Issue date : Fri 16 June, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Volcanoes under the ice: melting Antarctic ice could fight climate change
The Conversation
Fri 16 June, 2017
Iron is not commonly famous for its role as a micronutrient for tiny organisms dwelling in the cold waters of polar oceans. But iron feeds plankton, which in turn hold carbon dioxide in their bodies. When they die, the creatures sink to the bottom of the sea, safely storing that carbon.
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Finkel’s Clean Energy target little more than state’s business-as-usual
Reneweconomy
Fri 16 June, 2017
A new analysis from The Australia Institute suggests that the renewable energy scenarios put in the Finkel review’s proposed clean energy target will deliver little more, or likely even less, than that proposed by current state-based renewable targets Coalition parties want to kill.
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Can solar paint turn water vapour into fuel?
Cosmos
Fri 16 June, 2017
Australian scientists have developed a solar paint that will not only keep your house looking good, but also produced hydrogen, one of the cleanest fuels, from water vapour.
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How the food industry can contribute to greenhouse gas reductions
Food Processing
Fri 16 June, 2017
In the scope of the Paris climate protection agreement, Germany has committed itself to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by 55% compared to the level of 1990. Only two things can help here: designing the processes as energy-saving and efficiently as possible and relying on renewable energy. Which technologies do the food and beverage manufacturers need to reduce the consumption of energy in the production processes?
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Just how bullshit is the fantasy of 'clean coal'?
Crikey
Fri 16 June, 2017
No viable technology exists that allows coal to be burnt without adding significant carbon pollution to the atmosphere. Freelance energy writer Simon Holmes a Court reports.
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Clean coal won’t cut it, on costs or emissions, says Climate Council
Reneweconomy
Fri 16 June, 2017
The Climate Council has said out loud what last week’s Finkel Review of Australia’s energy market would not: coal power has little to no place in Australia’s future generation mix, if held to the most basic standards of sound economics or effective carbon emissions reductions.
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WA household demand for solar higher than expected
The West Australian
Fri 16 June, 2017
Uptake of rooftop solar panels in Perth is galloping ahead of forecasts and will eventually reach a cap in a little over a decade where no more households can accommodate a system.
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How Do We Build Smart Cities from the Start?
Sourceable
Fri 16 June, 2017
“It is important to invest in infrastructure, but we have to make the right choices on projects, as part of a broader economic growth strategy,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said recently during his budget address.
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Plan to keep turtles out of the soup
PS News
Fri 16 June, 2017
The Department of the Environment and Energy has teamed up with its counterparts in NSW and Queensland to launch a recovery plan for the conservation and management of marine turtles.
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Eavesdropping scientists counting on fish love
NT News
Fri 16 June, 2017
SCIENTISTS have unveiled a unique new method for counting stocks of threatened fish – eavesdropping on their love calls when the fish gather in massive mating throngs.
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Researchers say they’ve found lost wonder of the world
News.com.au
Fri 16 June, 2017
SCIENTISTS claim the long-lost eighth wonder of the world wasn’t destroyed by a volcanic eruption 131 years ago, instead it was just buried and preserved.
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Longley Organic Farm: Ground rules for growing success
The Weekly Times
Fri 16 June, 2017
A CERTIFIED organic farm at Longley, south of Hobart, has been on a 10-year journey to grow vegetables while protecting the integrity of the soil.
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Wimmera-Mallee reserves: Recreation water plea
The Weekly Times
Fri 16 June, 2017
TEN Wimmera-Mallee towns and regions are appealing to the Victorian Government to honour its predecessor’s promise to secure 3000 megalitres of water for their recreational lakes and weir pools.
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Rotting garbage being used to power Australian homes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 16 June, 2017
Cleanaway, Australia's largest garbage company, has the potential to extract enough gas from rotting rubbish to produce electricity for as many as 80,000 homes, according to Chief Executive Officer Vik Bansal.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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New waste-to-energy plant for Victoria
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Fri 16 June, 2017
In an Australian first of its kind, Yarra Valley Water has constructed a waste to energy facility linked to a sewage treatment plant.
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New Paper Details Potential Reforms to DGR Status
ProBono Australia News
Fri 16 June, 2017
The not-for-profit sector is being called on to have its say over a new discussion paper exploring potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements for charities.
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'Retrograde': Emissions on wrong trajectory to hit Paris goal, report finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 15 June, 2017
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions could return to 2005 levels by 2030 without new government action, contrary to the scenario modelled by the Finkel review, according to a new report by respected analyst Hugh Saddler.
