Issue date : Tue 29 January, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 17 Seconds
Number of items : 74
Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures
Reneweconomy
Tue 29 January, 2019
Former Clean Energy Finance Corporation boss Oliver Yates has thrown his hat into the political ring, taking on Treasurer and deputy Liberal Party leader Josh Frydenberg in the traditionally safe seat of Kooyong, as the architects of the Coalition’s disastrous climate and energy policy continue to be targeted by strong independents.
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Murray-Darling collapse: Carelessness and corruption beyond caring
Independent Australia
Tue 29 January, 2019
The collapse of the Darling River system and, with it, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the much-vaunted "Plan" is an awful example of all that is wrong with Australia at the moment.
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John Hewson says profits don't have to take a hit in climate change transition
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 January, 2019
Former Liberal Party leader John Hewson is chairman-elect of the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Australia. Peter Bakker is president and chief executive of its parent organisation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. They spoke to Sally Patten about how both organisations work with governments and business to mobilise them for the transition to sustainability.
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Industry giants join TerraCycle to launch global recycling service
Inside Waste
Tue 29 January, 2019
Global consumer goods brands including PepsiCo, P&G, Nestle and Unilever have recently announced their partnership with TerraCycle, a global recycling leader, to launch a green service called Loop.
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'Out of control': Businesses fear heatwave havoc will continue
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 29 January, 2019
The country's small business council is calling for a round table to discuss power security and extreme heat as business owners report heatwaves are costing them thousands.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Businesses buy record level of renewable power in 2018
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 29 January, 2019
Companies globally bought twice as much renewable energy in 2018 as in 2017, with Facebook alone buying 2.6 gigawatts of green power last year - more than the entire Asia-Pacific region.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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View from 'turtle bridge': Brisbane's Breakfast Creek is shrinking by the day in big dry
The Guardian
Tue 29 January, 2019
The locals call this spot the “turtle bridge”, and most stop for a few moments to watch the turtles and the families of ducks. Lately they’ve been muttering about the sprawl of the dry creek bed, which has turned the section of Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek into a shallow stagnant pond, shrinking by the day.
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To predict droughts, don’t look at the skies. Look in the soil… from space
The Conversation
Tue 29 January, 2019
Another summer, another drought. Sydney’s water storages are running on empty, and desalinisation plants are being dusted off. Elsewhere, shrunken rivers, lakes and dams are swollen with rotting fish. Governments, irrigators and environmentalists blame each other for the drought, or just blame it on nature.
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One year on: where is Australia's recycling going now?
The Guardian
Tue 29 January, 2019
Recycling is being stockpiled and council authorities fear it will soon head to landfill, as Australia’s recycling crisis continues to take its toll on the industry.
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The e-waste market and its relation to the circular economy
Inside Waste
Tue 29 January, 2019
Recently, around 450 industry representatives from 39 different nations came to Salzburg for the International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC) to speak on the current developments in the e-waste market and how it relates to the circular economy.
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Report lists 3 biggest dangers to humans
News.com.au
Mon 28 January, 2019
Obesity, hunger and climate change are the biggest threats to the world population, a new report says, calling for a plan and trillions of dollars to thwart the dangers.
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SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Weekly Times
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The Sydney Morning Herald
The three biggest threats to humanity revealed in Lancet report
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
A doctor's prescription for beating the heat
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 January, 2019
As a GP working in western Sydney, where temperatures can be 10C hotter than the rest of the city, I see how heat affects vulnerable people on a daily basis.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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What would Australia look like powered by 100% renewable energy?
The Guardian
Mon 28 January, 2019
Liberal party donor and coal plant owner Trevor St Baker is proposing with the help of his mates in government to build two new coal power stations in Australia at the expense of taxpayers.
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Not on our watch - citizens stand united on climate change
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 28 January, 2019
While I was having the time of my life leading a group of students through the sweltering jungles of Borneo in July last year, a new group of committed persons got together with Jacquie Svenson to put on the very well-attended Narratives of Climate Change Symposium.
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Flannery Supports Anti-Abbott Candidate. and Gets Job
The Herald Sun
Mon 28 January, 2019
Yet another warming alarmist says she'll run against Tony Abbott, but with the support of a man with an astonishing record of dud predictions:
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The Daily Telegraph
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Davos oils the wheels of an ecological turnaround
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 28 January, 2019
Nowhere in global discourse do Big Oil and Big Ecology come together quite so starkly as in Davos, their two parallel universes briefly intersecting in the capital of cognitive dissonance.
