Issue date : Wed 8 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 58 Seconds
Number of items : 35
Federal government’s defence strategy update the weakest on climate in a decade
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 July, 2020
The federal government’s recently released defence strategy update is the weakest statement of its kind on climate and security for over a decade. As somebody who held a senior position at Defence until very recently, it is incredibly disheartening to read. One of Australia’s greatest security challenges – climate change – is only hinted at.
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Can we follow the French out of gridlock on climate?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 8 July, 2020
Not since the war has an Australian government mobilised so comprehensively: $260 billion, or 13 per cent of the country’s GDP, is a whopping big number. It was only six months ago that Australia was tested by bushfires and floods, but those calamities have now been overtaken by another emergency. As in 2007, when Kevin Rudd pronounced on "the great moral challenge of our generation", the global financial crisis surfaced and pushed that pronouncement into touch. Now CVOID’s driving the game plan.
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New climate rating for companies
Money Management
Wed 8 July, 2020
Global non-profit organisation CPD has launched a set of climate ratings for measuring and communicating the global warming path and investments which will be used by Amundi Asset Management.
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Rapid coal phase-out could drive European green recovery: Bloomberg
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 July, 2020
With the energy transition in Europe at a significant crossroads and the European Union looking to increase its climate ambitions to a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, decarbonising Europe’s remaining coal-reliant countries has the potential to create billions in clean energy investment that could pave the way for a vital green recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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How bats know which echo to believe
Cosmos
Wed 8 July, 2020
A bat’s ability to clearly distinguish one echo from another has long inspired those trying to develop radar and sonar systems that perform well in cluttered environments.
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When will the planet really start to heal?
The Courier Mail
Wed 8 July, 2020
If global carbon dioxide emissions dropped to zero in 2020 (which is not going to happen), the effect on the planet’s temperatures would start to be noticeable by 2033, while a progressive annual reduction of 5 per cent would start to be noticeable in 2044, the researchers found.
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The Advertiser
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The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Climate explained: what the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm
The Conversation
Wed 8 July, 2020
The last time global carbon dioxide levels were consistently at or above 400 parts per million (ppm) was around four million years ago during a geological period known as the Pliocene Era (between 5.3 million and 2.6 million years ago). The world was about 3℃ warmer and sea levels were higher than today.
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The evolution of flowering plants
Cosmos
Wed 8 July, 2020
Around 140 million years ago, flowering plants first burst into life on Earth, heralding the birth of what have become the most diverse, ecologically important plants on the planet and the major food source for humans and animals.
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Is Australia on track to halve food waste by 2030?
Food & Beverage
Wed 8 July, 2020
Each year, over five million tonnes of food in Australia ends up in landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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Heatwave trends accelerate worldwide
Cosmos
Wed 8 July, 2020
Nearly every part of the world has seen a significant increase in the frequency and duration of heatwaves over the past seven decades and this trend is likely to accelerate, according to a new study.
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More, faster action needed says WMMR chief
Inside Waste
Tue 7 July, 2020
While the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) said it’s pleased with the government’s commitment of significant new funds to the industry, CEO Gayle Sloan said that several other elements had to be driven now, and “driven at high throttle too”.
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Climate change narrative lost on the 'quiet Australian'
Sky News Australia
Tue 7 July, 2020
The climate change narrative fails to address the primary issues for quiet Australians suffering due to the twin impacts of the bushfires and the coronavirus, according to Assistant Editor at The West Australian Jenna Clarke.
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States give clean energy sector big confidence boost in absence of federal policy
Reneweconomy
Tue 7 July, 2020
Investor confidence in Australia’s clean energy sector improved in the first half of 2020, buoyed by strong and steady policies from state and territory governments and defying global disruptions caused by Covid-19 and an ongoing lack of meaningful policies from the Morrison federal government.
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Axe Brazil environment minister over deforestation, say prosecutors
The Australian
Wed 8 July, 2020
Prosecutors have called for the dismissal of Brazils Environment Minister, alleging he contributed to increased deforestation and fires in the Amazon by removing measures designed to protect the rainforest.
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Why it will pay for investors to go green
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 7 July, 2020
Should I make green investments a consideration for my investment portfolio? I get asked this question every day – and my answer is always "yes".
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Australian Unity rejigs executive lineup
Financial Standard
Tue 7 July, 2020
Australian Unity has appointed a new chief executive for its wealth and capital markets business, as it also launches a new green bond fund backed by Crestone Wealth Management.
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There are ways to beat the big energy bill shocks in September
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 July, 2020
Many households are bracing for enormous energy bills in September thanks to the Covid lockdown. It’s no wonder the residential solar industry is booming. The Australian Energy Foundation says that less than $20 million could pay for a free energy advice service yielding an economic injection of $232.3 million into the community and 3800 jobs.
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Oil demand peaked in 2019? Nonsense, says Fesharaki
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 7 July, 2020
It has been the big debate among oil market insiders and observers since the depths of the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March – is it possible that global demand for crude oil will turn out to have peaked in 2019?
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A sustainable future must start now: how architects are responding
Architecture AU
Tue 7 July, 2020
We asked 10 industry leaders about how the architecture industry can and should respond to the climate crisis. Over the coming weeks we'll be publishing theses climate crisis interviews, which highlight the myriad approaches architects can take while making the case for substantial change.
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52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue
Yahoo News
Tue 7 July, 2020
Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday.
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Answers to polystyrene mystery drift out of sight
The Mercury
Tue 7 July, 2020
Scattered polystyrene mysteriously appearing along beaches in Greater Hobart has left local authorities scratching their heads.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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Queensland exports tonnes of plastic and paper waste as ban looms
The Brisbane Times
Tue 7 July, 2020
Queensland companies exported more than 265,000 tonnes of waste plastic, cardboard, paper and tyres to overseas companies last year because it was more profitable than recycling it in Australia.
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