Issue date : Tue 9 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 46 Seconds
Number of items : 68
NSW councils urge reforms to 'challenging' national environment laws
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 June, 2020
Councils in NSW have seized on a once-in-a-decade review of Australia's national environment laws to push for better recognition of local government's role in protecting biodiversity and slowing climate change.
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Why the Covid Commission’s “gas fired” recovery plan is doomed to failure
Reneweconomy
Tue 9 June, 2020
The NCCC has outlined its plans for a gas-fired recovery in a leaked report. Essentially it is looking to lower the domestic price of gas to $4/GJ by following the U.S. model of gas production and build a gas intensive manufacturing base off the back of this cheap resource.
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BlackRock's green dream got complicated fast
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 June, 2020
Laurence Fink started off 2020 by dropping a big, green bombshell. In his annual letter to corporate executives, the BlackRock chief executive officer wrote that the world's largest asset manager would push climate change to the centre of its investment process. He also issued a warning, telling businesses to prepare for a "fundamental reshaping of finance."
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Not all super funds walking walk on ESG
Money Management
Tue 9 June, 2020
Australian superannuation funds wield enormous influence through their shareholdings in major publicly-listed companies, but the level of that influence is not reflected in the way they vote their shares on key ESG issues.
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Telstra reveals ambitious 'net zero' carbon plans
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 June, 2020
Telstra says its carbon "net zero" pledge will extend across the entire business and include scope 3 emissions such as those embedded in its mobile towers and SIM cards, in a move that would create a new standard for corporate decarbonisation efforts.
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Energy reform agenda needs to be recharged
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 June, 2020
Australia's energy policymakers and regulators already had a huge job on their hands to draw up and implement reforms to deliver a cheaper, fairer and lower-emissions power sector for consumers. COVID-19 has turned that into an even bigger challenge.
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Transurban launches legal action against West Gate Tunnel's builders
The Age
Tue 9 June, 2020
Tolling giant Transurban has launched legal action against the builders contracted to construct the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel in the wake of an unfolding contaminated soil crisis.
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Is the government prepared to pay to send old cars to the scrapper?
The Canberra Times
Tue 9 June, 2020
Financial incentives and tax breaks are needed to encourage vehicle owners to get rid of combustion engine vehicles and transition to electric vehicles, Australia's peak national transport advisory group has found.
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Saving pangolins by letting them roam free
Cosmos
Tue 9 June, 2020
Pangolins are one of the most illegally trafficked animals on the planet and are suspected to be linked to the current coronavirus pandemic.
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A possible new way to deliver clean water
Cosmos
Tue 9 June, 2020
Australian and Chinese researchers have created an ultrathin sieve membrane from 2D nanosheets they say can filter potentially harmful ions such as lead and mercury from water.
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More aerial rapid-response firefighters for NSW National Parks
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 June, 2020
The state’s National Parks and Wildlife Service will have its funding increased by $22.9 million to hire more firefighters for its aerial rapid-response teams and help pay for an extra helicopter before the next fire season starts.
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The Canberra Times
Firefighter boost for next NSW fire season
7 News
News.com.au
NT News
The Advertiser
The Mercury
Kindergarten kids the key to Alistair Coe's tree plan
The Canberra Times
Mon 8 June, 2020
Canberra's kindergarten students would be entrusted with helping the Liberals deliver on their pledge to green the nation's capital with one million trees in the next decade.
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'Everyone was watching': BlackRock is showing its hand on coal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 June, 2020
It has now been almost six months since BlackRock, the world’s largest investment firm, made headlines announcing that it would put climate change at the centre of its investment strategy.
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Top super funds increasingly vote down climate resolutions
The Age
Mon 8 June, 2020
Eight major super funds have been criticised for voting against the majority of shareholder proposals on climate change at recent annual general meetings despite being members of an investor group pushing for companies to take action on climate risks.
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AMP Capital ESG head to advise Chronos
Investor Daily
Mon 8 June, 2020
Dr Ian Woods will be based in Sydney and represent Chronos as its climate change and sustainable investment specialist, Australia and New Zealand. He was previously head of AMP Capital’s sustainable investments team and was the founder and deputy chair of the Australia/New Zealand Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC).
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More funding for natural disaster prevention: Suncorp
The Australian
Mon 8 June, 2020
More funding essential for natural disaster prevention, says Suncorp Insurance provider Suncorp says greater federal funding and stricter building codes are needed to curb the countrys growing natural disaster risk.
