Issue date : Wed 18 December, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Australia found to be much less divided on need to tackle climate change than US
The Guardian
Wed 18 December, 2019
Australians are far less split on partisan lines than Americans on whether they accept the need to act on climate change, and are far more likely regardless of party allegiance to be willing to pay a carbon tax to cut fossil fuel use, a study has found.
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Australia could hit climate targets without Kyoto credits
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 December, 2019
The Morrison government is increasingly confident it will be able to reach its 2030 international climate targets without needing to use its controversial "carry-over" credits from previous agreements.
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Blame climate failures for the power going out
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 December, 2019
Australia has become one of the world’s biggest energy exporters, but struggles to keep the lights on at home due to the climate wars.
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Nuclear the answer to burning problems
The Australian
Wed 18 December, 2019
Most of inland Australia is gripped by one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, certain­ly since European settlement began 230 years ago. The world’s oldest landmass has always been prone to long dry periods, but what is new is that Australia now has a population of more than 25 million who need to be fed, clothed and housed, and this puts unprecedented pressure on an alread­y fragile environment.
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Australia catching on to environmental insurance
Insurance Business
Wed 18 December, 2019
Australia has seen its fair share of environmental changes in recent years and it seems businesses may be waking up to the associated exposures, after one major brokerage acknowledged a growing interest in environmental insurance policies.
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Genex lands “world first” green finance deal for two solar farms
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 December, 2019
Listed renewable energy developer Genex Power says it has landed a “world-first” green financing deal for two of its solar projects – the existing 50MW solar farm at Kidston and the 50MW Jemalong facility that is about to begin construction.
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Victorian power grid faces first summer test
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 December, 2019
Large power users in Victoria may be asked to cut back operations on Wednesday afternoon as scorching temperatures hit Melbourne before two key power plants come back online after repairs.
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India’s snakebite regime found wanting
Cosmos
Wed 18 December, 2019
Antivenoms commercially available in India are inefficient in treating the effects of many snakebites, researchers say.
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Moves like a marsupial, climbs like a primate
Cosmos
Wed 18 December, 2019
Australia’s cuddly koala seems to have evolved tree clambering abilities that rival those of the apes and monkeys that never made it to the continent.
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Logged tropical forests may never fully recover
Cosmos
Wed 18 December, 2019
Continually logging and re-growing tropical forests is reducing the levels of vital nutrients in the soil, which may limit future forest growth and recovery, according to new research.
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The Congo is deep, as well as long
Cosmos
Wed 18 December, 2019
A few years ago, Melanie Stiassny, an ichthyologist at the American Museum of Natural History, plucked a pale, blind, dying fish out of the lower Congo River in Africa.
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How to talk to children about climate change
ABC News
Wed 18 December, 2019
When it comes to talking to her two primary school aged kids about climate change, Nina Roberts chooses her words carefully.
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8 ways fashion started taking the climate crisis seriously in 2019
Vogue Australia
Wed 18 December, 2019
From carbon offsetting at Gucci and Burberry to the G7 Fashion Pact signed by 250 brands, sustainability has been the word on everyone’s lips over the past year. Vogue takes a look back at how the fashion industry has stepped up its efforts.
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Blue carbon is not the silver bullet the Coalition wants it to be
The Conversation
Tue 17 December, 2019
The only Australian achievement on display at last week’s COP25 conference was “blue carbon”, paraded in three minor side events on including carbon stored in coastal ecosystems in national carbon reporting.
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Murray-Darling Basin plan: threat of walkout averted with promise of review
The Guardian
Tue 17 December, 2019
The federal water minister, David Littleproud, appears to have averted a walkout from from the Murray-Darling Basin plan ahead of a crucial meeting in Brisbane to discuss possible concessions to cope with the drought.
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The Advertiser
Murray-Darling Basin plan to be reviewed, NSW walkout averted
The Age
NSW backs down on Basin Plan threat as Victoria refuses to open its books
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
ARENA launches $15 million in funding to improve solar system quality
Energy Matters
Tue 17 December, 2019
The Australian Governments official body for renewables – the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a distribution of funding that will see $15 million spans across research for the field. It aims to address issues relating to end-of-life challenges in solar PV panel and increase their cost-efficiency.
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Fire chiefs’ climate group a pet ‘project’ of activist Tim Flannery
The Australian
Tue 17 December, 2019
Climate activist Tim Flannery is the force behind a band of former state fire and emergency chiefs accusing Scott Morrison of abandoning­ bushfires across the nation and demanding an immediat­e end to the burning of fossil fuels.
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Koala protection plan criticised for lack of action on cars and dogs
The Brisbane Times
Tue 17 December, 2019
South-east Queensland's draft koala conservation strategy, released this month, will not prevent the deaths of hundreds of koalas to cars and dogs each year.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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What will Boris Johnson’s landslide Tory government do about climate change?
The Fifth Estate
Tue 17 December, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Conservative Party is starting to govern the UK this week with 109 new MPs. Many of these are younger people who perhaps never expected to be elected. What action can we expect to protect the climate from this government?
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Heatwave another sign of climate challenges to come
The Age
Tue 17 December, 2019
The heat is on, and with it all of the customary concerns about hot weather. And yet, as we contend with the first summer heatwave, the apprehension over what is ahead is anything but normal. The usual checklist of warnings over fires, blackouts, drought and water levels is with us, but there is far greater urgency as climate change is better understood and its impact more strongly felt.
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NSW must not sabotage the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 December, 2019
No one is denying the pain that the unprecedented drought is causing to people in the country but NSW threats to undermine the Murray-Darling Basin Plan are not the solution.
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A Nobel laureate's guide to climate-proofing your investments
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 17 December, 2019
Nobel laureate Robert Engle has some advice for investors who are concerned about climate change wiping out the value of their assets, but are wary of anaemic returns on "ethical" funds: read the news.
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Green with envy: Australian Ethical Investments fund up 125pc
The Australian
Tue 17 December, 2019
Sharemarket investors are smiling, tech investors are dancing in the streets, but few investments this year can beat the remarkable performance by the best known ethical investment fund in Australia, which has more than doubled over the year.
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Kenworth link to Hydrogen Transition Centre
ATN
Tue 17 December, 2019
A new Deakin University research centre in the south-eastern Victorian town of Warrnambool is aiming to become a national leader in hydrogen power – not least for trucks.
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Firefighters brace for 'worst possible circumstances' ahead of intense heatwave
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 December, 2019
Weary NSW firefighters are bracing for the "worst possible circumstances" as an intense heatwave sweeping the state in coming days combines with low humidity, strong winds, and several already-aggressive fires burning near populated areas.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The Australian Financial Review
'Worst possible circumstances' for fires are coming
How to have a more sustainable 2020
ABC News
Tue 17 December, 2019
Wanting to live a more sustainable life is one thing, knowing where on earth to start is another.
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Making smarter sustainable choices at the bottle shop
ABC News
Tue 17 December, 2019
When you're standing in the bottle shop scanning row upon row of beer or wine bottles it's next to impossible to know whether you are also making a choice that is good for the environment.
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Total fire ban for NSW as 'extreme heat' heads our way
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 December, 2019
A total fire ban will be in place across all of NSW until Sunday as experts warn people to stay indoors to avoid extreme heat conditions.
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