Issue date : Mon 2 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 51 Seconds
Number of items : 69
Summers are now twice as long as winters in all Australian capital cities, report finds
ABC News
Mon 2 March, 2020
Australian summers have become twice as long as the most recent winters, according to new analysis from the Australia Institute.
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Scott Morrison to pledge new rules and better infrastructure to boost recycling
The Guardian
Mon 2 March, 2020
Government departments will be required to consider recycled content when purchasing goods as environment groups call for 100% recycled mandate for plastic packaging
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The Canberra Times
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Morrison flags recycle product push as export ban looms
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
7 News
Government spending to consider recycling
The West Australian
Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
Yahoo News
The Australian
Scott Morrison’s recycling strategy to grow green jobs
Anthony Albanese’s climate target gives opponents a bullseye
The Australian
Mon 2 March, 2020
By wedding Labor to a 2050 zero net emissions target so early in the term, Anthony Albanese has revealed a structural weakness in his leadership and gambled away an important political advantage he had over Scott Morrison.
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Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 2 March, 2020
The world's second biggest reinsurer, Swiss Re, says climate change is already resulting in a "new world" of weather uncertainty that will push up the cost of insurance in Australia.
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Thermal coal to ‘phase out’, strong demand for coking coal: Plato
The Age
Mon 2 March, 2020
Plato Investments managing director Don Hamson says Australian iron ore producers are set to benefit in the fallout from coronavirus as China will ultimately seek to stimulate its economy by investing in infrastructure.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Aussie start-up wants to produce hydrogen from brewery wastewater
Reneweconomy
Mon 2 March, 2020
A trio of friends who studied engineering together is seeking to unlock the potential of cheap hydrogen supplies with a new technology that can convert the wastewater produced in the beer-making process into renewable hydrogen.
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Transport is letting Australia down in the race to cut emissions
The Conversation
Mon 2 March, 2020
At a time Australia is meant to be reducing its greenhouse emissions, the upward trend in transport sector emissions continues. The latest National Greenhouse Gas Inventory report released last week shows the transport sector emitted 102 million tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO₂-e) in the 12 months to September 2019. This was 18.9% of Australia’s emissions.
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Inside Australia's climate emergency: the lost harvest
The Guardian
Mon 2 March, 2020
Australia is known for its fresh food and great wine — but that could change as the weather becomes hotter, drier and more unpredictable. One winemaker is racing to adapt.
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Liberals lag corporate Australia on emissions: Labor
The Australian
Sun 1 March, 2020
Labor’s shadow treasurer says opposition to the party’s zero net emissions target has shown how “increasingly isolated” the Prime Minister and his government has become on climate policy.
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The insanity of Angus Taylor’s fossil fuel technology roadmap
Reneweconomy
Sat 29 February, 2020
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor made one significant admission on Friday in his speech about the proposed “technology roadmap” – the Coalition’s new marketing term to disguise its lack of action on climate and emissions.
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Emissions targets not 'ambitious enough': Nationals' Steph Ryan
The Age
Sun 1 March, 2020
The Victorian Nationals have split from their federal colleagues over the flashpoint issue of climate change, with the state branch’s deputy leader saying Australia’s emissions reduction targets are not “ambitious enough”.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Underground seabed primed for massive carbon dioxide injection
The Age
Sun 1 March, 2020
A vast swathe of underground rock beneath the sea is being primed to store millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide with the latest tests showing the site could help deliver a massive cut in greenhouse emissions.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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NZ directs super away from fossil fuels
News.com.au
Sun 1 March, 2020
The New Zealand government is ringfencing billions of dollars from fossil fuels investment, effectively divesting much of the country's superannuation scheme.
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7 News
SBS World News Australia
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Here’s The Gist On Carbon Offsetting Your Flight If That’s Been On Your Radar For A While
Pedestrian
Sun 1 March, 2020
Before writing this yarn I probably knew the bare minimum about carbon offsetting my flights. On the passenger’s end, all you do is tick a donation box at the end of the online booking process. Then you get a message like this: “You will offset [x]kgs of carbon emissions from your trip with our certified and accredited carbon offset programs.” Sounds good, but I have no idea what it actually means. Or if making what is essentially an environmental donation will make a difference in the long run. So I did what what I do best: I pestered Qantas and a carbon solutions provider for the 411. Then I panicked about the planet.
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Sydney given an extra two-years of water but restrictions remain
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 1 March, 2020
Sydney has an extra two-years supply of water after the recent heavy downfalls but the Berejiklian government says water restrictions will remain until weather patterns "normalise".
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In Dakar, volunteers clean beach littered with medical waste
Yahoo News
Sun 1 March, 2020
Volunteers gathered to clear a beach strewn with used compresses, dirty needles and vials of blood on Saturday, apparently discarded by nearby hospitals in Senegal's capital Dakar.
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Anthony Albanese denounces 'lazy cynicism' of Nationals in appeal to NSW coal country
The Guardian
Sat 29 February, 2020
In Hunter Valley speech, Labor leader says National party denying energy alternatives and will cause Australia to ‘drift back towards the 19th century’
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Albanese pledges carbon cuts while backing coal exports for 'decades'
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
The Australian
Anthony Albanese’s clean-energy pitch to win rural votes
Tackling climate adds regional jobs: Labor
News.com.au
Sat 29 February, 2020
Dealing with climate change offers job and business opportunities for regional Australians, says Labor leader Anthony Albanese.
