Issue date : Tue 18 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 30 Seconds
Number of items : 53
Our trade talks with Europe and Britain are set to become climate talks
The Conversation
Tue 18 February, 2020
Climate change is set to become an inescapable part of negotiations now underway over an Australia-European Union free trade agreement, and also negotiations over the Australia-UK agreement necessitated by Britain’s exit from the European Union.
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Business and politics put Scott Morrison in a carbon wedge
The Australian
Tue 18 February, 2020
Scott Morrison is caught between an immovable object and an irresistible force. The business community has escalated its demand for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but the National Party rules out any such leap for the Morrison government.
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Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds
The Guardian
Tue 18 February, 2020
Australia’s bushfire crisis has caused a spike in concern about the environment, a hit to the popularity of the Coalition and Scott Morrison and a drop in support for new coalmines, even among Coalition voters.
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New pollution and noise rules for rail freight will hurt state’s gran industry farmers warn
The Daily Telegraph
Tue 18 February, 2020
New pollution and noise rules for rail freight risks piling another 25,000 B-double trucks onto the roads in a perverse outcome of a state government green push. The pollution scheme would also hurt the state’s grain industry and push up grocery prices, farmers warn.
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NT News
The Herald Sun
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Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change
SBS World News Australia
Tue 18 February, 2020
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and world's richest man, has announced he will spend $US10 billion on initiatives to tackle climate change.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
Yahoo News
Change, or climate will do it for you
The Australian
Tue 18 February, 2020
Barron’s: You’ve spent the past 10 years trying to raise consciousness about climate change. Now that it’s all anybody at the World Economic Forum can talk about … you must feel gratified.
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Coles says these toys promote healthy eating. I say that’s rubbish
The Conversation
Tue 18 February, 2020
Last year the company stated it wants to be “Australia’s most sustainable supermarket”. But with last week’s relaunch of “Stikeez” – yet another plastic collectables range off the back of their Little Shop promotion – Coles is showing dogged commitment to unsustainable marketing.
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Almost 3 million Australians directly affected by bushfires: survey
The Canberra Times
Tue 18 February, 2020
Almost 3 million Australians were directly affected by the summer's bushfire crisis, a new survey has found, with more than half of Australians likely to be affected by smoke.
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QBE told to stop fuelling climate crisis
Insurance Business
Tue 18 February, 2020
ASX-listed global insurer QBE is facing a shareholder resolution urging it to stop underwriting and investing in fossil fuels in line with its commitment to help keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.
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Strategic asset allocation: ESG’s new frontier
Investor Daily
Tue 18 February, 2020
Many investors use a strategic asset allocation (SAA) process to shape their portfolios over the long term. What place should environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have in the SAA process?
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Researchers claim solar efficiency breakthrough for flexible 'skin'
The Guardian
Tue 18 February, 2020
A flexible solar “skin” that could be used to generate power on homes, cars and phones is a step closer to development after the technology was used to break a world record for electricity conversion, researchers say.
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How extreme weather can disrupt energy supply
Cosmos
Tue 18 February, 2020
Future climate variation could produce a gap of up to 34% between renewable energy potential and demand without concerted efforts to improve energy storage options, according to new research.
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Generating electricity 'out of thin air'
Cosmos
Tue 18 February, 2020
Scientists in the US have developed a device they say uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air.
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Rio Tinto to power Koodaideri with solar
Australian Mining
Tue 18 February, 2020
Rio Tinto plans to build its first solar plant at the Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara to improve the company’s emission reduction targets.
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Amazon heads to Gunnedah for renewable energy project
The Australian
Tue 18 February, 2020
Our planet’s changing climate is one of the biggest issues facing organisations and individuals today. This is why Amazon has taken action to co-found The Climate Pledge to increase the environmental sustainability of our business by drawing 80 per cent of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2024, reaching 100 per cent renewable energy use by 2030, and achieving net zero annual carbon emissions across our entire business by 2040.
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Changing built environment’s approach to net zero
Architecture and Design
Tue 18 February, 2020
Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Cundall is partnering with industry bodies to change the global built environment’s approach to net zero.
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Hazard reductions missed in months before Canberra bushfires
The Canberra Times
Tue 18 February, 2020
The ACT government struggled to meet its hazard reduction targets in the months before the Orroral Valley fire tore through more than a third of the territory's land mass, new figures show.
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Sydney water restrictions to be eased – but fines will still apply
Yahoo News
Tue 18 February, 2020
Water restrictions across Sydney will ease less than three months after they were ramped up to level two amid a devastating drought punishing Australia’s east.
