Issue date : Mon 12 February, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
Queen goes green, bans plastic cups, drinking straws from her palaces
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 12 February, 2018
London. The Queen has been inspired by Sir David Attenborough to join the campaign to reduce the use of plastic, banning straws and bottles from the royal estates.
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Local Government Super wins environmental awards
Government News
Mon 12 February, 2018
Local Government Super (LGS), the industry superannuation fund for NSW local government employees, has won two environmental awards for its property portfolio.
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VanEck launches sustainable ETF
Financial Standard
Mon 12 February, 2018
VanEck is set to launch a global equities ETF on the ASX to meet investors' shifting preferences for sustainable options.
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Carnegie proposes 100MW solar, 20MWh battery near Kalgoorlie
Reneweconomy
Mon 12 February, 2018
Western Australia-based Carnegie Clean Energy is proposing to build a 100MW solar farm and a 20MWh battery storage facility to deliver cheaper and more reliable energy to the mining operations in the heart of the state’s historic goldfields.
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Governments can’t be trusted to deliver welfare standards for chickens
The Conversation
Mon 12 February, 2018
Claims of secret meetings and manipulation of the policy agenda. A split in government ranks, and threats to withdraw from a national review. It’s all just part and parcel of the latest round in the development of Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines, in this case proposed new standards for the poultry and egg industries.
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Eight tonnes of bottles, cans and cups recycled at Summernats
The Canberra Times
Mon 12 February, 2018
Revheads drank their way through eight tonnes of tinnies at this year's Summernats, figures from a recycling trial at the event have revealed.
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Severe Queensland heatwave and storms set to continue all week
News.com.au
Mon 12 February, 2018
QUEENSLAND has been battered by storms with a quarter of a million lightning strikes recorded overnight, 100,000 homes losing power and a rock concert evacuated due to the dangerous conditions.
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NT fracking inquiry may recommend major delay in industry resumption
ABC News
Sun 11 February, 2018
There could be a significant delay in the resumption of fracking in the Northern Territory, with the head of an inquiry considering whether to put the brakes on not just production, but exploration as well.
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Buried at sea: State hunts for underground home for carbon emissions
The Age
Sun 11 February, 2018
A search has begun off the coast of Gippsland’s Ninety Mile Beach for a place to bury millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide beneath the seabed as a way to cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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'Speed of the essence' on grid solutions as solar powers up
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 11 February, 2018
The rapid rate of uptake of rooftop solar and world-leading deployment of batteries have increased the urgency for Australia to come up with the answers to cope with its decentralising energy market without compromising reliability and stability of supply.
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St Kilda Road officially a national treasure, but too late for its trees
The Age
Sun 11 February, 2018
St Kilda Road and a surrounding precinct encompassing the Shrine of Remembrance and Domain Parklands have officially joined the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Uluru and the MCG on the National Heritage List.
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NSW sharks 'leave beaches' after tagging
SBS World News Australia
Sun 11 February, 2018
Preliminary results of a shark drum line trial in NSW shows the animals swim away from beaches once tagged and released.
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Bolivia's fabled carnival marches on despite deaths in floods
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 11 February, 2018
Oruro (Bolivia) (AFP) - Bolivia Oruro Carnival got under way Saturday with stunning costumes and parades, though the mood was dampened by the loss of 17 people killed in flooding and 8,200 families left homeless by heavy rains since November.
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Perth Children's Hospital water recycling system raises new safety concerns
ABC News
Sun 11 February, 2018
Health Department officials and doctors have questioned the safety of a greywater recycling system installed in the problem-plagued Perth Children's Hospital, which is yet to be opened.
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'Horrendous': Hot spell is turning a normally verdant part of NSW dry
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 11 February, 2018
Alex Kean didn't expect to be buying into an arid property when he purchased his 40-0dd hectare block near Merriwa in the Upper Hunter a decade ago.
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Wild storms lash southeast Queensland
News.com.au
Sun 11 February, 2018
A second band of severe storms could hit Queensland's southeast on Monday as crews struggle to repair the region's damaged power network.
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Burying carbon emissions gets boost in U.S. budget deal
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 10 February, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil drillers that use a method to store carbon dioxide emissions underground to boost crude production, a technique that coal miners and some environmentalists support, got a boost in the budget agreement President Donald Trump signed on Friday.
