Issue date : Wed 4 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
Warning over 'transition risk' of climate action
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 4 March, 2020
It would take just a handful of large economies acting suddenly on climate change to trigger a major repricing of global equities, says David Lunsford, executive director of MSCI Climate Risk Centre.
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Santos and BP join forces on carbon capture and storage
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 4 March, 2020
Energy giants Santos and BP have entered an agreement to bury up to 20 million tonnes of carbon each year in the Moomba gas fields and will now seek government financial support in the form of carbon credits.
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Evoenergy turns to renewable gas as ACT’s zero emissions target looms
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 March, 2020
The ACT is accelerating the shift from natural gas, with the territory’s gas utility, Evoenergy, conceding that it must assume that it will no longer connect new homes to the gas network and must look to the supply of renewable gas in its latest five-year gas infrastructure plan.
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2020 looms as last potential choke point for LGC supply – unless policy settings change
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 March, 2020
In a fitting end to one of the most interesting and challenging years in the LGC market’s history, the final weeks of compliance year 2019 brought both large trade volumes and repeated wild swings in the price as the completion of the zero-sum game approached. With the dust finally settling, the market is now looking to the Cal 20 compliance year as the last potential choke point for LGC supply unless policy settings change.
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Bendable concrete developed at Swinburne
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 4 March, 2020
A new type of concrete made out of waste materials that can bend under load has been developed and patented by researchers at Swinburne.
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B&Bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven
The Conversation
Wed 4 March, 2020
Just like humans, animals like living near coastal plains and waterways. In fact, cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are “biodiversity hotspots” – boasting fresh water, varied topographies and relatively rich soil to sustain and nourish life.
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Young farmers ready to tackle climate change and consumer activism
The Weekly Times
Wed 4 March, 2020
A 20-something sheep and cattle farmer, newlywed market gardeners, tech-minded asparagus grower and recent uni graduate beekeeper reveal the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers.
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Rescuers search rubble for tornado survivors in Nashville
News.com.au
Wed 4 March, 2020
At least 22 people are dead in Nashville after a tornado devastated the city as rescue workers picked through debris for those still missing.
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Perthnow
The Herald Sun
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Cubbie Station's Queensland floodwater grab
The Weekly Times
Wed 4 March, 2020
Cotton giant Cubbie Station is taking a big share of Murray Darling Basin flows after the Queensland floods.
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Federal government looks to boost demand for recycling
ProBono Australia News
Tue 3 March, 2020
Commonwealth agencies will need to consider environmental sustainability and the use of recycled content when awarding government contracts, under new procurement rules revealed by the federal government.
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David Littleproud foreshadows push to end carbon farming ‘rorts’
The Australian
Tue 3 March, 2020
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud wants an overhaul of the carbon farming market by the end of the year, saying some companies are rorting the system for “passive income” rather than agricultural production.
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Court links toxic foam to cancer in legal blow to government
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 March, 2020
A landmark finding that there is "good evidence" toxic firefighting chemicals could potentially cause harmful health effects including cancer has undercut the federal government’s claim the risks are "minimal" and left it exposed to the threat of millions of dollars in legal payouts.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Victoria paving the way for sustainable infrastructure
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 3 March, 2020
The Victorian State Government has announced a new project to create more sustainable infrastructure by using recycled and reused materials in construction projects.
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Government rules out jailing, fining home owners over toxic waste
The Age
Tue 3 March, 2020
The state government has vowed not to punish home owners living on blocks contaminated by a toxic waste dump on the former Sunshine Landfills site, even though its own legislation says landowners will become legally and financially liable for contamination from July 1.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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'Toxic Tim': Trucks block central Werribee in protest against soil-dumping plan
The Age
Tue 3 March, 2020
Forty trucks and tractors have blocked a central street in Werribee as hundreds of residents gathered to oppose a controversial plan to use a Wyndham Vale rail yard as a dumping ground for the West Gate Tunnel’s contaminated soil.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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NSW lobby group call for waste levy change
Yahoo News
Tue 3 March, 2020
The NSW government's response to waste management has been trashed by local council lobbyists who are demanding the state government better fund recycling strategies.
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News.com.au
NT News
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
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The Morrison Government’s coal addiction defies reason
Independent Australia
Tue 3 March, 2020
Our politics has been institutionally corrupted by the pushers from the vested interests of the coal-burning industry and their suppliers, writes David Ritter.
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Qantas, Woodside chairman hits out at climate activists hijacking AGMs
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 3 March, 2020
The chairman of the AFL, Qantas and energy giant Woodside Petroleum has taken aim at activist investors hijacking shareholder meetings in an attempt to force boards to take stronger action on climate change.
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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 Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Eastern Europe shows how to convert coal to solar
The Fifth Estate
Tue 3 March, 2020
The Western Balkan states contain seven of the 10 most polluting coal-fired power plants in Europe. Several are being converted to solar power and the rest are likely to be gone in a few years, in a smooth transition that’s been hailed by European leaders as a model for others to follow.
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UK climate change ruling to have impact on #auslaw
Lawyers Weekly
Tue 3 March, 2020
A recent court ruling from the UK has broad implications for local planning and infrastructure projects in Australia and the lawyers working in such areas, argue two practitioners.
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Just like a giraffe, this design tool can see a long way over carbon mass
The Fifth Estate
Tue 3 March, 2020
Built environment professionals are starting to recognise the importance of accounting for the carbon footprint of building materials but decisions about this are typically left last minute or slip off the planning agenda entirely.
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Real-life 'Rio': near-extinct macaws return to Brazil
Yahoo News
Tue 3 March, 2020
In what could be the next sequel to the hit film series "Rio," a group of near-extinct Spix's macaws arrived in Brazil Tuesday in a bid to return them to their natural habitat.
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Climate change could cause half the world’s beaches to disappear by 2100
News.com.au
Tue 3 March, 2020
Almost half of the world’s sandy beaches could be gone by 2100 if climate change continues as is, according to a new study published on Monday.
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National report card confirms SA Water strengths and improvement priorities
Utility Magazine
Tue 3 March, 2020
The Bureau of Meteorology’s National Performance Report (NPR) 2018-19: urban water utilities has found that SA Water continues to perform favourably in areas such as customer service and recycled water supply amongst other large utilities with 100,000 of more customers.
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Chemistry Australia to help manufacturers pursue sustainability goals
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Tue 3 March, 2020
Chemistry Australia has launched Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics, at the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday, at Parliament House in Canberra.
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More and more uni students in Australia are choosing to study the environment
SBS World News Australia
Tue 3 March, 2020
As a new year of tertiary education gets underway and Australia recovers from a summer of bushfires, Australian universities have told SBS News there has been increasing interest in their environment courses. Here, three students share their motivations.
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Bonds, Cody Simpson and the journey to organic cotton
Ragtrader
Tue 3 March, 2020
Bonds has launched its first organics underwear range for men and women. Made with full traceability and manufacturing transparency, Bonds Organics is part of a broader sustainability push at the brand.
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'Intense rain': Australia's east coast to get 48-hour soaking
Yahoo News
Tue 3 March, 2020
Australia’s east coast is set for a drenching this week as ex-tropical cyclone Esther brings “intense” rain from central parts of the Northern Territory to NSW’s southeast coast.
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