Issue date : Wed 10 July, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 53 Seconds
Number of items : 34
Carbon pricing vital for financial stability: Westpac
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 10 July, 2019
Banking giant Westpac says the federal government must play a role in developing a price on carbon if the financial risks of climate change are to be understood and mitigated.
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AEMO pushes storage, new links as renewables head for 60% share
Reneweconomy
Wed 10 July, 2019
The Australian Energy Market Operator, charged with keeping the lights on as it shepherds the country’s grid through a renewable energy revolution, has turned its focus once again on the needs for more storage and more and bigger links between the various state networks.
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Electricity and water can be a good combination
Cosmos
Wed 10 July, 2019
Researchers in Saudi Arabia have created a single device they say improves on previous attempts to combine energy and water production using solar power.
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Highly productive meat and wool farm proves kind to nature
The Weekly Times
Wed 10 July, 2019
HIGHLY productive farming — where inputs are generous and outputs have doubled — is compatible with carbon neutrality, improved biodiversity and happy staff.
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Tamu Massif no longer our biggest volcano
Cosmos
Wed 10 July, 2019
Tamu Massif was declared the largest single volcano in the world when it was located in the Pacific Ocean about 1600 kilometres east of Japan in 2013 – but now it seems it probably isn’t.
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Study identifies nine research priorities to better understand NZ’s vast marine area
The Conversation
Wed 10 July, 2019
The islands of New Zealand are only the visible part of a much larger submerged continent, known as Te Riu a Māui or Zealandia. Most of New Zealand’s sovereign territory, around 96%, is under water – and this means that the health of the ocean is of paramount importance.
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Businesses turn rotten in their push for compostable packaging
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 10 July, 2019
Vera Yan and Katia Santilli were unpacking bulk shipments of products for their business Nimble Activewear before a warehouse sale and were shocked to see they were knee deep in plastic packaging.
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'Rort' claim ignites Murray-Darling stoush
7 News
Tue 9 July, 2019
A war of words has erupted again over the management of the Murray-Darling basin with the federal government standing firm on spending for water efficiency measures as opponents called for an end to the "rort".
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The Canberra Times
The New Daily
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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States riled as Taylor stalls on COAG energy talks
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 July, 2019
Impatience is building among state energy ministers over the ongoing failure of federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor to call a meeting to tackle the national policy vacuum on long-term energy and emissions settings that is driving state authorities to forge ahead with their own measures.
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NZ proposes discounts for cleaner cars
7 News
Tue 9 July, 2019
New Zealand has announced plans to slash prices for electric, hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles and penalise gas guzzling cars with a new fee, as it looks to make greener cars more affordable.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
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Trump administration touts environment record, despite regulation repeals
SBS World News Australia
Tue 9 July, 2019
US President Donald Trump boasted about his administration's environmental record on Monday, saying America can lead the world in fighting pollution at the same time it is promoting fossil fuels, in a speech green groups derided as "utter fantasy."
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Victoria’s role in Murray-Darling river rorts deserves scrutiny
The Age
Tue 9 July, 2019
“Pink batts for farmers” is how one earthmover described the irrigation subsidy program he benefited from. For economist Quentin Grafton it’s been a “national scandal”, using public money to deliver private benefits. Others have called it a failure and a farce – but even those words aren’t strong enough for Richard Beasley, the senior legal counsel assisting the royal commission into the Murray-Darling. “I’d just call it a rort,” he told ABC's Four Corners on Monday night.
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Over 90 global companies end greenwashing: Two Sides
ProPrint
Tue 9 July, 2019
Global print and paper advocacy group Two Sides says its campaign to end greenwashing claims by global corporations has had a 67 per cent success rate with 91 companies operating in Australia and New Zealand changing their messaging about how customers should receive bills.
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New themes driving investment markets
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 July, 2019
Many new themes are driving investment markets, including demand for new metals and minerals to make digital devices and climate change risks.
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On Country renewable energy partnership gets green light
ABC News
Tue 9 July, 2019
A First Nations-owned renewable energy project has been given the green light, with an agreement signed between traditional owners, community, and government in north-east Victoria.
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Curious Kids: how does electricity work?
The Conversation
Tue 9 July, 2019
Electricity is all around us. Maybe some of the toys you play with run on batteries, which have electricity stored in them. You or your parents are reading this article on a computer, phone or tablet, all of which use electricity. The light bulbs, the television, the traffic lights, cars, aeroplanes – they all run on electricity. Electricity is exciting and important, so I am glad you asked this excellent question.
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From princes to undertakers, Norway's motorists go electric
Yahoo News
Tue 9 July, 2019
In Oslo, a funeral home offers the dearly departed a trip to their final resting place in an eye-catching electric hearse, as electric vehicles take over the roads in the Scandinavian country.
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Vicinity Centres adds net zero target to its sustainability program
The Fifth Estate
Tue 9 July, 2019
Shopping centres have been under The Fifth Estate’s spotlight lately for their reluctance to be part of the mandatory energy performance disclosure program that is being expanded to most other property sectors. Vicinity Centres, Australia’s second largest retail property company, is different.
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Tanya Ha – what happens when diversity meets environmentalism
The Fifth Estate
Tue 9 July, 2019
Tanya Ha, former presenter on ABC’s Catalyst, science communicator and environmentalist, is busy helping scientists to better communicate and has a “pet interest” in the green building and sustainable cities movement. Now she’s jumped further into diversity issues.
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