Issue date : Fri 30 August, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
Great Barrier Reef long-term outlook 'very poor', Federal Government reef report finds
ABC News
Fri 30 August, 2019
For the first time, the long-term outlook for the Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded from "poor" to "very poor" by the Federal Government's five-year reef report.
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Australia's greenhouse emissions set new seven-year highs on gas boom
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 August, 2019
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have risen to the highest annual rate since the 2012-13 financial year, driven higher by surging gas production that has made the country the world's biggest exporter of the fossil fuel.
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A sixty day ban on burning will take effect on Thursday in Brazil
News.com.au
Fri 30 August, 2019
A 60-day ban on burning in Brazil takes effect on Thursday after a global outcry over fires raging in the Amazon and data showing hundreds of new blazes in the rainforest.
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Swan is right on the environment
The Canberra Times
Fri 30 August, 2019
If Wayne Swan is able to halt, or at least slow down, the Australian Labor Party's post election drift away from its previous strong commitment to the environment he will have done the party, the nation, and even the planet, a good turn.
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The right side of history? Labor's noble climate talk lost in coal smoke
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 August, 2019
Labor is all over the shop on climate change. This week its national president, Wayne Swan, is preaching that the party must stay on "the right side of history" and stick to ambitious carbon targets. He speaks out even as Labor's Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, expresses pride in coal exports.
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The shameful reasons why this should be tagged the Anthropocene age
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 30 August, 2019
Some scientists are trying to name our current geologic epoch after us – calling it the Anthropocene. That's no brag, because most of the changes we're making to our planet are embarrassing.
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Cheap, easy and endless: The big lie about plane travel
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 August, 2019
They scream, they whistle, they growl, they roar. Even through the blameless night an occasional flight thunders in - freight, emergencies and the rich. Then as curfew nears its end, a low mumble builds above the cloud layer. We’re up here, they threaten the sleeping world, waiting. On strike of six they pounce, streaming rapid-fire through the languid morning, waking babes, rattling windows, shattering dreams.
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The Age
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Chemical giant wants to turn plastic trash back into oil
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 August, 2019
Global chemical giant Dow is partnering with the Dutch developer of a method for turning plastic trash back into oil as it seeks to expand recycling amid rising alarm over pollution.
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We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it
The Conversation
Fri 30 August, 2019
Over the past seven years more than 100 research projects at the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, in collaboration with industry across Australia, have pondered a very big question: How do we build future cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable?
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Not passive victims: Indigenous Australians respond to climate change
Foreground
Fri 30 August, 2019
Climate change is disproportionately threatening the cultures and health of Indigenous peoples globally. With intimate knowledge of country, Indigenous Australians are actively adapting to challenges, finding opportunities for new initiatives and alliances to strengthen cultural practices.
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Meet the super corals that can handle acid, heat and suffocation
The Conversation
Fri 30 August, 2019
Climate change is rapidly changing the oceans, driving coral reefs around the world to breaking point. Widely publicised marine heatwaves aren’t the only threat corals are facing: the seas are increasingly acidic, have less oxygen in them, and are gradually warming as a whole.
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Acid oceans are shrinking plankton
Cosmos
Fri 30 August, 2019
Increasingly acidic oceans are putting algae at risk, threatening the foundation of the entire marine food web.
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Australia’s biggest polluting car brands revealed
News.com.au
Fri 30 August, 2019
Cars are one of the biggest sources of emissions and these brands and cars are the worst offenders. See if you car is a saint or sinner.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Hurricane Dorian strengthens as it heads for US mainland
News.com.au
Fri 30 August, 2019
Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida as it pushed over open waters on Thursday (local time) after leaving limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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Coal is not the only issue in town: Wayne Swan
The Australian
Thu 29 August, 2019
Labor’s national president Wayne Swan says coal was not the only issue behind federal Labor’s disastrous election performance in Queensland, as he argues for a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.
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Federal Labor says WA-backed emissions targets recipe for disaster
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 29 August, 2019
Federal Labor has fired back at Western Australia’s ALP government over greenhouse gas emissions after Premier Mark McGowan and his Cabinet sided with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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NSW puts interstate transmission link project on the fast-track
Reneweconomy
Thu 29 August, 2019
The New South Wales government has signalled its intention to fast-track the development of a 800km transmission line linking the state’s grid to renewables rich South Australia, after awarding the $1 billion project “critical infrastructure” status.
