Issue date : Thu 17 October, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 17 October, 2019
A record-breaking e-petition has been submitted to the Australian Parliament, calling for the government to declare a climate emergency, two days after a crossbench motion to do so was blocked.
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Anti-coal bureaucrat got Al Gore to vet climate Q&A
The Australian
Thu 17 October, 2019
A veteran anti-coal activist, controversially appointed as a top public servant in Queensland’s En­vir­onment Department, sent drafts of a proposed online panel discussion critical of Scott Morrison for vetting by Al Gore’s US-based climate change organisation.
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Farmers' strike causes disruption across Netherlands
Yahoo News
Thu 17 October, 2019
Thousands of tractor-driving Dutch farmers stepped up protests on Wednesday against the government's climate policies, prompting authorities to block off parliament with army vehicles.
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Petitions are back in vogue. How do they work (and are they effective)?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 17 October, 2019
As recently as four years ago you could have declared the ancient art of petitions a lost tool of democracy. They had been declining in a big way. In 1986, 5528 petitions were handed into the lower house in Canberra. By 2016, only 22 petitions were delivered.
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Politicians are still blind to critical environment issues
Independent Australia
Thu 17 October, 2019
Politicians on all sides aren't prioritising environmental issues, while the media is failing in its role in bringing the world together, writes Sue Arnold.
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‘War is a result of climate change’: commentator’s ridiculous call
The Australian
Thu 17 October, 2019
Well that was some revelation. According to social commentator, columnist, and feminist Jane Caro AM, climate change is responsible for starting wars. Speaking on 3AW last week in support of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, she told an incredulous Neil Mitchell: “There are many people who believe that, for example, the Syrian conflict is the result of the collapse of the wet season due to climate change,” leading in turn to a lack of crops and food, mass migration, and one of the bloodiest wars of the his century.
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Inside Adani's plans to haul coal from Carmichael to the coast
ABC News
Thu 17 October, 2019
One of Australia's leading rail freight companies has publicly disclosed that it is willing to service Adani's Carmichael mine, despite an intense campaign by environmentalists aimed at dissuading companies from dealing with Adani.
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UNDP setting the standard for SDG-enabling investment
ProBono Australia News
Thu 17 October, 2019
The recent McKinsey & Co sustainability reporting survey of investors and corporates heralds a step change in the way non-financial matters are managed and reported; a change McKinsey says executives and board members must understand.
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Clouds gather over Portland as Alcoa flags closures
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 17 October, 2019
The future of Victoria's struggling Portland Aluminium smelter is in doubt after US giant Alcoa flagged plans to cull poorly performing smelters and lower the carbon intensity of its fleet.
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Holy galloping ants
Cosmos
Thu 17 October, 2019
The diurnal silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, has made impressive adaptations to the extreme temperatures of midday Saharan sands to feast on less resilient prey that other predators have left in favour of retreating to shady refuges.
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Restoring past losses: The biodiversity emergency
Architecture and Design
Thu 17 October, 2019
Australia’s urban areas contain disproportionately more threatened species than non-urban areas. In fact, recent research shows that 30 percent of Australia's EPBC-listed threatened species, or a total of 370 species, come from our cities and towns.
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Drought powers to delay ‘day zero’, when town water runs out
The Australian
Thu 17 October, 2019
Sweeping emergency powers will be used to keep towns hit by severe drought from running out of water, including abandoning environmental ­approvals for some projects and placing residents ahead of the health of rivers.
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Tracing every last drop of cooking oil
Food & Beverage
Thu 17 October, 2019
Oil – in all its forms, including vegetable – doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to sustainability and the environment. It takes a long time to break down, can have a disruptive impact on habitats, and can take on toxic forms once used.
