Issue date : Wed 12 December, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 09 Seconds
Number of items : 49
Unresolved error sets up fiery showdown over new environment laws at Labor conference
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 12 December, 2018
An awkward administrative error has set up a fiery showdown at Labor's national conference over environment law, as right-wing leaders try to shut down plans for sweeping reforms backed by nearly 500 branches.
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Premier Mark McGowan accused of fracking about-face
The West Australian
Wed 12 December, 2018
A group of scientists has accused the McGowan Government of reneging on an election commitment to take climate change fully into account before deciding to lift its moratorium on the use of fracking to produce oil and gas.
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Investors demand climate change action
Investor Daily
Wed 12 December, 2018
Financial industry heavyweights have called on governments and businesses worldwide to step up climate change efforts.
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Company directors to be targeted at Labor national conference
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 12 December, 2018
Company directors would be liable for failing to uphold their corporate social responsibility under a proposal designed to stamp out wage theft, environmental exploitation and unconscionable conduct exposed by the banking royal commission.
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Australia solar pioneer collapses after funding failure, death of lead scientist
Reneweconomy
Wed 12 December, 2018
One of Australia’s longest running solar technology developers, GreatCell Solar, has called in voluntary administrators after failing to find funds to support a $25 million project to prove its technology, and following the death of its lead scientist in a mountaineering accident in the Swiss Alps.
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African desert to power initiative to provide 10 GW by 2025
Reneweconomy
Wed 12 December, 2018
A new Desert to Power Initiative – outlined at the UN Climate talks in Poland – intends to provide 250 million people in Africa with electricity through the development of 10 GW of solar by 2025.
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It’s the natural rhythm
The Australian
Wed 12 December, 2018
“Antarctica meltdown could double sea level rise”. “The planet could become ungovernable”. Such headlines reflect the growing alarm over sea level rise. The alarm is not so much about the 20cm or so that global sea level has risen since 1900
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Rome's rubbish crisis goes up in smoke
News.com.au
Wed 12 December, 2018
Rome's rubbish problem, linked to an inefficient waste disposal plant, has become an emergency after the plant caught fire and sent smoke over the city.
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Trump's climate adviser sparked protests, but he found a receptive audience in Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 11 December, 2018
Poland: Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks offered an unapologetic defence of fossil fuels on Monday, arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic.
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Anger, protests as Australia supports US fossil fuels event at UN climate talks
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Aust spruiks fossil fuels at climate talks
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SBS World News Australia
Are Australia's Paris 2030 emissions reductions on track thanks to 'loophole'?
ABC News
Tue 11 December, 2018
Australia will meet its 2030 emissions reduction targets of 26 to 28 per cent "in a canter", Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said — on more than one occasion — but with emissions consistently increasing, it hasn't always been clear how that will happen.
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New Zealand rules out using 'Kyoto credits' for Paris, Australia shtum
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 11 December, 2018
New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw has ruled out his nation using carryover credits to count against its Paris climate target, saying such a move would make it challenging for the world to meet the important goal of reducing emissions.
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‘Fossil fools’ seek a clean, efficient energy balance
The Australian
Tue 11 December, 2018
Protesters chanted “keep them in the ground” but Preston Wills Griffith, special adviser on ­energy to the US President said Donald Trump’s plan was to dig them up and use fossil fuels in a way that was “clean and ­efficient”.
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Adani met with environment department 40 times in six months
The Guardian
Tue 11 December, 2018
The federal environment department had 40 meetings in six months with Adani representatives to discuss the Carmichael coalmine project, according to responses to a Senate estimates committee.
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Senior Labor MP warns on Adani opposition
The Courier Mail
Tue 11 December, 2018
Federal Labor environment spokesman Tony Burke has warned he will fiercely oppose any push to make stopping a Queensland coalmine ALP policy.
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Canada needs its own Green New Deal
The Conversation
Tue 11 December, 2018
Newly elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a visible face of progressive politics in the United States. She is using her position to advocate for a “Green New Deal,” an ambitious effort to confront both climate change and social inequality. Canada can either lead or follow these efforts.
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NSW govt scraps South Head function centre
News.com.au
Tue 11 December, 2018
The NSW government has decided not to go ahead with plans to convert part of a Sydney national park into a function and wedding centre.
