Issue date : Fri 5 April, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Federal budget lacking focus on emissions reductions
Architecture and Design
Fri 5 April, 2019
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has welcomed the strong focus on infrastructure spending in the latest federal budget delivered by the Morrison Government. However, it has expressed disappointment at the lack of bold new initiatives supporting emissions reductions.
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Melissa Price denies giving grants to marginal seat
The Australian
Fri 5 April, 2019
Environment Minister Melissa Price has been forced to deny nearly $40,000 of environment grants were awarded in a key marginal electorate before applications for the program were opened.
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Coalition divided over Adani mine approval
The Australian
Fri 5 April, 2019
Scott Morrison says there is “no delay” in approving the Adani coal mine, despite Queensland MPs raising concerns with him yesterday about Environment Minister Melissa Price’s handling of the process.
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I'm quitting the divided Greens, the planet needs consensus politics
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 April, 2019
I have made the decision to leave the NSW Greens and sit as an independent member of Parliament in the NSW upper house. It has not been an easy decision and I leave the Greens with a mix of sadness and optimism. I’m not trying to start a new party and I won’t be attacking the Greens. I leave knowing many good people are trying to salvage the promise of a party that can genuinely do politics differently.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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'Alert but not alarmed': Energy industry plays down grid intervention
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 April, 2019
The energy industry has played down warnings that the electricity grid is failing to keep up with the "unprecedented" shift towards more renewable power, saying the situation is temporary and the risks are being managed.
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Seven steps Melbourne can take to regain its ‘liveable city’ crown
The Conversation
Fri 5 April, 2019
For seven years, Melbourne boasted the title of “world’s most liveable city”, but recently lost the top spot to Vienna. The Economist Intelligence Unit awards the title each year when it publishes its Global Liveability Index. This ranks 140 cities for their urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
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‘Dead coral don’t make babies’: Great Barrier Reef’s alarming coral crash revealed
News.com.au
Fri 5 April, 2019
Rising sea temperatures have wrecked the Great Barrier Reef’s ability to regrow, researchers claim, highlighting for the first time a 90 per cent fall in new corals since back-to-back heatwaves bleached the World Heritage site.
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The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
Combating global warming through forest restoration
Architecture and Design
Fri 5 April, 2019
Natural forests, not plantations are the need of the hour to meet global climate targets, says a new study by UCL and University of Edinburgh scientists.
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Biodynamic farming in action, mixing 'witchcraft and science'
ABC Rural
Fri 5 April, 2019
Biodynamic farming is often considered as extreme method of farming but that has not deterred some central Queensland graziers from embracing it as a viable practice for their properties.
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Netflix aims for global impact with 'Our Planet'
Yahoo News
Fri 5 April, 2019
US streaming giant Netflix on Thursday premiered its new eight-part nature series "Our Planet", narrated by British environmentalist David Attenborough who said he hoped it would have a global impact.
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Federal Budget 2019 what they said
The Fifth Estate
Thu 4 April, 2019
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s first budget, handed down on Tuesday, left the property industry purring but hasn’t boded well with environmental and social sustainability advocates.
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Labor’s emissions reduction policy: Does it really add up?
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 April, 2019
ALP’s 50 per cent renewable electricity policy was released in December. It’s an excellent policy that reveals how much work climate change spokesman Mark Butler has put in. Electricity is responsible for about 32 per cent of Australia’s carbon emissions and the policy would/will reduce those emissions by about 60 Mt (megatonnes).
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Liberal MP and Environment Minister accused of handing out grants from a non-existent fund
ABC News
Thu 4 April, 2019
A Liberal MP has publicly awarded almost $40,000 of non-existent environment grants to community groups in a marginal Victorian seat.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Liberals announce environment grants before applications open
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Herald Sun
Liberal MP jumps the gun on funding pledge
9 News
Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Australian
News.com.au
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
Yahoo News
Concerns over Adani coal mine meeting
SBS World News Australia
Thu 4 April, 2019
Anti-Adani campaigners are worried the Morrison government may be pressured to push through a federal approval for the Adani coal mine on the eve of the election.
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'Laws are so weak': action needed to stop Australia's animal extinction crisis – senators
The Guardian
Thu 4 April, 2019
A Senate committee examining Australia’s animal extinction crisis has recommended new environment laws to try to halt the decline of threatened species.
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The weather is fine and that's not fine at all
The Age
Thu 4 April, 2019
We need to change how we talk about climate. Not the apocalyptic stuff: melting ice-caps, stranded polar bears, sinking islands. Others more qualified than me are already doing that. I mean the day-to-day stuff. The one-dry-day-to-another stuff. The cheery TV weather presenters telling me how glorious today has been and that tomorrow will also be sunny. People greeting me with “lovely day!” and then looking bemused when I stay silent. Because what I want to say, but don’t, is: “Let it rain. Please.”
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Labor climate policy requires scrutiny
The Age
Thu 4 April, 2019
The ALP’s announcement of key details of its climate policy on Monday was quickly overshadowed by the federal budget, but it could prove to be a more important document in the long-term if there is a change of government at the federal election.
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The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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NSW transport reshuffle a chance to rethink mobility
The Fifth Estate
Thu 4 April, 2019
OPINION: The NSW government’s recent announcement that Roads and Maritime Services – until now the state’s standalone roads agency – will be integrated into Transport for NSW could not have come at a more opportune time.
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LNG bosses sell the clean dream in China
The West Australian
Thu 4 April, 2019
Gas chiefs who travelled to Shanghai for the LNG2019 conference this week have focused more on justifying their industry to the world than selling their product to biggest future customer China.
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IKEA: from furniture to lettuce
Food Processing
Thu 4 April, 2019
Home-grown lettuce may soon be available in IKEA Sweden restaurants, after the company announced it is harvesting its own lettuce as part of a sustainability initiative.
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IEA urged to drop forecasting model used by coal backers
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 4 April, 2019
Finance and business giants are urging the International Energy Agency to abandon a central forecasting methodology used by coal companies and the Morrison government to paint a rosy picture of future demand.
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Canada replaces largest North American coal plant with solar
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 April, 2019
Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – working in cooperation with the the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – announced last week that they had successfully completed a 44 MW solar facility on the site of the former Nanticoke Generating Station, once the largest coal-fired power plant in North America.
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Like cats and dogs: dingoes can keep feral cats in check
The Conversation
Thu 4 April, 2019
The role of dingoes in the Australian landscape is highly debated between ecologists, conservationists and graziers. They kill livestock, but also hunt introduced animals and keep kangaroo populations in check.
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Swamphens have learnt how to make a meal of cane toads
Australian Geographic
Thu 4 April, 2019
“I HAD HEARD that some birds had begun to feed in this way but I had never witnessed it myself,” says Greg Bourke, the curator manager of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. He’d just witnessed a swamp hen carefully making a meal of a cane toad.
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Councils’ olive leaf for tree disputes
Government News
Thu 4 April, 2019
From overhanging branches and creeping roots to damaged pipes and fences – tree disputes are one of the most common causes of conflict between neighbours with more than 1,000 complaints making it to court over the last 13 years.
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Disposable nappy makers in the poo over waste build-up
The Australian
Thu 4 April, 2019
Procter & Gamble is facing pressure to deal with the waste generated by used nappies and sanitary pads, propelling the owner of Pampers and Always to find ways to collect and recycle these products
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Are we really ready for more climate change mayhem?
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 4 April, 2019
With the impending 20-year anniversary of Sydney’s most expensive storm, we must critically analyse our infrastructure and warning systems to ensure we’re ready for the future impacts of climate change, writes Andrew Gissing.
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