Issue date : Thu 7 February, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 11 Seconds
Number of items : 61
UN warns world on track to breach 3C rise by 2100; last year was fourth warmest on record
ABC News
Thu 7 February, 2019
Last year was the fourth warmest year on record and the outlook is for more sizzling heat approaching levels that most view as dangerous for humankind on the Earth, a United Nations report has shown.
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Disaster narratives: Flooding in Townsville
Independent Australia
Thu 7 February, 2019
Dr Binoy Kampmark takes a look at the good, bad and politically ugly side of the Townsville flooding disaster.
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UN exploited by anti-coal cabal
The Australian
Thu 7 February, 2019
The clumsy intervention by a UN committee in a court dispute involving Adanis proposed Carmichael coalmine development was both unwelcome and unwise.
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Consumers Hold the Power to Make a Real Difference in 2019
ProBono Australia News
Thu 7 February, 2019
If more people around the globe chose to spend at least some of their income buying goods and services from for-good businesses, it could make a big impact, writes Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking.
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AGL to spend $25m on Loy Yang upgrade
9 News
Thu 7 February, 2019
Energy giant AGL has announced a $25 million upgrade to Victoria's Loy Yang coal-fired power station and again called for more certainty from Canberra on future energy policy.
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SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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Nat Geo & Kathmandu Launch Global Series On Eco-Tourism
B & T
Thu 7 February, 2019
National Geographic and adventure travel brand Kathmandu have partnered to launch a new content series exploring the importance of eco-friendly travel for a future of sustainable tourism.
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2018: The year fossil fuels began their inexorable decline
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 February, 2019
2018 will likely go down as the year that fossil fuels in Australian electricity generation began an inexorable decline, with renewable energy making significant in-roads. These will continue into 2019 and 2020, and almost certainly beyond that.
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How a bushfire can destroy a home
The Conversation
Thu 7 February, 2019
Ten years after the devastation of Black Saturday, building design has largely been unrecognised as an area worthy of research. We have advanced our knowledge of the materials used in the construction of homes in bushfire-prone areas but we continue to use the design model of the suburban home.
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Australia Will Get a Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings
Sourceable
Thu 7 February, 2019
Australia is set to get a long-term trajectory for low energy homes and commercial buildings after energy ministers agreed to a pathway to zero-energy and zero-carbon buildings.
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Honeybees can do maths
Cosmos
Wed 6 February, 2019
Research shows the insects understand both subtraction and addition. Tanya Loos reports.
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Life returns, 10 years after the fires
The Australian
Thu 7 February, 2019
The regrowth of Kinglake ­National Park and the return of the lyrebirds has helped with the regrowth and healing of the community, Parks Victoria ranger Tony Fitzgerald says.
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What has Australia learned from Black Saturday?
The Conversation
Thu 7 February, 2019
Black Saturday was a day like no other; it will be forever remembered in the history of bushfire disasters in Australia. The fires burned about 300,000 hectares in a single day; 173 human lives were lost and more than 2,000 houses were destroyed in one afternoon.
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Climate change is poised to deliver more Black Saturdays in decades to come
The Conversation
Thu 7 February, 2019
Ten years ago, on February 7, 2009, the Black Saturday bushfires killed 173 people. More than 2,000 houses were destroyed in Victoria, including at Kilmore, Kinglake, Vectis (Horsham), Narbethong, Marysville, Strathewan, Beechworth, Labertouche (Bunyip), Coleraine, Weerite, Redesdale, Harkaway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Maiden Gully, Bendigo, Eaglehawk, Lynbrook, St Andrews, Flowerdale, Narre Warren, Callignee, and my home town of Churchill, where my mother and father still lived. Their home wasn’t burned, but many of their neighbours were badly affected by the worst bushfire day in Australia’s history.
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Ten years ago, climate adaptation research was gaining steam. Today, it’s gutted
The Conversation
Thu 7 February, 2019
Ten years ago, on February 7, 2009, I sat down in my apartment in central Melbourne to write a job application. All of the blinds were down, and the windows tightly closed. Outside it was 47℃. We had no air conditioning. The heat seeped through the walls.
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Canberra's drinking water catchment now 'endangered' area
The Canberra Times
Thu 7 February, 2019
Concerns over the growing population of feral horses across the ACT border has led the ACT government to declare the wetlands in Namadgi National Park "endangered".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Storm wreaks havoc across Victoria
News.com.au
Thu 7 February, 2019
Thousands of homes and businesses are without power in Victoria after the state was slammed with wild weather including damaging lightning strikes.
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Emissions Reduction Fund remains central to Coalition climate policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 February, 2019
The Morrison government will likely retain its Emissions Reduction Fund as its climate policy "centrepiece", with the powerful Expenditure Review Committee due to consider a significant increase to its dwindling funds.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Liberal president hints at climate policy
News.com.au
Wed 6 February, 2019
The prime minister has again insisted the government is taking action on climate change despite the Liberal Party president saying there needs to be a "robust" policy in place before the election.
