Issue date : Wed 22 January, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 16 Seconds
Number of items : 62
Donald Trump talks up economy at Davos, drawing criticism from teen climate activist Greta Thunberg
ABC News
Wed 22 January, 2020
Greta Thunberg has told the World Economic Forum in Davos that planting trees is not enough to address climate change, an apparent rebuke of a pledge made moments earlier by US President Donald Trump.
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Governments urged to toughen up on climate change
The Australian
Wed 22 January, 2020
Global governments that take a 'timid' response to tackling climate change represent a bigger risk to economic growth than implementing firm emissions reduction policies, economists have warned.
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UN issues warning over climate refugees
The Herald Sun
Mon 30 November, -0001
The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations has warned.
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Yahoo News
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'Almost a religious aspect': Tony Abbott downplays link between bushfires and climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 22 January, 2020
Washington: Former prime minister Tony Abbott has downplayed the contribution of climate change to the Australian bushfire crisis, telling a US audience he believes the link between extreme weather events and carbon emissions has become akin to a religious dogma for many people.
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WAToday
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Climate affects us all: ACT's climate council responds to the climate emergency
The Canberra Times
Wed 22 January, 2020
This devastating, ongoing bushfire season affects us all. The extent and longevity of the fires and smoke, the loss of human lives, domestic animals and wildlife, the destruction of homes and infrastructure, and the immediate and long-term health hazards to our families and ecosystems are unprecedented and shocking. Shocking and yet, for the most part, predicted as a consequence of the extreme heat, drought and increased fire danger that accompany climate change in south-east Australia.
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Our Pearl Harbour could become our Port Arthur moment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 22 January, 2020
After Donald Horne's book in the 1960s, we all know we live in the Lucky Country. What we've forgotten until now, however, is the qualification Horne added: "Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people." We haven't been feeling so lucky this burning, smoky summer. But our present leader, Scott Morrison, has certainly been looking second rate.
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Supply and demand: Why sustainability is the answer
Inside Retail
Wed 22 January, 2020
There are many places a retailer might look for a piece of sage wisdom about the state of the market and its shift towards a sustainable future. But there’s one place many – especially those in the luxurious world of fashion – might have overlooked, and that’s eggs.
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Soil tests raise health concerns about perovskite
Cosmos
Wed 22 January, 2020
Experiments using plants have raised new concerns about the environmental impact of perovskite solar cells (PSCs), a key component for the commercialisation of the next generation of large- and small-scale renewable energy technology.
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New sharks and rediscovered rays
Cosmos
Wed 22 January, 2020
Marine researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland have discovered four new species of walking shark and a number of missing manta ray populations.
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Fears for wildlife as brumbies compete for reduced Kosciuszko grassland
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 22 January, 2020
Calls are mounting on the Berejiklian government to curb feral horse numbers in delicate alpine regions after bushfires burnt much of the Kosciuszko National Park, potentially intensifying damage caused by the animals.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Planting trees can have its downside
Cosmos
Wed 22 January, 2020
Reforestation is an important part of tackling climate change, but it seems we need to think carefully about where we do it.
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The wet, wild and wonderful history of ocean pools
The Guardian
Wed 22 January, 2020
From colonial times in NSW to today, these refuges from hazards posed by surf and rips offer calmer, cooler, shark-free water
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Australia's Bushfires Have Likely Doubled The Nation's Carbon Emissions
Gizmodo Australia
Wed 22 January, 2020
A month ago, NASA estimated that Australia’s recent bushfires released 250 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere, which is almost half of the country’s yearly emissions. The fires have raged on since then, and shit is getting worse—way worse. New research from scientists with the Global Fire Emissions Database shows that the bushfires likely contributed 900 million metric tons of carbon, Bloomberg reports.
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Unions and business urge better approach to air pollution health risk
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 22 January, 2020
Peak union and business groups have agreed a better system is needed to manage health and safety risks linked to dangerous pollution levels from bushfire smoke.
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The Age
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Australian Open's mountain of discarded coffee grounds set to bloom
The Age
Wed 22 January, 2020
Working as a barista at a Brunswick cafe, Ninna Larsen was shocked to see coffee grounds ending up in landfill given she knew their value as compost in gardens.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics' cardboard beds
Architecture and Design
Wed 22 January, 2020
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be providing athletes of all shapes and sizes a 6”11 cardboard bed.
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Prime Minister says hazard reduction burns as important as emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 21 January, 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has argued hazard reduction burning is action "to take account of the climate we're living in," and said any royal commission into Australia’s bushfire crisis should take no more than six months.
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The Brisbane Times
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The Australian
PM: cut bushfire fuel, not just carbon emissions
9 News
Hazard burns trump emissions for fires: PM
7 News
The Canberra Times
The Mercury
The Advertiser
The Herald Sun
News.com.au
The Geelong Advertiser
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Treasurer: Climate's economic threat requires 'balanced approach'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 21 January, 2020
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the Coalition will not compromise "the strength of the economy" to manage rising environmental concerns as international authorities urge governments to do more to tackle climate change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Angus Taylor’s secret consultation on emissions cuts stacked towards big emitters
Reneweconomy
Tue 21 January, 2020
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor’s “expert panel” – tasked with identifying new opportunities to achieve emissions reduction – has undertaken consultation with a handpicked group of representatives heavily stacked towards the fossil fuel industry and Australia’s largest emitters.
