Issue date : Wed 13 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
The fossil fuel industry has corrupted our democracy
Independent Australia
Wed 13 May, 2020
Despite the devastation of last summer's bushfires, Australia remains captive to the coal mining industry, writes Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter.
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Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?
The Conversation
Wed 13 May, 2020
Burning fossil fuels or vegetation is one way to put carbon dioxide into the air – and it is something we have become very good at. Humans are generating nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year, mostly by burning fossil fuels.
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Australian bosses more pessimistic about low-emissions future
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 13 May, 2020
Australian business executives were more pessimistic about the transition to a net zero emissions economy than their global counterparts, according to a new report.
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IFM cuts Australian infrastructure emissions by 8pc
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 13 May, 2020
IFM Investors cut carbon emissions from a suite of airports, toll roads and infrastructure assets by 8 per cent last financial year thanks partly to large-scale solar panel installations.
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As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density
The Conversation
Wed 13 May, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has left many people questioning the relationship between urban density and healthy cities. After all, physical distancing has been the most common measure to contain the spread of the virus. But this doesn’t mean higher-density cities are necessarily more vulnerable and lower-density cities more resilient to the pandemic.
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Soil pathogens rise as temperatures do
Cosmos
Wed 13 May, 2020
Pathogenic plant fungi are likely to multiply and spread as rising temperatures warm soils, thereby accelerating climate change-induced crop losses, according to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Calls to lift SA Murray barriers rejected
News.com.au
Wed 13 May, 2020
A new independent study has warned allowing seawater to flood the southern Murray basin would risk its freshwater status.
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The Mercury
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Hot dry season ahead for Northern Territory
ABC News
Wed 13 May, 2020
After a lacklustre wet season, Australia's Top End is set to receive no reprieve — with a hotter-than-average dry season predicted.
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'Still don't know': Adani nod ignored science, paper finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 May, 2020
Adani's giant coalmine planned for Queensland won federal and state approval despite major gaps in knowledge including how the pit would affect important springs nearby.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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ACT names new environment commissioner
Inside Waste
Tue 12 May, 2020
Dr Sophie Lewis is the new ACT commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment replacing the interim commissioner, Dr Margaret Kitchin.She was the 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year in recognition of her research on climate extremes and their specific relevance to Canberra.
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Will we choose a bum-led zombie urban future?
The Fifth Estate
Tue 12 May, 2020
Despite pockets of silliness, like the freedom ‘n’ gun-loving idiocy erupting in the US, sensible minds are turning to what happens once COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Already, tensions are starting to appear between resuming past urban policy settings and the need to rethink them deeply.
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Fossil fuel lobbyists call for regulation breaks during pandemic
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 May, 2020
Fossil fuel lobbyists are calling for the government to relax environmental regulations due to the coronavirus, arguing the concessions are necessary to rebuild the post-pandemic economy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Lithium Australia to produce fertiliser supplements from spent batteries
The West Australian
Tue 12 May, 2020
In an extraordinary demonstration of its aim to “close the loop” on the energy-metal cycle, Lithium Australia has tabled its initial results from test work using recovered alkaline battery metal dust to create a micro-nutrient supplement for plant fertilisers.
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Major shopping centres to convert to green energy
Energy Magazine
Tue 12 May, 2020
Four Queensland shopping centres and one in Victoria will install solar panels across their entire roofs as part of the first phase in a new renewable energy partnership.
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7 ways to rebuild Australian resilience
The Fifth Estate
Tue 12 May, 2020
The flipside of crisis is opportunity. The past six months have seen two extraordinary stressor events play out across Australia with devastating impacts – the eastern Australian drought and bushfires, closely followed by Covid-19.
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Rain moths emerge across SA with hundreds of sightings reported
The Advertiser
Tue 12 May, 2020
HEAVY autumn rainfall has triggered the emergence of rain moths the size of small bats, delighting small children and naturalists. Reports of sightings by the hundreds flooded the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Facebook page
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Put away the doona - warmer winter expected despite chilly mornings
The Brisbane Times
Tue 12 May, 2020
Despite the recent run of cold mornings, experts predict Queenslanders will not need their winter woolies too often over the next few months, with warmer-than-average temperatures predicted.
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The Age
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