Issue date : Fri 5 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
On World Environment Day, where are we at with Australia's climate movement?
SBS World News Australia
Fri 5 June, 2020
Clear water in Venice canals and views of the Himalayas from India have been an unexpected by-product of the COVID-19 pandemic, but activists and scientists are concerned about the impact of the crisis on the push for climate action in Australia.
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ARENA flooded with applications for green hydrogen project funding
Reneweconomy
Fri 5 June, 2020
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it has received an overwhelming response from prospective hydrogen projects, with expressions of interest from dozens of projects wanting a slice of $70 million in grant funding.
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Banking on gas will leave us stranded
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 June, 2020
Governments were generally caught short by COVID-19. Scott Morrison boasts that he saw it earlier, and acted quicker and more decisively, than most – that he relied on medical and scientific advice, forged a “national” response, ignored ideology.
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ALP’s pragmatic move on coal
The Australian
Fri 5 June, 2020
Job security and private-sector investment have rarely mattered more, which is why Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has done his state and the nation an important service in paving the way for a potential expansion of the state’s coal industry. In cementing rail and port monopolies for at least another decade, shielding the industry from cost rises, Mr Dick has sent a clear message to resource companies — Queensland is open for further investment and development.
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BlackRock still yet to launch new ESG ETFs for Australia
Money Management
Fri 5 June, 2020
BlackRock has yet to launch an environmental, social and governance (ESG) exchange traded fund (ETF) in Australia and is still weighing up their options for the Australian market.
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Walcha tests market interest in biggest renewable and storage project in NEM
Reneweconomy
Fri 5 June, 2020
Walcha Energy is to test market interest in what it describes as the biggest renewable energy and storage project in Australia’s main grid – a proposal to build up to 4.5 gigawatt of wind and solar and up to 10 gigawatt hours of battery and pumped hydro storage in northern NSW.
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Greening our grey cities: here’s how green roofs and walls can flourish in Australia
The Conversation
Fri 5 June, 2020
Tomorrow is the first World Green Roof Day. Cities around the world will celebrate the well-documented environmental, economic and social benefits of green roofs. New ground-level green spaces are difficult to create in high-density urban areas. As a result, other forms of city greening – green roofs, green walls and vegetated facades – are increasingly popular.
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Dozens of rhinos dehorned to prevent virus lockdown poaching surge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 June, 2020
Pilanesburg: South Africa has dehorned dozens of rhinos in three popular game parks, aiming to prevent armed poachers taking advantage of the post-COVID-19 crash in tourism to kill them for their horns.
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Mangroves threatened by sea level rise
Cosmos
Fri 5 June, 2020
Mangrove ecosystems may cease to function if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
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Carbon dioxide in air hits record high
News.com.au
Fri 5 June, 2020
The world hit another record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists say.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Newcastle Herald
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Covid Commission ignores conflict of interest issues of pro-gas taskforce
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 June, 2020
Chair of the commission tasked with coordinating Australia’s economic response to Covid-19 has revealed that the commission has not required conflict of interest disclosures from taskforce members tasked with advising it, including a manufacturing taskforce stacked with gas sector interests.
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‘Emotive reporting’ not 'science' links climate change to bushfires
Sky News Australia
Thu 4 June, 2020
Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says “the issues of climate change and bushfire risk are very complex” and the argument suggesting there is a link between these two issues has not been backed by scientific bodies such as the CSIRO.
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Berejiklian government rushes to defeat coal seam gas moratorium bill
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 4 June, 2020
The Berejiklian government has rushed to defeat a private member's bill to derail the controversial Narrabri gas project as anti-coal seam gas groups were preparing to target National party seats.
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More FOGO funding after COVID household waste grows
Inside Waste
Thu 4 June, 2020
To help reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill the South Australian government is making $1.6 million funding available for councils to improve household food waste recycling programs. This follows preliminary data from the Australian Council of Recyclers indicating increased waste volumes by more than 10 per cent in the past two months.
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Virus could hamper Africa's climate change response : IMF
Yahoo News
Thu 4 June, 2020
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday warned that coronavirus could further weaken sub-Saharan Africa's ability to adapt to climate change, as measures to contain the pandemic stretch limited resources.
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COMMENT: Why regreening the globe could help prevent future pandemics
SBS World News Australia
Thu 4 June, 2020
Recovering from the pandemic will take years, particularly in the world's least developed countries. Supporting programs focused on regreening the globe will reduce disaster risk and strengthen livelihoods for vulnerable communities, writes Evan Davies.
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Morrison’s renovation rescue a “wasted opportunity” to build greener, cheaper homes
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 June, 2020
Sustainable development advocates have described the federal government’s nearly $700 million building stimulus package as a “wasted opportunity” to push for basic energy and thermal efficiency measures that could slash both household living costs and construction sector emissions at the same time.
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Fires, floods put insurance at risk
The Australian
Thu 4 June, 2020
Climate change will exacerbate the threat of bushfires and drive up the price of insurance premiums, IAG warns.
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Is Facebook ESG?
Money Management
Fri 5 June, 2020
Investment in Facebook by environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds shows the importance for investors to analyse what is contained in that fund.
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Water conservation to prepare for climate change
Utility Magazine
Thu 4 June, 2020
Icon Water has released a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, laying out its strategy to cut its emissions, conserve water and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet.
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Staff demand Melbourne Uni back Energy Transition Hub, drop fossil fuel funding
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 June, 2020
Staff at Melbourne University have pleaded for the institution to back its widely respected Energy Transition Hub, now under threat of closure from the lack of funds, and called on the university to stop accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry – as it did with tobacco – from 2025.
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Renewables sector remains resilient through pandemic
Energy Magazine
Thu 4 June, 2020
The latest report from the Clean Energy Regulator shows that the renewable energy and emissions reduction sectors are retaining strong performance throughout COVID-19.
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Solar provided 11.5% of Britain’s electricity in May, a lot more than Australia
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 June, 2020
For all of the Australian government’s boasting about the uptake of solar in Australia – via programs that it tried to stop, but couldn’t – here’s one statistic that may surprise many people: In the UK in the month of May, solar provided 11.5 per cent of grid demand. In Australia in the same month, it was just 7.2 per cent.
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Austroads tackles road transport decarbonisation
Prime Mover
Thu 4 June, 2020
Road transport has a role to play in supporting state and national emissions reduction goals according to the latest report from Austroads.
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Subsidence from coal mine near Sydney leaves creek 'smashed up'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 4 June, 2020
Environmental groups have warned that severe damage done by a coal mine to creeks south of Sydney will likely be replicated if the company is allowed to expand.
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The Age
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WAToday
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