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'Millstone': Environmental funding cuts to hinder fire recovery plans
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 21 January, 2020
Leading ecologists say decades of underspending on environmental research mean governments will likely struggle to assess the impact on wildlife from the huge bushfires let alone develop effective recovery plans.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Scientists hit back at Craig Kelly's 'brainwashed climate cultists' spray
The Age
Tue 21 January, 2020
One of the UK's top climate scientists has described federal Liberal MP Craig Kelly's understanding of climate change as being only "partial", after the parliamentarian quoted from a report she co-authored in a social media spray about "brainwashed climate cultists".
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Environment Minister Matt Kean ‘trying to play climate change hero’
The Australian
Tue 21 January, 2020
A NSW Nationals MP has publicly criticised the Environment Minister, Matt Kean, and called for him to be stripped of his portfolio following an interview in which he claimed federal MPs were unhappy with the Morrison government’s position on climate change.
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A long history of failing our endangered species
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 21 January, 2020
The Auditor-General’s investigation into the allocation of sports funding by minister Bridget McKenzie has drawn comparisons with Ros Kelly’s “sports rorts” affair in late 1993 and early 1994 and highlighted the accountability crisis in Australian politics. In a strange arc of political history, these events also provide some insight into the ongoing species extinction crisis that the recent bushfire catastrophe has so dramatically worsened.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Koalas drinking from human hands is not normal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 21 January, 2020
I am a beef cattle farmer from near Inverell in north-western NSW. My farmhouse is near a creek line and I’ve always been lucky enough to have koalas.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Reserve Bank urged to battle 'green swan' risks of climate change
ABC News
Tue 21 January, 2020
The Reserve Bank may have to take over stranded coal mines and coal-fired power stations to fulfil its mandate for financial stability, according to one of the world's most powerful financial institutions, the Bank for International Settlements.
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Macquarie signs wind deal with European metals giant
Reneweconomy
Tue 21 January, 2020
Australian investment bank Macquarie Group, through its Green Investment Group, has signed a deal to supply power to mining and metals company Eramet Norway from two Norwegian wind farms.
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AtlasTrend launches UN sustainability-aligned super
Investor Daily
Tue 21 January, 2020
Online investment fintech AtlasTrend has rolled out a retail superannuation fund, which will assess and measure investments based on their contribution to the US Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Vestas commits to zero-waste wind turbines and carbon neutrality
Reneweconomy
Tue 21 January, 2020
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced plans to produce “zero-waste wind turbines” by 2040, adding to a string of announcements in the New Year that include a pledge to be “carbon neutral” by 2030.
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Nestlé invests $3 billion in sustainable packaging
Food Processing
Tue 21 January, 2020
Nestlé has announced plans to invest up to CHF1.5 billion (AU$3 billion) to shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics, and to accelerate the development of sustainable packaging solutions. Alongside its research through the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, the company will also launch a CHF 250 million (AU$376.4 million) sustainable packaging venture fund to invest in start-up companies that focus on these areas.
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Power bill threat as renewable energy spending plummets
The Australian
Tue 21 January, 2020
Congestion woes in Australia’s power grid threaten to hike household electricity bills and derail the nation’s ability to achieve deeper cuts to carbon emissions following a collapse in renewable energy spending, Queensland government-owned investment giant QIC has warned.
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Australia to add 3.6GW of new solar and wind to grid in 2020
Reneweconomy
Tue 21 January, 2020
The sting of the newly confirmed dive in large-scale renewable energy investment that hit Australia in 2019 could be soothed somewhat with a record number of new solar and wind farms forecast to be completed in 2020.
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Waste-to-energy plant in Laverton North gets green light
The Age
Tue 21 January, 2020
A waste-to-energy plant is expected to be operating in Melbourne’s west within three years after being approved by the Environment Protection Authority.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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GPT achieves carbon neutrality for two buildings as deadline looms
The Fifth Estate
Tue 21 January, 2020
GPT has made a good start to 2020 with two of its buildings certified carbon neutral. One of the buildings, Workplace 6 at Pyrmont, is headquarters for Google and the move will play well into the tech giant’s strongly publicised commitments to sustainability.
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New survey shows sustainability on the rise
The Fifth Estate
Tue 21 January, 2020
A new survey from Stockland reveals evolving preferences among residential buyers for sustainability, especially environmental and community features.
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Bangladesh factories ordered shut to save key river
Yahoo News
Tue 21 January, 2020
Bangladesh's high court has ordered the shutdown of 231 factories that have contributed to Dhaka's main river becoming one of the world's most polluted, a lawyer said Tuesday.
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China's zero-waste activists fight overconsumption
Yahoo News
Tue 21 January, 2020
Parcels piled high at sorting centres and drivers speeding down bike lanes to deliver takeout lunches are ubiquitous sights in urban China, where e-commerce and delivery apps have taken over everyday life.
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