Issue date : Fri 12 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Santos gets NSW government nod for $3.6b CSG project
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 12 June, 2020
The Berejiklian government has given its support for the proposed $3.6 billion Santos coal seam gasfield in northern NSW, saying it was critical for energy security and that it had limited environmental impacts.
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Future Super and the ethics of 'ethical' investing
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 12 June, 2020
In September 2014, just months after then prime minister Tony Abbott repealed the Rudd-Gillard government's flagship carbon pricing scheme, Future Super threw open its doors with a lofty sense of purpose.
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How animals hibernate
Cosmos
Fri 12 June, 2020
Two studies published in the journal Nature have independently zoned in on the brain circuitry that triggers a hibernation-like state in rodents, which they say could have implications for humans.
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Do we think enough about sand?
Cosmos
Fri 12 June, 2020
Sand is far from ignored in our discussion of climate change and its impact, but it perhaps needs to be a little more front of mind.
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Investing in needs-based housing? How about getting the sustainability right?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 11 June, 2020
The Victorian government has announced one of the largest investment in social and needs-based housing since the Global Financial Crisis. It’s important that providers integrate sustainability benchmarking across their operations and asset portfolios to align their organisations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Industry responds to QLD Energy from Waste policy
Waste Management Review
Thu 11 June, 2020
The Queensland Government has released its highly anticipated Energy from Waste (EfW) policy following a webinar with the state’s Environment Minister, Leeanne Enoch.
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ENVIRONMENT: “Fake” consultation
Fishing World
Thu 11 June, 2020
MAJOR decisions with significant impacts on anglers are supposedly made following thoughtful consideration of the results of “consultative processes"... or are they? Sometimes, yes. In the case of the initial set of marine parks created in NSW, local community members were invited onto working groups and it looked like their inputs were genuinely considered when zones within the parks were defined. Not everyone got everything they wanted, but there were genuine compromises. When the parks were reviewed after several years of operation, a similar process was followed. Again, not universal happiness with the outcomes, but at least an understandable process.
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BHP halts destruction of 40 sacred Aboriginal sites amid outcry over Rio Tinto blasting of Juukan caves
ABC News
Thu 11 June, 2020
Mining giant BHP has announced it will place on hold plans to destroy dozens of sacred sites in WA as part of a major mine operation, following a national backlash over Rio Tinto's blasting of sacred sites in Western Australia's Pilbara.
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The Australian Financial Review
BHP backs down on Aboriginal sites destruction at $5b project
Rest climate change trial delayed
Financial Standard
Thu 11 June, 2020
Rest member Mark McVeigh's day in court with his $57 billion industry superannuation fund over its management of climate change risk has been delayed.
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Environmentalists want insurers to 'come clean' on Adani policy
The Age
Thu 11 June, 2020
Environmental groups are demanding Bermuda-based reinsurance company Aspen Re explain its involvement with the Adani Carmichael Coal mine after it was revealed the firm was paid for covering early works on the project.
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Coal sector struggles for cover in tough market
Insurance News
Thu 11 June, 2020
Businesses associated with the coal mining industry are facing soaring premiums and difficulty gaining cover due to political and environmental pressures that have reduced capacity amid a hardening market, brokers say.
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Big companies to be paid to cut power usage
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 11 June, 2020
Large companies, such as manufacturers and smelters, will be paid to cut their energy usage, as part of an overhaul of the National Electricity Market.
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The New Daily
Large electricity users to be paid to cut energy use under historic market reform
7 News
Energy bill relief expected with new rule
News.com.au
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
ABC News
Electricity users will get paid to cut energy use under historic new market reform
Pandemic pummels gas outlook as investment in renewables also falters
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 June, 2020
Global energy markets face disruption, with the coronavirus pandemic triggering the biggest demand shock on record for the gas industry while investment in new renewable energy is also set to plunge.
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A tweak to the way we price electricity could spark profound changes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 June, 2020
A deceptively small change in the way electricity prices are set in Australia might soon have a profound impact on the way we use, trade and even generate electricity.
