Issue date : Mon 25 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 31 Seconds
Number of items : 65
Federal technology roadmap leaves regional Australia to find its own path on emissions
The Canberra Times
Mon 25 May, 2020
The federal government's "Technology Investment Roadmap", released last week, claims to lower Australia's emissions - but instead it is a push for highly polluting gas-fired generation, a dangerous distraction when we have no time to waste in tackling climate change.
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First State Super 'less focused on gas' than renewables
The Age
Mon 25 May, 2020
The chief investment officer of one of the country's largest super funds has said it is unlikely the fund would invest in a new gas pipeline, after the chair of the federal government’s coronavirus commission promoted major public spending on new gas infrastructure.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Sun Cable gets serious with Darwin battery
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 25 May, 2020
The $20 billion-plus Sun Cable venture that aims to export solar power from the outback to Singapore has taken a significant step forward by securing environmental clearance for a large battery near Darwin that it intends to install several years in advance of the mega-cable.
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High-speed rail on Australia’s east coast would increase emissions for up to 36 years
The Conversation
Mon 25 May, 2020
Bullet trains are back on the political agenda. As the major parties look for ways to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 crisis, Labor is again spruiking its vision of linking Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane with high-speed trains similar to the Eurostar, France’s TGV or Japan’s Shinkansen.
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Viper uses zig and zag to bamboozle predators
Cosmos
Mon 25 May, 2020
The European viper (genus Vipera) is designed to deceive, it seems. New research from Finland suggests that the characteristic zig-zag pattern on its back can perform three different functions as needed when predators are around.
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What shapes genetic diversity in mammals?
Cosmos
Mon 25 May, 2020
On the heels of the International Day for Biological Diversity, scientists have compiled the first comprehensive map of genetic diversity for terrestrial mammals across the planet.
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Black cockatoo chicks hatch among burnt habitat
Australian Geographic
Mon 25 May, 2020
The genetically distinct glossy black cockatoos of Kangaroo Island are in a precarious place following the 2019/2020 bushfires, but things are slowly looking up.
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The mossy frog is the sweetest thing
Australian Geographic
Mon 25 May, 2020
AT HOME IN the flooded caves of northern Vietnam and China, the mossy frog (Theloderma corticale) owes its survival to its brilliant camouflage
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Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns
The Guardian
Mon 25 May, 2020
Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientists
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7 News
Call for overhaul of 'failing' enviro laws
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
SBS World News Australia
More than 180 doctors sign open letter calling for overhaul of 'failing' environmental laws
Carbon cuts to remain voluntary as minister rules out permit scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 24 May, 2020
Companies will be encouraged to slash their greenhouse gas emissions below a crucial benchmark in the Morrison government’s $2 billion climate fund without any pressure for mandatory cuts that could put a price on carbon.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Ex-fire chiefs want climate change action
7 News
Sun 24 May, 2020
Australia faces a "nightmare scenario" of escalating and catastrophic natural disasters without urgent action on climate change, the bushfires royal commission has been told.
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Liberal candidate opens key byelection battle with climate pledge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 24 May, 2020
The Liberal Party candidate for the swing seat of Eden-Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs, has rubbished claims she does not want action on climate change, in the opening stoush of the byelection campaign.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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World-first biodiversity scheme could help farmers cash in
The Age
Sun 24 May, 2020
The Morrison government is planning to use its climate solutions fund to deliver a world-first scheme to financially reward farmers who protect sensitive ecosystems, restore native habitat, store carbon or make other environmental improvements.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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WA gas has been a disaster for the climate – don’t send it east at taxpayer expense
WAToday
Sun 24 May, 2020
The prospect of an east-west intercontinental gas pipeline has again reared its head after the Morrison Government’s national COVID-19 co-ordination commission promoted it as a way to power industry on the east coast with cheap gas from the west.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Wildlife carers still in the hunt for fire support funds six months on
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 24 May, 2020
Less than a quarter of funds allocated by the Berejiklian government to support wildlife carers during the height of the state's bushfire season have been spent on the intended target six months after their announcement.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Secret EPA reports reveal PFAS problem on West Gate Tunnel
The Age
Sun 24 May, 2020
Soil being dug up in the heart of Melbourne to build the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel has PFAS levels that are 100 times the acceptable amount in drinking water, but this was never disclosed to the public, internal documents from the environmental watchdog reveal.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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'Stay out of the water': Huge waves recorded off Sydney's coast
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 24 May, 2020
Swells of up to 10 metres have been recorded off Sydney's coast over the weekend weekend and the wet and windy conditions are expected to continue until Tuesday.
