Issue date : Tue 12 November, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
Adam Bandt urges swift fire policy response like Port Arthur massacre
The Australian
Tue 12 November, 2019
Greens MP Adam Bandt has seized on the “catastrophic” bushfires burning across Queensland and NSW, urging Scott Morrison to implement an urgent policy response to the blazes similar to that put in place after the Port Arthur Massacre.
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The milk, the whole milk and nothing but the milk: the story behind our dairy woes
The Conversation
Tue 12 November, 2019
The plight of Australia’s dairy farmers is on the political agenda this week, after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson narrowly failed in her Senate bid for a minimum milk price. But getting fair payment for their goods is far from the only challenge dairy farmers face.
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Tackling climate risk will put out bushfires
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 12 November, 2019
Heated claims of 'climate emergency' will not reduce the risk of devastating bushfires; it will only repeat the futile climate wars of the past decade.
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Resilient design is key to facing climate change risk
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 12 November, 2019
Infrastructure owners face a difficult challenge – balancing the need to make their assets more resilient against extreme climate events while balancing other demands on their funds.
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We need urgent and increasing action on climate change, not ambivalence
The Canberra Times
Tue 12 November, 2019
How the world sees Australia on climate change was one of the more insightful aspects of my time as ambassador for the environment for the past few years. The world is not one thing and has many actors, so obviously there were different views, even on different elements of our approach to this central challenge.
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Westpac leads big four pack with green targets for lending
The Australian
Tue 12 November, 2019
Westpac will set the standard for the banks next year when it adopts emissions targets for its lending portfolio that correspond with the 2016 Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2C.
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'Australia must stop selling coal': Branson calls for climate 'revolution'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 November, 2019
English billionaire Sir Richard Branson has called on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space, saying that "if you do the right thing, you'll find in the years to come you'll get the benefits".
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Windlab dispute with contractors depends over delays to Kennedy energy hub
Reneweconomy
Tue 12 November, 2019
Listed renewable energy developer Windlab says it faces another four or five months of delays before its world-leading wind-solar-battery hub at the Kennedy Energy Park in north Queensland is on line, and says it is in dispute with its EPC contractors.
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Cities messing with spring’s signals
Cosmos
Tue 12 November, 2019
Urbanisation shifts nature’s seasonal cues in nuanced ways, with cities in cold climates triggering earlier spring plant growth and cities in warm climates delaying it, a new study has found.
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Silver-backed chevrotain, or mouse-deer, thought extinct, caught on camera in Vietnam
ABC News
Tue 12 November, 2019
With so many stories of animals going extinct these days it's rare to get some good news. Key points: Silver-backed chevrotain not seen since the 1990s, only known from dead specimens They appear to be abundant in small patch of forest Good news welcome for 'depressed' conservationists But researchers working in lowland forest near Nha Trang in south-east Vietnam have captured the first-ever photos of a silver-backed chevrotain or "mouse-deer", which conservationists feared was extinct.
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NSW and QLD bushfires: State of emergency as firefighters face first catastrophic day
News.com.au
Tue 12 November, 2019
Six million residents are likely to be affected by bushfires today, as catastrophic and severe predictions look on track according to the RFS.
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Why the Nile goes where it goes
Cosmos
Tue 12 November, 2019
The Nile river is exactly where it is because of movement in the Earth’s deep mantle, according to new geological and geophysical evidence.
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Australia's climate response among the worst in the G20, report finds
The Guardian
Mon 11 November, 2019
Australia’s response to climate change is one of the worst in the G20 with a lack of policy, reliance on fossil fuels and rising emissions leaving the country exposed “economically, politically and environmentally”, according to a new international report.
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Deputy Premier says climate change talk amid fire crisis a 'disgrace'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
Anyone who talks about climate change during the bushfire crisis is a "bloody disgrace", the state’s Deputy Premier John Barilaro said, as the NSW Nationals lined up with their federal colleagues to downplay links between global warming and the fires.
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Timetable set down for waste export ban
Government News
Mon 11 November, 2019
Australia’s environment ministers have agreed to ban the export of all glass and plastic waste from July 2021.
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Climate experts call ‘BS’ as government offers only “thoughts and prayers” for fire crisis
Reneweconomy
Mon 11 November, 2019
As bushfires rage across the Australian east coast – and large areas of NSW, including Sydney, face a “catastrophic” fire warning – much attention has been directed towards the response of the nation’s political leaders for their steadfast refusal to acknowledge the link between the bushfires and climate change.
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Worse than Black Saturday: Victoria braced for 'very extreme' heatwaves
The Age
Mon 11 November, 2019
The Victorian government is planning for a "very extreme" heatwave, worse than the Black Saturday weather event of 2009, with the potential to kill hundreds of people, cripple public transport and the electricity supply and strip $1 billion from the state’s economy.
