Issue date : Fri 14 September, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 44 Seconds
Number of items : 44
ACT becomes first in Australia to join UN's Powering Past Coal Alliance
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 14 September, 2018
The ACT government has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to join the United Nations-backed Powering Past Coal Alliance aimed at rapidly phasing out the fossil fuel considered a major contributor to climate change.
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While Canberra dithers, Australian sustainability heavyweights clean up at GRESB, again
The Fifth Estate
Thu 13 September, 2018
Australian companies continue to dominate the much vaunted annual GRESB stakes for environmental, social and governance benchmarks for real assets, proving that at the top end at least, there’s a strong commitment to sustainability, regardless of the policy vacuum in Canberra.
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Architecture and Design
Landcom stands 4th in worldwide GRESB Sustainability Benchmark
Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 14 September, 2018
Zero fossil fuel energy, zero gas-guzzlers on the road, zero waste, zero CO2 emissions -- dozens of cities, regions and companies made "zero" pledges Thursday at a global climate summit in San Francisco.
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Nine out of 10 Australians concerned about environmental sustainability
Inside Waste
Fri 14 September, 2018
A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found that while over 90 per cent of Australian consumers and businesses are concerned about environmental sustainability, only half believe they are doing their fair share to protect the planet.
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Wind farm report a blow to future of the industry
The Australian
Fri 14 September, 2018
A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm.
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Sustainable House Day shows budget is no barrier to green homes
The Fifth Estate
Fri 14 September, 2018
The full spectrum of low-impact, low-carbon homes – everything from new builds through to eco-upgrades to existing dwellings – will be on show this Sunday for the Alternative Technology Association’s nation-wide Sustainable House Day event.
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The Importance of Living Infrastructure in Schools
Sourceable
Fri 14 September, 2018
Did you know that in 2017, there were more than 3.8 million students enrolled in 9,444 (public, catholic and independent) primary and high schools across Australia?
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IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 14 September, 2018
Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard the marine mammals in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.
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IWC passes Brazil declaration to protect whales amid opposition
The Sydney Morning Herald
Whales seen as 'ecosystem engineers', get protection from noise and fishing nets
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Victoria’s energy efficiency scorecard: Good. Now make it mandatory
The Fifth Estate
Thu 13 September, 2018
Victoria’s new tenancy reforms have passed both houses of Parliament and sustainability advocates say this has established the pathway for better energy standards for rental properties, potentially through mandatory disclosure of standards.
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German police evict forest activists in anti-coal fight
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 13 September, 2018
German activists living in treehouses to protect an ancient forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine on Thursday vowed to resist as police began evicting them, in a major escalation of the long-running environmental battle.
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Plan for whale sanctuary in South Atlantic defeated
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 13 September, 2018
Florianopolis, Brazil: A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic has been defeated at a meeting in Brazil of the International Whaling Commission, amid a clash between countries that think whales can be hunted sustainably and others that want more conservation measures.
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Adani ditches plan to build rail line for Carmichael coalmine
The Guardian
Thu 13 September, 2018
Adani has ditched plans to build a new rail line from Abbot Point to get coal out of Queensland’s Galilee Basin, opting for a cut-price solution using existing lines.
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The Brisbane Times
Adani has made a big change to its Queensland rail plan, to save money
The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The Australian Financial Review
Adani moves to slash costs to get Carmichael mine across the line
Industry calls for NEG resurrection to end 'cycle of hope and despair'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 13 September, 2018
Industry is urging Federal Parliament to salvage the National Energy Guarantee as Labor contemplates adopting the contentious policy that triggered the Turnbull government's implosion.
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CBUS aims for net zero carbon in property as $45trn investors tighten screws
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 13 September, 2018
Cbus, the $48 billion building industry super fund, has set its sights on zero net carbon emissions from its $5 billion property holdings, as global investors managing $45 trillion of funds tighten the screws on emissions compliance.
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Low-carbon economy 'growth story of the century': Stern
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 13 September, 2018
As thousands of mayors, governors, CEOs and experts gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit, economist Nicholas Stern called for big thinking and bold action to avoid the worst ravages of catastrophic global warming.
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Lowest cost for solar panels in Aus: study
News.com.au
Thu 13 September, 2018
Declining costs and advances in technology mean solar and wind are now viewed as solutions to strengthening grid resilience and reliability, a new report says.
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The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo!7 News
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Home battery register in the works, as rule-maker gives AEMO the nod
Reneweconomy
Thu 13 September, 2018
The Australian Energy Market Operator will soon be able to keep tabs on where – and exactly how much – solar and battery storage is installed behind the meter on the national electricity market, as it seeks to harness these valuable distributed resources to aid in the running of the grid.
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Deloitte: Let go of coal and make way for renewable energy
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 13 September, 2018
Governments and "coal zealots" need to let go of fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy which is cost competitive with the grid or better and becoming competitive in performance as well, Deloitte energy, resources and industrials partner Michael Rath says.
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Sustainability key to future proofing Australia’s built environment
The Fifth Estate
Thu 13 September, 2018
Following is an extract from a presentation at this year’s CoreNet Global annual conference in Sydney on 5 September, based on a six minutes TED style presentation on sustainability and the built environment.
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Whales given protection from noise and fishing nets
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 13 September, 2018
Whales finally got some good news on Wednesday after a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission the day before.
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Climate change: we need to start moving people away from some coastal areas, warns scientist
The Conversation
Thu 13 September, 2018
We are all too familiar with images of flooding in low lying areas after heavy rainfall or houses destroyed by coastal erosion after a storm. For an increasing number of people, coastal flooding and erosion is a real threat to property, the local economy and, in some cases, life. Hurricane Florence, for example, is forcing more than a million people on the US East Coast to flee from their homes. We are all too familiar with images of flooding in low lying areas after heavy rainfall or houses destroyed by coastal erosion after a storm. For an increasing number of people, coastal flooding and erosion is a real threat to property, the local economy and, in some cases, life. Hurricane Florence, for example, is forcing more than a million people on the US East Coast to flee from their homes.
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Massive fire threatens homes near Grantham in Queensland
News.com.au
Thu 13 September, 2018
Authorities have downgraded a fire warning for a fire near a Queensland town to “advice”.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
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Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts
The Conversation
Thu 13 September, 2018
As Hurricane Florence approaches the U.S. coast, over a million people have been ordered to evacuate from barrier islands and low-lying areas from South Carolina to Virginia. Precautions like this have been part of common hurricane preparations since the 1950s.
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Carbon offsets: how does flying 'neutral' work?
Triple J Hack
Thu 13 September, 2018
Go to any house party on a Saturday night and you’re bound to overhear people trading travel stories about tubing in Laos or getting lost at 3am in Prague.
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