Issue date : Wed 18 September, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 55 Seconds
Number of items : 58
Josh Frydenberg overruled department to block Lord Howe Island wind turbines
The Guardian
Wed 18 September, 2019
The former environment minister Josh Frydenberg went against the advice of his departmental experts when he blocked two wind turbines on Lord Howe Island in 2017, consigning the world heritage-listed island to relying on diesel fuel for the bulk of its electricity.
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Climate strike set to be a Coalition wake-up call
Independent Australia
Wed 18 September, 2019
Despite warnings and scientific advice, our Government hasn't budged on the issue of climate change so it's time to strike back, writes David Ritter.
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Smarter ways than dams to manage Sydney's water supply
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 18 September, 2019
Despite a 26 per cent increase in population, Sydney's total demand for drinking water today is lower than it was before mandatory water restrictions were introduced 15 years ago. Yet, with much of Australia in the grip of drought and water storage levels falling, Sydney’s conversations of late have been swirling around whether we have enough water to sustain a growing population.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Study: 83% Of Consumers Want Brands To Take A Stand On Important Issues
B & T
Wed 18 September, 2019
A major multinational survey of more than 25,000 consumers and corporate decision-makers in eight countries, including Australia, has found that consumers expect brands to help bring stability in the current volatile global environment and take a stand on important issues such as climate change, data privacy and corporate behaviour.
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AGL investors still keen on coal-fired returns
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 September, 2019
Overriding concerns about a hit to financial returns are preventing broader support for a shareholder resolution due to go before AGL Energy's annual meeting intended to accelerate the utility's exit from coal power generation, its biggest business.
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10 ways technology can meet the Paris climate targets
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 September, 2019
Last week, US novelist Jonathan Franzen sparked heated debate with his New Yorker article wondering whether the best approach to the impending global climate crisis might be to “to admit we can’t prevent it.”
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Why 200 per cent renewables would be better for Australia than 100 per cent
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 September, 2019
Australia could be a global leader in climate mitigation and zero-carbon energy exports, and meet its domestic power demands “on the side,” according to a new energy transition scenario that would take us well beyond 100 per cent renewables, to a target of 200 per cent.
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Superblocks are transforming Barcelona. They might work in Australian cities toov
The Conversation
Wed 18 September, 2019
The Spanish city of Barcelona has pioneered an innovative approach to managing traffic, freeing up public space and promoting walking and cycling. The “superblocks” model produces considerable health and economic benefits, according to newly published research, and could be applied in Australian cities too.
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More carbon neutral schools coming to Canberra
The Canberra Times
Wed 18 September, 2019
Canberra's next generation of schools will be carbon neutral under the ACT government's ambitious climate change strategy.
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Infrastructure investors cut carbon emissions to court government
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 September, 2019
European infrastructure investors are proactively slashing carbon emissions to retain a "social contract" to operate utility and water networks as populist governments threaten to nationalise assets.
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Mike Xie receives grant to fund sustainable architecture research
Architecture and Design
Wed 18 September, 2019
The Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship has named Professor Mike Xie of RMIT University as the recipient of a multi-million dollar grant to further expand his research into sustainable, freeform architecture.
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Vic issues illegal snake harming reminder
7 News
Wed 18 September, 2019
Warmer weather lures snakes out of hibernation and into more visible areas, which has prompted Victorian authorities to issue warnings on illegal snake harming.
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Facts on fires forgotten in rush to blame climate change
The Australian
Wed 18 September, 2019
Bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales dominated the news last week — and much of the media was quick to amplify claims climate change was at play.
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Earth warming more quickly than thought, new climate models show
Yahoo News
Wed 18 September, 2019
Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth's surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday.
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Heat-resistant coral could help rescue threatened reefs
Cosmos
Wed 18 September, 2019
Stress-tolerant coral from Australia’s tropical northwest may provide a lifeline to reefs further south as climate change warms the ocean, researchers have found.
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Tree-planting to offset carbon emissions: no cure-all
Yahoo News
Wed 18 September, 2019
A few euros, a couple of mouse clicks and a tree is planted -- as air travel is increasingly becoming a source of guilt, consumers and companies are looking for other ways to ease their conscience and reduce their carbon footprint.
