Issue date : Wed 6 November, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 26 Seconds
Number of items : 64
11,000 scientists warn: climate change isn’t just about temperature
The Conversation
Wed 6 November, 2019
Exactly 40 years ago, a small group of scientists met at the world’s first climate conference in Geneva. They raised the alarm about unnerving climate trends.
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'NSW should be alarmed': Former judge slams planning laws
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 November, 2019
A former Supreme Court judge and environmental law expert has warned NSW's push to stop greenhouse gas emissions being considered in mining decisions is a "dangerous retrograde step".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Governments seem intent on trashing John Howard's legacy when it comes to water reforms
The Guardian
Wed 6 November, 2019
At a time when the World Economic Forum continues to urge that water be given high-level strategic attention as one of five global issues, it appears our Australian governments are walking away from water reform and its strategic management and reverting to myths and delusions
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Banks boosted new lending to fossil fuel projects last year, figures show
The Guardian
Wed 6 November, 2019
Two of Australia’s big four banks increased their new lending to fossil fuel projects last year despite having made public commitments to support the goals of the Paris climate agreement, analysis of their financial dealings shows.
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Curious Kids: how do solar panels work?
The Conversation
Wed 6 November, 2019
The Sun produces a lot of energy called solar energy. Australia gets 20,000 times more energy from the Sun each day than we do from oil, gas and coal. This solar energy will continue for as long as the Sun lives, which is another 5 billion years.
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Who's a clever cockie? Why everyone should vote for the sulphur-crested cockatoo
The Guardian
Wed 6 November, 2019
There are many reasons why we love cockies. In my experience, a key behaviour that sets this bird apart from the majority is that they sit back and look you in the eye. They appear to consider who you are, what you are doing and whether they want to be “friends”.
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Climate explained: why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
The Conversation
Wed 6 November, 2019
The recipe for the temperature of a planet’s surface has four major ingredients: atmospheric composition, atmospheric density, water content (from oceans, rivers and air humidity) and distance from the Sun. There are other ingredients, including seasonal effects or the presence of a magnetosphere, but these work more like adding flavour to a cake.
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Bans are effective, but not the endgame in solving the plastic problem
Food & Beverage
Wed 6 November, 2019
Plastic is an incredible material. It can be airtight and watertight, moulded to any shape, clear or coloured, shock-resistant, lightweight, and is chemically stable. Unfortunately, these last two features also mean plastic pollution poses a huge environmental problem.
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Alternative paths for waste circulated through new initiative
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 6 November, 2019
Led by the World Economic Forum, the partnership, named SCALE 360, will involve government, business, civil society, and entrepreneurs to reduce waste and find alternative uses for extracted materials.
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Donald Trump files papers to pull US out of the Paris agreement global climate deal
ABC News
Tue 5 November, 2019
The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations it will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
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News.com.au
US begins Paris climate deal withdrawal
The Advertiser
The Australian
The New Daily
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
Reneweconomy
Trump begins formal process to take US out of Paris climate agreement
The Sydney Morning Herald
US starts process of withdrawing from Paris climate agreement
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Europe calls for 'muscular' climate action
9 News
Tue 5 November, 2019
The world has to start acting in a more muscular way on climate change and make a fundamental overhaul of economic models, a senior European official believes.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Low China, EU emissions 'decisive': Macron
News.com.au
Tue 5 November, 2019
France's Macron has underlined the importance of China and the EU cooperating to reduce emissions as the US begins pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
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The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
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'We are all accountable': Atlassian chief slams Morrison protest crackdown
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 November, 2019
Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has dismissed the Morrison government's plan to stop protesters boycotting companies they oppose, declaring all Australians had a "basic right" to try to force a business to change its behaviour.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Sussan Ley's environmental law circus
Independent Australia
Tue 5 November, 2019
Vulnerable species like the koala – and the environment in general – are the losers, while developers reign supreme in Environment Minister Sussan Ley's environmental law "review". Sue Arnold reports.
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Hunter Water’s next step toward desalination plant
Utility Magazine
Tue 5 November, 2019
The NSW Government is taking the next step in drought resilience planning for the Hunter, with Hunter Water lodging its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Drought Response Desalination Plant at Belmont.
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NSW govt seeks asbestos waste levy removal
News.com.au
Tue 5 November, 2019
The levy on disposing of dangerous asbestos waste up to 250 kilograms would be dropped under a NSW government proposal.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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We’re getting closer to a sensible debate on nuclear power
The Australian
Tue 5 November, 2019
Australia’s experience with ­nuclear power can best be summed up by the phrase “missed it by that much”. We’ve come close to establishing a nuclear power ­industry but events conspired against it.
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What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it?
The Conversation
Tue 5 November, 2019
As environmental crises and the urgency to create ecological sustainability escalate, so does the importance of ecological economics. This applied, solutions-based field of studies is concerned with sustainability and development, rather than efficiency and growth. Also, given that cities account for 70-80% of global economic activity and associated resource use, emissions and waste, they are central to finding solutions to the challenge of sustainability.
