Issue date : Fri 6 April, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Charles issues fresh plea for Barrier Reef
SBS World News Australia
Fri 6 April, 2018
Prince Charles is calling for the Great Barrier Reef to put be at the heart of plans for a new "blue economy" that seeks to harness the world's oceans for economic growth.
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Federal legislation review: Hope of red tape break
The Weekly Times
Fri 6 April, 2018
TASMANIAN farmers are hoping a review of federal legislation can find a balance between agricultural development and the environment as well as cut red tape.
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AGL hits back at Barnaby Joyce claim it is 'shorting' the energy market
The Guardian
Fri 6 April, 2018
AGL Energy has categorically rejected arguments from the Turnbull government that it is abusing its market power, saying if it wanted to benefit commercially from the closure of the Liddell power plant it would have shuttered the facility with no warning.
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Trump offers a quick fix to ‘carbon tax on cars’
The Australian
Fri 6 April, 2018
The Turnbull government has been handed a potential political fix, courtesy of Donald Trump, to its overdue decision on whether to introduce a “carbon tax on cars”.
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EPA sued by 14 states over delay in methane emission standards
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 6 April, 2018
(Reuters) - Fourteen states filed suit on Thursday accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of failing to issue regulations for curbing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse pollutant, from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act.
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Coal-fired dissenters fan an evidence-poor debate
The Newcastle Herald
Fri 6 April, 2018
A prime minister and former banker leading a free market party phones a private company chairman to urge a power station sale based on “doing the right thing” and what would be in the public interest.
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Community-funded power 'doable', leading energy expert says
ABC News
Fri 6 April, 2018
One of the country's chief independent energy experts has called on state and federal governments to come up with strategies and policies to deal with the emergence of community-funded power projects.
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Solar PV and wind are on track to replace all coal, oil and gas within two decades
The Conversation
Fri 6 April, 2018
Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels worldwide within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly on politics. The protestation from some politicians that we need to build new coal stations sounds rather quaint.
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Drones and boat ramp cameras to boost Shark Bay fishing survey
WAToday
Fri 6 April, 2018
Drones, boat ramp cameras and good old fashioned conversation will be used to survey recreational fishers in Shark Bay - a World Heritage Listed area in WA's Gascoyne region that features in David Attenborough's newest documentary Blue Planet II.
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Kenya marks rhinos in conservation drive
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 6 April, 2018
MERU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya started marking rhinos on Thursday and aims to tag and identify 22 of them in two weeks at a cost of $600,000, senior government officials said on Thursday, as part of conserving their dwindling numbers.
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Time to speed up coral evolution?
Cosmos
Fri 6 April, 2018
Global warming threatens our reefs. Some marine scientists have a controversial plan to save them. Elizabeth Finkel explains.
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German car owners report on EV emissions is garbage
Reneweconomy
Fri 6 April, 2018
Based on some 5 year old data and fossil-fuel-friendly assumptions, German car owners association ADAC has come up with the remarkable conclusion that “The electric car is not always particularly climate-friendly”.
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Prince Charles: how fashion can help mend the planet
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 April, 2018
Granted rare access to Prince Charles at home, The Australian Financial Review Magazine hears our future king's thoughts on how the fashion industry needs to tackle its greatest challenge: sustainability.
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Not for sale: AGL's Andy Vesey defies Malcolm Turnbull
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 5 April, 2018
AGL will defy pressure by the Turnbull government to sell its ageing Liddell power plant, warning that interference in the market would raise issues of ‘‘sovereign risk’’ that could deter investment in new energy assets.
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Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas prices are low
The Conversation
Thu 5 April, 2018
It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards.
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BHP to stick with US group despite 'material' divergence on climate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 5 April, 2018
Mining giant BHP has stopped short of cancelling its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce, despite acknowledging their "material differences" on climate change policy, but has confirmed it will walk away from the World Coal Association (WCA).
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Sustainability a winner as Verdia’s books grow by 500 per cent
The Fifth Estate
Thu 5 April, 2018
In just the last year, Verdia – a Sydney-based company that delivers “end-to-end” sustainable energy solutions for big commercial industry and government – has more than doubled its full-time staff and grown its customers and projects 500 per cent, chief executive Paul Peters says, with much of the demand due to electricity price spikes.
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The big problem with 50-year-old coal plants
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 5 April, 2018
One of the biggest challenges running a coal power station like AGL Energy's Liddell power station beyond its standard lifetime of 50 years is to avoid killing people.
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Genex seeks “holy grail of renewables” – wind, solar, pumped hydro
Reneweconomy
Thu 5 April, 2018
Genex Power says it is looking to add a 150MW wind project to its huge solar plus pumped hydro Kidston project in north Queensland, in a move it says would be world-leading and reach the renewables “holy grail” of 24/7 dispatchable power.
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Half of Australia's roofs suitable for solar, research suggests
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 6 April, 2018
Up to half of the nation’s roofing area is suited to solar panels but is currently unused, with industrial suburbs accounting for most of this spare capacity.
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Melbourne takes inspiration from Barcelona as car-free zones proposed
The Fifth Estate
Thu 5 April, 2018
The City of Melbourne has suggested creating car-free CBD zones, reducing traffic speed to 30 kilometres an hour and increasing the time given to pedestrian movement, as part of an ambitious Transport Strategy refresh looking out to 2050.
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A Grange home was designed with sustainable living in mind
News.com.au
Thu 5 April, 2018
Featured on Channel 10s Australia By Design — Top 10 Projects of 2017, a Grange home offers beachside living with a difference. The stunning home features recycled materials throughout, including hardwoods from Holden, and truss pins from the Old Adelaide Oval and Elizabeth Bowling Alley. Take a look inside.
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The future of landscaping
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 6 April, 2018
Everything from the lifespan of lavender to the restoration of deserts was discussed at last month's Australian Landscape Conference, which attracted more than 750 attendees and – given the biennial event is for sale – was almost certainly the last in its current guise. The eight speakers, all landscape designers from overseas and Australia, expanded our ideas about what private gardens and public landscapes could be. Here are some of the concepts to take away.
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Why we are measuring the health of Australian vegetation poorly
The Conversation
Thu 5 April, 2018
Many of Australia’s ecosystems are in a much worse condition than we think. This is because officials are measuring the health of ecosystems such as forests and woodlands by their size, instead of how damaged they are by disturbances.
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Norway targets IMO to halve global shipping emissions by 2050
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 April, 2018
OSLO (Reuters) - Global shipping should set a goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Norway's government and shipowners' association said on Thursday before talks by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London next week.
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Indonesia blames coal ship for oil spill, not state energy firm
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 April, 2018
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A coal ship that dropped anchor off the coast of the Indonesian port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island was likely to blame for an oil spill, after dragging a pipeline more than 100 meters and causing it to crack, an energy ministry official said.
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