Issue date : Wed 13 March, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 26 Seconds
Number of items : 64
Enough scandalous time-wasting on climate change. Let's get back to the facts
The Guardian
Wed 13 March, 2019
Over the past 30 years I have reported so many broken climate policy promises and quoted so much rhetoric that proved to be hollow, it is difficult to trace it back to the start. I think it’s a faded press release from 11 October, 1990 headed “government sets targets for reductions in greenhouse gases”.
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Why the debate between vegans and meat-eaters is pointless
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 March, 2019
Of the health stories I write, none generate more ire than those about diet. Deigning to enter the fray on plant-based versus carnivorous has people sharpening their canines (or baring their molars, depending on which side of the fence they are on).
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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NSW voters want environmental policies
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 March, 2019
The accepted wisdom in the Coalition seems to be that the only things on voters's minds at this state election are bread and butter issues like the cost of living and infrastructure. Yet a poll published by the Herald this week says different.
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The runaway insurance effect
ABC News
Wed 13 March, 2019
Roughly 850,000 homes — nearly one in 10 — could be “uninsurable” within a few generations unless there are fundamental changes to where and how properties are built, a leading climate analyst says.
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India’s grand experiment in corporate social responsibility is heading for trouble
The Conversation
Wed 13 March, 2019
Rubina Akbar has given birth to 17 children. That’s high even in her village, where mothers average eight children. But here, in a rural district less than 100 kilometres from India’s national capital of Delhi, the likelihood of dying early remains stubbornly high.
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Nike goes carbon neutral in Melbourne
Ragtrader
Wed 13 March, 2019
Toll’s custom-built Nike warehouse in Melbourne’s Altona North has become the first-ever facility in Australia to achieve a whole-of-building carbon neutral certification under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).
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Australian Ethical Uses 100% Recyclable Billboard Skins For OOH Campaign
B & T
Wed 13 March, 2019
In a world’s first, billboard skins known as SmartSkins – which was developed by print specialist Cactus Imaging and its parent company oOh!media – will be recycled into park benches, decking, bollards, fence posts and other high grade recycled polymer products.
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Ancient sustainable building material gets a modern upgrade
Architecture and Design
Wed 13 March, 2019
A research process is underway to update an ancient, sustainable building material. In a successful first stage, researchers have managed to bring it in line with modern thermal standards.
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Tiny insects use a form of Snapchat
Cosmos
Wed 13 March, 2019
Researchers discover a unique communication device on planthopper bugs. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Our wide brown land: looking back at a year of environmental reporting
The Guardian
Wed 13 March, 2019
It was a very long list. When we first considered the idea of a new investigative series looking at Australia’s less-scrutinised environmental issues, we knew we had to speak to those on the frontline. We discussed the idea with Australia’s top scientists and environmentalists and it became clear there were many issues needing urgent attention.
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Victorian fires: ‘Big risk’ as fuel reduction burns are slashed
The Weekly Times
Wed 13 March, 2019
VICTORIA’S annual fuel reduction burns have collapsed to 75,000ha under the Andrews Labor Government, after initially surging to 255,000ha in response to the devastation of Black Saturday’s fires.
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Australian denim label loved by Meghan earns fashion nod
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 March, 2019
An Australian denim label loved by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has been named one of the world’s most innovative sustainable fashion businesses.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Climate change costs will have knock-on effect on interest rates, Reserve Bank warns
ABC News
Tue 12 March, 2019
The Reserve Bank has warned it will have to take the impact of climate change into account when setting interest rates.
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Nationals face climate change backlash, internal polling reveals
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 March, 2019
Nationals MPs have been warned they should heed the concerns over climate change in their own communities ahead of the federal election, with internal research revealing the risk to the party in key electorates from a bitter Coalition split on coal-fired power.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Morrison government has not ruled out supporting coal, energy minister says
The Guardian
Tue 12 March, 2019
The energy minister Angus Taylor has confirmed the Morrison government is continuing to assess new coal generation projects despite pushback from moderate Liberals, but he says taxpayers will only support projects that are “viable”.
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City of Melbourne’s strategy to mitigate climate change
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 12 March, 2019
The City of Melbourne has launched its Climate Change Mitigation Strategy to 2050, outlining actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of a changing climate.
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'Ignored': climate experts appeal to Berejiklian government
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 March, 2019
An advisory group to the Berejiklian government on climate change has appealed to the Premier for a hearing saying it has been "largely ignored" despite extreme conditions in the state.
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Education, climate dominate NSW debate
SBS World News Australia
Tue 12 March, 2019
NSW Labor has promised to spend an extra $7.4 billion on a school-building program while the premier has backed her government's stance on climate change.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
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Albany wave energy deal with Carnegie Clean Energy cancelled by WA Government
ABC News
Tue 12 March, 2019
The WA Government has terminated its $16 million contract with troubled wave energy company Carnegie Clean Energy for a project in the Great Southern, denying it has broken a key election promise.
