Issue date : Fri 6 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 29 Seconds
Number of items : 41
Why small nuclear reactors could be NSW's energy - and emissions - solution
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 6 March, 2020
As we begin the recovery journey from a horrific summer of fires, and with a royal commission and a commission of inquiry under way, climate change is without a doubt, more than ever before, being discussed in every household.
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Climate activism is the new 'white man's burden'
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 March, 2020
Rudyard Kipling wrote of the "white man’s burden" over a century ago in relation to American intervention into the Philippines. His wish was to encourage American leaders to consider their mission in the vein of Empire — that of civilising non-white peoples, who he described as “half devil, half child”.
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Ocean degradation falls heaviest on those least responsible
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 6 March, 2020
Humanity is waking up to the crisis happening in our oceans. Warming and rising seas, acidification, plummeting fish stocks, and pollution are finding more space in newspapers and on political agendas.
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Airline carbon offset schemes yet to really get off the ground
The Australian
Fri 6 March, 2020
Carbon offset schemes, it could be said, are not one of aviation’s success stories. Even the most successful scheme — Qantas’s, with a participation rate of about 10 per cent of passengers — offset a mere 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions last year, out of about 12.3 million tonnes from the airline’s jets.
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QBE to tackle oil and gas at AGM
Insurance Business
Fri 6 March, 2020
QBE has confirmed that it will put up to vote a shareholder resolution calling on the insurance giant to align underwriting and investment activities with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees, at its annual general meeting on May 07.
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Minding the carbon offset gap: bringing net emissions down to zero
The Australian
Fri 6 March, 2020
Australia’s carbon offset industry will need to grow exponentially if the country is to reach a net zero emissions target, underscoring the challenge facing policymakers trying to weigh up achieving climate targets while also sustaining lucrative coal, oil and gas industries.
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The Cape unveils 7.6 Star family home
Architecture and Design
Fri 6 March, 2020
The Cape, Australia’s premium sustainable housing project in Cape Paterson introduces their latest premium sustainable family home, Sunlight. The 7.6 Star-rated house sets the standard in energy-efficient, high performance homes in Australia.
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The many fears of pet dogs
Cosmos
Fri 6 March, 2020
If you think your pet’s personal problems are down to your dog’s breed, then new Finnish research has a bone to pick with you.
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Study shows climate change link to devastating 2019/20 Australian bushfire season
News.com.au
Fri 6 March, 2020
Climate change did play a part in Australia’s devastating 2019 bushfire season as it has increased the chances of extreme temperatures by at least 30 per cent, a new study shows.
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Matt Canavan challenges CSIRO on climate link to bushfires
The Australian
Thu 5 March, 2020
Former resources minister Matt Canavan says Australia’s government scientists are too “reticent” back their own recent studies which found no link yet between bushfires and climate change.
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PM to Coalition: net zero emissions is on the cards
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 5 March, 2020
Scott Morrison has raised the prospect of beating Labor's target of net zero emissions by 2050 without actually mandating it.
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Green ‘lawfare’ a $65bn deal hit to projects
The Australian
Thu 5 March, 2020
Green activists are using a back door on environmental laws to delay an estimated $65bn in projects­ ranging from dams to a salmon farm, with “lawfare” forcing companies into court for more than 10,000 days in total since 2000.
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Conservative push for nuclear power will drive a wedge into the Coalition
Reneweconomy
Thu 5 March, 2020
The NSW Parliament’s State Development Committee has released its report into nuclear power. In a rare show of unity, conservative committee members held together, with Liberals, Nationals, Shooters Fishers and Farmers, and Paulina Hanson’s One Nation all recommending repeal of state laws banning uranium mining and nuclear power.
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Eurobodalla Council moves to clear bushfire waste
Inside Waste
Thu 5 March, 2020
Eurobodalla Council has struck a deal with the NSW government to remove bushfire demolition waste from residents’ land. The government will also establish and operate a new waste transfer and recycling depot for non-contaminated bricks and concrete at the adjacent Surf Beach quarry.
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LGNSW says state government must increase recycling investment
Inside Waste
Thu 5 March, 2020
The NSW government has been warned by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) that it must act soon on the state’s recycling problem, if kerbside recycling options are to be maintained and improved and the amount of waste going to landfill driven down.
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UK government underscores net-zero commitment by unlocking onshore wind
Reneweconomy
Thu 5 March, 2020
Four years since the UK government scrapped official support for new onshore wind farms, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has formally announced onshore wind will again be eligible to compete in the country’s next renewable auction.
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Climate activism not translating to investing
Financial Standard
Thu 5 March, 2020
Australia's care for climate change has not translated into how they invest their superannuation and other investment, according to research from Australian Ethical Investment.
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Corporates ‘face huge task’ to meet carbon emissions target
The Australian
Thu 5 March, 2020
Major corporations and state governments face a mammoth task in living up to their promises to achieve zero net emissions, with 33 tonnes of carbon dioxide currently emitted into the atmosphere
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Zero carbon infrastructure the focus of major new Australian study
Reneweconomy
Thu 5 March, 2020
A trio of industry and research organisation will collaborate to develop a vision for Australian infrastructure under a zero emissions environment, releasing an issues paper to kick-start industry collaboration.
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Record February heat pushes Reef corals closer to big bleaching event
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 5 March, 2020
Record sea-surface temperatures in much of the Great Barrier Reef region have intensified the risks that coral bleaching already underway could develop into another mass bleaching event.
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Chaotic climate, chaotic cities fuel Brazil flood toll
Yahoo News
Thu 5 March, 2020
Violent rain has killed scores of people and forced thousands from their homes this year in Brazil's most populous states, a disaster experts blame on climate upheaval but also rampant urbanization.
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APS to step up role in plastics war
PS News
Thu 5 March, 2020
The Australian Public Service (APS) will need to consider environmental sustainability and use of recycled materials in changes to procurement rules foreshadowed by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison this week.
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Engineers aim to turn Australia’s rubbish into a resource
Inside Waste
Thu 5 March, 2020
Leading engineers have predicted that, with the help of sustainable engineering, Australia’s rubbish will be transformed into a key resource and generate new industries. This was highlighted on March 3, when the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) celebrated UNESCO’s World Engineering Day by bringing together expertise from industry, universities, and the public sector to build the keys to turning waste streams into income streams.
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Cape Byron Distillery wins sustainability award
Food Processing
Thu 5 March, 2020
Cape Byron Distillery, producers of Brookie’s Byron Gin, has been named ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year’ at the Icons of Gin Awards 2020 in London.
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7 sustainability moments you might have missed during fashion month
Vogue Australia
Thu 5 March, 2020
Sustainability was undoubtedly the biggest talking point of spring/summer 2020 season last September, but it has taken more of a backseat for autumn/winter ’20/’21, despite the urgent action needed to tackle the climate crisis.
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