Issue date : Fri 15 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
While the world looked the other way, corporate giants abandoned coal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 15 May, 2020
Can we deal with a pandemic and global warming at once – both urgent, one an immediate hit, the other a decade-long burn? Well, yes, because – even with front pages dominated by COVID-19 – last month saw an astonishing concentration of decisions by international corporates to ditch carbon. And they slipped by, with the world looking the other way.
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No Bright Side for Carbon Screamers
The Daily Telegraph
Fri 15 May, 2020
Crazy leftists cheered our “healing planet” as coronavirus shutdowns wrecked economies and threw people out of work. But according to scientific scripture, all those shutdowns won’t make a damn bit of environmental difference:
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Pembroke gets the go-ahead for Olive Downs coal mine
Australian Mining
Fri 15 May, 2020
Pembroke Resources has received a mine approval from Australia’s environmental and government authorities for the Olive Downs coal project in Moranbah, Queensland.
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Carbon market holding up despite virus
9 News
Fri 15 May, 2020
Australia's carbon market is holding up despite the global economic impact of coronavirus, but steps are in place to back it if necessary.
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Yahoo News
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Providing true-to-label exposure
Money Management
Fri 15 May, 2020
Recent years have seen a surge in interest in socially responsible or ethical investing, both in Australia and globally, coinciding with widespread concern around environmental and societal and governance (ESG) issues. Advisers are likely to find an increasing number of clients want to invest in a way that reflects their ethical and environmental stance.
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Rebuilding from disaster: it doesn’t end when housing aid projects finish
The Conversation
Fri 15 May, 2020
Disasters are typically followed by an influx of resources, including millions of dollars channelled through humanitarian agencies for rebuilding housing. Images of destruction and distressed victims create deep empathy and generosity, generating a “revolution of giving” to ease suffering and help rebuild shattered lives. For instance, the Aceh post-tsunami reconstruction received nearly US$7 billion worth of humanitarian aid.
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Happy feat: How penguin poo acts like laughing gas
News.com.au
Fri 15 May, 2020
Don’t laugh, but the waste product of Antartica’s king penguins has powerful properties that can send scientists researching the birds completely silly.
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The Courier Mail
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Constant ‘quakes below Mauna Kea
Cosmos
Fri 15 May, 2020
According to a new study, more than a million deep, low-frequency earthquakes have rumbled beneath it over the past two decades in what the researchers describe as a record of seismic activity unlike any other on Earth.
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Meet Emma Watson and Michelle Obama's favourite sustainable jewellery designer
Vogue Australia
Thu 14 May, 2020
It continually sells out, and it’s been searched on average a very formidable 2,000 times per month on global fashion search platform Lyst. In their 2020 Conscious Fashion Report, Laura Lombardi’s Fede necklace is one of the most wanted items right now.
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Renewables plan to rebuild Tasmania’s economy
Utility Magazine
Thu 14 May, 2020
Renewable energy, including the Battery of the Nation and Marinus Link, will form a key part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to rebuild the state’s economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ESG investing to remain strong through pandemic
Financial Standard
Thu 14 May, 2020
Despite COVID-19 shaking the world to its core, the themes underpinning ESG investing are not about to change, according to a global asset manager.
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Macadamia growers go greener
Food & Drink Business
Thu 14 May, 2020
Recent research has found further insights into the inherent sustainability of macadamia trees, giving growers guidance on how to adopt more sustainable on-farm practices to meet today’s conscious consumer’s demand.
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Qld youth rallies to stop Palmer coal mine
Yahoo News
Thu 14 May, 2020
Environmentalists are taking legal action to stop Clive Palmer's company Waratah Coal getting the approvals it needs to mine the Galilee Basin for coal.
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Northern Minerals to jump on renewables at Browns Range
Australian Mining
Thu 14 May, 2020
Northern Minerals has inked an agreement with Soluna Australia to replace diesel power generation at the Browns Range rare earth operation in Western Australia with renewable energy.
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Australia’s reputation as solar leader under threat if ARENA funding not extended
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 May, 2020
Australia is already global trailblazer when it comes to solar energy. We’re one of the sunniest countries on earth, leading the world in the development of solar technology, and we have a higher percentage of households with rooftop solar than just about anywhere else.
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Massive 60MW floating solar plant secures 25-year PPA in Singapore
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 May, 2020
A 60MW floating solar plant that will take Singapore’s national water utility to 100 per cent renewables is set to be built off the back of a 25-year power purchase agreement signed this week.
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US energy-related CO2 emissions to experience biggest fall since 1949
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 May, 2020
The United States government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) is now forecasting that the country’s energy-related CO2 emissions will decline by 11% in 2020 – which would be the largest decline dating back to 1949.
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Renewables, not gas, will power resurgence of Australian manufacturing
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 May, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Australians of the importance of a resilient and versatile domestic manufacturing sector. It has confirmed that being able to domestically produce a full range of essential manufactures is a matter of national wellbeing.
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Cheap electricity is back, and the next casualty will be a coal fired generator
Reneweconomy
Thu 14 May, 2020
There is still more than 6GW of new wind and solar supply either under construction, or with power purchase agreements in place, that will enter Australia’s electricity market. That’s excluding the 1 to 2GW per year of behind-the-meter supply. And the existing supply will increase output further as transmission restrictions or other “hold-point” solutions are gradually relaxed.
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Scientists closer to developing heat-tolerant wheat
Food Processing
Thu 14 May, 2020
Lancaster University researchers working on molecular-level responses in crops are one step closer to producing heat-tolerant wheat, to help protect crops from rising temperatures. Much like smart thermostats tell air conditioners to switch on when the sun is bearing down in the summer and when to shut down to conserve energy, plants have Rubisco activase (Rca). Rca tells the plant’s energy-producing enzyme (Rubisco) to kick on when the sun is shining and signals it to stop when the leaf is deprived of light to conserve energy.
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Clean-ups and illegal dumping soar during COVID
Inside Waste
Thu 14 May, 2020
New South Wales councils are seeing extraordinary increases in kerbside clean-up bookings while members of the public are being asked to report illegal dumping in their communities.
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Beyond keyboard crusaders: The power of social media and online activism
Lens
Thu 14 May, 2020
In an attention economy, the loudest voice isn’t always the most impactful. At a time when supporters of various causes are shouting louder than ever, Monash experts are finding new ways of getting important, accurate information to the community using a different tactic.
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