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Life in a tiny house: what’s it like and how can it be made better?
The Conversation
Mon 28 January, 2019
Mention “tiny house” in any social gathering and people almost always say, “Oh I love tiny houses.” The enthusiasm for tiny houses isn’t matched, however, by the take-up of tiny house living. Very few people actually live in tiny houses. So, why the discrepancy?
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Thousands more fish found dead at Menindee as locals fear there will be 'none left'
ABC News
Mon 28 January, 2019
Carp have been filmed floating and gasping on the banks of the Darling River at Menindee after the town in far west NSW was struck by another mass fish kill.
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The Guardian
Menindee fish kill: another mass death on Darling River 'worse than last time'
The Australian
Darling River awash in more fish carcasses
The Sydney Morning Herald
'It's starting again': Another big fish kill unfolding at Menindee
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
News.com.au
Another mass fish kill in NSW a ‘disaster’
The Advertiser
The Weekly Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
The Herald Sun
NT News
Yahoo!7 News
The Newcastle Herald
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‘Worst man-made fish kill’: Thousands more fish found dead in the Darling River
9 News
'Absolute waste': Fish deaths strike again
9 News
Fresh fish kill as ‘tens of thousands’ of perch and bream wash up on the Darling River at Menindee
The world’s shellfish are under threat as our oceans become more acidic
The Conversation
Mon 28 January, 2019
For the past few million years the world’s oceans have existed in a slightly alkaline state, with an average pH of 8.2. Now, with carbon emissions escalating, there is more CO₂ in the world’s atmosphere. This dissolves in the oceans, altering the chemistry of the seawater by lowering the pH and making it more acidic – up to 30% more in the past 200 years. This growing acidification of the oceans is becoming a serious problem for the production of shellfish around the world.
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Mountain bike tracks pose dangers to Tasmania's threatened species
The Mercury
Mon 28 January, 2019
THE story “Dirty bikes a threat to native bushland” was a welcome respite from the relentless promotion of mountain bike tourism in Tasmania because it highlighted the potentially significant ecological impacts
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Amazon deforestation, already rising, may spike under Bolsonaro
The Conversation
Mon 28 January, 2019
Over the past 25 years that I have been conducting environmental research in the Amazon, I have witnessed the the ongoing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest. Twenty percent of it has been deforested by now – an area larger than Texas.
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Plastic dhow sails Kenya coast to highlight waste crisis
SBS World News Australia
Mon 28 January, 2019
A Kenyan environmentalist is sailing the world's first dhow boat made entirely of recycled plastic to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste.
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Hobart scientist's top award
The Mercury
Mon 28 January, 2019
Hobart oceanographer Dr John Church has become the first Australian to win the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change, for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of global warming and rising sea levels.
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Conserving Australia’s Future
ProBono Australia News
Mon 28 January, 2019
Rich Gilmore is the Australian director of The Nature Conservancy, and is fighting to conserve and restore Australia’s precious landscape by involving sectors across the board, and making them part of the issue. He is this week’s Changemaker.
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Hot air from Australia causes New Zealand heatwave
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 January, 2019
Hot air from Australia has helped to produce scorching temperatures for many parts of New Zealand this week.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Greens' push to ban funding for coal-fired power threatens government control
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 27 January, 2019
The Coalition would be exposed to a damaging parliamentary defeat if a Greens push to ban taxpayer support for coal-fired power is successful, with the minor party "hopeful" of securing the required numbers in the House of Representatives to defy the minority government.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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'Election battleground': Desal plant restart elevates water policy war
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 27 January, 2019
The expected resumption of the Sydney Desalination Plant on Sunday will sharpen water as a prominent election issue, with Labor, the City of Sydney and the Greens stepping up criticism of the Berejiklian government's handling of the vital resource.
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Climate change protests in Belgium, France
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 27 January, 2019
At least 70,000 people have braved cold and rain in Brussels to demand the Belgian government and the European Union increase efforts to fight climate change.
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News.com.au
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
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New paper highlights commercial fish stocks in Australia are sustainable
Fishing World
Sun 27 January, 2019
SEAFOOD Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing Australia’s seafood industry, has welcomed a paper led by Rich Little, CSIRO, Senior Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere denouncing claims by Graham Edgar et al. (2018).
