Issue date : Mon 17 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
Questions raised over decision to let cotton farms harvest first rainfall in years
The Guardian
Mon 17 February, 2020
New South Wales bureaucrats sought urgent advice from major cotton farmers about how recent rainfall might damage their water harvesting infrastructure, in an apparent effort to justify giving them the green light to retain the first rainfall in over a year, rather than letting it flow downstream.
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Bushfires signal the end of Australia as we know it
The New Daily
Mon 17 February, 2020
In a country where there has always been more space than people, where the land and wildlife are cherished like a Picasso, nature is closing in.
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Anglo American boss eyes 'healthy' coal exit
The Australian
Mon 17 February, 2020
Anglo American boss Mark Cutifani says exiting the companys remaining thermal coal assets will be far harder than it was a few years ago, complicating the mining majors looming decision on whether to shed its remaining energy coalmines in face of investor pressure over carbon emissions.
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Rio Tinto joins iron ore mining giants making big switch to solar and batteries
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 February, 2020
Mining giant Rio Tinto has become the latest major iron ore miner in West Australia’s Pilbara region to turn to renewables to lowest costs and cut emissions, announcing that a new solar farm and a lithium ion battery will supply all the daytime electricity needs and two thirds of the annual requirements of its new $2.6 billion Koodaideri project.
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5 easy ways to go plastic-free in 2020
Better Homes & Gardens
Mon 17 February, 2020
Plastic pollution is one of the worst forms of man-made waste causing big problems for our planet and wildlife. The damage that plastic causes the environment is horrific, but it can be reduced and eliminated if we all do our part.
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Matt Canavan prepared to cross the floor, calling zero emissions target ‘fantastical’
The Australian
Sun 16 February, 2020
Nationals Senator Matt Canavan has warned he would cross the floor and vote against the Liberals on key issues like climate and energy, calling a target of zero net emissions by 2050 being explored by the government “fantastical”.
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The Canberra Times
I would cross floor on climate: Canavan
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
9 News
The West Australian
Perthnow
7 News
The Courier Mail
Canavan says turmoil is over, then threatens to cross floor
The Geelong Advertiser
Michael McCormack opposes net-zero emissions target by 2050
The Australian
Sun 16 February, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has flagged he will oppose a net-zero emissions target by 2050, increasing the likelihood the Morrison government will fall short of the commitment being pushed by the UN.
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Minister called to intervene on green-wedge battle between council, recycler
The Age
Sun 16 February, 2020
The state's planning minister has been urged to intervene to end an impasse between a bayside council and major recycling company at loggerheads over a factory that processes up to a million tonnes of glass and construction waste each year.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Qld LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme ‘threatened’ by environment laws
The Courier Mail
Sun 16 February, 2020
A LARGE chunk of Queensland could be subject to strict new environmental protections under a State Government proposal the Opposition says would stop its dam-building New Bradfield Scheme
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The Mercury
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'Debacle': Pest cull in Guy Fawkes national park excludes horses
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 February, 2020
Environmental groups have criticised the Berejiklian government for excluding feral horses from a week-long aerial cull of pests in the drought and fire-hit Guy Fawkes River National Park.
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Angela Merkel's Germany isn't the climate leader you take it for
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 February, 2020
London: A decade ago this June, G8 leaders shuffled out of the Deerhurst Resort in Canada and made their way to a nearby lake for the traditional family photo. Of the eight politicians who waved for the cameras that Sunday, only one remains in office: Angela Merkel.
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I spent weeks reporting on the bushfires. This is the truth about regional Australia
The Guardian
Sun 16 February, 2020
Over summer I spent weeks reporting on the bushfire crisis in northern New South Wales, including the ferocious blazes close to Taree that near destroyed the towns of Bobin and Killabakh through to the Myall Creek fire in the state’s north, which menaced New Italy and Woombah.
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Energy transition tough but well worth the effort
The Australian
Sun 16 February, 2020
As a professor of environmental finance, I truly hope that sceptics will now listen to the scientists and respond to academic research.
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Joaquin, Osher, Greta and Jane show ignorance can be blissfully rewarding
The Australian
Sat 15 February, 2020
First they came for the coal, then they wanted our milk. While the demonisation of coal ignores how this mineral has probably done more for human prosperity and progress than any other, we at least can comprehend why climate activists have turned on coal — even if their plans are reckless and impractical.
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Hotels turning green with energy
The Australian
Sun 16 February, 2020
Many Australian hotels are making next-level efforts to save energy and reduce waste.
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FRV secures finance for new 85MW solar farm in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Sun 16 February, 2020
It’s not all bad news for solar and wind developers in the state of Victoria: leading international renewable energy developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) says it has secured finance for its 85MW Winton solar project near Benalla and construction is expected to start soon.
