Issue date : Mon 23 September, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 57 Seconds
Number of items : 70
Climate change 'hitting harder and sooner' than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting
ABC News
Mon 23 September, 2019
A new report published ahead of key UN climate talks has warned the world is falling drastically behind in the race to avert climate disaster, with the five-year period ending in 2019 the hottest on record.
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Experts says climate change impact accelerating, last five years worst on record
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 23 September, 2019
New York: Japan's new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, pledged on Sunday to mobilise young people to push his coal-dependent country towards a low-carbon future by making the fight against climate change "sexy" and "fun."
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Make climate fight 'sexy and fun,' says Japan's new environment minister
SBS World News Australia
Mon 23 September, 2019
Japan’s new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, pledged on Sunday to mobilise young people to push his coal-dependent country toward a low-carbon future by making the fight against climate change “sexy” and “fun.”
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Johnson to unveil $A1.8bln climate funding
7 News
Mon 23 September, 2019
Scientists will receive up to STG1 billion ($A1.8 billion) for new technology to tackle the climate crisis in developing countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce at the UN Climate conference in New York.
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Climate strikes have changed the rules of diplomacy at UN Climate Action Summit
Reneweconomy
Mon 23 September, 2019
“I encourage you to keep your initiative, keep your mobilization and more and more to hold my generation to account,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said to Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist who helped rally millions of kids and adults to the streets last Friday.
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World banks adopt new climate principles
7 News
Mon 23 September, 2019
Banks with more than $US47 ($A69) trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, have adopted new UN-backed "responsible banking" principles to fight climate change that would shift their loan books away from fossil fuels.
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Climate change will lower super returns
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 23 September, 2019
The drag on economic growth associated with climate change will wipe 0.25 per cent a year from superannuation returns for the foreseeable future, according to the asset consultants at Frontier Advisors.
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Tech leaders taking action on climate change beyond the strike
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 23 September, 2019
Leaders of some of the country's biggest tech companies are committed to playing a bigger role in the push to tackle climate change, and say that participating in last Friday's strike was just the start.
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Farmers guided to energy efficiency
The Australian
Mon 23 September, 2019
Farmers are being encouraged to embrace clean energy and change farming habits, with the release of a new guide to reduce emissions, energy use and operating costs.
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Small but “smart” Kanowna solar farm comes on line in northern NSW
Reneweconomy
Mon 23 September, 2019
A small but potentially significant solar farm has been officially launched in northern New South Wales, offering what state agriculture minister Adam Marshall described as a glimpse of the future for rural and remote parts of the state.
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Net zero achievable for building industry by 2050
Architecture and Design
Mon 23 September, 2019
A new report by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) presents a clear pathway of actions that will help the building and construction sector reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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Animals, science, behaviour and ethics
Cosmos
Mon 23 September, 2019
The moral status of animals has a long and fraught history in the West, much of it reflecting poorly on our ethical understanding. While the scientific account of non-human animals is playing an increasingly pivotal role in such ethical considerations, behavioural scientists themselves have yet to enter the fray.
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‘Edible forests’ can fight land clearing and world hunger at the same time
The Conversation
Mon 23 September, 2019
Reducing emissions from deforestation and farming is an urgent global priority if we want to control climate change. However, like many climate change problems, the solution is complicated. Cutting down forests to plant edible crops feeds some of the world’s hungriest people.
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Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier
Yahoo News
Mon 23 September, 2019
Dozens of people dressed in black went on a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.
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Microbe battles contaminants
Cosmos
Mon 23 September, 2019
A relatively common soil bacterium may be the secret weapon against one of our nastier classes of pollutants.
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What is carbon offsetting and does it actually work?
Vogue Australia
Mon 23 September, 2019
While the fashion industry’s big hitters are addressing the need for urgent climate action by ‘offsetting’ carbon emissions, Vogue investigates what this means in practice and whether it will make any difference.
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Angus Taylor says Josh Frydenberg knew of his family interest in grasslands affair
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 22 September, 2019
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has confirmed that his predecessor Josh Frydenberg knew about his family interest in a farm that was being investigated for alleged illegal land clearing when he met with officials to discuss environmental regulations.
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Labor eyes Frydenberg on grasslands talks
News.com.au
Sun 22 September, 2019
Labor is calling on Josh Frydenberg to explain if he knew of Energy Minister Angus Taylor's business interests ahead of a meeting about endangered grasslands.
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PM accused of 'trashing' Australia's reputation by spruiking coal ahead of UN summit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 22 September, 2019
Environmentalists are accusing Scott Morrison of "trashing" Australia's international reputation, as official documents reveal the broad scale of his government's efforts to significantly increase coal exports at a time of mass protests calling for action on climate change.
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Companies launch climate challenge to Morrison in New York
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 22 September, 2019
Tech giant Atlassian will challenge Scott Morrison to deepen cuts to greenhouse gas emissions as the Prime Minister avoids a United Nations summit on climate change to attend a factory opening in Ohio during his American visit this week.
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The Australian Financial Review
We have to do our bit or we're cooked: Cannon-Brookes
Energy Minister Angus Taylor defends emissions reductions following climate rallies
The West Australian
Sun 22 September, 2019
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has welcomed students being “active citizens” in striking for climate change this week, but was quick to lay out Australia’s “over achievement” in emissions reduction.
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Minister shrugs off climate rally concerns
SBS World News Australia
7 News
The West Australian
The Newcastle Herald
Perthnow
Yahoo News
UN chief basks in climate spotlight, amid global conflict clouds
Yahoo News
Sun 22 September, 2019
On Monday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will position himself on the frontline against climate change as he presides over a UN emergency summit, a role some say he turned to after difficulties in resolving global conflict.
