Issue date : Fri 26 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
NSW coast project to be reviewed
News.com.au
Fri 26 June, 2020
Plans to clear forest on the bushfire-ravaged NSW South Coast to make way for homes have been referred to the federal environment minister, a community group says.
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NSW to continue its commitment to coal
The Australian
Fri 26 June, 2020
NSW's coal industry is set to continue for decades, according to a new report that argues ending exports would have little impact on global carbon emissions.
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Forestry decline helps Tasmania maintain carbon neutral record
The Mercury
Fri 26 June, 2020
New figures show Tasmania remains the country’s only carbon-neutral state or territory, contributing a net reduction in Australia’s emissions, with land use change and forestry making up most of the reduction between 2005 and 2018.
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Environment groups urge Nippon Paper to scrap Victorian timber from supply chain
The Guardian
Fri 26 June, 2020
More than 40 environment groups have called on Japan’s Nippon Paper Group to remove timber logged in Victoria’s native forests from its supply chain in the aftermath of bushfires and a landmark judgment that found a government forestry agency repeatedly breached conservation regulations.
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Allbirds adds apparel to its billion-dollar line-up
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 26 June, 2020
f all you know of Allbirds is that it is a Millennial-cool sneaker company that periodically serves you timely advertising for its eco-friendly products, that’s fine: through that direct-to-consumer communication, Allbirds has become a unicorn, valued at more than $US1 billion ($1.45 bllion) with combined funding of $US150 million.
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$2 billion proposed wind far for Flinders Shire to supply power from Townsville to Mt Isa
The Courier Mail
Fri 26 June, 2020
A proposed $2 billion Queensland wind farm project could create up to 400 construction jobs and would aim to deliver cheaper power for multiple regions, and it already has the backing of the community where its 200 turbines would be situated.
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WA to build 15,000 energy-efficient social housing homes
Energy Magazine
Fri 26 June, 2020
A new plan from WA’s Clean State initiative will see 15,000 energy efficient social housing homes constructed within three years, delivering major benefits for the state.
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$40m world-leading crocodile farm planned for Darwin
NT News
Fri 26 June, 2020
A $40 MILLION international best practice crocodile farm has been proposed for Humpty Doo.
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Sled dogs represent a distinct genetic lineage
Cosmos
Fri 26 June, 2020
Modern sled dogs share ancient Siberian roots and represent a distinct genetic lineage that likely emerged as the final glacial remnants of the last ice age subsided nearly 10,000 years ago, according to a new study.
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Bipartisan support helps give 'battleship peninsula' protection
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 26 June, 2020
Visits to a popular Blue Mountains "battleship peninsula" are expected to rise as much as 10 fold after the Berejiklian government formalised protection for the Radiata Plateau.
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Cancelling noise and being green
Cosmos
Fri 26 June, 2020
Successful photosynthesis is in part about cancelling out noise, according to a unique new model created by a team of scientists with expertise running from physics to biology.
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'Shameful' photos of beach emerge after crowds spark 'major incident'
Yahoo News
Fri 26 June, 2020
Beachgoers have left behind more than 30 tonnes of rubbish and ignored public health advice on coronavirus as authorities declared a “major incident” over what they called irresponsible crowd behaviour.
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Global GDP to fall 25 per cent without more climate action, banks warn
The Age
Thu 25 June, 2020
Australia's Reserve Bank has endorsed a warning that unless international climate policies are made drastically more ambitious, the disruption under the trajectory of climate change will cause global GDP to fall by 25 per cent by 2100.
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Auditor-General's review of EPBC act finds finds severe deficiencies in Environment Department's processes
ABC News
Thu 25 June, 2020
Almost 80 per cent of federal environmental approvals examined in a high-level review were non-compliant or contained errors, Australia's audit office says.
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11,000 renewable energy jobs at risk under Morrison government policies
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
As many as 11,000 renewable energy jobs could be at risk under the Morrison government’s climate and energy policies, according to new research that shows ‘business as usual’ will see renewables investment fall off a cliff in the next few years.
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Yanco solar and big battery project fast-tracked by NSW government
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
A 60MW solar and big battery project planned for the New South Wales Riverina region has been put on the fast-track as part of the third tranche of the state government’s Planning System Acceleration Program.
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Greens claim forestry blitz is happening amid coronavirus crisis
The Mercury
Thu 25 June, 2020
Have you noticed more log trucks on the state’s roads lately? The Greens say there has been an increase in logging, with more to come.
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NSW's bullish coal export plan defies the global market realities
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 25 June, 2020
The NSW government’s new strategic statement on coal exploration and mining has been unveiled, just as COVID-19 accelerates the energy transition away from fossil fuels. The statement optimistically maintains that global demand for thermal coal will only drop by one-tenth by 2050. Furthermore, the government is expecting that Australian thermal coal exports will be protected from falling shipments to Japan, China and South Korea by rising demand from India.
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Partisanship was never the problem. Labor needs to learn to lead
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
A few years ago, I came across an old video of a young Anthony Albanese standing his ground on his home turf, in the Inner West, in Sydney. A relatively big crowd of seething, infuriated climate deniers had gathered outside of his electorate office. They were protesting the time Albanese had referred to the anti-carbon-price protest, named the ‘convoy of confidence’, as the ‘convoy of no consequence’.
