Issue date : Fri 10 August, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
Federal minister buoyant about energy plan
News.com.au
Fri 10 August, 2018
Australia's energy ministers will meet in Sydney on Friday to decide on the future of the National Energy Guarantee, which they are yet to see eye-to-eye on.
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Josh Frydenberg overstates reef foundation fundraising record
The Australian
Fri 10 August, 2018
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has overstated the fundraising record of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which was controversially handed $444 million by the government without a tender process in the May budget.
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The NEG's not nirvana but it can't be allowed to slip away
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 10 August, 2018
This Friday marks Australia’s best chance at securing a national energy policy in over a decade and an opportunity that must not be allowed to slip away. Australia has an abundance of energy resources but is at risk of displaying its politics as dysfunctional and ineffectual on the global stage if we fail to sort this out.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Why ESG is important to investors, asset managers and companies
Money Management
Fri 10 August, 2018
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing can help investors, asset managers and individual companies align their interests to create a better portfolio and, ultimately, a better world. Let’s take a look at this investment approach through the perspective of each of these groups.
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Smart buildings overcoming Australia’s energy crisis through technology and design
Architecture and Design
Fri 10 August, 2018
Australia is facing its biggest energy crisis to date. With four of the country’s coal-fired power plants closed due to ageing infrastructure and a wealth of natural gas locked into export contracts for years to come, it’s no surprise that the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2018 identified energy as Australia’s biggest problem.
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Electric vehicles inquiry to meet in SA
SBS World News Australia
Fri 10 August, 2018
A Senate committee investigating the use of electric vehicles in Australia will hold its first public hearing in Adelaide on Friday.
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Biosolids help farmers improve their soil for crops
The Weekly Times
Fri 10 August, 2018
TONY Pashley’s family has been farming in the Bundaberg region since the 1870s but now the macadamia nut grower is looking for innovative solutions to build soil health and increase tree resilience.
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ANU study asks if the Earth is getting too hot to handle?
Architecture and Design
Fri 10 August, 2018
The rising global temperature will further increase the risk, tipping the entire Earth system into a new mode of operation, according to study co-author Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
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Bay Plan 2050: VCCI campaign to capitalise on Port Phillip
The Herald Sun
Fri 10 August, 2018
A KEY business group has called on the major political parties to commit to a comprehensive plan to safeguard Port Phillip Bay in the countdown to the state election.The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has proposed an all-encompassing plan
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Portugal fires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 August, 2018
Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.
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New Zealand to ban plastic bags
News.com.au
Fri 10 August, 2018
New Zealand's government has announced plans to phase out the use of plastic bags over the next 12 months.
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The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
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Conflicting messages on energy plan
9 News
Thu 9 August, 2018
States and territories are being torn in all directions with calls to immediately sign up to a national energy policy against pleas for them to walk away altogether.
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SBS World News Australia
The Australian
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'Now or it's gone' warning on energy plan
9 News
Thu 9 August, 2018
The opportunity for a national plan to reduce power bills and improve energy reliability may be missed altogether if it can't get off the ground in the next week, the architect of the scheme has warned.
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NT News
Perthnow
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
Yahoo!7 News
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What does the NEG mean for real cases, real people?
ABC News
Thu 9 August, 2018
For Australians struggling with energy bills, at home and in their businesses, will tomorrow's meeting of state and federal ministers to discuss energy policy make any difference?
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'Shifting goalposts': NSW gives Victoria serve over energy plan block
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 August, 2018
NSW has accused Victoria of jeopardising the interests of electricity users by making a last-minute call to delay talks on the Turnbull government's National Energy Guarantee until after it is legislated in the Federal Parliament.
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#Reefgate: GBRF plans to hold onto its $443 million lottery win
Independent Australia
Thu 9 August, 2018
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has found itself the subject of unwanted attention as further details of its $443 million funding deal with Malcolm Turnbull come to light. However, as political editor Dr Martin Hirst writes, the GBRF has no intention of returning the money.
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Promised savings under NEG need closer inspection
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 August, 2018
Remember how Tony Abbott's promise to scrap the carbon tax was going to save the average Australian household $550 a year?
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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NEG agreement will be our first step to energy sanity
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 9 August, 2018
When they meet on Friday, Australia's energy ministers can trigger the beginning of the end of the climate wars by cautiously endorsing the National Energy Guarantee.
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Small business needs the National Energy Guarantee
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 August, 2018
While the new plan may not be perfect, it is clearly achievable. Therefore, rather than delaying its finalisation, the states and territories should put the need for certainty above their ideological or political interests and endorse it as a good solid plan of action. A key question amongst both the large and small business communities is will they diddle and daddle—or be decisive?
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The Canberra Times
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The half-baked Neg needs more time in the oven
The Guardian
Thu 9 August, 2018
The national energy guarantee, as it currently stands, is not a solution to the problems it purports to address – but there’s time to fix it
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On why it’s time to give up our massive risk taking appetite
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 August, 2018
We appear to have a gambling problem that extends way beyond poker machine habits and flutters on the fillies. It’s a runaway risk appetite for maintaining things as close to the status quo as possible in the face of the reality of climate change and its impacts on all humans.
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Rejecting NEG would be costly: AGL
News.com.au
Thu 9 August, 2018
AGL chief executive Andy Vesey says power prices will continue to rise if the state and territories reject the NEG on Friday.
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The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
The West Australian
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The drought: Humanity and the humble parma shine through
The Age
Thu 9 August, 2018
Parts of southern Victoria are green as Ireland right now. There is guilt in even describing sheets of water lying on sodden paddocks.
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The bigger questions about reef foundation's $444 million windfall
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 August, 2018
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has had some good fortune that few environmental NGOs could count on. The $444 million it was granted by the government earlier this year dwarfs its previous budgets by a large multiple. Having worked in two small environmental charities of a similar operating budget and staffing to the pre-windfall foundation, I can confirm getting so much money without even applying for it is far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Outrageous grant to reef foundation threatens vital public research
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 August, 2018
The controversy over the Turnbull government’s $444 million grant to the mysterious Great Barrier Reef Foundation has mostly focused on the lack of probity and transparency in the grant process.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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“Responsible” investment tips past milestone of 50 per cent
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 August, 2018
More than half (55 per cent) of all professionally managed assets are now being managed as “responsible investments”, according to the latest Australian Responsible Investment Benchmark Report.
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Scania Australia announces alternative fuel options locally
Prime Mover
Thu 9 August, 2018
Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, has signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) with bio-fuels industry providers to help accelerate adoption of more sustainable and cleaner transport solutions for its customers.
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Hydrogen industry to ‘future-proof coal’: Chief Scientist Alan Finkel
The Australian
Thu 9 August, 2018
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel will deliver a series of recommen­dations to federal and state ­governments today on developing a hydrogen energy industry, telling Council of Australian Governments energy ministers that ­Australia is now in a global race for hydrogen production as a ­future energy source that could rival LNG.
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Sydney calls for high-rise apartments to get green
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 August, 2018
The City of Sydney is looking for 20 high-rise apartments to join its free 2018-19 Smart Green Apartments program, which collectively saved last year’s cohort $1 million in energy and water bill savings.
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Trees are made of human breath
The Conversation
Thu 9 August, 2018
Outside my office window, two skilled workers complete a hard and dirty job. They’re cutting the felled trunk of a tree into small enough pieces to be thrown into the back of a truck with the rest of the chipped remains. I know that this act was ultimately for my own safety. I, like tens of thousands of others over the past 50 years, regularly walked beneath the canopy of that tree.
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