Issue date : Wed 9 October, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
ALP pushes new climate target deal
The Australian
Wed 9 October, 2019
Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon will call on Labor to reach a “sensible settlement” on climate change and adopt the Morrison government’s 2030 emissions reduction target, arguing that the policy shift would lift the party’s support in working-class and regional areas.
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Morrison offers support to victims of NSW, Queensland fires
The Australian
Wed 9 October, 2019
Scott Morrison has offered his support to the communities affected by the severe bushfires raging in northern NSW and southern Queensland, thanking emergency services and volunteers for their efforts in fighting the blazes.
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Geelong council failing to hit sustainability targets
The Geelong Advertiser
Wed 9 October, 2019
Just days after rejecting a motion to declare a climate emergency, a report has revealed the City of Greater Geelong is struggling to meet sustainability and emissions reduction targets.
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NT News
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We must reverse course from energy failure
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 October, 2019
A pile-up of fixes have muted the price signals needed for private sector investment in energy.
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Costly efforts to keep coal plants going are ill advised
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 October, 2019
Government subsidies and costly efforts to keep old coal plants alive are doing nothing to bring investment and innovation into the long-suffering energy sector.
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Climate lawsuit increases pressure on responsible investing
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 October, 2019
A 24-year-old Brisbane landscaper’s test case legal action against $50 billion REST Super for allegedly failing to provide information about its strategies to handle climate-related risk to his super highlights the growing "responsible investment" pressure on fund managers.
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Social value key to future profit: BHP
7 News
Wed 9 October, 2019
BHP says big miners' profits will not survive if they simply pay lip service to the social and environmental toll of resource extraction, with the "social value" of a business decision increasingly important to a company's long-term future.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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The Australian
BHP green push 'all about profit'
The Age
For BHP, 'social value' key to staying competitive in a changing world
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Differentiated sustainability practices see higher ROC
Money Management
Wed 9 October, 2019
Differentiated sustainability practices, which were least susceptible to convergence, were associated with higher returns on capital (ROC) and conveyed strategic competitive advantages, according to the research conducted by Harvard Business School in collaboration with Eaton Vance’s affiliate, Calvert Research and Management.
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US energy giant says renewables and batteries beat coal, gas and nukes
Reneweconomy
Wed 9 October, 2019
The head of NextEra Energy, the biggest and most successful utility in the United States says the energy industry is in the grip of massive change, with the cost of renewables and battery storage – without subsidies – beating gas, as well as existing coal and nuclear on costs.
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Warty octopus dives deep for change
Cosmos
Wed 9 October, 2019
We like to think there’s lots of variety when it comes to human skin – think colour, oiliness, hairiness, wrinkliness – but the truth is it’s essentially the same large external organ.
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Research shows size matters
Cosmos
Wed 9 October, 2019
Ecologists may need to rethink their understanding of why living organisms – from beetles to blue whales – grow the sizes that they do, according to new research.
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Canine pals could be key to longevity
Cosmos
Wed 9 October, 2019
As most dog owners will attest, four-legged canine companions generate boundless love and joy through their playful antics and tail-wagging devotion.
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The making of an iceberg
ABC News
Wed 9 October, 2019
It’s among the most remote and hostile environments on the face of the Earth.
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Climate activists use bikes to block morning traffic
The Age
Wed 9 October, 2019
Extinction Rebellion climate activists used bikes to block Melbourne intersections for brief periods this morning, on the third day of the group's week-long of protest in Australian cities.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Australia could aim for 700 per cent renewables, ARENA boss
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 October, 2019
Australia’s political class is wrestling with the issue of how big a share renewable energy should hold in Australia’s grid. At around 20 per cent now, energy minister Angus Taylor already thinks there is too much wind and solar in the network.
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Angus Taylor won't say what PM's 'negative globalism' comments mean for climate talks
The Guardian
Tue 8 October, 2019
The energy minister, Angus Taylor, has ducked questions about what “negative globalism” means in the context of Australia’s participation in international climate negotiations, and has sidestepped questions about Australia’s emissions reduction strategy for 2050.
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'Frightening everyone is not something I want': McGowan rejects climate emergency
WAToday
Tue 8 October, 2019
Speaking on Gareth Parker's Mornings program on 6PR, Mr McGowan said he did not agree WA and Australia were in a climate emergency and pandering to the group's push for net zero emissions by 2025 would permanently damage the economy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Brazil investigates beach oil pollution
News.com.au
Tue 8 October, 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says that oil polluting the country's northeastern beaches was not produced or sold in Brazil and could be the result of criminal activity or a shipwreck, though its origin is still being investigated.
