Issue date : Wed 15 April, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 33 Seconds
Number of items : 30
Westpac urged to stop supporting projects that boost fossil fuel industry
The Guardian
Wed 15 April, 2020
More than 50 climate change and environment groups have written to Westpac’s new boss, Peter King, saying the bank’s expected revision of its climate policy should rule out backing projects that increase the size of the fossil fuel industry.
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Rio Tinto Australia's biggest mining emitter
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 15 April, 2020
In June 2019, Norway’s central bank lifted an 11-year investment blockade of Rio Tinto. On ethical grounds (specifically Rio’s pollution in Indonesia), Norges Bank had forced the Government Pension Fund Global to divest its $US850 million stake in the Anglo-Australian miner in early 2008.
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Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat
The Conversation
Wed 15 April, 2020
Generally, white materials reflect more light than dark ones, and this is also true for buildings and infrastructure. The outside and roof of a building soak up the heat from the sun, but if they are made of materials and finishes in lighter or white colours, this can minimise this solar absorption.
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Abuse and abandonment: why pets are at risk during this pandemic
The Conversation
Wed 15 April, 2020
In a few short months the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a series of dramatic social, political and environmental changes. Yet the focus remains resolutely on humans, leaving animals largely out of the picture.
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Nagnata founder Laura May on sustainable design, social responsibility, and uplifting women through clothes
Vogue Australia
Wed 15 April, 2020
The Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award, together with the Australian Fashion Council (AFC), has given rise to some of Australia’s most successful working designers today (Albus Lumen; Emma Mulholland; Christopher Esber). Now, fashion and lifestyle label Nagnata, founded by Laura May in Byron Bay and launched in 2017, has been crowned this year’s winner.
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Queenslanders poised to decide the future of single-use plastics
Inside Waste
Tue 14 April, 2020
Queenslanders have until tomorrow, April 15 to consult with the government on a state-wide ban on single use plastic that will initially focus on straws, drink stirrers, cutlery and plates.
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Coronavirus hits recycling as demand drops and waste increases
Farm Weekly
Tue 14 April, 2020
April is Earth Month, and while in past years we would have created human-inspired activities to promote appreciation of where we live, it seems that this month the planet has decided upon self-care.
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The pandemic: A consequence of our destructiveness
Independent Australia
Tue 14 April, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a warning of what will accompany our upsetting of the balance of diversity and it is a warning which we would do well to heed, writes Bilal Cleland.
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COVID-19 and the SDGs: moving forward after the crisis
The Fifth Estate
Tue 14 April, 2020
Many governments, businesses and local communities have made commitments towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but COVID-19 may set some of these commitments back.
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This newly found ‘doom spiral’ could be the longest organism ever seen
Australian Geographic
Tue 14 April, 2020
THOUGHT TO BE more than 120 metres long, this giant siphonophore – a type of marine organism related to jellyfish and corals – was spotted off the coast of Western Australia a couple of weeks ago by a team from the Western Australian Museum and the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Curtin University, and Geoscience Australia.
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All eyes are on coronavirus... but what about the planet?
ProBono Australia News
Tue 14 April, 2020
As many countries shut their borders, impose heavy-duty lock down laws, and scramble to deal with the financial and social implications of coronavirus, the climate crisis has shifted out of focus.
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Water in estuaries along NSW coast has warmed by more than 2C, study finds
The Guardian
Tue 14 April, 2020
Water in estuaries along 1,100km of Australia’s south-east coast warmed by more than 2C between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.
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Coronavirus set to cause largest ever annual fall in CO2 emissions
Reneweconomy
Tue 14 April, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold at a staggering pace, decimating lives, livelihoods and the normal functioning of society, as well as interrupting energy demand and CO2 emissions.
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Asthmatics warned to stay in doors as scheduled burn offs take place around state
The Mercury
Tue 14 April, 2020
SUSTAINABLE Timber Tasmania is planning to conduct the following burns today subject to further on-site evaluation of conditions including temperature, wind direction/speed, fuel and vegetation moisture, and favourable smoke dispersion away from population
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Containers for Change launch deferred due to COVID-19
Inside Waste
Tue 14 April, 2020
The launch of Western Australia’s container deposit scheme Containers for Change has been deferred due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and its expected disruption to refund points. The decision accords with advice from the scheme co-ordinator, WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL).
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Rubbish dumped outside Geelong charity stores
The Geelong Advertiser
Tue 14 April, 2020
Mouldy clothes and broken furniture have been dumped at closed op-shops across Geelong.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Herald Sun
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