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Andrew Bolt: Climate strikers blinded by faith
The Herald Sun
Sun 22 September, 2019
Young protesters at Friday’s Climate Strike shouted in excitement that they were defending science, but instead they were hot-gospelling for a new religion, where faith counts more than facts, writes Andrew Bolt.
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The kids didn't stay in school, and the politicians lost their cool
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 22 September, 2019
By the time you're reading this, civilisation may have collapsed. On Friday, hundreds of thousands of students across the country marched in the streets to protest government inaction on climate change.
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Planting trees is good, but embracing renewables is better
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 22 September, 2019
On Friday, thousands of people participated in “climate strikes” led by environmentalist Greta Thunberg. As anxiety about global warming rises, so does enthusiasm for tree planting. Individuals do it to offset jet travel. So do companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, whose products cause climate change.
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Extreme the new normal for Qld fire season
Yahoo News
Sun 22 September, 2019
What was once considered an "extreme" Queensland bushfire season should now be expected every year, firefighters say.
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The Age
The Australian
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The Canberra Times
The New Daily
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Tiny island's giant war on waste
ABC News
Sun 22 September, 2019
A community of just 600 people isolated in the Indian Ocean is being inundated with the world's plastic waste. It is now finding innovative ways to fight back.
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Environmental activists pluck plastic from world's beaches on mass cleanup day
Yahoo News
Sun 22 September, 2019
Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe Saturday, in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests.
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Dust storm blankets parts of NSW after cold front
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 22 September, 2019
Parts of western and central NSW were blanketed with dust after a cold front moved through on Saturday, with dust reportedly reaching as far as the Snowy Mountains.
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Labor's climate policies are 'unshakeable' despite election loss, Mark Butler says
The Guardian
Sat 21 September, 2019
Mark Butler wants to make one thing clear: the shadow minister for climate change and energy is not for turning. It wasn’t a mistake to pursue an ambitious climate policy in the 2019 election and “we are not going to change our position to get to a level of profound irresponsibility [on policy], like the government”, he tells Guardian Australia’s politics podcast.
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Brazil plans 'bio-economic' development of the Amazon forest
The Age
Sat 21 September, 2019
Washington: Brazil's far-right President has a new message for those alarmed by fires raging in the Amazon: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private investment.
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UN Chief Sees Cities, Companies Filling U.S. Void on Climate
Yahoo News
Sat 21 September, 2019
(Bloomberg) -- The head of the United Nations said he believes the U.S. can still pull its weight on climate change, even though President Donald Trump is skipping a UN climate summit on Monday and has worked to roll back restrictions on everything from vehicle to power plant emissions.
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A climate of burning money
The Australian
Sat 21 September, 2019
World leaders will soon arrive in New York for a climate summit likely to do little more than add to the hysteria drowning out any sober talk on climate policy. Amid warnings that we have days left to act, politicians will jostle to share the spotlight with celebrity activists such as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who came from Europe by wind-powered boat. Hurricane Dorian looms large over proceedings as a harbinger of doom.
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Let's have a climate change royal commission
The Australian
Sat 21 September, 2019
As a follow-up to the “climate strike” that kicked off yesterday, we need a royal commission into climate change.
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No place in debate for climate contrarians
The Australian
Sat 21 September, 2019
Consensus enforcement is a potent new force in climate science where sceptical views increasingly are being silenced as a danger to public good.
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Greta Thunberg made me rethink my air travel
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 21 September, 2019
A few weeks ago, a 16-year-old from Sweden arrived in New York. All up, the journey took about two weeks; the Atlantic Ocean had been choppier than she expected. I am referring, of course, to Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist who will be speaking at the UN Climate Action Summit in two days’ time.
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Corporates buy into social issues at their peril
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 21 September, 2019
Companies used to avoid sensitive social issues. Any strong stance on hot-button public-policy matters, they feared, could alienate customers and staff. Those days are over. From climate change to reconciliation, chief executives are speaking out in growing numbers on subjects that go beyond issues directly affecting their businesses.
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The clean dozen make a bet on alternative power
The Australian
Sat 21 September, 2019
Bets on clean technologies have dropped off as green subsidies have been reduced. But some investors are staying in the game.
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Climate signs highlight a generation's call to action
ABC News
Sat 21 September, 2019
They ranged from witty to poignant to heartbreaking. The signs — many made by children — spelled out the fears and frustrations held by many young Australians about perceived inaction on climate change.
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Climate change protests spread around the world on global day of action
ABC News
Fri 20 September, 2019
Students worldwide are taking to the streets to demand more action against climate change after an estimated 300,000 Australians gathered at rallies around the country.
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'We will never back down': 80,000 strike in Sydney over climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 20 September, 2019
Tens of thousands of school students called on older generations to "clean up their mess" as they demanded stronger climate action at mass protests across the country.
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Ahead of climate summit, UN chief demands 'positive' news
Yahoo News
Fri 20 September, 2019
Next week dozens of countries will gather in New York for an emergency UN summit to help curb the grim prospect of rising greenhouse gas emissions, however the focus must be on good climate news, the body's secretary-general said Friday.
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A shot of hope in the face of climate despair
The Conversation
Fri 20 September, 2019
Hope, like a slinky, springs eternal. While rage, fear and disgust are all appropriate responses to the realities of climate change (which we have explored extensively this week), we must move from despair to action.
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