Issue date : Thu 8 June, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
Hawaii defies Donald Trump by passing laws supporting Paris accord
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 June, 2017
When the traditional Hawaiian canoe Hokule'a set sail four years ago, the wayfinders on board - men and women navigating the open sea by a map of stars - vowed to seek a renewed sense of self and share with the world a treasured message: Malama Honua.
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Alan Finkel to kill Tony Abbott's dream of 'really cheap' coal power
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 8 June, 2017
It's bad news for Tony Abbott and Matt Canavan. Their dreams of a fleet of new high tech coal-fired power stations and old coal bangers retrofitted with carbon capture and storage up and down the eastern seaboard are going to remain just that.
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Steel giant backs clean energy plan
The Australian
Thu 8 June, 2017
Steel giant BlueScope, Australia’s largest manufacturer, has controversially backed a clean energy target for the electricity sector but warned the Turnbull government that it must throw a lifeline to ­baseload coal-fired power generation or risk the shutdown of the nation’s industrial base and the loss of jobs offshore.
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Trump’s climate policy may backfire, as he unwittingly plays an old psychologists’ trick
The Conversation
Thu 8 June, 2017
Donald Trump, president of the world’s second greatest emitter of CO₂, has unilaterally withdrawn the US from the Paris climate agreement. The international response has been largely in line with the simple statement from the EU’s climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, that this was “a sad day for the global community”.
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Shorten's energy olive branch has thorns
9 News
Thu 8 June, 2017
Labor has offered the Turnbull government an olive branch on energy policy, while leader Bill Shorten calls the prime minister a "sell-out" on the topic.
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What is a pre-industrial climate and why does it matter?
The Conversation
Thu 8 June, 2017
Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about the Paris climate agreement, from which the United States is planning to withdraw. Although this is a setback, there is still near-complete consensus from the world’s governments that a strong effort to tackle climate change is needed.
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Tony Abbott Refuses To Adhere To Low Emissions Plan For His Own Mouth
SBS Comedy
Thu 8 June, 2017
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has once again refused to obey low emissions targets for his own mouth, instead choosing to flaunt current agreements and emit whenever and wherever possible for as long as anyone will listen.
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NAB, CEFC extend green loan scheme as farmers flock to solar, efficiency
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 June, 2017
A $120 million green loan scheme launched two years ago by NAB and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has been extended, after its “overwhelming” success in helping Australian businesses – and particularly farmers – invest in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
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Explainer: what is a ‘low emissions target’ and how would it work?
The Conversation
Wed 7 June, 2017
The main job of the Finkel Review, to be released this week, is to set out ways to reform the National Electricity Market (NEM) to ensure it delivers reliable and affordable power in the transition to low-carbon energy. Yet most of the attention has been focused on what type of carbon-reduction scheme Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, will recommend.
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Adani Board 'decision' a con: Why the Carmichael Coalmine must be stopped
Independent Australia
Thu 8 June, 2017
Tuesday’s announcement that Adani’s Board had made a new "investment decision" to proceed with the destructive Carmichael coal mine is nothing more than a farcical exercise in smoke and mirrors designed to attract a $1 billion concessional loan.
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Australian Scientists Just Made Hydrogen Fuel Cheaper
Gizmodo Australia
Thu 8 June, 2017
University of New South Wales chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel.
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Wind, solar farms face tougher rules to guarantee power
The Australian
Thu 8 June, 2017
Wind and solar farms will be forced to meet tougher standards to guarantee reliable energy as the Turnbull government prepares a dramatic overhaul of the sector in a bid to avoid blackouts and price spikes.
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Finkel needs to cut through myths about “baseload” power
Reneweconomy
Thu 8 June, 2017
Chief scientist Alan Finkel is widely expected to lay out various policy scenarios Australia’s energy industry when he presents his report to COAG leaders on Friday, but perhaps the most profound impact of his report will be how it can shape the discussion of the future of the industry.
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Pope Francis gets an all-electric vehicle
Reneweconomy
Thu 8 June, 2017
Pope Francis was presented with his all-new Opel Ampera-e — a rebranded Chevy Bolt EV — at the recent Laudato Si sustainability conference by Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann, as revealed in a recent press release.
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What's Even Cuter Than a Tiny House? A Tiny Dome, That's What
PopSugar
Thu 8 June, 2017
Check out the latest construction to best tiny houses: the adorable dome homes coming out of Smartdome Constructions, a Slovenian company committed to making housing that is sleek, eco-friendly, and portable. The tiny, geometric abodes can be set down virtually anywhere, reducing the need to clear much land. So, if you've found a plot of land that you love but the terrain is uneven or not cleared enough to squeeze in a full-size home, just plunk down a dome and call it a day.
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DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 8 June, 2017
Mexico City (AFP) - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed Wednesday to increase efforts to save the vaquita marina porpoise, burying the hatchet in a Twitter feud over the endangered species.
