Issue date : Wed 23 January, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
William, Attenborough share Davos stage
News.com.au
Wed 23 January, 2019
Britain's Prince William has turned interviewer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, quizzing TV naturalist David Attenborough on what he called world leaders' "faltering" steps to tackle environmental challenges.
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NZ PM issues climate warning to leaders
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made a plea to other world leaders to acknowledge the realities of climate change or risk being on the wrong side of history.
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Scientists critical of Murray-Darling plan picked for fish-kill probe
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
Some of the most outspoken critics of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan have been selected for one of two independent probes into the recent fish kills, a move likely to ensure long-standing issues get a public airing, one of the scientists involved says.
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Pacific shames PM on climate policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Pacific last week has buttressed some crucial alliances, amid concerns about China’s economic, military and political expansionism, in our region.
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MP chauffeur-driven cars should be electric
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
The NSW government has just announced its policy on electric vehicles. It includes $5 million dedicated to delivering new charging infrastructure and a 10 per cent target for electric vehicles in the NSW Government's passenger vehicle fleet by 2020-21.
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Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction
The Conversation
Wed 23 January, 2019
Australian companies dominate African mining. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade counts 175 ASX-listed companies operating in 35 African countries. Professional services company PwC reckons there are more than 200, and that “a golden age of Australia-Africa relations has begun”.
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Macquarie Group picking up its green threads
The Fifth Estate
Wed 23 January, 2019
Macquarie Group’s new chief executive Shemara Wikramanayake might be trying to reverse some of the damage from its bad old #MeFirst days with a new thrust into climate action and green investment.
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Photon Energy helps Aldi cut costs with a 4.6MW solar roll-out
Ecogeneration
Wed 23 January, 2019
Photon Energy Engineering Australia will soon start work on helping supermarket chain Aldi cut its energy bills by installing 4.6MW of solar projects across 30 stores and a distribution centre in NSW and Queensland.
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Construction begins on 255MW Sunraysia solar farm in NSW
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 January, 2019
Construction is underway on the 255MW Sunraysia solar farm being developed by Maoneng near Balranald – one of the biggest PV projects currently being built in Australia.
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Limes not lemons: lessons from Australia’s first e-scooter sharing trial
The Conversation
Wed 23 January, 2019
If you’ve been in central Brisbane recently, you will know there is a new visitor in town. Lime e-scooters have popped up all over the CBD and neighbouring suburbs. It’s early days for this new mobility provider, so we can’t say if this is a permanent fixture with certainty, but here’s a transport research team’s view on the Brisbane trial and its implications.
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Australians are demanding energy efficient homes: ASBEC
Architecture and Design
Wed 23 January, 2019
In the midst of more record-breaking heatwaves, Australians have stopped asking for energy efficient homes and started demanding. The call from consumers and community groups to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of our homes is growing louder and more insistent by the day, writes Suzanne Toumbourou executive director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
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Biggest land-for-conservation deal aimed at heading off irrigators
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
One of the most important wetlands in the Riverina has been saved from potential conversion into cotton or rice farms in what's being claimed as the largest purchase of private land for conservation in Australia's history.
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Sydney desalination plant just days from starting up as dam levels dive
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
Sydney households will have up to $35 added to their annual water bills to cover the restart of the city's desalination plant, the Berejiklian government says.
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'Like the movie Frozen': Niagara Falls freezes up
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
A brutal winter storm not only dumped snow across the USA and Canada and sent temperatures plunging, it froze one of North America's top tourist spots.
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Fish kill study ordered by Federal Government, as another mass fish death event reported in NSW
ABC News
Tue 22 January, 2019
The Federal Government has ordered an independent study of the recent mass fish kills in the Lower Darling River.
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Professor to investigate NSW fish deaths
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The Australian
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Labor predicts next resource boom with $1 billion hydrogen pledge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 January, 2019
Australia would become a major global player in clean hydrogen production and create up to 16,000 new jobs in a Labor plan aimed firmly at voters in crucial Queensland seats ahead of the election.
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Coal vies with storage projects for govt power support
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 January, 2019
Labor has condemned any move to use funds from the Coalition government's new underwriting mechanism for new "firm" power plants to fund coal generation, as it emerged that a coal upgrade is also among the projects that Alinta Energy wants to tap the mechanism for.
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Washington DC signs 100% renewable energy bill
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 January, 2019
Washington DC has committed to plans to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2032, as part of its Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 which last week signed into law a raft of new clean energy policy initiatives.
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Never mind climate change, Davos prefers private jets
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 22 January, 2019
The Davos elite say they are more worried than ever about climate change. But that isn't stopping them chartering private jets in record numbers.
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Victoria should set an example on climate change
The Age
Tue 22 January, 2019
The Victorian government has grand plans to "lead the charge against climate change" in Australia, and the case for decisive action could not be stronger.
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Five ways cities can step up on climate change
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 January, 2019
You could be forgiven for thinking that 2018 was one of the worst years yet for climate change. Global greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, the US is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and climate change-fuelled extreme weather wreaked havoc in communities around the world.
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Pacific nations need more action from Australia on climate
The Age
Tue 22 January, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Pacific has buttressed some of Australia’s key alliances amid growing global concerns about China’s economic, military and political expansionism, which has been particularly evident in our region.
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Ethical investments top mandate appointments
Financial Standard
Tue 22 January, 2019
An analysis of the 273 mandate appointments in the year to September 2018 demonstrates the rise of ethical investing.
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Tiffany & Co. Will Now Reveal The Exact Origin Of Its Diamonds
ELLE Australia
Tue 22 January, 2019
From its custom designs and iconic robin's-egg blue packaging, to cult movie references and always-cool campaigns (hi, Zoë Kravitz), Tiffany & Co. certainly knows how to make a lasting and memorable statement. And now, the global jewellery house is using its status to drive social and ethical change within the diamond industry.