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The Brisbane Times
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Carbon road map winning few friends, little influence
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 23 May, 2020
Last December, as the world's horrified attention was drawn to the worst bushfires in Australia's known history, the nation was also making news for its efforts to dilute global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during crucial climate negotiations in Madrid.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Editorial Losing our way
The Saturday Paper
Sat 23 May, 2020
“This is all about balance,” Angus Taylor says of his long-awaited technology investment road map.
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Investors urged to help fund eco-tourism push
The Advertiser
Sat 23 May, 2020
Private investors are key to a government plan to build up eco-tourism opportunities in South Australia, including in our national parks. Private investors are being urged to come forward to help pay for tourism projects in South Australian public places, including national parks.
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The Arctic explorers locked down in a tiny hut for nine months
9 News
Sat 23 May, 2020
When Hilde Falun Strom and Sunniva Sorby began a long-planned expedition in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard last September, their main goal was to encourage conversation around climate change in the polar regions.
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Insurers' experts to speak on Day 1 of bushfire inquiry
Insurance News
Fri 22 May, 2020
IAG head of natural perils Mark Leplastrier and Sharanjit Paddam, who is head of Environmental, Social and Governance Risk at QBE and also convenes the Actuaries Institute Climate Change Working Group, will address the bushfires royal commission on Monday as hearings get underway.
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Morrison’s lack of transparency is undermining green recovery, MPs say
Reneweconomy
Fri 22 May, 2020
A group of Labor, Greens and Independent federal MPs have called on the Morrison government to address the severe lack of transparency around the its economic response to Covid-19, as it looks set to embrace the fossil fuel industry, while ignoring the opportunities in a green recovery.
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China to extend pollution clampdown
News.com.au
Fri 22 May, 2020
China says the coronavirus pandemic may weigh on energy goals but it will continue to strengthen anti-pollution controls and meet 2020 environmental targets.
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NT News
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Canberra Times
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
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Federal government's technology roadmap is a path we've already trodden
The Canberra Times
Fri 22 May, 2020
On Thursday the government released its Technology Investment Roadmap. According to Minister for Energy and Emission Reductions Angus Taylor, this will be the cornerstone of Australia's long-term emissions reduction strategy.
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Pandemic is pushing and pulling the PM on IR and energy
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 22 May, 2020
If you were looking for some markers of how COVID-19 may have changed the way politics is conducted in Australia, two of our more fraught issues provided them this week: energy policy and industrial relations.
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Australia to lag on electric vehicle sales until 2030s
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 22 May, 2020
Lax emissions standards and absence of sales incentives for electric vehicles (EV) risk Australia becoming a "dumping ground" for less desirable models and may mean the country won't catch up to its peers on such sales until the 2030s, according to clean energy research outfit BloombergNEF (BNEF).
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When bleaching means colour
Cosmos
Fri 22 May, 2020
Why do some corals exhibit dazzling colours rather than actually turning white when they suffer what we refer to as coral bleaching?
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Tropical forests quite resilient to warming
Cosmos
Fri 22 May, 2020
In an ambitious, long-term study of more than half a million trees, a virtual army of scientists has found that tropical forests are more resilient to warming temperatures than most climate models predict – but only up to a point.
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Environmental watchdog failed to properly monitor dangerous chemicals across Victoria, report finds
ABC News
Fri 22 May, 2020
Victoria's pollution watchdog had "unacceptable" practices that failed to properly monitor and track dangerous chemicals and sites across the state, a scathing report into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has found.
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News.com.au
Inadequate tracking of Vic chemical waste
9 News
NT News
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
Yahoo News