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Qld LGAs most at risk of climate change
Government News
Mon 11 November, 2019
Queensland’s local government areas are most at risk from climate change, an analysis of 15 million addresses across 544 LGAs reveals.
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Michael McCormack's tough words only confirmed his weakness
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
Australian politicians prove their failings when they cannot address the reality of climate change when confronting the immediate crisis of drought and bushfire.
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Greens pour fuel on fire to score political points
The Australian
Mon 11 November, 2019
Greens MP Adam Bandt has no need to battle bushfires in his downtown Melbourne electorate, but that is not the reason he should shut up until the crisis is over. He should do so out of basic human decency. People grieving loved ones, the families devastated after the loss of their homes, pets and farm animals, do not need callous Mr Bandt’s cruel brand of politicking.
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The Prime Minister needs to get real on climate
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 11 November, 2019
Despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s best efforts, Australia has a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 31 years’ time. His suggestions that Labor’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030 is an economic “wrecking ball” is as pointless and wrong as his claims that pursuing a budget surplus when the economy is stagnating is good for “jobs and growth”.
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Norway's Equinor must change environmental plan to drill in Great Australian Bight
The Guardian
Mon 11 November, 2019
Norwegian energy company Equinor has been ordered to modify and resubmit an environmental plan to drill an oil exploration well in the Great Australian Bight.
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Ethics code creates confusion around ESG
Financial Standard
Mon 11 November, 2019
A debate is raging about what the Financial Advice Standards and Ethics Authority's Code of Ethics means for ESG investing and advising clients on ethical investment options, with FASEA chief executive Stephen Glenfield looking to clarify the issue.
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Drought-ravaged profits
The Australian
Mon 11 November, 2019
“City people, politicians, have no concept of how difficult farming has become, how much cash businesses are burning through,” says Dugald Bucknell, whose family have farmed cattle at Quambone, 600km northwest of Sydney, since 1912. “The number of cows that have been slaughtered from this is phenomenal.”
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NSW, Qld bushfires: IAG most exposed to claims
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 11 November, 2019
Insurance giant IAG has the biggest financial exposure to the NSW bushfires, and the damage bill is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the next week.
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Climate Solutions Fund aims to 'way exceed' Paris targets
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 11 November, 2019
Retiring Business Council president Grant King said the Morrison government's $2.5 billion Climate Solutions Fund could be rejigged to deliver more carbon abatement that would enable Australia to exceed Paris climate targets.
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Testing underway for Australia’s first offshore wind farm
Reneweconomy
Mon 11 November, 2019
Site exploration tests for what would be Australia’s first offshore wind farm, the massive 2000MW Star of the South project, are set to begin off the south coast of Gippsland in Victoria in November.
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Long life, loose fit, low impact: Playing the long game on sustainable buildings
The Fifth Estate
Mon 11 November, 2019
It may not be possible to re-love every component of a building but if we want ensure buildings remain as sustainable as possible throughout their lifetimes, the property industry needs to embrace the “three L’s”: long life, loose fit, low impact.
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'As bad as it gets': Sydney braces for unprecedented fire danger
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
Sydney is bracing for unprecedented and catastrophic bushfire danger, with conditions being likened to Victoria’s deadly ‘Black Saturday,’ as about 578 schools were expected to close across NSW on Tuesday.
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'Old hat': Is there a link between climate change and bushfires?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
As Sydney braces for its first ever day of catastrophic fire danger, it's worth recapping what scientists think about the links between bushfire risks and a warming world.
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Coca-Cola launches latest recycling initiative and sponsorship
CMO
Mon 11 November, 2019
Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil have confirmed all Coca-Cola soft drink brands bottles (600ml and below) and all water brands (600ml and below) in Australia are produced in 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles.
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Forget Carbon-Neutral — This New York Company Is Making Carbon-Negative Vodka
GQ Australia
Mon 11 November, 2019
Here in Australia, we live in such a climate backwater that ideas like 'renewable energy' and one's 'carbon footprint' seem completely foreign to a seemingly vast amount of the population. You may, then, be surprised to know that despite the insistence of Scott Morrison and his friends in Canberra that we're 'doing our bit', there are people around the world who are coming up with far more radical ways to combat climate change than the bulk of people are Down Under.
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Vivaldi reworked to 'make climate change audible'
Yahoo News
Mon 11 November, 2019
A classical orchestra in Germany aims to "make climate change audible" with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi's famous violin concertos "The Four Seasons" using algorithms based on climate data.
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Southerly buster to drop temperatures but bring more uncertainty
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
Soaring temperatures, extremely low humidity and gusty winds are forecast for much of NSW on Tuesday before a powerful southerly buster roars up the coast by the evening.
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The day it forgot to rain on Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 November, 2019
One thing you won't need on Monday if you live in mainland Australia is an umbrella - unless it doubles as a parasol.
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