Issue date : Thu 27 February, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
Inside Australia's climate emergency: the killer heat
The Guardian
Thu 27 February, 2020
Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely
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Fidelity: Climate change to prompt ‘third revolution’
Money Management
Thu 27 February, 2020
Changes surrounding climate change will be the world’s ‘third revolution’, according to Fidelity global head of stewardship and sustainable investing Jenn-Hui Tan.
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Our can-do nation needs its leaders to lead on climate
The Australian
Thu 27 February, 2020
Since Federation, Australia has led the world on vital political, social and economic reforms, or it has been right up there supporting nations that have.
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Zero net emissions: Look no further than New Zealand for economic impacts
The Australian
Thu 27 February, 2020
In some respects, the Labor Party is as Australian as the Magic Pudding, both revel in fantasy. According to past Labor leaders, high public spending won’t raise taxes and, in any case, high taxes won’t damage economic growth. Now we have Labor’s greatest magic pudding yet, we can cut our carbon emissions to zero and no coal miner will lose their job.
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Establishing an industry taskforce to do more on climate change
AdNews
Thu 27 February, 2020
Climate change is real. It’s not just coming for us if we don’t change our ways; it’s very much here, and here to stay. The bushfire crisis that’s been ravaging this country over the last six months is a great example of that and has finally opened up people’s eyes to the reality of what we’re facing as a result of climate change.
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BlackRock rebuked on climate as coal exclusion skips passive funds
The Age
Thu 27 February, 2020
Environmentalists have seized on the visit of BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink to Australia to demand the world's largest fund manager fully divest its holdings of thermal coal producers.
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WAToday
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Albanese says we can’t replace steelmaking coal. But we already have green alternatives
The Conversation
Thu 27 February, 2020
Despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary, some still propagate the myth that the world will need Australian coal for decades to come. Last weekend Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese joined in, saying thermal and metallurgical coal mining and exports would continue after 2050, even with a net zero emissions target.
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Gas group plans hydrogen project for Queensland
Ecogeneration
Thu 27 February, 2020
Australian Gas Networks has expanded its national hydrogen push into Queensland with the establishment of a $4.2 million hydrogen plant in Gladstone. The plant will be Australia’s first renewable hydrogen production facility able to deliver up to 10% blended hydrogen across the city’s total 770 residential, small commercial and industrial customer base, the company says.
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Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever
The Conversation
Thu 27 February, 2020
Climate change is on everyone’s lips this summer. We’ve had bushfires, smoke haze, heatwaves, flooding, mass protests and a National Climate Emergency Summit, all within a few months. The search is on for solutions. Trees often feature prominently when talking about solutions, but our research shows trees are being lost to big developments – about 2,000 within a decade in inner Melbourne.
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Blackouts, water shortage for Perth: Reckoning shows challenges ahead
WAToday
Thu 27 February, 2020
Blackouts in a worn-out grid and a plummeting water supply are among Western Australia's most pressing problems for the next five years, Infrastructure Australia says.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Not one, but two species of red panda
Cosmos
Thu 27 February, 2020
Geneticists have confirmed that the bushy-tailed red panda – resembling a cross between a cat and a racoon more than its larger black and white namesake – is in fact two distinct species.
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I’ll have what she’s having
Cosmos
Thu 27 February, 2020
Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.
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Lava flows tell story of biodiversity loss
Cosmos
Thu 27 February, 2020
There’s quite a story to be told on the slopes of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, if you’re game to look. Researchers from the University of Réunion Island were, and after surveying vegetation on more than 600 years of lava flows on Piton de la Fournaise they have a clearer picture of how human colonisation has changed the forests.
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Waste reduction on consumer shopping lists
The Weekly Times
Thu 27 February, 2020
SHOPPERS rate food waste and consumption as one of the most important sustainability issues, according to a consumer expert.
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Harry casts aside royal label for sustainability summit
SBS World News Australia
Thu 27 February, 2020
Prince Harry has made it clear to an audience in Scotland he wants to be called just "Harry", as he embarks on his final round of royal duties.
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Australia's hot, smoky summer comes to a soggy end in Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 27 February, 2020
Sydney's smoky, sweaty and dry start to summer has come to a soggy and stormy end to what will be one of the country three hottest seasons on record.
