Issue date : Mon 13 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
Governments sign up to social impact investment plan
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 13 July, 2020
States and territories have signed on to a Morrison government plan to boost the market for investment in projects designed to solve complex social problems.
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Hunter Valley ponders a future of dwindling coal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 13 July, 2020
Hunter Valley councils and unions are preparing for a future without coal but say curbs on the Port of Newcastle imposed after the privatisation of ports near Sydney and Wollongong will hold back the transition.
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Can the koala survive in Berejiklian's NSW?
Independent Australia
Mon 13 July, 2020
The NSW Government says koalas will be extinct by 2050, but relaxed environmental protections and ongoing destruction of habitat are causing their extinction right now, writes Sue Arnold.
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COVID chaos sparks 'big concern' over mosquito-borne infection
7 News
Mon 13 July, 2020
Restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, are hampering efforts to cope with seasonal outbreaks of dengue, an incurable, mosquito-borne disease, doctors have warned.
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Vic volunteers protect platypus using DNA
7 News
Mon 13 July, 2020
DNA testing could help protect platypus in one of Victoria's worst-affected bushfire regions by tracking population numbers and helping understand how they respond to fires.
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Race to rescue turtles entangled in plastic on Bangladesh beach
Yahoo News
Mon 13 July, 2020
At least 20 turtles were dead and dozens more were rescued Sunday after being entangled in plastic waste washed ashore on one of the world's longest beaches in Bangladesh, officials and conservationists said.
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Uluru, Kakadu and other national parks get a $233m funding boost
The New Daily
Sun 12 July, 2020
Uluru-Kata Tjuta will undergo $51 million upgrades as the federal government injects millions into national parks to improve facilities and attract people forced to holiday at home this year.
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Calls to reverse 'absurd' rule on endangered species, boost koala aid
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 12 July, 2020
Labor and environmental groups are calling for changes to how the extinction threat to koalas and other species is set, and for beefed-up protections near Sydney to preserve the state's healthiest koala colonies.
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The Brisbane Times
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Why are fish wars heating up all over the world?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 12 July, 2020
The desire for protein – and power – is helping fuel fights for territorial waters around the world. Where are these problems surfacing? And how are warming oceans making them worse?
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From Covid-19 to climate: what's next after the global oil and gas industry crash?
The Guardian
Sun 12 July, 2020
The global oil and gas industry has crashed. In mid-June, BP – formerly British Petroleum – slashed the value of its assets by US$17.5bn and revealed plans to cut its workforce by 15%. It forecast the price of oil would be a third lower than expected for decades to come and said it may be forced to leave new fossil fuel discoveries in the ground.
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A hydrogen future or all hot air?
The West Australian
Sun 12 July, 2020
Imagine pure driving bliss: comfortable, quiet, smooth, eco-friendly bliss where the only emission is water vapour.
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Shark attack deaths in Australia at 10-year high, with more predicted
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 12 July, 2020
Shark attacks have doubled over the past two decades and 2020 is shaping up as a horror year with five fatalities so far, including Mani Hart-Deville, 15, who died after being bitten by a shark while surfing on Saturday.
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Baboon tolerance is an individual thing
Cosmos
Sun 12 July, 2020
Wild baboons accustomed to human observers still do not consider them a neutral presence, according to a new study.
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The lingering impact of bushfires
Cosmos
Sun 12 July, 2020
Australian scientists are examining how serious bushfires, such as those that devastated large areas of the country last summer, affect the urban microclimate.
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Using wood to purify water
Cosmos
Sun 12 July, 2020
Chinese scientists have developed a wood-based steam generator which, with the help of bacterial-produced nanomaterials, harnesses solar energy to purify water.
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Food wastage rising during pandemic
Sky News Australia
Sun 12 July, 2020
As food banks try to deal with record demand and grocery stores struggle to keep shelves stocked, food wastage is rising during the pandemic.
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Nothing to fear but climate fearmongers
The Australian
Sat 11 July, 2020
The politics of fear is usually ascribed to the populist right, and disapprovingly so. Yet what is the contemporary global warming rhetoric and advocacy of the green left if not the politics of fear?
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Printed solar panels a shining light for saving energy
The Age
Sat 11 July, 2020
An Australian breakthrough in wafer-thin, lightweight solar panels that can be stuck on to any surface is set to deliver Australia a new source of local manufacturing, the researcher whose team developed it says.
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From wombats to Wollombi, new mining plans stoke community concerns
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 July, 2020
It's well past sunset at the Breakfast Creek hideaway not far from the western edge of the Wollemi National Park and Sue Pridmore is out the back of her mud-brick home with a bucket of feed for her posse of wombats.
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'Like throwing a grenade': historic town braces for coal mining threat
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 July, 2020
Residents of a historic village in the Hunter Valley have vowed to resist plans for mining in their region after a new government map designated the Wollombi region for coal exploration.
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Nearly 300 wildfires in Siberia amid record warm weather
Yahoo News
Sat 11 July, 2020
Russia's forest service said there were nearly 300 wildfires blazing across the vast country's northern wilderness on Saturday, as it attempted to contain them with methods including explosives and cloud seeding.
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Amazon deforestation increases 25 percent in Brazil
Yahoo News
Sat 11 July, 2020
Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased by a record 25 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, official data released Friday showed, increasing pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to abandon his plans to develop the region.
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Hundreds of children's shoes laid out in silent Brisbane climate protest
The Brisbane Times
Sat 11 July, 2020
Hundreds of pairs of children's shoes have been laid in front of Brisbane's City Hall to demonstrate the impact of climate change on future generations, in a silent protest by Extinction Rebellion.
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The environmental disaster that crushed Jason Kimberley
The Herald Sun
Sat 11 July, 2020
Jason Kimberley has dedicated much of his life to educating Australians on the importance of economic, environmental and social sustainability — and now he opens up on the moment he knew he needed to do something to save our planet.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
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The Mercury
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Actually, Mr Trump, it’s stronger environmental regulation that makes economic winners
The Conversation
Fri 10 July, 2020
Donald Trump has ordered US federal agencies to bypass environmental protection laws and fast-track pipeline, highway and other infrastructure projects. Signing the executive order last month, the US president declared regulatory delays would hinder “our economic recovery from the national emergency”.
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Seahorse males left holding (and feeding) the baby
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 10 July, 2020
There's nothing simple when it comes to the joy of sex in the murky underwater world of seahorses. It turns what might be considered the norm in the rest of the natural world on its head.
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Botswana gets test back on elephant deaths
Yahoo News
Fri 10 July, 2020
Botswana has received test results from samples sent to Zimbabwe to determine the cause of death of hundreds of elephants but is waiting for more results from South Africa next week before sharing findings with the public.
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The Canberra Times
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It’s Plastic Free July, So Here Are 5 Ways To Cut Down On Waste This Month
Pedestrian
Fri 10 July, 2020
This month is Plastic Free July, an annual movement to reduce plastic pollution around the world. It can be overwhelming though, trying to figure out what to cut back on. It’s also easy to fall into the trap of buying something you don’t necessarily need, just because it’s been marketed as sustainable. So if you’ve been thinking about ways to cut down on waste this month, here are some tips.
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