Issue date : Thu 25 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Government spurns Labor offer to end energy wars
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 25 June, 2020
The nation's energy wars will continue, after senior ministers spurned Labor leader Anthony Albanese's offer to strike a deal on a bipartisan policy approach.
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NSW government releases 'shared backyard' vision for greener city
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 25 June, 2020
Parks and other open spaces should be within 200m of high-density homes and 400m from schools and workplaces, under new NSW government guidelines prioritising greenery in the wake of COVID-19.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Labor's energy policy approach invites cynicism
The Canberra Times
Thu 25 June, 2020
At first glance Labor leader Anthony Albanese's sudden offer to work hand-in-glove with the Coalition on a bipartisan approach to energy and climate change sounds wonderful.
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Clean energy agency invests in soil carbon business venture
The Age
Thu 25 June, 2020
Australia's clean technology investment agency is taking a punt on an ambitious venture to tackle climate change, planting soil microbes in farm paddocks to capture carbon from the atmosphere and reduce global warming.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Atlassian’s new 40-storey behemoth
The Australian
Thu 25 June, 2020
Australian tech giant Atlassian has detailed plans for its new headquarters at the tech precinct at Sydney‘s Central Station, with the company declaring the building will generate 2500 jobs and nearly $1bn for the local economy.
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The Australian Financial Review
Atlassian unveils plans for its new Sydney headquarters
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney to become home to world's tallest 'hybrid timber' tower
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Penguins find an upside to less sea ice
Cosmos
Thu 25 June, 2020
Global warming is undeniably bad for the world’s wildlife, but it may bring a surprising short-term advantage for Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in continental East Antarctica.
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Million hectares of threatened species' habitat cleared without assessments
The Guardian
Thu 25 June, 2020
More than a million hectares of threatened species’ habitat was cleared for agriculture in New South Wales and Queensland without referral to the federal environment department for assessment, according to new analysis by WWF Australia.
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Drought-breaking rains transform endangered woodlands into a flower-filled vista
The Conversation
Thu 25 June, 2020
In box gum grassy woodlands, widely spaced eucalypts tower over carpets of wildflowers, lush native grasses and groves of flowering wattles. It’s no wonder some early landscape paintings depicting Australian farm life are inspired by this ecosystem.
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Australian Geographic
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Zero emissions target by 2050 will require $30 carbon price, more for 2040
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 June, 2020
If Australia is to successfully cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with a global goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C, it could require an economy wide carbon price of as high as $100 per tonne, according to a new analysis by carbon markets specialists Reputex.
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Business backs bipartisan climate policy while warning of investor risks
The Age
Wed 24 June, 2020
Business groups and energy companies are welcoming Labor's show of bipartisan support for the government's key climate policy, while they warn lack of policy detail continues to undermine investor confidence in the energy sector and other high energy industries.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Animal welfare and farm trespass Bill introduced
Farm Weekly
Wed 24 June, 2020
Legislation aimed at deterring illegal forms of trespass while protecting the welfare of animals in abattoirs, knackeries, intensive egg and poultry farms and piggeries through increased inspection powers will be introduced into State Parliament.
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Labor's climate wars truce is cause for hope, as long as it doesn't lead to bipartisan inaction
The Guardian
Wed 24 June, 2020
Australia has been in the climate wars since late 2009 when Tony Abbott rolled Malcolm Turnbull and made the pursuit of no climate policy a hallmark of Australian conservative politics. It has been an all-out battle at many points, simmering conflict at others. Investor confidence has been one of the casualties.
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Albanese's offer one Morrison must refuse
The Australian
Wed 24 June, 2020
Anthony Albanese’s invitation to Scott Morrison for a ‘bipartisan agreement’ on climate change is a neat but deceptive ploy
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Tom Minear: Anthony Albanese right to seek end to energy policy war
The Herald Sun
Wed 24 June, 2020
Climate and energy policy has been a thorn in the side of both major parties for a decade. While some politicians won’t want to admit it, finding some middle ground would be good for them — and even better for the country, writes Tom Minear.
