Issue date : Thu 29 August, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 43 Seconds
Number of items : 32
State or climate — an easy choice
The Australian
Thu 29 August, 2019
Looking at remote sensing data from NASA’s satellites across the past two decades, the Earth has increased its green leaf area by a total of 5 per cent, roughly 5.5 million square kilo­metres — equivalent to the size of the entire Amazon rainforest..
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Green overkill no help to reef
The Australian
Thu 29 August, 2019
Protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an article of faith for Australians and for many people around the world who have visited it or who aspire to do so. The reef is not dead, dying or even on life support, as Environment Minister Sussan Ley found on her first official visit a fortnight ago.
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$50b super fund demands Woodside, Santos link exec pay to emissions
The Age
Thu 29 August, 2019
Superannuation giant HESTA has demanded Australian oil and gas companies explicitly link the pay of their top executives to their performance on reducing carbon emissions or risk an investor backlash.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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This is why nuking a hurricane will not work, Mr Trump
The Conversation
Thu 29 August, 2019
President Donald Trump has reportedly suggested on more than one occasion that the US military explode nuclear bombs inside hurricanes to disrupt them before they reach land.
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Don’t count your corals before they attach
Cosmos
Thu 29 August, 2019
A giant pumice “raft” is floating across the Pacific Ocean towards Australia, raising hopes it could restock the Great Barrier Reef, which suffered unprecedented bleaching events in 2016 and 2017.
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Climate change implicated by a flood of data
Cosmos
Thu 29 August, 2019
Flooding is becoming increasingly severe in northwestern Europe, including the UK, but decreasing in severity in southern and eastern Europe, according to a major new study.
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Greta Thunberg, teenage climate Activist, reaches New York by boat
News.com.au
Thu 29 August, 2019
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who crossed the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat to attend a conference on global warming, approached New York City’s shores on Wednesday (local time).
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Perthnow
The Herald Sun
WA finally sets net zero emissions target
Perthnow
Wed 28 August, 2019
A greenhouse gas emissions policy for major projects has finally been outlined by the West Australian government, which aims to achieve net zero by 2050.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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WA moves to muzzle emissions watchdog
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 28 August, 2019
Western Australia’s Labor government has split with the federal ALP and adopted the Morrison government’s emission targets in order to prevent the state environment watchdog imposing investment-threatening climate targets on new projects.
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Extra solar rebates released to meet overwhelming demand
The Age
Wed 28 August, 2019
An extra 23,000 Victorian households will get state-subsidised rooftop solar panels this financial year after the government dramatically increased the monthly allocation to meet overwhelming demand.
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Victorian Greens look to extend single-use plastic ban
SBS World News Australia
Wed 28 August, 2019
The Victorian Greens will introduce an amendment to ban more than just single-use plastic bags in a bid to save the environment from further damage.
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The Kainaki II Declaration is a signal of Pacific strength
The Interpreter
Wed 28 August, 2019
It was indeed an emotional moment when Pacific leaders and delegates were greeted by small children of Tuvalu – submerged in water surrounding a model of their sinking islands with their call to “Save Tuvalu, save the world”, upon their arrival to the 50th Pacific Islands Forum held this month in Funafuti.
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Can climate science be communicated without compromising the science?
ABC Radio National
Wed 28 August, 2019
Around this time last year, we looked at the ethics of political 'interference' in awarding ARC research grants, and what (if any) civic or public responsibility academics have when framing their proposals in a time of scarce research funding. Earlier this year, we examined whether democratic politics is an impediment to concerted action on climate change. This episode, in some ways, is an extension of those themes.
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Attack the science: Nationals' strategy to protect big irrigators
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 28 August, 2019
The classic tactic for an industry confronted with evidence that its products are harmful is to criticise the work of the scientists who exposed it. For decades, tobacco companies denied cigarettes caused cancer.
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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects declares climate emergency
Architecture and Design
Wed 28 August, 2019
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency, citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s finding that humanity has just 12 years to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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Smart use of air-conditioners can avoid blackouts this summer
Reneweconomy
Wed 28 August, 2019
The forecast blackout threats for this coming summer in Victoria could be avoided with a highly targeted, aggressive demand reduction air conditioning upgrade program rolled out over several months.
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Victoria’s riflebird is just out here dominating
Australian Geographic
Wed 28 August, 2019
If you’re looking for an absolute alpha, a force of nature that demands to be reckoned with, look no further than Victoria’s riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae).
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