Issue date : Mon 5 February, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste
The Conversation
Mon 5 February, 2018
More than five years after the Murray Darling Basin Plan was implemented, it’s clear that it is not delivering on its key objectives.
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The West Australian
Scientists demand Murray-Darling changes
News.com.au
The Australian
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo!7 News
The Advertiser
Murray-Darling Basin Plan failing, must be put on hold, experts say
The Guardian
Murray-Darling basin plan fails environment and wastes money – experts
Environment minister to review ACT's plastic bag ban
Inside Waste
Mon 5 February, 2018
ACT climate change minister Shane Rattenbury has ordered a review of Canberra's plastic bag ban amid concerns that it has led to "perverse" environmental outcomes, with people instead throwing out the post-ban thicker bags after only one use.
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Visy withdraws from VIC recycling
ProPrint
Mon 5 February, 2018
Paper and packaging processing giant Visy has dropped multiple kerbside recycling contracts in Victoria, leaving councils uncertain about recyclable disposal.
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Summer heatwaves could provide future energy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 5 February, 2018
Heatwaves have pushed Australia's electricity system to the point of failure, but new technology could use this heat to generate clean energy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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One in six trees lost in WA’s concrete jungle suburbs
Perthnow
Mon 5 February, 2018
ONE in every six big trees has been cut down in some Perth suburbs in the past five years, sparking a warning about “alarming” tree canopy loss across the metropolitan area.
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Vertical gardens on multi-storey car parks to boost wellbeing
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 5 February, 2018
If you’re going to build something like a car park, why not make it beautiful? This is the philosophy of Maitland’s Bob Dennerley, a craftsman with a passion for creativity and design.
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Electric cars are like iPhones? They'll be bigger than that
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 5 February, 2018
When Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007, nobody asked whether it was a good or a bad thing. It was clearly set to revolutionise our lives and you were either excited about what the future would look like with a hand-sized computer in your pocket, or you weren't.
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Australia’s golden rat has stolen our hearts
Australian Geographic
Mon 5 February, 2018
You might struggle to find something to love about a regular rat, but this sun-kissed furball is one of the sweetest, most beautiful rodents we’ve ever seen.
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China to make more polluted land safe for agriculture by 2020 - minister
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 5 February, 2018
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will try to make around 90 percent of its contaminated farmland safe for crops by the end of 2020, and will also restrict development on a quarter of the country's territory, environment minister Li Ganjie said.
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High pollution shuts schools in Tehran
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 5 February, 2018
Tehran (AFP) - Primary schools will be closed on Monday in Tehran as thick fog caused by pollution smothers the Iranian capital and most of the surrounding province, local authorities said.
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Poo power! This street lamp runs on your doggo’s dung
Techly
Mon 5 February, 2018
Ever noticed inconsiderate dog walkers leaving their pupper’s poops all over the footpath? How about plastic bags full of canine excrement spoiling an otherwise beautiful spot of nature?
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Greens move to block key changes to $13b water plan
The Australian
Sun 4 February, 2018
Two critical changes to the $13 billion Murray Darling Basin Plan risk being blocked by the Greens in the next fortnight of federal parliament, threatening the next phase of the five-year-old national scheme to restore river health.
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Macron pledges aid for historic Senegal city threatened by Atlantic
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 4 February, 2018
Saint-Louis (Senegal) (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome Saturday from tens of thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, Senegal's former capital, and announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World Heritage site which is threatened by coastal erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.
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One of the oldest oil fortunes weighs fossil fuel exit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
The guardian of one of the world's first oil fortunes, made by striking exploration deals across the Middle East a century ago, said it's holding talks about the sale of its investments in fossil fuels.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Bioenergy project at NSW abattoir commences production
Food & Beverage
Sun 4 February, 2018
ReNu Energy has announced that the Goulburn Bioenergy Project, located at the Southern Meats abattoir in Goulburn has reached practical completion and commenced commercial operation.
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Tesla to build 250MW “virtual power plant” in South Australia
Reneweconomy
Sun 4 February, 2018
The South Australia Labor government has unveiled plans to build a 250MW “virtual power plant”, linking household rooftop solar and battery storage, in what it says will be the world’s biggest.
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Scourge of NSW reefs are best served well done
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
In wetsuit, diving gear and protective gloves Craig Shephard​ scours the shores and sunken rock beds along the Royal National Park looking for what some conservationists regard as a growing threat to the health of NSW's southern coastal reefs.
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The Brisbane Times
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WAToday
Great Barrier Reef in 'deep trouble' as climate, other threats mount: official
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
The Great Barrier Reef is in "deep trouble" as climate change and other threats mount, hindering the ability of corals to rebound from natural events, a senior scientist with the reef's Marine Park Authority said.
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Teabags buried on Phillip Island hold clues to the secret life of soil
The Age
Sun 4 February, 2018
We’re on our hands and knees in a thicket of seagrass and mangroves on Phillip Island’s east coast on a bright, sunny day, hunting for what at first glance looks like old rubbish.
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WAToday
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Cape Town residents dread 'disaster' as city waits for water to run out
ABC News
Sun 4 February, 2018
It's known as the Cape of Storms for the dreaded weather systems that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean, tormenting sailors, flooding fields, and sending torrents of water gushing down the slopes of the city's famous mountains.
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Floodwater released by Chinese dam in Cambodia submerges village
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 4 February, 2018
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Floodwater released by a recently opened Chinese hydroelectric dam in Cambodia has completely submerged a village, the campaign group International Rivers said on Friday.
