Issue date : Fri 17 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Investor Justin Punch appointed as new chair of ARENA, Wilder ousted
Reneweconomy
Fri 17 July, 2020
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has appointed investment manager Justin Punch as the new chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency chair after choosing not to re-appoint incumbent Martijn Wilder, and as questions remain over the future of ARENA.
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Cannon-Brookes, Tesla lead call to accelerate energy market reforms
Reneweconomy
Fri 17 July, 2020
Leading Australian clean energy experts and investors have issued a plea to state and federal energy ministers, ahead of their meeting on Friday, to prioritise key energy market reforms that will accelerate the clean energy transition and ignore calls from incumbents for delays.
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The Australian Financial Review
States go in to bat for Schott's Energy Security Board
TransGrid offers link into renewables zone
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 17 July, 2020
NSW power grid owner TransGrid has invited renewable energy developers to express initial interest for connection into a new renewable energy zone in New England, which will involve paying a service fee in return for guaranteed access to the transmission line.
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UQ now on 100 per cent green energy with Warwick solar farm
The Brisbane Times
Fri 17 July, 2020
The University of Queensland is now officially running on 100 per cent renewable power, with its major solar farm at Warwick coming online.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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This century will see massive shifts in the global population, economy, and power structure
The Mandarin
Fri 17 July, 2020
A lot of the predictions we hear about the future involve a hot, crowded planet, one where we need some serious science to figure out how to feed everyone and control rising global temperatures. The UN’s population forecast of almost 10 billion people by 2050 is widely quoted, and with it has come much conjecture about what such a world will look like. Where will all those people live? What kind of jobs will they have? What will they eat?
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How some marine species navigate
Cosmos
Fri 17 July, 2020
The way marine animals navigate has long fascinated scientists. Now, two new tracking studies have highlighted some complicated logistics.
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Rare twin red-ruffed lemurs born at Singapore zoo
Yahoo News
Fri 17 July, 2020
Twin red-ruffed lemurs have been born at Singapore zoo, officials said Thursday, a rare double delivery that is a boost for the endangered saucer-eyed primates.
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How much of Antarctica is really wilderness?
Cosmos
Fri 17 July, 2020
While as much as 99.6% of Antarctica is technically wilderness, pristine areas free from human interference cover less than 32%, and this is declining, a new study shows.
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Dietary guidelines under fire
Cosmos
Fri 17 July, 2020
The study found that 98% of dietary guidelines from 85 nations are incompatible with at least one of the international goals to tackle non-communicable diseases and climate change, thwarting commitments to meet those and others related to biodiversity, agriculture and water.
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Audit criticises Murray-Darling water purchases made without open tender
The Guardian
Thu 16 July, 2020
A highly critical audit of $190m spent by the federal government on water entitlements in 2017 without open tender has found that the department of agriculture did not develop a framework designed to maximise value for money.
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BirdLife Tasmania says this season’s duck hunt should have been halted
The Mercury
Thu 16 July, 2020
THE decision to allow the 2020 duck season to go ahead was “utterly indefensible”, Birdlife Tasmania says. Documents obtained under Right to Information laws by the Greens show the government’s own experts called for the season to be curtailed on conservation grounds.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
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New Zealand turns to clean energy to cut government emissions
Reneweconomy
Thu 16 July, 2020
After successfully legislating one of the world’s first commitments to zero net carbon emissions, the New Zealand government is putting its money where its mouth is and installing solar across a range of government buildings.
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Achieving net zero is just a start
Architecture AU
Thu 16 July, 2020
If we had buildings that are net-zero carbon – in other words, they don’t take any more or produce any more carbon – all we’re doing is maintaining the status quo.
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Waste-to-energy firm Powerhouse fuels up for growth
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 16 July, 2020
With renewable energy still a hot topic and waste literally piling up around the world, the concept of "waste-to-energy" promises to be a high-growth sector for those that are able to properly commercialise it.
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BlackRock offers update on dumping coal
Financial Standard
Thu 16 July, 2020
BlackRock has offered its first major update on investment stewardship since it said it would dump thermal coal from active portfolios.
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Clean Energy Council signs MoU over hydrogen uptake
Energy Magazine
Thu 16 July, 2020
The Clean Energy Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Hydrogen Council to acknowledge the fuel’s role in creating a renewable energy future.
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Massive Moorabool wind farm connected to the Victorian grid
Reneweconomy
Fri 17 July, 2020
The first turbine of the massive 312MW Moorabool wind farm in central-western Victoria is now connected to the state grid and generating electricity, the project’s developer Goldwind Australia said on Thursday.
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Sailing around in circles: LNG tankers idle at sea as buyers delay cargoes
The Age
Thu 16 July, 2020
One in three tankers loaded with cargoes of Australian liquefied natural gas last month is either anchored at sea or taking a longer-than-usual journey to its destination as coronavirus prompts more buyers to delay deliveries.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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NABERS to level the playing field for gas and grid electricity usage
The Fifth Estate
Thu 16 July, 2020
For the first time in NABERS’ 20-plus years, the government’s environmental benchmarking scheme is updating how it accounts for the emissions profile of grid electricity to reflect booming renewable penetration.
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Fire chief lays out his priorities for next summer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 16 July, 2020
Better respiratory gear and helmets for firefighters, improving truck safety and working more closely with farmers are among the top priorities for Rural Fire Service chief Rob Rogers.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Increasing demand for home-grown food says urban farm company
Architecture and Design
Thu 16 July, 2020
With Australians spending more time at home, many households are looking at growing their own fresh produce to build self-sufficiency and self-reliance says one Australian company.
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NSW coast clean-up continues after spill
7 News
Thu 16 July, 2020
Crews are continuing to clean up face masks and plastic food containers along the NSW coastline almost two months after 50 shipping containers were lost off the APL England.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Vollebak's 'Garbage Watch' Could Forge A New Path For Sustainability In Watchmaking
GQ Australia
Thu 16 July, 2020
The world of luxury watchmaking is one that largely turns a blind eye to excess. As much as it's fashionable now to say that you're making your timepieces out of sustainably-sourced metals and jewels, the fact remains that every watch being produced is still made of particularly rare stuff taken from the earth in one way or another.
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Siberia heat 'almost impossible' without climate change
Yahoo News
Thu 16 July, 2020
A heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-degree Celsius highs was "almost impossible" without the influence of manmade climate change, leading scientists said.
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