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Climate change becomes Vic health focus
Yahoo News
Thu 29 August, 2019
If Victorians are going be healthy then the state government believes they need to tackle climate change.
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Adelaide declares climate emergency
Yahoo News
Thu 29 August, 2019
The Adelaide City Council has joined 36 other local government groups across Australia and more than 900 worldwide in declaring climate change a national emergency.
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7 News
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UK local authorities fall behind on climate change
Government News
Thu 29 August, 2019
While Australian councils are teaming up to fight climate change, on the other side of the world there are fears that UK local bodies may be falling behind with calls for a more united front from government.
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US giant AIG under fire over Adani coal mine
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 29 August, 2019
US giant AIG has become the latest insurer to feel the ire of the Stop Adani movement, after protesters descended on its Sydney headquarters on Thursday to urge the company to rule out insuring the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
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CEOs urged to dump BCA over 'green tape' stance
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 29 August, 2019
The Australian Conservation Foundation has urged the chief executives of nine major listed companies to dump their membership of the Business Council over its opposition to environmental protection laws.
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Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer
Independent Australia
Thu 29 August, 2019
In order to counteract the effects of global warming, we need to consider ways to enhance biodiversity within our cities, writes Dr Peter Fisher.
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On the need for speed and is it just a nasty habit we need to break?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 August, 2019
We’re amazingly quick on the uptake when it comes to some kinds of innovation – air travel for example, which has only been a thing for just under a century. But the cost of close to 100 years of flying has been a whole new source of pollution and carbon emissions.
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Parramatta to cool city with ‘heat island’ study
Government News
Thu 29 August, 2019
Parramatta Council will boost greenery and shading across the city as part of broader efforts to drive down temperatures in the city by up to two degrees.
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Mapped Out: 'Fish Armageddon' And 'Horror Summer' Are Coming
Ten Daily
Thu 29 August, 2019
Another "horror summer" is on the cards, with authorities warning of "armageddon" of fire, fish deaths and more thanks to a potent combination of heat, drought, no rain, and river flow issues.
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United Wambo open cut coal 'super pit' approved for NSW Hunter Valley with export conditions
ABC News
Thu 29 August, 2019
The $381 million United Wambo Coal Project in the NSW Hunter Valley has been given the go-ahead to extract an additional 150 million tonnes over a 23-year period by the state's Independent Planning Commission (IPC).
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Using tech to save wine from bushfire smoke
Pursuit
Thu 29 August, 2019
Wine vintages can be ruined by smoke contamination from nearby bushfires, but new digital agriculture tools could help both large and small winemakers reduce the damage
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Qld versus NSW feud erupts over sand pumping project on Tweed coast
ABC News
Thu 29 August, 2019
An interstate feud has erupted between New South Wales and Queensland beachgoers after Tweed Coast residents accused their neighbours over the border of taking too much sand while their own beaches suffer erosion.
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Chinese-owned company loses appeal over bush clearing in WA's North West
WAToday
Thu 29 August, 2019
A Chinese-owned company's appeal against a stop-work order over suspicions it destroyed a large portion of sacred bushland allegedly without the proper permissions in the North West has been largely dismissed.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark UN climate report
Yahoo News
Thu 29 August, 2019
The same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilising Earth's marine environment is brought to heel, warns a draft UN report obtained by AFP.
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The winter was dry, the spring will likely be dry – here’s why
The Conversation
Thu 29 August, 2019
Winter still has a few days to run, but it’s highly likely to be one of Australia’s warmest and driest on record. While final numbers will be crunched once August ends, this winter will probably rank among the top ten warmest for daytime temperatures and the top ten driest for rainfall.
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What happens when the water runs out?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 August, 2019
Like many regional cities and towns, many homes in Armidale have beautiful gardens. This time of year is usually a joy for gardeners, as bulbs and fruit trees blossom after the freezing winter months. But there will be little joy for green-fingered folk in New England, this season, with the city currently on level four water restrictions that ban all watering, even with a bucket unless it’s with grey water from laundry or showers.
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Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights
Yahoo News
Thu 29 August, 2019
Debt-ridden Air India said Thursday it will stop using single-use plastic and replace packaging with eco-friendly paper and wooden cutlery, as the government ramps up its "clean India" mission.
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Rain set to boost month's total but warm, dry spring ahead
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 29 August, 2019
The final week of August has been the month's wettest, with Sydney downpours across Thursday and Friday potentially delivering a month's worth of rain in two days.
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