Issue date : Wed 10 January, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 30 Seconds
Number of items : 53
Australia’s climate in 2017: a warm year, with a wet start and finish
The Conversation
Wed 10 January, 2018
The Bureau of Meterology’s Annual Climate Statement, released today, confirms that 2017 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, and our maximum temperature was the second-warmest. Globally, 2017 is likely to be one of the world’s three warmest years on record, and the warmest year without an El Niño.
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WA’s year of flooding rains
The West Australian
Wed 10 January, 2018
Heavy rain in the north and south made 2017 one of WA’s wettest years on record — but Perth avoided most of the woolly weather.
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Carbon dioxide fuel plan vanishes into thin air
Cosmos
Wed 10 January, 2018
Oops, that was awkward. A research paper describing the extraction of fuel-friendly hydrocarbons from atmospheric carbon dioxide has been retracted by its authors after they discovered that their method in fact didn’t work.
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Molyhil open cut project life expectancy extended to 7 years
NT News
Wed 10 January, 2018
The Territory mining industry has received another major boost with the announcement that the proposed Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project in Central Australia has had its life extended by 17 per cent to seven years.
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Climate bonds market to hit a new benchmark in 2018
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 10 January, 2018
The climate bonds market is expected to hit a new benchmark this year, according to a new report by HSBC.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Finding Australia’s fair share of climate finance
The Interpreter
Wed 10 January, 2018
Climate finance was high on the agenda in Paris last month as French President Emmanuel Macron co-hosted the 'One Planet Summit' with the UN and World Bank, preceded by a 'Climate Finance Day' with bankers and major institutional investors.
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THE HERALD'S OPINION: Climate change and the weekend's baking heatwave
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 10 January, 2018
WHEN do heat waves stop being weather, and start being climate change? That seems a legitimate question to ask in the light of the blistering heat wave – brought to an end by a spectacular electrical storm on Tuesday evening – that the Hunter has experienced in recent days.
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Adani's mega mine: it's not over yet
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 10 January, 2018
A couple of months ago, Adani looked set to defy economic logic, popular opposition and the urgent reality of climate change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Talking Point: We ignore fire warnings at our own risk
The Mercury
Wed 10 January, 2018
SUMMERS in Australia are made of shared memories: holiday food comas, cricket on the radio, long days by the beach or the pool, pink zinc, late afternoon thunderstorms.
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Climate change and big data: our forgotten great moral challenges
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 10 January, 2018
Boiled down to its essence, government is about a few simple things. First, we need to live in peace and security. That's why we spend so much effort dealing with foreign affairs and defence. If we can't get our basic relationships with other countries right, well, nothing else will matter much anyway.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Snowy 2.0 is well-placed to fill gaps in the energy market
The Australian
Wed 10 January, 2018
The National Electricity Market has long been an outstanding example of Australia’s micro-economic reform. It brought much needed competition to an industry once dominated by inefficient state-run enterprises.
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Cox Architects designs sustainable ‘mini city’ in China
Architecture and Design
Wed 10 January, 2018
Brisbane-based firm Cox Architects has designed a ‘mini city’ in the heart of the Chinese port city of Guangzhou in order to improve facilities without resulting in a loss of density while also incorporating a range of sustainable objectives.
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Calm the alarm on Antarctic krill fishery
The Interpreter
Wed 10 January, 2018
There is periodic hyperbole surrounding the future use of the Southern Ocean krill fishery, often sensationally blaming a future threat from China. Yet krill are in no danger of being overfished. China’s krill take is currently a miniscule portion of catch limit under the present international arrangements.
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Without culling, Victoria’s feral horse plan looks set to fail
The Conversation
Wed 10 January, 2018
Victoria’s new draft feral horse management plan, released on the last working day before Christmas, will be open for comment until February 2. But will it protect the Alpine National Park? The answers are yes on the Bogong High Plains, and no in the eastern Alps.
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Risks to coral reefs accelerating due to human activity: Science journal
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 10 January, 2018
The risks to coral reefs are accelerating largely due to human activity, with rising water temperatures meaning they now have about 80 per cent less recovery time between bleaching episodes than just three decades ago, according to a report in the journal Science.
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Warmer waters dumb down food webs
Cosmos
Wed 10 January, 2018
Blue-green algae proliferation caused by climate change could drive marine food webs to simple, less productive ecosystems, threatening fisheries worldwide, new research has found.
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Tambo Valley water ‘at risk’ from Benambra dam mine-waste proposal
The Weekly Times
Wed 10 January, 2018
EAST Gippslanders have accused the Victorian Government of cutting a murky deal on reopening a Benambra tailings dam to take mine waste, which they say puts the Tambo Valley’s water supplies at risk.
