Issue date : Wed 29 January, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Top academics write to Morrison Government asking for 'deep cuts' to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions
ABC News
Wed 29 January, 2020
Eighty of Australia's top academics have written an open letter declaring an "urgent need for deep cuts" to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions following the current unprecedented bushfire crisis.
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Any climate policy change is going to be slow burn
The Australian
Wed 29 January, 2020
Climate politics is global. This is the ultimate message from the worldwide reaction to Australia’s bushfire tragedy. The backdrop to the demands that Australia do more on climate change is that the world is not doing enough and that the Paris Agreement is in serious trouble and may fail.
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Zero net carbon choice: do we want to be losers or winners?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 29 January, 2020
You may regard economists as a dismal lot, always reminding us of the cost of this or the risk of that. But there’s one prominent economist with a much more positive story to tell.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Change in the climate for ETFs
Money Management
Wed 29 January, 2020
The best performing global equity exchange traded fund (ETF) was focused on companies that were “climate change leaders”, proving strong returns could be generated from climate conscious funds.
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Australia being left behind as global corporate renewable PPA market surges ahead
Reneweconomy
Wed 29 January, 2020
The global corporate market for renewable energy power purchase agreements continues to surge, with analyst firm BloombergNEF observing that the volumes of PPAs signed in 2019 was up more than 40 per cent compared to the previous record year in 2018.
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Networks push innovation as EVs, solar and batteries “tip system on its head”
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 January, 2020
The principal energy networks lobby is pushing the case for more innovation on Australia’s main grids as owners, operators and regulators grapple with the impact of electric vehicles, rooftop solar, battery storage and other enabling technologies that promises to “tip the system on its head.”
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St Marys on Tasmania's east coast cleaning up its act
The Mercury
Wed 29 January, 2020
WORKS are now complete upgrading a reuse irrigation scheme at St Marys, to reduce the environmental impact of the St Marys Sewage Treatment Plant.
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How and why butterflies keep their wings cool
Cosmos
Wed 29 January, 2020
Butterflies regulate their wing temperatures through structural and behavioural adaptations, new research shows. And they need to.
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Humans not always to blame for genetic diversity loss
Cosmos
Wed 29 January, 2020
We should be wary of assuming that genetic diversity loss in wildlife is always caused by humans, suggests a new study by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Imperial College London.
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Red Sea releasing large quantities of polluting gases
Cosmos
Wed 29 January, 2020
Given the size of the oil and gas industries therein, it comes as little surprise to learn that the Middle East churns out a shedload of greenhouse gases.
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The real cost of your weekly food bill
The Age
Wed 29 January, 2020
Single Australians are forking out an average of $300 a week on food and takeaways. Households tend to do much better, spending an average of about $150 a week on groceries.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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Morrison urged to act as ARENA funding about to be exhausted
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 January, 2020
A leading think tank has called on the Morrison government to extend the funding of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), as the agency edges towards faces a funding cliff that may see Australian funding for clean tech renewable energy research and development dry up.
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China, not America, will decide the fate of the planet
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 28 January, 2020
If you look at the numbers — as opposed to the theatre — it becomes clear that the battle to control climate change now depends much more on what happens in China than in America.
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Terry McCrann: After the bushfires we must go nuclear
The Herald Sun
Mon 30 November, -0001
There is no doubt that the bushfires should unite all shades of opinion on the urgent and absolute need for a 21st century Australia to finally embrace nuclear power, writes Terry McCrann.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Coronavirus in, climate change out: deVere
Financial Standard
Tue 28 January, 2020
With the death toll surpassing 80 and a further 3000 people suspected of being infected, the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus has left markets tumbling as fears of an epidemic are stoked by news of the virus spreading around the world.
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South Australia looks to back-up diesel generators to clip demand peaks
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 January, 2020
South Australia is taking a novel approach to reducing peak demand on the grid, agreeing to fund a trial led by systems aggregator Enel X to tap into little-used back-up diesel generators to help clip demand peaks on the local grid.
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Energy-positive estate a blueprint for sustainable housing future says RMIT
Architecture and Design
Tue 28 January, 2020
The Cape, a sustainable housing estate in Victoria’s Bass Coast is being presented as a blueprint for Australia’s future housing estates, with its focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, zero emissions and comfort.
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Fire almost wiped out rare species in the Australian Alps. Feral horses are finishing the job
The Conversation
Tue 28 January, 2020
On Friday I flew in a helicopter over the fire-ravaged Kosciuszko National Park. I was devastated by what I saw. Cherished wildlife species are at grave risk of extinction: those populations the bushfires haven’t already wiped out are threatened by thousands of feral horses trampling the land.
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Recfishwest CEO says recreational fishers have an important role to play in increasing abundance and resilience of fish stocks
Fishing World
Tue 28 January, 2020
CHANGING environments, populations, technologies, and increasingly, community values are all rapidly impacting on the fishing landscape. CEO of Recfishwest Western Australia’s peak recfish organisation, Andrew Roland, says such changes present huge challenges for the future of rec fishing, but also opportunities.
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Australia’s fire beetle is attracted to burning landscapes
Australian Geographic
Tue 28 January, 2020
MORE THAN A billion animals have died in Australia’s catastrophic bushfires, and it will be months, probably years, before ecologists can quantify the damage to local ecosystems in the country’s south-east.
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Thinking Fish - Saving Native Fish in the Murray Darling Basin seminar
Fishing World
Tue 28 January, 2020
OzFish Unlimited, Australian fishing conservation charity, has launched the FISH X Series with a focus on the Murray-Darling Basin and the plight of Australian native fish - made possible with funding from the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
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Hazardous air quality forecast for East Gippsland
The Weekly Times
Tue 28 January, 2020
EAST Gippsland air quality is forecast to venture into “hazardous” territory this week, as bushfires continue to smoulder across the state.
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'No safe level': Study links PM2.5 pollution to increased risk of cardiac arrest
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 28 January, 2020
Researchers say there is "no safe level" of PM2.5 air pollution after a large-scale study found a significant association between cardiac arrest and exposure to fine particles – levels of which have frequently soared beyond "hazardous" in south-eastern Australia as a result of bushfire smoke in recent months.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Macquarie University researchers get hands dirty with city’s soil
The Australian
Tue 28 January, 2020
There are certain places in Australia where residents expect a level of contamination in their soil, such as Port Pirie and Mount Isa. However, it’s the city dwellers who are jumping at the chance to have their garden soil and household dust tested for contaminants.
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Former lawyer makes waves with eco swimwear
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 28 January, 2020
A Gold Coast-based former lawyer has built a global presence creating luxury swimwear for the eco-conscious.
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