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Global wind and solar additions set new record in 2019, but more needed
Reneweconomy
Thu 11 June, 2020
The global deployment of wind and solar projects reached a new record level in 2019, as falling costs and a push to zero emissions energy sources presented new opportunities that could be expanded in a post-Covid-19 economic recovery.
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UK coal collapse – visualised
Reneweconomy
Thu 11 June, 2020
Long term change can , in the short term, look extremely wavy. Values ebb up and down, and too much stock is placed in narrow time-frames. But records and milestones are convenient rhetorical markers for change, and the UK has just roared past a significant one: it has been two full month-long periods without a single hunk of coal shovelled into the furnace of a single coal-fired power station.
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Energy storage: It’s not just size that counts, but how long it lasts
Reneweconomy
Thu 11 June, 2020
The seasonality of supply is a big deal, and requires very long duration storage. Our modelling of South Australia shows that 4-10 hour storage supplied by batteries and/or pumped hydro was often full during excess wind and solar periods, and equally was often empty during periods of excess demand. This led to a need for gas or its equivalent to ensure there was no unserved energy demand.
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Waste dump gives bush town 'secure future'
9 News
Thu 11 June, 2020
A South Australian regional town desperately needs to become the site of a nuclear waste dump to stop the town's decline, its federal MP says.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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BIM to unlock efficiencies and life cycle analysis – time to step up governments
The Fifth Estate
Thu 11 June, 2020
We need to fast track the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) by governments, even for smaller projects, in order to efficiently capture all the opportunities around construction. And especially for life cycle analysis (LCA), argues one Sydney architect. NSW may well be ahead of all other jurisdictions to get there if Building Commissioner David Chandler gets his way.
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Inside the sustainable, human-centric Bondi Pavilion revamp
The Fifth Estate
Thu 11 June, 2020
The Bondi Pavilion rejuvenation project finally has the go-ahead after many years of impassioned back and forth debate between the community and the local council. In this case the public has emerged triumphant. Included in the plans are green leases for tenants to mandate the use of green packaging and other environmental controls.
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Global swarming: are jellyfish taking over our oceans?
Australian Geographic
Thu 11 June, 2020
JELLYFISH USED TO DRIFT under most people’s radars. But in recent years they’ve become hard to ignore, with reports of increasing jellyfish ‘swarms’ along coastlines and in harbours. These events are more accurately known as jellyfish blooms and are a natural stage in the population life cycles of these mysterious, diaphanous creatures that invoke both revulsion and fascination. But there’s concern about the increasing frequency and size of such events, with some blooms thought to be indicators of ecological disturbance caused by anthropogenic factors such as pollution and overfishing.
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New molasses blocks busting poverty, green house gases
Farm Weekly
Thu 11 June, 2020
RESEARCHERS have found that high-quality nutrient molasses block supplements fed to cattle and buffalo in developing countries can address both rural poverty and climate change.
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Another WA shire declares water deficiency
Utility Magazine
Thu 11 June, 2020
Water deficiency has been declared in the Gairdner area in the Shire of Jerramungup, Western Australia’s eleventh such declaration since May 2019.
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'Chockers': Couple go one year without putting the bin out
The Age
Thu 11 June, 2020
Liz Arnott and husband Brian Canty put their rubbish bin out for the first time in 12 months on Tuesday morning and, no, it wasn’t a huge skip.
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Old tyres repurposed for Brisbane road resurfacing trial
The Brisbane Times
Thu 11 June, 2020
Recycled, shredded tyres are being trialled in a new type of road surface on Brisbane roads under a federally funded initiative led by Brisbane City Council.
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A conversation with California Climate Hawk RL Miller
The Fifth Estate
Thu 11 June, 2020
If you want to know what’s happening in the US around climate and you need reassurance that there’s a vigorous political struggle to support action, this interview with RL Miller (her preferred moniker) is for you.
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