Issue date : Fri 1 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
We will deliver energy security
The Australian
Fri 1 May, 2020
This pandemic has had a profound impact on global oil markets. As households and businesses have curtailed travel, consumer demand for oil products has dropped dramatically, with the price of US oil recently falling into negative territory. With this comes an opportunity to strengthen our fuel supply chain and build a strategic reserve, while boosting our local fuel sector and supplies. We are seizing these.
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Coronavirus: CSIRO armed nation for infectious invader
The Australian
Fri 1 May, 2020
COVID-19 is unprecedented, but we’re not unprepared. There’s a lot that science can help us predict. Drought combined with climate change will lead to more bushfires; finite resources will lead to seeking renewable solutions; and increased global traffic will lead to faster disease transmission.
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Corporate social responsibility: How can companies take a stance?
In the Black
Fri 1 May, 2020
With corporate social responsibility part of the business mainstream, companies are now expected to make a profit and a difference. How can they ensure their corporate image aligns with their behaviour?
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Deep dive: Why “step change” to high renewables grid will deliver low cost, reliable grid
Reneweconomy
Fri 1 May, 2020
Modelling considers two key pathways for the future development of the NEM, including our Central case for the “current transition” of the market, and an Alternative case, reflecting AEMO’s “step change” shift to renewable energy in line with a “well below 2°C” carbon budget under the Paris Agreement.
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Where city meets country
Utility Magazine
Fri 1 May, 2020
As Victoria experiences a rise in climate emergencies, population growth and threats to food security, it’s now more important than ever for the rural and urban water sectors to work together, says Cameron FitzGerald, Managing Director of Southern Rural Water.
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More roads, fewer tigers, study suggests
Cosmos
Fri 1 May, 2020
Nearly 24,000 kilometres of new roads will be built in Asian tiger habitat by mid-century, potentially increasing the risk of the animal’s extinction, according to a new study.
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AEMO lays out “action plan” to manage 75 pct wind and solar by 2025
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 April, 2020
The Australian Energy Market Operator has laid out an action plan to accommodate levels of up to 75 per cent “instant” penetration of wind and solar in Australia’s main grid by 2025, saying the country had the technical know-how to cope with such a high penetration of wind and solar, but needed to urgently update the market and regulatory settings.
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'Breakthrough moment': Woodside investors revolt on climate change
The Age
Thu 30 April, 2020
Woodside Petroleum has been hit with a record-breaking investor push to slash emissions and link executive pay to achieving bold new targets, as Australia's oil and gas industry emerges as the next front for shareholder pressure on climate change.
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FASEA too soft on ethical investing: Advisers
Financial Standard
Thu 30 April, 2020
During a Responsible Investment Association of Australasia webinar some financial advisers have suggested that FASEA's Code of Ethics doesn't go far enough on ethical investing.
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Northern Trust touts new ESG tool to instos
Financial Standard
Thu 30 April, 2020
The fast-growing custodian is pitching a new ESG analytics tools to local superannuation funds and asset managers to track, compare and benchmark their ESG score.
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CEFC should expand into bushfire resilience, adaptation, investor group says
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 April, 2020
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation should be able to invest in climate change resilience measures, which would help spur investments in bushfire responses, a group representing some of Australia’s largest institutional investors has said.
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Wind energy overtakes gas to be leading source of electricity in Ireland
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 April, 2020
For the first time wind energy became Ireland’s leading source of electricity for a full quarter, beating out natural gas for the first three months of 2020, when it accounted for 43.8% of demand compared to natural gas’s 41.8%.
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Making infrastructure sustainable offers a bigger bang for our buck
The Fifth Estate
Thu 30 April, 2020
Infrastructure’s social licence to operate is in jeopardy thanks to the community’s construction fatigue and sheer opposition, with around $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects delayed, cancelled or mothballed over the past decade. Making these projects certified under a sustainability rating scheme could turn the tide.
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Infrastructure Magazine
How sustainable infrastructure will aid COVID-19 rebound
Debate over whether deer a pest or resource for hunters flares up
The Weekly Times
Thu 30 April, 2020
It is time for deer to be declared a pest species — not a resource for hunters — says the chief of Australias Invasive Species Council. A WAR of words has erupted over the management of feral deer in Tasmania with calls for more to be done.
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The ibis has thrived in a world without humans
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 30 April, 2020
The deserted streets have suited the ibis - colloquially known as the bin chicken - down to the ground, proving they don’t need humans to survive.
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Winds of change: Rethinking disaster relief after Cyclone Harold
The Interpreter
Thu 30 April, 2020
Wind speeds over 215 kilometres per hour, more than 180,000 people affected, communities and their infrastructure hit hard, and countries in lockdown – Cyclone Harold is the most recent climate-fuelled calamity to wreak havoc in the Pacific islands. Combined with the Covid-19 pandemic, this recovery will be one of the most challenging for the region.
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Rare macadamia trees destroyed in Queensland bushfires
The Brisbane Times
Thu 30 April, 2020
A cluster of rare and important macadamia trees that were already at risk of disappearing has been destroyed by bushfires in Queensland.
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Pandemic: Less air pollution means thousands fewer die
Yahoo News
Thu 30 April, 2020
There will be 11,000 fewer deaths in European countries under coronavirus lockdown due to a sharp drop in fossil fuel pollution during April, according to research released Thursday.
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Coronavirus could nudge product design in a more circular direction
The Fifth Estate
Thu 30 April, 2020
It’s time for wide-open creativity as we work our way of the pandemic crisis. What about more local manufacturing and production – and a big eye on circular economy as we go? New research that just received grant funding might help lead the way.
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