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Reducing pesticide use with... insects?
The Newcastle Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
Vineyards have traditionally been managed as a monoculture relying on ever-growing inputs of fertiliser and pesticides to remedy decline in productivity, but times are changing. We are seeing increasing biodiversity in the vineyard with cover crops, shelterbelts, birds, insects and soil organisms being encouraged, and Insectarium as the new buzzword. Much more than those sentinel roses to warn of fungal disease.
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Win on plastic microbeads may bring new environmental problem, expert warns
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
Face scrubs and toothpastes containing tiny plastic beads are set to disappear from Australian stores within months, but the products replacing them may pose a new environmental time-bomb, a leading scientist says.
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The Age
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The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Microbeads: some progress but questions remain unanswered
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
When The Sun-Herald backed a campaign in 2014 to rid cosmetics of tiny microbeads used in exfoliating skin scrubs that had found their way into the food chain, the response from big industry was encouraging. For good reason. At Middle Harbour scientists discovered 60 to 100 particles of plastic micro-debris in 100 millilitres of sediment – among the highest levels recorded in the world. The sediment can be ingested by worms that are consumed by fish and we eat the fish.
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How China's foreign waste ban has spurred the recycling industry
SBS World News Australia
Sun 4 February, 2018
Recycling businesses in China say a shortage of raw materials, caused by a recently enacted foreign waste ban, will spur the country's domestic waste industry to modernise and become more efficient.
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'Straws suck' and other things to live without in 2018
The Canberra Times
Sun 4 February, 2018
The ACT Greens are calling for beverage vendors to implement a "straws suck" policy to help rid Canberra cafes and bars of the plastic waste.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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No end to crisis in sight as Lebanon's garbage mountains grow
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 4 February, 2018
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Arpi Kruzian has lived on the coastline east of Beirut for three decades. But now her balcony has a different view: a massive mound of trash rising on the Mediterranean.
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Homeward Bound: Women of science on Antarctic mission to save the planet
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
As a veterinarian from Bungaree in rural Victoria, I am one of 79 women selected from across every continent who, on February 18, will embark on the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica.
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Heat is on in Sydney as number of extreme days nudges higher
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 4 February, 2018
The number of hot days in Sydney increased in the past decade across the city, particularly those with extreme heat, an analysis of Bureau of Meteorology data shows.
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WAToday
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Mount Peake Project given green light by EPA
NT News
Sat 3 February, 2018
TNG Limited’s Mount Peake Project has been given a tick by the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority.
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The Herald Sun
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The Lavoisier Group, Peabody Coal and the climate deniers
Independent Australia
Sat 3 February, 2018
Global warming skeptics advertising in The Australian deny funding from the fossil fuel industry, but the evidence suggests otherwise, writes Dr Norm Sanders.
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Tourism industry idiots try to hide Great Barrier Reef's death
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 3 February, 2018
I was out of internet range, anchored on No Name Reef, when the federal government announced its too little, too late $60 million package "to secure the viability of the Great Barrier Reef".
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Exxon sees global oil demand plunging by 2040 under climate regulations
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 3 February, 2018
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday that it expects global oil demand to drop sharply by 2040 if regulations aimed at limiting the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate are fully implemented.
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Ginninderry to be first Canberra suburb without natural gas
The Canberra Times
Sat 3 February, 2018
Ginninderry will become the first Canberra suburb without natural gas, in a trial that could determine if other new developments will also be solely powered by electricity.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The real cost of McMansions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 3 February, 2018
As Melburnians sweltered through an intense spell of heat and humidity this week, a series of power outages made conditions especially testing for tens of thousands of people.
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The Brisbane Times
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Count marks sharp drop in monarch butterflies wintering in California
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 3 February, 2018
(Reuters) - The number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies, a report said on Friday.
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'Whales don't follow the Gregorian calendar', opponents of seismic testing say
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 3 February, 2018
The Berejiklian government should intervene to stop proposed seismic testing off the Newcastle coastline that has been approved right up to the start of the annual whaling migration, environment groups say.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Perfect storm: China's blizzard exposes flaws in rail, coal policies
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 3 February, 2018
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's worst blizzard this winter exposed a flaw in Beijing's drive to create remote coal mining hubs as it tries to streamline heavy industries and clear the air in populated regions: a lack of railroads to get the fuel to market.
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Shorten goes colder on Adani coal mine as the battle for Batman begins
The Conversation
Fri 2 February, 2018
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine as he starts campaigning for the Batman byelection, where Labor is fighting off a strong challenge from the Greens.
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Global B Corps Unite As a Force For Good
ProBono Australia News
Fri 2 February, 2018
B Corps across the world are working together in a bid to collectively raise the profile of the certification and the global movement of business as a force for good.
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Does energy storage make the electric grid cleaner?
The Conversation
Fri 2 February, 2018
Carbon-free energy: Is the answer blowing in the wind? Perhaps, but the wind doesn’t always blow, nor does the sun always shine. The energy generated by wind and solar power is intermittent, meaning that the generated electricity goes up and down according to the weather.
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Plan to protect Indonesian peatlands with aerial mapping wins $1m
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 2 February, 2018
Jakarta (AFP) - A plan to use satellite imagery and aerial mapping to protect Indonesia's peatlands -- a vast carbon sink and source of much of the country's greenhouse emissions -- was awarded a $1 million prize on Friday.
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