Issue date : Tue 17 September, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
Wong, Shorten stay true to emissions reduction target
The Australian
Tue 17 September, 2019
Bill Shorten and Penny Wong have launched a staunch defence of Labor’s ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target, as internal divisions over the policy triggered a government attack in parliament.
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Albury council’s decade-long waste program close to goal of halving waste to landfill
Inside Waste
Tue 17 September, 2019
In 2009, the Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) was bearing 100 per cent of the region’s local waste. Having the fourth largest landfill in NSW, the Albury City Council set out to change the way this waste was being processed, so it established a goal to halve the amount of waste going into the AWMC by 2020.
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Pollies cold on climate, despite hype
The Australian
Tue 17 September, 2019
This month was meant to be the one in which a global push for higher ambition on climate change took flight. Instead momentum for political action has drained away.
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Canberra acts 'first' in the climate emergency
The Canberra Times
Tue 17 September, 2019
On Monday, the ACT government released its Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025, just a few months after declaring a climate emergency in May, the first Australian state or territory to do so. The document contains several more Australian "firsts," reflecting the government's desire to lead climate action. Is this new strategy needed, and what does it mean for Canberrans?
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Climate 'freight train' leaves CEOs no choice
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 17 September, 2019
Atlassian co-founder and chief executive officer Mike Cannon-Brookes has pushed back at government demands that business should stay away from so-called activist causes, saying the absence of credible policies on climate change and energy left the corporate sector with little choice but to act.
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Canberra businesses give staff day off to join climate strike
The Canberra Times
Tue 17 September, 2019
Canberra businesses will be leading the way at the local edition of the global climate strikes on Friday, as the Canberra Business Council backed them to speak up on social issues.
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BHP pushes ahead on Scope 3 emission limits
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 17 September, 2019
BHP concedes reporting on Scope 3 emissions can involve double counting but the company says it will continue trying to influence its customers' emissions and will set public goals for its Scope 3 emissions within nine months.
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WWF food tracking blockchain app raises $4M
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 17 September, 2019
A joint venture between World Wildlife Fund Australia and BCG Digital Ventures is using blockchain to prove food was made sustainably and slave-free.
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Victoria locks in new solar farm planning guidelines
Reneweconomy
Tue 17 September, 2019
New solar farm planning guidelines have been put in place in Victoria, in a bid to pave the way for a smooth transition to the state’s legislated target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030.
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Keeping the city cool isn’t just about tree cover – it calls for a commons-based climate response
The Conversation
Tue 17 September, 2019
A recent report by the Greater Sydney Commission singles out urban heat as one of four priority areas given our coming climate. It identifies tree canopy as the top response for reducing city temperatures and delivering amenity. However, the public conversation about urban heat often misses the complex relationship between trees, people and the built environment, which challenges this response.
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Rising temps risk wildlife, iconic parks
7 News
Tue 17 September, 2019
Australian wildlife is under threat and forests that don't normally burn are being devastated by fire, with ecosystems already suffering from climate change, a new report suggests.
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Girl songbirds like a guy who can really sing
Cosmos
Tue 17 September, 2019
New research reveals that the evolution of song learning in male birds may be driven by female bird choice. By selecting males with the longest and most complex song repertoire, females are influencing male songbirds to evolve towards a strategy that involves life-long learning of songs.
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Fevers, rashes and three months of illness: the health risks facing a growing Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 September, 2019
Emma Guiney has sworn off holiday destinations with mosquito-borne diseases. As the climate changes, they will likely be on her doorstep. Such diseases are one of the many health challenges Sydney faces as its population booms in the next decade.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Poor countries will need to increase carbon footprint to address hunger: study
Yahoo News
Tue 17 September, 2019
Achieving a nutritious diet with adequate calories in developing countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use, scientists reported Monday, calling on high-income countries to accelerate the adoption of plant-heavy diets.
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This is what climate change looks like in Australia – in pictures
The Guardian
Tue 17 September, 2019
As predictions about the climate crisis increasingly become observations, Australians are witnessing first hand the impacts of more frequent and severe weather events. These images supplied by the Climate Council show the devastating effects on the continent’s ecosystems and unique wildlife. Australia’s ecosystems are already under grave stress from land-clearing, over-harvesting and invasive feral animals and plants; climate change is adding to the litany of woes and proving to be the last straw for some systems and species
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PM denies politicising natural disasters
Yahoo News
Mon 16 September, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected accusations he's politicising natural disasters, after linking battling bushfires to his economic policy.