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Recycling crisis: True goal is zero waste going to landfill
The Age
Sat 10 February, 2018
After years of doing the right thing by separating our garbage so that our glass bottles, newspapers and plastics can be recycled, Victorians are now being told that all that recycling could be, well, a waste of time.
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Climate watershed
The Australian
Sat 10 February, 2018
In The Sea Around Us, a luminous 1951 ­exploration of the world’s oceans, American marine biologist Rachel Carson sought to understand the human fascination with the sea, imagining the first humans to ­encounter its immensity.
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Adani folly puts Labor in a bind
The Australian
Sat 10 February, 2018
Jenny Hill knows the leafy electorate of Batman like the back of her hand: the daughter of Maltese migrants, she was baptised in the Catholic church on Rossmoyne Street and laughs at how the nuns kicked her brother out of the local primary school. The pub around the corner was so rough the family packed up and moved. Their dad thought the area would never change.
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When it comes to electric cars, we just need someone to turn on the lights
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 10 February, 2018
In the 1880s, the idea of electric street lights seemed absurd. If you had to light the streets, you did it with gas. Gas lamps were a fire hazard, smelled terrible and were barely an improvement on total darkness. Apart from that, they were fine.
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Shark attack risk ‘no worse in WA’ than east coast beaches
The West Australian
Sat 10 February, 2018
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly says WA beachgoers are at no more risk of shark attack than people on the east coast, despite a groundbreaking CSIRO report concluding WA’s coast has twice the number of great white sharks.
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No playthings: pets in danger of bites as summer brings out snakes
The Age
Sat 10 February, 2018
Nanuschka Kennedy-van Dam didn't know what was wrong when her beloved two-year-old domestic short-hair cat, Scarlet, suddenly started vomiting.
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People ignore 'catastrophic' alerts, go to look at fires, study finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 10 February, 2018
People tend to delay preparations to defend themselves or confirm the need to leave before a bushfire until they can observe the blaze directly, research into three major fires has found.
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Hand-me-down plastic toys may not be good for kids
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 10 February, 2018
(Reuters Health) - Children who play with second-hand plastic toys may be exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium that have been linked to developmental problems and organ damage, a UK study suggests.
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WA band's veggie songs capture hearts and minds at Glastonbury and the UN
ABC News
Sat 10 February, 2018
A WA musician who turned his love of gardening into songs about composting and growing vegetables has seen his musical efforts bear fruit, playing the big stage at the Glastonbury Festival and having his music pushed by the United Nations.
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An international plastics treaty could avert a “Silent Spring” for our seas
The Conversation
Fri 9 February, 2018
Global problems — like our plastic-choked seas — need global solutions. It was welcome news when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will use its year-long G7 presidency to turn the global spotlight on ocean plastics and pollution.
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Multinational firms worth US$1.3 trillion invest in circular economy
Inside Waste
Fri 9 February, 2018
A new global initiative to implement the circular economy has been launched in Davos, Switzerland at this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, with signatories from over 30 international companies together worth around US$1.3 trillion ($1.7 trillion).
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Chief scientist Alan Finkel hits back at electric car doubters
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 9 February, 2018
Affordable electric vehicles that can drive up to 600 kilometres on a single charge will help bring a motoring revolution to Australia, predicts Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, in an intervention that defies naysayers of the technology.
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WA's South West is the nation's shark capital, new report finds
9 News
Fri 9 February, 2018
The Federal Government is calling for shark nets and drumlines off the West Australian coast, after it was revealed that there are twice as many great whites that of the eastern states.
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Shark numbers data renews WA cull debate
News.com.au
Fri 9 February, 2018
The federal environment minister wants WA to take a tougher stance on sharks following a CSIRO study, but the state government refuses to change its approach.
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Counting Sharks on Australia's East Coast
National Geographic Australia
Fri 9 February, 2018
New research has emerged that there are approximately 5,500 sharks living in the waters off Eastern Australia. The landmark research is now fuelling more debate about how to best protect swimmers from the apex predator.
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'Sinking' Pacific nation is getting bigger: study
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 9 February, 2018
Wellington (AFP) - The Pacific nation of Tuvalu -- long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels -- is actually growing in size, new research shows.
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Hidden depths: why groundwater is our most important water source
The Conversation
Fri 9 February, 2018
Vivid scenes of worried Cape Town residents clutching empty water vessels in long snaking queues are ricocheting around the globe. Everyone is asking, “How did this happen?” Or, more precisely, “Can it happen in my city?” The importance of effective water management has been shoved, blinking, into the limelight.
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