Issue date : Fri 3 August, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
State government refuses to budge on plastic bags
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 3 August, 2018
The state government will continue to rely on the supermarkets to ban plastic bags despite the flip-flopping from Coles, which had to bow to pressure and will start charging for bags later this month.
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Showdown looms over US emissions plan
News.com.au
Fri 3 August, 2018
Some 19 US states, including California, intend to fight the Trump administration's proposed roll back of Obama-era mileage standards designed to cut emissions.
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NT News
The Australian
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Political play for power
The Australian
Fri 3 August, 2018
Can more than a decade of partisan squabbles over climate and energy policy that have crippled our electricity sector end next week?
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It’s time to stop the keep cup deluge
Mumbrella
Fri 3 August, 2018
We're over keep cups and it's time for marketers to look for more sustainable and original gift ideas argues Gillian Corban
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NEG tackles both electricity prices and carbon emissions
The Australian
Fri 3 August, 2018
For more than a decade the political debate over energy and climate change policy has plagued this country. It has resulted in higher electricity prices and a less stable and reliable energy system for households and businesses. Australians now are paying the price for this political impasse.
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Possum magic
Australian Geographic
Fri 3 August, 2018
Photographer Matt Wright takes us through the colourful, charismatic possums and gliders of North Queensland.
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Eco-friendly plastic wrap could replace plastic food packaging
Inside Waste
Fri 3 August, 2018
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new material from tree fibres and crab shells, which could completely replace plastic packaging in the near future.
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Killer heatwaves to cause more deaths in future
Architecture and Design
Fri 3 August, 2018
Heatwaves caused by global warming will kill thousands in future unless mitigation strategies are put in place for climate change, reveals a new study led by Monash University.
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Full absurdity of National Energy Guarantee laid bare
Reneweconomy
Thu 2 August, 2018
The full absurdity of the National Energy Guarantee has been laid bare by the final details of the proposed policy platform, its assumed and intended impact on large-scale renewables, and the Coalition response to it.
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Energy plan 'the only one on the table', warns Scott Morrison
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 August, 2018
Nervous government backbenchers are being told they face a “sliding doors moment” in a looming vote on the National Energy Guarantee, as the Turnbull government faces duelling demands from Labor states and conservative Liberals on its climate and energy policy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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ACT, Queensland press Energy Security Board for modelling details
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 August, 2018
Two of the Labor-led jurisdications have contacted the Energy Security Board, calling on it to release the "full, detailed modelling" behind the Turnbull government's signature energy policy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Malcolm Turnbull accused of 'captain's call' over $444 million in Great Barrier Reef funding
ABC News
Thu 2 August, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been accused of making a "captain's call" over a controversial decision to give nearly half-a-billion dollars to a small Great Barrier Reef charity, after it emerged there were no departmental officials at a key meeting the Prime Minister attended.
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Australia to oppose lift on whaling ban
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 2 August, 2018
The Turnbull government is being urged to send a senior minister to campaign in person against a push by Japan to relax a global ban on commercial whaling.
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The Herald Sun
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Victorian research gets $76 million funding boost
The Herald Sun
Thu 2 August, 2018
VICTORIAN research has secured a huge $76 million funding boost, with new training centres and dozens of projects aimed to transform the future of medicine, environmental and social issues.Six training centres and hubs will be launched at universities across
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The Mercury
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The energy guarantee ruckus shows why we need independent policy analysis
The Guardian
Thu 2 August, 2018
Could the national energy guarantee reduce wholesale electricity prices by 20% relative to no policy, as the Energy Security Board claims? Whether the claim is justified matters a lot, because the political argument for the Neg rests in large measure on the hope for lower power prices – even if any effect on household power prices would be much smaller than the wholesale price effect.
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Corporate renewable energy deals exceed Hazelwood's capacity
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 2 August, 2018
Corporate contracts to purchase wind and solar energy signed this year already surpass last year's 1200 megawatts in total capacity and could exceed the capacity of the shuttered Hazelwood coal plant by the end of the year, according to energy consultancy Energetics.
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Blockchain comes to Perth and residents trade solar in new energy paradigm
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 August, 2018
Residents of the Evermore apartment complex in Perth’s White Gum Valley will be able to directly trade solar energy with each other, in what is one of the first examples of peer-to-peer energy trading in the residential space.
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We need to talk about mangroves, offsets and Walker Corp
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 August, 2018
SPECIAL REPORT: The Walker Corporation has come under the spotlight for its masterplan at Toondah Harbour redevelopment on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay that encroaches on mangroves protected under the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland. So how important are mangroves? According to the experts they provide a vital role in protecting the coast from severe weather and erosion. They provide breeding habitat for marine species and sequester massive amounts of carbon emissions. Yet despite their value, and that it’s technically illegal to clear them, we are still losing large areas of this incredibly important vegetation.
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Smart drumlines may replace shark nets during the warmer seasons
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 2 August, 2018
SHARK nets could be pulled from beaches in the state’s north this spring and summer, with smart drumlines used to protect beachgoers. New data reveals drumlines snared eight times more “target sharks” than nets.
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The Herald Sun
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The weird world of shark eggs
Australian Geographic
Thu 2 August, 2018
It’s likely that you’ve stumbled across a shark egg before, but you may not realise how diverse the colours and shapes really are.
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Spanish firm to build Aust waste plant
SBS World News Australia
Thu 2 August, 2018
Spanish firm Sacyr says it will build a plant in Melbourne to convert organic waste into high quality manure.
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Cost of hay to feed animals sending farmers broke
News.com.au
Thu 2 August, 2018
WE’RE in the middle of the worst drought crisis Australia has seen in centuries but there’s a key issue that’s costing our farmers.
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The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Record low rainfall on Sydney's catchment sends storage levels sinking
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 August, 2018
Water levels at storages supplying the Sydney metropolitan area are sinking amid a lack of rain and rising consumption, bringing the prospect of a restart of the Sydney Desalination Plant.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Curious Kids: How do plastic bags harm our environment and sea life?
The Conversation
Thu 2 August, 2018
Plastic bags harm marine (and land) environments in a few ways. Turtles (and other animals) may mistake plastic bags for food. Turtles like to eat jellyfish, and we think turtles eat the plastic bags because they resemble jellyfish.
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The toxic face of PVC manufacturing exposed
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 August, 2018
The building design sector should be careful when selecting building and furnishing materials containing PVC, with a new report finding mercury, asbestos, PFAS chemicals and other hazardous substances in the footprint of some chlorine-based materials.
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Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment
The Conversation
Thu 2 August, 2018
As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment.
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Waste revolution spawns food-packaging alternatives
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 August, 2018
Food packaging remains a sticking point for the circular economy. Plastic is so entrenched in the food production cycle that avoiding it when sourcing groceries and takeaway food is almost impossible.
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$31m incentive offered to city that takes on nuclear waste facility
Inside Waste
Thu 2 August, 2018
While the debate over where Australia's first permanent nuclear waste dump should be placed, the Federal government has just announced to incentivise the community that takes it on with a $31 million package.
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These 'game-changing' thongs are made from sugar cane
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 August, 2018
San Francisco-based footwear start-up Allbirds know a thing or two about “disrupting” the fashion industry, having gained a cult-like following with sustainable footwear alternatives, including sneakers dubbed “the world’s most comfortable shoe”.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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