Issue date : Tue 14 April, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 49 Seconds
Number of items : 45
New “super peak” contracts open new markets for batteries and hydro
Reneweconomy
Tue 14 April, 2020
A new “super-peak” contract that is designed to cover demand in the morning and early evening peaks outside the main period of rooftop solar generation is being hailed as a landmark deal that will open up the market for renewable supporting technologies such as batteries and hydro.
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Why don't monkeys get fat? What nature teaches us about the science of eating
The Canberra Times
Tue 14 April, 2020
Stella lived in a community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. She was one of 25 adults who between them had an impressive 40 children. It was a serene setting on the foothills of Table Mountain, surrounded by vineyards, pine plantations, groves of eucalyptus trees, stretches of natural fynbos vegetation, and a few suburban settlements.
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How to beat bleaching
Cosmos
Tue 14 April, 2020
You’d have thought that the ability to produce your own food was a handy trait in any circumstance – and here we’re not just considering humans in a coronavirus-crippled world.
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Kiev says huge forest fire 'no threat' to Chernobyl nuclear zone
Yahoo News
Tue 14 April, 2020
Hundreds of firefighters on Monday battled a forest blaze in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone while officials insisted there was no risk to the ruined reactor and nearby storage facilities for nuclear waste.
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Italians stuck at home are measuring light pollution for 'science on the balcony'
Yahoo News
Tue 14 April, 2020
The fact that so many people are stuck at home makes for strange opportunities. Italy's confined populace has taken to singing from the balconies — and now researchers are asking them to use those same balconies to help accomplish a bit of citizen science.
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Australia's booming LNG industry stalls after fall in oil prices amid coronavirus
The Guardian
Mon 13 April, 2020
The extraordinary growth in Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, the main cause of recent rises in national greenhouse gas emissions, has stalled indefinitely, with decisions on more than $80bn of investments delayed due to a collapsed oil price sunk by coronavirus and a geopolitical price war.
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Australia renewables hit 50% of main grid’s net demand on Easter Saturday
Reneweconomy
Mon 13 April, 2020
Renewable energy hit what may be a record level of renewable energy on grid demand in the early afternoon on Easter Saturday, when the combined output of rooftop solar, large scale wind and solar and hydro power accounted for 50.4 per cent of net load.
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Great time to try: starting a vegetable garden
The Conversation
Mon 13 April, 2020
There is a long history of looking to one’s own garden or small farm when the weight of economic and political chaos becomes too much to bear.
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Fighting fire with fire
ABC News
Mon 13 April, 2020
Passed on through the generations, could Indigenous cultural burning save Australia's landscape from another catastrophic bushfire season?
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Coronavirus tipped to trigger record fall in global emissions
The Age
Mon 13 April, 2020
Global carbon emissions are tipped to fall 6 per cent this year, more than during any previous economic crisis or war, led by a plunge in fuel consumption as the coronavirus hits economic activity and travel.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Pollutants from new Sydney tunnel to soar without stricter standards
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 13 April, 2020
Pollutants from vehicles using new road tunnels to be built under Sydney Harbour will be up to 26 per cent higher than the government's baseline modelling for the multibillion-dollar project unless tougher European emissions standards are introduced.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Could a reborn cruise industry be a better environmental steward?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 12 April, 2020
Well before the Ruby Princess came to the attention of Australian police the ship’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, was involved in another scandal on the other side of the world involving something called, colourfully enough, a magic pipe - a home-made device that would eventually cost the company $US60 million in fines.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Rare Caracal wildcat kittens bred for the first time in Australia
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 12 April, 2020
They might look like ordinary kittens but they are actually fierce hunters who were once worshipped by ancient Egyptians and entrusted to guard the tombs of pharaohs.
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News.com.au
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Rescue team had 2 days to save koala population from bushfires
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 12 April, 2020
A population of koalas threatened by a raging bushfire in the Blue Mountains had such scientific significance, a specialised team of rescuers was sent into the line of fire to save the marsupials from nine-story high trees — but they only had two days to do
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The Advertiser
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The Herald Sun
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Accusations fly over failed jungle investment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 April, 2020
Australian entrepreneur Nigel Grier presents as a successful, sustainability innovator helping save the world while making people rich.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Koala icon Joey Elsa celebrates Easter
Sky News Australia
Sat 11 April, 2020
Much-loved koala Joey Elsa has celebrated her first Easter at the Australian Reptile Park, six months after being rescued in a critical state.
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Nepal refuses Everest clean-up amid pandemic calm
Yahoo News
Fri 10 April, 2020
Nepal's government on Friday rejected calls to use the pandemic lockdown of Mount Everest to stage a cleanup of the world's highest mountain.
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Power chief pushes home battery stimulus to aid virus recovery
The Age
Fri 10 April, 2020
The head of Australia's largest power provider, AGL, has recommended making installations of household batteries and smart meters a key plank of the federal government's post-lockdown stimulus response.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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It’s OK bro, I’ve got your back
Cosmos
Fri 10 April, 2020
In the Swahili language, Africa’s red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) is known as Askari wa kifaru or "the rhino's guard" – and now researchers from Australia and the US have shown just how accurate that is.
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What a simulated Mars mission taught me about food waste
The Conversation
Fri 10 April, 2020
As a food waste researcher, I’m interested in how humans prepare food, eat and manage leftovers. This interest is not just confined to Earth – it extends to other planets.
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ABC News
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Why Australia needs to aim for at least 75% renewables by 2030
Reneweconomy
Thu 9 April, 2020
This week in Spain, the government submitted an ambitious plan to reach 75 per cent renewables by 2030 as part of its efforts to help the world cap average global warming at well below 2°C. Australia is being urged to do the same.
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