Issue date : Thu 20 September, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Angus Taylor-made package prolongs coal’s power
The Australian
Thu 20 September, 2018
Newly appointed federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor will consider a plan to upgrade the ­efficiency of Australian coal-fired power stations to improve performance, cut emissions and prolong their operating lives, among a suite of options to shore up the ­national power supply.
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Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 20 September, 2018
Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank's chief executive said Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada.
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Climate change, at the frontlines
The Interpreter
Thu 20 September, 2018
When Pacific island leaders gathered in Nauru this month, they issued a security declaration affirming climate change as the “single greatest threat” to the region.
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Nuclear energy the answer to combat climate change
The Australian
Thu 20 September, 2018
Nuclear energy was vital to meeting the global challenge of climate change but projections were for a dramatic shortfall in capacity by 2050, a major new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
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World first Canberra technology
Ecogeneration
Thu 20 September, 2018
The first and largest of its kind in the world, the Canberra Virtual Power Plant project solves grid challenges that arise from wholesale market volatility, peaks in demand and generation, and poor power quality. More than 500 households are rewarded for participating in Canberra’s Virtual Power Plant.
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We’ve cracked the cane toad genome, and that could help put the brakes on its invasion
The Conversation
Thu 20 September, 2018
We and our international colleagues have deciphered the genetic code of the cane toad. The complete sequence, published today in the journal GigaScience, will help us understand how the toad can quickly evolve to adapt to new environments, how its infamous toxin works, and hopefully give us new options for halting this invader’s march across Australia.
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Why we must learn to love wasps
Cosmos
Thu 20 September, 2018
Public and professional dislike risks endangering important but unloved insects. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Mexico ranch helps American bison make a comeback
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 20 September, 2018
Hundreds of years ago, the American bison roamed freely across the widest natural range of any herbivore on the continent -- a vast habitat extending from northern Mexico across the United States to Alaska, and Canada.
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Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 20 September, 2018
Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.
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VRFish voices concerns over use of environmental water in drought
The Weekly Times
Thu 20 September, 2018
VICTORIA’S peak recreational fishing body VRFish, has waded into the debate on whether environmental water should be sold to farmers struggling to feed livestock due to drought, issuing a blunt “hands off” message.
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Tasmanian hazardous waste disposal site open for business
Inside Waste
Thu 20 September, 2018
After an extensive testing and approval process conducted by the EPA, Southern Waste Solutions' $6.7 million Category C-cell waste disposal site - located in southern Tasmania and the first established in the state - is now ready for operation and awaiting its first delivery.
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Abbott’s Green Army is coming back, for last charge of the coal brigade
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 September, 2018
Australia, in September 2018, looks and sounds like 2013, at least when it comes to climate and energy policy: The Coalition government’s environment minister is talking up the benefits of the Green Army and the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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Gore still hopeful about climate change
Investment Magazine
Wed 19 September, 2018
Former US vice-president and passionate environmental campaigner Al Gore argued at the PRI in Person conference in San Francisco that climate change poses an existential threat to the global economy and civilisation. In a keynote address to a hall packed with 1200 delegates, Gore, who founded Generation Investment Management in 2004, urged investors to act on climate change or they would dismally fail future generations.
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Needles, pins and decimated strawberry fields
Independent Australia
Wed 19 September, 2018
A food-crisis media frenzy, combined with poor industry mitigation, may wipe out farms in the wake of the strawberry contamination scare, writes strawberry farm manager Paul Davis.
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Adani reveals coal mine conceptual plan to rail owner
The New Daily
Wed 19 September, 2018
Adani has submitted a conceptual operating plan for its Carmichael coal mine and says it will start construction without government funding.
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Unilever chief calls for new capitalism
Investment Magazine
Wed 19 September, 2018
Polman listed four challenges that lie ahead. He said the world needed to decarbonise the global economy and move to a circular economy, and he told delegates the biggest global economies were using more resources than the world could produce.
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Work begins on Australia’s biggest and lowest cost wind farm
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 September, 2018
Construction has begun on what will be one of Australia’s biggest, and (from what we know) lowest cost, wind energy developments – the 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in western Victoria.
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Solar power enjoys a record-breaking summer in Europe
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 September, 2018
With the days getting longer here in Australia and the temperature beginning to warm it means that our Northern Hemisphere friends are saying goodbye to their incredibly sunny Summer – so sunny, in fact, that the European solar industry achieved a series of new records at the same time that other electricity generation technologies struggled.
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Solar overtakes brown coal in mid-day power, and keeps prices down
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 September, 2018
On Monday we noted how solar is now emerging as the biggest power source in the South Australia grid during the middle of the day, heralding the next phase of that state’s transition towards 100 per cent renewables.
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'Rubber-stamping extinction': WA forests in trouble but it's nobody's fault
WAToday
Wed 19 September, 2018
The state’s review of its native forest logging practices says critical knowledge gaps and faulty tracking of threatened species has made it impossible to complete its task properly.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Shark attack in Whitsundays leaves Tasmanian woman, 46, in critical condition
The Mercury
Wed 19 September, 2018
A HOLIDAY to the Whitsunday Islands has turned to horror for a Tasmanian tourist who was attacked by a shark and seriously injured, leaving her in a critical condition overnight.
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Hope for northern white rhinos as second pregnancy confirmed
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 September, 2018
San Diego: A second rhino has become pregnant this year through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The pregnancy of 10-year-old Amani marks another milestone for an ambitious program to rescue a rhino subspecies with stem cells.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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AI could help us manage natural disasters – but only to an extent
The Conversation
Wed 19 September, 2018
Residents are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, a record-breaking storm that has hit the US east coast and led to at least 32 deaths, floods and damaged homes. Meanwhile, Typhoon Mangkhut has been ravaging southern China. More than three million people were evacuated.
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Go with the flow: desalination plant study finds 'amazing' ocean impact
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 September, 2018
The Sydney desalination plant's biggest effect on the nearby ocean is unlikely to be from the release of toxic saline brine, in an unexpected outcome from what is claimed to be the world's first peer-reviewed study into the industry's marine impacts.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains
The Conversation
Wed 19 September, 2018
There is no doubt that plastic pollution in oceans is a growing worldwide problem. The internet is full of images of seabirds and other marine animals entangled in plastic waste, and animals starve because their guts are blocked with plastic bags.
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Craft beer drinkers ignoring the CDS
The Shout
Wed 19 September, 2018
The 2018 Australian Craft Beer Survey, has thrown out some surprising results, one of which showed that drinkers in the category are not engaged with the New South Wales Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).
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Milan Fashion Week regales in green-tinted luxury
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 19 September, 2018
Milan Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday with cutting-edge couturiers taking over the city to present their women's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 collections, while doffing a collective cap to the environment.
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Influencers Are Provoking Environmentalists By Posing In Dangerous Locations
D'Marge
Wed 19 September, 2018
Back in the days of Nokia cell phones and Sat Nav GPS, people went camping to disconnect. To explore. To discover. These days it seems like people have one aim: get the perfect Insta shot. You know the kind, feet dangling over a precipitous edge, thermos flask jauntily placed to one side, golden hour of sunlight providing the perfect backdrop of warm light.
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High fire threats in place amid scorching Sydney temperatures
News.com.au
Wed 19 September, 2018
A FREAK change in the weather is bringing dangerous conditions to eastern parts of Australia today amid a warning from authorities.
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The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
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