Issue date : Wed 19 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between believers and doubters
The Conversation
Wed 19 February, 2020
As experts warn that the world is running out of time to head off severe climate change, discussions of what the U.S. should do about it are split into opposing camps. The scientific-environmental perspective says global warming will cause the planet severe harm without action to slow fossil fuel burning. Those who reject mainstream climate science insist either that warming is not occurring or that it’s not clear human actions are driving it.
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Gas and resource companies prevail over common good
Independent Australia
Wed 19 February, 2020
The Government has preferred the interests of resource companies over rural communities and the environment, writes Shay Dougall.
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BHP boss weighs thermal coal exit - if the price is right
The Age
Wed 19 February, 2020
BHP's new chief executive Mike Henry has signalled the mining giant could exit thermal coal and boost exposure to minerals used in green technologies as it looks to reposition itself for a lower carbon world.
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How Jeff Bezos should spend his $US10 billion to fight climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 February, 2020
Jeff Bezos announced that he is committing $US10 billion ($15 billion) of his own wealth to save the planet. His 130-word post on Instagram was light on detail, but there's still a lot we can tell based on what we do know.
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International students want universities to act sustainably
The Australian
Wed 19 February, 2020
In the wake of the Australian drought and bushfires, and the establishment of the global reputation taskforce by federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, it is timely to consider what environmental issues mean to international students.
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Policy makers need to lead the way with circular economy transition
Food & Beverage
Wed 19 February, 2020
In 2020, we are going to hear a lot more about the circular economy. While it is a catch cry that has existed for years, across the globe the push to embrace circular economy principles is accelerating with unprecedented pace.
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Birds migrated through the last ice age
Cosmos
Wed 19 February, 2020
Birds have been migrating much longer than previously thought; in fact, research published in the journal Nature Communications suggests they were doing it throughout the last ice age.
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Court bid to protect threatened species
7 News
Wed 19 February, 2020
Rare wildlife, including the greater glider and alpine tree frog, are at risk of "irreparable harm" if logging continues in areas of Victoria where the threatened species live, a court has been told.
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How plants in the Amazon are affected by forest disturbance
Cosmos
Wed 19 February, 2020
Detailed research in the Brazilian Amazon has shown that human disturbance has a significant impact on plants, reducing overall diversity and causing shifts in dispersal mode and seed traits.
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Singapore hotel turns over a new leaf with aquaponics farm
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 19 February, 2020
In New York and London, rooftop gardens have become the must-have accessory for any self-respecting luxury hotel. In what is being touted as a first for a Singapore hotel, the Fairmont has joined the crowd with an urban aquaponic farm.
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Severe thunderstorms that battered NSW overnight set to continue
News.com.au
Wed 19 February, 2020
A mind-boggling number of lightning strikes lashed Sydney overnight as a massive storm hit — and planes were in the firing line.
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Government to take ‘technology over taxation’ approach to climate change
The Guardian
Tue 18 February, 2020
Scott Morrison has described a report he may adopt a technology investment target to avoid signing up to a commitment of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as speculation, but confirmed his government will take a “technology over taxation” approach to climate change.
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The Canberra Times
Investors wary of PM's lonely tech target
Perthnow
The West Australian
Yahoo News
The Newcastle Herald
7 News
'Damning, disappointing': Debacle in state's water sharing plans
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 February, 2020
Management of the state's river systems has almost certainly failed because there has been no monitoring of how much water was available and how much was removed, according to damning new audits handed to the Berejiklian government this month.
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Victoria intervenes to try and solve wind and solar bottlenecks in local grid
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 February, 2020
Victoria has announced a dramatic intervention – and set the stage for an interesting COAG meeting of state energy ministers next month – after announcing a split from national electricity rules in a bid to fast-track urgent grid upgrades and to unlock more large-scale renewables and encourage more big batteries.
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The Australian Financial Review
Victoria sidesteps slow reforms to boost transmission
Fire survivors lobby on Vic climate goals
News.com.au
Tue 18 February, 2020
A small group of Victorian bushfire survivors is meeting with the state's environment minister to push for effective climate targets.
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Canberra to focus on future-proofing infrastructure
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 18 February, 2020
In its mid-year review, the ACT Government has emphasised the need to prepare for future challenges, especially in easing congestion and climate resilience.
