Issue date : Thu 24 January, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 29 Seconds
Number of items : 41
At Davos, China and Germany tout openness as teenager plugs climate fight
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 24 January, 2019
China and Germany Wednesday defended global cooperation against the temptation of populism at the Davos forum of the world's business elite, but a Swedish teenager emerged as the unlikely star after her urgent calls for climate action inspired schoolchildren around the world.
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Shorten warns on Adani ‘miracle’
The Australian
Thu 24 January, 2019
Bill Shorten has cautioned against counting on a “miracle outcome” for Adani’s divisive Carmichael coalmine, declaring he will not be “shouted into submission” by coal bosses or green activists.One of the last key approvals for the thermal coal project has
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Major brokers refuse to rule out support for Adani coal mine, says anti-coal group
Insurance Business
Thu 24 January, 2019
Major insurance brokers have refused to rule out support for Adani Group’s Carmichael coal mine in Australia, despite growing opposition to the US$1.5 billion project among insurers and financial institutions, according to the Unfriend Coal campaign.
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'He's coming home': Tim Flannery returns to Australian Museum
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 January, 2019
Renowned Australian scientist and climate expert Tim Flannery has been appointed to a new climate change role at the Australian Museum in a major coup for the institution.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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SI driving shift in wealth creation philosophy
Money Management
Wed 23 January, 2019
Sustainability investing (SI) has rightfully evolved to now be considered a mainstay of the global investment landscape. But as with all new concepts, once the initial gloss has worn off, it’s prudent to maintain a watching brief on potential issues and respond accordingly.
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Bricks from sewage could address environmental challenges
Architecture and Design
Thu 24 January, 2019
Around the world, treated sewage sludge is typically sent to landfill or stockpiled, impacting the environment and using up valuable land space.
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Polyamorous marriage? It’s a must for sustainable cities
The Fifth Estate
Thu 24 January, 2019
A polyamorous marriage between research, industry, government, and community is imperative if we are to continue to future proof our Built Environment for a sustainable, low to zero carbon future.
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What makes a horror fire danger day?
ABC News
Thu 24 January, 2019
Textbook fire conditions are forecast over the next few days as hot northerly winds bear down on south-eastern Australia and a cold front creeps across from the west.
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'High intensity' heatwave likely as report reveals fire spending gaps
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 January, 2019
South-eastern Australia can expect "high intensity" heatwave conditions to elevate fire risks in coming days, with authorities battling to contain out-of-control blazes, particularly in Tasmania.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Ex-Turnbull adviser battles Abbott over roads, climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
A fight on climate and transport looms for Tony Abbott's seat of Warringah, with Malcolm Turnbull's former infrastructure adviser taking on the former prime minister by expressing concerns about a major road development, saying more needs to be done to prevent "dangerous" climate change risks, and in raising scepticism about Labor's proposed tax changes.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Jacinda Ardern tells world leaders they have nothing to fear from acting on climate change
ABC News
Wed 23 January, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and naturalist David Attenborough have issued a strong message to world leaders who do not believe in climate change while appearing together at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
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News.com.au
NZ PM issues climate warning to leaders
The Australian
The Geelong Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
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Minister absent from water crisis meeting as mayors converge on Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 January, 2019
Mayors from towns along the embattled Barwon-Darling river system who gathered in Sydney to discuss the water crisis have criticised the Water Minister for failing to attend or telephone into the meeting.
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Sir David Attenborough warns Davos that climate change risks destroying planet
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 23 January, 2019
Davos, Switzerland | Sir David Attenborough has seen more of the planet and its wonders than most humans ever will. And the famous naturalist and British television broadcaster warned on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) that it had changed so rapidly and profoundly because of human-driven climate change that we risked destroying our earthly home.
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The Australian
Climate action cannot wait, Attenborough tells William
Climate change dominates the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report
The Strategist
Wed 23 January, 2019
The World Economic Forum has released its Global Risks Report 2019 to coincide with its annual meeting taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland. For the third year in a row, climate change and climate change–related risks dominate the list, accounting for five of the top 10 by both likelihood and impact.
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We can’t save everything from climate change – here’s how to make choices
The Conversation
Wed 23 January, 2019
Recent reports have delivered sobering messages about climate change and its consequences. They include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C; the fourth installment of the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment; and the World Meteorological Organization’s initial report on the State of the Global Climate 2018.
