Issue date : Wed 26 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Government to spend millions buying water from company it already paid $80m
The Guardian
Wed 26 February, 2020
The federal government is spending up to $2m buying water from Queensland agribusiness Eastern Australia Agriculture in a bid to keep an internationally significant wetlands from dying, despite paying $80m to the same company three years ago for water rights for the same purpose.
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Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon facing climate policy payback
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus has used a meeting of Victorian Right MPs to take aim at Joel Fitzgibbon for freelancing on climate­ change policies, arguing it was doing damage to other right-wing members of the ALP.
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South Australia nuclear waste dump could face roadblock in Senate
The Guardian
Wed 26 February, 2020
Federal government plans to establish a nuclear waste dump in regional South Australia face a Senate roadblock, as Labor delays a decision on whether to support it and native title holders prepare to come to Canberra to lobby against the nominated site.
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The end of coal-fired power can be managed or messy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 February, 2020
Coal is on the way out. The head of the world's largest coal export port says it needs to prepare for the day it will no longer be viable to send coal from Newcastle to the rest of the world. And there is no doubt coal will disappear from Australia’s energy system, too. The question is just how quickly, and how messy this process will be. It is in the hand of governments to make the transition palatable.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Activist chief executives are ‘stealing’ from shareholders
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
Every other day a corporate chief somewhere will declare, in sombre tones and often for applause, that business must take a stand on an issue for the sake of the community. These big-noting corporate chaps justify their grand plans for humanity in many ways.
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Zero by 2050 spells pain, change for Scott Morrison and Labor
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
The critical question facing the Labor Party is the same question that’s facing the world: is it serious about zero net carbon emissions by 2050, or is this a deliberate strategy to reduce its immediate political risk on climate change mitigation while pretending to fidelity on the cause?
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10,000 academics sign Unisuper divestment petition
The Age
Wed 26 February, 2020
More than 10,000 Australian academics and university employees have signed a petition asking $85 billion superannuation fund Unisuper to divest from companies they say are incompatible with the Paris climate agreement.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Urgent call for a national waste and recycling strategy
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
Australia’s independent infrastructure advisory group has listed the development of a national waste and recycling management plan as a high priority for the Morrison government as it looks to increase recycling rates from 55 to 70 per cent.
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Turnbull warns of 'catastrophic' future if we don't move to net zero
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 February, 2020
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has slammed the "false" and "misleading" claims in Parliament about the risk of achieving net zero emissions, rebuking his former colleagues for ignoring the cost of inaction on climate change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Labor wants end to climate 'weaponising'
9 News
Tue 25 February, 2020
Labor has appealed to the Morrison government to end the climate wars.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Angus Taylor plays funny business with zero emissions target
The New Daily
Tue 25 February, 2020
Angus Taylor, Australia’s energy and emissions reduction minister – yes that is his real title – is counting on the fact he won’t be in Parliament in 2050 and in the meantime any argument against doing something meaningful about climate change will do.
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Key Coalition MP urges nuclear rethink
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 25 February, 2020
A key Coalition figure in the debate over nuclear power urged Energy Minister Angus Taylor to take the first formal step towards a change in policy on the energy source.
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Waste crisis: Victoria offers businesses $96.5m to process recycling
The Guardian
Tue 25 February, 2020
The Victorian government will double its $28m in grants for businesses to sort and process recycling as part of a $96.5m package to fix the state’s waste industry.
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The Australian
Daniel Andrews in $100m boost for recycling
The Age
Recycling sector gets more cash but big bill looms for chemical clean-up
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
News.com.au
Vic businesses share in recycling grants
The Canberra Times
NT News
The Australian
The Advertiser
The Mercury
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
The Newcastle Herald
Myopic Australia looks at the wrong climate number
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 25 February, 2020
It's not our small carbon contribution that matters, it's the disproportionate damage Australia will suffer in a warmer world.
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Dangerous new coal virus rampant in Canberra
Independent Australia
Tue 25 February, 2020
The outbreak of coal-20 virus – which brings death and ill health to the community but not carriers – has significant implications for the health of all Australians and the international community.
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Equinor ditches plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight
Reneweconomy
Tue 25 February, 2020
Norwegian resources giant Equinor has ditched controversial plans to drill for oil in the waters of the Great Australian Bight, after declaring the $200 million exploration project “not commercially competitive” for the company.
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Shape up on climate change risk: APRA
Financial Standard
Tue 25 February, 2020
In a letter to all entities it regulates, APRA has said the effects of climate change are being transmitted directly as well as indirectly.
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Greenies question 'clean' coal quality amid fake test claims
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 25 February, 2020
Australia's reputation for selling the world's best coal has been dented by this week's coal testing scandal, environment groups say, while coal miners said it was too early to say whether they would sever ties with the laboratory at the centre of the scandal.
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Wearable devices that use human energy
Pursuit
Tue 25 February, 2020
The human body produces a tremendous amount of energy. Now, researchers are looking at different ways to capture, reuse and recycle this energy to power our electronic devices
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The innovative power solution SailGP want used in disaster zones
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 February, 2020
A mobile solar system and off-grid powerwall developed by clean energy giant Tesla could be used in in bushfire-ravaged communities and other disaster zones after it is trialled during the second SailGP season.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Three baboons captured after escaping from truck at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney
ABC News
Tue 25 February, 2020
Police have confirmed three baboons escaped from a truck at an animal research facility at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney's inner west — but have now been captured.
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Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds
Yahoo News
Tue 25 February, 2020
A "doomsday vault" nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles' cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.
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The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature
The Conversation
Tue 25 February, 2020
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that without a substantial decrease in our use of fossil fuels, we are on track for a global average increase of 2℃ in the next few decades, with extremes of between 3 to 6℃ at higher latitudes.
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Perth faces a drought of action over water use
The Fifth Estate
Tue 25 February, 2020
Perth’s water managers have declared that the city will be a leading “waterwise” city by 2030 but there is a lot of work to do to reach that goal, given that Perth has the second-highest per capita water consumption of any Australian capital city.
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Micro-pollution ravaging China and South Asia: study
Yahoo News
Tue 25 February, 2020
Nearly 90 percent of the 200 cities beset by the world's highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are in China and India, with most of the rest in Pakistan and Indonesia, researchers reported Tuesday.
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8 things to know about bushfire smoke and health
Australian Journal of Pharmacy
Tue 25 February, 2020
There is an urgent need for a national health strategy to protect the population from exposure to bushfire smoke, say researchers
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The restaurant kitchens that are going plastic-free
Gourmet Traveller
Tue 25 February, 2020
From takeaway containers to cling film, plastic has always been a key part of many restaurant kitchens. But as chefs aim to be more sustainable, is running a plastic-free business possible?
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