Issue date : Tue 2 October, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
Billion-tree plan to combat climate change
The Australian
Tue 2 October, 2018
A plan to plant one billion trees could revitalise Australia’s plantation timber industry and drive Direct Action to combat climate change, Australia’s peak timber industry group said.
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Merkel gathers ministers for crunch diesel summit
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 2 October, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and key ministers deliberated late into the night in a crucial diesel summit, aiming to purge city air of pollutants while sparing car owners additional costs and shielding the vital auto industry from harm.
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Australia's emissions data would shame the Coalition, if such a thing were possible
The Guardian
Tue 2 October, 2018
Late on Friday, under the cover of the release of the first interim report from the Hayne royal commission into the financial sector and the day before a weekend of AFL and NRL grand finals, the government released the latest quarterly data showing greenhouse gas emissions had once again risen.
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Foreigners scoop renewable energy windfalls
The Australian
Tue 2 October, 2018
Foreign entities will clean up under Victoria’s renewable energy target and reverse auction program, with new analysis showing foreign companies make up five of the six funded by the program and about 96 per cent of the generation capacity.
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Our fast-growing cities and their people are proving to be remarkably adaptable
The Conversation
Tue 2 October, 2018
Outer-suburban dwellers in our large capital cities are the modern version of Menzies’ “forgotten people”, if the government is to be believed. The image of a low-income commuter forced to spend over an hour driving to the CBD is all too common, as the media reach for a way to make sense of population growth.
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There really are snakes on planes
Cosmos
Tue 2 October, 2018
Slithery hitchhikers devastated Guam’s birds and have Hawaii in their sights. Nick Carne reports.
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Locals angry at tourists’ antics near protected sea lions at Sandfly Bay
News.com.au
Tue 2 October, 2018
VISITORS to a New Zealand beach have been caught on camera posing for photos and dancing close to protected sea lions, as a local wildlife expert says such behaviour is a “constant frustration”.
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The Herald Sun
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A gulping worm and other micro marvels
Cosmos
Tue 2 October, 2018
The nervous system inside a zebrafish, a laser moving around inside a soap membrane and a polychaete worm digesting its food are among the amazing images to win accolades in the eighth annual international Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition.
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'Living laboratory': National flood study centre opens amid dry times
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 2 October, 2018
A year-and-a-half after massive floods inundated Lismore, the northern NSW town is to serve as a national "living laboratory", hosting a research centre to focus on identifying flood risks and how to cope with their aftermath.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Less meat, coal key to a cooler planet
The Australian
Tue 2 October, 2018
An accelerated withdrawal from coal and a change in the global diet away from meat are needed to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, leaked copies of a major new ­climate report say.
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Invading plants boost blue carbon
Cosmos
Tue 2 October, 2018
Carbon storage sometimes rockets when feral plants take hold. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Engineering plants for a sustainable future
Pursuit
Tue 2 October, 2018
Scientists have discovered the genetic master switches for a plant’s body mass production and it brings with it the potential to produce new biomaterials and bioplastics
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The road to here: rivers were the highways of Australia’s colonial history
The Conversation
Tue 2 October, 2018
On November 2, 1816, Charles Repeat, “a poor old man”, was driving his master’s cart along the short route between Hobart and New Town in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). He accidentally drove over a small tree stump, and was thrown from the cart and killed immediately.
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'I was aghast': One woman's fight against single-use plastics
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 2 October, 2018
"The first plastic straw you ever used in your life is lying there still, that's scary," Rhea Mazumdar Singhal says.
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Phelps would ban fossil fuel firms' political donations, oppose Adani
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
Kerryn Phelps, the independent candidate for Wentworth, would push to ban political donations from fossil fuel companies and require federal MPs disclose their meetings with such firms and their lobbyists if elected.
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Pauline Hanson demands a ‘please explain’ on Paris Agreement
The Australian
Mon 1 October, 2018
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called on Scott Morrison to withdraw Australia from the Paris Agreement on climate change or “please explain” why the government would not pull out.
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Scott Morrison says surprise $444 million reef grant was a bid to balance the books
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a desire to balance the federal budget drove a surprise decision to bestow $444 million in Great Barrier Reef funding to a private foundation, as emails emerge showing that department officials expressed relief they were not involved in the controversial grant.