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Snowstorm blankets Sahara in white
ABC News
Wed 10 January, 2018
The usually sun-kissed sand dunes of the Sahara have been blanketed in snow for the third time in almost 40 years.
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China says 27 of 31 regions met 2016 low carbon targets
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 9 January, 2018
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said 27 of its 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at combating global warming in 2016, the country's climate change regulator said in a notice on Monday.
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Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed
The Conversation
Tue 9 January, 2018
The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a sin, and therefore meat products should be taxed like alcohol and tobacco.
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Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam
The Conversation
Tue 9 January, 2018
The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years around 1.7m people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals while only 700,000 have arrived.
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Weather mayhem costs US record $US306B
9 News
Tue 9 January, 2018
Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $US306 billion ($A390 billion) in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday.
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News.com.au
The Australian
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BHP threat won't stop Minerals Council coal advertising push
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 January, 2018
The Minerals Council of Australia will push ahead with advertising campaigns in 2018 that spruik low-emissions coal technologies and coal sector's economic contribution, despite recent threats from BHP Billiton to quit the lobby group over its vigorous advocacy for coal-fired power.
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Arafura’s rare earth Nolans project in NT receives environmental approval
Australian Mining
Tue 9 January, 2018
Arafura Resources last week received environmental approval from the Northern Territory EPA’s (Environment Protection Authority) environmental impact assessment report for its Nolans rare earths project. The project, which is 135km north of Alice Springs, is focused on the development of neodymium and praseodymium.
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Blockchain technology introduced to Pacific tuna industry
Food & Beverage
Tue 9 January, 2018
Environmental organisation WWF and its partners have introduced blockchain technology to the Pacific Islands’ tuna industry, the first of its kind for this region, to help stamp out illegal fishing and human rights abuses.
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A little restraint might save the world and boost happiness
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
Have you noticed that self-denial is creeping slowly back into vogue? Oh sure, it's not yet enough to truly counterbalance our society's rampant consumerism and it's often only for a limited time – more Dry January than lifelong teetotallerhood.
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The Canberra Times
WAToday
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PETA lobbies University of Canberra to ban petting zoos
The Canberra Times
Tue 9 January, 2018
The owner of a mobile petting zoo targeted by PETA Australia has expressed surprise that the University of Canberra cut ties with her business following lobbying by the animal rights group.
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The Brisbane Times
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WAToday
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Urban birdwatching guide to Adelaide
Australian Geographic
Tue 9 January, 2018
With its unique central location, Adelaide boasts easy access to birds across a dramatic range of habitats: desert, woodlands, wetlands and shorelines.
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Dead shark prompts calls for action in Queensland
The Brisbane Times
Tue 9 January, 2018
The location of a dead great hammerhead shark in nets off a Gold Coast beach has prompted calls for the Queensland government to remove the devices.
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The Age
The Canberra Times
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WAToday
Invasive weed spotted in Perth waterway
News.com.au
Tue 9 January, 2018
An invasive aquatic plant called the Amazon frogbit has been spotted in Bayswater Brook, in Perth's east, prompting a warning from authorities.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The West Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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China fines two truck makers for pollution, emissions fraud - ministry
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 9 January, 2018
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environment ministry said on Tuesday it had fined two local truck makers a total of at least 38 million yuan ($5.84 million) for manufacturing vehicles that do not meet pollution standards and for engaging in emissions fraud.
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Alpine air at work? Delhi eyes novel ways to battle smog
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 9 January, 2018
New Delhi (AFP) - Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India's capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps.
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Victoria Police's bid to recycle 20 tonnes of breathalyser straws
The Age
Tue 9 January, 2018
In April 2016, Elana Rubenstein was pulled over by Victoria Police and breathalysed. She recorded a zero alcohol reading, but that moment was the start of a colossal mission: saving four million plastic straws - weighing 20 tonnes - from landfill in Victoria each year.
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Calls for ‘latte levy’ in the UK
Food & Beverage
Tue 9 January, 2018
British members of parliament have argued for the establishment of a ‘latte levy’ to reduce disposable coffee cup waste and help fund recycling.
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Sydney weather: Thunderstorms move across NSW, thousands without power
ABC News
Tue 9 January, 2018
Thousands of households were left without power along the New South Wales east coast on Tuesday night as a severe storm passed over, but much of the state was spared from damage.
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Sydney weather: Storms return but a cooler spell possible by the weekend
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
Thunderstorms again battered Sydney on Tuesday evening, cutting power to thousands of homes after almost 22,000 lightning strikes hit the city in the early morning.
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