Issue date : Mon 16 April, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 41 Seconds
Number of items : 67
ACT takes lead on EVs, all new government cars to be zero emissions
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 April, 2018
The ACT Government has doubled up on its commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 by announcing the country’s most ambitious transition plan to electric vehicles, including a mandate for all newly leased government vehicles to be zero emissions from 2021.
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The Canberra Times
All ACT government vehicles to be electric by 2021
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Wheels
ACT government to convert car fleet to EVs from 2021
SBS World News Australia
ACT plans move to zero emissions fleet
9 News
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo!7 News
SA Labor leader Peter Malinauskas signals thaw in opposition to NEG
The Australian
Mon 16 April, 2018
Jay Weatherill’s replacement as Labor leader in South Australia says he is open to supporting the national energy guarantee, a move that would help clear the path for the Turnbull government’s signature energy reform.
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Emissions target sticking point for states
SBS World News Australia
Mon 16 April, 2018
A national emissions target could be a point of contention for states and territories under pressure to agree on a new energy framework as early as Friday.
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Perthnow
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Transitioning to future fuels in sights
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 16 April, 2018
The government has announced additional funding to the research and development of new energy infrastructure, making it more cost-effective for Australian households and industries to use low-carbon energy fuels.
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Electricity emissions target 26pct: report
9 News
Mon 16 April, 2018
The electricity sector would only have to meet a legislated 26 per cent emissions reduction target under the National Energy Guarantee, despite Australia's Paris Agreement target ranging up to 28 per cent.
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SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
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Coalition squibs on emissions in new energy policy paper
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 April, 2018
The Coalition government has made no concessions on the emissions component of its proposed National Energy Guarantee, risking a stalemate with Labor states despite major improvements in the technical design.
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At some point, climate change must be injected into the energy debate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 16 April, 2018
Even before the weekend heatwave and the unseasonable Sydney bushfires in mid-April, the Bureau of Meteorology's climate experts had clearly seen enough.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Solving power problems is a piece of yellowcake
The Australian
Mon 16 April, 2018
The Monash Forum, the ginger group of Coalition MPs pushing for a new coal-fired power plant, would have been more constructive and credible if it had come out in favour of nuclear power. Championing the diversification of Australia’s energy supply to include nuclear energy makes a great deal of environmental, economic and strategic sense, yet curiously few politicians say so.
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The Aussie Tesla: Start-up plans to build electric cars in Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 16 April, 2018
The future of cars is electric - but why is Australia so slow on the uptake? Globally, electric car sales are expected to grow around 40 per cent year-on-year, hitting 1.5 million sales in 2018 alone.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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‘Renewable energy breeding’ can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget – if we’re quick
The Conversation
Mon 16 April, 2018
Moving to a future powered mainly by renewable energy will be crucial if we are to stay within the global warming limits set out by the Paris Agreement. But building all of this new renewable energy will initially require fossil fuels to help power all of the necessary mining, construction and decommissioning. This raises the question as to whether the energy transition itself will be pointless.
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Reneweconomy
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The sustainable Michael Mobbs house in Chippendale is off-the-grid and up for rent
Domain
Mon 16 April, 2018
One of the first inner city off-grid houses in the world, Sydney’s Sustainable House – a three-bedroom terrace in Chippendale with solar power, rainwater collection, recycled water and a composting waste system – is being put up for rent, with or without its three resident chooks.
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Anxious Sydney residents hope for best as bushfire threat eases
The Guardian
Mon 16 April, 2018
South-west Sydney residents have endured a second nervous night as hundreds of firefighters took advantage of easing conditions to battle a blaze that has blackened 2,500 hectares.
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Rainforest brightens Buckingham Palace
News.com.au
Mon 16 April, 2018
A rainforest design has been projected on to Buckingham Palace as part of a global conservation initiative in the Queen's name.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Can litter scheme adds $90 to family bills
The Australian
Mon 16 April, 2018
NSW residents are being charged at least $215 million a year under a new anti-litter can and bottle ­deposit scheme to achieve best-case scenario collective savings of just $40.5m to the state government and local councils.
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It turns out your favourite swimwear label is doing good things for the planet
Vogue Australia
Mon 16 April, 2018
But as it turns out, the brand are doing more than keeping us looking good at the beach: they’re actually saving the planet, too. Proudly sustainable before it was cool (the brand have been ethically producing swimwear for over a decade), Tigerlily’s renewed focus in 2018 is one of reusing, recycling and creating swimwear we can wear without any guilt.
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'Big issue': Turnbull government's energy plan may curb state ambition
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 15 April, 2018
The Turnbull government is set for showdown with states and territories over its signature energy policy after new details of the plan revealed any additional efforts by the states to curb carbon emissions would not count towards the national target.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Manufacturing bosses call on states for speedy national energy guarantee take-up
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 15 April, 2018
Manufacturing chiefs have ramped up pressure on the states and territories to sign up to the federal government's National Energy Guarantee plan, warning any further delay will see more investment opportunities lost and ongoing market dysfunction in Australia.
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Canada's Trudeau defends controversial pipeline project
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 15 April, 2018
Paris (France) (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday defended his government's backing of a controversial pipeline project, saying the world could not afford to choose between the environment and the economy.
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Homes with sustainable features are more in demand
News.com.au
Sun 15 April, 2018
Homes with sustainable features are making buyers green with envy as new research reveals they are in high demand and often sell for more.
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Beetaloo Basin: What do we know about the region at the heart of the NT fracking debate?