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7 News
NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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Political warfare over climate action
The Saturday Paper
Sat 29 February, 2020
While Labor’s commitment to a 2050 emissions target reinvigorated well-practised attacks from the Coalition, the cost of inaction is only becoming clearer. By Mike Seccombe.
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Our leaders open to ridicule in setting silly climate targets
The Australian
Sat 29 February, 2020
We might like talking about polit­ical promises but let’s be frank: they have the half-life of a prawn salad. Our politicians have broken so many pledges they’ve made cynicism more contagious than the coronavirus.
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Why I'm introducing the people’s Climate Change Bill
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 29 February, 2020
My dream as a 13-year-old was to get to the top of my sport. As an Australian competing in a sport dominated by northern-hemisphere countries, the odds were against me and there were many who didn’t believe it was possible. But with ambition, a lot of hard work and resilience, it was possible.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Despite neglect at the top, we're muddling towards low-carbon electricity
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 29 February, 2020
To coin a phrase, Australia’s governments are making heavy weather of their efforts to give us an electricity system that’s secure, reliable and affordable – with declining carbon emissions. Progress is slow in every respect bar one: the move to renewable energy is showing “remarkable growth”.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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'Incredibly hard': Qld faces uphill battle to reach renewables goal
The Brisbane Times
Sat 29 February, 2020
The biggest issue for this October’s election is how Queensland is going to get beyond our massive, ongoing reliance on coal for energy generation.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Melbourne could become the Copenhagen of the south
The Age
Sat 29 February, 2020
Imagine a city with beautiful and protected public squares and boulevards. A city obsessed with good design and urban planning, where medium density neighbourhoods are walkable and well serviced by public transport. A wealthy city that is becoming even more prosperous by leading the world in sustainable industry.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Sustainable future a cost we must bear
The Age
Sat 29 February, 2020
It was the underbelly of Victoria's waste system that nobody wanted to confront. Toxic chemicals being illegally stockpiled, enormous amounts of recycling dumped in landfill or shipped overseas for someone else to worry about, minimal local industry recycling waste. It was a system in crisis despite most people's efforts to do the right thing.
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Asia in no hurry to do without energy sourced from coal
The Australian
Sat 29 February, 2020
Don’t mention Asia. And if you must mention Asia, don’t mention China. And if you must mention China, for goodness sake don’t tell the truth about it.
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The dye that brought us 'Ferrari Red' could turn T-shirts into batteries
The Brisbane Times
Sat 29 February, 2020
Scientists have repurposed a type of dye used in car paint to create a printable circuit that could turn your T-shirt into a phone battery or power next-generation skin for prosthetics.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Bread 'trash' is microbial treasure
Food Processing
Sat 29 February, 2020
Tonnes of bread end up in landfill every year, but researchers have now found a way to repurpose this discarded bread and dough. Research published in Frontiers in Microbiology has revealed that old bread can be used as a medium for cultivating microbial fermentation starters, which could have applications in food industries like bakeries, dairy and winemaking.
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Clean Up Australia Day is every day for this volunteer
ABC News
Sat 29 February, 2020
Two and a half years ago, Colleen Hughson was walking along her local beach in Warrnambool when she noticed a stack of plastic sticks on the sand.
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Greta Thunberg tells climate protesters in Bristol change won't happen overnight
ABC News
Sat 29 February, 2020
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has told thousands of climate change activists gathered in pouring rain in England that "change will come".
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News.com.au
'Beautiful words' not enough: Thunberg
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
NT News
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
The Newcastle Herald
The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Courier Mail
The Canberra Times
SBS World News Australia
Climate activist Greta Thunberg hits out at the 'beautiful words' of politicans
Anthony Albanese faces pro-mining policy push from Labor MPs
The Australian
Fri 28 February, 2020
A pro-mining Labor group has been rebranded as it seeks greater influence over Anthony Albanese’s parliamentary team in the hope of winning over communities critical to forming ­government.
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As we strive to cut waste, restaurants should proactively offer takeaway containers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 28 February, 2020
If you think #zerowaste is a purely contemporary viewpoint, think again. You have only to remember your grandparents, and how they “repurposed” leftover food (although I bet they didn’t call it repurposing). Think also of 1940s America when food shortages were common, and diners began asking to take home the food scraps from the dinner table to feed their pets. By 1949, Dan Stampler’s Steak Joint in New York was offering special “doggy bags” to its guests, thereby removing any stigma attached to asking for leftovers for personal use.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The rise of cloud computing has had a smaller climate impact than feared
Yahoo News
Fri 28 February, 2020
As more and more gargantuan data centers come on line, environmentalists have been concerned about massive increases in electricity consumption and pollution. However, according to a new study published in Science, that simply hasn't happened. While cloud computing output has jumped by 600 percent from 2010 to 2018, energy consumption rose by just 6 percent. That's because companies like Google have massively increased efficiencies with new chip designs, custom-tailored airflow solutions and other tech.
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