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Morrison government mulls ARENA's future as funding starts to run out
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 February, 2020
Australia's premier agency funding research and development of clean energy will start to decline this financial year as its funds run out and the Morrison government weighs up whether to extend its life.
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Bridget McKenzie fires up in favour of nuclear energy
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
Former Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie has rejected a zero net emissions target by 2050, warning that it can’t be achieved without hurting jobs in mining and agriculture, as she throws her suppor­t behind nuclear and hydroge­n energy.
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Victoria’s ten year plan to boost recycling
Government News
Wed 26 February, 2020
The state government will invest more than $300 million in an overhaul of Victoria’s recycling system, bringing in the largest package of recycling reforms in the state’s history.
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Global finance leaves Australia behind in the march to net-zero emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 February, 2020
Scott Morrison dismissed Anthony Albanese’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 as "Bill Shorten 2.0". Surely better than the Prime Minister's effort – Tony Abbott 4.0. Then there's the equation proposed by the Nationals' senator Matt Canavan: net-zero emissions equals net-zero jobs. So, that would amount to no job losses, eh? Oh, the tyranny of all-too-simplistic slogans.
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‘OK, Gen X’
ProBono Australia News
Wed 26 February, 2020
Move over “OK, boomer”. As climate anxiety bears down, it’s Gen X who need to turn their eco-friendly values into action – or answer to increasingly disapproving and dismissive children, writes Rhod Ellis-Jones.
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While Australia plays politics on coal, Asian markets tell the tale
Reneweconomy
Wed 26 February, 2020
In Australia, decarbonisation is just politics to politicians. Neither the Coalition nor the ALP take climate change seriously. It is just a political tool or a political problem and provides few photo opportunities.
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Rio Tinto joins BHP in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050
ABC News
Wed 26 February, 2020
Rio Tinto has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, supported by $1.5 billion worth of investments in climate-related projects over the next five years, after posting its largest profit in eight years.
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The Guardian
Rio Tinto announces $1bn spend to reach net zero emissions by 2050
The Age
Rio Tinto pledges $1.5 billion to be 'carbon neutral' by 2050
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The Australian Financial Review
Rio embraces net zero by 2050 with $US1b climate fund
Climate threat pushes Aussies to sustainability
Financial Standard
Wed 26 February, 2020
Mutual fund assets in sustainable investments surged 23% in 2019, as Aussie investors wake up to the "critical threat" of climate change.
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Get Up goes after Woolworths for advertising with News Corp
Mumbrella
Wed 26 February, 2020
Activist group Get Up is targeting one of Australia’s biggest brands, Woolworths, for spending money advertising with News Corp and “funding climate denial”.
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Community’s fight for the Bight pays off
ProBono Australia News
Wed 26 February, 2020
Norwegian oil company Equinor is abandoning plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, following a relentless community-led environmental campaign to shut the project down.
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Bushfire recovery as a shared human-nature journey
Lens
Wed 26 February, 2020
Connecting communities with ecological restoration projects can achieve the dual goals of improving mental health and ecological recovery, with the Black Saturday fires offering some salient lessons on how we can heal in synergy with nature.
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East Africa's huge locust outbreak threatens regional food security
ABC News
Wed 26 February, 2020
UN agencies have warned swarming locusts could cause a "major hunger threat" in East Africa as at least nine countries face the worst outbreak of the voracious insects seen in the region in 70 years.
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Brisbane allergy sufferers warned of record-breaking pollen season
The Brisbane Times
Wed 26 February, 2020
Brisbane allergy sufferers are warned that this allergy season is the worst on record, with grass pollen levels reaching four times as high as ever before.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Grants awarded to power waste recycling schemes
Inside Waste
Wed 26 February, 2020
Around $13 million in Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) grants for green economy projects has been awarded to researchers and their commercial partners in Sydney and Melbourne to enable Australia to reduce plastic waste and boost plastics recycling.
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Mandated recycle targets ‘put business costs at risk’
The Australian
Wed 26 February, 2020
The food, beverage and grocery sector has warned that mandating recycling targets would lead to “perverse outcomes” that could ­increase costs on business.
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7 ways to plan an eco-conscious wedding
Vogue Australia
Wed 26 February, 2020
From eco-friendly bridal gowns designed by Stella McCartney and Mother of Pearl, to locally grown flowers and plant-based menus—here, the industry’s top wedding experts give the lowdown on making your big day as sustainable as possible.
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