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Just how green is the Belt and Road?
The Interpreter
Wed 23 January, 2019
China is frequently hailed as a leader in international efforts to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, playing a pivotal role in negotiating the Paris Agreement, and pledging that carbon emissions will peak by 2030 and decline rapidly thereafter. The country has quickly become one of the world’s largest investors in renewable energy, investing in solar and wind projects, hydroelectric dams, and electric vehicles. President Xi Jinping has described a new era in Chinese development, calling for a Chinese “ecological civilisation”.
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Postcard from the edge of the Murray Darling's ecological disaster
The Brisbane Times
Wed 23 January, 2019
I’m writing from Goondiwindi, a town that sits along the Macintyre River, at the top of the Murray-Darling Basin, right on the border of NSW and Queensland. The stomping ground of David Littleproud, the Federal Water Minister. This is cotton country.
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Coal units cut out as report warns ‘HELE’ plants “just as unreliable”
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 January, 2019
Around 1GW of coal-fired power generation has dropped out of the mix in Victoria as the state heads into another summer heatwave – and as the federal government puts together its short-list of proposals for subsidised “reliable” “24/7” power generation to shore up the national grid.
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Ambitious energy efficiency targets needed
Ecogeneration
Wed 23 January, 2019
Setting ambitious energy efficiency targets that are measured annually and linked to electricity and gas sales could significantly sharpen focus on demand-side energy policy, helping to offset the current supply-side-heavy imbalance, writes Hamish McGovern.
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First turbine goes up at Neoen’s wind and battery hub in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 January, 2019
The first of 56 turbines that will make up the nearly 200MW wind power component of Neoen’s Bulgana Green Power Hub is being installed, marking a new milestone for the ground-breaking hybrid renewables and battery storage project in Victoria.
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Now that UK nuclear power plans are in tatters, it’s vital to double down on wind and solar
The Conversation
Wed 23 January, 2019
Now that Japanese giants Toshiba and Hitachi have walked away from UK nuclear power projects that had previously been abandoned by others, it has forced the government to reassess the pro-nuclear bias of its energy policy. Greg Clark, the UK business secretary, has recognised that nuclear power is no longer cost competitive with renewable energy, but don’t expect any extra push into the cheaper technology.
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CEC 2018 report: A record year for renewable energy trends in Australia
Energy Matters
Wed 23 January, 2019
Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) has produced a summary of renewable energy trends that emerged in 2018. It signals a positive future for renewables, with solar power growing in popularity and helping to drive down energy prices.
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Could this be Australia’s most sustainable housing community ?
Architecture and Design
Wed 23 January, 2019
Touted as ‘Australia’s premium sustainable housing project’, The Cape, in Cape Paterson, has now opened its doors to its newest 8.1-star energy efficient home, Seastar, an energy and water efficient coastal home that is said to be ‘within the top tier of sustainable homes in Australia.’
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Woman 'shocked' to find plastic in endangered eastern quoll scats
ABC News
Wed 23 January, 2019
A Tasmanian woman says she was shocked to discover pieces of blue plastic in quoll scats left around her property, with a wildlife expert calling for people to be more mindful of how they dispose of their waste.
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10 Australian Ethical Clothing Brands To Shop And Save The Planet
Marie Claire
Wed 23 January, 2019
What is ethical fashion? There’s so much to unpack when it comes to buying ethical, sustainable and eco fashion brands. In the first place, how can you tell the difference between all the different meanings?
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9 ethically minded luxury hotels to try
Vogue Australia
Wed 23 January, 2019
Sustainability is all the rage in travel right now, but it’s also the future as more travellers of all generations look to journey responsibly and place a lighter footprint on the planet. But the word means more than a hotel swapping plastic straws for paper (although that’s welcome, too). Sustainability is certainly about taking care of the environment through careful water, energy and recycling practices, but it’s also about giving back to communities by promoting local produce, artisanship and traditional skills, and maintaining connection with indigenous cultures. So, an urban hotel in New York can be a beacon of sustainability as much as a resort in the pristine Cambodian jungle.
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Queensland hot weather record broken in state's scorching west
ABC News
Wed 23 January, 2019
A new state record for the most consecutive days over 45 degrees Celsius has been broken in Queensland this week, with sweltering temperatures in Birdsville in the state's far south-west over 10 days.
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