Issue date : Mon 4 February, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 02 Seconds
Number of items : 71
NSW Labor promises review of power plants' environmental licences
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 4 February, 2019
NSW Labor’s energy spokesperson Adam Searle says Labor would direct the Environment Protection Authority to review the licences of the state’s five coal-fired power plants if the party wins the election.
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UN, World Economy Forum and WBCSD unite to address e-waste challenges
Inside Waste
Mon 4 February, 2019
Seven United Nations (UN) entities have come together, supported by the World Economic Forum, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to call for an overhaul of the current electronics system, with the aim of supporting international efforts to address e-waste challenges.
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PM must fight on issue of climate
The Australian
Mon 4 February, 2019
Paul Kelly correctly identifies how hard Scott Morrison needs to fight to keep the Liberal heartland onside
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The Murray-Darling: Death by capitalism
Independent Australia
Mon 4 February, 2019
The environmental and ecological disasters occurring at the Murray-Darling Basin are driven by capitalism, writes John Passant.
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Deakin partners with AusNet on renewable energy microgrid
Architecture and Design
Mon 4 February, 2019
A new industrial-scale energy microgrid is being developed by Deakin University in partnership with AusNet Services and Mondo to meet the energy needs of the University’s Waurn Ponds Campus.
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Further positive signs of life in Chernobyl
Cosmos
Mon 4 February, 2019
There’s further evidence that wildlife is once again abundant in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) in the Ukraine, three decades after the world’s most famous nuclear disaster.
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Line drawn in sand for toad war
The Australian
Mon 4 February, 2019
A waterless “toad line” in arid country where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean in Western Australia was the best option to stop a threatened ­invasion of cane toads from reaching the Pilbara and marching on to Perth.
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Planes can intensify rain and snow
Cosmos
Mon 4 February, 2019
Airborne planes can increase precipitation from clouds by around 10-fold, and under certain conditions can increase rain and snow storms over airports as planes pass through clouds during take-off or landing.
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Should Canberra stop mowing and start growing native grasses?
The Canberra Times
Mon 4 February, 2019
The ACT government could cut back on its multimillion-dollar annual mowing bill by transforming grassy areas into native oases, environmentalists say.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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These Nordic labels are setting the standard for style and sustainability
Vogue Australia
Mon 4 February, 2019
Forget Scandi noir. Or earth-toned hygge-chic. New Nordic style is about colour, light and fun. This was apparent from the street style looks at Copenhagen Fashion Week, where jewel tones and clashing checks ruled. There was a lightness and glamour on the runways too, perhaps nowhere more than at Rotate by Birger Christensen.
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'Yellow vests' hit German streets in pro-diesel protest
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 3 February, 2019
Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday in Stuttgart, the bastion of Germany's car industry, against a recent driving ban on older diesels, wearing yellow vests to match protesters in France whose movement began as a reaction to proposed fuel hikes.
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Opinion: PM's critical misstep on climate change
The Courier Mail
Sun 3 February, 2019
Scott Morrison made a serious tactical mistake when he created his Cabinet after Malcolm Turnbull was punted last year, writes Renee Viellaris.
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BlueScope aligns with ACCC, Tesla to argue for demand response
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 3 February, 2019
Heavy energy user BlueScope Steel, energy innovators such as Tesla and the national competition regulator have lined up against the electricity retailers to try to push through new rules that would allow a major expansion of "demand response", with the potential to eliminate the sort of blackouts that hit Victoria last month.
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New city parks are a breath of fresh air
The Age
Sun 3 February, 2019
There’ll be many happy dogs in Melbourne by 2020. The City of Melbourne has announced plans for six new parks by 2020 in central Melbourne, Southbank, Carlton, Docklands, and West Melbourne. The CBD park will be the first created since the 1980s, and will sit at the corner of Collins and Market streets.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The best alternative to eating meat?
Independent Australia
Sun 3 February, 2019
Meat created from the cells of animals presents great benefits for the world, writes Michael Dello-Iacovo.
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How drought affects freshwater fish
The Conversation
Sun 3 February, 2019
When we think of a river, dark, cool rushing water — full of energy and life — comes to mind. Yet, in the face of climate change we are frequently witnessing almost entirely dry river beds with barely enough water to support fish and other aquatic life.
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The everyday items we all throw in the bin – with dire consequences
The New Daily
Sun 3 February, 2019
It’s the start of the year and Australians are purging. The release of Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s show, Tidying Up on Netflix has sparked a national cleaning frenzy, with Aussies now throwing out so much stuff that government bodies are pleading for us to stop.
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Sydney wins bid to host major climate conference for women in 2020
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 3 February, 2019
Hundreds of climate leaders are expected to flock to Sydney next year after the City of Sydney won its bid to host a global conference for women.
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The Canberra Times
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Hell froze over, so I went to stare into the abyss
News.com.au
Sun 3 February, 2019
After battling bone-chilling -26C temperatures during the polar vortex, a famous weather forecaster has made a huge statement on the big freeze.
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Polar Vortex: Death toll rises as people found frozen to death
News.com.au
Sun 3 February, 2019
A good Samaritan has been praised after she rented 20 hotel rooms for homeless people during the polar vortex, prompting others to follow her example.
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Perthnow
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil makes bold weather call
News.com.au
Sun 3 February, 2019
It’s Groundhog Day … again! Handlers for Pennsylvania’s most famous prognosticating groundhog have some good news for those Americans battling the polar vortex.
