Issue date : Fri 9 June, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
The Finkel Review at a glance
The Conversation
Fri 9 June, 2017
The long-awaited report from Chief Scientist Alan Finkel into Australia’s National Energy Market was released today.
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No magic bullets in Alan Finkel’s review
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
Energy market reform can never be a magic bullet to “solve” climate change or “save” the Great Barrier Reef. And it would be short-sighted for Australia to put too many Paris agreement eggs in the Finkel review basket.
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Alan Finkel auditions for the role of Australia's chief political scientist
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 9 June, 2017
Friday marks an important day in Australia's efforts to settle on climate action but those hoping chief scientist Alan Finkel has puzzled out a durable and effective solution are likely to be disappointed.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Alan Finkel says 'more of the same is not an option' as he urges energy overhaul
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 9 June, 2017
New electricity generators will be required to guarantee supply of electricity when ordered by the market operator, under a sweeping plan by the Finkel review to ease pressure on rapidly rising power prices, provide energy security and reach Australia's international climate targets.
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Finkel gives timeframe for reform
SBS World News Australia
Fri 9 June, 2017
The chief scientist has proposed a series of changes to the electricity market over the next three years.
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9 News
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Alinta supports price on carbon to cut greenhouse
The West Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
The head of WA’s biggest private energy retailer has urged the Federal Government to put a price on carbon as part of moves to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Dark future for coal-fired power predicted
9 News
Fri 9 June, 2017
Australia's reliance on coal to generate electricity will diminish as conventional power plants reach their use-by date, the country's chief scientist says.
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SBS World News Australia
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Short-term thinking urged on climate change
The Weekly Times
Fri 9 June, 2017
CLIMATE change is a reality but focusing on short-term weather effects is most beneficial to farmers.
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Coal here for over a decade: Labor
9 News
Fri 9 June, 2017
Labor reckons coal is set to continue to provide a significant share of Australia's electricity generation until 2030.
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News.com.au
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Surfers riding the next wave of renewables
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
The battle over wind turbines in the West Australian south coast town of Albany played out before friends Lilly Shepherd and Pemba Spargo were born.
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Abandoned BP Great Australian Bight drilling plans revived by Statoil
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
Norway’s national oil company Statoil has revived BP’s abandoned Great Australian Bight drilling plans, in a move that will excite those hoping for a new offshore Australian oil discovery but concern green groups who have opposed the plans.
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The Guardian
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Lucy Turnbull goes to town on massive tree planting out west
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
Greater Sydney Commission head Lucy Turnbull is backing a massive tree planting program in western Sydney to beat the expected effect of climate change, which is predicted to produce more heatwaves.
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City of Melbourne maps the spread of our rooftop gardens
The Age
Fri 9 June, 2017
Rooftop gardens in the City of Melbourne have been mapped in a council initiative to encourage more sky-high greening and to chart how the city changes over time. The map also details those buildings topped with solar power and hot water systems, both of which are more prevalent than rooftop gardens. Across the municipality, there are 78 roofs housing vegetation, 755 with solar panels and 322 with solar hot water systems. But a City of Melbourne spokeswoman says the council's research suggests the municipality's rooftops could house 236 hectares of intensive (heavy) green roofs and 328 hectares of extensive (lightweight) green roofs.
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Catching deep sea fishing and aquaculture opportunities in India
Food & Beverage
Fri 9 June, 2017
The Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu will provide A$300 million over the next three years to develop infrastructure for deep sea fishing off the coast of Tamil Nadu, opening up opportunities for Australian organisations to supply sustainable marine technologies and services.
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Logging opposition in Tas to save birds
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
A national conservation group has renewed calls for a logging ban on Tasmania's southern Bruny Island to help the survival of the endangered swift parrot.
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9 News
News.com.au
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Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 9 June, 2017
The Hague (AFP) - Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits.
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The Canberra cafes reducing or banning coffee cups in the war on waste
The Canberra Times
Fri 9 June, 2017
With many around the country having declared war on disposable coffee cups, Canberra cafes are doing their bit to help reduce waste, with one even banning them altogether.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Tonnes of wet wipe fatbergs clogging Launceston pipes each month
ABC News
Fri 9 June, 2017
Tasmania's embattled water authority TasWater has made an impassioned plea to stop the drain on finances caused by so-called fatbergs and stick to the "four-P principle", flushing only "pee, poo, puke and paper".