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Pasture dieback research takes a step toward solutions
The Weekly Times
Wed 18 September, 2019
Pasture Dieback is not a new problem, but has certainly made an impact on Central Queensland pastures in recent years. A QUT team, funded by MLA, have delivered fresh insights that may well pave the way to solutions.
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When the river runs dry
Cosmos
Wed 18 September, 2019
Geoscientists have long believed that climate is the key sculptor of land surface topography – that landscape is an expression of the interaction between rainfall, runoff and erosion in drainage basins.
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Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study
Yahoo News
Wed 18 September, 2019
Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday.
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Nettles with royal roots hit the London catwalks
Yahoo News
Wed 18 September, 2019
Fashion models wearing dresses made from nettles harvested at Prince Charles's country estate in southwest England took to the runway in one of this year's most unusual offerings as London Fashion Week came to an end on Tuesday.
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Green issues colour spring collections
The Australian
Wed 18 September, 2019
The conversation about sustainability has moved beyond the collections and on to the major fashion shows themselves.
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Flying the green flag at Milan fashion week
Yahoo News
Wed 18 September, 2019
The world's top designers and influencers head to Milan on Wednesday for a week of glitzy catwalk shows from global brands that have begun swapping climate-destroying luxuries for ecologically-friendly fashion.
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IGA invests in edible bug revolution
Food & Beverage
Wed 18 September, 2019
The IGA has announced it will stock edible crickets. The addition of Grilo products to IGA shelves comes on the back of increasing demand from customers for more sustainable sources of protein.
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Senate inquiry into Great Barrier Reef seen as bid to discredit Queensland laws
The Guardian
Tue 17 September, 2019
The Senate has approved a Liberal-backed inquiry into whether farming and poor water quality harm the Great Barrier Reef, interpreted as a bid to debate the claims of the controversial scientist Peter Ridd and discredit Queensland laws to protect the reef.
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Indonesia told to admit, mitigate raging forest fires urgently
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 September, 2019
Jakarta: A coalition of environmental and human rights groups has accused the Indonesian government of being in denial about the severity of the fires raging across at least six provinces, and demanded a decisive response to the growing environmental disaster.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Under-pressure Merkel govt to unveil climate strategy
Yahoo News
Tue 17 September, 2019
Feeling the heat from a vocal climate protest movement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plans Friday to unveil a multi-billion-euro grand plan for tackling global warming.
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ACT Climate Change Strategy: Bumpy bike ride from Copenhagen to Canberra
The Canberra Times
Tue 17 September, 2019
"We do need to Copenhagenise Canberra," said the ACT's Climate Change Minister, Shane Rattenbury, as he announced the government's intention to model the Australian capital's transport policy on that of the Danish capital.
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Super funds risk lawsuits for ignoring climate threat
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 17 September, 2019
Superannuation funds are at risk of being sued by regulators and members if they fail to act on climate change, Mills Oakley financial services partner Mark Bland says.
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Nestlé to reduce greenhouse gases across supply chain
Food Processing
Tue 17 September, 2019
Nestlé is striving to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C, as per the Paris Agreement. Nestlé will sign the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge before the U.N. Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.
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Michelin commits to greater sustainability focus across its business
Prime Mover
Tue 17 September, 2019
Sustainability is a fundamental concern for businesses that use natural resources in which waste reduction and limiting environmental impact means taking responsibility for the lifespan of a product. Michelin is one of them.
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Is this Australia’s first utility to acknowledge death by solar?
Reneweconomy
Tue 17 September, 2019
The electricity generation company owned by the Northern Territory government says it faces an “existential risk” from the rise of solar power, possibly becoming the first energy utility to openly recognise that the growth of cheaper renewables could spell the end of its traditional fossil fuel business.
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A Danish view on circular construction
The Fifth Estate
Tue 17 September, 2019
As resources become scarcer, building owners may one day be able to sell walls, ceilings and floors to other developers, instead of demolishing them.
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Packaging trends: paper, aluminium and even banana leaves
Food Processing
Tue 17 September, 2019
Recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan reveals that reductions in material usage and the development of more sustainable, durable and lighter-weight packaging solutions are key drivers to support market development.
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