Issue date : Wed 20 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 06 Seconds
Number of items : 60
Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers 'extreme' emissions drop
The Age
Wed 20 May, 2020
The coronavirus shutdown has triggered extraordinary reductions in global carbon emissions but the likely annual decrease is comparable only to the reductions needed year on year over decades to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, new research finds.
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Sussan Ley's largesse: Koalas failed to make the grade
Independent Australia
Wed 20 May, 2020
While the Government has pledged further funding to bushfire recovery, a deeper look reveals that the plight of koalas has again been ignored, writes Sue Arnold.
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Overseas investors sought to support hydrogen dream
The Mercury
Wed 20 May, 2020
A number of national and international companies have already visited Tasmania to discuss our hydrogen future, State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson says.
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Carbon capture and storage is a big step back to the dirty dark age: IEEFA
Ecogeneration
Wed 20 May, 2020
The world is grappling with how best to manage the health and economic consequences of two global emergencies, covid-19 and the urgent need to reach zero emissions. The near term is dominated by the current pandemic and finding a balance between the continuing public health response to avoid a second wave of infections, and the critical need to restart our economy. But it’s not just a restart that we’re after – it’s a new start.
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Old friendships alone won't save us from climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 20 May, 2020
It should not be a surprise that the independent panel advising the government on how to better spend $2.5 billion on clean energy projects has proposed that it should kick the door open to, well, dirty energy.
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Talking Point: Curb consumption to save our race
The Mercury
Wed 20 May, 2020
A post-pandemic recourse to conventional growth economics will only worsen, not fix, both the acceleration of the extinction of our species and global warming, warns Bob Brown
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Aus Ethical support UN climate change campaign
Money Management
Wed 20 May, 2020
Fund manager Australian Ethical is among 155 companies supporting a UN-backed campaign to urge governments to align their COVID-19 recovery plans with climate science.
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Cheap gas to power recovery
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 20 May, 2020
A gas pipeline from Western Australia, boosted production in the eastern states, and even shifting energy-intensive manufacturing west, are all options under consideration by the expert committee advising the government on how cheap gas will play a key role in Australia's economic recovery.
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Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory
The Conversation
Wed 20 May, 2020
The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling traffic. In Australia, the New South Wales government is encouraging councils to follow suit.
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One, then some: how to count like a bee
The Conversation
Wed 20 May, 2020
If you were a honeybee, how would you choose where to find flowers? Imagine your first flight out of the hive searching for food. What would you do if you saw flower patches with one flower, or three, or twelve, or twenty?
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Fancy VR fact-finds fly flight
Cosmos
Wed 20 May, 2020
There it is again. Zzzzzzzz. That pesky fly. It’s the only one in the room and it will not settle long enough for successful deployment of the swatter. Zzzzzzz.
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This huge black bee is a gentle giant
Australian Geographic
Wed 20 May, 2020
With a hefty body, a massive wingspan, and a loud, low-pitched buzz, the tropical carpenter bee can be a pretty intimidating sight.
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The last time the sun was this quiet, Earth experienced an ice age
9 News
Wed 20 May, 2020
At the centre of our solar system, the sun is a constant force keeping planets in orbit, providing Earth with just the right amount of light and warmth for life and even governing our daily schedules.
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Moratorium on deep sea mining urged
7 News
Wed 20 May, 2020
A coalition of 80 NGOs are pushing for an international moratorium on deep sea mining after a scientific report warned of potential irreversible damage to Pacific island states including Kiribati, the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Tuvalu.
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Rains of plenty trigger life cycles on Bush Heritage's Edgbaston
The Weekly Times
Wed 20 May, 2020
What goes down on Bush Heritage’s Edgbaston Reserve, deep in the spring country around Aramac, seems to be mostly burrowing frogs. But a recent rain event highlights the diversity of this special place.
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Virus forces 17 per cent drop in global emissions according to CSIRO study
News.com.au
Wed 20 May, 2020
Global lockdown due to the worldwide coronavirus has had a silver lining for the planet with global carbon emissions down 17 per cent according to the latest study.
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Turning wine waste into valuable products
Food Processing
Wed 20 May, 2020
A collaborative project with Swisse Wellness, the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Swinburne University of Technology is working to transform surplus Australian fruit and vegetables streams, such as grape marc (skins and seeds) from the wine industry, into nutraceutical ingredients.
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Snow season forecast to be a bumper after drought factors turn
ABC News
Wed 20 May, 2020
It's the final descent into winter, and we're just about to get a decent dump of snow over the mountains in the south-east, with a good 5 centimetres on the forecast over the next few days.
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Taylor seeks to push ARENA and CEFC towards gas and CCS
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 May, 2020
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency appears set to win a reprieve from the Morrison government, but it comes with a catch, with the agency set to feature in the Morrison government’s plans to revive carbon capture and storage technologies.
