge of being opened to the oil industry. The consensus tax bill Republicans are trying to pass retains this measure, which was added to gain the key vote of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
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Delhi rolls out 'anti-smog' mist cannon in trial run
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
New Delhi (AFP) - India on Wednesday unveiled a new weapon against air pollution -- an "anti-smog gun" which authorities hope will clear the skies above New Delhi but which environmentalists say amounts to a band-aid solution.
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The 'fatbergs' lurking beneath Brisbane's streets
The Brisbane Times
Wed 20 December, 2017
A nasty combination of fat, wet wipes, condoms and nappies is clogging Brisbane's sewers.
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The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China - enters human food
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.
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Sustainable Style: What to buy the ethical fashionista in your life this Christmas
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 20 December, 2017
Did you hear hyper-consumerism is on its way out? The cool kids are repairing, refusing and re-using rather than buying new these days, or opting for socially-conscious stuff that's been designed and produced by ethical labels or social enterprises.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
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Sydney, Tamworth heatwave: Australia swelters before storms hit
News.com.au
Wed 20 December, 2017
ONE man is dead after parts of Australia sweltered today, but the heatwave that has gripped us for days has made way for a big change.
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SBS World News Australia
Cool change for Sydney after deadly heat
9 News
News.com.au
The Australian
Yahoo!7 News
Yahoo!7 News
Sydney swelters through 40C temperatures - but a cool change is coming
The Daily Telegraph
Cool change bringing relief across NSW, after man dies in heat on golf course
News.com.au
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