Issue date : Wed 6 February, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
CSIRO questions whether all Australia's emissions cuts are real
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 February, 2019
The nation’s pre-eminent science agency has cast doubt on the environmental benefits claimed under the Morrison government’s main climate policy, raising concerns Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against global warming.
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‘Population before climate’: new Victorian MP Clifford Hayes hits out at Greens
The Australian
Wed 6 February, 2019
Sustainable Australia MLC Clifford Hayes says the “population question” must be addressed in order to address climate change, hitting out at the Greens during a maiden speech where he also acknowledged his new staffer, Rudd shadow attorney-general Kelvin Thomson.
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Attention on climate change, Murray-Darling Basin as MPs return to Canberra
The Weekly Times
Wed 6 February, 2019
A LONG hot summer has sharpened political attention on climate change and the Murray-Darling Basin as federal politicians return to Canberra next week for a final fortnight ahead of a pre-Easter Budget and likely May poll.
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Zali Steggall says Labor needs to commit to stopping Adani coalmine
The Guardian
Wed 6 February, 2019
The high-profile independent taking on Tony Abbott in Warringah at the coming federal election says Labor’s climate change policy needs to be more ambitious and include an explicit commitment to block the Adani coalmine.
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Fire, drought and flooding rain: it’s time for national action on climate change
The Strategist
Wed 6 February, 2019
Australia may be a sunburnt country, with droughts and flooding rains, but climate change is relentlessly ramping up our nation’s inherent vulnerabilities: January 2019 was Australia’s hottest month on record, and nine of the 10 warmest years on record occurred after 2005.
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OPINION: We must fight coastal drilling on Newcastle’s horizon
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 6 February, 2019
ON Thursday a demonstration will coincide with the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s community drop-in session about the regulation of offshore petroleum activities, including seismic surveys.
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Quench Your Thirst and Save the Reef
ProBono Australia News
Wed 6 February, 2019
Beer and the Great Barrier Reef are two things most Australians treasure, which is why James Grugeon, founder of the Good Beer Company, created a tasty beer that’s also helping save the reef, writes Maggie Coggan in this month’s spotlight on social enterprise.
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BHP forms alliance to clean up mining impacted lands and water
Australian Mining
Wed 6 February, 2019
BHP has formed a partnership aimed at finding a sustainable way to both clean up legacy mining impacts and develop biomass to be used as feedstock for biofuels from the impacted lands and water.
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Report argues case to transition away from coal dependence
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 6 February, 2019
More than 5000 jobs and $705 million in wages will be lost from the Hunter without investment in new employment and industries over the next two decades, a new report arguing for the need transform the Hunter’s economy away from reliance on coal has warned.
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From wood waste to solar: The changing face of renewables in past 20 years
Reneweconomy
Wed 6 February, 2019
At RenewEconomy we do like a good graph, and we are pretty impressed with this one, above, which comes courtesy of Warwick Johnston of industry analysts SunWiz. It tracks the history of Australian renewable energy developments over the past 20 years.
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GBCA welcomes national trajectory towards a zero emission future
Architecture and Design
Wed 6 February, 2019
Australia’s energy ministers are set to map out a path to zero-energy and zero-carbon buildings under a significant national agreement at the Building Ministers’ Forum twice-yearly meeting that will take place in Hobart this Friday.
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Scientists can clone monkeys, but should they?
Cosmos
Wed 6 February, 2019
Commodifying creatures that are close to us in moral standing may well itself lead to a slippery slope, says medical ethicist David Hunter of Australia's Flinders University.
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'Beggars belief': more endangered parrots exported from Australia
The Guardian
Wed 6 February, 2019
A government MP has said it “beggars belief” that more endangered Australian birds have been exported to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper and extortionist, after a Guardian investigation revealed there had been multiple warnings that the birds could be sold to collectors at a huge profit.
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Governments not keeping pace with climate change impacts: scientist
The Brisbane Times
Tue 5 February, 2019
One of Australia's leading scientists has warned the Queensland and federal governments that they are not keeping pace with the impacts of climate change.
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Veteran firefighter slams government over climate change inaction
SBS World News Australia
Tue 5 February, 2019
As bushfires continue to rage in Tasmania, a former fire captain has called on the federal government to do more about climate change, which he said is creating fire seasons that are "longer" and "more severe".
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The ministers have spoken – we could be on the road to no carbon
The Fifth Estate
Tue 5 February, 2019
At last, after 12 long years we could finally see some improvement in the energy efficiency requirements for housing. Thanks to state and territory energy ministers and, hopefully, the building ministers meeting on Friday in Hobart.
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Businesses Called On to Help Clean Up Australia
ProBono Australia News
Tue 5 February, 2019
Terrie-Ann Johnson, managing director of Clean Up Australia, said the charity was working with Guinness World Records to create a category for the most employees engaged in an environmental activity at any one time.
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Major Brands Unite to Launch Zero-Waste Shopping Platform
ProBono Australia News
Tue 5 February, 2019
Announced at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Loop is designed to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging, through a convenient and circular solution for consumers that has meaningful environmental benefits.
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Elliott Green Power opens Susan River solar farm, two more being built
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 February, 2019
Elliott Green Power has formally opened its 95MW Susan River solar farm near Maryborough and Hervey Bay in Queensland, with another of the company’s solar farms near completion and a third to be finished later this year.
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Indigenous contractor pursuing solar for remote communities
The Fifth Estate
Tue 5 February, 2019
Indigenous-owned and managed national contracting business By Group is primarily a fit out and refurbishment company that’s worked with Defence, JLL and Aurecon, but is now venturing into new territory with solar projects and civil construction.
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Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency
The Conversation
Tue 5 February, 2019
After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we’ve still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings so that the built environment stops being a dominant contributor to runaway climate change.
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Our ‘bee-eye camera’ helps us support bees, grow food and protect the environment
The Conversation
Tue 5 February, 2019
Walking through our gardens in Australia, we may not realise that buzzing around us is one of our greatest natural resources. Bees are responsible for pollinating about a third of food for human consumption, and data on crop production suggests that bees contribute more than US$235 billion to the global economy each year.
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Scientists Will Once Again Try To Explore Alien Ecosystem Exposed By Giant Antarctic Iceberg
Gizmodo Australia
Tue 5 February, 2019
Last year, a team of scientists embarked on a mission to explore the seafloor exposed when a Delaware-sized iceberg popped off the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017. Frustratingly, their ship had to turn around mid-voyage thanks to impenetrable sea ice. This year, amidst near-record low Antarctic sea ice levels, another team of scientists will make an attempt.
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Queensland’s floods are so huge the only way to track them is from space
The Conversation
Tue 5 February, 2019
Many parts of Queensland have been declared disaster zones and thousands of residents evacuated due to a 1-in-100-year flood. Townsville is at the epicentre of the “unprecedented” monsoonal downpour that brought more than a year’s worth of rain in just a few days, and the emergency is far from over with yet more torrential rain expected.
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Local Litter goes global
Inside Waste
Tue 5 February, 2019
The NSW EPA have announced that it is moving its flagship Local Litter Check tool online, which is a free tool for people in the community, councils and other land managers to assist in understanding and designing solutions for local litter problems.
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Investigating the feasibility of organic MSW processing by coking
Inside Waste
Tue 5 February, 2019
The majority of the processing methods used produce mostly gaseous products and according to the technology underpinned by Russian scientists from Ekaterinburg and Tyumen in the journal Sustainability, co-coking of organic municipal solid waste (MSW) and tar oil refineries results in obtaining liquid resources.
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