Issue date : Fri 17 April, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 03 Seconds
Number of items : 36
ARENA future clouded as Taylor fudges on board appointments
Reneweconomy
Fri 17 April, 2020
New questions have been raised over the potential future of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency after federal energy minister Angus Taylor opted to extend the appointments of ARENA’s board members by just three months.
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The coronavirus, climate change and my fears as a doctor
The Canberra Times
Fri 17 April, 2020
As a medical doctor, my role in this terrible COVID-19 crisis should be to calm your anxieties and not to relate my own. My three adult children work on the front line, dealing with patients with likely infection. I can also feel the threat and pressure on health workers in emergency departments, and in the many general practices around this nation with huge patient loads and inadequate facilities.
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Will the pandemic stall action on climate change?
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 17 April, 2020
Near the top of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, 3400m above sea level, a gleaming observatory surrounded by dark lava rocks measures carbon dioxide levels every second of every day.
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How to attract girls, if you’re a lemur
Cosmos
Fri 17 April, 2020
Male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) appear to make themselves more attractive to females by secreting a fruity and floral aroma from their wrists.
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Putting drought in the spotlight
Cosmos
Fri 17 April, 2020
Of all the natural disasters, droughts strike right at the heart of life itself – no human, animal or plant can survive without water.
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Extreme floods to hit US cities 'almost daily' by 2100
Yahoo News
Fri 17 April, 2020
Coastal cities in the United States could experience "once in a lifetime" extreme flood events almost daily by the end of the century if sea levels continue to rise at current rates, new research showed on Thursday.
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Warning about amount of toxic sludge to be dug up for harbour tunnel
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 17 April, 2020
The state's transport agency has been warned that the amount of highly contaminated sludge dredged from Sydney Harbour for a multibillion-dollar road tunnel and barged to White Bay in the city's inner west could be "more significant" than predicted.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Bushfire Royal Commission into Australia's harrowing 'Black Summer' begins in Canberra
ABC News
Thu 16 April, 2020
The chair of Australia's Bushfire Royal Commission has extended his sympathy to the families of 33 people who died during Australia's disastrous "Black Summer" and says the harrowing season will linger in the national psyche.
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'Unbelievable what's happening': Fire inquiry reviews 1000 submissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 16 April, 2020
When the giant Currowan fire jumped the Shoalhaven River on the NSW south coast and roared into the Kangaroo Valley in early January, it trapped four fire crews in a so-called Dead Man’s Zone of danger.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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NSW grab for environmental river flows dead in the water
The Age
Thu 16 April, 2020
A call from senior NSW Nationals for Commonwealth-owned environment water to be redirected to farmers is set to sink almost as quickly as it was floated with Victoria and South Australia opposing the move, and experts declaring it illegal.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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A year on, WA's environmental watchdog releases its new pollution guidelines
WAToday
Thu 16 April, 2020
More than a year after its net-zero pollution ambitions were swiftly rejected by the state government and resources industry, Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has finally released its new greenhouse gas emission guidelines.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Could renewables be the answer to COVID-19 economic recovery?
Energy Matters
Thu 16 April, 2020
Last year we saw so many wins for Australia’s renewables market. We even saw 4.4.GW of new installations and capacity developed across the nation. Almost a quarter of the country’s electricity supply right now all stems from these renewable energy sources. So, we can bag a few wins from 2019 overall.
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Shell aims to be a net zero emissions business by 2050
Yahoo News
Thu 16 April, 2020
Shell is the latest oil giant to commit to carbon neutrality. Following BP’s announcement earlier this year, Shell has now unveiled an ambitious set of targets that aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner. Simply put, ‘net zero’ means achieving an overall balance between emissions that are created and emissions that are taken out of the atmosphere. So by achieving net zero, Shell will have no adverse impact on the emissions contributing to climate change.
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Green tape to shed light on customer greenhouse gas emissions
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 16 April, 2020
Iron ore miners and oil and gas producers face having to disclose expected annual and life-of-project customer greenhouse gas emissions under new environmental approval guidelines in resources rich Western Australia.
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SA Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site
Reneweconomy
Thu 16 April, 2020
Nothing says energy transition quite like a renewable energy facility being built on an old fossil fuel asset. Solar farms have been built on or near several old coal plants, and now the South Australia state government utility SA Water plans to build a new solar farm with more than 35,000 solar PV panels on the site of a former oil refinery.
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The Advertiser
Port Stanvac oil refinery site to be transformed into 35,000 panel solar farm
NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
Can solar power ever fully replace fossil fuels?
Particle
Thu 16 April, 2020
The 2019/20 Australian bushfire season, known as the black summer, changed how remote communities get electricity. But can we change the entire nation’s energy use?
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The Brisbane home that shows 8.7 NaTHERS needn’t cost the earth
The Fifth Estate
Thu 16 April, 2020
Many people wanting to build their dream home think energy efficiency and sustainability come at a price premium thanks to costly add-ons. But a modest home in the Brisbane suburb of Sherwood designed by Dion Seminara and his team was completed on a tight budget for a retiree client.
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Meanwhile, the ibises are going to be totally fine without us
Australian Geographic
Thu 16 April, 2020
WONDERING HOW OUR bin-pillaging, savvy-scavenger friends are coping during the COVID-19 lockdown, which has forced humans indoors and with them all their delicious food scraps? Well, scientists say they’re probably doing just fine without us.
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How invasive plants use fire to overtake natives
Particle
Thu 16 April, 2020
The bushfires of the 2019/20 summer were the most destructive Australia has ever seen. With more than 20% of Australia’s forests burned, traumatic scenes were broadcast all around the world. Not long afterwards, hopeful images of regrowth started to circulate through the news media.
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Where to with food waste?
Inside Waste
Thu 16 April, 2020
There is undoubtedly a connection between the recent catastrophic fire season and increasing global warming leading to climate change.
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Coronavirus doubters follow climate denial playbook
Reneweconomy
Thu 16 April, 2020
For the climate community, observing U.S. national political leaders’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic has been like watching the climate crisis unfold on fast-forward. Many – particularly on the political right – have progressed through the same five stages of science denial in the face of both threats.
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