Issue date : Wed 7 March, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Fact check: Does a Toyota Corolla emit less than a Tesla?
ABC News
Wed 7 March, 2018
Since the summer break, tensions have been simmering within the Coalition over electric vehicles. Although Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has thrown his support behind electric cars, some on the government benches are yet to be convinced.
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Graph of the Day: And the states with the lowest emissions are …
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 March, 2018
If last week’s Graph of the Day wasn’t a convincing enough depiction of the inextricable link between Australia’s coal power plants and its greenhouse gas emissions, try this one on for size.
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Making climate models open source makes them even more useful
The Conversation
Wed 7 March, 2018
Designing climate experiments is all but impossible in the real world. We can’t, for instance, study the effects of clouds by taking away all the clouds for a set period of time and seeing what happens.
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Whichfish site helps source seafood responsibly
Food Processing
Wed 7 March, 2018
Sourcing food responsibly and sustainably has become more important for the food industry, and now there is an online tool which can help businesses through this process.
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Slipping on the banana peel, now let's unpack that
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 7 March, 2018
Our supermarkets seem determined to prove the adage that life is stranger than fiction, or at least more absurd. Here I was, planning to write about recycling and casting about for the perfect metaphor to encapsulate our warped attitude to waste.
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French hydro firm builds wind turbines as Swiss glaciers melt
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 7 March, 2018
PARIS (Reuters) - French hydropower firm CNR, anticipating the impact of climate change and the possible disappearance of glaciers in the Swiss Alps, plans to sharply increase its solar and wind capacity to compensate for lower water levels on the Rhone river.
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Neoen plans world’s biggest solar + wind powered hydrogen hub in S.A.
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 March, 2018
South Australia is laying claim to another “world’s biggest” storage project, this time with wind and solar-powered hydrogen storage to add to its world’s biggest lithium-ion battery storage installation (the Tesla big battery), and the world’s biggest virtual power plant (Tesla again).
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Adelaide Uni to add 2MWh vanadium battery system, 1.2MW solar
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 March, 2018
The University of Adelaide, in South Australia, has become the latest in a line of tertiary institutions to announce plans to install solar and battery storage in a move to cut costs and dependence on the grid.
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Activists to cost eggs buyers in quest to ban battery cages
The Australian
Wed 7 March, 2018
One of the nation’s biggest egg producers says activists led by ­Animals Australia and GetUp! have spent millions of dollars lobbying for a ban on battery cages that would make little difference to animal welfare but would push up prices for consumers by at least 30 per cent.
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REMAKE Project Drives Australian Recycling Options for Waste
Sourceable
Wed 7 March, 2018
An ambitious research project spearheaded by the Vinyl Council of Australia has identified novel recycling applications in a bid to use the 1.2 million m² of PVC advertising banners sent to Australian landfill sites each year.
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An Environmentally Turbo Charged Cup
ProBono Australia News
Wed 7 March, 2018
Rubber Cuppy co-founder Jessica Alice talks to Wendy Williams about having an impact on the environment from the first sip, in this month’s spotlight on social enterprise.
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Pallet Club: Gippsland’s answer to waste
The Weekly Times
Wed 7 March, 2018
IT WAS about midnight and Scott Douglas was driving around an industrial estate in Warragul, trying to settle his crying baby boy. In the midst of the tears and screams, he spied something that sparked an idea.
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Arctic finishes warmest winter on record
SBS World News Australia
Wed 7 March, 2018
Scientists blame climate change for the Arctic's warmest winter on record, and sea ice hitting historic lows for this time of year.
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'Very high' health risks from Sydney's last ocean sewage outlets
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 6 March, 2018
Untreated sewage discharge off eastern Sydney poses "very high" risks to public health, according to a report commissioned by Sydney Water that the agency hopes will prompt the closure the city's last remaining ocean outfalls.
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Bill Shorten hardens opposition to Adani despite internal attacks
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 6 March, 2018
Bill Shorten has doubled down on his opposition to Adani's Carmichael coal mine despite a spike in internal criticism over his handling of the issue, with some Labor colleagues saying the Opposition Leader has isolated himself by suddenly hardening his view against the project in recent days.
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Purpose is now a comms must-have, but it’s got to ring true to label
Mumbrella
Tue 6 March, 2018
Larry Fink’s annual New Year letter to CEOs received much media attention and emphasised the need for brands to not only generate profit but have a higher social purpose. The note kicked off a debate that has now well and truly hit Australian shores.
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5 quick fixes for Turnbull and Frydenberg to change energy debate
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 March, 2018
The Coalition government is wallowing. It has marked up a 28th consecutive poll where it is trailing the Labor Party. Even prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to hold his head above Bill Shorten as preferred PM.
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State action needed to fix Stockton erosion
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 6 March, 2018
NSW Government action and funding are needed for a long-term solution to Stockton's worsening erosion issues. There is no quick fix to this longstanding threat, but it's now more urgent than ever – as parts of the suburb sit on the precipice.
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Australia’s large scale solar ranking worse than Winter Olympics
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 March, 2018
Australia may well be leading the world in rooftop solar installations, but it hasn’t yet caught up in large scale solar, ranking No 24 in the world – two spots below its ranking in the recent Winter Olympics medal tally.
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The myth about South Australia’s high electricity prices
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 March, 2018
There’s a big myth going around South Australia’s renewable energy resources – surprise, surprise – and how they are supposedly responsible for the state having the highest wholesale electricity prices in the country.
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City of Sydney pushes for a net zero office sector
The Fifth Estate
Tue 6 March, 2018
Exclusive: Increased building standards, mandatory disclosure of NABERS tenancy ratings and increased amounts of renewables are being pushed by the City of Sydney in a bid to get office buildings to net zero by 2050.
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Rich Palmer on the upside of strong agendas
The Fifth Estate
Tue 6 March, 2018
WSP’s Rich Palmer is one of the more thoughtful people in the sustainability space. You know he cares because he tells it like it is. Not so long ago Palmer hit our top reads with a piece where he said the trickle down effect in green buildings had worked no better than it had in the economy.
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Transport hub gets green light provided rare plant gets protection
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 6 March, 2018
Plans to convert a defence site into a freight hub in Sydney's south-west can proceed, provided developers implement strict conditions to protect a rare flowering plant, the Land and Environment Court has decided.
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Licence to krill: Penguin hot spot found near Antarctica
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 6 March, 2018
Washington: A new colony of Adélie penguins has been discovered near Antarctica, substantially increasing the known populations of the knee-high creatures.
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Bees' attraction to fungicide "unsettling"
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 6 March, 2018
Honey bees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with "unsettling implications" for global food production, a scientist says.
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Thousands of starfish have washed up dead after the ‘Beast from the East’ – here’s why
The Conversation
Tue 6 March, 2018
Many Europeans have been assessing the damage from the recent wintery weather dramatically nicknamed the “Beast from the East”. But people visiting certain parts of the English coast found a particularly unwelcome surprise. Thousands of dead starfish and other sea creatures were washed up along the shores in Kent and East Yorkshire, creating surreal scenes reminiscent of post-apocalyptic horror movies. So how did a blizzard cause such marine destruction?
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India's endangered lion population increases to 600
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 6 March, 2018
Ahmedabad (India) (AFP) - The endangered Asiatic lion, which only lives in one forest in India, has fought back from the verge of extinction, with its population increasing to more than 600, a minister said Tuesday hailing a major conservation campaign.
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Australian farmers copping frosty surprise
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 6 March, 2018
Australian farmers are facing more frosts for longer in a "climate surprise" which has been likened to the increase in cyclones and rainfall bombs.
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