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Hume Coal mine gets damning assessment from NSW Government department over groundwater fears
ABC News
Tue 11 December, 2018
A NSW Government department has raised grave fears about plans for a new coal mine south of Sydney, predicting groundwater impacts that are unparalleled in the state.
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Water concerns over new NSW coalmine
The Sydney Morning Herald
NSW government rejects coal mine with 'most significant' water impact
The Age
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The Canberra Times
WAToday
This is war. It’s time to stand up to the carbon bullies
The Fifth Estate
Tue 11 December, 2018
There are no words strong enough with which to condemn the behaviour of the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait at COP24 after they refused to welcome the key scientific report on global warming commissioned by the United Nations following the Paris Agreement, which warned that the world has 12 years in which to ratchet down greenhouse gas emissions or face global temperature rises greater than 1.5°C, and, therefore, catastrophe.
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Sustainability part of the wallpaper at PwC
The Fifth Estate
Tue 11 December, 2018
Professional services giant PwC is determined to avoid silos, and according to consulting partner John Tomac, this means sustainability capability and expertise has trickled into all corners of the business.
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Australia in midst of $20 billion wind and solar investment boom
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 December, 2018
The Coalition government tried to prevent it and failed, and haven’t stopped complaining about it ever since. And now we can see why: Australia is in the midst of an extraordinary investment boom in large scale wind and solar projects, and battery storage, far beyond what even the industry’s most ardent supporters ever imagined.
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Whyalla goes greener with $145m solar greenhouse, as Gupta effect grows
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 December, 2018
The green industrial vision Sanjeev Gupta has built for the South Australian city of Whyalla – which was this week expanded upon, yet again – appears to be catching, with the local council announcing plans for a new state-of-the-art greenhouse business, powered by solar.
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“Australia first” rooftop solar trading trial kicks off in WA
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 December, 2018
Western Australia has launched a major – and, it claims, world- and Australia-first – residential solar trading trial that will see around 40 Fremantle households buy and sell their excess rooftop solar power with their neighbours, via the existing network and retailer.
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NSW plans to supercharge pumped hydro
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 11 December, 2018
The New South Wales government plans 24 new pumped hydro projects that would provide about half of the state's demand for electricity on the hottest days and three times the power of Snowy 2.0.
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The Australian Financial Review
Snowy Hydro closes in on Snowy 2.0 expansion sign-off
MIT team gains ground on molten silicon energy storage concept
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 December, 2018
A molten silicon energy storage system is being touted as another possible – and much cheaper – contender for grid-scale storage of renewable energy, in the ongoing research quest to move beyond lithium-ion batteries to support solar and wind dominated grids.
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New Large-Scale Solar Energy guideline for NSW
Architecture and Design
Tue 11 December, 2018
The NSW Government has released the new NSW Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline to inform and guide applicants and the community through the assessment process for state significant solar farm proposals.
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Game changing new digital platform to drive innovation in urban design
The Fifth Estate
Tue 11 December, 2018
A $1.8 million funding package was announced on 27 November by the Australian Research Council to a research consortium spanning Australia’s four largest capital cities. Led by Swinburne University of Technology together with UNSW, Monash, Curtin and Queensland universities, the objective is to develop a 21st century digital information platform for collaborative Built Environment and Design applications capable of matching those emerging elsewhere around the world.
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City frogs have sexiest love songs: study
News.com.au
Tue 11 December, 2018
City frogs put on "sexier" mating displays than those in the wild, according to experts.
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Scientists find some hope for coral reefs: The strong may survive
The New Daily
Tue 11 December, 2018
Among the threatened corals of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world that has been ravaged by global warming, researchers have found a reason for optimism — or at least a reason not to despair completely.
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Sea rise scenarios barely possible, says climate scientist Judith Curry
The Australian
Tue 11 December, 2018
A catastrophic rise in sea levels is unlikely this century, with ­recent experience falling within the range of natural variability over the past several thousand years, according to a report on peer-­reviewed studies by US climate scientist Judith Curry.
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Heavy snow kills three, snarls US travel
News.com.au
Tue 11 December, 2018
Three people are dead, almost 140,000 homes are without power and hundreds of motorists have been left stranded by heavy snow in the southeastern United States.
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