Issue date : Wed 24 October, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Taylor says no plans to ditch rooftop solar rebate
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 October, 2018
Energy minister Angus Taylor has indicated the Coalition government has no plans to ditch the rooftop solar rebate, despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and big utilities such as Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia pushing for its abolition.
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Drought Summit: Time to unite and find a way forward
The Weekly Times
Wed 24 October, 2018
MY FIRST trip as Prime Minister was to Quilpie in western Queensland and despite the most trying of circumstances, the strength, belief and optimism of farmers and their families was palpable.
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Rethinking production to boost circular economies
Inside Waste
Wed 24 October, 2018
Rethinking how we manufacture industrial products and deal with them at the end of their useful life could provide breakthrough environmental, social and economic benefits, according to new research from the International Resource Panel.
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Tasplan confident of leaving behind ‘stranded’ assets
Investment Magazine
Wed 24 October, 2018
Tasplan chief investment officer Ian Lundy says investing for the low-carbon future and determining what types of assets could become stranded remains a complex issue for the fund and fellow institutional investors.
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Competition boosts sustainability profits in wineries
Food Processing
Wed 24 October, 2018
Wineries and vineyards that adopt more sustainability practices have better financial performance, particularly when they perceive significant pressure from competitors, according to an international study.
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Sydney's gardens add $320m to city's wealth each year
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 24 October, 2018
Out for an early walk on Tuesday in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie's Chair, international visitor Jason Nabi didn't hesitate when asked what he thought of the gardens.
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Supply Chain Sustainability School signs three strategic partnerships
Architecture and Design
Wed 24 October, 2018
The CEO of Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School says its three new partnerships indicate a new level of industry collaboration, a more accessible range of free learning resources and case studies, and a keen focus on social sustainability as the Property Council of Australia, Social Traders and Supply Nation all commit to working with the School.
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Brunswick echoes with the sound of the ‘sustainable’ Nightingale
Architecture and Design
Wed 24 October, 2018
The suburb of Brunswick, located four kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD is experiencing a housing revolution of sorts, with the rise of socially and environmentally responsible housing which prioritises good design outcomes and community building over the bottom line.
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Flying close to ground saves energy
Cosmos
Wed 24 October, 2018
Flying animals save energy – and lots of it – by flying close to the ground, researchers have found, adding evidence for one of two competing theories of the evolution of flight.
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NASA discovers incredible 1.6 kilometre-long perfectly rectangular iceberg floating in the Antarctic
News.com.au
Wed 24 October, 2018
THE giant, flat block of ice known as a tabular berg, was spotted off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, but what causes this natural phenomenon?
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Perthnow
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Why there's a perfectly rectangular iceberg floating in Antarctica
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
ABC News
NASA scientists discover 'photogenic' iceberg with almost perfect right angles and a flat top
We must look past short-term drought solutions and improve the land itself
The Conversation
Wed 24 October, 2018
With drought ravaging Australia’s eastern states, much attention has been given to the need to provide short-term solutions through drought relief. But long-term resilience is a vital issue, particularly as climate change adds further pressure to farmers and farmland.
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Rubbish collections could soon be fortnightly across Melbourne
News.com.au
Wed 24 October, 2018
RUBBISH collections across Melbourne could soon become fortnightly because of a push from a state government agency.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
Farmers' priorities for drought summit
SBS World News Australia
Tue 23 October, 2018
The National Farmers' Federation has outlined its priorities for Friday's national drought summit in Canberra, calling on the federal government to act.
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Yahoo!7 News
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Brazil's Amazon at risk if Bolsonaro wins presidency: ecologists
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 23 October, 2018
Promises by Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro and his entourage bode badly for the future of the Amazon -- called the "lungs of the planet" -- if he wins, environmentalists warn.
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Vic power grid boosted ahead of summer
News.com.au
Tue 23 October, 2018
The first of Victoria's large scale storage batteries has been unveiled in the regional city of Ballarat to back up the state's energy grid.
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SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
Yahoo!7 News
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High-powered station to charge Canberra's electric cars
The Canberra Times
Tue 23 October, 2018
Canberra's electric car drivers will be able to travel further without refuelling their vehicles after the arrival of a new high-powered charging station.
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Green spaces help combat loneliness – but they demand investment
The Conversation
Tue 23 October, 2018
Urban green spaces – including parks, woodlands, riverbanks, and gardens – are an essential part of a web of physical and mental well-being. They provide spaces to socialise and opportunities to connect with the natural world. They are restorative enclaves in stressful cities.
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NABERS’ new tool is looking at you tenants
The Fifth Estate
Tue 23 October, 2018
NABERS ratings have been phenomenally successful for offices: they’ve penetrated 80 per cent of the office space market and saved a mountain in energy costs for landlords. Now there’s a new tool that could do the same for tenants.
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House of the future: what Sekisui House says about prefab and zero energy
The Fifth Estate
Tue 23 October, 2018
Many Australians still equate prefabricated construction with mass-produced, characterless houses that are not built to last. But one of Japan’s biggest builders of prefab homes has been in Australia for nearly 10 years now. And it can see the tide is turning. Not only are sales of its prefab showpiece growing, but a zero energy house could soon be next to market.
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Edible crabs won’t cope with the effects of climate change on seawater – new study
The Conversation
Tue 23 October, 2018
We are only just beginning to learn how aquatic organisms will respond to climate change, and the effect that this will have on their communities and ecosystems. One way to find out more is to look at whether species will be able to compensate for changes in their environment. Particularly if they can survive any immediate fluctuations in temperature, and reductions in ocean pH brought about by increasing levels of atmospheric CO₂.
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More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing
The Conversation
Tue 23 October, 2018
There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed that fishing affects 55% of the world’s oceans. Given that many people in the developing world rely on fish as their main source of protein, and the increasing preference for luxury fish products in countries such as China, such statistics might seem plausible.
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Curious Kids: Why is a magpie’s poo black and white?
The Conversation
Wed 24 October, 2018
In humans and all mammals there are two exits for all the things the body does not need or cannot digest. We have a bladder (for the liquid) and an anus to get rid of solids. The fluid we call urine. It is fluid because we drink a good deal but the part that has to be expelled is called urea. It is toxic and that’s why it has to leave the body. Urea dissolves in water and it is in our urine.
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‘Soil probiotics’ promise bigger, healthier crops, but there’s a downside
The Conversation
Tue 23 October, 2018
More than half the world’s plant-derived energy intake comes from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize. These crops, like most land plants, live in an evolutionarily ancient partnership with a certain type of fungus, called arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
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Rain, desalination repairs ease threat of water restrictions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 23 October, 2018
The risk of restrictions on water use for Sydney have abated for now after a wetter-than-usual October and the completion of repair work on the city's tornado-hit desalination plant.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Plastics have entered human food chain, study shows
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 23 October, 2018
Bits of plastic have been detected in the faeces of people in Europe, Russia and Japan, according to research claiming to show for the first time the widespread presence of plastics in the human food chain.
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Indian court allows firecrackers despite pollution
SBS World News Australia
Tue 23 October, 2018
India's top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels.
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Yahoo!7 News
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Plastic to ride: Indonesians swap bottles for bus tickets
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 23 October, 2018
Surabaya: Indonesia's second-largest city has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste: giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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All Of The Sustainable Fashion Meghan Markle Has Worn In Australia
Marie Claire
Tue 23 October, 2018
With a total of 76 appearances booked during the royal tour of Australia, it's no wonder Meghan Markle has been crashing websites left, right and centre as she steps out sporting Australian labels, high street bargains and stunning designer pieces.
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