Issue date : Wed 30 January, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
It's time to 'take out' environment ministers who fail on climate, says Oliver Yates
The Guardian
Wed 30 January, 2019
The long-time Liberal party member wants to take on Josh Frydenberg to start a people power campaign
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Labor flirts with forest protection, angering timber industry
The Australian
Wed 30 January, 2019
Federal Labor risks a stoush with Tasmania’s forest industry after backing the revival of the Tasmanian forest peace deal and refusing to rule out better protection for threatened species from logging.
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Talking Point: How long will Tasmanian fire crisis last?
The Mercury
Wed 30 January, 2019
NO one could have predicted the current fire crisis. The vast areas burnt and under threat of being burnt by numerous bushfires are the result of a complex mix of climate factors, each on their own quite ordinary, but combined
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Animal welfare versus animal rights
The Weekly Times
Wed 30 January, 2019
ANIMAL welfare versus animal rights. These are two different concepts but I wonder how many of us know the difference?
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ESG strategy goes beyond fossil-fuel screens
Investment Magazine
Wed 30 January, 2019
Australia’s super funds can’t simply screen out or diversify away from climate-change risk by moving out of assets such as coal or gas and reaping the rewards from companies that are able to exploit energy transition opportunities.
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Hydro and seek
ABC News
Wed 30 January, 2019
Abandoned energy policies litter the Australian landscape. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, Emissions Trading Scheme, National Energy Guarantee: none have survived, nor have the prime ministers that proposed them.
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World energy markets report 2018 … are we there yet?
Ecogeneration
Wed 30 January, 2019
Late last year Capgemini released its 20th annual World Energy Markets Observatory Report for 2018. Ecogeneration takes a look at the report and what it means for the renewable energy sector as China continues to be the world leader in in the production of renewable energy sources.
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When the heat hits: how to make our homes comfortable without cranking up the aircon
The Conversation
Wed 30 January, 2019
Summer in Australia seems to bite harder each year. Adelaide set a record maximum temperature for the nation’s capital cities of 46.6°C last week and there have been extreme heatwaves around Australia. The challenge to remain at a comfortable temperature in our homes is unprecedented.
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Death by 775 cuts: how conservation law is failing the black-throated finch
The Conversation
Wed 30 January, 2019
Nearly 20 years ago, Australia adopted national environmental legislation that was celebrated widely as a balanced response to Australia’s threatened species crisis. In the same year, Queensland introduced its Vegetation Management Act. Together, these laws were meant to help prevent further extinctions.
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The Guardian
Adani mine: environmental laws designed to protect black-throated finch led to bird's decline
The Sydney Morning Herald
Adani threatens largest known flock of endangered finches
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
NSW mass fish death clean-up under way
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 30 January, 2019
An estimated 1.4 tonnes of dead fish have been scooped up from the Darling River in NSW's far west, as finger-pointing over who is at fault continues.
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9 News
News.com.au
Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
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For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 30 January, 2019
Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.
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In Egypt, stray dogs pose growing urban challenge
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 30 January, 2019
Alaa Hilal was out shopping in Cairo when she was attacked by a stray dog in broad daylight -- an increasing problem of daily life in Egypt which is stirring debate.
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Food shock increasing globally, say researchers
Food Processing
Wed 30 January, 2019
The increasing number of ‘food shocks’ — sudden losses in food production — caused by extreme weather, overfishing and geopolitical crises pose significant threats to global food security, according to new research.
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Tasmanians urged to conserve water as four main fires continue to ravage the state
9 News
Wed 30 January, 2019
Tasmanians are being asked to conserve water as the state continues to be ravaged by devastating bushfires, with no end in sight, and people and properties at risk in the southeast.
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News.com.au
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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New action plan uses blue mussels to clean Peel-Harvey estuary water
WAToday
Wed 30 January, 2019
The Nature Conservancy and Murdoch University are assessing the ability of new shellfish 'reefs' to help filter pollutants in the Peel-Harvey Estuary.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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China failing to curb methane emissions, study finds
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 30 January, 2019
Methane emissions from coal mining in China have continued to rise despite tough legislation and ambitious government targets, a new study based on satellite data said Wednesday.
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Here’s what happens to our plastic recycling when it goes offshore
The Conversation
Wed 30 January, 2019
Last year many Australians were surprised to learn that around half of our plastic waste collected for recycling is exported, and up to 70% was going to China. So much of the world’s plastic was being sent to China that China imposed strict conditions on further imports. The decision sent ripples around the globe, leaving most advanced economies struggling to manage vast quantities of mixed plastics and mixed paper.
