Issue date : Thu 24 October, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Mystery of the doctored documents: Angus Taylor and the climate attack on Sydney's lord mayor
The Guardian
Thu 24 October, 2019
Angus Taylor baselessly accused Sydney’s lord mayor of driving up carbon emissions by spending $15m on travel, a claim that was later backed up with a doctored council document provided to the Daily Telegraph, which reported the figure.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
'Conspiracy theory': Taylor accused of relying on fake documents to attack Moore
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Ardern lauds farming climate deal
Yahoo News
Thu 24 October, 2019
Kiwi farmers and the New Zealand government have struck a climate change peace accord, agreeing to delay farmers having to enter the country's emissions trading scheme until 2025, and giving them a discounted rate.
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The Newcastle Herald
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Hydrogen, the low-cost clean fuel that will let us export solar and wind to the world
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 October, 2019
Much is made by Australia’s energy experts of the potential for hydrogen to be a game-changing technology in the transition to a low-carbon economy. If global greenhouse gas emissions are to peak in the second half of the century, there is little doubt that renewable hydrogen needs to play a key role.
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Structural solution to the farm 'crisis'
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 24 October, 2019
Droughts are regular climate events in Australia. A sustainable farming sector requires re-structuring not government handouts.
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Australia’s energy policies are doctors’ business
Independent Australia
Thu 24 October, 2019
The Government's insistence on clinging to fossil fuel technology continues to have consequences on human health, writes Dr Graeme McLeay.
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If it’s not a climate crisis, then what kind of crisis is it?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 24 October, 2019
A few weeks ago, I had to drive to Brisbane and, unexpectedly, drive back to Sydney just a few days later. It’s a journey I’ve been doing once or twice a year for 19 years. Over that time, I have seen dry periods and bushfires but this trip was different.
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ICA calls on Australian communities to act on climate change
Insurance Business
Thu 24 October, 2019
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) is urging Australian communities to “lower risks and take practical action” to reduce the impacts of extreme weather and prevent parts of the country from becoming uninsurable due to climate change.
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Oil and gas giants spend 250 mn on EU lobbying: green groups
Yahoo News
Thu 24 October, 2019
The five biggest publicly listed oil and gas companies and trade groups representing them spent more than 250 million euros lobbying the European Union to influence climate action since 2010, environmental groups said Thursday.
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Shareholders pressure major banks on climate policy
Investor Daily
Thu 24 October, 2019
Three of the big four banks are facing shareholder resolutions around climate policy at their upcoming annual general meetings, with activists calling for the institutions to dampen their exposure to fossil fuels and drop their memberships with a scrutinised industry body.
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Lightsource BP secures finance for first 200MW solar plant in Australia
Reneweconomy
Thu 24 October, 2019
Lightsource BP says it has secured debt and finance for its first, 200MW solar plant in Australia, and the largest single facility financed today by the joint venture that acts as the vanguard for oil giant BP’s push into renewables.
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Some good news for a change: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are set to fall
The Conversation
Thu 24 October, 2019
For the past few years, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have headed in the wrong direction. The upward trajectory has come amid overwhelming evidence that the world must bring carbon dioxide emissions down. But the trend is set to change.
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Climate change costs to hit these Australian regions hardest
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 24 October, 2019
The Gold Coast, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Shepparton and the New South Wales Central Coast stand to pay the highest costs from extreme weather events by 2100 if global greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, a major new study predicts.
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Climate emergency a hot topic at IFLA conference
Architecture and Design
Thu 24 October, 2019
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) decision to declare a climate emergency was a hot topic at the sixth annual International Festival of Landscape Architecture (IFLA) last week.
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The really big book of plants
Cosmos
Thu 24 October, 2019
After nine years of work, an international consortium of scientists has released gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species.
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Bourke heads list of at-risk towns as agencies scramble for supplies
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 October, 2019
More than a dozen large NSW towns have a "high risk" of running out of water and the quality of supplies in some areas is deteriorating as the state's big dry intensifies.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Is a substitute for plastic coming anytime soon?
