Issue date : Fri 24 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
More than 200 prominent Australians issue urgent call to act on climate
Reneweconomy
Fri 24 July, 2020
A group of more than 200 leading Australians, including leading scientists and academics, business and community leaders, former politicians and rockstars have issued an urgent call to action on major threats to humanity’s future, including global warming.
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'Extremely cruel': Rare lizards found in rice cookers bound for China
The Brisbane Times
Fri 24 July, 2020
Authorities have intercepted illegal shipments of dozens of rare lizards, some "unknown to science", hidden in rice cookers bound for China.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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News.com.au
Lizards ‘not known to science’ found in rice cookers headed for China
The Courier Mail
Rare Queensland lizards found in China-bound cookers
The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
During lockdown we were light on the Earth
Cosmos
Fri 24 July, 2020
The lack of activity during the COVID-19 lockdown between March and May caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by up to 50%.
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Taylor appoints his former advisor and a prominent RET critic to ARENA board
Reneweconomy
Thu 23 July, 2020
A long flagged shake-up of the board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) was announced on Thursday, with a former key advisor to Angus Taylor and an economist who co-founded one of the country’s most virulent critics of renewable energy targets gaining appointments.
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CEC says thousands of renewable jobs at stake in Queensland election
Reneweconomy
Thu 23 July, 2020
The Clean Energy Council says that Queensland has a chance to seize an enormous economic opportunity presented by an expanded clean energy sector, and has called on the state’s political parties to embrace renewables head of a looming state election.
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Europe goes green in its Covid recovery
The Fifth Estate
Thu 23 July, 2020
The European Union has thrown down a green gauntlet for its Covid recovery. Leaders reached a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and COVID-19 recovery package early on Tuesday morning based on European Council President Charles Michel’s compromise proposal.
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Australia is sponsoring a failing gas industry
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 23 July, 2020
The controversial Narrabri gas project enters the final stages of approval with more than 400 people presenting to the Independent Planning Commission, which will determine its fate. It is the most hotly contested resource project in NSW's history. Of more than 23,000 submissions, 98 per cent object.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Minimum standards must be lifted significantly
Architecture AU
Thu 23 July, 2020
Next in our interview series on the climate and biodiversity emergency, Ken Maher, president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) says regulations need to be lifted and more incentives introduced to meet the challenge.
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Apple commits to 2030 net-zero emissions target
Reneweconomy
Thu 23 July, 2020
Consumer technology megalith Apple has announced it will bring its entire carbon footprint for its supply chain and products to net zero emissions by 2030.
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Pension funds apply pressure on climate change
Financial Standard
Thu 23 July, 2020
Some of the largest pension funds in the US have sent letters to their government urging action on climate change after a proposal sought to limit their ESG investing capabilities.
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ICA makes 'significant inroads' on climate change
Insurance News
Thu 23 July, 2020
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) says its stepped-up efforts to manage the impact of climate change on the industry and the nation’s communities has had an encouraging start.
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Oaktree buys debt in WA’s Bluewaters coal-fired power plant
The Australian
Thu 23 July, 2020
Oaktree Capital Management has purchased $36m of debt from ANZ Bank in the coal-fired Bluewaters Power Station in Western Australia for 71c in the dollar, say lending sources.
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'Rejected': Critics unload on proposed Santos gas project
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 23 July, 2020
The $3.6 billion coal seam gas project proposed for north-western NSW has been described as destructive to water tables and the climate, economically unviable, unnecessary to Australia’s energy needs and as a dangerous fire hazard during Independent Planning Commission hearings.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Renewables ‘pulling plug on coal’
The Australian
Thu 23 July, 2020
Australia’s coal plants are increasingly becoming unecon­omical and are operating at razor-thin margins amid big falls in wholesale power prices as more renewables enter the electricity grid, the nation’s energy tsar Kerry Schott says.
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ARENA awards half a million to improve grid stability
Utility Magazine
Thu 23 July, 2020
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has presented $495,680 in funding to Monash University to research ways of managing unstable and weak parts of the electricity grid.
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Thriving Australian humpback whale population is the good news story we need
News.com.au
Thu 23 July, 2020
Whale-watchers along Queensland’s east coast will be spoiled for choice with more of the mammals than ever using the ‘whale highway’.
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NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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Rare yellow turtle discovered
7 News
Thu 23 July, 2020
A farmer in eastern India has found a yellow turtle which experts say is the product of albinism.
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We need 3 things to deal with coastal erosion
The Fifth Estate
Thu 23 July, 2020
In these stormy days, one is reminded of Charles Dudley Warner’s quip: “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it”. This past week, much to the exasperation of Wamberal residents as they forfeit a good slice of their back yards, we remain confused about what to do and who should do it.
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Victoria gets on with the weeding despite COVID
Inside Waste
Thu 23 July, 2020
A small army of Victorians will clean up litter, remove weeds and help make local rivers and creeks more beautiful as part of the Victorian Government’s plan to keep Victorians working through the coronavirus pandemic.
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Black waters: Oil spills pollute northeast Syria creeks
Yahoo News
Thu 23 July, 2020
In his village near a northeast Syria oil facility, Abdulkarim Matar said he has watched his horses die because of oil spills that have polluted waterways in the resource-rich region.
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Queensland gets top marks for plan to ban single-use plastics
News.com.au
Thu 23 July, 2020
The Sunshine State is leading the way when it comes to phasing out one of Australia’s biggest environmental problems.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
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How Amsterdam is future proofing its waste management
Inside Waste
Fri 24 July, 2020
An Automatic Waste Collection System (AWCS) is being installed in a residential area in Sluisbuurt, Amsterdam using energy efficient technology with non-corrosive pipe networks.
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