Issue date : Wed 11 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded
The Conversation
Wed 11 March, 2020
The World Meteorological Organisation today published a definitive climate report card showing concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to rise, and the last five years were the warmest on record.
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Scientists warn of 'critical gaps' in Australia's climate science capability
The Guardian
Wed 11 March, 2020
A government-backed review of Australia’s climate science capability has identified “critical gaps” in the nation’s ability to understand the processes that underpin climate change, with atmospheric modelling lagging other countries.
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Hobart set to ditch single-use plastic, but how will it play out?
ABC News
Wed 11 March, 2020
Hobart is set to say goodbye to single-use plastics, after the council voted to enforce its ban on non-compostable food packaging from next year, becoming the first city in Australia to do so.
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It's time for 'ethical' super funds to be more truthfully labelled
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 11 March, 2020
It's important to look what's inside the tin when you can't trust what's on the label. Some of the worst examples of mislabelling are among ethical investment options of super funds.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Australia’s wild prawn fishers demand sustainability
Food & Beverage
Wed 11 March, 2020
Australia’s wild prawn fishers are inviting the community to ‘get on board’ by promoting the sustainable practices that make the Aussie prawn on your plate as guilt-free as it is delicious.
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A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards
The Conversation
Wed 11 March, 2020
Australia just experienced the second-warmest summer on record, with 2019 being the hottest year. Summer temperatures soared across the country, causing great economic and human loss. The good news is we can do something about this in our own backyards. We have found trees and vegetation can lower local land temperatures by up to 5-6℃ on days of extreme heat.
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The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Cosmos
Wed 11 March, 2020
Vast, rich ecosystems that have existed for millennia could collapse in less than a human lifetime, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
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Ocean plastics returning to Australian coastlines
Food & Beverage
Wed 11 March, 2020
Plastic waste in the ocean is making its way back to land and increasing pollution on Australia’s beaches, according to new research from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.
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$24m push to councils to stem organics in landfill
Inside Waste
Tue 10 March, 2020
Local councils along with the alternative waste industry, will receive $24 million from the NSW government to support improved kerbside separation of food and garden waste and encourage other better uses of waste.
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Premier must stand up to Barilaro on nuclear power
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 March, 2020
Deputy Premier John Barilaro has issued another ultimatum to the NSW government, this time over his obsession with starting a nuclear industry, but it is high time Premier Gladys Berejiklian called his bluff. Mr Barilaro is demanding that cabinet endorse a report by an upper house parliamentary committee backed by One Nation which recommends lifting the ban on uranium mining and nuclear power generation that has been in place since 1986. If cabinet refuses, he is threatening that he and perhaps the whole National Party will go their own way and vote in favour of a bill to that effect.
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Zero is the new hero
Marketing
Tue 10 March, 2020
With cultural shifts propelling concepts like wellness and sustainability into the mainstream, Irma del Mundo explores why “going zero” is the new hero and what that trend means for marketers.
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Cannon-Brookes issues call to arms on emissions
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 10 March, 2020
Atlassian co-founder and clean energy advocate Mike Cannon-Brookes has called on the federal government to get on with setting a net zero emissions target for 2050, while urging business leaders to speak out louder on climate and social issues.
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EY’s sustainability team shows no signs of growth slowdown
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 March, 2020
There’s a focus on community engagement at EY but the fastest growing service area is climate change work – from climate risk disclosures to gritty strategic work such as decarbonisation plans for governments.
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Major firms criticised for substandard RI approach
Financial Standard
Tue 10 March, 2020
The world's most influential asset managers have adopted a substandard approach to responsible investment, according to a new report.
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Moves to cut investment in fossil fuels overdue: Hewson
The Australian
Tue 10 March, 2020
Hewson Former Liberal leader John Hewson says the recent announcement by UNSW that it will divest fossil fuel investments from its portfolio by 2025 is overdue.
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Financial contagion will not derail ambitious solar project: Cannon-Brookes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 March, 2020
Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes said growing financial turbulence triggered by coronavirus will not derail the ambitious multibillion-dollar project to build a huge solar farm in Australia to supply electricity to Singapore.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Massive 720MW New England solar farm gets final green light
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 March, 2020
Plans to build a massive 720MW solar farm with up to 400MWh of battery storage in New South Wales’ New England region have received the final green light from the state’s Independent Planning Commission.
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Bushfire smoke no problem for top-notch green buildings
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 March, 2020
It was a busy summer for Adam Garnys, principal consultant at CETEC, a technical risk management consultancy with expertise in indoor air quality.
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It’s time for building professionals to embrace carbon positive
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 March, 2020
Sara Wilkinson and Wil Srubar III attended the CarbonPositive ’20 conference in LA in March to present on the use of next-generation biomaterials in construction. The three-day event reset the agenda for sustainability and decarbonisation of the built environment from lowering and minimising our carbon emissions and meeting zero carbon targets, to becoming carbon positive.
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GBCA awards Curtin University 6 Star Green Star rating
Architecture and Design
Tue 10 March, 2020
The Greater Curtin Master Plan was launched in 2014 to create an important economic and innovative hub for students, staff and visitors at Curtin’s Perth campus and now it has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for its continued commitment to creating a sustainable and thriving campus.
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Kenoteq launches sustainable brick
Architecture and Design
Tue 10 March, 2020
Kenoteq, a Scottish, spin-off company from Heriot-Watt University, has launched its sustainable building brick made from 90 percent construction waste coined, the K-Briq.
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Sea Turtles mistake plastics for prey
News.com.au
Tue 10 March, 2020
Researchers have found plastics in the ocean trap microbes and algae, which release food-like odour and cause sea turtles to confuse them for prey.
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The Advertiser
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Tenth water deficiency declared in WA shire
Utility Magazine
Tue 10 March, 2020
Western Australia Minister for Water, Dave Kelly, has declared a water deficiency for Salmon Gums in the shire of Esperance, making it the tenth water deficiency declared for WA since May 2019.
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Ditch the desal plants; cities are their own water catchments, says CRCWSC
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 March, 2020
After more than seven years as chief executive officer Professor Tony Wong has stepped down from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and its Water Sensitive Cities Institute. However, his involvement with both organisations is far from over. The Fifth Estate talks to Professor Wong about what the CRC has achieved since it was established in 2012.
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This is how you can eat more sustainable seafood
SBS World News Australia
Tue 10 March, 2020
The new GoodFish app and website promises to help reduce our impact on our oceans by encouraging more sustainable fish sources.
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