Issue date : Mon 6 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Global report gives Australia an A for coronavirus response but a D on climate
The Conversation
Mon 6 July, 2020
The global Sustainable Development Report 2020, released this week in New York, ranks Australia third among OECD countries for the effectiveness of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, beaten by only South Korea and Latvia.
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Coalition announces $190m plan to divert 10m tonnes of waste from landfill
The Guardian
Mon 6 July, 2020
The federal government will devote $190m towards new recycling infrastructure, as it looks to divert more than 10m tonnes of plastic, paper and glass waste away from landfill.
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US utilities are skipping the gas ‘bridge’ in transition from coal to renewables
Reneweconomy
Mon 6 July, 2020
Last week was a momentous one in the U.S. utility sector’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable power generation. Utilities in three states announced plans to close one or more of their coal plants and build new renewables—without adding any new gas-fired generation to serve as a “bridge.”
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Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe
Yahoo News
Mon 6 July, 2020
Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.
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This scientist wants you to sunbathe in a storm water channel
Australian Geographic
Mon 6 July, 2020
Kate, a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, is talking about the huge, concrete storm water channels you find around Canberra. She’s talking about sunbathing in these great, big valleys of hulking, grey infrastructure.
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Army of “pedestrian street cleaners” could tidy Melbourne CBD
The Herald Sun
Sun 5 July, 2020
Melbourne City Council has revealed a new plan to tackle litter across the CBD and a part of the scheme could see city residents get some big incentives for going green.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Green groups call on Bunnings to extend Victorian timber ban to NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 5 July, 2020
Environmental groups have called on Bunnings to extend to NSW its recent halt to sourcing native timber from Victoria's state forests, fearing supply will simply shift to the state's fire-hit forests.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Conservationists treated to spectacular show by humpback whales off Tasmania’s North-East
The Mercury
Sun 5 July, 2020
A GROUP of conservationists were treated to a stunning display by humpback whales off Tasmania’s northeastern tip this week. Peter Marmion was one of eight volunteers on an expedition to George Rocks – organised by Wildcare Friends of Fisher Island and funded by the Pennicott Foundation – to eradicate rats from the islands.
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The Herald Sun
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The hunt for big cats in Australia
The Age
Sun 5 July, 2020
In 1973, Simon Townsend saw something that changed his life. He was a pimply boy from the suburbs, walking along the Warburton pipeline east of Melbourne when he glimpsed an animal the size of a German shepherd dog that he believes was a black panther.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Walker finds tranquil Taroona beach littered with plastic
The Mercury
Sun 5 July, 2020
A MORNING walk has left one Taroona woman scratching her head after finding tiny polystyrene balls strewn across the entire length of a usually pristine beach. Heidi White said she was disappointed to see the debris stretch down her local Taroona Beach.
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Stoking fear a fool's game in climate change reporting
The Australian
Sun 5 July, 2020
Sceptical is not a popular word among young, activist journalists. But it was a quality that news editors, sub-editors and executive producers used to bring to the craft.
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Climate change 'fuelling deadly India lightning strikes'
Yahoo News
Sun 5 July, 2020
Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change.
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WA wildlife manager hunting 'unacceptable'
Yahoo News
Sat 4 July, 2020
The WA premier wants an urgent review into the employment of a government wildlife manager who was previously photographed posing with dead animals at a South African game lodge.
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Costly green deals are no pandemic panacea
The Australian
Sat 4 July, 2020
The Australian Greens, US Democrats, the European Com­mission and many countries are pushing “green new deals”. These could cost us tens of trillions and, unfortunately, will be one of the worst ways to help us recover. The pandemic has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and led to widespread disruption.
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ESG funds are booming - but doubts linger
The Australian Financial Review
Sat 4 July, 2020
Funds invested based on environment, social and governance principles are beating their benchmarks. But there are doubts about how 'green' some really are.
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Germany first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear
9 News
Sat 4 July, 2020
German lawmakers have finalise the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticise as a waste of taxpayers' money.
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The fight to save the brumbies stirs old animosities
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 4 July, 2020
There was once a bloke who ran sheep in the Snowy Mountains high country named Jack Smith but everyone called him Sancho.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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This is an amphibian with a difference
Cosmos
Sat 4 July, 2020
Researchers have discovered snake-like venom glands in an amphibian for the first time – along the teeth of the little studied caecilian.
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Warming waters could disrupt fish spawning
Cosmos
Sat 4 July, 2020
Climate change could force many of the world’s fish species to leave their traditional spawning areas and even affect their mating patterns, researchers suggest.
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Jellyfish the size of dinner plates to descend on US beaches
9 News
Sat 4 July, 2020
Some beaches in the northeastern United States are dealing with more than the threat of COVID-19 this Fourth of July holiday weekend. They have to contend with an unwelcome visitor: the Lion's Mane jellyfish.
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Sea turtles find protection from Senegal fishermen
Yahoo News
Sat 4 July, 2020
In a classic case of "poacher turning gamekeeper", the fishermen of Senegal have joined forces to protect one of the ocean's most endangered species -- the sea turtle.
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Bayside suburb residents warned against touching bore water
The Herald Sun
Sat 4 July, 2020
A toxic industrial chemical that stalled the West Gate Tunnel Project has been discovered in groundwater in Melbournes bayside suburbs. Now residents have been warned to avoid contact with the bore water.
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Damn lies and climate stats
The Australian
Sat 4 July, 2020
Early last year, newly elected ­29-year-old US congresswoman ­Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down for an interview with a correspondent for The Atlantic. AOC, as she is known, made the case for a green New Deal, one that would address poverty and social inequality in addition to climate change. She pushed back against critics who claimed it would be too expensive. “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” she said, “and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?”
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Burning money: Fossil fuel stocks worst performers on ASX over last decade
Reneweconomy
Fri 3 July, 2020
Australia’s fossil fuel companies have ranked as some of the worst performing share-market investments over the last decade, significantly underperforming the rest of the market, according to a new analysis of share-market returns.
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Coronavirus a turning point in climate investment
International Business Times
Fri 3 July, 2020
A global infrastructure investment of US$90 trillion will be needed over the next decade to achieve global growth expectations – and success will be contingent upon a shift in the way projects are financed to build resilience to climate change, industry leaders said during an event organised by the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI).
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Peckish pollys and townie turkeys
Cosmos
Fri 3 July, 2020
Parrots are good at learning and they’re adaptable – handy traits for any wild species. The Hungry Parrots project aims to collect data about the native and novel (new, adapted) diets of wild parrots throughout Australia – especially in the aftermath of the recent bushfires, when native food supplies are low.
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The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come
The Conversation
Fri 3 July, 2020
The term “heatwave” is no stranger to Australians. Defined as when conditions are excessively hot for at least three days in a row, these extreme temperature events have always punctuated our climate.
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