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When all else fails: Albanese rolls the dice on energy 'peace talks'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 24 June, 2020
It was purely by co-incidence, if Anthony Albanese is to be taken at his word, that on the 10th anniversary of the event that set off years of toxic politics he presented an olive branch.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Australia’s shifting mood on climate change
The Interpreter
Wed 24 June, 2020
At the beginning of 2020, Australia’s national conversation was dominated by the catastrophic bushfires raging throughout the country. The fires killed at least 34 people, burned through more than 11 million hectares and destroyed nearly 6000 buildings. In March, the first scientific assessment of the role of climate change found that global warming increased the risk of hot dry weather, raising the risk of bushfires by at least 30%.
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Green steel and aluminium a must to maintain competitive Australian industry
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 June, 2020
Powering a future metals industry in Australia with wind and solar will be the key to both maintaining international competitiveness of Australia’s manufacturing exports, as well as strengthening Australia’s local electricity system.
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Super returns at risk from climate inaction, study finds
The Age
Wed 24 June, 2020
Financial modelling by one of the country's largest consulting firms has found superannuation returns could shrink by 2 per cent a year if no additional government action is taken on climate change and trustees do not change their approach to climate risk.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Early Zoom backer, Mike Cannon-Brookes back Soil Carbon Co
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 25 June, 2020
A start-up that has created a solution that lets plants store more of the carbon they extract from the atmosphere in the ground has scored $10 million in funding from Mike Cannon-Brookes' Grok Ventures and early Spotify and Zoom investor Horizons Ventures.
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Amazon's $2.9bn Climate Pledge Fund to reduce climate
The Australian
Wed 24 June, 2020
Amazon.com is launching a US2bn 2.9bn internal venture-capital fund focused on technology investments to reduce the impact of climate change, the latest sustainability initiative from the technology giant after criticism of its environmental record.
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Climate change assessment bumped off APRA agenda
The Australian
Wed 24 June, 2020
An APRA program to assess the vulnerability of the financial sector to climate-change risk is officially on the backburner, as all regulators prioritise their COVID-19 responses.
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Sustainability ventures between the sheets
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 24 June, 2020
Melbourne-based brand Ettitude has just closed a $2.5 million seed funding round, proving that environmentally friendly linen is a luxury worth investing in.
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First section of massive Moorabool wind farm completed in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 June, 2020
The first half of the 312MW Moorabool wind farm in central-western Victoria has been completed, with Goldwind Australia announcing that the 50 turbines of the north section of the project would soon begin the process of connecting to the grid.
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Gas ‘essential’ to clean economy
The Australian
Wed 24 June, 2020
The resources industry has pledged play its part in the country’s climate change response.
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CSIRO energy department cuts slammed by union, with 40 jobs set to go
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 June, 2020
The Australian federal government is being called on to halt further job losses at the CSIRO, after confirmation this week that the energy department at the nation’s foremost scientific research agency would have its staff numbers slashed by almost 20 per cent.
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Calls to ditch shark nets over whale fears
7 News
Wed 24 June, 2020
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for shark nets to be removed from Queensland waters after four whale became trapped in a month.
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News.com.au
NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Canberra Times
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Newcastle Herald
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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Injunction again stops VicForests logging
The Age
Wed 24 June, 2020
Victoria's government logging agency, VicForests, has again had a legal injunction halt its operations, after the Supreme Court heard allegations it had breached logging regulations in 14 coupes in the Central Highlands.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Germany bans single-use plastic items
News.com.au
Wed 24 June, 2020
Germany is banning sales of single-use plastic straws, food containers, cutlery, plates, stirring sticks and polystyrene cups and boxes by July 3, 2021.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Herald Sun
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Maldives and Indonesia ahead of the recycling curve
The West Australian
Wed 24 June, 2020
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were getting on with weaning ourselves off single-use plastics just nicely. That all changed with the increased demand for medical supplies and personal hygiene products.
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Winter climate outlook hard to predict with mixed signals
Farm Weekly
Wed 24 June, 2020
THE CLEAR climate signals being held up by long-term forecasters as signs of a wet winter earlier in the year have vanished with current readings painting a confusing picture.
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