Issue date : Thu 14 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 03 Seconds
Number of items : 36
Thousands of jobs could come from scores of new recycling centres
The Age
Thu 14 May, 2020
More than 5000 new jobs would be created by construction of scores of new or updated recycling centres across Victoria, as a targeted way out of the coronavirus pandemic's economic slump, the state’s infrastructure advisor says.
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How fixing Victoria's $4 billion food problem could create a profitable waste industry
The Herald Sun
Twenty-year recycling plan set to slash our waste
The Daily Telegraph
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Mercury
The Australian
$1.1bn bill to meet recycling targets
Yahoo News
$1b Vic recycling overhaul plan mooted
All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 14 May, 2020
The Independent Planning Commission will have 12 weeks to decide whether to approve controversial developments and mining projects, as part of the government's push to ensure timely decision-making.
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ENVIRONMENT: Localised bait crab depletion
Fishing World
Thu 14 May, 2020
A RECENT enquiry about the most common species of crabs used for bait by NSW rock fishers set me thinking about how our eastern rock platforms have been exploited over the years that I’ve been fishing.
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AGL and BHP sanctioned by Norwegian wealth fund over emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 14 May, 2020
The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has dumped its stake in AGL and placed BHP “under observation” as it seeks to sell its interests in companies that produce too much greenhouse gas emissions.
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Energy efficiency upgrades a covid-19 recovery opportunity
Ecogeneration
Thu 14 May, 2020
There are a few ways of looking at the impacts of covid-19 on energy upgrade opportunities. Many industrial sites have remained fully operational, various commercial sites such as retail, hospitality and office sites have been using less electricity as they have been closed, and households have been using more electricity as families work, study and entertain themselves at home. So, on the one hand, many sites have not been accessible for undertaking project scopes and completing energy upgrades. On the other hand, other sites have been able to grasp the opportunity, turning their attention to scoping out and even completing upgrades more easily than when sites are fully operational.
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Cassowaries shine in an interesting way
Cosmos
Thu 14 May, 2020
The cassowary achieves its luxuriously glossy plumage through modifications to feather shape similar to the hair structure of some mammals with scale-like body coverings, according to a new US study.
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Mosquitoes are really on the radar
Cosmos
Thu 14 May, 2020
The quest to curb the spread of malaria rightly knows no bounds, and now we’re even turning to radar technology – with promising results.
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Boosting coral heat resistance
Cosmos
Thu 14 May, 2020
Australian scientists may have found a way to help corals become more tolerant to warmer waters by fast-tracking heat adaptations of microalgae that live symbiotically with them.
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NASA backs studies on environmental effects of COVID-19 lockdowns
Yahoo News
Thu 14 May, 2020
You’ve probably heard stories of skies and water clearing up while most people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how much have things improved, really? Scientists are about to rely on NASA technology to find out. The space agency is funding four research projects that will rely on satellites and various data resources to understand how pandemic lockdowns have affected pollution worldwide.
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Fuel industry’s dirty little secret
The West Australian
Thu 14 May, 2020
Next time you fill up at the service station, think about the petrol you’re using. Australia is lagging behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to fuel quality and our vehicle emissions standards are out of step with Europe as industry undertakes to upgrade refining capability by 2027.
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Illegally dumped waste surges in Sydney due to 'COVID cleanout'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 14 May, 2020
Illegal dumping of rubbish soared by more than a third in NSW last month as residents who were forced to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus cleaned out their properties.
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Tasmania unveils action plan to reach 200 per cent renewables
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 May, 2020
The Tasmania state Liberal government has unveiled a draft action plan to reach its target of “200 per cent” renewables by 2040, saying the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the economy meant there had never been a more important time to manage the transition to renewable energy.
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Tasmania's renewable energy plan could force tough choice on the Coalition
The Age
The Brisbane Times
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The Mercury
State Government releases draft renewable energy action plan
Will renewable energy be a winner in global post-pandemic recovery programs?
The Fifth Estate
Wed 13 May, 2020
The renewable energy industry has weathered the effects of the pandemic according to the Financial Times of London, which reports one industry insider saying, “the pandemic does not affect whether the sun shines or the wind blows”.
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Latrobe Valley residents lodge legal challenge over toxic coal ash
The Age
Wed 13 May, 2020
Latrobe Valley residents have lodged a legal challenge with the state's pollution watchdog over fears the former Hazelwood power station’s coal ash dumps will leach into nearby streams and contaminate groundwater.
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How the Murdoch press defended fossil fuel industry while Australia burned
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 May, 2020
Greenpeace Australia has unveiled the outcomes of an investigation into how News Corp outlets rushed to the defence of the fossil fuel industry during Australia’s summer of unprecedented bushfires, spreading misinformation about the role of climate change.
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The ‘missing middle’ is still missing
ProBono Australia News
Wed 13 May, 2020
We’ve got it backwards. Many of the biggest opportunities for preventative intervention and impact exist in emergent spaces. But much of the current appetite for impact investment is in comparatively “de-risked” and “ready” propositions.
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IFM cuts carbon footprint from Aussie infra assets
Financial Standard
Wed 13 May, 2020
IFM Investors' local infrastructure assets, which include Ausgrid, major airports, ports and toll roads, cut their carbon footprint by 7.9% in the year ending June 2019.
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Munich Re, Zurich, Lloyd's come under fire for supporting tar sands pipeline
Insurance Business
Wed 13 May, 2020
Unfriend Coal – a global network of NGOs and social movements appealing for insurance companies to divest out of the fossil fuel business – has called out major insurance companies Lloyd’s, Zurich, and Munich Re for providing hundreds of millions in liability insurance coverage to the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
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BP looks to add 1.5GW wind and solar for huge renewable hydrogen project in W.A.
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 May, 2020
Oil and gas giant BP is looking to build 1.5 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity in Western Australia if it goes ahead with a full commercial project to build a renewable hydrogen production facility in that state, with an eye to the export market.
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FRV’s Goonumbla solar farm powers up in New South Wales
Reneweconomy
Wed 13 May, 2020
The 67.8MW Goonumbla solar farm, developed by international renewable energy company FRV near Parkes in New South Wales, has begun sending power to the grid.
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Indian plant lacked environmental clearance before leak that killed 12
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 May, 2020
New Delhi: A plastics factory in India where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds more last week lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway, exposing a potentially dangerous enforcement gap in the country's laws.
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How to make meals from parts of fruit and veg you've never used before
SBS World News Australia
Wed 13 May, 2020
'Nose-to-tail' has long been a catchcry for sustainability advocates and gourmands alike who argue that we should use the whole animal in food preparation, leaving little to waste. In its footsteps followed 'fin-to-scale', seafood's version of no-waste cooking.
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