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Scientists freeze wombat sperm in name of conservation
The Brisbane Times
Thu 8 June, 2017
Queensland researchers are freezing wombat sperm and teaching the animals to urinate on command in a bid to help conserve dwindling populations.
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Tourism boom to picture-perfect Iceland is ruining its delicate environment
News.com.au
Thu 8 June, 2017
HAS our obsession with taking the perfect travel shot gone too far? A tourism boom in picture-perfect Iceland is destroying the country. The number of visitors making their way to the Nordic island nation in Europe has more than tripled in six years.
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Murray Darling Basin Plan: PM, premiers to meet
The Weekly Times
Thu 8 June, 2017
ENVIRONMENT and indigenous groups are renewing their call for the Murray Darling Basin Plan to be delivered in full, with no changes to water recovery targets.
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Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 8 June, 2017
Paris (AFP) - A Frenchwoman suffering from chronic respiratory problems on Wednesday sued the state, accusing it of failing to protect her from air pollution in Paris.
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Tony Abbott delivers thinly veiled warning over climate change policy shift
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 7 June, 2017
Tony Abbott has delivered a thinly veiled warning on climate change policy to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, arguing a new low emissions target should deliver cheaper power and not "clobber" Australia's economy.
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Climate: Bill Shorten tells Malcolm Turnbull Labor might consider low emissions target
ABC News
Wed 7 June, 2017
A decade of political warring over energy and climate change policy could soon come to an end, with the Federal Opposition indicating it might consider a low emissions target (LET).
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Bill Shorten offers 'olive branch' to Malcolm Turnbull to end climate wars
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
9 News
Labor calls for end to 'climate wars'
News.com.au
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Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Australian
Finkel review: Shorten clears ground for ‘climate war’ talks
Australians want government to focus on renewables even if it costs more: poll
The Guardian
Wed 7 June, 2017
The vast majority of Australians want the government to focus on renewable energy, even if that means more money needs to be spent on making the system reliable, according to polling by the Lowy Institute.
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Australians want focus on renewables not coal, Lowy poll finds
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
9 News
Most Australians want renewables: poll
News.com.au
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
SBS World News Australia
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Australian
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While nations play politics, cities and states are taking up the climate challenge
The Conversation
Wed 7 June, 2017
Last week, Donald Trump entered the White House Rose Garden and announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. In doing so, he fulfilled his campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris deal, a move that calls into question the future of the entire agreement.
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Matt Canavan Got Roasted Online After The Adani Announcement
The Huffington Post Australia
Wed 7 June, 2017
Federal resources minister Matt Canavan was in a celebratory mood Tuesday after Indian mining giant Adani announced it would go ahead with its controversial Carmichael mega-mine. Canavan, an LNP senator from Queensland, fronted the press conference with state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani executives, and was in good spirits.
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The Dark, Dirty Coal Secret You Never Hear Anything About
The Huffington Post Australia
Wed 7 June, 2017
Why should it matter to you if the distant Greenland ice sheet turns black from a mixture of soot and industrial waste from coal-fired power stations? How is this of the faintest importance to anyone -- let alone those of us down here in Australia?
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Conservatives backtrack on LET after discovering wind and solar so cheap
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 June, 2017
The support from conservative commentators for a low emissions target has quickly evaporated, just days after they discovered that the costs of wind and solar have fallen so much that an LET might do little to support new coal generation.
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Energy policy reform detailed in new report
Energy Matters
Wed 7 June, 2017
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority have released a joint Energy Policy report which makes a number of sweeping suggestions.
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Nuclear dump idea dead in SA
9 News
Wed 7 June, 2017
Conservation groups have welcomed Premier Jay Weatherill's move to abandon any plans to establish a high-level nuclear waste dump in South Australia.
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Trump gets excited about solar – to help pay for Mexico border wall
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 June, 2017
US President Donald Trump has reportedly flagged the possibility that his administration’s proposed border wall between Mexico and America could be fitted with solar panels, to help pay for the construction of the controversial structure – and perhaps even help make it less of an unpalatable symbol of aggressive nationalism.
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Cloning Grapes Will Save Australian Wine
National Geographic Australia
Wed 7 June, 2017
Australian grapes are unique. So unique they have the potential to surpass other new world wines such as popular varieties found in America.
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Planting 30,000 trees creates family legacy for farmers
ABC Rural
Thu 8 June, 2017
When Phil Banks and his wife moved onto a 16-hectare hobby farm in the Bega Valley back in the 1990s there were just a couple of mature trees left on the former dairy farm.
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Sustaining Ourselves Sustainably – Tips for the Environmentally Conscious Foodie
ProBono Australia News
Wed 7 June, 2017
The nation’s food system has a significant impact on the environment, with everyone having a role to play to help steer the planet in the direction of sustainability, writes advocate Josh Appelboom who offers his top tips on being an environmentally conscious foodie.
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Brewer raises a glass to recycling
The Herald Sun
Wed 7 June, 2017
BREWER Mazen Hajjar is passionate about creating world-class beer.
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