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Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis
The Guardian
Wed 16 October, 2019
An epidemic of land clearing is sabotaging efforts to address climate change. Farming communities are bitterly divided over the issue – but it also has global consequences
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Environment department illegally withholds thousands of FOI pages
The Guardian
Wed 16 October, 2019
Australia’s environment department is unlawfully withholding more than 10,000 pages of freedom of information documents from the public, including internal records on Adani and the Angus Taylor grasslands affair.
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GetUp decides to go easy on pro-coal Labor MPs
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 16 October, 2019
Left-wing activist group GetUp has admitted it will not campaign against pro-coal Labor MPs like Joel Fitzgibbon over climate change policy and instead remain focused on the Coalition despite insisting it is a non-partisan organisation.
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Unsustainable Australia
The Strategist
Wed 16 October, 2019
Few countries have such a fundamental interest in addressing climate change as Australia. Yet Australia’s current conservative government refuses to take necessary actions in response to climate science: to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and therefore play its part as a responsible member of the international community. Instead, we Australians are now free-riding on the rest of the world.
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Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation
The Guardian
Wed 16 October, 2019
Australia’s climate “debate” has been bogged in a culture war for decades. What should be a straightforward discussion of scientific fact and possible responses has instead become a mire of misinformation and denial that has paralysed policy, clogged investment, increased power prices and delayed change.
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'We are not the bad guys': Origin cops climate, fracking grilling
The Age
Wed 16 October, 2019
Australian energy giant Origin faced a grilling from climate campaigners about coal-fired power plant emissions and from Aboriginal landowners opposing the company's fracking plans in the Northern Territory during a day of intense pressure at its annual shareholder meeting in Sydney.
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Why network operators will take thousands of customers off the grid
Reneweconomy
Wed 16 October, 2019
We constantly hear that the future of electricity will be distributed and democratised, thanks to the new suite of technologies such as rooftop solar, battery storage, demand management and electric vehicles that literally delivers power and controls into the hands of consumers.
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New silicon could cut solar technology costs
Architecture and Design
Wed 16 October, 2019
A research team led by the Australian National University (ANU) has developed a new type of silicon that will optimise sunlight use and reduce the cost of solar technology.
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A focus on affordability and sustainability
The West Australian
Wed 16 October, 2019
Custom floor plans and builder-exclusive house designs will form part of a new release of house and land packages this month at Harrisdale Green, a joint-venture development from the Department of Communities and Cedar Woods which seeks to deliver affordable, environmentally friendly housing in Perth’s southern corridor.
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Edible cities, food-sharing initiatives: How to tackle global obesity and hunger
SBS World News Australia
Wed 16 October, 2019
One in three are affected by obesity and other forms of malnutrition around the world. This year's World Food Day is focused on healthy diets for a #zerohunger world bringing to light some of the actions fostering change around the world.
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Thousands of invasive carp found dead in mass fish kill near Menindee
The Guardian
Wed 16 October, 2019
Thousands of invasive European carp and a small number of native Murray cod have perished in a fish kill at Lake Pamamaroo in far western New South Wales, near Menindee, according to visiting filmmakers.
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Jump in kangaroo risk to WA crops
The West Australian
Wed 16 October, 2019
A booming WA kangaroo population is reducing crop and pasture productivity, sparking calls for a revival in the State’s pet meat industry.
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Dairy launches fully recyclable milk cartons
Food Processing
Wed 16 October, 2019
Brownes Dairy has announced plans to replace its existing milk cartons with a carton package made entirely from plant-based, renewable materials. The Tetra Rex Bio-based package is a fully renewable carton, with its protective layers derived from sugar cane.
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'Plenty more bush to burn': Severe fire danger for northern NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 October, 2019
A total fire ban has been declared for six regions in the state's north and north-east on Thursday as firefighters brace for "severe" fire conditions.
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Polar pulse in south east could lead to thundersnow
News.com.au
Wed 16 October, 2019
The end of the week will see a bizarre contrast in weather with maximum temperatures 40C lower in Victoria than some parts of Queensland due to a vicious cold front.
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