Issue date : Wed 6 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Coal can power the restart, not divestment: Pitt
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 6 May, 2020
Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has lashed the ''misguided" lenders that have vowed to abandon coal, saying new mining and energy projects will be crucial in waking the economy from its coronavirus slumber.
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July start for nation's biggest solar farm
The Canberra Times
Wed 6 May, 2020
Ms Palaszczuk will make the announcement at the Smart Energy Council summit on Wednesday, where the focus will be on using renewable energy projects to revitalise the economy after coronavirus.
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Perthnow
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Do we really need 100 new technologies to drive emissions reductions?
Reneweconomy
Wed 6 May, 2020
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister flagged the potential for deeper cuts in Australia’s emissions that would deliver a net zero economy by 2050, a doubling of renewable energy in the National Electricity Market (NEM) and “more than 100 new technologies” to reduce emissions.
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What’s the footprint on your parcel?
ProBono Australia News
Wed 6 May, 2020
Each year, 841 million online deliveries arrive on Australian doorsteps, with most of us not stopping to think about what kind of impact that has on the planet. Sendle, Australia’s first carbon-neutral delivery service, is trying to change this, writes Maggie Coggan in this month’s Spotlight on social enterprise.
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Cotton industry cuts water usuage
The Weekly Times
Wed 6 May, 2020
THE cotton industry is using about half as much water to produce a bale of cotton than it did in 1992. And it is using 34 per cent less land and 97 per cent less insecticides, a new report has shown.
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How renewables could jumpstart economy, create 50,000 jobs
Energy Magazine
Wed 6 May, 2020
The Clean Energy Council has laid out a plan to leverage Australia’s renewable energy and energy storage potential to jumpstart the nation’s economic resurgence from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Planners say pandemic shows farmland on city fringes is crucial
The Age
Wed 6 May, 2020
Food grown on Melbourne’s fringe has helped the city weather the coronavirus pandemic with supplies of fresh, locally grown produce relatively unaffected by the crisis.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Logging likely had significant effect on summer fires: scientists
The Age
Wed 6 May, 2020
Logging native forests increases the severity and risk of bushfires and likely had a significant effect on Australia's unprecedented summer fires.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
How plants help make their kids stronger
Cosmos
Wed 6 May, 2020
Making a single gene inactive can induce a form of "stress memory" in plants that is then inherited by some progeny, making them more resilient, according to US geneticists.
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Climate explained: how the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives
The Conversation
Wed 6 May, 2020
Both Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, two of the biggest players in the rapidly expanding meat alternatives market, claim their vegan burger patties (made primarily from a variety of plant proteins and oils) are 90% less climate polluting than a typical beef patty produced in the United States.
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6,000 years of climate history: an ancient lake in the Murray-Darling has yielded its secrets
The Conversation
Wed 6 May, 2020
For millions of years, the Murray River has flowed from the Australian Alps across the inland plains, winding through South Australia before emptying into the ocean. But the final leg of its journey once looked vastly different.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Like a fiord: Ancient Murray River lake reveals our changing climate
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Yahoo News
Murray's past could unlock climate future
Perthnow
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
The Newcastle Herald
Sea level rise risk evident in discovery of giant ancient lake in the Murray-Darling basin
New EPA powers delayed by a year in coronavirus 'omnibus' bill
The Age
Tue 5 May, 2020
Strong new powers promised to the environment watchdog have been delayed by more than a year, sparking fears cowboy companies will persist with unsafe management of toxic waste.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Environment protections dead in the water
Independent Australia
Tue 5 May, 2020
Anti-environmentalism is rampant and our political leaders should scare the hell out of us, writes Sue Arnold.
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Pandemic Habits: An increased consumer focus on 'ethical consumption'
AdNews
Tue 5 May, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift in consumer behaviour to focus even more on ethical consumption, according to findings of an Accenture survey of more than 3,000 consumers in 15 countries across five continents.
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Sustainable funds lead pack as COVID-19 pandemic rolls on
The Age
Tue 5 May, 2020
There is a myth in financial markets that ethical investing comes with a feel-good premium. When you opt to go green, you miss out on some fat dividends and steady returns from tried-and-tested stocks that fall outside the investment philosophy, such as fossil-fuel mining and exploration.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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New coal royalties for Rio Tinto's climate saints
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 5 May, 2020
Ever since releasing its inaugural climate change report in February 2019, Rio Tinto has excruciatingly belaboured its exit from coal mining the previous year. Again and again, the company’s leadership has characterised itself as “well-positioned to contribute to a low-carbon future” and hyped its newly “fossil-fuel-free portfolio”, one “differentiated from our industry peers, with a fundamentally changed exposure to environmental, social and governance risks”.
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Woodside shareholders send strong climate message
ProBono Australia News
Tue 5 May, 2020
Australian investors are “waking up” to the gas industry’s lack of action on climate change, activists say, following a record breaking number of Woodside Petroleum’s shareholders voting in favour of the company setting new science-based climate targets.
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Australian auditors lag on climate risk disclosure, expert warns
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 5 May, 2020
Australia is falling behind on disclosing climate risks in financial statements despite local companies being especially prone to the consequences of changes in the weather, an expert has warned.
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Covid-19 is giving the thermal coal sector a look at its long-term future
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 May, 2020
As the economic impact of the coronavirus takes its toll, Australian thermal coal prices are now at their lowest level since 2016. This week the price for high energy Newcastle thermal coal dropped to US$50.60 a tonne, down around 25% already since January.
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Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 May, 2020
Mixed messages emerging from Canberra are effectively masking what is a plain truth – the Morrison government is leaving the door open to the fossil fuel industry to get a foothold in Australia’s fledgling hydrogen sector.
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Modvion erects first wooden wind power tower in Sweden
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 May, 2020
Swedish engineering and industrial design company Modvion announced at the end of April that it had erected Sweden’s first wooden wind tower, billed as being “as strong as steel”.
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Whole life value tool will help create net zero buildings in the UK
The Fifth Estate
Tue 5 May, 2020
In the UK the government is accelerating development of a tool for public procurement to determine whole life value – including natural, social and net zero metrics – for the post-Covid emergency recovery.
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T2 launches sustainable store amid customer change
Inside Retail
Tue 5 May, 2020
Tea retailer T2 has launched its first five-star green star design review rated store in Westfield Bondi Junction, featuring the brand’s first refilling station.
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Residents protest to save unburnt forest from developer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 May, 2020
Residents of a South Coast community are resorting to roadside yoga and other lockdown-appropriate protests in a bid to save their last patch of unburnt bushland from being flattened for a housing estate.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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This is how you can eat more sustainable seafood
SBS World News Australia
Tue 5 May, 2020
The new GoodFish app and website promises to help reduce our impact on our oceans by encouraging more sustainable fish sources.
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