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Perfect storm: Humidity and cold front could create wet and windy afternoon
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 February, 2020
Severe thunderstorms could hit Sydney on Tuesday afternoon as humidity and a cold front create perfect conditions for a wet and windy commute home, with the SES warning people should "not become complacent" after the wild weather earlier this month.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Coal miners given free ride under Morrison government emissions “caps”
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 February, 2020
Some of Australia’s largest coal producers have been able to increase their greenhouse gas emissions without penalty, despite being supposedly subject to emissions ‘caps’ under the Morrison government’s Safeguard Mechanism.
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Malcolm Turnbull lashes Scott Morrison government on emissions
The Australian
Mon 17 February, 2020
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has lashed the Morrison government for being “dangerous and idiotic” in not taking stronger action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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'Energy laws have let us down': Victoria pulls the plug
The Age
Mon 17 February, 2020
The Victorian government will break away from national electricity supply rules, hoping to short-circuit the bureaucracy keeping the state reliant on a 1960s-era energy grid.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Climate inaction is expensive
Investment Magazine
Mon 17 February, 2020
If this current Australian summer of bush fires should be teaching us anything, it’s that climate inaction is expensive.
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Dr Nick Fuller: Vegans may be causing more harm than good
The Daily Telegraph
Mon 17 February, 2020
Rather than eliminating beef, the future of farming must involve the return to traditional practices and grazing cattle in paddocks that contain food that cows can eat, but humans cannot, writes Dr Nick Fuller
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'Risks aren't worth it': QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns
The Age
Mon 17 February, 2020
Global insurance giant QBE has warned climate change poses a material threat to its business and the entire economy as its chief executive Pat Regan said premiums were at risk of becoming too high in areas exposed to repeated, extreme weather.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
Yahoo News
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The Australian
QBE chief Pat Regan flags climate change risks
Super funds blasted for climate voting
Investor Daily
Mon 17 February, 2020
Shareholder activist group Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) has called out Australia’s largest superannuation funds for failing to step up on climate action, having analysed their votes as shareholders for the last three years.
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AGL pushes LNG imports as solution to looming gas crisis
The Age
Mon 17 February, 2020
Australia's biggest energy supplier, AGL, says the development of terminals for importing liquefied natural gas along the east coast is needed if the nation is to avoid a looming supply shortage in the southern states.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Peer pressure needed to spark electric vehicle sales in Australia
The Age
Mon 17 February, 2020
Peer pressure is in part driving Australia’s sluggish uptake of electric vehicles, with new research showing Aussies are considering their family and friends' opinions along with cost and car size.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Sustainability without compromise
The West Australian
Mon 17 February, 2020
Light and luxurious, this sun-drenched Beaconsfield home is the epitome of eco-friendly design.
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Snowy peak of Kilimanjaro defies Al Gore’s gloomy forecast
The Australian
Mon 17 February, 2020
Predictions that there would be no more snow on Africa’s highest peak long before we entered this decade spurred a rush of visitors to see the white cap of Mount Kilimanjaro before it vanished forever.
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Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought
The Conversation
Mon 17 February, 2020
After the intensely dry conditions of 2019, January and February have brought much-needed rain. Dams in many cities and towns were replenished and some farmers may be able to grow a crop for the first time in several seasons. So does this mean the drought has broken?
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The most common item of rubbish choking the Yarra River
The Age
Mon 17 February, 2020
Polystyrene – a common ocean pollutant that can take centuries to degrade – is the most prevalent item of rubbish choking the Yarra River.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Sustainable is the new ticket to play
Inside Retail
Mon 17 February, 2020
Did you know that the average Australian buys 27 kilograms of clothing every year yet throws away (cough…recycles) 24 kilograms of apparel a year?
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How Pringle of Scotland is pushing for a sustainable future
Vogue Australia
Mon 17 February, 2020
As the luxury knitwear brand launches its new recycled and repurposed collections, Vogue speaks to creative director Fran Stringer about how Pringle is bolstering its eco-credentials.
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Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 17 February, 2020
Berlin: Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency said.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Britain issues severe flood warnings
7 News
Mon 17 February, 2020
Britain has issued five severe flood warnings, meaning there is a danger to life, in three central English counties as gale storms also caused flooding and electricity outages across other parts of northern Europe.
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News.com.au
Perthnow
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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‘Intense, fast moving’ storms during a wild week of weather
News.com.au
Mon 17 February, 2020
Motorists have been warned to protect their cars from the very real possibility of damaging hail as “active storms” smash parts of the east coast.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
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