Issue date : Thu 20 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Inside Australia's climate emergency: the air we breathe
The Guardian
Thu 20 February, 2020
For months, Australians breathed air pollution up to 26 times above levels considered hazardous to human health. The long-term impact could be devastating
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Faith leaders press PM on climate action
News.com.au
Thu 20 February, 2020
Religious leaders have appealed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a "fellow person of faith" to heed climate science following the country's catastrophic bushfire season.
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7 News
NT News
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
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Smoke in Canberra smelt like a dying world I cannot forget
The Canberra Times
Thu 20 February, 2020
On the morning that I first noticed acrid-smelling smoke in Canberra, that insidious haze from the bushfires, I felt queasy, and shaken up - like I'd just copped a sneaky punch to the gut.
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Empty promises fill our world
The Australian
Thu 20 February, 2020
The phenomenon of BS jobs has been examined in this column before — the explosion of highly paid, sometimes-less-than-useless roles in bureaucracy and large corporations.
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Climate change and coronavirus to hit economy, IMF warns
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 20 February, 2020
The International Monetary Fund says the local economy is facing a double hit from bushfires and coronavirus, as it singled out Australia for being in the firing line of more frequent climate-related natural disasters.
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Icebreaker urges apparel industry to change
Ragtrader
Thu 20 February, 2020
Icebreaker has flagged the use of synethic fibres as a global issue, as it sets a five-year target to reduce its own environmental impact.
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Tadpole hatchlings suck bubbles to breathe
Cosmos
Thu 20 February, 2020
Although they have gills, most tadpoles need to breathe fresh air to survive and develop by breaching the surface of their watery home, especially in oxygen-depleted water.
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Whisker-printing to identify individual lions
Cosmos
Thu 20 February, 2020
Indian researchers have developed a method to more accurately map numbers and density of wild lions in their country’s Gir Forest by using the mammals’ unique whisker patterns and permanent body marks.
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The burn legacy: why the science on hazard reduction is contested
The Conversation
Thu 20 February, 2020
When it comes to reducing the extent of bushfires, scientists disagree on the best way to do it. Hazard-reduction burning (also known as “prescribed burning” or “controlled burning”) is controversial and, depending on the scientific paper, it’s shown to either be effective or not work at all.
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To save water, designers pull out the Royal Flush
Architecture and Design
Thu 20 February, 2020
The widespread drought across NSW and QLD has forced many homeowners in drought-affected areas to reconsider their water usage in the home. One surprising solution has proved highly effective: water-saving toilets.
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Every child's future under threat from climate change and poor health, major report warns
ABC News
Wed 19 February, 2020
Climate change and harmful marketing are jeopardising the future of every child around the world — and Australia is failing to create an environment fit for future generations.
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Anthony Albanese backs Adani coalmine but criticises proposed Collinsville power plant
The Guardian
Wed 19 February, 2020
Anthony Albanese says he supports jobs and economic activity from the Adani coalmine, but he has blasted a feasibility study into a new coal-fired power plant in Collinsville as “hush money” for climate sceptics in the Coalition.
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Morrison recycles old tactics in bid to avoid zero emissions targets
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 February, 2020
The Morrison government looks set to re-heat some outdated arguments to push a ‘technology investment target’ to avoid adopting a long-term target for the decarbonisation of the Australian economy.
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Morrison avoiding 2050 target 'doesn't make sense': Cannon-Brookes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 February, 2020
Mike Cannon-Brookes, one of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs, wants the Morrison government to set net-zero emissions target because it "doesn't make any sense" to have a technology investment goal without clear guidance to investors.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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State of Environment report released
PS News
Wed 19 February, 2020
The Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability has welcomed recommendations from the 2019 ACT State of the Environment Report.
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Time for the Nationals to get on board, or get out of the way
The Age
Wed 19 February, 2020
Half a century ago the poet laureate Bob Dylan offered some sage advice for the leaders of the day: when the old road is rapidly aging, get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand in building it. It's advice that today's leaders, and especially the National Party, would do well to heed.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Diatribe report for doomsayers
The Australian
Wed 19 February, 2020
Bad luck, kids. You don’t live in Burundi, Chad, Somalia, the Central African Republic or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So just suck it up. Failed African states, among the most cruel, corrupt and violent in the world and torn apart by wars and poverty, have been ranked in the top 10 for “sustainability’’ in a new global report.
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Cleanaway buyout of stricken SKM proving a steal
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 19 February, 2020
Australia's biggest waste management company picked up a big bargain through the $66 million acquisition last year of the failed Victorian group SKM, with Cleanaway already making profits from it just months after it went bust under previous owners.
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Super funds shrug off divestment pressure
Investment Magazine
Wed 19 February, 2020
While Australia’s $2.9 trillion superannuation industry won’t be divesting from fossil fuels anytime soon, Cbus Super is making changes to its passive equity investments while several funds including First State Super are said to be reviewing their climate change strategies.
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Emissions for Australia's second-heaviest polluter fall after outages
The Age
Wed 19 February, 2020
Prolonged outages at large coal- and gas-fired power stations in Victoria and NSW contributed to a sudden drop in the greenhouse gas emissions generated by Australia's second-heaviest polluter, new data shows.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Neoen to seek damages for delays to Bulgana wind and battery project in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 February, 2020
French based renewable energy developer Neoen says it will seek “liquidated damages” for the delays to its ground breaking Bulgana wind and battery storage project in Victoria, in a move that highlights the perils of the renewable energy business in Australia as a result of connection delays.
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Ikea to begin selling home solar panels in April
News.com.au
Wed 19 February, 2020
Ikea will begin selling low-cost home solar packages to Australian customers in April, nearly seven years after introducing the range in overseas markets.
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The Geelong Advertiser
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Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes pledge $12m to supply solar systems for disaster relief
The Guardian
Wed 19 February, 2020
Software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie have promised up to $12m to install solar and battery systems in communities disconnected from the electricity grid by bushfire or flood.
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All eyes on Australia as World Urban Forum urges climate action
Architecture and Design
Wed 19 February, 2020
The Australian bushfires have caught the world’s attention. They dominated the speeches by global leaders at the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi las week. The United Nations secretary-general and the executive director of UN-Habitat, the convenor of the forum, expressed their sympathy and support for the Australian people. Both highlighted the need to act on climate change.
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Toxic ducks prompt fears of 'Russian roulette' for hunters
The Age
Wed 19 February, 2020
The Andrews government is under pressure to cancel this year’s duck hunting season after some birds were found to be contaminated with the same chemical that delayed construction on the West Gate Tunnel.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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How the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is saving flora from climate disasters
Foreground
Wed 19 February, 2020
Almost 26 million acres have burnt in Australia since November 2019. Enormous effort is needed to help bush recovery and to plan for future fire seasons. Foreground spoke with Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, about the Gardens’ vital and varied work.
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Orange City Council calls for drivers to save water and not wash cars
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 19 February, 2020
Due to February rainfall and good flows into water catchments around Orange, NSW, Mayor Reg Kidd says the introduction of level six water restrictions could be pushed back to early June.
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The Canberra Times
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Numurkah dump owner to pay $2 million to EPA for 'hazardous' tyre stockpile
ABC News
Wed 19 February, 2020
The owners of a tyre dump in northern Victoria have been ordered to pay almost $2 million to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the removal of half a million tyres stockpiled in a paddock, which posed a 'catastrophic' fire risk to the community.
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