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One Nation's Malcolm Roberts Says Black Lung Disease Is Not A Problem
The Huffington Post Australia
Thu 15 June, 2017
CANBERRA -- The One Nation Senator and loudest climate change denier in the Australian parliament, Malcolm Roberts has again raised eyebrows by claiming coal miner's black lung is "not a problem when it is managed properly:.
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Finkel Review buys time, but the government needs to actually act.
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 15 June, 2017
The carbon emissions debate is now an energy security debate. It's like planning a kitchen renovation for 15 years – the oven has now broken but we're still arguing over whether the taps should be chrome or nickel. The Finkel report released last week is the latest attempt to reset this. It contains mostly sound ideas that have been proposed before or are already under way. The centrepiece is the proposed Clean Energy Target (CET), a baseline and credit scheme to reward emissions reductions. It operates similar to a Renewable Energy Target (RET) but includes partial credits to gas or, in theory, coal with carbon capture.
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Australians invested in US anti-Paris lobbying
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 June, 2017
In response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, thousands of American organisations, including corporations, states, municipalities and NGOs publicly declared their support for the accord, by throwing their weight behind the #WeAreStillIn movement.
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Asia could unlock $5 trillion, create jobs
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 15 June, 2017
Businesses in Asia could unlock at least $US5 trillion ($A6.6 trillion) in market opportunities and create 230 million jobs by 2030 by implementing a few key development goals, global business and finance leaders say.
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Whitsunday anti-dumping group loses bid to stop Adani expansion
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 15 June, 2017
Queensland's Supreme Court has dismissed a community group's bid to stop the expansion of Adani's Abbot Point Terminal.
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The Australian
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
WAToday
Yahoo!7 News
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Bernardi goes solar to “keep the lights on,” but did he get storage?
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 June, 2017
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi, the “committed Conservative” and chief derider of all things renewable energy, has installed a whopping great big solar PV system at his family home in Adelaide – not to save money or lower emissions, of course, but to keep the lights on.
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Cheap wind, solar will make Australia a magnet - Bloomberg
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 15 June, 2017
Cheap wind and solar power will make Australia a magnet for energy-intensive industries such as smelting again within a decade or two, reversing the current trend for large smelters to back off production or threaten closure because of soaring electricity prices, Bloomberg New Energy Finance says in its 2017 Outlook.
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Victoria chips in with tiny homes for homeless
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 June, 2017
Modular housing company Force10 is providing the Victorian government with tiny homes to help resolve one of Melbourne’s biggest social issues – rough sleepers.
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Little penguin wardens step up for big job
9 News
Thu 15 June, 2017
The big-hearted wardens of Sydney's endangered little penguin colony are hoping for the pitter-patter of tiny happy feet this breeding season.
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The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
Yahoo!7 News
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Earth's Oldest Rainforest is in Danger
National Geographic Australia
Thu 15 June, 2017
Queensland’s Daintree forest is the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. It houses some of the most biologically diverse flora and fauna in the world. The forest has 80% of the world’s fern species, 40% of Australia’s bird species and 35% of Australia’s mammals all reside and contribute to the Daintree’s ecosystem.
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Silent partners: Are earthworms creating pathways for invasive plants?
The Conversation
Thu 15 June, 2017
Small but mighty, earthworms transform the soil of any ecosystem they inhabit. In farm fields, we appreciate the way they recycle nutrients and aerate soil. But in forests, earthworms’ services can be less welcome.
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'A measure of optimism': University of Newcastle researchers reveal Southern Ocean's climate power
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 15 June, 2017
THE curious-looking rock. The determined researchers. And the window to another world. It is the chance discovery that University of Newcastle researchers say provides renewed optimism in the fight against climate change, with an analysis of a calcite crust deposit found in a dry Antarctic valley revealing that lessons from Earth’s past could help shape the future.
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Munich, home to BMW, considers diesel ban
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 15 June, 2017
BMW's home of Munich has become the latest German city to consider banning some diesel vehicles amid "shocking" nitrogen oxide emissions in the Bavarian capital.
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How South Australians dumped a nuclear dump
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 June, 2017
Last November, two-thirds of the 350 members of a South Australian-government initiated Citizens’ Jury rejected “under any circumstances” the plan to import vast amounts of high-level nuclear waste from around the world as a money-making venture.
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