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Oil majors must cut production by one-third to meet Paris targets
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 November, 2019
Oil and gas majors need to cut their combined production by an average of 35% by 2040 in order to keep global emissions within international climate targets laid out in the Paris Agreement and simultaneously protect shareholder value.
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Opportunity for hedge funds growth via ESG
Money Management
Tue 5 November, 2019
Hedge funds that can integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors could allow investors to profit from companies going in the wrong direction on climate change or governance, according to a report.
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Sustainable Australia Fund launches next generation environmental upgrade loans
The Fifth Estate
Tue 5 November, 2019
Loans for environmental upgrades have come a long way in the past 10 years. Owners can now enjoy one of three tailored products, including the Capital Fund, which becomes part of a developer’s capital stack, reduces cost and provides a greater return on equity.
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England’s first new garden town in 100 years is blossoming
The Fifth Estate
Tue 5 November, 2019
Garden towns and cities are an idea from the past that could help us in the present prepare for the climate-changed future. A new one is rising from green fields near Oxford, England, that is about creating not just homes but a healthy, low carbon community.
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Curious Kids: how do fish sleep?
The Conversation
Tue 5 November, 2019
Nearly all animals sleep. Sleep is very important for refreshing the mind and body. When people sleep we close our eyes and lie motionless for a long time. We may be less aware of what is going on around us and our breathing slows down. Some people are very heavy sleepers and it takes a LOT to wake them up!
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Australia has all the tools to protect its birds from extinction – but it is failing
The Guardian
Tue 5 November, 2019
The last time Australia experienced a quarter of national negative economic growth, the Soviet Union still existed, Nirvana were on the cusp of releasing Nevermind, and the first serious attempt to analyse and catalogue our threatened birds – The Action Plan for Australian Birds – was about to be published.
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These birds form surprisingly complex societies
Cosmos
Tue 5 November, 2019
The gregarious, small-brained vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) forms complex, multi-level societies, according to new research.
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Moving home because the fossils say so
Cosmos
Tue 5 November, 2019
Chasing the heat to avoid the impact of climate change may seem counter-intuitive, but it could help save Australia’s mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).
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Cockatoos not the only creatures searching for a drink
The Australian
Tue 5 November, 2019
The drought that descends like a gritty haze on many parts of rural Australia, with terrible and visible consequences, has snuck up stealthily on the southwest corner of Western Australia.
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Animal groups call for rethink on killing of kangaroos for pet food
The Herald Sun
Tue 5 November, 2019
Animal welfare groups have called for a rethink on the state’s program to kill kangaroos for pet food, claiming we need to be “sympathetic to our indigenous wildlife”.
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The Mercury
The West Australian
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DNA test reveals stray animal found is an endangered dingo
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 November, 2019
Weeks after a stray puppy was discovered in a backyard, DNA tests revealed that the furry creature is not a dog at all but an Australian alpine dingo.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Drip-feeding our farmers during the drought
The Australian
Tue 5 November, 2019
When the soaking rains finally came to Bourke on Sunday local farmers grinned, splashed and wrestled in the puddles. One stripped to his underwear and hat to wade through the pools of water forming on long-parched ground.
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Be Leaders in Recycling
Government News
Tue 5 November, 2019
Every day the headlines are littered with news about the state of the environment and particularly our waste. The only thing anyone can seem to agree on is that we can’t continue the way we’re going.
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Healthier diets are reportedly better for the environment
Food Processing
Tue 5 November, 2019
Increasing adaptation of healthier diets could reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and food production, according to research from the University of Minnesota and Oxford University. Researchers have linked the health impacts of foods to their overall environmental impact, with the research report concluding that foods with positive health outcomes have among the lowest environmental impacts, while other foods such as red meat can be harmful to both.
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Climate change push by philanthropists helped fund independents at federal election
The New Daily
Mon 4 November, 2019
Australia’s richest philanthropists have defied the Morrison government’s warning for corporate leaders to “stick to their knitting” on climate change by bankrolling a war chest for independents including Zali Steggall to turf Tony Abbott out of politics.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Billionaire Cannon-Brookes top donor to cashed-up election climate fund
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
The Australian Financial Review
The wealthy Australians funding climate change candidates
Business Insider Australia
Dubbo changes water restriction definition following backlash
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 4 November, 2019
The backlash against tighter water restrictions has been so fierce in the inland town of Dubbo that the council has voted to change the definition of the current restriction level so residents can use more water and still water their lawns.
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Rubbish in roads to tackle waste crisis
Government News
Mon 4 November, 2019
Sydney’s Northern Beaches Council is the latest to trial asphalt containing plastics and other recycled materials, which it hopes will improve road quality and significantly reduce landfill.
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Troubled water: PFAS pollution found downstream from Ipswich dump
The Brisbane Times
Mon 4 November, 2019
Queensland’s Environment Department is investigating waste giant Cleanaway after the discovery of PFAS contamination in ground and surface water at and around its landfill site in a former coal pit at New Chum in Ipswich.
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The Age
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WAToday
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