ABC News
Sun 15 April, 2018
Love it or hate it, a decision on fracking in the Northern Territory appears imminent. After 15 months of research and community consultation, the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing concluded the challenges and risks associated with any onshore shale gas industry in the NT could be "appropriately managed".
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Strings attached: classic guitars caught in crackdown on scarce wood
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 15 April, 2018
Concord, New Hampshire: An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multi-coloured grain and resonant sound.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Australian March for Science attendees call for action on climate change
SBS World News Australia
Sun 15 April, 2018
Demonstrators rallied in eight cities across Australia on Saturday to champion the critical role science plays in our lives, and to call on the government to support more evidence-based decision making and to reinstate a Minister for Science.
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The Canberra Times
Canberrans brave wild weather to march to promote science
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
U.N. shipping agency reaches deal to cut CO2 emissions
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 14 April, 2018
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations shipping agency reached an agreement on Friday to cut carbon emissions, following years of slow progress.
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The system driving live animal exports
The Saturday Paper
Sat 14 April, 2018
This probably feels familiar. It should. Since at least 1985, when a senate committee report found that live exports were “inimical” to animal welfare, there has been a welter of media exposés, government reports, independent investigations, legislative tinkering and court cases about the trade.
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Territorians wait anxiously for final fracking decision
NT News
Sat 14 April, 2018
ADVOCATES on both sides of the fracking debate have endured weeks of nervous anticipation, amid speculation the decision suggest that Territorians could have their final answer within days.
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Drought’s a death sentence passed more and more
The Australian
Sat 14 April, 2018
Like Akubra, Driza-Bone is an antique bushie brand name, far older than RM Williams and originally describing the long oilskin coat worn by stockmen in wet weather. Now that rain’s forgotten how to fall, I haven’t worn mine for years.
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Coal has no place in Australia’s energy future
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 14 April, 2018
The future is in plain sight. I saw it over the past two weekends at either end of the country: in a house in Middleton south of Hobart and on Low Island, north-east of Cairns.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Exxon fails to block climate change probe
The Herald Sun
Sat 14 April, 2018
Massachusetts' top court has rejected Exxon Mobil's bid to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company concealed knowledge of the role fossil fuels plays in climate change.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
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Hamelin Bay still closed after mass whale stranding due to shark fears
WAToday
Sat 14 April, 2018
Hamelin Bay in WA’s south-west is still closed following last month’s mass whale beaching because the decomposing carcasses may continue to attract sharks.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 14 April, 2018
LANGLEY, British Columbia (Reuters) - Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini.
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The new way department stores are trying to get you to shop
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 14 April, 2018
There are two things about fashion that I know to be true: we have too many clothes, and too many of the clothes we buy are made under questionable conditions.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Energy blueprint hangs in the balance ahead of crucial talks
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 13 April, 2018
The Turnbull government’s energy blueprint promises to make the electricity sector more transparent and competitive but the policy hung in the balance on Friday night, as states and territories awaited critical detail on how emissions would be slashed.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Household power prices to rise despite Josh Frydenberg's plea for cuts
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 13 April, 2018
Household power prices in NSW - already among the world's highest - are set to rise again in NSW this year despite energy minister Josh Frydenberg urging energy retailers to take advantage of falling wholesale electricity prices and cut their tariffs.
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Rallies urge Aust leaders to heed science
The Australian
Fri 13 April, 2018
Climate change must be better addressed by Australia's politicians, according to rural NSW farmer and firefighter Vivien Thomson.
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NT News
Yahoo!7 News
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Coal pilot project worth a shot: Andrews
News.com.au
Fri 13 April, 2018
Premier Daniel Andrews has defended a government pledge of $50 million to a pilot project to turn brown coal from Victoria's Latrobe Valley into hydrogen for export to Japan.
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The Australian
The Newcastle Herald
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China warns 12 steel firms on environment, safety, compliance issues
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 13 April, 2018
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's industry ministry on Friday said it has ordered 12 steel mills to come back into compliance following breaches of environmental, safety and other regulations, while it has removed another 19 companies from a qualified enterprises list.
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NSW riled by lack of 'fit and proper' test for offshore gas venture
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 13 April, 2018
Companies exploring for energy off the NSW coast should be subject to the same "fit and proper person test" as those on land, the Berejiklian government says, underscoring tensions between Sydney and Canberra over the approval of seismic testing in waters near Newcastle.
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The Canberra Times
WAToday
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NAB's Mike Baird bets on green energy bonanza
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 13 April, 2018
As a politician, Mike Baird managed to convince a sceptical electorate to re-elect his government in 2015 on the back of an unpopular plan to privatise the state's electricity assets.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 13 April, 2018
Tokyo (Japan) (AFP) - Japan is on track for a record low catch of baby eels this year, renewing fears about declining stocks of the endangered fish, a favoured summer delicacy for Japanese.
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Smog in key north China region rises 27 percent in March: ministry
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 13 April, 2018
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A major smog indicator in China's heavy industrial Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region rose by more than a quarter in March, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on Friday, raising concerns that pollution is increasing with the end of winter output restrictions.
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An Australian family living in the slums of India has come home with an important message
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 13 April, 2018
Mark Delaney’s life has been shaped by radical experiments. More than two decades ago he and wife Cathy left a comfortable, middle-class lifestyle in Brisbane to spend time with the poor in India. They’ve ended up living in urban slums for much of that time with no running water, no TV, no fridge and no washing machine.
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