Issue date : Mon 24 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 57 Seconds
Number of items : 70
Aussie celebs call on climate policies
News.com.au
Mon 24 February, 2020
Australian celebrities have urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take action on the nation's energy policies in a campaign aimed at preventing new bushfires.
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New government data shows slight drop in Australia's emissions, amid new coal fight
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
A booming multibillion-dollar gas export sector is hampering Australia's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with new government data showing the nation's overall emissions fell 0.3 per cent in the 12 months to September last year.
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ALP policy of zero net emissions ‘a danger to farmers, freight’
The Australian
Mon 24 February, 2020
Australia’s farmers and the $130bn freight industry have ­demanded Labor make the economic case for its plan to deliver zero net emissions by 2050, warning the policy could put the growth of the key sectors at risk after Anthony Albanese confirmed the target would apply economy-wide.
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New project to investigate manure benefits
News.com.au
Mon 24 February, 2020
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has announced $3 million for a project to increase farm profits through high-tech manure management.
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State deal blocking world's largest coal port from fossil fuel exit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
The head of the world’s largest coal port says it must transition away from the fossil fuel and diversify Newcastle’s economy before it’s too late, but controversial NSW government policy is stopping it.
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Bushfires push business on to the front foot
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
After a summer of mega-fires, the dramatic shift in thinking about climate change has not come from the public, or from politicians. It has come from business.
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“Remarkable”: ESB hails switch to renewables, laments lack of policy
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 February, 2020
The Energy Security Board has hailed the “remarkable” growth in both utility scale wind and solar and rooftop solar over the past year, but has delivered several thinly disguised brickbats to the current federal government over the lack of policy certainty and the absence of a coherent plan to reduce emissions.
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The unique world of the Himalayan wolf
Cosmos
Mon 24 February, 2020
The Himalayan wolf has been little understood, despite being a top carnivore in the Asian high-altitudes.
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We need to intensify our marine conservation efforts
Cosmos
Mon 24 February, 2020
At least a quarter of the Earth’s oceans need urgent conservation measures to preserve marine biodiversity, according to an international study, and more than eight million square kilometres need new conservation initiatives.
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Inside Australia's climate emergency: the dead sea
The Guardian
Mon 24 February, 2020
The ocean around southern Australia is a global heating hotspot. One man has watched entire sea forests disappear in his lifetime.
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Real-time air quality reports key to maintaining health
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
A group of Australia’s top environmental health experts say the entire country should provide real-time air quality reporting, in the wake of summer’s unprecedented bushfire season.
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Berry waste finds new life in textiles
Food & Beverage
Mon 24 February, 2020
Euromed has initiated a project to utilise production waste from saw palmetto berries. The producer of standardised herbal extracts has joined forces with Archroma, a global colour company that has developed a technology to create biosynthetic textile dyes derived from natural waste in the agriculture and herbal industries. With this project, and the recent implementation of a sustainable reverse factoring for its “green” suppliers, Euromed is bringing convenience, flexibility and value to the supply chain, making it more sustainable within responsible production methods.
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Farm advocate in spat with minister over water
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 23 February, 2020
National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson has taken a swipe at Water Minister Melinda Pavey and her department, labelling the Berejiklian government's handling of a ban on pumping from the Murray-Darling river system "ad-hoc" and "non-consultative".
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Anthony Albanese bets leadership on zero emissions
The Australian
Sun 23 February, 2020
Labor has decided to live or die by climate change. Anthony Albanese has bet his leadership and the Labor Party on the bushfires shifting our political culture such that the public accepts the gains from net zero carbon emissions by 2050 outweigh the losses.
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Why Germans all agree on shutting down the coal industry
ABC News
Sun 23 February, 2020
It was a time of big shoulder pads, Versace glitter and National Economic Summits. In April 1983, then-new prime minister Bob Hawke called an unprecedented gathering of bosses, trade unions, community and church leaders to deal with a crippling recession made worse by drought.
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Australia lurches from one crisis to another
Independent Australia
Sun 23 February, 2020
The drought has been devastating the inland for years. Several inland towns are now running out of water while that scarce resource is being sold off.
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Hotter than Gucci: the preloved children's clothes that cost more than new
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 23 February, 2020
Before her daughter Ellery was born, Ally Downing had never heard of the term "destash". But in the children's clothing resale market, "destashing" – the process of clearing out bulk lots – is huge.
