Issue date : Wed 2 October, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
Coalition’s water authority has no boss and no experts
The Australian
Wed 2 October, 2019
The federal government has no proposal of its own for a new dam in Victoria, and the expert body it says commenced work on Tuesday to identify water infrastructure opportunities has no boss and no experts.
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Think-tanks and the death of the power of ideas
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 2 October, 2019
Policy brains trusts were born to counter 20th century collectivism and stagflation. But where is the new thinking on climate change and trade wars?
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How the circular economy can help tackle climate change
ProBono Australia News
Wed 2 October, 2019
There needs to be a shift in the global approach to tackling climate change, according to a new report, which suggests the circular economy could be the missing piece in the puzzle.
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How Britain ended its coal addiction
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 2 October, 2019
Once the world’s largest coal consumer, the UK is edging towards zero consumption of the fossil fuel in its energy mix. FT reporters document the transition.
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Tsunami dumped tropical disease on North American coastline
Cosmos
Wed 2 October, 2019
When a deadly tropical infection appeared on the chilly west coast of North America in 1999, its origin was a mystery. Now, researchers believe a giant earthquake 35 years earlier was to blame.
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How worried should we be about microplastics?
The Guardian
Wed 2 October, 2019
Plastic is everywhere – in our food, air, water and oceans. But do we know enough to determine how harmful it is to our health?
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Litter reporting app launched in Tasmania
Inside Waste
Wed 2 October, 2019
Tasmanian residents can now report litter and dumping of waste from their smartphones, tablets and computers.
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Climate explained: what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint
The Conversation
Wed 2 October, 2019
The most important individual climate action will depend on each person’s particular circumstances, but each of us can make some changes to reduce our own carbon footprint and to support others to do the same.
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The Very Best Eco Retreats In Australia
Marie Claire
Wed 2 October, 2019
Standing in crystal water, toes sinking into fine powdery sand, suspended in stillness (except for the swooshing palm trees) your best self tends to emerge. She’s motivated and mindful, a good global citizen and she’s not going to take waste and pollution lying down. As travellers moving through paradise, we have a choice: be a part of the overtourism problem, or the solution. We can tear through recklessly, leaving a floating plastic island in our wake, or tread nimbly into pristine environments, throwing our holiday budgets behind the destinations and experiences that put conservation front and centre.
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Queensland's climate response 'stalled by Labor's federal poll loss'
The Brisbane Times
Tue 1 October, 2019
One of Australia's most distinguished scientists says the Queensland government has not released its discussion paper on how to meet its carbon emissions targets because Labor lost the federal election in May.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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NSW reveals grants shortlist for nearly 3GW of renewables and storage capacity
Reneweconomy
Tue 1 October, 2019
The NSW Government has shortlisted a total of 21 renewable energy and energy storage projects that are in line to receive grant funding under the state’s flagship Emerging Energy program, supporting the construction of up to 700MW of dispatchable electricity generation across the state.
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Climate action urgent but not an emergency
NT News
Tue 1 October, 2019
There is an “escalating urgency for climate action” but it not an emergency, the Alice Springs Town Council decided at its meeting on Monday night.
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Morrison a 'bad dad' for denigrating young climate protesters
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 1 October, 2019
Scott Morrison failed an entire generation last week. He dismissed the 300,000 young people and their parents who filled our city streets in the School Strike 4 Climate, as lacking “context and perspective”.
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Corporates must step up. The planet’s at stake.
The Advertiser
Tue 1 October, 2019
Average Australians are being urged to do their bit for the planet with increasing frequency, while the real culprits behind our surging carbon emissions hide from responsibility, writes Tory Shepherd.
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NT News
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Most people avoid ugly animals. I'm obsessed with them
The Guardian
Tue 1 October, 2019
Growing up in rural Australia, I found joy in the weird creatures around me – and finding out why they had evolved that way. Now I’ve illustrated a whole children’s book about them
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Helping businesses thrive through the climate change transformation
ProBono Australia News
Tue 1 October, 2019
The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia’s (BCSD Australia) latest report said companies needed to prepare for both the physical risks associated with climate change, as well as the transitional risks on the path towards a net-zero economy.
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PIPA asks: are the environmental and social benefits of plastic pipe being overlooked?
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 1 October, 2019
There is presently a great deal of community discussion and public outrage over the problems associated with plastics in our environment. Rodger Connolly, Executive General Manager at the Plastics Industry Pipe Association (PIPA), offers the plastic pipe industry’s perspective.
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Advocates say WA is ripe for impact investing
ProBono Australia News
Tue 1 October, 2019
Impact investing is yet to gain traction in Western Australia, but a new cross-sector alliance is looking to change this by building the state’s impact investment market from the ground up.
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Wind turbine manufacturing hub officially opened
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Tue 1 October, 2019
The return of manufacturing to the former Ford site in Geelong has commenced, with wind turbine components currently being assembled at the factory.
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NABERS cracks some of the thorniest sectors in 2018-19
The Fifth Estate
Tue 1 October, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: It’s been a big year for NABERS, with shopping centres flocking to the environmental rating tool, indoor environment ratings on the rise, and an expansion into the UK.
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Passivhaus could be about to hit the mainstream
The Fifth Estate
Tue 1 October, 2019
Thirty years after its inception, Passivhaus design, which results in high-performing buildings that use hardly any energy, looks set to hit the mainstream.
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Tens of thousands of tuna-attracting devices are drifting around the Pacific
The Conversation
Tue 1 October, 2019
Tropical tuna are one of the few wild animals we still hunt in large numbers, but finding them in the vast Pacific ocean can be tremendously difficult. However, fishers have long known that tuna are attracted to, and will aggregate around, floating objects such as logs.
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315 billion tonne iceberg the size of Sydney breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
News.com.au
Tue 1 October, 2019
Scientists were surprised a 315 billion tonne iceberg roughly the size of Sydney broke off where it did, but said climate change isn’t to blame.
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Seabin’s unusual catch in Sydney Harbour
News.com.au
Tue 1 October, 2019
A floating rubbish bin has been installed in Sydney Harbour to scoop up the trash in the water, and it’s caught some surprising items.
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Weekly Times
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Seven Miles Is Reducing Coffee-Related Landfill One Bag and Capsule at a Time
Broadsheet
Tue 1 October, 2019
There’s been chatter aplenty lately about the enormous number of non-recyclable coffee cups thrown out in Australia – 2.7 million each day, according to some estimates. While reusable cups are thankfully becoming more prolific, there’s been less focus on other coffee-related waste. Coffee brand Seven Miles is attempting to tackle this with an initiative that’s the first of its kind in Australia.
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Travelling lightly: Here are the world's most eco-friendly destinations
Traveller
Tue 1 October, 2019
The world is changing and travel is changing with it thanks to a green revolution occurring beneath our feet. Not so long ago most of us travelled to forget the world's problems, as well as our own. Now we're taking our sustainable sensibilities with us. We're travelling with our own reusable water bottles and coffee cups. We're choosing trains over planes, eating plant-based and SLO (seasonal, local and organic), picking up litter, saying no to plastic bags and straws, thinking twice about the impact we're having, being kind to animals, giving back.
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