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The Australian
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
Why Extinction Rebellion activists won’t change a thing about climate
The Herald Sun
Tue 8 October, 2019
The shocking behaviour of Extinction Rebellion protesters has made one thing very clear: their civil disobedience won’t change a thing about the actual ecological disaster threatening us, writes Susie O’Brien.
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The Advertiser
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Before we judge the protesters, ask what else they could have done
The Age
Tue 8 October, 2019
What would possess ordinary people – from a cement truck driver to a retired police chief – to think that blocking traffic with a pink fishing boat and nude marchers will stop climate change? It’s a question this week’s Extinction Rebellion protests are prompting many – from sympathetic supporters to salivating shock jocks – to ask.
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Extinction Rebellion protesters might be annoying. But they have a point
The Conversation
Tue 8 October, 2019
If you live in a major Australian city, expect your daily routine to be disrupted this week. Protest group Extinction Rebellion is carrying out a week of flash mobs, sit-ins and marches to block traffic and bring more attention to the pressing problems of climate change and biodiversity loss. Many arrests are expected.
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News.com.au
The Canberra Times
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Young people need to look at the facts about the true state of the world
The Daily Telegraph
Tue 8 October, 2019
I’ve come to realise that my classmates’ decision to skip school to join the climate strike and their disgust and shock at this year’s federal election results, are symptoms of a wider phenomenon — that of deep pessimism and anxiety my generation has
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Why do we think these protesters are worse than neo-Nazis?
The Advertiser
Tue 8 October, 2019
If the Australian government is serious about cracking down on dangerous social behaviour it might want to focus on an upcoming neo-Nazi gig before going after climate change activists, writes Tory Shepherd.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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Sustainable homes pay dividends in health, jobs and growth
The Fifth Estate
Tue 8 October, 2019
When you think of an unhealthy house, what comes to mind? Mould, damp, leaks, dark and dingy spaces with poor airflow. You are a product of the home where you live; just ask an asthmatic living in a mouldy or poorly ventilated home.
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Business wrestles with an identity crisis
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 8 October, 2019
Corporate Australia remains torn between its duty to shareholders and speaking up on environmental and social issues.
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CSIRO teams with takeaway tycoon to make 'fake meat' fast food
ABC Rural
Tue 8 October, 2019
Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO, has teamed up with the billionaire behind an Australian fast food chain to make and market a plant-based alternative to the beef burger, dubbed the Rebel Whopper.
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Massive 5,000MW solar and wind projects set to fuel WA’s hydrogen expansion
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 October, 2019
A massive new renewable hydrogen production facility has been unveiled for Western Australia, with plans for up to 5,000MW of combined solar and wind projects to supply the production of low-cost hydrogen at the Murchison House Station near Kalbarri.
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Australian solar thermal company wins global innovation award
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 October, 2019
Australian solar thermal company Vast Solar has taken out the Technology Innovation Award at the International Energy Agency’s SolarPACES 2019 conference held in South Korea.
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How cities are decarbonising
The Fifth Estate
Tue 8 October, 2019
EUROPE: Cities around the world are taking action, even in the US where 30 cities now have stringent energy measures in their building codes. Now we know that an investment of $1.83 trillion a year in 16 low-carbon measures in cities – about 2 per cent of global GDP – could reduce global urban emissions by 90 per cent by 2050.
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The real stinger in the bee decline
2GB
Tue 8 October, 2019
Climate groups have been shining a light on the decline of the bee population, but why are they really dying?
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4BC
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Bushfires threaten communities in northern NSW and Queensland's Lockyer Valley
The Guardian
Tue 8 October, 2019
Residents have been told it is too late to leave several bushfire-threatened communities in northern New South Wales and Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, as extreme high temperatures and dangerous conditions fuel a series of fast-moving blazes on Tuesday afternoon.
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The natural way to bury your dead
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 8 October, 2019
Forget caskets, concrete footings in the ground and marble tombstones. David Neustein and Kevin Hartley have plans to upend the traditional business model of death with natural burials – low-impact interment in land that will in time be regrown with vegetation and remain a living memorial.
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Public foots bill for 30 private dams in water efficiency drive
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 8 October, 2019
Taxpayers have funded as many as 30 large dams on land owned by private interests and large agribusiness firms, with a new report questioning the environmental benefit to the Murray-Darling Basin.
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Extinction Rebellion protests shut down streets in Melbourne CBD for second day
ABC News
Tue 8 October, 2019
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has questioned the methods of climate activists as demonstrators blocked traffic and trams in Melbourne's CBD for the second day in a row.
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Blistering temperatures as heat records look set to fall
News.com.au
Tue 8 October, 2019
Temperature records have been smashed as blistering heat blankets large swathes of eastern Australia. That looks set to continue today with three capital cities forecast to break the 30C barrier.
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