Issue date : Wed 9 May, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Budget 2018: NEG forecast to cut power bills by $400 a year
The Australian
Wed 9 May, 2018
Scott Morrison has laid out election battlelines with Bill Shorten on energy policy, promising the government’s national energy guarantee will lower average power bills by $400 a year by the end of the decade and rejecting Labor’s more ambitious climate targets.
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Turnbull’s election budget dumps on climate and renewables
Reneweconomy
Wed 9 May, 2018
What is widely regarded as the last budget to be delivered by the Turnbull government before the next federal election ceded no ground on climate policy, insisting that it’s much criticised emissions reduction targets would remain unchanged.
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Murray-Darling royal commission says it won't investigate water thefts
ABC News
Wed 9 May, 2018
South Australia's royal commission into the Murray-Darling river system has confirmed it will not investigate water theft cases or New South Wales bureaucrats already under investigation or prosecution by other bodies such as the New South Wales ICAC.
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Powershop chief calls for split in NEG policy and emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 9 May, 2018
The head of a renewable energy generator and retailer has backed the government’s energy reform but believes halting its progression over emissions could slow the energy industry’s transition to a more renewable landscape.
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The Brisbane Times
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WAToday
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The secret of solar sails
Cosmos
Wed 9 May, 2018
Solar sails could let spacecraft take a free ride on the solar wind, writes Andrew Masterson.
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Australia’s fuel stockpile is perilously low, and it may be too late for a refill
The Conversation
Wed 9 May, 2018
Australia is an island nation that depends heavily on imported fuel – and our stockpile is critically low. According to recent reports, we have just 22 days’ worth of crude oil, 59 days of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), 20 days of petrol, 19 days of aviation fuel, and 21 days of diesel in reserve.
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Fur seal count offering some relaxing research
NT News
Wed 9 May, 2018
COUNTING sheep might be sleep inducing but try tallying fur seals for a truly relaxing experience, a group of Australian scientists say.
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Lava, ash flows, mudslides and nasty gases: Good reasons to respect volcanoes
The Conversation
Wed 9 May, 2018
Volcanoes are beautiful and awe-inspiring, but the ongoing eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island is showing how dangerous these events can be. So far this event has destroyed dozens of homes and displaced hundreds of people, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported. Other volcanic eruptions have had deadlier impacts.
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Downstream lament: cotton, it’s so absorbent
The Australian
Wed 9 May, 2018
Proud Mildura resident and ­famous River Murray chef Stefano de Pieri has had enough of watching his local farming communities die as their supply of irrigation water dwindles and the Darling River turns into a dust bowl.
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Proposal to collect food scraps in kerbside bins
The Canberra Times
Wed 9 May, 2018
Up to 40,000 tonnes of organic waste could be diverted from landfill under an ACT Government proposal to collect food scraps in kerbside bins.
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Student's shrimp bioplastic internationally recognised
Food Processing
Tue 8 May, 2018
The development of sustainable packaging has been widely researched, with scientists, environmentalists and even students thinking up ways to combat the environmental issues caused by plastic waste.
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Australia’s “hidden” carbon price – it’s trading at nearly $18
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 May, 2018
As the design of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) passes another milestone, and the seventh Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction draws closer, in this update we take a closer look at current and forecast price for carbon offsets in the Australian market.
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Investors willing to flex muscle against companies in the wake of AMP
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 May, 2018
The unusually public, and brutal, investor campaign against AMP that has unseated four directors does not signal a wider change of approach from large investors, say market watchers, but it had underlined that boards should no longer take it for granted that disagreements with shareholders will be kept behind closed doors.
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The remarkable assumptions that will shape Australia’s future grid
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 May, 2018
If you have an interest in how Australia’s future grid will take shape, and the pace of the energy transition and emissions reductions, dare to cast your gaze away for a moment from the typically sordid politics taking place in Canberra.
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Another two solar farms join NSW and Queensland grids
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 May, 2018
Two more solar farms have joined the grid in New South Wales and Queensland, joining the rush of connections of new solar farms across the country.
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New home buyers in WA offered “game-changing” solar PPA
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 May, 2018
Buyers of new-build houses and apartments at a property development in Perth’s northern suburbs are being offered an innovative solar power purchase agreement that promises to cut their daytime power costs by 40 per cent.
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Australia leading the world in green building adoption
Architecture and Design
Tue 8 May, 2018
A new report shows that the adoption of “green” building certification programs is on the rise in commercial buildings throughout the world.
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Why practical completion should not be the end of the construction story
The Fifth Estate
Tue 8 May, 2018
There is often a world of difference between design intent and how a final building operates. One approach to closing that gap is called Soft Landings. It not only keeps the building contractor on the job for another 12 months or even up to three years after practical completion, it brings the FMs into the front-end planning – and it works.
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Peruvian Amazon undergoing deforestation at accelerating pace: official
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 8 May, 2018
The Peruvian Amazon lost nearly two million hectares (five million acres) of forest between 2001 and 2016, or more than 123,000 hectares (300,000 acres) a year, figures made public Tuesday by the ministry of the environment.
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If this is 'world's best' water management, we're all in trouble
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 May, 2018
Katharine McBride's family is one of 30 on the lower Darling River currently negotiating with the NSW government about relocating as many as 200,000 sheep by summer when the river flows are next due to dry up, and domestic water supplies have to be carted in.
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Oh sister! Huge hazard-reduction burns smoke out the state
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 May, 2018
Large bushfires, deliberately lit by authorities to reduce fuel loads, will again shroud Sydney in smoke on Wednesday but visitors to the Blue Mountains may spy views not seen in decades.
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