Issue date : Tue 25 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 00 Seconds
Number of items : 59
Innovators back Steggall climate bill
The Australian
Tue 25 February, 2020
Australia’s tech start-up and venture capital communities are ­rallying in support of independent MP Zali Steggall’s climate change bill, with industry luminaries ­including Citi Australia chair Sam Mostyn, Airtree boss Daniel Petre and Atlassian boss Mike Cannon-Brookes all calling for the bill’s passage.
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A net zero emissions future provides a great opportunity for farmers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 February, 2020
The recent announcement by federal Labor to target net zero emissions by 2050 provides a great opportunity for the agricultural sector in Australia to diversify and thrive. I’ve watched with interest as some suggest this policy will wipe out Australian agriculture, just as they hypothesised the same for the fossil fuel industry. Nothing could be further from the truth. I see there is a huge opportunity for both farmers and brand Australia. However, we need to compare apples with apples – not apples to coal, as some are trying to do.
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Finance advisers no longer can afford to be climate change sceptics
The Australian
Tue 25 February, 2020
Now that awareness of climate risk in the financial services industry has shifted to action, the prudential regulator’s determination to lift its supervisory intensity comes as no surprise.
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Why boards need to take social responsibility seriously
Inside Retail
Tue 25 February, 2020
Retail businesses are facing a wave of black tape in the growing and competitive Australian retail landscape, as the social licence to operate becomes a factor consumers are increasingly concerned about.
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Air New Zealand and NASA to build a flying climate monitor
The Age
Tue 25 February, 2020
Air New Zealand will turn one of its domestic aircraft into a flying environmental monitor as part of a world-first project with NASA to collect data used to predict severe weather events and to inform climate change research.
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New danger looms after devastating bushfires
Insurance Business
Tue 25 February, 2020
After being battered by bushfires, floods, and other severe weather all in a matter of months, Australians are now facing a fresh risk – that of insurance “red zones,” experts have warned.
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Channelling climate positive design
CMO
Tue 25 February, 2020
As we enter 2020, the new decade spells infinite possibility in digital and design. Yet ironically, the biggest trend we’re facing has nothing to do to with innovative technology. It is something much more ‘down to earth’: The state of our planet. Or more specifically: Climate change.
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Reduced demand ‘to offset surge in power prices’
The Australian
Tue 25 February, 2020
The cost of electricity will rise about 40 per cent by 2050 but households’ power use will halve, according to a study that mapped a path to zero net emissions.
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Look under the road to stay on the road
Cosmos
Tue 25 February, 2020
US researchers are experimenting with the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to give vehicles an idea of exactly where they are, even when snow, rain, darkness and other acts of nature are making that difficult.
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Solar storms linked to stranded whales
Cosmos
Tue 25 February, 2020
Analysis of grey whale stranding incidents has supported speculations that the migratory mammals rely on a magnetic sense, rather than the Earth’s geomagnetic field, to navigate their way around the ocean.
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Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your own backyard
The Conversation
Tue 25 February, 2020
People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily the case: ten of the 113 top-priority threatened animal species most affected by the fires have populations in and around Australian cities and towns. Conserving these populations is now even more critical for the survival of these species.
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'Unprecedented' globally: more than 20% of Australia's forests burnt in bushfires
The Guardian
Tue 25 February, 2020
More than 20% of Australia’s forests burned during the summer’s bushfire catastrophe, a proportion scientists believe is unprecedented globally, according to new research.
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When will Australia’s drought break?
Pursuit
Tue 25 February, 2020
For drought-busting rains, Australia might just have to wait for the tropical oceans to serve up some moisture, finds new research
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Why drought-busting rain depends on the tropical oceans
The Conversation
Tue 25 February, 2020
Recent helpful rains dampened fire grounds and gave many farmers a reason to cheer. But much of southeast Australia remains in severe drought.
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Anglers step up for Clean Up Australia Day
Fishing World
Mon 24 February, 2020
THE stage is set for what could be the biggest Clean Up Australia Day in the event’s 30-year history with news that the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, has the backing of Australia’s fastest growing recreational fishing movement, OzFish Unlimited.
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Start Shopping Sustainably This 2020 — 70 Brands That Put the Environment First
PopSugar
Tue 25 February, 2020
It's 2020, and shopping sustainably is undoubtably more important than ever. With plastic waste polluting our oceans, fashion brands contributing to 10 percent of global carbon emissions according to a 2019 press release by the United Nations Environment Program, and products made with ingredients that are killing plants and animals all over the world, it's not hard to see why so many people are turning to eco-conscious brands. These brands are taking the lead on making the world a better place for everyone in it by implementing eco-friendly techniques to make its products better suited to preserve the environment and limit carbon footprints — both of which we can get behind.
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Antarctic heatwave melted 20 per cent of an island's snow cover in days
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 February, 2020
The Antarctic Peninsula, which is the part of the continent closest to South America, experienced a record heatwave of sorts in early February. On February 9, a weather research station on Seymour Island reached a temperature of 20.75 degrees, which if verified would be the ice-covered continent's hottest temperature on record.
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Australia’s emissions flat, but climate politics hit new low over zero carbon target
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 February, 2020
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions remained flat in the latest quarterly update to emissions data released by the federal government, but the climate politics in federal parliament hit a new low as the Coalition government and its MPs launched extraordinary attacks against Labor’s proposed zero carbon targets for 2050.
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Australia must hit net zero by 2050 to meet Paris: scientists
The Age
Mon 24 February, 2020
Top scientists say for Australia to honour the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to less than two degrees, the country must reach net zero emissions before 2050.