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7 News
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Setting only long term zero carbon targets is code for “we’re doing nothing now”
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 September, 2019
Subject to enough transmission being available, ITK is of the view that 50% renewable electricity by 2030 as proposed by Labor can be achieved without undue difficulty, and would be more likely to lead to lower prices than higher prices and electricity supply would be reliable.
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Nationals MPs snub launch of farming group's climate change report
The Guardian
Mon 16 September, 2019
Nationals MPs have snubbed a farmers’ group launching a major climate change report that warns the Australian agricultural sector faces “significant threats to viability” without a new national climate strategy.
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Canberrans asked to do 'heavy lifting' in battling climate change including give up cooking with gas
ABC News
Mon 16 September, 2019
Canberrans are being asked to do more of the heavy lifting in combatting climate change — starting with giving up petrol-powered cars and gas-heated homes.
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Climate change is the defining issue of our time – we’re giving it the attention it deserves
The Conversation
Mon 16 September, 2019
Veteran Great Barrier Reef expert Jon Brodie often thinks of his PhD students and despairs. The young scientists have a quenchless thirst for new knowledge about the marine wonder. They want to make it better, healthier, more resilient. But climate change and other processes threaten the reef’s very existence. In a few decades’ time, Brodie wonders, what will be left for these scientists to study?
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Bushfire threat leaves no room for complacency
The Age
Mon 16 September, 2019
In recent weeks, huge bushfires have devastated houses, farms, public infrastructure, rainforests and community reserves along the coast of Queensland and in northern NSW. The entire southern half of Queensland is in severe drought, and almost all of NSW is under intense drought or affected by four years of unusually dry conditions.
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Government should not tell business what to talk about
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 16 September, 2019
The Liberal Party has in the past welcomed contributions from business leaders to the public debate but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has over the past week broken with tradition and told business to stop talking about certain issues.
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1200 Businesses Give Workers Time Off To Attend Climate Strike
Ten Daily
Mon 16 September, 2019
Cities nationwide will be flooded with protesters on Friday as tens of thousands of people rally for a global climate change strike -- and more than 1200 businesses are giving workers time off to attend.
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Clearer policy needed on energy from waste
Government News
Mon 16 September, 2019
The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) recently hosted the National Energy from Waste conference with the theme – ‘Powering Change’. Explaining the legal frame work for getting approval to build an energy from waste facility to delegates proved a challenge, writes Kim Glassborow.
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New modelling exposed grid problems that forced solar farms to cut output
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 September, 2019
New modelling and grid simulations conducted by the Australian Energy Market Operator are apparently at the heart of the decision last week to dramatically curtail the output of five big solar farms in Victoria and New South Wales by 50 per cent.
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‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change
The Conversation
Mon 16 September, 2019
Climate change increasingly threatens communities all over the world. News of fires, floods and coastal erosion devastating lives and livelihoods seems almost constant. The latest fires in Queensland and New South Wales mark the start of the earliest bushfire season the states have ever seen.
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ABC News
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Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer
Architecture and Design
Mon 16 September, 2019
The recent heatwaves in Europe have signalled how hairy things might get here in the antipodes as we head down the straight towards a 3.5–4.0°C world. As David Attenborough testified to a House of Commons Committee last month, Australia is going to be particularly hard hit.
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Finding humanitarian solutions through modular design
Architecture and Design
Mon 16 September, 2019
British design studio Cutwork has designed the Cortex Shelter, an easily assembled and affordable housing solution for the global refugee crisis.
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Trophy photo of massive tiger shark sparks heated debate
Yahoo News
Mon 16 September, 2019
Days after conservation groups called for tiger sharks to be listed as endangered, a man’s “trophy photo” with one of the predators in Western Australia has sparked heated debate.
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World must transform food production:study
7 News
Mon 16 September, 2019
The world must diversify its food production and consumption, or face damaging supply disruptions that could lead to suffering and social unrest, scientists have warned.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Indonesia battles forest fires, criticism from neighbours over toxic haze
ABC News
Mon 16 September, 2019
Amid bushfires raging across Australia and as the international community struggles to contain fires in the Amazon, Indonesia's neighbours are again complaining of transboundary haze from forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.
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Striking for a better future
ProBono Australia News
Mon 16 September, 2019
Around the world millions of students are preparing to put down their pens and walk out of class to demand action on climate change. Daisy Jeffrey is one of those students. She is this week’s Changemaker.
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