Issue date : Tue 16 April, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
'Environment crisis': Wilderness Society pursues parties over election commitments
The Guardian
Tue 16 April, 2019
An influential green group is seeking concrete commitments from the major parties and potential crossbenchers for an overhaul of environmental protection laws and the establishment of new independent regulatory agencies, before Australians cast their votes on 18 May.
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Time to ditch climate wars, Hewson tells panel
The Australian
Tue 16 April, 2019
Former Liberal leader John Hewson has warned business and energy leaders the federal election will be fought on the issue of global warming, asking the party that wins on May 18 to “put the climate wars” behind them.
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Frydenberg rival on verge of energy scheme rule breach
The Australian
Tue 16 April, 2019
Oliver Yates, a former Liberal Party member and independent challenger to Josh Frydenberg in the Melbourne seat of Kooyong, sat on the boards of two companies seeking to benefit from the government’s energy underwriting scheme but trashed the program on Twitter as an “election stunt”.
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Climate change rallies block London roads
9 News
Tue 16 April, 2019
Thousands of environmental activists have paralysed parts of central London by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change.
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7 News
SBS World News Australia
The Canberra Times
Yahoo News
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Coke to cut plastic use by 16,000 tonnes
SBS World News Australia
Tue 16 April, 2019
Beverage giant Coca-Cola is doubling the amount of recycled plastic it uses across its Australian beverage arm, with seven in 10 drink bottles to be made from 100 per cent recycled materials by the end of 2019.
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9 News
The Australian
The New Daily
Yahoo News
Mirvac reveals site to offset clearing of Greenbank bushland
The Courier Mail
Tue 16 April, 2019
A major housing development south of Brisbane will remove critical koala habitat, with the developer using a national park 60km away to offset the clearing. Conservationists are not sold on the plan.
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Land clearing is stressing koalas: report
SBS World News Australia
Tue 16 April, 2019
Koala droppings have helped a NSW researcher discover that land clearing is the leading cause of stress for the native marsupial.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Health system needs to be protected from climate change: doctors
The Brisbane Times
Mon 15 April, 2019
Hospitals across Australia will struggle to cope more frequently in the future unless more is done to offset the effects of climate change, a group of seniors doctors argue.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Senator Matt Canavan eats an onion to draw attention to coal
The Courier Mail
Mon 15 April, 2019
Queensland Senator Matt Canavan has emerged as the federal election campaign’s master media manipulator by leveraging the consumption of a brown onion to secure valuable airtime spouting the benefits of coal mining, writes Michael Madigan.
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Outspoken NSW preacher heads climate party
Yahoo News
Mon 15 April, 2019
Outspoken NSW preacher Rod Bower is spearheading a new political party which he hopes will put an end to divisive politics and lead to serious action on climate change.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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New minister for public spaces is welcome – now here are ten priorities for action
The Conversation
Mon 15 April, 2019
With the re-election of the Berejiklian government, New South Wales now has a minister for public spaces, Rob Stokes. This portfolio was first mooted in February, when the premier announced one of the new minister’s tasks would be to identify and protect publicly owned land for use as parks or public spaces.
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On climate change, a shift towards civil disobedience
Yahoo News
Mon 15 April, 2019
Playing the role of a riot cop dispersing a peaceful but illegal sit-in on the steps of France's National Assembly, Axel struggled to dislodge a woman whose arms and legs were enmeshed in a Gordian knot of activists.
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Eight years to write a plan, as battles build to war for Perth bush
WAToday
Mon 15 April, 2019
Hundreds, if not thousands, of emails have poured into my inbox over recent years from distressed residents begging me to help them save this or that bit of bushland. Not a week goes by without another one.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Rio Tinto promises not to undermine renewables – and not to prop up coal
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 April, 2019
Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has pledged to support renewable energy and climate action – and to “publicly argue against” government subsidisation of coal power – while using its significant clout to urge associated industry groups to do the same.
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The recycling industry unites after claims by 60 Minutes report
Inside Waste
Mon 15 April, 2019
Australia’s recycling industry is concerned that Sunday’s 60 Minutes program didn’t paint the full picture of the country’s recycling efforts and didn’t highlight the industry’s contribution of some 50,000 jobs and $15 billion in value, with real potential for more benefits.
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Social impact gurus to charge the growth of impact market
ProBono Australia News
Mon 15 April, 2019
Australia’s impact investing market is ready to be taken to the next level, according to the newly appointed leaders of the expert panel, who will take charge of developing the nation’s fledgling social impact market.
