Issue date : Thu 15 June, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
US ally Marshall Islands urges EU to help Trump change climate course
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 15 June, 2017
Strasbourg (France) (AFP) - Marshall Islands president on Wednesday appealed to the European Union to help persuade President Donald Trump to change course on climate change as her US-allied Pacific archipelago fears rising seas.
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‘Clean’ coal-fired power will not work: insider
The New Daily
Thu 15 June, 2017
An industry insider has heaped scorn on the push to create electricity from “clean” coal-fired power, dismissing it as unviable.
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Fog-powered fuel could paint the town bright
The Australian
Thu 15 June, 2017
Melbourne researchers say they have created a paint that can convert water vapour into ­hydrogen, opening the door to a fuel sourced from fog.
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Algal biogas research benefits Australian pork production
Food & Beverage
Thu 15 June, 2017
Australian pork producers are increasingly adopting covered anaerobic lagoons to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and recover the methane from biogas for energy production, according to research.
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Food waste shapes up as a national scandal
The Weekly Times
Thu 15 June, 2017
UP TO half the food produced in Australia every year — about 44 million tonnes — is thrown away.
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Food waste: Growing pains for apple, potato producers
The Weekly Times
Thu 15 June, 2017
DROUIN apple grower Brad Fankhauser said season, supply and demand could cause “massive swings” in the supermarket specification tolerances.
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Australians continue to support War on Waste
Hospitality Magazine
Thu 15 June, 2017
Following news KeepCup sales rose 690 percent in the wake of three part abcTV series War on Waste, the show has continued to positively impact sales of reusable containers.
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A complete record of greenhouse gases
Sustainbility Matters
Wed 14 June, 2017
Australian scientists, led by CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre and the University of Melbourne, have published the most comprehensive and high-quality records of greenhouse gases ever. The records track the past and current changes in all 43 greenhouse gases that contribute to human-induced climate change.
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Finkel review: a bluffer's guide for those who haven't read it
The Age
Wed 14 June, 2017
So much does Tony Abbott dislike the Finkel review of the electricity market that he hasn't read it. On Monday, three full days after it was released, he branded its key recommendation a "magic pudding" and a "tax on coal" while conceding that he had been guided by "reports of the report" rather than the report itself.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The endangered elephant in the energy room
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 June, 2017
We are in the middle of a cappuccino-led transformation. The ABC's War on Waste program has recently drawn Australians' attention to the fact that disposable coffee cups are not recyclable. And that one billion of the things go to landfill and litter each year.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Malcolm Turnbull under climate pressure as Tony Abbott makes demands
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 June, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull is under mounting pressure to water down the proposed climate policy measures outlined in the Finkel Review or face a backbench reversal and leadership instability, as pro-coal figures led by Tony Abbott lay out a series of climate policy demands.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Tensions erupt in Turnbull government over climate and energy policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 June, 2017
Climate-change policy has ignited tensions within the federal government, with a group of backbench MPs led by Tony Abbott confronting Malcolm Turnbull over the proposed Clean Energy Target in a special party room meeting.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Trump on 'wrong side of history' over climate: ex-UN chief
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 14 June, 2017
Madrid (AFP) - US President Donald Trump is "standing on the wrong side of history" after pulling out from the Paris climate accord, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.
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Finkel drops ball on national energy savings scheme
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 June, 2017
Energy customers can rightly be disappointed that Dr Finkel failed to make a recommendation to immediately roll out a National Energy Savings Scheme (NESS) in his 9 June report.
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Finkel modelling ignores new technologies, cheaper renewables
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 June, 2017
Here we go again. The Australian public and the Coalition party room are being told that allowing coal-fired generators to continue beyond their 50 year life offers the cheapest path to a transition to a low carbon economy.
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Time to strike a deal on carbon
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 14 June, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull has already moved a fair way in order to gain Coalition support for a scheme to reduce Australia's carbon emissions at least cost to an economy traditionally based on cheap coal-fired electricity. He may need to move a bit more, going by the mini-revolt in the Coalition party room over the Clean Energy Target proposed by the energy security review headed by chief scientist Alan Finkel. By making the scheme more open to new lower-emissions coal technology, he may provoke a fight with Bill Shorten as Labor defends its inner city seats from the holier-than-thou Greens. And the whole issue may end up again becoming a battleground for the next election.
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Tony Abbott says greenhouse gas emissions cut only an ‘aspiration’
The Australian
Wed 14 June, 2017
Tony Abbott has suggested a retreat from Australia’s commitments to cut its greenhouse gas emissions as part of the solution to high power prices, declaring the plan to cut carbon output by up to 28 per cent was only an “aspiration”, and that it was more important to keep prices down.