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The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
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'Extraordinarily fortunate': How NSW has dodged the worst fire weather
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 3 February, 2019
NSW has so far been spared the severe fire dangers this summer that might have been expected given the record heat for the state - and Australia overall - for both December and January.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Julie Bishop says Australia needs ‘some kind’ of NEG
The Australian
Sat 2 February, 2019
Australia will need to adopt “some kind” of national energy guarantee to give electricity gener­ators the confidence to invest­, former foreign minister Julie Bishop says.
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'The right time': climate-change action the rallying cry for emerging independents
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 2 February, 2019
Zali Steggall, the barrister and former world champion skier who will challenge Tony Abbott for the prize seat of Warringah, says she could have just as easily run as a Liberal rather than an independent - in another era.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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‘Gross negligence’ on Murray-Darling
The Saturday Paper
Sat 2 February, 2019
Murray-Darling Basin royal commissioner Bret Walker, SC, has savaged successive governments and found the basin’s management authority is ‘unwilling or incapable of acting lawfully’. By Karen Middleton.
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Drought, water pressures and the Menindee fish kill put Barwon in the balance
ABC News
Sat 2 February, 2019
It may just be an accident of timing, but the Menindee fish kill could be sucking the life out of the Nationals campaign in the New South Wales far western safe seat of Barwon and breathing new air into campaigns for Labor and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.
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High chance of more fish kills: NSW Govt
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 2 February, 2019
Experts are warning the chance of more fish kills in NSW is high as a cool change sweeps across the state.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
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Follow our lead on energy, Gladys says
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 2 February, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian says other states should follow NSW's example and "lift their game" on energy policy following reports of a state government proposal to legislate emissions targets.
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News.com.au
NT News
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
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Paralysis on climate change hangs over Morrison's campaign
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 2 February, 2019
The federal election is probably still more than three months away but Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have bounced back from their summer break and spent the past five days touring marginal electorates.
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Opinion: It's not too late to change our behaviour
The Mercury
Sat 2 February, 2019
AS Tasmanians bake under sweltering heat, choke under smoke-filled skies and watch in fear as wildfires burn out of control across the island, Americans are freezing to death in weather more akin to that on Mars than Earth.
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'National disgrace': research argues commercial roo harvesting humane
The Canberra Times
Sat 2 February, 2019
Australian farmers should be allowed and encouraged to commercially harvest kangaroos to stop environmental degradation and sudden population crashes, researchers have argued.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Facebook glitch emboldens student climate protesters
The Age
Sat 2 February, 2019
The battle cry for climate-conscious students is out. “On March 15, we’re walking out of school and you’re invited!”
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Professor David Lindenmayer
The Saturday Paper
Sat 2 February, 2019
A walk through Toolangi State Forest with scientist and academic David Lindenmayer. By Romy Ash.
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Austrian lake offers climate haven for Dutch ice skaters
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 2 February, 2019
For over two decades, lack of ice has prevented a hallowed fixture in the Dutch ice skating calendar. But devotees of this national obsession have found refuge in the Austrian Alps -- all thanks to James Bond.
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Climate change predicted to cause more heart defects in babies
The New Daily
Sat 2 February, 2019
Researchers are predicting that the protracted heatwaves associated with climate change – and which are breaking records in the Australian summer in progress – will lead to a rise in congenital heart defects (CHD) in unborn babies.
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'Dome of hot air': Australia blows away heat records
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 2 February, 2019
Australia in January smashed its heat records for any month with "extraordinary" overnight and daytime temperatures both beating previous national highs by about 1 degree. NSW shattered its records by twice that.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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Liberal MPs agitate for climate change action as Julie Bishop lifts temperature
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 1 February, 2019
Senior Liberals say they have been assured the government will have a climate policy to take to the next election, saying it is not too late to reverse some of the damage caused by the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull.
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Government stands by Murray-Darling Basin boss amid calls for royal commission
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 1 February, 2019
The Morrison government is backing the head of the beleaguered Murray-Darling Basin Authority, despite a royal commission accusing its senior officials of "gross negligence" and "maladministration".
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Damning royal commission report leaves no doubt that we all lose if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan fails
The Conversation
Fri 1 February, 2019
In the wake of revelations of water theft, fish kills, and towns running out of water, the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin has reported that the Basin Plan must be strengthened if there is to be any hope of saving the river system, and the communities along it, from a bleak future.
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Hot and cold running planet triggers strange times in Australia
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 1 February, 2019
As the northern hemisphere freezes in the coldest winter ever recorded, climate scientists are quick to explain that the cause of the "polar vortex" is obviously global warming. In this exclusive excerpt from her latest in-depth, multi-million dollar, three-year study funded entirely by the government's Green Research into Anthropogenic Scientific Proof (GRASP) programme, Professor Rowena Gore-Blimey explains how it is not just freezing winters that are caused by global warming but so too are many of the world's most recent extreme cataclysmic events.
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Marine life typically thrives in the tropics – so why do whales prefer the poles?
The Conversation
Fri 1 February, 2019
Life in the sea isn’t easy. Talk to most people about the ocean and they are likely to imagine a tropical scene with a stretch of golden sand and warm, clear water. The reality is often quite different – the marine environment can be a surprisingly cold place.
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