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Shareholders urged to revolt against oil drilling in The Bight
The Advertiser
Mon 15 April, 2019
Shareholders in the Norwegian oil giant Equinor have been urged to revolt against its plans to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
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Woolworths green bond flooded with orders as retailer looks to solar, efficiency
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 April, 2019
Supermarket giant Woolworths Group has raised $400 million from more than 90 investors in the first green bond issued by a big name Australian retailer, in an effort to fund the installation of commercial solar across its rooftops and energy-efficient lighting and fridges inside its stores.
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AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 April, 2019
The Australian Energy Market Operator is to include modelling for a rapid transition to renewables, a quicker exit from coal generation, and even a zero emissions grid as part of its next Integrated System Plan.
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It’s time for a smarter RET that recognises flexible generation
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 April, 2019
So here we are in an election campaign. The opposition is advocating a 50% renewable electricity target by 2030 – as are several states – and the current federal government continues to suggest negative consequences from too much renewable generation.
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Installers at work in a barren land … how the team behind the NT’s 10MW SETuP solar project delivered 25 sites on time
Ecogeneration
Mon 15 April, 2019
The Northern Territory is a great holiday destination, with its palaeoproterozoic complex and grinning reptile life, but it’s a rough place to install solar. EcoGeneration fired off a few questions to Solar SETuP senior project manager Andrew Gray about working in the outback and the extra rigour that needs to be designed into systems that will be largely left to themselves to manage harsh conditions.
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Wind farm nobbled by clean energy boom
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 April, 2019
The Australian Energy Market Operator is curtailing generation from the 200-megawatt Silverton Wind Farm near Broken Hill, which is owned by QIC and the Future Fund and supplies AGL Energy, to between a quarter and three-eighths of capacity as part of its effort to protect the grid, which is struggling to accommodate a runaway boom in wind and solar energy.
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GBCA raises the bar with net zero carbon buildings
Infrastructure Magazine
Mon 15 April, 2019
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) will evolve its Green Star system in consultation with industry as part of an ambitious plan to promote action on carbon emissions.
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The wonderfully diverse world of spider silk
Australian Geographic
Mon 15 April, 2019
SPIDERS HAVE WALKED this earth since before the dinosaurs, and have been a source of fear, fascination, and inspiration throughout human history.
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Up to four new dolphin calves in Port River
The Advertiser
Mon 15 April, 2019
After two years of heartbreak, it’s baby joy in the Port River with up to four new calves boosting the numbers of the threatened pod.
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NT News
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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Death in China zoo puts rarest turtle on cusp of oblivion
Yahoo News
Mon 15 April, 2019
The world's rarest turtle has moved a step closer to extinction after a female specimen died in a Chinese zoo, leaving behind just three known members of the species.
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Mining project approvals spark fears fracking project could cause
The Advertiser
Mon 15 April, 2019
The Coober Pedy community is seeking assurances a trial fracking project in the Arckaringa Basin won’t compromise the town’s precious water supply or place locals at risk of earthquakes.
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The Herald Sun
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Japan begins massive nuclear pool clean-up after Fukushima disaster
ABC News
Mon 15 April, 2019
The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.
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Airborne plastic particles blanket remote mountains: study
Yahoo News
Mon 15 April, 2019
A secluded mountain region thought to be free of plastic pollution is in fact blanketed by airborne microplastics on a scale comparable to a major city such as Paris, alarmed researchers reported Monday.
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Agtech in the money to fight waste with maggots and robots
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 April, 2019
Olympia Yarger, founder of agtech start-up Goterra, has bagged funding for her company's mission to combat Australia's $20 billion food waste problem, by turning it into food for livestock.
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Australia forgetting battery waste in rush to electric cars
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 April, 2019
Infrastructure expert Tony Shepherd says Australia is rushing into the adoption of home storage batteries and electric vehicles without a robust framework on how to deal with batteries at the end of their lifespan.
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Sustainable air travel: The small steps the world's airlines are taking to help reduce emissions - and what you can do
Traveller
Mon 15 April, 2019
Welcome aboard. Please place your three kilograms of carry-on under your standing seat or sleeping berth. After take-off, we'll be serving drinks in your reusable water bottles and cups followed by a selection of vegan meals in compostable packaging. And we'll be landing ahead of schedule today, thanks to the fine weather – and our over-wing solar array. Thank you for flying EcoAir.
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What fish should you get this Easter?
The Courier Mail
Mon 15 April, 2019
Confused about sustainable seafood and what you should be buying? We’ve got you covered so you can opt for delicious fish without hurting the environment.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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