Issue date : Mon 3 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 55 Seconds
Number of items : 58
Scientists call on MPs to urgently reduce Australia's emissions amid bushfire crisis
The Guardian
Mon 3 February, 2020
Strongly worded appeal comes as new energy market analysis predicts Australia will hit 50% renewable electricity by 2030
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Communities deserve the certainty of strong climate transition plans
The Canberra Times
Mon 3 February, 2020
The government's current framing of its bushfire response poses a curious dilemma. On the one hand, we are told the policy on emissions reduction is "evolving" and a possible royal commission will focus, in part, on "resilience" and "adaptation". On the other hand, the Prime Minister refers to those calling for an end to coal exports as "reckless". His plan is to "meet and beat emissions reduction targets, without ... pulling the rug from regional communities who depend on the [resources] sector for their livelihoods."
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OPINION: Brand Australia gets burned
AdNews
Mon 3 February, 2020
The impact of the devastating bushfire crisis and the country’s response to climate change will be felt on Brand Australia for years to come, says Tim Riches. And that extends well beyond the image we represent to potential holidaymakers.
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Investors want portfolios that drive positive environmental change
Money Management
Mon 3 February, 2020
Investors want more portfolios that include companies that are not damaging the environment and are driving positive change, according to Calvert Research and Management, an Eaton Vance affiliate.
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Here’s what’s below an unstable glacier
Cosmos
Mon 3 February, 2020
Scientists have taken a close-up look at the foundations of one of the most unstable glaciers in Antarctica.
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More bad news about microplastics
Cosmos
Mon 3 February, 2020
Dutch and Chinese researchers have independently unearthed more bad news about nano- and microplastics, focusing on their infiltration of freshwater and seawater sediment.
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US and EU laws show Australia’s Right to Repair moment is well overdue
The Conversation
Mon 3 February, 2020
Australians are buying more and more gadgets and devices. Our homes and workplaces seemed to be filled with smart phones, drones, Fitbits, internet- connected fridges, air-conditioners that turn off when people leave the room: anything that makes our lives more convenient.
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No compromise on the environment in any energy deal, says Labor
The Age
Sun 2 February, 2020
The Victorian Labor government says it will not compromise its environmental policies to clinch a multibillion-dollar energy and emissions deal with the federal government.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Koala deaths in Victoria's south-west to be investigated
ABC News
Sun 2 February, 2020
The Victorian Government is investigating after dozens of distressed, injured and dead koalas were found at a blue gum plantation in the state's south-west.
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Climate-bonus call as Looney takes BP helm
The Australian
Sun 2 February, 2020
Oil major BP faces calls to strengthen its link between bonuses and performance on tackling climate change as new boss Bernard Looney prepares to take the helm.
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A not so silent night
Pursuit
Sun 2 February, 2020
Understanding what happens in cities after dark is crucial to global sustainable development, but will also help create a fairer society that values the night-time economy
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Murray-Darling: thousands of fish have died in NSW in past two weeks
The Guardian
Sun 2 February, 2020
Thousands of native fish have died in a series of ongoing mass death events at more than 20 different locations across the Murray-Darling Basin and in coastal areas of New South Wales in the past two weeks.
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Early lessons emerge from bushfires as disaster review season begins
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 2 February, 2020
Early last month, as fire crews monitored a huge blaze burning out of control beneath a major power transmission line near Batemans Bay, a senior Rural Fire Service official signalled a very different challenge that awaits once the bushfire emergency finally recedes.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Thousands of Sydneysiders dobbed in for wasting water
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 2 February, 2020
Thousands of people have been dobbed-in for illegal water use across Greater Sydney since tougher restrictions came into effect in December, but only a handful of fines have been issued.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Spotlight back on cruise ship fumes at Sydney's White Bay terminal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 2 February, 2020
The prospect of cutting fumes from cruise ships berthed at White Bay in Balmain has moved a step closer after the state's port authority opted to re-examine powering vessels from the shore in the wake of "global advancements".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Matt Canavan announces nuclear waste dump location in South Australia
The Guardian
Sat 1 February, 2020
A farming property on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will become a nuclear waste dump, the federal government has announced, but opponents of the facility are making a last-bid ditch to stop it.
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7 News
9 News
Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Gas transition to low emissions
The Australian
Sat 1 February, 2020
Scott Morrison declared on Wednesday: “We need to get the gas from under our feet.” Amen. A gas superpower must use its plentiful reserves to cut power prices, costs and lead the transition to cleaner energy. As the political year swings into gear, the Prime Minister is doubling down on climate and energy policy, staring down critics of his government’s approach to reducing emissions amid the bushfires crisis. Mr Morrison concedes Australia is facing “longer, hotter, drier summers” and advocates adaptation, mitigation and resilience measures as a form of national insurance. He is betting practical “climate action now”, as he terms it, will carry voters who backed his victory last May and want lower power prices but have been alarmed by the scale of this summer’s disasters.
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Is the gas deal just hot air?
The Daily Telegraph
Sat 1 February, 2020
Natural gas is not the main game in the new energy agreement, writes Sharri Markson.
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We don’t have money to burn on green mania
The Australian
Sat 1 February, 2020
Scenes of devastation from Australia’s fires have been heartbreaking. How do we stop this suffering? For many campaigners and politicians, the answer is clear-cut: drastic climate policies. When we examine the evidence, this simple answer falls short.
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The Princes Highway to climate action
The Age
Sat 1 February, 2020
In the past few weeks a clear path to real action on climate change has emerged. State and territory governments are aligning on the need for stronger climate policy.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Waking up
ABC News
Sat 1 February, 2020
Fire has sent some of Australia’s most popular national parks into an eerie slumber, but new growth is breaking through the blackness.
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How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea
Yahoo News
Sat 1 February, 2020
From the polar ice cap to the Mariana Trench 10 kilometres below the waves, synthetic microfibres spat out by household washing machines are polluting oceans everywhere.
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Fire weather worsening: more heat, less rainfall
The Australian
Sat 1 February, 2020
The fires during the past few months have been unique in the modern fire history of Australia because of their location, extent and rich carbon reservoirs. The latest estimates are of 10 million hectares of burnt area (and counting) in the south and southeast, making this year’s fire season the largest in the region since records began.
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What the frack: PM gas plan 'new dark age'
News.com.au
Fri 31 January, 2020
The government's plan to boost gas supply while scientists are calling for less emissions to curb climate change is seeing Australia enter a 'new dark age'.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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State onshore gas ban a federal deal breaker
The Age
Fri 31 January, 2020
The Coalition will not fund any multibillion-dollar energy deal with Victoria to reduce carbon emissions and lower power costs unless the Andrews government ditches its longstanding ban on onshore gas exploration.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Transurban warned on PFAS before West Gate Tunnel contracts signed
The Age
Fri 31 January, 2020
Transurban and the state government were warned by the state's environmental regulator three years ago in a West Gate Tunnel report that there were "emerging concerns" about PFAS contaminants in soil and flagged a tightening of restrictions.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Grampians rock-climb damage proves a bit of a stretch
The Australian
Fri 31 January, 2020
Parks Victoria has vastly overstated the impact of environmental damage at eight Grampians National Park sites amid fresh doubts about the department’s campaign against Australia’s rock climbing fraternity.
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