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Kim Jong-un slams Donald Trump over Paris agreement withdrawal
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 8 June, 2017
HE’S been terrifying his neighbours with missile tests. But that hasn’t stopped North Korean leader Kim Jong-un throwing some serious shade at US President Donald Trump who he says poses a great danger to the world.
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Why is climate change such a hard sell in the US?
The Conversation
Thu 8 June, 2017
President Donald Trump on June 1 took the dramatic step of removing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement – the product of many years of diligent and difficult negotiation among 175 nations around the world. Recent polls reveal that six in 10 Americans oppose Trump’s move. However, a significant portion of climate skeptics remain – especially among Trump’s base and the Republican politicians who cheered this move.
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Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change – here’s why
The Conversation
Thu 8 June, 2017
Of the 186 countries assessed in a recent survey of climate vulnerability, Chad was rated most in peril. A combination of high poverty, frequent conflicts, and the risk of both droughts and floods means the central African nation is bottom of the list, just below Bangladesh and some way behind Norway, the country least vulnerable to climate change.
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Alan Finkel: the man who could bring peace to Australia's climate wars
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 June, 2017
The chief scientist has been a neuroscientist, engineer and a one-man start-up machine - now he's turned his hand to politics.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Chief scientist Alan Finkel to deliver report on solutions to our ailing energy system
The Advertiser
Thu 8 June, 2017
AFTER a statewide blackout, soaring power prices, gas shortages and endless political point-scoring, the nation’s leaders will on Friday be handed a report intended to deliver leadership and stability to Australia’s ailing energy system.
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Low emissions target: how it would work and why the benchmark figure is a red herring
The Guardian
Thu 8 June, 2017
There is more to the design of a potential LET – which is widely expected to be included in the Finkel review – than whether it will allow coal-fired generators to be included in the scheme
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9 News
Lower emissions in government's sights
News.com.au
NT News
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
Yahoo!7 News
Finkel climate review outlines Clean Energy Target to put downward pressure on prices
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 June, 2017
The long-awaited Finkel review of Australia's electricity market will promise lower energy prices for households and business under a new Clean Energy Target, compared to under an emissions intensity scheme or the current business-as-usual scenario.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The lost decade on climate action has hurt us all
The New Daily
Thu 8 June, 2017
If Labor and the Coalition finally agree on a ‘low emissions target’ it will end a decade-long war that has damaged the economic interests of all Australians.
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Andrews won’t abandon Victoria’s RET target
The Australian
Fri 9 June, 2017
Daniel Andrews has ruled out abandoning Victoria’s 40 per cent renewable energy target in favour of a national approach, arguing the nation should be following his state.
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Malcolm Roberts was wrong: Penises do cause climate change
SBS Comedy
Thu 8 June, 2017
While questioning top scientists during Senate estimates, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts tried to link the fact that a hoax paper titled "Penises cause climate change" was published in a journal 10 years ago to all of climate science being invalid. But comedian Nick Fischer is here to explain to Roberts that actually - the penis paper was factual.
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New Zealand’s green building boom picks up pace
The Fifth Estate
Thu 8 June, 2017
Certified green buildings in New Zealand are jumping with exponential growth, especially in the residential sector, as the industry takes up where the government left off in mandating higher quality housing.
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New Zealand’s green building boom picks up pace
The Fifth Estate
Thu 8 June, 2017
Certified green buildings in New Zealand are jumping with exponential growth, especially in the residential sector, as the industry takes up where the government left off in mandating higher quality housing.
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Divers find themselves among 70 critically endangered sharks
The Brisbane Times
Thu 8 June, 2017
Divers off a Queensland beach found themselves among 70 grey nurse sharks last week, but the phenomenon was not evidence of a recovery in the population of the critically endangered fish, an expert says.
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Coffee Cups – Recyclable Or Not? (We Have Some Good News)
Broadsheet
Thu 8 June, 2017
Earlier this year, ABC presenter Craig Reucassel filled an old Melbourne tram with 50,000 coffee cups. The stunt sought to highlight the number of takeaway coffees Australians consume – and dispose of – every 30 minutes. That’s more than one billion takeaway coffee cups every year. Take a moment to let those numbers sink in. At the same time, picture the mountains of discarded cups in landfill all around the country.
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Sydney weather: Dry breaks but cloud cast over most of the coming week
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 June, 2017
Sydney can expect breaks in the dreary weather but showers and bouts of heavier rain are likely to linger well through the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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