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Surging renewables, COVID-19 pile more pressure on coal
The Age
Mon 8 June, 2020
Australia's renewable energy output is on track to post its sharpest rise on record in the next two years, driving down power prices and intensifying the prospect of early closures of coal-fired power plants across the country.
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WAToday
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Oil, gas and coal facing terminal decline and massive plunge in value
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 June, 2020
The fossil fuel industry is at a precipice, with falling demand and rising investment, combined with increased competition from clean technologies and tougher government policies expected to slash the value of oil, gas, and coal reserves by nearly two thirds, according to new research from climate think-tank Carbon Tracker.
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Study shows surprising diet of sharks with little interest in mammals
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 June, 2020
Great white sharks are picky eaters, altering their diet to meet changing needs as they grow. Mammals are of little interest until the animals mature and bites on humans are likely to be mistakes.
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Scientists lock horns over climate change impact of cattle
The Age
Mon 8 June, 2020
The livestock industry says the standard method of calculating the global warming contribution of methane significantly overstates the impact of cattle and is calling for policy changes that could slash the emissions counted against the industry.
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Logging review could come too late, residents warn
The Age
Sun 7 June, 2020
The Morrison government has given the green light to a 12-month review of logging operations in Victoria, but community members say its findings will come too late to stop environmental damage and fail to scrutinise NSW forestry.
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The Brisbane Times
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Logging and fire both make forests more flammable
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 June, 2020
The clear and overwhelming evidence is that logging makes forests more flammable. These are the findings of four peer-reviewed, published scientific studies from four institutions in six years, and of multiple scientific reviews.
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Renewable energy stimulus can create three times as many Australian jobs as fossil fuels
The Guardian
Sun 7 June, 2020
A renewables-led economic recovery will create almost three times as many jobs as a fossil-fuel-led recovery, according to a report by economic consultancy Ernst and Young (EY).
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'Mass mortality event' devastates Sydney's coastal ecosystems
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 June, 2020
Marine ecosystems along a stretch of Sydney's coastline from the Hawkesbury River down to Botany Bay and beyond have been devastated by a combination of drought, bushfire debris and severe storms in recent months.
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Tasmania's forest wars could reignite amid rising political
The Mercury
Sat 6 June, 2020
Tasmania’s forestry debate has kicked back into gear after years of relative peace. But given a moratorium over logging 365,000ha of state forest has now lapsed, is either side “spoiling for a fight”?
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NT News
The Gold Coast Bulletin
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The 'trade-off' for cheap Chinese products has come at a 'huge ethical cost'
Sky News Australia
Sat 6 June, 2020
Sky News host Rowan Dean says western nations have operated under a type of “Faustian pact” where there was an unspoken agreement to buy cheap products and “turn a blind eye” to potential ethical concerns connected with the production of said goods.
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Citizen science projects you can get involved in right now
ABC News
Sat 6 June, 2020
For many Australians, this year has already been extremely tumultuous. More of us than usual have reported feeling moderate to high levels of anxiety and depression, as we struggle to cope with changes to our social and professional lives that will probably continue in some form for the foreseeable future.
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Clouds become water entitlements in ad hoc river plan, paper finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 6 June, 2020
Billions of dollars in water licences and infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin hinge on complex and opaque rules that vary greatly between rivers, with downstream communities and the environment often losing out.
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Our clothes are wreaking havoc on the oceans
Cosmos
Sat 6 June, 2020
The fashion industry has come under increasing fire for its impact on the planet, from production to clothes racks and back to the environment in the form of microfibres.
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'Incomprehensible': How Rio Tinto reduced 46,000 years of history to rubble
WAToday
Fri 5 June, 2020
The Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Aboriginal Corporation – whose lands cover 10,000 square kilometres of the Pilbara – say they were left in disbelief. At once they implored Rio to call off the blasting or at least protect the shelters. They phoned the WA government, then appealed to the federal government. It seemed little could be done.
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Developer pauses NSW tree-clearing plans
News.com.au
Fri 5 June, 2020
Plans by a property developer to raze a forest on the bushfire-ravaged NSW South Coast have been paused once again, with the company agreeing to give at least a fortnight's notice before starting any work.
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The Australian
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The Weekly Times
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