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Business leaders attacked over climate lobby
The Australian
Mon 24 February, 2020
Nationals senator Matt Canavan has accused company bosses vocal about climate change of acting in self-interest “rather than saving the planet”.
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Zero agreement on value of carbon offsets
The Australian
Mon 24 February, 2020
When it comes to the murky world of carbon offsets, not even God’s highest servants managed to navigate through all the complexities.
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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in bushfire hazard burning U-turn
The Australian
Mon 24 February, 2020
After months spent defending its annual hazard reduction target of 135,000ha during the devastating summer bushfire season, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has asked for more money to increase its burning operations on the state’s crown lands and ­national parks.
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Climate change mention in G20 communique
News.com.au
Mon 24 February, 2020
Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies have referenced climate change in their final communique, for the first time since US President Donald Trump came to office.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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As emissions rise, our leaders fall
The Australian
Mon 24 February, 2020
From Rudd to Gillard to Abbott and Turnbull, a succession of PMs fell after failing to enact an emissions reduction policy.
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The toxic political culture that makes good policy impossible in Australia
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 February, 2020
The science is clear. Human induced climate change is a major threat to the citizen of Australia. Unless I am mistaken the most basic and fundamental obligation of any government of any persuasion is to ensure the safety of its citizens. Isn’t it?
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Coalition must follow Albanese on target of net zero by 2050
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
At a minimum, Australia needs bipartisan agreement on the broad brushstrokes of climate policy so businesses can invest with confidence. That is why the Morrison government should consider closely the speech Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese made on climate policy on Friday rather than use it to score political points.
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The bushfire royal commission: what's at stake for the industry
Insurance News
Mon 24 February, 2020
Okay, so the stage is set for a bushfires royal commission, one that Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he “thought very deeply about” before deciding to make good on his words and go ahead with it.
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Prominent doctors urge super fund HESTA to divest itself of fossil fuel stocks
The Age
Mon 24 February, 2020
A group of more than 400 doctors and other health professionals including former Australian of the year Fiona Stanley have swung behind a campaign to force $50 billion superannuation fund HESTA to divest itself of fossil fuel stocks.
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Climate activist lines up new shareholder resolution at QBE AGM
Insurance News
Mon 24 February, 2020
Climate activist group Market Forces announced the planned action after QBE unveiled its full-year results last week, replicating a similar pressure tactic last year that saw a similar resolution taken up at the AGM. On that occasion it failed to secure broad support from shareholders.
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Big banks and super funds to face climate change risk checks
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 February, 2020
Major financial institutions will have to show the industry regulator how prepared they are for climate-related financial risk, including estimating the potential impacts from the global transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Carbon footpath important, not footprint: AXA
Financial Standard
Mon 24 February, 2020
The multi-asset manager has warned of the effects of climate change on investor's portfolios, urging them to assess a company's "carbon footpath" over eliminating polluters altogether.
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Swiss Re takes further action on emissions
Insurance News
Mon 24 February, 2020
Swiss Re has toughened up its response to the climate change threat by announcing a series of measures to cut carbon emissions.
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Why we must pull financial levers to build for a changing climate
The Fifth Estate
Mon 24 February, 2020
Climate change is expensive business. The recent bushfires are estimated to have cost Australia $100 billion – so far. The big hailstorm that struck NSW and the ACT in January cost around $1.36 billion. Recent flooding on the east coast has been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia, with $45 million in insurance claims received so far. Heatwaves cost us $7 billion in 2013 alone.
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Yallourn owner says technology exists for low-cost, low-carbon grid
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 February, 2020
EnergyAustralia, the Hong Kong owned company that operates the ageing Yallourn brown coal generator in the Latrobe Valley, agrees with software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes: we already have the technologies we need for a reliable, low-cost, low carbon grid.
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Funding announced for Australian Hydrogen Centre
Utility Magazine
Mon 24 February, 2020
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $1.28 million to Australian Gas Networks Limited (AGN) to establish the Australian Hydrogen Centre (AHC) which will explore the feasibility of blending hydrogen into natural gas networks.
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The desperate mission to save the eastern bristlebird
Lens
Mon 24 February, 2020
In early February, Monash ecologist Rohan Clarke took part in a rescue operation to save the endangered eastern bristlebird ahead of the fire front burning near Mallacoota in Victoria.
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Victoria to introduce container deposit scheme to tackle recycling crisis
The Guardian
Mon 24 February, 2020
Victoria is set to get a container deposit scheme to tackle its recycling and waste crisis, just months after the state government rejected the idea.
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News.com.au
NT News
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
The New Daily
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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Not just decluttering: How to make minimalism work better for you
The Age
Mon 24 February, 2020
Minimalism, originally used to describe mid-century art, has grown to become much more than simple decluttering, or a design aesthetic. It’s now becoming one of the defining virtues of our age, with dozens of books and blogs guiding us on how to live with less.
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The Easiest Way To Build A Minimalist Wardrobe
New Idea
Mon 24 February, 2020
How do you build a minimalist wardrobe? It’s easy! Purge barely used clothes and leave the essentials. Sounds simple, right? In this article, we’re going to look at the best ways to cut down your wardrobe so your just left with essential minimalist clothing.
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Johnny Depp film Minamata raises the heat on Australia over mercury
The Age
Mon 24 February, 2020
The director of a film about Japan's Minamata disaster has criticised Australia for its failure to act on mercury poisoning in the environment, seven years after signing a convention in which it promised to do so.
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