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The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The West Australian
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'Bigger than Franklin': Bob Brown to lead anti-Adani road convoy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 February, 2019
Environmental activist Bob Brown says his planned road convoy to protest the proposed giant Adani coal mine in Queensland will be bigger than the protest to stop the damming of Tasmania's wild rivers in the 1980s.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Report highlights urgency needed to improve Queensland’s waste management
Inside Waste
Wed 6 February, 2019
A new report released by the Palaszczuk government shows that more waste was coming from interstate last financial year, while the state’s reported waste generation had already exceeded 10 million tonnes for the first time ever.
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NSW under pressure to move quickly on renewables, as coal clunkers fail
Reneweconomy
Wed 6 February, 2019
The major parties competing for power in Australia’s most populous state are under increasing pressure to present ambitious plans for renewable energy installations in NSW, not least to reduce emissions but also to prepare for the inevitable exit of the state’s ageing coal fleet.
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The future of Adani coal mine is biggest political hot potato
The Australian
Wed 6 February, 2019
The future of Adani coal mine is biggest political hot potato Graham Richardson Adani’s Queensland mine has become a touchstone for the volatile climate change debate, writes Graham Richardson
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Predictions for 2019 – B Corp
ProBono Australia News
Wed 6 February, 2019
Profit at any cost and profit-over-purpose no longer align with community expectations about the role of business in Australian society, writes Andrea De Almeida, executive director of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, as she offers up her predictions of B Corp trends in 2019.
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Australian businesses called on to help Clean Up Australia
Inside Waste
Wed 6 February, 2019
Australian businesses are being encouraged to sign up for Clean Up Australia’s 2019 Business Clean Up Day to help launch a world-record attempt – with the charity 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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Commercial and industrial solar installs through the roof as business wakes up to the sun
Ecogeneration
Wed 6 February, 2019
Business is about profit. If costs jump, a business owner will ask customers to pay more. That’s how business works. If every participant in a particular industry pays about the same for electricity say, then all customers will be asked to pay more as energy prices rise. Yes, competition for market share among business rivals will see some willing to forego a slither in margins, but not in the long term if anyone can help it.
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Buyers snap up homes in super-sustainable housing estate at Cape Patterson
Domain
Wed 6 February, 2019
It took Brendan Condon 13 years to get to first base in creating Australia’s most sustainable housing estate at Cape Patterson in Victoria’s South Gippsland – including the decade that the 220-house scheme spent in local planning.
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ASBEC & ClimateWorks throw their support behind a low energy building framework
Architecture and Design
Wed 6 February, 2019
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia have welcomed state and territory energy ministers’ decision to support a Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings which proposes a pathway towards “zero energy ready buildings”, increases to the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code and further consideration of options for existing buildings.
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'It's frustrating': Developer calls for state government funding to help save Baldivis kangaroos
WAToday
Wed 6 February, 2019
The property developer behind a project that would have seen a group of kangaroos culled in order to make way for a new housing development in Perth's south says it has been "frustrating' to watch the state government backflip on its original advice after copping public backlash.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Starling murmurations: the science behind one of nature’s greatest displays
The Conversation
Wed 6 February, 2019
Watching starling murmurations as the birds swoop, dive and wheel through the sky is one of the great pleasures of a dusky winter’s evening. From Naples to Newcastle these flocks of agile birds are all doing the same incredible acrobatic display, moving in perfect synchrony. But how do they do it? Why don’t they crash? And what is the point?
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Threatened penguins off to Antarctica after brief holiday in WA
WAToday
Wed 6 February, 2019
Threatened penguins that usually live on islands close to Antarctica have been popping up on Western Australia's south coast, surprising wildlife officers and beach goers.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Look to Spain to solve the Murray-Darling issue
Crikey
Wed 6 February, 2019
Fish are dying and South Australia is furious as Australia's river management systems fail us yet again. How do we figure out how to manage the Murray Darling Basin?
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Chinese hunger for 'world's smelliest fruit' threatens Malaysian forests
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 February, 2019
Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit.
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We can have urbanisation and enough to eat
Pursuit
Wed 6 February, 2019
Changing our diets and food choices can have a knock-on effect on global supply and demand – evening balancing the impact of our rapid urbanisation on food security
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The rise of the hobbyist: The full-timers making cash from their passions
Domain
Wed 6 February, 2019
Four years ago, as Jason Koenen began renovating his own home, he interrupted the carpenters as they started moving old timber out of his house. “I thought it would be such a shame to be throwing it away, so I decided to have a crack at recycling the timber and using it for a few pieces in the house,” he says.
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