Issue date : Wed 4 December, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 09 Seconds
Number of items : 49
Call for ban on municipal landfill by 2030
Government News
Wed 4 December, 2019
A Victorian Parliamentary report says all kerbside waste should be banished from landfill by 2030.
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Climate change policy has tripped us up for a decade
The Australian
Wed 4 December, 2019
The Labor-driven media coverage recognising this week as the 10th anniversary of the dramatic defeat of Kevin Rudd’s climate change policy is a bizarre mixture of truth and mythology revealing, a decade later, the extent of Australia’s deadlock on global warming action.
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The climate crisis is our generation's world war
The Canberra Times
Wed 4 December, 2019
It's not normal to write a column for the benefit of one person. So, instead of addressing this piece specifically to last Thursday's letter-writer, Frank Bolton, consider it directed to the 30 percent of people who told a recent Essential Poll they believe it's "unlikely the recent bushfires are linked to climate change".
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When big mammals are lost, so are termites
Cosmos
Wed 4 December, 2019
The impact of losing Africa’s big animals goes beyond the obvious. US researchers have discovered that in rainforest areas where large mammals such as elephants, buffaloes and gorillas are hunted, the abundance of termites falls by as much as 170 times.
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Climate explained: how climate change will affect food production and security
The Conversation
Wed 4 December, 2019
Climate change is altering conditions that sustain food production, with cascading consequences for food security and global economies. Recent research evaluated the simultaneous impacts of climate change on agriculture and marine fisheries globally.
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Did people or climate kill off the megafauna? Actually, it was both
The Conversation
Wed 4 December, 2019
Earth is now firmly in the grips of its sixth “mass extinction event”, and it’s mainly our fault. But the modern era is definitely not the first time humans have been implicated in the extinction of a wide range of species.
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Warnings as fires still raging out of control in NSW
News.com.au
Wed 4 December, 2019
Dramatic images have emerged of firefighters tackling a massive fire on NSW’s south coast as the state braces for another tough day.
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Call to curb baby formula emissions
9 News
Wed 4 December, 2019
Urgent action must be taken to reduce the carbon footprint of baby formula and toddler milks, a specialised economist says.
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Greta Thunberg 'energised' as she heads to COP25 climate talks after three-week voyage across Atlantic Ocean
ABC News
Wed 4 December, 2019
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States.
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Youth fury key factor at UN climate summit
7 News
Wed 4 December, 2019
Teen activist Greta Thunberg has reached Europe after a 21-day catamaran dash across the Atlantic for a United Nations summit where she will invoke the fury of global youth at politicians' foot-dragging over climate change.
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Reebok's new performance shoe is made from plants
Yahoo News
Wed 4 December, 2019
Reebok is expanding its efforts in sustainability by launching a plant-based performance shoe. The Forever Floatride Grow uses natural materials in place of petroleum-based plastics and should help protect the environment while also holding up to the rigors of running.
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NSW gives details of ultimatum over water sharing plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 December, 2019
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Water Minister Melinda Pavey have issued their demands for the Murray-Darling Basin Water Plan but remain committed to walking away if those demands are not met.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Government agrees to Murray water review
9 News
Tue 3 December, 2019
The Morrison government has ordered an investigation into the operation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to report in March next year.
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After two years without rain, this town sucked a river dry
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 December, 2019
The state government has cut off the river that supplies the northern NSW city of Tamworth in an emergency measure to stave off day zero, hoping to save water by piping it to town instead.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Vale lifts output, embraces Scope 3 in 'new pact with society'
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 3 December, 2019
Brazilian miner Vale has revealed that iron ore sales could rise by as much as 14 per cent in 2020 and joined rival BHP in announcing plans to set targets for the greenhouse gas emissions of its customers – or so-called Scope 3 emissions.
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Taxpayer carbon dividend gets thumbs-up
Government News
Tue 3 December, 2019
Three quarters of Australians support taxing carbon-producing companies and redistributing the proceeds to taxpayers in the form of a dividend to offset cost increases, according to a community survey by researchers from the University of NSW.
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The Iconic unveils ambitious sustainability targets
Inside Retail
Tue 3 December, 2019
The Iconic has launched its inaugural progress report on the steps it is taking to become a more responsible retailer. The report includes updates on the baseline sustainability goals the e-commerce company set for itself two years ago, as well as new goals to be achieved over the next five years in four key areas: ethical sourcing, the environment, community engagement and diversity, inclusion and body positivity.
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Climate activism driving ESG jobs and new appointments
The Fifth Estate
Tue 3 December, 2019
The growing appetite for sustainable, ethical and high value ESG investment opportunities continues to underpin the jobs market, and the negative talk globally about things slowing down is just not resonating in Australia’s CBDs.
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Meet Australia's first carbon neutral jeweller
Ragtrader
Tue 3 December, 2019
Mondial by Nadia Neuman has unveiled the next chapter in the brand’s evolution with the introduction of a new sustainable collection – Mandala.
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Power, energy & the environment
Architecture and Design
Tue 3 December, 2019
Ensuring that buildings are as energy efficient as possible is an important consideration in a climate where electricity costs are rising and our environment is under constant strain.
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How micro-doses of nature help our health and climate
Pursuit
Tue 3 December, 2019
Urban greening is emerging as a key part of the solution to some of our major health and environmental challenges. Providing nearby nature offers a surprising range of co-benefits
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Buildings and how to do them better
The Fifth Estate
Tue 3 December, 2019
As a panel of building experts expounded on the merits of the circular economy, material passports and digital technology, Tomorrowland19 attendees had a bird’s eye view of the construction of a new commercial building that is reshaping ideas about the design of high-rise towers.
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Scientists play sounds of healthy coral on degraded Great Barrier Reef, and fish return in droves
ABC News
Tue 3 December, 2019
Researchers have used the sounds of healthy reefs to entice fish back to areas where coral has been wiped out on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Fast-moving fire reaches NSW coast
News.com.au
Tue 3 December, 2019
More homes are threatened after an out-of-control bushfire burned through to the coast in southern NSW as thick smoke from blazes surrounding Sydney continues to blanket the city.
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The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Guardian
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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14 Affordable Australian Clothing Brands
Harper Bazaar
Tue 3 December, 2019
While investing in a high-end designer piece can pay dividends, particularly if worn daily, it's not always feasible to shop at a luxury price point. Thankfully, a crop of emerging Australian brands are designing quality pieces (many with a sharp focus on sustainability) at a fraction of the price of beloved international designers.
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