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Minister extends rifle range koala land submissions
The Brisbane Times
Tue 12 March, 2019
The time frame for public submissions over the controversial upgrade of a gun range in Brisbane's south-east has been extended until the end of April.
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The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Market Forces pushes Rio on carbon control
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 12 March, 2019
Market Forces has corralled Rio Tinto to contemplation of yet more refinement to its climate change disclosures with a push to make the miner explain how it plans to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions of its customers.
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Talking Point: War over climate instability
The Mercury
Tue 12 March, 2019
We know this is not enough. We know that right now, at 1C of warming, the climate is showing signs of instability, and that long-term fossil fuel investment is cementing that danger into place.
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Climate risk disclosure can no longer be avoided
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 12 March, 2019
Climate risk is no longer a sustainability issue and only has to meet the definition of "materiality" to require disclosure in what is believed to be a leading initiative as far as global audit and accounting standards go, originated by Australia's key bodies.
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Startups work on climate solutions in The Netherlands
The Fifth Estate
Tue 12 March, 2019
An Australian startup that collects data from green spaces to see how urban environments react to climate impacts has been selected for the Arcadis accelerator program in the Netherlands.
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Oil executives want industry response to climate changee
The Australian
Tue 12 March, 2019
Some of the world’s top oil executives plan a call to action at a premier industry conference this week, arguing that companies need to actively address climate change and technology concerns that are scaring investors away.
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WA carbon ruling opens door to endless court challenges: G+T
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 12 March, 2019
Western Australian resources projects face the same nightmare scenario of protracted and expensive court challenges that has plagued Adani's coal mine in Queensland as a result of the controversial ruling on carbon emissions by the Environmental Protection Authority, legal and LNG industry sources fear.
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Storage war builds as solar and wind buffeted by ‘perfect storm’: Rystad round-up
Ecogeneration
Tue 12 March, 2019
In good times it always feels as though nothing can go wrong. But then – from out of nowhere – along comes trouble. As the Australian clean energy sector tears ahead on another year of record growth it is worth feeling around for tremors that could telegraph shock points down the track.
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As climate changes, the way we build homes must change too
The Conversation
Tue 12 March, 2019
The impacts of floods, wildfires and other catastrophic events are on the rise in Canada. They’re already costing the country billions of dollars in losses, which only stand to grow in the coming years.
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How climate change is impacting learning environments
Architecture and Design
Tue 12 March, 2019
The Climate Council recently released The Angriest Summer, a report that named the summer of 2018/19 as “the hottest summer on record”, characterised by “prolonged, continental-wide heaves and record hot days, bushfires throughout Australia and heavy rainfall and flooding in northern Queensland”.
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Corporate sustainability doesn’t cost the earth
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 12 March, 2019
Commercial buildings are by nature just that, commercial. Businesses put profits first. Sustainability used to be seen as a costly PR exercise. Now, it is obvious that these practices reduce costs and increase investment. In fact, companies with a high standard of reporting on sustainability attract 85 per cent of the investment in the ASX200.
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Why croc sightings have doubled in the past year
The New Daily
Tue 12 March, 2019
Queensland wildlife officers are investigating more croc sightings than ever before as the public imagination for the killer reptiles goes wild.
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How to neutralise your greenhouse gas footprint
The Conversation
Tue 12 March, 2019
With time running out for us to make deep reductions in greenhouse emissions, you may well be wondering what you personally can do to minimise your own greenhouse footprint.
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Raw materials behind half of global emissions: UN
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 12 March, 2019
Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption.
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Vic recycling plant allowed to re-open
News.com.au
Tue 12 March, 2019
A Victoria recycling plant that was shut down over concerns about stockpiles posing a fire hazard, has been allowed to re-open.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
Yahoo!7 News
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The Herald Sun
EPA allows waste firm SKM Services to reopen Laverton North plant
The Age
One recycling plant allowed to re-open for business - three still shut
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Uni students to rally for climate change
News.com.au
Tue 12 March, 2019
Students and staff at the University of Sydney will walk out of classrooms later this week demanding action on climate change.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Everything you need to know about clean beauty
Vogue Australia
Tue 12 March, 2019
Vogue goes 360 on clean beauty, from the latest innovation in ingredients and brands to look out for, to the environmental impact of your products, and why conscious consumers are driving the change.
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Big storm clusters are on the increase – what this means for hurricane hotspots
The Conversation
Tue 12 March, 2019
Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, global warming and violent storms: the effects of climate change are well documented. But a growing weather trend that has caused much concern is storm clustering – when three (sometimes more) hurricanes or typhoons group together in a short space of time, gathering strength and unleashing even greater devastation.
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