Issue date : Thu 14 November, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 30 Seconds
Number of items : 53
Venice's mayor blames climate change for devastating second-highest flood in city's history
ABC News
Thu 14 November, 2019
The mayor of Venice has blamed climate change for severe flooding in the historic Italian canal city reaching the second-highest levels ever recorded, with financial costs expected to run to hundreds of millions of euros.
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Reality check: there are limits to fighting fire with fire
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 14 November, 2019
Horrendous fires still burn across NSW and Queensland. Communities and firefighters are under extraordinary stress. An unwelcome distraction for fire managers is the current debate about whether the scale of prescribed burning was sufficient.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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How big business saw the climate turning point coming
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 14 November, 2019
Climate change is suddenly at the heart of the political narrative but the country's leaders are playing catch-up with business, finance and investment institutions.
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Climate fears drive Aussie bond sell-off
The New Daily
Thu 14 November, 2019
Sweden’s central bank has sold off bonds from parts of Australia and the oil-rich Canadian province of Alberta because it felt that greenhouse gas emissions in both countries were too high.
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7 News
The Australian
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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RACV shifts focus to renewable future
Energy Matters
Thu 14 November, 2019
In a recent announcement, the RACV stated that it has committed to supplying all of its Victorian clubs, offices and resorts with 100 per cent renewable energy, as of early 2020.
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Wind, solar projects at risk as AEMC rejects change to marginal loss factors
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 November, 2019
The Australian Energy Market Commission has rejected a strong push by the wind and solar industry to dump the current method of assessing transmission and network losses, and has instead insisted it will plough on with its own controversial proposals.
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12 simple ways you can reduce bushfire risk to older homes
The Conversation
Thu 14 November, 2019
Seventy-five years of Australian research into how houses respond to bushfire has identified 21 main weak points in houses and the area immediately surrounding them.
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New Aspark Owl is the world’s most powerful electric car
News.com.au
Thu 14 November, 2019
Electric cars are often pictured as funless buzz boxes that can’t hold a candle to conventional petrol cars. But the latest example will change how you look at zero emissions vehicles forever.
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There's more depressing news about anti-depressants
Cosmos
Thu 14 November, 2019
Australian researchers have found further evidence of the likely impact of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in anti-depressants such as Prozac, on wild fish.
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NSW drought: Sydney water storage to hit lowest ever levels
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 14 November, 2019
Sydney’s water storage levels are on track to be at their lowest in history by next year as authorities grapple with how to stave off the looming prospect of a Sydney “day zero’’ — the day we run dry.
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The Herald Sun
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Can we ever make waste free art?
ArtsHub
Thu 14 November, 2019
From upcycling to reducing packaging, artists look at how they can limit the damage their work does to the environment.
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Angus Taylor asks ARENA to prepare national bioenergy roadmap
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 November, 2019
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has tasked the Australian Renewable Energy Agency with developing a roadmap for growing Australia’s production of bioenergy, as the government searches for a way to achieve additional emissions reduction in the industrial and transport sectors.
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Call for climate action at Hawke Lecture
9 News
Wed 13 November, 2019
Australia has taken the "low road" on climate change and missed a crucial opportunity to address the issue, a former union boss and close friend of Bob Hawke says.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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How Western Australia can cut emissions to zero – and grow our economy
WAToday
Wed 13 November, 2019
A globally respected expert has outlined proposed carbon budgets for Western Australia to align with both its Paris Agreement obligations and “aspiration” of net zero emissions by 2050 – and identified a way for renewables to fuel the state's export economy for years to come.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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As state burns, Berejiklian government at loggerheads over hazard reduction
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 November, 2019
The Berejiklian government is split over bushfire policy as the state continues to burn, with Environment Minister Matt Kean and Nationals leader John Barilaro clashing over hazard reduction.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Environment Minister blames 'miscommunication' for bushfire message to staff
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 November, 2019
Environment Minister Matt Kean says "our changing climate is seeing more extreme weather events" and has blamed departmental "miscommunication" for a note telling public servants not to discuss the link between climate change and bushfires at a forum specifically on the issue.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Greenies and miners don't need to be at war
ProBono Australia News
Wed 13 November, 2019
Recently, as I perused the cover of a local news rag, I spotted an article lamenting state government decisions that were “endangering” the jobs of coal miners. In this article was a substantial presupposition: that coal jobs are worth saving.
