Issue date : Thu 11 January, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Donald Trump would consider re-entering the Paris agreement if better deal is reached
News.com.au
Thu 11 January, 2018
AFTER sensationally withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement last year, President Donald Trump has made his strongest claim yet that he is considering a reversal.
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US could be 'coaxed' back to climate deal
SBS World News Australia
Trump says US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal
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Minerals Council of Australia: Focus on energy cost, not climate
The Australian
Thu 11 January, 2018
The Minerals Council of Australia has called on Malcolm Turnbull to prioritise electricity cost and reliability over emissions reduction, in a submission to the federal government that underlines differences between its position on climate change and that of its biggest member, BHP Billiton.
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'Worse than Liddell': Another coal-fired power plant develops conniptions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 January, 2018
One of the nation's largest coal-fired power stations has had six failures of one of its units in the past three weeks, placing added strain on the power grid and prompting a call for fossil fuel plants to be set the same reliability standards being considered for renewable energy suppliers.
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Bulgaria joins Poland in appeal against EU pollution crackdown
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday.
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Global warming will expose millions more to floods
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
Miami (AFP) - Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said Wednesday.
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How to de-FANG a global equities portfolio
Investor Daily
Thu 11 January, 2018
According to Stewart Investors portfolio manager Nick Edgerton, who runs the Edinburgh-headquartered firm's Worldwide Sustainability Fund out of its Sydney office, there is "absolutely no trade-off necessary" between sustainable investment and performance.
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A month in, Tesla’s SA battery is surpassing expectations
The Conversation
Thu 11 January, 2018
It’s just over one month since the Hornsdale power reserve was officially opened in South Australia. The excitement surrounding the project has generated acres of media interest, both locally and abroad.
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After the tsunami: how tidal energy could help Japan with its nuclear power problem
The Conversation
Thu 11 January, 2018
Japan was the third-largest producer of nuclear power in the world in 2011. Then, on March 11 of that year, an earthquake of magnitude 9 was followed by a catastrophic tsunami, resulting in the first nuclear disaster of the 21st century – at the Fukushima Daiichi power station. The country’s nuclear plants were shut down, and within a year Japan had become the world’s second biggest importer of fossil fuels.
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Hoddle Street locals appalled as trees chopped down for roadworks
The Age
Thu 11 January, 2018
Locals and a tree expert have condemned the felling of 16 of Hoddle Street's mature plane trees with more to be chopped down to make way for the roadworks.
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Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
Geneva (AFP) - The Swiss government on Wednesday ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing flailing lobsters into boiling water, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed.
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When humans wage war, animals suffer too: study
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
Paris (AFP) - When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday.
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Beetle baubles: Australia's stag beetles
Australian Geographic
Thu 11 January, 2018
ABOUT 1400 species of stag beetle (family Lucanidae) have so far been scientifically described and named worldwide. Of these, 95 occur in Australia, including some of the most spectacular species. Many, however, lead cryptic lives.
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Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday.
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WA sees world-first agri-desal project
Farm Weekly
Thu 11 January, 2018
AFTER 25 years of self-funded research and development Earth Sustaining Sciences Group (ESS) founder and chairman Wayne Sampey has created what he said was “the world’s first all-natural, economically viable, environmentally and societally sustainable bio-desalination process”.
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Bulgaria's smoggy capital cleans up to host EU presidency
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 11 January, 2018
Sofia (AFP) - Bulgaria's capital Sofia was all done-up to host incoming European Union officials for the opening of its EU Council presidency on Thursday, but it remained blanketed by smog.
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Four tough actions that would help fight the global plastic crisis
The Conversation
Thu 11 January, 2018
The environmental impact of plastic is finally receiving the attention it deserves. This is partly down to the BBC’s Blue Planet II highlighting the problem of ocean plastics. But it’s also because the Chinese government has recently imposed quality restrictions on the import of recyclable materials, in an attempt to address domestic concerns over pollution and public health.
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UK to 'eliminate plastic waste' by 2033
The Australian
Thu 11 January, 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years as she unveils the government's long-term plan for the environment.
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Exclusive: Trump's EPA aims to replace Obama-era climate, water regulations in 2018
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 10 January, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.
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Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 10 January, 2018
Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets.
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Rejection of subsidies for coal and nuclear power is a win for fact-based policymaking
The Conversation
Wed 10 January, 2018
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has repeatedly expressed concern over the past year about the reliability of our national electric power grid. On Sept. 28, 2017, Perry ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revise wholesale electricity market rules to help ensure “… a reliable, resilient electric grid powered by an ‘all of the above’ mix of generation resources.” Perry’s proposal included an implicit subsidy to owners of coal and nuclear power plants, to compensate them for keeping a 90-day fuel supply on-site in the event of a disruption to the grid.
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A future without coal-fired power stations is inevitable
The Age
Wed 10 January, 2018
Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.
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Ukraine to launch its first solar plant at Chernobyl
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 10 January, 2018
Chernobyl (Ukraine) (AFP) - At ground zero of Ukraine's Chernobyl tragedy, workers in orange vests are busy erecting hundreds of dark-coloured panels as the country gets ready to launch its first solar plant to revive the abandoned territory.
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Warming ocean sees deadly jellyfish on the move south
The New Daily
Wed 10 January, 2018
The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is on the move south, offering further evidence Queensland’s famous beaches are firmly on the front line of climate change risk.
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Hong Kong government adviser resigns over illegal ivory links
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 10 January, 2018
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal possession of ivory resigned on Wednesday from a government advisory panel to protect endangered species, a potentially embarrassing blow for a city fighting to stamp out smuggling of ivory.
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Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs
Food & Beverage
Wed 10 January, 2018
A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food.
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'Violent' earthquake strikes off Honduras coast and rattles Central America's north
SBS World News Australia
Wed 10 January, 2018
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America.
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How Maldives resorts are fighting to save the coral reef
News.com.au
Wed 10 January, 2018
It seems apt we’ve arrived in the Maldives on Earth Day. As I dip my white-gloved hands into the bucket of seawater and pick up a piece of naturally broken coral to add to our propagation frame, the enormity of the plight of the reef starts to sink in.
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Eight-hour slog to flush out 50kg blockage
The West Australian
Wed 10 January, 2018
Pilbara workmen have wrestled with a stomach-churning 2m “fatberg” weighing about 50kg, hauling the grotesque treasure from plumbing in South Hedland.
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Bali’s filthy ‘garbage emergency’
Travel Weekly
Wed 10 January, 2018
As the number of visitors continues to flourish, so do the negative impacts on the environment.
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Vic EPA targets skip bin sector
Inside Waste
Wed 10 January, 2018
EPA Victoria's illegal dumping team are targeting shoddy skip hire operators early this year, launching surprise inspections on 12 companies in Melbourne.
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EPA issues CDS reminder
The Shout
Wed 10 January, 2018
The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has sought to remind the community about which items they can return to earn 10c, as part of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).
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