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Government's climate report doesn't ask one big question
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 19 May, 2020
A government review into a mammoth spending program would normally investigate whether the outlay has been money well spent.
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Environmentalists fear weak emissions plan
Yahoo News
Tue 19 May, 2020
Environmentalists fear the federal government's main policy to reduce emissions will become less effective in the wake of a review.
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Political interference a key risk to emissions reductions, experts say
The Age
Tue 19 May, 2020
Rewriting government funding laws allowing for carbon capture from fossil fuel projects could lead to greater emissions reductions, experts say, but they warn against political interference in independent decisions that would risk advantaging fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy.
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Carbon capture and storage 'an opportunity for Australia'
Sky News Australia
Tue 19 May, 2020
Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher says there's been "a real lack of bipartisan support for energy policy" but has welcomed the federal government's response to a recent report into its $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund.
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Climate back on the agenda as Labor attacks direct action
The Australian
Tue 19 May, 2020
Labor is positioning to oppose direct action emissions policies at the next election, ensuring climate change will remain a key battleground. Labor is positioning to oppose direct action emissions policies at the next election, ensuring climate change will remain a key battleground.
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$2 billion Climate Solutions Fund to be deployed
Energy Magazine
Tue 19 May, 2020
A new report commissioned by the Federal Government has laid the groundwork for deployment of a $2 billion fund to support climate change abatement solutions.
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Copperstring 2.0 renewables project fast-tracked in Queensland post-Covid plan
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 May, 2020
Plans to build a $1.5 billion transmission link from Townsville to Mt Isa in North Queensland – and unlock a major new renewables and mineral province – have been been given a $14.8 million boost by the state Labor government, as part of its Covid-19 economic recovery plan.
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Be worried when fossil fuel lobbyists support current environmental laws
The Conversation
Tue 19 May, 2020
The fossil fuel lobby, led by the Minerals Council of Australia, seem pretty happy with the current system of environment laws. In a submission to a review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, it “broadly” supports the existing laws and does not want them replaced.
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Angus Taylor's 'tech, not taxes' approach is likely to create more problems than it solves
The Guardian
Tue 19 May, 2020
At the time of writing, it is 77 days since Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, mentioned climate change in his official transcripts. The last mention came at the tail end of Australia’s disastrous Black Summer bushfires when Morrison declared that his government will not be adopting a “net zero by 2050” target, in favour of a “technology roadmap”.
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Boutique launches sustainable Aussie equities strategy
Financial Standard
Tue 19 May, 2020
A Legg Mason boutique that manages $20 billion has launched a new sustainable equity strategy that will use proprietary sustainability analysis instead of just relying on negative screening.
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The remarkable growth of wind and solar projects paired with big batteries
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 May, 2020
The arrival of Australia’s first big battery – delivered by Tesla and Neoen at the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia – generated a huge amount of publicity, then and still now, largely because it was the world’s biggest, and for its transformational impact on Australia’s main grid.
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New green energy hub destined for Queensland
Energy Matters
Tue 19 May, 2020
Sydney-based Energy Estate is combining forces with RES to construct over 2GW wind generation capacity in the industrial hub of Gladstone, Queensland. Announced on Monday, the two companies put forward their plans to work on a development known as the Central Queensland Power Project, to deliver a supply of wind, solar and storage solutions.
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Energy retrofits in community housing are tough, but there is a way
The Fifth Estate
Tue 19 May, 2020
There are many barriers to energy retrofits in the community housing sector – which needs them most – but here’s a thought: what about combining government funding with private impact-linked private capital to kickstart the economy post-Covid at the same time?
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Australia needs to fast-track EV charging stations
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 19 May, 2020
Australia needs to spend up to $30 billion installing fast-charging stations to prepare for the rapid influx of electric vehicles which is predicted to hit in the next five years, according to new analysis by consultancy firm EY.
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RSPCA supports brumby cull as shoot delayed pending legal action
The Age
Tue 19 May, 2020
RSPCA Victoria has expressed support for the ground shooting of brumbies in the Australian high country, noting it was sometimes necessary to manage populations of wild animals, both introduced and native.
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Nespresso launches 80% recycled aluminium coffee capsules
Food Processing
Tue 19 May, 2020
Nespresso has launched coffee capsules made using 80% recycled aluminium, as part of the company’s journey towards circularity. The move follows the introduction in March of machine boxes in fully recyclable packaging made of 95% recycled material.
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The best suit you'll ever own will also save the environment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 19 May, 2020
If you knew that buying a particular brand would not only support Australia's woolgrowers but also the environment, would that influence where you got your sartorial kicks?
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Warmest April on record as 2020 set to be hottest year
The Herald Sun
Tue 19 May, 2020
April was the second warmest on record and 2020 is predicted to be the hottest year ever. But worse dangers also lie in wait. While the world has been paralysed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing climate crisis has been quietly rolling along in the background, almost unnoticed.
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