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Alan Pears: Submission on the federal government’s Technology Investment Roadmap
The Fifth Estate
Thu 25 June, 2020
The federal government’s Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper provides a useful review of a range of technologies that could contribute to management of Australia’s climate impact. It also flags potential ways to identify priorities and deploy technologies. But this is just one (important) element of the actions required for Australia to build a successful clean energy-based economy.
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Don’t blame logging for bushfires
The Age
Thu 25 June, 2020
Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, supported by five co-authors, makes a spirited attack on timber harvesting (Logging has a clear link to bushfires, June 8). That is unfortunate because it overshadows the very real issue of how we manage our fire-prone landscape.
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Super giant HESTA divests coal, commits to 'net zero' investments by 2050
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 25 June, 2020
The $52 billion super fund for healthcare workers has divested holdings in thermal coal companies under a new climate policy that commits to 'net zero' emissions across the entire portfolio by 2050.
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HESTA commits to net zero by 2050
The Australian Financial Review
HESTA dumps coal, targets absolute net zero
Cannon-Brookes, CEFC back carbon sequestration start-up in $10m capital raising
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
A capital-raising for Australian agritech hopeful Soil Carbon Company has raised $10 million for the new business and hooked a number of high profile backers, including the investment vehicle of tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and the federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
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Oh, the irony: Fossil fuel financier signs major solar contract with fossil fuel producer
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
US financial giant Wells Fargo, and one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel lenders, and Shell Energy, a unit of British oil & gas major Royal Dutch Shell, have announced a 150MW solar Power Purchase Agreement, which will meet around 8 per cent of Wells Fargo’s global energy needs.
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NSW renewable energy zone carrot attracts 27GW of solar, wind and storage proposals
Ecogeneration
Thu 25 June, 2020
The NSW government’s efforts to incentivise the creation of the state’s first renewable energy zone, or REZ, has seen 113 parties come forward with a total 27GW of projects. To help support the transmission that would enable the state’s target of at least 3GW of new clean energy generation, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $5 million in funding to TransGrid to conduct a detailed feasibility study to develop the proposed Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone, in the central north.
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Energy Magazine
Australia’s first renewable energy zone greenlit
Sun Metals to add green hydrogen facility to Zinc refinery and solar farm
Reneweconomy
Thu 25 June, 2020
Queensland zine refiner Sun Metals – the first major energy user to build its own large scale solar farm in Australia – will now develop one of north Queensland’s first renewable hydrogen production facilities, after securing a $5 million Queensland government grant.
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The Alexandria apartments for Defence made from half a million recycled bricks
The Fifth Estate
Thu 25 June, 2020
Like many building materials, making bricks releases greenhouse gases and chews up limited natural resources (in this instance, clay). This is what makes Australia’s largest recycled brick building – a claim validated by the brick supplier – something quite special.
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Customers warming to green homes, but it depends how it’s framed
The Fifth Estate
Thu 25 June, 2020
Selling sustainability and energy efficiency to home buyers is still no walk in the park but customers are increasingly receptive to the idea, according to sustainability-conscious builder Mark Maloney.
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Take A First Look At Atlassian's New Sydney HQ: The World's Tallest Timber-Hybrid Building
GQ Australia
Thu 25 June, 2020
While the core of what they do is far from the most glamorous venture in the tech world, there's no doubt that Atlassian, the multi-billion-dollar Aussie based company founded by Sydneysiders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, is by far the most successful tech venture ever to emerge from the land Down Under. Boasting revenues in excess of a billion dollars, the company's success in developing software has transformed both its founders into regulars on the AFR Rich List, with an influence that extends deep into Silicon Valley and beyond.
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Penguins may be an unlikely winner from climate change
The Australian
Thu 25 June, 2020
Beneath the waves, penguins move gracefully, soaring and swooping through the sea. Above the waves, they wobble like waiters with their legs in a plaster cast.
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The ‘anthropause’ during COVID-19
Cosmos
Fri 26 June, 2020
Pumas leaping onto walls in Santiago, Chile; wild boar trotting along streets in Haifa, Israel; dolphins unusually far up Bosporus waters near Istanbul, Turkey. After the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns across the globe, wild animals rarely seen in urban areas became a news and social media staple.
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DPIE, Sydney Water fail to deliver
Government News
Thu 25 June, 2020
Greater Sydney has been left more vulnerable to climate change and drought because of failures by the key agencies charged with water security in the region, a report says.
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Council adopting policy to eliminates single use plastics ‘the beginning point’
The Mercury
Thu 25 June, 2020
A major Tasmanian council has voted unanimously to ban single-use plastic at council-owned buildings including a major stadium. The policy has been touted as a nation-leading initiative.
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New Seattle NHL venue vows to be first zero-carbon arena
Yahoo News
Thu 25 June, 2020
Seattle's National Hockey League expansion team will play in the world's first carbon-neutral arena, club officials said Thursday in announcing the new venue will be named Climate Pledge Arena.
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