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Melbourne’s radical engineers storing electricity in '2D' sheets
The Age
Sun 27 January, 2019
It may look like grey paint on a roll of kitchen foil but engineer Chun Hin Ng is holding a wonder material, which he hopes will revolutionise how we store energy.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Mite versus mite: The search for an effective way to save honeybees
The Conversation
Sun 27 January, 2019
Finding new and environmentally friendly ways to control pests is both challenging and exciting. This is even more true when it involves developing a tool to address one of the greatest threats to honeybee colonies.
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The gecko get-go: 'They're superheroes'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 27 January, 2019
Just how fast can a gecko go? New research has shown how Asian geckos are able to run over water at nearly a metre per second.
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The Canberra Times
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Sydney desalination plant reactivated as water levels drop
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 27 January, 2019
Sydney's mothballed desalination plant has been reactivated for the first time in almost seven years as Sydney's water levels dropped below 60 per cent on Sunday morning.
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The poet who learned to read the Arctic's 'library of ice'
ABC News
Sun 27 January, 2019
In the Arctic, there is a distinction made between spiky ice, greasy ice, ice so sharp it could cut a dog's feet, and ice that is barely there, just a thin film between forms.
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UN Security Council divided on climate-security link
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 26 January, 2019
Russia and the US resisted on Friday efforts by the UN Security Council to take a tougher stand on climate change -- a day after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned of a lack of political will to fight global warming.
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Murray-Darling plan needs reform: report
9 News
Sat 26 January, 2019
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is at serious risk unless the way it is managed is reformed, including splitting the federal authority overseeing it, a major report has found.
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Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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The Australian Financial Review
Murray-Darling plan needs reform: Productivity Commission report
Trump official 'exploring' climate change
9 News
Sat 26 January, 2019
The Trump administration's senior air pollution official says that he and his agency were still exploring the science of climate change and fell short of calling it a crisis.
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Australia, we have bigger issues to tackle than boardies and thongs
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 26 January, 2019
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and forcing 537 councils to conduct citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. And it’s stinking hot.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The invisible cost of Australia’s bushfires
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 26 January, 2019
In the three decades I have been fighting fires, one thing has never changed: That surge of adrenaline when you get a call, and know you have mere seconds to spring into action and respond to the emergency.
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Gum trees and the fight against global warming
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 26 January, 2019
Just as the world grapples with the effects of climate change – fiercer and more frequent bushfires, droughts, floods and freak storms – Australia is doing its darndest to cut down more trees. Forests are disappearing so fast in NSW and Queensland that WWF International has put Australia on its list of global deforestation hot spots – the only one in the developed world – while koala populations continue to be decimated through habitat loss.
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'Game on': What happens when Sydney's desalination plant gets turned on
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 26 January, 2019
The $2.3 billion Sydney Desalination Plant has been mothballed since July 2012. The trigger for reactivating the project will be reached by Sunday, once the city's water reservoirs dip below the 60 per cent mark.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Jillian Broadbent recognised as climate fighter, boardroom trailblazer
The Age
Sat 26 January, 2019
Jillian Broadbent was 19 years old when she started working at the Reserve Bank of Australia, putting together models that would help prepare the country for the massive wave of deregulation that would reshape the economy through the 1970s.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Record Philanthropic Purchase to Protect Murray Darling Wetland
ProBono Australia News
Fri 25 January, 2019
The Nature Conservancy has raised a record $55 million to buy two cattle stations, which will see one of the most important wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin protected from conversion to rice or cotton farms.
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Grid held together by solar, load management, as coal fails in heat
Reneweconomy
Fri 25 January, 2019
The Australian Energy Market Operator has pulled out all the stops for a second day running, as extreme heat combined with coal power outages pushed the grid to the edge of its limits in South Australia and Victoria.
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Geosiris is an early contender for Sexiest Plant of 2019
The Conversation
Fri 25 January, 2019
It’s a pale rebel with a mysterious past, who doesn’t play by the family rules. You might not guess from looking at it, but Geosiris australiensis is my pick for the Sexiest Plant of 2019.
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Lessons from Cyclone Gaja: how to limit the impact of extreme weather in developing countries
The Conversation
Fri 25 January, 2019
Taking up almost the entire southern tip of India, Tamil Nadu is the country’s second-largest economy. Its delta region is considered to be the “rice bowl” of the state, also producing coconuts, bananas, nuts, spices and sugar cane. On 16 November 2018, Cyclone Gaja struck Tamil Nadu’s coastal areas, devastating local agriculture and infrastructure, and destroying thousands of homes.
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Large rise in CO2 predicted for 2019
News.com.au
Fri 25 January, 2019
UK scientists are predicting 2019 will see one of the largest rises on record of levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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