Issue date : Wed 15 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 49 Seconds
Number of items : 45
CSIRO fracking research 'doesn't pass the pub test', expert says
ABC News
Wed 15 July, 2020
The CSIRO has been accused of having a conflict of interest with the coal seam gas (CSG) industry after releasing a report that it says found fracking has little to no impact on the environment.
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Calls for carbon projects in Pacific plans
Yahoo News
Wed 15 July, 2020
The federal government has been urged to invest in projects in the Pacific region to help reduce emissions.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Minister sympathetic to Woodside's Browse plight after 17 years in limbo
WAToday
Wed 15 July, 2020
Woodside earned the sympathy of federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt as it asked for another five-year lease extension over key Browse gas field tenements that expired at the end of June.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Climate hiccup in Australia-Britain free-trade deal
The Australian
Wed 15 July, 2020
Britain wants to introduce climate change regulations into a free-trade deal with Australia after the first round of talks scoped each country’s priorities. The first round of UK-Australia free-trade deal talks finished last week, with new talks scheduled for September.
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Biden pitches to progressives with $2.9 trillion climate plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 15 July, 2020
Wilmington, Delaware: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has outlined an ambitious climate plan that would spend $US2 trillion ($2.9 trillion) over four years investing in clean-energy infrastructure while vowing to cut carbon emissions from electrical power to zero in 15 years.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Carbon pricing a $24bn opportunity
The Australian
Wed 15 July, 2020
Telstra’s Andy Penn last week complained about the lack of carbon abatement products in Australia, but the good news is international and local pricing is increasing and, with the right policies, a $24bn market opportunity may open.
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'Reef credits' to help save the Great Barrier Reef
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 15 July, 2020
Companies will be encouraged to buy "reef credits" as a way to help improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, as part of a market-based solution to help protect the North Queensland natural wonder.
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Coal, gas leading to 'quite dramatic' increases in methane emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 15 July, 2020
Fossil fuel developments are rapidly increasing emissions of methane, led by the opening of coal mines and gas fields, some of which are in Australia.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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It’s complicated being green
Cosmos
Wed 15 July, 2020
Green frogs tend to be green for the same reason, but a new study suggests they don’t all achieve it in the same way.
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China rushes to contain floods after record rainfall
Yahoo News
Wed 15 July, 2020
Soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China's largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin.
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Cars Emit More Than Carbon Pollution — They Release Microplastic, Too
Gizmodo Australia
Wed 15 July, 2020
When you take your car for a spin, it’s not just emitting particulate matter and greenhouse gases. The wear and tear of your car’s tires and brakes release microplastic, which winds, rains, and snow can carry to the most remote parts of the world.
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Methane emissions rise nine percent in decade
Yahoo News
Wed 15 July, 2020
Emissions of methane -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by mankind's insatiable hunger for energy and food, a major international study concluded Wednesday.
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Crunch time for clean energy funding as ARENA board deadline looms
Reneweconomy
Tue 14 July, 2020
It is crunch time, yet again, for Australia’s leading source of funding for renewable energy innovation and research, as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), braces for a wholesale shake-up of its board.
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Top scientists back Australian ecologist in VicForests bushfire row
The Age
Tue 14 July, 2020
More than 100 scientists have written to the Andrews government backing highly regarded Australian ecologist Professor David Lindenmayer after the head of Victoria's logging agency refused to accept his published opinions or "consider him an authority".
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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City of Sydney goes 100 per cent renewable
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 14 July, 2020
The City of Sydney is now 100 per cent powered by renewables, using electricity generated from wind and solar farms in regional NSW.
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US proposes dropping ESG investments from retirement funds
The Australian
Tue 14 July, 2020
After a remarkable run of success in the investment sector, ethical investing has received an unwelcome jolt from the US government with a Trump administration proposal to remove so-called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments from retirement funds.
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Simple steps towards a sustainable future
Architecture AU
Tue 14 July, 2020
The Victorian leaders of Architects Declare Australia have been talking about really simple, clear and key actionable items and working with the broader Victorian architecture community to push out those ideas.
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Rio Tinto’s Aboriginal desecration shows folly of rote ESG
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 14 July, 2020
The mining giant's destruction of two sacred sites could be traced to its downgrading, about 15 years ago, of the importance of its site-level social scientists.
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J.P. Morgan launches ESG integration policy
Financial Standard
Tue 14 July, 2020
J.P. Morgan Asset Management has launched a new integrated ESG policy statement for its global funds management business.
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West Australia’s biggest wind farm energised, delivers first output
Reneweconomy
Tue 14 July, 2020
The biggest wind farm in Western Australia – the 212MW Yandin wind farm – has completed electrification and has delivered its first output to the state’s grid, known as the South West Integrated System (SWIS).
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McCain Foods go big in Ballarat with renewables
The Fifth Estate
Tue 14 July, 2020
In the race to decarbonise the economy, industrial processing is a tough nut to crack given the amount of heat needed to process goods. But there’s signs of progress, with frozen food giant McCain Foods committing to what it claims is Australia’s largest behind-the-meter renewable energy system.
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Here’s an idea: Let’s plant our way out of the Covid crisis
The Fifth Estate
Tue 14 July, 2020
There’s never been more love and appreciation of green spaces from the community. So how can we achieve an environmental, economic and health “triple point score” by delivering more and better green space as part of the post COVID-19 recovery?
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Bushfires prompt translocation plan for near-extinct western ground parrot in WA
The New Daily
Tue 14 July, 2020
Translocation is the long-term strategy to save the last wild population of one of the world’s rarest parrots, which lost most of its known habitat in Western Australia’s south to a series of devastating bushfires.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Coral bleaching found at 'healthy' WA reef
7 News
Tue 14 July, 2020
Significant bleaching at one of Western Australia's healthiest coral reefs has scientists concerned about the effects of climate change.
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The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Mass pesticides in waters headed to Reef
Yahoo News
Tue 14 July, 2020
Multiple pesticides have been found in water samples taken from creeks and rivers running into the Great Barrier Reef, raising greater concerns about land management.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
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‘Insect exchange program’ to replace toxic chemicals
The Courier Mail
Tue 14 July, 2020
A WORLD-FIRST cane toad trap and an interstate insect exchange program will replace chemicals as the backbone of Brisbane City Council’s new pest control scheme.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Mercury
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Social media campaign launched to fight food waste
Food & Beverage
Tue 14 July, 2020
Australians who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 are doing it tough. The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. Yet the average Australian family continues to waste around $3,000 per year on food that isn’t being eaten, often due to simple lack of awareness.
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Meet the Experts: Biodiversity Researcher Doctor Karen Rowe
Broadsheet
Tue 14 July, 2020
If you’ve ever wondered which bird (or other animal) is making that sound in your backyard, Dr Rowe probably knows the answer. In partnership with Museums Victoria, the biodiversity research scientist gives us a glimpse into her varied day-to-day work.
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