Issue date : Tue 2 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Q+A sees Australia's gas energy future questioned, Matt Canavan defends call to leave Paris Climate Accord
ABC News
Tue 2 June, 2020
Australia should be wary of a gas-fired energy future which would be shunned by investors and could leave it struggling to find export markets, Q+A was told on Monday night.
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Our biodiversity is ablaze
The Mercury
Tue 2 June, 2020
Summer bushfires blitzed the ecosystem yet we face plans to rampup land-clearing, writes Peter Boyer
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How COVID-19 recovery stimulus could deliver a circular economy for Australia
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 2 June, 2020
An unprecedented crisis is costing lives, jobs and imploding global economies, while presenting immediate challenges for managing a pressing public health emergency. We need a safety net for those who have lost jobs and industries destroyed as a result of lockdowns.
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QBE divests thermal coal, predicts post-virus green boom
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 2 June, 2020
General insurer QBE has completed its divestment of thermal coal and expects to gradually reduce its investments in other fossil fuels, as it prepares for a surge in demand for environmental and social impact finance after the coronavirus-induced economic crisis.
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ESG investments tipped to reach $100bn within five years
The Australian
Tue 2 June, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic looks set to accelerate the shift of Australian investors towards companies with better records on environmental, social and governance issues, driving impact investments to grow in value to an estimated $100bn over the next five years, according to a new report.
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Swiss Re: Climate change impacting catastrophe events
Insurance Business
Tue 2 June, 2020
Worldwide economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2019 were US$146 billion, marking a decrease from the US$176 billion in 2018 and the previous 10-year annual average of US$212 billion, according to the latest Swiss Re sigma. Of last year’s US$146 billion total, the global insurance industry covered US$60 billion of the losses, compared to US$93 billion in 2018 and the US$75 billion 10-year average.
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Tokio Marine HCC finalises acquisition of GCube
Insurance Business
Tue 2 June, 2020
According to Tokio Marine HCC’s statement, the move will boost its capabilities in renewable energy insurance, by combining GCube’s 25 years of experience in the international renewables industry with its global footprint and financial scale.
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Sinkhole in Melbourne CBD opens up overnight
ABC News
Tue 2 June, 2020
A crack in a drain has created a sinkhole in Melbourne's CBD exposing pipes and tree roots, and stopping traffic.
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Coronavirus: ‘Ban wildlife meat or face new crisis’, new paper says
The Australian
Tue 2 June, 2020
Pandemics caused by human abuse of wildlife could be the ­tipping point for the collapse of civilisation, and the bushmeat trade should be banned immediately, a new paper on the Earth’s sixth great extinction has said.
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When naughty fish get the food
Cosmos
Tue 2 June, 2020
An element of unruly adventure helps some fish in the quest for a feed, new research suggests, which may explain why shoals frequently switch between order and seeming chaos.
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Scientists say sixth mass extinction event is happening now
7 News
Tue 2 June, 2020
Humans have already wiped out hundreds of species and pushed many more to the brink of extinction through wildlife trade, pollution, habitat loss and the use of toxic substances.
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The role of plants in a warmer, drier world
Cosmos
Tue 2 June, 2020
Scientists have highlighted an important missing piece in climate models by unravelling the role of plants in the Earth’s water cycling as temperatures rise – with good and bad news.
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This pink gin will help save the Great Barrier Reef
Vogue Australia
Tue 2 June, 2020
Everyone loves a pink gin, right? There’s something novel about drinking a gin and tonic complete with a blush hue—it’s as Instagrammable as it is tasty. And with a few currently on the market, it’s sometimes hard to decide just which pink gin you’ll pour during your next cocktail hour.
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Rio Tinto investors 'shocked', want answers on rock shelter blast
The Age
Mon 1 June, 2020
Rio Tinto is under pressure to explain the destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelter site in Western Australia with a leading investor group saying its members were shocked and wanted answers.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Green energy is powering Macquarie's climate conversion
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 1 June, 2020
Australian Mark Dooley, investment banker turned eco-evangelist, runs the global unit that is turning Macquarie green from the inside out.
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State Street rejigs international equities fund
Financial Standard
Mon 1 June, 2020
State Street has relaunched an international equities fund for local investors looking for a climate change and ESG focused portfolio, with a new benchmark.
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Graph of the Day: Germany reaches 56% renewables for 2020
Reneweconomy
Mon 1 June, 2020
The transition of the German electricity grid continues apace with a major new milestone achieved for the first five months of 2020 – a 56 per cent share for renewable energy, leaving fossil fuels to account for less than one third of the total output for the year to date.
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Cultana Solar Farm eyes project kick-off
Energy Magazine
Mon 1 June, 2020
South Australia’s 280MW Cultana Solar Farm could see works begin as early as July 2020, with the tendering process already underway.
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$1.5m to investigate benefits of urban green spaces
Government News
Mon 1 June, 2020
Researchers will collaborate with urban planners and policy makers to investigate the health benefits of urban green spaces in a project that has won $1.45 million of funding from an international research collaboration.
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Thousands of fish wash up on Shelly Beach at Opossum Bay
The Mercury
Mon 1 June, 2020
THE sight of thousands of fish washed up on a beach at Opossum Bay has alarmed locals – however the Environment Department says the event is likely a natural phenomenon.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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Beijing takes man’s best friend off the dinner menu
The Australian
Mon 1 June, 2020
Dog meat has been taken off the government menu in China, where officials have declared the animals to be companions and not “livestock” for eating.
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What Australian birds can teach us about choosing a partner and making it last
The Conversation
Mon 1 June, 2020
Love, sex and mate choice are topics that never go out of fashion among humans or, surprisingly, among some Australian birds. For these species, choosing the right partner is a driver of evolution and affects the survival and success of a bird and its offspring.
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Australia among global 'hot spots' as droughts worsen in warming world
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 June, 2020
The world's major food baskets will experience more extreme droughts than previously forecast as greenhouse gases rise, with southern Australia among the worst-hit, climate projections show.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Sydney Water recruits sniff out wastewater leaks
Government News
Mon 1 June, 2020
Sydney Water has employed and tested a variety of high-tech means of maintaining its extensive network including sonar arrays, mathematical modelling, VR and IoT technology.
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Subscription sock company stepping up against textile waste
Inside Retail
Mon 1 June, 2020
Manrags is expanding its efforts to keep textile waste out of landfills. The subscription sock company estimates that it has already saved more than 30,000kg of textiles from ending up in landfills through its sock recycling initiative, which allows consumers to send in their old socks to be reused, repurposed or recycled in exchange for $15 store credit.
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What to do with packaging waste from shopping online
ABC News
Mon 1 June, 2020
Like many of us, Nathan in Hobart decided to play it safe and ordered his new pillow online instead of going to a physical shop during coronavirus.
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Temperatures to drop 2-7 degrees as winter arrives in south-east Queensland
The Brisbane Times
Mon 1 June, 2020
Winter is officially here and the weather gods have wasted no time in reminding us of the seasonal change, with the mercury set to drop as much as 7 degrees across the state in the next two days.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Wintry blast to bring sharp mercury drop for Sydney and snow to alps
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 1 June, 2020
A strong cold front will confirm winter's arrival over NSW, sending temperatures plunging for Sydney and delivering good snowfall for those able to make their own trek to the skifields.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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