Issue date : Tue 7 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 38 Seconds
Number of items : 31
Should we appoint a Minister for Food?
The Canberra Times
Tue 7 July, 2020
All of us need to eat every day to survive and thrive. That's why the Commission for the Human Future, of which I am the secretary, recently released its second major report, this one about the global future of food. It came hard on the heels of a comment from the United Nations Secretary-General that the world is facing its worst food situation in the past 50 years.
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Renewables confidence rises as solar boom shows no sign of fading
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 7 July, 2020
Investor confidence in clean energy is rising strongly, led by interest in NSW's new renewables zones, while the boom in solar rooftop installations shows little sign of tapering.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Solar developers downsize to dodge complex and costly connection rules
Reneweconomy
Tue 7 July, 2020
Developers of utility-scale solar farms are now looking to downsize their proposed solar projects in order to dodge the increasingly complex and costly connection requirements imposed by Australian regulators.
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Port of Newcastle strives for UN sustainability target
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 7 July, 2020
Seven Hunter institutions, including the Port of Newcastle (PON), have banded together to advocate and drive the local adoption of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Animal-to-human viruses increasing around the world, experts warn
7 News
Tue 7 July, 2020
The world is seeing a rise in diseases caused by viruses that have jumped from animal hosts to the human population, with COVID-19 just one example, experts say in a new report.
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Here’s why this happens
Cosmos
Tue 7 July, 2020
Blue waves made quite a splash along the coast off southern California earlier this year, but it’s not an unusual phenomenon and it’s not unique to the area (though it was the biggest there in a decade).
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Gulf Stream a blender not a barrier
Cosmos
Tue 7 July, 2020
Scientists say they have the first direct evidence of a “blender effect” in the Gulf Stream, which is one of the main drivers of climate and biological productivity on the east coast of North America and the west coast of Europe.
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'Climate change war' demands national, military-style response: Ex-fire chiefs
The Age
Mon 6 July, 2020
Australia is fighting a climate war as well as battling more natural disasters, which demands a military-style, co-ordinated national response, the bushfire and natural disaster royal commission has heard.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Waste not, want not: Morrison government’s $1b recycling plan must include avoiding waste in the first place
The Conversation
Mon 6 July, 2020
The federal government today announced A$190 million in funding for new recycling infrastructure, as it seeks to divert more than ten million tonnes of waste from landfill and create 10,000 jobs.
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News.com.au
Coalition to spend $190 million diverting tonnes of waste from landfill
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Canberra Times
Recycling funds as waste export bans loom
Yahoo News
Inside Waste
Australia recycling capacity magnified by $190m
Councils want details on $190m recycling fund
Government News
Mon 6 July, 2020
Local government has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a $190 million fund to improve waste management and recycling but says the plan is too light on detail.
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Man who wants to be deputy PM compares wind power to rain making gun
Reneweconomy
Mon 6 July, 2020
Barnaby Joyce is at it again: Making outrageous claims about wind energy and getting his numbers atrociously wrong at the same time. We’re often told that we should ignore such nonsense, but this is, after all, a man with extraordinary influence over the conservative side of politics and who still wants to be deputy prime minister and a senior minister again.
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The City of Sydney goes 100 per cent renewable
Energy Matters
Mon 6 July, 2020
Commencing from July 1, Sydney will become a wholly renewable hub, with all operations powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. Originating from local sources, a power purchase agreement will see street lighting, buildings, sports facilities and even the Town Hall operate under this sustainable resource.
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In the eye of the storm, great things are possible
The Fifth Estate
Mon 6 July, 2020
Recovery investment in green infrastructure, education and training, R+D into clean tech and agriculture, and real investment into renewable energy would certainly herald a new policy position on action on climate change. It would assist the economic recovery, and demonstrate a willingness to make smart decisions in the eye of the storm.
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Canberra, let renewables power this recovery
Ecogeneration
Mon 6 July, 2020
The renewable energy industry could employ thousands more Australians over the next decade, but only if we take meaningful action now, writes Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton.
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AustralianSuper exec warns 'climate laggards' will wither on ASX vine
The Age
Mon 6 July, 2020
The chief investment officer of the country's largest super fund says the composition of the ASX will fundamentally shift away from old world industries such as resources and financials as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates the shift to digital.
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WAToday
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Keeping the lights on
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 6 July, 2020
NOJA Power has brought Australian manufacturing and developments in electrical switchgear into the global spotlight. Manufacturers’ Monthly spoke with its group managing director, Neil O’Sullivan, about the company’s long-term success and pride in being Australian made.
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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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Dynamics of a truly connected energy market
Ecogeneration
Mon 6 July, 2020
A sophisticated market for distributed energy has the power to strengthen the NEM and enable more renewables, writes Dor Son Tan of Energy Networks Australia.
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The giant larvacean is a floating croissant housed in mucous
Australian Geographic
Mon 6 July, 2020
A FRAGILE, FREE-floating organism found throughout the world’s oceans, the giant larvacean is a tunicate – a type of invertebrate known for its protective, tunic-like exoskeleton made of proteins and carbohydrates.
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Africa's worst locust outbreak 'far from over'
9 News
Mon 6 July, 2020
The worst locust outbreak in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.
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