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It's 'clean coal' or bust for Malcolm Turnbull's CET
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 14 June, 2017
The Turnbull government will almost certainly settle on a clean energy target, but one that will classify so-called clean coal as a low-emissions energy source in a bid to win the support of a bitterly divided party room.
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Qld circular economy experiment recruits Sunshine Coast businesses
ABC News
Wed 14 June, 2017
A unique circular economy trial, which aims to completely eliminate waste and improve the bottom line of dozens of businesses while putting "more bums on seats", is underway on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
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Finnish researchers produce fuel from thin air
Transport & Logistic News
Wed 14 June, 2017
In Finland, commercial vehicles operated by the City of Helsinki and bus services commissioned by HSL will fully switch to renewable fuels by 2020.
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26 If Tesla takes EV charging off-grid, we need to rethink energy
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 June, 2017
I have heard the casual refrain “electric vehicles will save the grid from the death spiral” too many times to count. The assumption is that people will charge their vehicles at home. That it would simply be too hard to supply the energy cheaply, in any other way, than via our century-old energy market.
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Eco Energy gets approval for three more Qld solar farms
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 June, 2017
European renewable energy developer Eco Energy World looks to have passed the half-way mark of its pledge to develop a minimum 1GW of solar projects in Australia by 2019, with the approval of three new grid-connected projects totalling 410MW.
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Coalition wants wind, solar forced to match each MW with storage
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 June, 2017
The federal Coalition is proposing to try and “level the playing field” between cheap renewables and fossil fuel generation by forcing wind and solar plants to match each megawatt of capacity with one megawatt hour of storage.
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Firm offered to fit jail solar panels for free
NT News
Thu 15 June, 2017
SOLAR energy wasn’t considered an “economically viable” option to power Darwin’s $1.8 billion prison – despite the Northern Territory Government receiving a proposal in 2013 from a company that offered to install the infrastructure for free.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Australian coal power in free-fall, but they making off like bandits
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 June, 2017
A total of 12 Australian coal fired power stations have been shut down in the last five years. At least two more will be retired in the next five years, very likely to be joined by seven more around the end of 2020s.
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NSW councils call for $50 mil in LED street light funding
GovNews
Wed 14 June, 2017
New South Wales local governments have asked that the state government allocate an investment of $50 million from its poles and wires sale in the ongoing transition to less expensive, energy-efficient LED street lighting.
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Cities can jump-start climate progress by plugging in their vehicles
The Conversation
Wed 14 June, 2017
President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed what was already clear: The federal government is no longer leading American efforts to shrink our carbon footprint. But many state and local governments – along with businesses and consumers – aim to help fill this policy void.
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Hong Kong launches ivory ban bill
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 14 June, 2017
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong launched a landmark bill to ban its ivory trade Wednesday, describing it as an effort to "eradicate" the illegal poaching of elephants.
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Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth $190,000
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 14 June, 2017
Medan (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth $190,000 after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said Wednesday.
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Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River
The Conversation
Wed 14 June, 2017
The nation’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead on the Arizona/Nevada border and Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border, were brim full in the year 2000. Four short years later, they had lost enough water to supply California its legally apportioned share of Colorado River water for more than five years. Now, 17 years later, they still have not recovered.
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Inside the tragic town of Pripyat, which is too unsafe for people to live
News.com.au
Wed 14 June, 2017
WEATHER wise, it was a perfect day. The setting was anything but. It was a day more suited to a T-shirt and shorts, but that could never be adhered to in this place — even if the sun was shining. Closed shoes, long sleeves and bottoms are required as full body protection is mandatory. This isn’t due to the need to be sun smart, but instead for protection against the deadly radiation that has contaminated this area for more than 30 years.
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China's lake pollution cut by a third but water quality still an issue
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 June, 2017
Beijing: There are signs of hope for China's notoriously polluted waterways. A study published in Nature Geoscience has shown phosphorus pollution - a major cause of algal blooms - has fallen by a third in China's lakes.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Plastic is everywhere; here's how it conquered the world
ABC News
Wed 14 June, 2017
A hundred years ago, almost everything in our daily lives would have been made of natural materials like wood, leather and cotton. Today, the world we live in is full of things made of plastic.
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War on waste: Sydney ups the ante on its way to zero waste
The Fifth Estate
Wed 14 June, 2017
The City of Sydney is moving closer to a 2030 zero waste target, with an ambitious strategy tackling commercial and residential sector set to be approved this month.
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