Issue date : Wed 16 May, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
ALP push for federal land powers
The Australian
Wed 16 May, 2018
Federal Labor has proposed new powers to crack down on tree-clearing across the country, in a move that could transform Queensland’s heated debate over land management into a nationwide row.
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Federal budget to target urban congestion & modern slavery
Architecture and Design
Wed 16 May, 2018
Urban congestion is a major focus area in the 2018 Federal Budget with substantial infrastructure investments aimed at addressing challenges posed by a growing population.
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Release of live export trade report bungled amid cabinet debate
The Guardian
Wed 16 May, 2018
The Turnbull government is likely to press ahead with the release of a report into the live export trade on Thursday after abruptly cancelling the release of the document after cabinet deliberations.
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Odds on 'light touch' NEG shorten, emissions target disappoints
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 16 May, 2018
The odds of the National Energy Guarantee getting the green light as the new energy policy framework for Australia by the end of the year have shortened since the release of the Energy Security Board's draft "high-level design" last month.
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Climate change is a security threat – so where is the UN Security Council?
The Conversation
Wed 16 May, 2018
Climate change is one of the great security challenges of the 21st century. As the world warms, conflicts over water, food or energy will become more common and many people will be forced from their homes. Scientists, think-tanks, NGOs, militaries and even the White House (albeit under President Obama) all agree that climate change threatens human safety and well-being. Yet the organisation charged with global security has remained relatively silent.
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Black budget another gut-punch for planet
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 16 May, 2018
There were two big losers in the federal budget: the planet, and the people who live on it. The Turnbull government’s slavish devotion to coal is smudged all over budget 2018 and Tony Abbott’s blackened fingerprints are all over it.
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Construction begins on Bulgana Green Power Hub
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 16 May, 2018
The Victorian government today announced commencement of construction on Bulgana Green Power Hub, a major new wind farm with battery storage in Stawell in western Victoria.
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City of Sydney boost carbon scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 May, 2018
The City of Sydney is to inject additional funds into its $18 million environment budget to accelerate uptake of renewable energy over the next four years.
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EVs ‘bad for oil and gas sector, good for energy security’
The Australian
Wed 16 May, 2018
A predicted surge in electric ­vehicle ownership poses a threat to the oil and gas sector but could improve Australia’s energy security by freeing the nation from ­dependence on foreign oil, according to a new report.
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The story behind the World Building of the Year 2017
Architecture and Design
Wed 16 May, 2018
Old becomes new at the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Demonstration Project of Guangming Village, a house that was named World Building of the Year at the 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF).
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Eye to environment, water for winning beef producers
The Weekly Times
Wed 16 May, 2018
SOUTH Australian livestock producers David and Jenny Smith take a gentle approach to farming, and managing the environment in which they do it.
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Air pollution increases crime in cities – here's how
Architecture and Design
Wed 16 May, 2018
The impact of air pollution on human health is well-documented. We know that exposure to high levels of air pollutants raises the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But there is growing evidence to suggest that air pollution does not just affect our health – it affects our behaviour too.
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Going plastic-free
Food Processing
Wed 16 May, 2018
A Dutch supermarket has opened the world’s first plastic-free food aisle and it is likely that more supermarkets will follow this trend; so what are the alternatives to plastic food packaging?
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TOMRA signs up 100,000 new recyclers
Inside Waste
Wed 16 May, 2018
Over 100,000 people have now downloaded the myTOMRA recycling app since the December 1 launch of the Return and Earn scheme.
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Groups urge Bight drilling ban
News.com.au
Tue 15 May, 2018
Environmental groups have called for an end to oil exploration in the Bight with a protest outside a major energy conference in Adelaide.
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NT News
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
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Thousand-year-old snowflakes to help climate change research
The Mercury
Tue 15 May, 2018
THOUSAND-year-old snowflakes recovered from deep below the Antarctic icecap are set to help Australian scientists better understand long-term climate change.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Half of Australia’s big end-of-town is on board with renewables
Ecogeneration
Tue 15 May, 2018
Australian businesses are jumping on board the renewables boom, with almost half of the nation’s major companies making the switch to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy, in a bid to take control of their power bills and tackle intensifying climate change says a new report released by the Climate Council.
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Welsh first home buyers can borrow more for energy efficient homes
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 May, 2018
Wales has become one of the first countries in the world to tie home energy performance to its loan terms, with the government last week announcing that energy efficiency would be factored into loan affordability calculations for its Help to Buy-Wales shared equity loan scheme.
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Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off
The Conversation
Tue 15 May, 2018
There are only five wind turbines operating in U.S. waters today. But that will likely soon change, partly because of states with ambitious offshore wind targets.
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Australia’s biggest solar farm switches on in Port Augusta
Reneweconomy
Tue 15 May, 2018
Australia’s biggest solar farm – the 220MW (AC) Bungala solar project near Port Augusta in South Australia – has begun production marking the important first stage of the transformation of a former coal city into a major renewable energy hub.
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NZ’s built environment isn’t as green as once thought
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 May, 2018
New Zealand green building leaders are calling for urgent action on building efficiency, following new analysis that has revealed the built environment is responsible for about 20 per cent of all national greenhouse gas emissions, a figure up to 10 times previous estimates.
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Barangaroo South takes top gong at PCA awards
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 May, 2018
Lendlease’s Barangaroo South urban renewal project has been awarded top honours at the Property Council of Australia’s national awards, taking home the top Australian Development of the Year award as well as Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings, Best Mixed Use Development, Best Workplace Project and People’s Choice awards.
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Passive House is on the rise in Australia
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 May, 2018
The South Pacific Passive House Conference wrapped up late on Sunday 6 May following a packed day of site tours that included the presentation of a certification plaque for a recently completed house by Maxa Design.
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No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 15 May, 2018
Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish.
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EU bottled water makers to lift recycling
SBS World News Australia
Tue 15 May, 2018
Europe's bottled water manufacturers have vowed to increase collection rates of empty plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 to improve recycling and cut waste.
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Unwrapping Burger Theory’s shift to kangaroo burgers
Gourmet Traveller
Tue 15 May, 2018
What if we told you about a hamburger that had a smaller environmental footprint than the burgers we know now? A burger that was also better for you and cost you less money. What if we told you that burger somehow tasted just as good, if not better than what you’ve been eating? That burger exists in Australia right now. And people hate it.
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