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Water harvesting ban lifted after pleas from farmers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 22 February, 2020
The Berejiklian government has lifted a ban on irrigators harvesting water from floodplains and pumping from parts of the Murray Darling River system, a controversial move opposed by farmers in the state's south, after substantial recent rainfall swelled parched waterways.
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Emissions targets are easy, but the ‘how’ is hard part
The Australian
Sat 22 February, 2020
Anthony Albanese has taken a big rhetorical step, committing Labor to the transformative carbon neutral target of net zero emissions by 2050. In placing this forward marker, the Opposition Leader joins premiers, chief ministers and Boris Johnson, host of the UN climate summit in November. All aboard the Glasgow express! In a speech on Friday, Mr Albanese said his target should be “non-controversial”, adding climate change was real and needed a real response. We agree, but targets are easy — it’s the “how” that counts. “We are disappointed that after more than a decade Australia still hasn’t settled our long-term emissions reductions policy,” the Business Council of Australia says. “That’s why we continue to advocate for a credible policy that puts us on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050.” To get there we must invest $22bn a year, every year, on technology.
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Steggall's climate change bill just politics as usual
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 22 February, 2020
Climate action requires practical plans reflecting Australia's conditions to cut emissions, not flying more bureaucrats to international climate conferences.
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Super funds ramp up pressure on companies to take action on climate
The Australian
Sat 22 February, 2020
The nation’s most powerful investors will demand credible climate action plans from a much broader group of ASX 200 companies this year, as the Labor Party joins all states and territories in supporting a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
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France begins shutting down oldest nuclear plant
Yahoo News
Sat 22 February, 2020
French state-owned energy giant EDF on Saturday began shutting down the country's oldest nuclear power plant after 43 years in operation.
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How to make ice cream with zero emission
Motoring
Sat 22 February, 2020
If you thought truly guilt-free, zero-emission ice cream was a pipe dream, think again! Nissan has reinvented ice cream van concept, and we evaluate the product
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Climate change now a top priority for landlords
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 22 February, 2020
Sustainability and resilience of buildings are now the top priorities for landlords and tenants as they recalibrate their properties to cope with extreme weather events and climate change.
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Flight Lines: the heroic story of two migratory shorebirds – and the man who followed them
The Guardian
Sat 22 February, 2020
Nearly 20 years ago, in pursuit of a different sort of life, I spent six months commuting between Brisbane and Robbins Island, a remote chunk of privately owned land just off the far north-west coast of Tasmania. My job at the time was identifying and counting birds as part of an environmental impact assessment for a proposed windfarm.
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Cold-blooded treasures: The illegal traffic in Australian reptiles
The Age
Sat 22 February, 2020
On a cool September night in 2018, Dave Mackintosh and his family were asleep when intruders broke in. Not even their four Belgian Shepherds stirred.
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Quarter of the world's oceans need urgent action to preserve wildlife
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 22 February, 2020
More than a quarter of the world's oceans need "effective conservation" to stave off a rapid decline in biodiversity from over-fishing and provide protection from the effects of climate change.
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Labor MPs concern over job losses from 2050 climate target
The Age
Fri 21 February, 2020
Anthony Albanese's Labor colleagues want him to guarantee his aim to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 won't send power prices soaring, make the energy grid more unreliable and cause mass job losses.
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Labor’s senior frontbenchers eyed putting cap on coal exports
The Australian
Fri 21 February, 2020
Senior Labor frontbenchers considered a tightly held proposal to cap thermal coal exports in the ­national interest ahead of the 2019 election as Bill Shorten ­grappled with how to respond to the Adani mine backlash dividing the ALP’s support base.
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Albanese delivers half a climate policy with “no cheating” – but no interim targets, either
Reneweconomy
Fri 21 February, 2020
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese has confirmed that a future Labor government would adopt a zero emissions by 2050 target for Australia, “with none of the absurd nonsense of so-called carryover credits,” but once again dodged dicussion of any interim emission reduction targets.
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Labor is right to talk about well-being, but it depends on where you live
The Conversation
Fri 21 February, 2020
Labor’s treasury spokesman, Jim Chalmers, wants to follow New Zealand’s example and introduce a “well-being budget” alongside the traditional budget that stresses economic growth, when Labor is next in office.
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I’ve seriously tried to believe capitalism and the planet can coexist, but I’ve lost faith
The Conversation
Fri 21 February, 2020
As the Productivity Commission confirmed this week, Australia’s economy has enjoyed uninterrupted growth for 28 years straight. Specifically, our output of goods and services last financial year grew by 2%. Economists obviously see the growth of a national economy as good news – but what is it doing to the Earth?
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