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Murray-Darling Basin Plan could be in breach of law
The Advertiser
Tue 29 January, 2019
Doubts over the legality of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan will ensure the stoush between governments will continue towards the Federal election.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hails ‘reliable’ renewables
The Australian
Tue 29 January, 2019
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has accused the Andrews government of “deliberately trashing” the reliability of the Victorian electricity grid by encouraging investment in variable renewable generation without backup and storage.
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Menindee fish kill: NSW water minister says he's 'not downplaying' latest deaths
The Guardian
Tue 29 January, 2019
Niall Blair says deaths are like nothing ‘we’ve ever seen in the state before’ while touring Lower Darling River site
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Fish kill in the Murrumbidgee River leaves 'thousands' more dead
The Australian
Water anger grows as mass fish killings spread to Murrumbidgee
News.com.au
‘Absolute waste’: Fury as more dead fish found in Murrumbidgee River
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
Germany to end coal power by 2038
The Australian
Tue 29 January, 2019
Germany must find a way to replace more than half its electricity sources by 2038 as the government prepares to end a 200-year-old reliance on coal.The move is expected to cost as much as €78 billion (AUD125bn) and cause turmoil for the 60,000 people
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How one think tank poisoned Australia’s climate debate
Crikey
Tue 29 January, 2019
One of the Institute of Public Affair's greatest successes has been to stitch climate denialism into the very fabric of the conservative political identity.
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Farmers tuning in to the profitability of sustainability
The Fifth Estate
Tue 29 January, 2019
Life on the land has always been tough in Australia and things are only expected to get harder as climate change leads to drier conditions and other weather-related challenges.
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New wind-solar-battery power plant wins approval in Western Australia
Reneweconomy
Tue 29 January, 2019
A new wind and solar project that will also likely include battery storage has received Federal government approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and should begin construction later this year.
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Corporate clean energy purchasing reached record 13.4 GW in 2018
Reneweconomy
Tue 29 January, 2019
Corporations around the globe purchased a record 13.4GW worth of clean power through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in 2018, according to a new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), more than double the previous year’s record.
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The universities embracing Passivhaus design
The Fifth Estate
Tue 29 January, 2019
Passivhaus design, originally intended for housing, is being adapted to demanding university and other educational buildings, which have complex needs in terms of occupancy and technology.
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Germany retains unlimited autobahns
Motoring
Tue 29 January, 2019
The hypercar haven of Germany will retain its status as the fastest in the world after the government today rejected proposals from safety and environment groups for a blanket 130km/h maximum limit.
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British brands Lotus, Williams unite to develop next-gen models
Drive
Tue 29 January, 2019
Two of Britain’s most renowned automotive engineering firms will join forces to take on the likes of Porsche and McLaren as the automotive industry rushes to embrace hybrid and electric technology.
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Five maps that reveal the world’s remaining wilderness
The Conversation
Tue 29 January, 2019
There aren’t many corners of the world left untouched by humanity. Recent research has highlighted that just 23% of the planet’s land surface (excluding Antarctica) and 13% of the ocean can now be classified as wilderness, representing nearly a 10% decline over the last 20 years. And more than 70% of what wilderness remains is contained within just five countries.
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Tipples and trash: A Japan waste plant opens its doors
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 29 January, 2019
A group of young Japanese snap selfies as they knock back a few drinks on a Friday night. But the backdrop to their photos is a mechanical claw stuffed with trash.
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'A January to forget': Hot end to month puts heat records in play
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 29 January, 2019
It will come as little surprise to most Sydneysiders but the city is tracking its hottest January on record and a final burst of heat for the month could well have the data keepers updating their records.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Polar vortex to grip Midwest with most extreme cold in a generation
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 January, 2019
Chicago | Two of the most dreaded words in a Midwestern weather forecast - "polar vortex" - returned this week, promising life-threatening low temperatures that could shatter records and plunge much of the region into its deepest freeze in decades.
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How frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming
The Conversation
Tue 29 January, 2019
A record-breaking cold wave is sending literal shivers down the spines of millions of Americans. Temperatures across the upper Midwest are forecast to fall an astonishing 50 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) below normal this week – as low as 35 degrees below zero. Pile a gusty wind on top, and the air will feel like -60 F.
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