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Falinski’s litany of lies on climate and energy shows Coalition denial runs deep
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 November, 2019
The depth of denial within Australia’s Coalition government now runs so deep they are in a state of denial about the act of denying. Apparently, there is not a climate denier amongst them, if you believe Jason Falinski, the Liberal member for Mackellar on Sydney’s northern beaches.
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Seven billionaire Kerry Stokes calls for climate calm amid bushfires
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 November, 2019
Billionaire media and mining tycoon Kerry Stokes has called for more hazard reduction burning and warned policymakers not to make "snap judgements" about responding to climate change as bushfires rage across NSW and Queensland.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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We thought we had protected these living relics forever
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 November, 2019
I fell in love with the majesty, luxuriance and vibrancy of the rainforest on a trip to the NSW north coast in 1973 and moved up there a few years later with the intent to live near it. The accepted wisdom then was that rainforests do not burn, I thought they were a safe haven, though that is no longer the case.
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Can civil society help Australia meet its SDGs?
ProBono Australia News
Wed 13 November, 2019
Charities can play a role in meeting Australia’s Sustainable Development Goal commitments, which will not be met by 2030 on the country’s current trajectory according to new research.
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Why capital can't be a coward: A disruptive take on impact
ProBono Australia News
Wed 13 November, 2019
The impact investment movement is a growing force in the modern world. Far from a small experiment on the peripheries of the financial sector and the world of philanthropy, impact capital is now a well-recognised and established field unto itself.
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TCorp launches $1billion-plus sustainability bond
Investment Magazine
Wed 13 November, 2019
TCorp is launching its first sustainability bond that will likely raise more than $1 billion to invest in green and social assets across New South Wales, amid surging demand for fixed income products that incorporate ESG.
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Financial Standard
TCorp launches new bond
Paris e-scooters under pressure to prove green credentials
Yahoo News
Wed 13 November, 2019
Pulling on makeshift roped hooks along a sun-drenched bank of the Seine River in Paris, Youva Hadjali and Edison Gompo fish out two electric scooters -- not the most ecological fate for devices billed as a carbon-free fix for strained urban transport systems.
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Fire, climate change and prescribed burning: What do the experts have to say?
ABC News
Wed 13 November, 2019
As flames destroyed lives and homes in recent days, there's been a lot of debate about past fires, finger-pointing over prescribed burning, questioning the influence of climate change, or if indeed it was the right time to be talking about it at all.
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News.com.au
The debate over hazard reduction burns after ‘catastrophic’ fire threat
NT News
The Herald Sun
The Courier Mail
Scientists hit back over hazard reduction
The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
Powerless to prevent catastrophic bushfires? No, we're not
Lens
Wed 13 November, 2019
The fires devastating our communities on the eastern seaboard are covering more than a million hectares even before we reach summer. They are, as predicted, joining and growing into mega-fires.
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'Like a genie': Researchers scramble to adjust to rising fire extremes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 November, 2019
Record-setting bushfire activity in Australia this year suggests management approaches may no longer be "fit for purpose", particularly as climate change elevates risks.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Airlines exposed for money-saving ‘fuel tankering’ practice that increases emissions
Travel Weekly
Wed 13 November, 2019
British Airways’ parent company, IAG, has launched a review into its practice of fuel tankering – in which planes are filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher fuel prices at destination airports – after a BBC investigation exposed the practice at the airline.
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Greta Thunberg to hitch a ride to Europe with Australian YouTube influencers
The Guardian
Wed 13 November, 2019
Greta Thunberg will hitch a ride with two Australian sailing YouTubers on her low-emissions voyage from America to the UN climate change conference in Madrid.
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Charles talks climate change in India
7 News
Wed 13 November, 2019
Prince Charles is meeting Indian experts during a two-day visit to the country focusing on global challenges such as climate change and business sustainability.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Singapore samples carbon-neutral Aussie beef and beer
Food Processing
Wed 13 November, 2019
Singapore’s business leaders have sampled sustainably produced Borrowdale Free Range Pork and Five Founders beef over dinner. Mark Furner, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, also showcased Bargara Brewing Company’s beers at the dinner on 7 November 2019.
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