Issue date : Tue 13 August, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Scott Morrison offers $500 million to fight climate change ahead of Pacific showdown in Tuvalu
ABC News
Tue 13 August, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seeking to head off criticisms of Australia's climate change policies by promising hundreds of millions of dollars to tackle the issue ahead of his arrival at a meeting of Pacific leaders in Tuvalu on Wednesday.
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Better land management can help fight climate change
The Canberra Times
Tue 13 August, 2019
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the world has a double-edged sword hanging over it when it comes to climate change and land.
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You can bin the assumptions — recycling is expensive
The Australian
Tue 13 August, 2019
I am old enough to remember milk being delivered each morning in glass bottles. We would eagerly­ drink it and mum would wash the bottles, ready to be collected the next day and replaced­ with full ones.
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Adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable
The Conversation
Tue 13 August, 2019
The announcement by Suncorp that it will no longer insure new thermal coal projects, along with a similar announcement by QBE Insurance a few months earlier, brings Australia into line with Europe where most major insurers have broken with coal.
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Cities set to struggle amidst population boom: audit
Government News
Tue 13 August, 2019
A massive infrastructure investment is needed over the next decade for Australian cities to keep pace with unprecedented population growth, a new audit of infrastructure spending warns.
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Songbirds show remarkable flexibility in learning tunes
Cosmos
Tue 13 August, 2019
Young songbirds can learn tunes from another species, according to new research, and the underlying neural processes could be similar to those that shape human speech in childhood.
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Wind turbines ‘an extinction threat’ for birds
The Australian
Tue 13 August, 2019
Regulators should consider the cumulative impacts of wind farms on birds before approving new turbines, or risk driving species to ­extinction, a prominent conservation ecologist warns.
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How rising sea levels erase culture
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 August, 2019
Of all the myriad, insidious impact of climate change, its corrosive effect on culture has received comparatively little attention.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Lessons not learnt: Cities warned of water shortages, soaring bills
The Age
Tue 13 August, 2019
The supply of water to the nation's major cities faces repeating the mistakes that drove up power costs, Infrastructure Australia has warned, with fears of soaring bills and a lack of supply to the fastest-growing parts of Australia.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Yuendumu in Central Australia at 'severe risk' of running out of water
ABC News
Tue 13 August, 2019
The largest remote Aboriginal community in Central Australia is rapidly running out of drinking water. And as the quality of what remains deteriorates, locals say authorities are dragging their feet in finding a solution.
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Arctic sea-ice loss not the reason for cold winters
Cosmos
Tue 13 August, 2019
The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change is not to blame for severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new research has shown.
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Some Easy Switch-Ups To Make Yr Beauty Routine A Little More Eco-Friendly
Pedestrian
Tue 13 August, 2019
We’re definitely lucky to be witnessing an increase in beauty products that are environmentally conscious. People are starting to swap those pesky archaic and potentially-harmful routines with new practices that consider wastage, resources, recycling and sustainability.
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Aust OECD nuclear power claim is false
Yahoo News
Mon 12 August, 2019
AAP FactCheck examined the Queensland MP's claim that Australia is the only OECD country that does not use nuclear power.
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Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy
The Conversation
Mon 12 August, 2019
Australia has made a global commitment to “sustainable agriculture”, an endeavour seen as increasingly crucial to ending world poverty, halting biodiversity loss, and combating climate change. A recent report from the UN found land use – including food production – is responsible for around one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Amazon doesn't need Germany's biodiversity funds, says Brazil leader
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 12 August, 2019
Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the importance of Germany's funding of sustainability projects in the South American country's forests, as the European nation weighed withdrawing from the region.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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We can close coal-fired plants without job losses - Germany did
The Age
Mon 12 August, 2019
Australia is risking billions of dollars in rescue packages and regions of poverty because it has no national plan for what happens when coal-fired power plants shut down.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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ASIC issues updated guidance for directors seeking to avoid climate lawsuits
Reneweconomy
Mon 12 August, 2019
Australia’s corporate regulator has released updated guidance reminding directors that they need to assess and disclose the risks of climate change to their businesses, or they could be found to be legally liable for a failure to act.
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AGL calls for flexibility in Vic's emissions reduction pathway
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 12 August, 2019
AGL Energy, the country's largest generator of coal-fired power, has advised the Victorian government that emissions reductions trajectories towards the state's net zero target by 2050 need to be flexible and broadly neutral across industry sectors to avoid unnecessary costs.
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Energy giant Alinta flags early coal shutdown in Victoria
The Age
Mon 12 August, 2019
The future of one of Victoria’s biggest coal-fired power stations is in doubt as energy giant Alinta warns it is “unlikely” that its Loy Yang B generator in the Latrobe Valley will see out the full length of its licence.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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British tycoon questions need to keep Liddell open
The Australian
Mon 12 August, 2019
The Liddell coal-fired power station should only be extended beyond 2023 if there is a clear projected shortfall in electricity.
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Diagnosing the health costs of the climate emergency – and the cures
The Fifth Estate
Mon 12 August, 2019
The quality of Australian buildings is vital in protecting our population from the rapidly-escalating health impacts of the climate emergency, according to a new report by the Global Health Alliance Australia.
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What you need to know about “lawn porn” and why it’s so popular
The Fifth Estate
Mon 12 August, 2019
The humble lawn might be an Australian backyard staple but they are water guzzlers. They also fall short on the biodiversity front and are heavily reliant on pesticides and other chemicals to stay luscious and green. So is it time to rethink our relationship with lawns or do the benefits outweigh the negatives?
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Mixed bag for health of key sites along the River Murray
The Advertiser
Mon 12 August, 2019
The latest report card from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is showing an environmental mixed bag for important River Murray sites.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The West Australian
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Major court ruling redefines asbestos waste and obligations under resource recovery exemptions
Inside Waste
Mon 12 August, 2019
A major Court ruling, handed down on August 2, 2019, will impact on recyclers in NSW, particularly those dealing with construction and demolition (C&D) waste, those that may have exposure to asbestos risks, and all parties dealing with resource recovery exemptions – including consumers and transporters.
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