ABC News
Thu 24 October, 2019
For most of us, hearing the world plastic makes us think of single-use plastics like plastic bags or disposable plastic water bottles, but plastic covers a much wider variety of materials than that.
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Tiny shampoo bottles won't be on hotel sinks much longer
Traveller
Thu 24 October, 2019
Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a ban on those small plastic bottles for hotel guests that contain shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturiser and other personal care items.
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Big firm products top worst plastic litter list: report
Yahoo News
Thu 24 October, 2019
Tens of thousands of pieces of plastic littering the planet come from just a handful of multinational corporations, an environmental pressure group said Wednesday.
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Former Tuvalu PM says he was 'stunned' by Scott Morrison's behaviour at Pacific Islands Forum
The Guardian
Wed 23 October, 2019
The former prime minister of Tuvalu has said he was “stunned” by Scott Morrison’s behaviour at the recent Pacific Islands Forum, which he thought communicated the view that Pacific leaders should “take the money … then shut up about climate change”.
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Doubt over future of Antarctic ocean sanctuary plans
Yahoo News
Wed 23 October, 2019
A push by Australia and France to create a massive ocean sanctuary in east Antarctica is in doubt as nations meet in Hobart to discuss the plans, with China and Russia opposing.
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Politicians must mine the divide between coal lobbies and energy companies
The Conversation
Wed 23 October, 2019
It’s time we started talking about the principal opponents to action on climate change – fossil fuel industries. If history has taught us anything, it is when oil, gas and coal industries oppose policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, those policies fail.
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Why the nuclear lobby makes stuff up about cost of wind and solar
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 October, 2019
There was no doubt that – given the opportunity – the ever-optimistic nuclear lobby in Australia would attempt to seize the moment and press the claims of their favoured technology to the parliamentary inquiry gifted to them by the Morrison government.
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Snowy 2.0: Who will be held to account for this giant folly ?
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 October, 2019
Snowy Hydro appeared at Senate Estimates this week, where Paul Broad (Chief Executive and Managing Director) and Roger Whitby (Chief Operating Officer) answered questions.
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ICA, climate analyst trade barbs over 'uninsurable' claims
Insurance News
Wed 23 October, 2019
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) today reacted angrily to fresh warnings that climate change-fuelled extreme weather events will make hundreds of thousands of properties too risky to insure.
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VicSuper hits $3 billion sustainability target
Investment Magazine
Wed 23 October, 2019
The $24 billion VicSuper fund has hit its $3 billion sustainable investment target one year early as it meets eight of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
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Bridgestone commits to solar race
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 23 October, 2019
Japan-headquartered Bridgestone has continued its tradition of sponsoring the World Solar Challenge.
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NSW investing in solar, but not for all
ProBono Australia News
Wed 23 October, 2019
Renewable energy advocates have criticised the NSW government’s solar panel plan for low-income housing, saying millions of disadvantaged people will still miss out on the benefits of solar energy.
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Why architecture can be a solution to climate change
Domain
Wed 23 October, 2019
One of Australia’s most influential architects says his industry is at a critical point in the making of new buildings as they relate to climate change.
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The Great Barrier Reef has a critical temperature
Independent Australia
Wed 23 October, 2019
Despite small measures being taken to prevent the demise of our Great Barrier Reef, it may well be too late to save it, writes Simone Denereaz.
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Organic food driving up greenhouse gas emissions, study finds
7 News
Wed 23 October, 2019
The trend towards organic farming may actually be increasing the world's greenhouse gas emissions, UK scientists have found, and could also contribute to food shortages in the future.
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Revealed: The plastic items in your life you'll be forced to give up next
Yahoo News
Wed 23 October, 2019
But most importantly for environment activists, it was also the year Australia took its first major step to reducing plastic waste in an era where environmental sustainability has become an urgent and pressing matter right across the globe.
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