Issue date : Thu 19 March, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 27 Seconds
Number of items : 29
Video meeting of energy ministers adds to growing schism as investment plunges
Reneweconomy
Thu 19 March, 2020
Australia’s federal, state and territory energy ministers are set to convene for their next round of talks on Friday, via teleconference, as the federal government ploughs ahead with plans to support new coal-fired power stations in Queensland, and some states start to go it alone to solve grid challenges.
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Why working families need parks and playgrounds more than ever
The Conversation
Thu 19 March, 2020
Are you a parent who is struggling to find time to be with your child and help them grow? Our newly published research shows neighbourhood parks, and playgrounds in particular, provide valuable and unique opportunities for interaction between parents and children. These are places where parents can play with and teach their child new skills, and children also get to play with other children and create their own activities.
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Ticked off
Cosmos
Thu 19 March, 2020
Many American homeowners clear their lawns of fallen leaves in autumn to avoid creating tick-friendly habitats. But a new study says that raking or blowing leaves just out to the forest edge isn’t enough, as it could increase tick abundance and risk of bites.
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'I'm outraged': Secrecy over plan to dig up Sydney Harbour's toxic sludge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 19 March, 2020
Thousands of tonnes of toxic sludge containing cancer-causing chemicals is set to be dug up from the bed of Sydney Harbour, under plans for the Western Harbour Tunnel that one of the state’s leading contamination experts fears do not protect the public, including fishermen and families who swim in harbour pools.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Global warming impact on extreme weather underestimated
Cosmos
Thu 19 March, 2020
The influence of global warming on the unprecedented extreme climatic events between 2006 and 2017 has previously been underestimated, according to a new study from Stanford University, US, which could have major consequences for people’s lives.
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Wildlife survey of dam flood zone found wanting, leaked report says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 18 March, 2020
The Berejiklian government's biodiversity survey of a World Heritage zone that is set to be flooded if the Warragamba Dam wall is raised was so rushed that its koala component involved peering up into just 90 trees.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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NSW joins the race to net zero emissions by 2050
Energy Matters
Wed 18 March, 2020
With eyes fixed on the three decades into the future, the New South Wales Government is looking at a potential situation where consumption and energy use don’t mean an increase in carbon emissions.
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What role did climate change play in the Australian megafires?
Lens
Wed 18 March, 2020
In preparing for a lecture on an early spring day in the hills of Victoria, I noticed that male cicadas, usually prompted by summer temperatures, began their mating song months earlier than I could ever remember since childhood. A week later, Queensland was on fire, and many of the blazes were attributed to arson. Despite many being deliberately lit, what followed suggested climate change. The question remained as to how much.
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Carbon farmers find money grows on trees
The Australian
Wed 18 March, 2020
Farmers have been the biggest winners from Tony Abbotts direct action climate change plan, receiving 100m a year mostly for letting bush grow back.
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Copperstring could unlock wind and solar, and huge minerals province
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 March, 2020
The proponents of the proposed $1.5 billion Copperstring 2.0 transmission link from Townsville to Mt Isa in north Queensland have pointed to the huge minerals resources that could be unlocked if the ambitious project goes ahead.
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Supplier cuts energy consumption by switching to solar
Food Processing
Wed 18 March, 2020
To reduce its carbon footprint, Jet Technologies is switching to renewable energy at its Sydney headquarters. Following the installation of the industrial-scale solar project, the company has reduced its energy consumption by half. In addition to its switch to solar power, the company has appointed three of its members to join Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) working groups, including the 2020 National Packaging Targets Implementation Working Group, the 2020 APCO Design Working Group and the 2020 APCO Material Circularity Working Group.
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Peeking out from behind the meter
Ecogeneration
Wed 18 March, 2020
When business models meet an immovable object, they find a way around it by adapting and innovating. My working definition of innovation is: “That didn’t work. Let’s try something else.” The immovable object is the current Australian electricity market and its treatment of energy sources other than great big generators connected by long transmission lines sending power one way. The electrons are banished, never to darken their door again. Or rather, they were.
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FRV buys 90MW Riverina solar farm, lands PPA with Snowy Hydro
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 March, 2020
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has signed its second power purchase agreement with the federal government owned gen-tailer Snowy Hydro, this time for the output of the proposed 90MW Sebastopol Solar Farm, which is under development in the state’s Riverina Region.
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CRC for better buildings gets under way
The Fifth Estate
Wed 18 March, 2020
The Australian government has provided $28 million in funding to a 30-partner collaborative initiative to revolutionise the way buildings are designed and built in Australia.
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BMW reveal new smart hybrid technology
News.com.au
Wed 18 March, 2020
All around the world nations are cracking down on car pollution and some cities are enacting tough low emissions zones, but BMW has developed fresh tech for this new world order.
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$35 million makeover for SEQ water treatment plant
Utility Magazine
Wed 18 March, 2020
Seqwater’s Mount Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant, on Brisbane’s west, will undergo a filtration upgrade as part of a $35 million makeover to enhance water supply security for South East Queensland. Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the filtration upgrade would significantly improve the plant’s resilience to extreme weather events and climate change.
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Protests as Moscow moves to build road on radioactive dump
Yahoo News
Wed 18 March, 2020
Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners.
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