Issue date : Tue 3 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Labor has miscued on the politics of climate change
The Australian
Tue 3 March, 2020
Labor and the Greens are not going to convince voters that climate change demands a major economic transformation with alarmism and hollow gestures. Nor will the Coalition persuade voters that ambitious emissions reduction targets will decimate our economy. And One Nation’s claim that climate change is a grand hoax is beyond parody.
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Care for our environment blowing in the wind
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 March, 2020
I hate litter. Not just because it’s messy and ugly, but because of what it says about the people who throw it around. Nothing drives me into a rage like the sight of a disposable plastic coffee container lying on the footpath - except the sight of one that’s been tossed onto the footpath within two metres of a rubbish bin.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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'Ethical' super funds invest in coal, oil, gas
The Age
Tue 3 March, 2020
Sustainable investment options offered by two major industry superannuation groups and wealth giant AMP have millions invested in the fossil fuel industry, despite pledging to apply strict screening based on environmental, social and governance standards.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Zurich on the three key pillars of sustainability
Insurance Business
Tue 3 March, 2020
When the global insurance giant Zurich Insurance Group recently revealed its year-end results for 2019, group CEO Mario Greco outlined how the business has become a more simple, agile and efficient company with a compelling strategic vision. Speaking to Insurance Business, Zurich’s head of sustainability, Linda Freiner (pictured), detailed how Zurich has been undergoing a huge transformation since Greco took over the reins, and has become a more responsible company.
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How to run the National Electricity Market on 96 per cent renewables
Reneweconomy
Tue 3 March, 2020
Windlab has conducted a simulation of a 96% renewable national electricity market (NEM). The goal of the study was to show that very high renewable penetration levels can be achieved by expanding wind and solar generation, which is firmed by existing hydro and readily achievable levels of storage.
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South Australia blasted for issuing permit to cull southern hairy-nosed wombats
The Guardian
Tue 3 March, 2020
South Australian authorities have been criticised by traditional owners and environmental groups for issuing a permit for the culling of southern hairy-nosed wombats on the Yorke Peninsula.
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Glowing frogs and salamanders
Cosmos
Tue 3 March, 2020
Sharks do it, fish do it, even scorpions and spiders do it. Now, researchers have revealed more of nature’s secret light show: many different species of frogs and salamanders also do it.
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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our beaches
Cosmos
Tue 3 March, 2020
Half the world’s sandy beaches could be lost by the end of the century due to changing weather patterns and rising sea levels, according to an analysis of more than three decades of data published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Thousands of kilometres of Australia's beaches at risk from rising seas
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 March, 2020
More than 12,000 kilometres of Australia's sandy beaches are threatened by coastal erosion by the end of the century, with greater losses predicted if greenhouse gas emissions remain high.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Farm forecasts thrown out by changing climate
The Age
Tue 3 March, 2020
Rainfall and temperature patterns on Australia's prime farmland have changed so significantly since 2000 the nation's chief commodities forecaster has had to overhaul the way it predicts weather conditions for farmers.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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PM’s pledge on plastic waste
Government News
Mon 2 March, 2020
The government says it will strengthen procurement guidelines to ensure every Commonwealth contract prioritises sustainability, in a move to boost demand for recycled products.
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NSW under fire for 'ad hoc', non-transparent water management
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 2 March, 2020
The head of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has publicly chastised the NSW government over delays to its water plans and the transparency of its river management, following a controversial stop-start embargo on floodplain harvesting last month.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Climate change debate alarmist, Nationals MP Michael Johnsen says
The Australian
Mon 2 March, 2020
The NSW parliamentary secretary for agriculture has called the debate over climate change “alarmist” during a budget estimates hearing in parliament, claiming there is significant division among scientists and contention over humanity’s contribution to the problem.
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Tasmania to invest $50 million in hydrogen industry
The Australian
Mon 2 March, 2020
Tasmania claims to have stolen a march over other states in the rush to develop a hydrogen industry, announcing “nation-leading” incentives and vowing to produce Australia’s cheapest green hydrogen fuel.
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Waste in focus as Vic parliament resumes
Yahoo News
Mon 2 March, 2020
The Andrews government's plan to overhaul Victoria's waste and recycling system is expected to face further scrutiny when state parliament resumes this week.
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7 News
9 News
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Creativity will save the planet
Marketing
Mon 2 March, 2020
In the midst of the climate crisis, Daye Moffitt believes that creativity and multilayered thinking from corporations could be the solution.
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NZ blacklists fossil fuels from super
Financial Standard
Mon 2 March, 2020
The New Zealand government has hardened its stance on climate change, barring fossil fuel producers from default accounts in its voluntary super system.
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Germany hits record 61 per cent renewables for month of February
Reneweconomy
Mon 2 March, 2020
Renewable energy sources provided a record 61.2% of Germany’s net public electricity generation in February, according to figures provided by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), which also showed that wind energy provided nearly half of the country’s electricity during the month.
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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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Meet Thailand's secret weapon in climate change battle
Yahoo News
Mon 2 March, 2020
Bangkok's future hangs in the balance. Rising sea levels, unchecked development, groundwater extraction, and rapid urban population growth has left millions vulnerable to natural disasters -- scientists warn the city itself may not survive the century.
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Q&A: There’s more to green architecture than greenery
The Fifth Estate
Mon 2 March, 2020
The manmade world tends to dominate the natural one but it’s possible for architecture and ecology to coexist in harmony. In fact, it urgently has to, as Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship recipient Eleanor Peres discovered as she travelled the world last year to write a research report on this very subject.
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Angry US shoppers slam New York statewide plastic bag move
News.com.au
Mon 2 March, 2020
New Yorkers were forced to begin grappling with a new shopping reality on Sunday as the state’s ban on plastic shopping bags kicked in – and not many people were happy about it.
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Nestlé announces soft plastics recycling trial
Food Processing
Mon 2 March, 2020
Announced at the National Plastics Summit in Canberra on 2 March 2020, Nestlé and Australian recycler iQ Renew are launching a trial that aims to collect, sort and process soft plastics from over 100,000 homes through kerbside recycling and therefore be diverted from landfill. The trial aims to turn soft plastics from a waste to a resource. The project will commence with a pilot of 2000 households, with plans to expand to over 100,000 households later in the year, processing approximately 750 tonnes of soft plastic that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
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Big guns join battle against plastic
The Australian
Mon 2 March, 2020
Australia’s biggest brands are ­rallying to Scott Morrison’s calls to reduce plastic waste, with companies such as McDonald’s, Nestle and Unilever laying out plans on Monday to reduce use
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Feminist, fashionable and fighting for sustainability: India's Anita Dongre
Yahoo News
Mon 2 March, 2020
With stores in India and New York, multiple clothing brands and a global celebrity following, fashion designer Anita Dongre is a feminist powerhouse in a male-dominated industry. But her true ambition is to create an environmentally sustainable company, she says.
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Summer now twice as long as winter compared with mid-20th century
News.com.au
Mon 2 March, 2020
Australia has always had a reputation for long, hot summers, but according to research from an independent think tank, the season most synonymous with our country is now quite literally a month longer than it should be.
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