Issue date : Thu 2 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
City of Sydney completes switch to 100 per cent renewable supply
Reneweconomy
Wed 1 July, 2020
The City of Sydney has officially made the switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity, with its power supplies now flowing from wind and solar projects from across regional New South Wales.
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Shareholders helping to shift the dial towards principled profit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 July, 2020
The decision by Australia's biggest polluter, AGL, to link executive bonuses to the achievement of climate goals is indicative of a growing trend that has seen shareholders act more like stakeholders and pressure companies to be more socially responsible. Given the systemic failure of Australia's competition policy and much of our corporate regulation, this is a necessary and welcome market response to hold companies to account. But the government must also now step up to address these failures and ensure markets operate in a way that benefits everyone.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Look how far we’ve come: Impact investing
ProBono Australia News
Thu 2 July, 2020
Some date it to Biblical times, when Jewish law laid down directives about how to invest ethically. Others point to the Quakers, or John Wesley’s 18th century sermon on “The Use of Money”. Whatever its origins, impact investing is far from new.
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RedEarth pinpoints storage opportunities
Ecogeneration
Thu 2 July, 2020
As clean energy sources slowly push aside coal and gas, the next big complexity to solve in Australia’s spindly grid will be the management of unpredictable generation from wind and solar plants. Sophisticated energy storage solutions are nothing new but the costs are falling to a level where manufacturers of the technology are steadily taking orders.
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Miners turn to face the sun
Ecogeneration
Thu 2 July, 2020
The mining industry has traditionally been a big energy consumer, estimated to account for about 11% of the global energy consumption. Energy costs comprise a significant proportion of operating costs in a mining operation. Most global mining operations rely on traditional power sources: fossil fuel-based grid power or off-grid gas/diesel-generated power.
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Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana
Yahoo News
Thu 2 July, 2020
Mystery surrounds the "completely unprecedented" deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months.
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Metal lodes may be hidden deep
Cosmos
Thu 2 July, 2020
Scientists have discovered structural lines around 170 kilometres below the Earth’s surface they say appear to signal the locations of large deposits of copper, lead, zinc and other metals.
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NSW farmers accelerate land-clearing rates, doubling previous decade
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 July, 2020
Farmers in NSW are increasing the rate they clear land, taking advantage of looser native vegetation controls to more than double the pace of deforestation of the previous decade.
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The Age
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'Final frontier of Australian archaeology': Drowned artefacts reveal first underwater heritage sites
WAToday
Thu 2 July, 2020
The country’s first underwater archaeological site has been discovered off north-west Western Australia, showing Aboriginal people once walked hills and valleys now seen as islands and waters.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Conservation groups propose program to create 50,000 jobs and care for the environment
The Canberra Times
Wed 1 July, 2020
A new national conservation and land management employment program worth $4 billion could deliver more than 50,000 jobs in regional communities hit hard by COVID-19 if it gets the green light from the Morrison government.
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Bushfire planning blindspots leave vulnerable wildlife exposed
The Age
Wed 1 July, 2020
Rare and vulnerable environmental assets are exposed to bushfire damage due to lack of preparation in firefighting plans, according to the federal Environment Department.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Australia’s luxury car tax threshold quietly lifted for electric vehicles
Reneweconomy
Wed 1 July, 2020
The level of luxury car tax imposed on electric vehicle and “fuel efficient” cars in Australia has been quietly relaxed – the first time that EVs and fuel efficient cars have been given a bigger break than their fuel guzzling competitors in more than a decade.
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Today, Australia’s Kyoto climate targets end and our Paris cop-out begins. That’s nothing to be proud of, Mr Taylor
The Conversation
Wed 1 July, 2020
Today marks the end of Australia’s commitments under the Kyoto climate deal as we move to its successor, the Paris Agreement. Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor on Wednesday was quick to hail Australia’s success in smashing the Kyoto emissions targets. But let’s be clear: our record is nothing to boast about.
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NSW govt launches $310m drought package
7 News
Wed 1 July, 2020
A new $310 million drought-assistance package designed to accelerate the recovery of farms has been rolled out by the NSW government.
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The Canberra Times
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EU 'not on track' to meet 2030 climate goals despite trade threat
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 1 July, 2020
London: The European Union's bid to make a free trade agreement with Australia conditional on Canberra taking tough action on climate change has been undermined by a new report which warns the bloc is "not on track" to meet its own emissions reduction commitments.
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The Age
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First State’s Deanne Stewart on conflicts and the role of transparency in ESG
Investment Magazine
Wed 1 July, 2020
Rio Tinto’s apology for destroying an Aboriginal heritage site at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia and its subsequent decision to commission an independent review were key to First State Super’s decision not to reduce its weighting to Rio Tinto in its default option, the fund’s CEO Deanne Stewart has said.
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AGL adds carbon neutral option for all electricity plans
Utility Magazine
Wed 1 July, 2020
The company’s Carbon Neutral electricity product is certified by the Federal Government’s Climate Active Program, and will provide customers with a greener option on all AGL plans.
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Vestas lands big wind turbine contract in Australia, most likely Port Augusta
Reneweconomy
Wed 1 July, 2020
International wind turbine manufacturer and developer Vestas appears to have landed the supply contract for the huge 320MW wind-solar hybrid project at Port Augusta in South Australia that is being built by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola and DP Energy.
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Australia's Tanya Cox to lead WorldGBC
Architecture and Design
Thu 2 July, 2020
Tanya Cox from Australia has been appointed as chair of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Board of Directors for a two-year term.
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World-first water treatment plant for NT
Utility Magazine
Wed 1 July, 2020
Following the successful pilot PFAS water treatment plant in Katherine in the Northern Territory, a new world-first treatment plant is scheduled for construction.
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Animal rights group prepared to risk jail over secret camera footage
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 1 July, 2020
A group of animal rights activists are prepared to face jail time by leaking footage of alleged animal cruelty in two NSW knackeries, although the owners of one of the facilities claims the footage is not recent.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Bunnings stops selling native timber from state-owned VicForests after court ruling
ABC News
Wed 1 July, 2020
Major hardware chain Bunnings is dumping Victorian native timber products from its shelves after the Federal Court ruled timber was felled illegally, putting dozens of jobs in jeopardy.
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Japan begins charging for plastic bags
Yahoo News
Wed 1 July, 2020
Retailers in Japan began charging for plastic bags on Wednesday, a move aimed at curbing Japanese consumers' love for packaging and finally bringing the country in line with other major economies.
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It's a natural fit
The Australian
Wed 1 July, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to shift the fashion industry further toward sustainability
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