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OECD Says Impact Investment Needs Universal Standards
ProBono Australia News
Tue 22 January, 2019
Impact investing could be more effective if universal measurement standards were implemented and impact goals were better defined, an OECD report says.
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NSW approves 60MW solar farm for Narrabri South
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 January, 2019
New South Wales has waved through another large-scale PV project, a 60MW concern being developed by Canadian Solar just outside of Narrabri, in the state’s north.
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China spending $50b on coal plants offshore as domestic curbs bite, study shows
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 January, 2019
Shanghai | China has become a key backer for coal-fired power globally, funding more than a quarter of all new plants being developed outside its borders even as it clamps down on the polluting fuel at home, a study published on Tuesday said.
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Bats likely culprits of Qld power mystery
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 22 January, 2019
A colony of fruit bats is believed to be behind a spate of mysterious power outages plaguing Queensland sugar cane growers.
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The challenges of overpopulation
Independent Australia
Tue 22 January, 2019
The challenges of a stressed Earth go beyond the rhetoric of both capitalism and socialism, writes Dr Geoff Davies.
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Environmental award for luxury Surry Hills development
Architecture and Design
Tue 22 January, 2019
The Rathbone by AVID Property Group (AVID) – a new terrace-style apartment project in Surry Hills – has received a national environmental accreditation, in the form of a six ‘Leaf’ EnviroDevelopment certification from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
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Graphene stars in Passivhaus retrofit of Victorian townhouses
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 January, 2019
Passivehaus homes often have a distinctive look but with the help of a few new technologies and materials such as graphene there’s now more variation in shape and style than ever before – even Victorian-era townhouses are getting the Passivehaus treatment.
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New $1 billion Cbus project in Melbourne will be a wellness oasis
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 January, 2019
The wellness revolution in commercial property shows no sign of abating with Cbus Property’s proposal for a 55-storey office tower in Melbourne’s CBD featuring a four-level flexible wellness hub.
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How did it come to this?
Pursuit
Tue 22 January, 2019
The death of up to a million fish on a stretch of the Darling River highlights the need for the full implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
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Why we don’t know if Irukandji jellyfish are moving south
The Conversation
Tue 22 January, 2019
Reports that Irukandji jellyfish might be moving south may be panicking people unnecessarily. It’s almost impossible to tell where the tiny jellyfish are along our coast, but that could change with new technology that can “sweep” the ocean for traces of DNA.
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Puppy trains at Qld uni to find owl vomit
News.com.au
Tue 22 January, 2019
Australian National University's Difficult Bird Research Group has crowdfunded more than $60,000 to train a dog to find the vomit of endangered masked owls
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Freshwater wildlife face an uncertain future
The Conversation
Tue 22 January, 2019
Pacific salmon are one of Canada’s iconic creatures. Each summer, they complete their, on average, four- to five-year-long life cycle by returning from their rich ocean feeding grounds to the creeks and streams where they were born. Here, following in the “footsteps” of their parents, they will lay eggs, die and give rise to the next generation of salmon.
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Thousands of birds found dead in WA's 'most important' inland wetland
WAToday
Tue 22 January, 2019
A Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development veterinarian arrived at Lake Gregory in the East Kimberley earlier this month to take sample, and found a number of wild birds in "poor conditions with low body weights".
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How hyper-manicured public spaces hurt urban wildlife
The Conversation
Tue 22 January, 2019
I walked my kids to school recently through the pretty North East English village of East Boldon and saw a red cross on a beautiful old rowan tree. I thought it might be the diesel haze of nearby commuter traffic confusing my senses, but no.
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Bali to introduce new tourist levy to tackle environment and preserve culture
9 News
Tue 22 January, 2019
Tourists visiting Bali will have to pay a new $14 levy to enter the country. The fee, decided by the island’s lawmakers, will help pay for environmental projects, as well as cultural preservation.
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Curious Kids: how is water made?
The Conversation
Tue 22 January, 2019
You’ve probably heard of atoms, the tiniest building blocks of all matter in the Universe. We are all made of atoms stuck together (or, as scientists would say, “bonded”). Atoms bonded together form molecules.
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New dumps planned despite Ipswich generating 1000 waste complaints
The Brisbane Times
Tue 22 January, 2019
Almost 1000 complaints about "dreadful" waste odours, chemical pollution and waste dumping in Swanbank in the past six months have been made by Ipswich residents, yet the city’s council and the Queensland government are still assessing a new waste dump, a large expansion to an existing dump and a new waste-to-energy incinerator, all at Swanbank.
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A guide to Australian denialism
Crikey
Tue 22 January, 2019
From climate change denialists to anti-vaxxers, Australia has its fair share of those who reject scientific consensus (and common wisdom).
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Handling the heat
Australian Journal of Pharmacy
Tue 22 January, 2019
As parts of Australia continue to swelter through January heat, stakeholders have urged the public to be aware of overheating and dehydration risks
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Adelaide heat record could topple: BOM
News.com.au
Tue 22 January, 2019
Adelaide's 80-year heat record could topple this Thursday, after authorities upgraded the forecast to a 45C "horror day".
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Severe storm warning for Canberra
The Canberra Times
Tue 22 January, 2019
The Bureau of Meteorology says that they could "produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours".
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Australia Day to be six degrees hotter than last year as heatwave hits
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 January, 2019
The long weekend will see large parts of central and eastern New South Wales hit with another severe heatwave as the state heats up again after a brief respite, with parts of the Sydney basin facing temperatures up to six degrees hotter this Australia Day than in 2018.
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