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State unsure how many fracking permits have been issued in Queensland
The Brisbane Times
Tue 18 February, 2020
Regulators are not sure how many people have been given permission to look for, produce or process coal seam gas across the state, Queensland's independent auditor has found.
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Water crisis won't get washed away by recent deluge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 February, 2020
Gardeners of Sydney can breathe a small sigh of relief: instead of lugging watering cans to the end of the garden to keep their roses alive they will soon be allowed to use a hose with a trigger nozzle.
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A movement that stands up for nature is in growth mode
The Fifth Estate
Tue 18 February, 2020
Environmental organisations are ramping up their activities in the wake of the recent fires, the Wilderness Society among them. TWS is planning to tap consumer sentiment to choose the right products such as recycled fibre, and it wants to grow its network, that currently has a branch in nearly every major city.
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Company sustainability ratings to come under spotlight
The Age
Tue 18 February, 2020
Financial consultant Lonsec is working on a product that rates companies from one to 10 on environmental and social sustainability, as financial advisors are increasingly being asked for ethical portfolio options from investors.
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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos commits nearly $15 billion to fight climate change
ABC News
Tue 18 February, 2020
The world's richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, says he will commit $US10 billion ($14.9 billion) of his own money to fund scientists, activists, non-profit organisations and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change.
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QBE faces new climate resolution push from activist group
Insurance News
Tue 18 February, 2020
Climate activist group Market Forces is planning to lodge another shareholder resolution at the upcoming QBE annual general meeting (AGM) to try to force the insurer to step up its fossil fuel reduction efforts.
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Renewables save the day in interstate energy crisis
The Australian
Tue 18 February, 2020
A key section of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been restored after the storm-affected interconnector between South Australia and Victoria was turned back on this week following the successful installation of temporary transmission towers.
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Gas giant concedes gas demand rises only if climate targets are ignored
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 February, 2020
One of the biggest gas suppliers in Australia, the listed energy infrastructure company APA Group, has admitted that global gas demand will increase only if the world fails to act decisively on the the Paris climate targets, which aims to cap global warning well below 2°C.
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Victoria wind farm headed to court to fight claims of wind turbine syndrome
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 February, 2020
The 106MW Bald Hills wind farm in Victoria’s South Gippsland region has become the subject of Australia’s first group legal action alleging a link between turbine noise and health impacts, after a claim was lodged with the state’s Supreme Court.
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Bushfires hastening NSW koala extinction
News.com.au
Tue 18 February, 2020
Koala populations in NSW are heading towards extinction with drought, bushfires and logging resulting in "death by a thousand cuts".
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The wicked risks of biosecurity
Pursuit
Tue 18 February, 2020
As our world becomes increasingly connected, the only way we can manage the risk of pests coming into Australia is ensuring an effective biosecurity system
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'Don't waste a crisis': bid to rebuild national seedbanks gathers pace
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 February, 2020
Restoring 10 per cent of the vegetation destroyed in this season's bushfires would require more than $800 million in new seeds – "magnitudes" more than the funding available so far.
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Drought remains 'diabolical' for most of NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 February, 2020
More than 99 per cent of the state remains in drought, despite record rainfall in Sydney which will see the desalination plant switched off next month and water restrictions wound back.
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UK grapples with severe floods as storms wreak havoc across Europe
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 18 February, 2020
London/Copenhagen | Britain issued severe flood warnings on Monday (Tuesday AEDT), advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. A woman was found dead after being swept away by the floodwaters, the storm's third confirmed victim.
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Smog veils Central Asia cities as smoky stoves choke locals
Yahoo News
Tue 18 February, 2020
Snow-capped peaks used to be clearly visible from the streets of Almaty and Bishkek, two of the largest cities in Central Asia that both lie in plains surrounded by mountains.
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Tyre owner to pay $2m for Vic site cleanup
News.com.au
Tue 18 February, 2020
The owner of a regional Victorian property must pay almost $2 million for the cost of removing half a million tyres under a settlement.
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Tech companies working to end food waste
News.com.au
Tue 18 February, 2020
Tech businesses are working to stamp out food waste and promote sustainability around consumption by connecting suppliers and distributors.
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