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Party animals: Libs hang with lemurs to pledge free zoo entry for kids
The Age
Mon 1 October, 2018
As political media events go, this was a high-risk strategy. Three Liberal politicians, one candidate, partners and 10 children gathered in Parkville to proclaim the Coalition’s commitment to affordable zoo access for families.
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A cynical attempt to avoid scrutiny
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
Late last Friday afternoon, after Commissioner Kenneth Hayne delivered his interim findings into the financial services industry, and the nation prepared for a weekend of football finals, the federal government quietly released a story that should have been front-page news.
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The Age
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Taking out the trash: government hides shocking emissions figures
Crikey
Mon 1 October, 2018
The Department of Environment and Energy quietly released a concerning report while everyone was preoccupied with AFL and NRL. This marks Australia’s 15th quarter of consecutive increased annual emissions.
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The Coalition's (non) disclosure bill
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 1 October, 2018
While the ability to influence legislation is a KPI for most business peak bodies, when environment groups or charities express a view about public policy they are increasingly told to stay out of politics. Indeed, the Coalition government held an entire inquiry into the tax deductibility of environmental organisations that had the temerity to advocate for stronger environmental protection laws.
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Carnegie CEO exits after 10 years following write-downs, share falls
Reneweconomy
Mon 1 October, 2018
Carnegie Clean Energy, widely regarded as the leading wave energy developer in the country, announced on Friday that its long-serving CEO of 10 years, Michael Ottaviano, would leave the company and has been replaced by former chief technology officer Jonathan Fievez.
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How we can turn plastic waste into green energy
The Conversation
Mon 1 October, 2018
In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from reality. Plastics, in particular, contain mainly carbon and hydrogen, with similar energy content to conventional fuels such as diesel.
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Tasmanian power prices plunge as hydro storages overflow
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 1 October, 2018
Tasmanian energy users enjoyed a return to pre-energy crisis electricity prices of under $45 a megawatt hour in the September quarter as the island state generated 100 per cent of its needs for the year to date from renewable energy.
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New Queensland abattoir to be powered by solar and hydrogen storage
Reneweconomy
Mon 1 October, 2018
A new high-tech abattoir is to be built in Gladstone, Queensland, has joined the industrial shift to renewable energy, announcing plans for the plant to be partly powered by a 78MW solar farm, with a 33MW solar-powered hydrogen facility to service its boiler.
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How Healesville helped an ailing echidna lick its ant allergy
The Age
Mon 1 October, 2018
Matilda wanted to be like the other baby echidnas. She wanted to live in her burrow and suck up ants with the help of her long, sticky tongue. But she was allergic to ants.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Backyard count to tally Australia's birds
News.com.au
Mon 1 October, 2018
Australians are being called on to help conservationists gather a snapshot of the nation's birds by counting our feathered friends during National Bird Week.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo!7 News
A hundred trees, a hundred hearts: bid to protect Perth cockatoo roost
WAToday
Mon 1 October, 2018
Protesters in Perth’s southeastern suburbs have hung 100 handmade hearts at a regionally significant black cockatoo roost, in protest at plans to cut down 100 of its trees – about a third of the roost – for industrial development.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Short of a judge, US Supreme Court to decide fate of endangered frog
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
Success, Mississippi: When does the mood strike for a dusky gopher frog? In the winter or spring. At night. When the water in a unique kind of pond in a distinct kind of forest is at a specific depth. And it is raining.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Wild weather: Hurricanes, tsunamis and quakes threaten millions
News.com.au
Mon 1 October, 2018
A MONSTER typhoon has started to thrash Japan, and a hurricane is on track to wreak havoc in Mexico as Indonesia struggles in the aftermath of a catastrophic tsunami which killed at least 830 people.
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The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Rainfall tallies plummet after Australia's driest September on record
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
Australia has notched its driest September on record, with less than a third of the usual rainfall for the month, extending the dry spell that has farmers and firefighters increasingly desperate for rain.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The wedding ring with the dirty little secret
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 October, 2018
At a scenic overlook, Panjwani surprised Stein by proposing marriage. But instead of presenting a traditional diamond solitaire, he held out a "smog free ring," a piece of designer jewelry that has come to symbolize the fight against urban pollution.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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