Issue date : Fri 29 May, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
Australia's emissions fell 0.9pc last year
Yahoo News
Fri 29 May, 2020
Australia's emissions fell 0.9 per cent last year, with decreases in electricity, agriculture and transport partially offset by increases in other sectors.
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Legal action looms over water sharing plans
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 29 May, 2020
Floodplain graziers and environmental groups are considering legal action against the NSW government if it signs off on controversial water sharing plans, arguing the plans do not adequately take into account the needs of downstream users and the environment.
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Concerns over new WA CDS start date
The Shout
Fri 29 May, 2020
The Western Australian Government has announced a new start date for Containers for Change but this has raised concerns from industry bodies that are calling to see a “comprehensive health and safety plan” before launch.
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Ridding themselves of dissent
The Australian
Fri 29 May, 2020
The fragility of intellectual freedom, a cornerstone of universities for centuries, has been underlined by James Cook University’s pursuit of marine physicist Peter Ridd, whom it dismissed in 2018. The institution is appealing against a Federal Circuit Court decision in April last year that found JCU had contravened the Fair Work Act when it dismissed Dr Ridd for criticising colleagues for their research on the impact of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef. The university later was ordered to pay Dr Ridd more than $1.2m for lost income, lost future income and costs.
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Cleaning up your act
Insurance Business
Fri 29 May, 2020
For Alan Thorn, environmental concerns are more than an abstract consideration for the future of the planet. As assistant vice president of environmental impairment liability at Liberty Special Markets, Thorn grapples with these questions every day. Securing coverage in difficult situations presents a number of issues, particularly when many potentially affected parties aren’t even aware of the risks involved.
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Fresh push for 'green gas' accreditation
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 29 May, 2020
Pipeline owner Jemena is proposing a national accreditation system for renewable gas that could give a boost to proposals to produce hydrogen and biomethane in the same way that measures to support renewable electricity have spurred the boom in wind and solar power.
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How invasive species wreak climatic havoc
Cosmos
Fri 29 May, 2020
When non-native plants invade an ecosystem, their interactions with new insects and microorganisms accelerate carbon cycling, according to a paper published in the journal Science.
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Cyclones can damage even distant reefs
Cosmos
Fri 29 May, 2020
Here’s some sobering news with the Atlantic hurricane season just days away. New research shows that strong cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons can harm coral reefs from as far as 1000 kilometres away.
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Grazier sues over Queensland land-curb mapping
The Australian
Thu 28 May, 2020
Queenslands vegetation trigger mapping has been dragged into a major court battle that could set a precedent for landholder rights.
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EU unveils “green” Covid recovery plan, leaves Australia wallowing in coal dust
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 May, 2020
The European Union has unveiled a comprehensive, €750 billion ($A1.2 trillion) plan for a climate-led economic recovery from Covid-19 that puts investment in renewable energy, clean transport, smart energy and emissions reduction at the front and centre – and casts Australia even more starkly as a backwards-looking global laggard.
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Leaders must heed the bushfire experts and act
The Age
Thu 28 May, 2020
It is hard to believe it was only five months ago that bushfires were threatening much of Australia’s eastern seaboard. The disaster killed at least 33 people and blanketed our towns and cities in heavy smoke, forcing millions of people to breathe in hazardous air for months.
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Experts recount cost of bushfires and government must listen
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 May, 2020
It is hard to believe it was only five months ago that bushfires were threatening much of Australia’s eastern seaboard. The disaster killed at least 33 people and blanketed our towns and cities in heavy smoke, forcing millions of people to breathe in hazardous air for months.
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COVID-19 crisis is no excuse to sweep through 'dirty gas projects'
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 28 May, 2020
For many it is deeply concerning that the establishment of a supposedly independent National COVID-19 Commission (NCCC) is undermined by being piled high with coal and gas industry heavies. It is especially concerning for the Hunter that we have a federal government that is pushing gas developments as a key part of post COVID economic stimulus when instead we have the opportunity to use this economic reset to reshape a sustainable society for all Australians.
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APRA reveals cost of natural disasters, COVID-19 on general insurance
Insurance Business
Thu 28 May, 2020
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its quarterly general insurance performance and institution level statistics for the March 2020 quarter, revealing a significant drop in profits from the impacts of climate change and COVID-19.
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Networks can now replace costly poles and wires with solar and storage micro-grids
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 May, 2020
Households and businesses in remote and disaster prone areas could soon be supplied with stand-alone solar and storage systems, under new rules set by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) that allow networks to replace lengthy and costly poles and wires.
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Sun Cable’s solar and battery mega-project may be first of many
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 May, 2020
The head of the Sun Cable project in the Northern Territory – which may spend $20 billion building the world’s biggest solar farm and battery storage facility, and also the world’s longest sub-sea cable – says the mega-project, if successful, is likely to be the first of many.
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Aquatic centres and heat pumps: Why they are a good match
The Fifth Estate
Thu 28 May, 2020
Interest in heat pumps – a lower cost, lower emissions alternative to gas boilers in aquatic centres – is now growing, especially now that many local governments have signed 100 per cent renewable electricity power purchase agreements (at good prices), so are now focusing on cutting emissions from gas use.
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Trial chips away at weed challenges
Farm Weekly
Thu 28 May, 2020
RESEARCHERS have put the world's first site-specific mechanical weeder for large-scale grain production systems through its paces and proven that it can effectively control weeds in fallow situations.
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