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Bushfires: Fires force new thinking on rebuild of critical infrastructure
The Australian
Sun 16 February, 2020
Critical infrastructure will need to be future-proofed against bushfire catastrophes following the recent destruction of power transmission lines, telecommunications and agricultural fencing, according to bushfire recovery chief Andrew Colvin.
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How bushfires have hit Australia’s winemakers
The Guardian
Sun 16 February, 2020
The damage to vineyards pales in comparison to the devastation to homes and animal life, but it is yet another sign of the significant effects of the climate emergency
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'Perverse': Peabody lodges new coal mining bid for Sydney's catchment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 February, 2020
Mining giant Peabody has applied for a permit to explore for coal over a 20-square kilometre area of Greater Sydney that takes in part of the city's water storage.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Taxpayers to cover costs of toxic factory fire clean-up
The Age
Sun 16 February, 2020
Victorian taxpayers will be hit with a massive clean-up bill for a West Footscray warehouse inferno that burned for days in 2018 after the Supreme Court ruled the property was not insured at the time of the blaze.
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The Brisbane Times
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WAToday
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'Environmental doom': The growing concern over 'eco-anxiety' in kids
Yahoo News
Sun 16 February, 2020
From extensive news coverage of climate change to social media or even living in a bushfire-affected area, there’s no escaping the grim reality which has gripped Australia over the past few months, so it’s understandable the broader community is deeply concerned about the environment.
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Scott Morrison's menu still doesn't offer an emissions-free option
The Age
Sat 15 February, 2020
This week in federal politics saw the Greens and independent MP Zali Steggall promoting climate policies aimed at middle Australia, while Australia's chief scientist Alan Finkel gave a headland speech mapping out a "transition to the electric planet".
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Australian bushfires extinguished, but climate rows rage on
Yahoo News
Sat 15 February, 2020
Australia's "black summer" of devastating bushfires is finally coming to a close, but bitter arguments over how to tackle climate-fuelled disasters are raging on.
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Canavan’s successor apt to fuel energy wars
The Saturday Paper
Sat 15 February, 2020
Elevated to Resources minister after Matt Canavan’s resignation, Keith Pitt has moved quickly – announcing a feasibility study into a new coalmine. By Mike Seccombe.
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Environment grants awarded by invitation only
The Saturday Paper
Sat 15 February, 2020
A $100 million environmental grants program, created ahead of last year’s federal election, had no eligibility guidelines and was open only to 25 specified projects that had already been chosen and announced as campaign promises – most of which were in seats held or targeted by the Coalition.
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How green is your super? Funds criticised for lack of transparency
The Age
Sat 15 February, 2020
Multibillion-dollar investments in fossil fuel stocks by Australia's largest super funds has reignited debate over whether divestment or engagement with producers is the most effective strategy in the push to curb emissions.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Inside the battle to save the Wollemi pines
The Australian
Sat 15 February, 2020
In the context of this bushfire season’s terrible toll, with all the lives and homes lost, a stand of trees that only a handful of people have ever seen in a remote canyon north-west of Sydney might not seem like much. The desperate efforts to save them, though, tell you that these trees are special.
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The fish farmer growing seaweed to feed cows and save the planet
GoodFood
Sat 15 February, 2020
In spite of the growing popularity of veganism and plant-based meat alternatives, humans remain massive consumers of livestock and dairy. The smelly reality of having 1.5 billion heads of cattle on the planet is that cows will always belch, pass gas and emit methane. It's little wonder that livestock (mostly cattle) accounts for between 14.5 per cent and 18 per cent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
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Your sustainable garden checklist
The Canberra Times
Sat 15 February, 2020
From limiting the usage of plastics to using reusable coffee cups, there is no doubting that Australians are becoming more sustainable in their everyday lives. These days, from growing backyard fruits and veggies to composting, there is plenty you can do in your own home.
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How reducing household waste can save you money
The Herald Sun
Sat 15 February, 2020
Cutting down on waste could also help reduce household spending, proving whats good for the planet can also be good for your wallet. Households can cut their waste in half and save money doing it with a few simple changes to habits.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
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Environment group seeks to join coal mine appeal after IPC drops out
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 14 February, 2020
The NSW government's decision not to defend an appeal against the rejection of a controversial new coal mine has prompted a community group to join the case to provide an opposing voice.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Look, no hands! Taking a tiger’s pulse just got a lot easier
The New Daily
Fri 14 February, 2020
For years researchers have been trialling hi-tech means to conduct health checks on difficult and dangerous animals at a distance – thus avoiding distressing the beasts, knocking them out or being eaten by them.
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Antarctica records hottest day - 20 degrees for first time
News.com.au
Fri 14 February, 2020
Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius, breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent.
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