Issue date : Wed 29 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
COVID taskforce urges government support for new gas projects
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 29 July, 2020
A hand-picked coronavirus manufacturing taskforce is urging the federal government to underwrite a dramatic expansion of gas supply through tax incentives and financial support for new projects.
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Dust-up looms as NSW Nationals seek to cut environmental oversight
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 29 July, 2020
The NSW Nationals are seeking greater control of major agricultural policies, setting up a likely collision course with Liberal MPs within the Berejiklian government.
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Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO
Yahoo News
Wed 29 July, 2020
At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.
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Climate explained: are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030?
The Conversation
Wed 29 July, 2020
Humanity is not doomed, not now or even in a worst-case scenario in 2030. But avoiding doom — either the end or widespread collapse of civilisation — is setting a pretty low bar. We can aim much higher than that without shying away from reality.
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New climate science degree a badge of honour in coal-heavy Newcastle
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 29 July, 2020
DESPITE decades of research into climate change, the University of Newcastle believes it is the first Australian tertiary education institution to offer an undergraduate degree in the subject, at least by name.
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Liberals should follow Thatcher on environmental policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 29 July, 2020
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s remark that he wants to follow in the footsteps of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has provoked much discussion. One area where he should certainly follow the Iron Lady is in her attitude to climate change.
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Asset managers join forces with eco-warriors
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 29 July, 2020
As 2020 kicked off, Dan Gocher at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, a shareholder advocacy organisation, was feeling “pretty optimistic” about its plans to force big Australian energy companies to tackle climate change.
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A granular look is part of the process
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 29 July, 2020
Once derided as an investing concept for greenies, ESG analysis is today used by global fund managers responsible for trillions of dollars of assets they manage on behalf of clients.
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Share investors track the 'sin bin' spotlight
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 29 July, 2020
Financial planners say investors are becoming much more hands-on in researching ethical considerations before they buy into direct shares on the ASX and are often heavily influenced by the media spotlight on specific companies considered to be in the ''sin bin'' over particular matters.
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How investors can avoid greenwashing
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 29 July, 2020
Regulators, researchers and technologists are all battling the "opaqueness" of the sustainable and impact investing market.
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These new species are things to Marvel at
Cosmos
Wed 29 July, 2020
CSIRO has released its annual list of newly named species and this time it’s paying homage to the good guys.
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Australia after the bushfires
The Guardian
Wed 29 July, 2020
The wildfires that swept the country in 2019 and 2020 were on a scale that is difficult to fathom. By the end of February, they had destroyed about 85,000 sq km (32,820 sq miles) of forest and affected nearly 3 billion animals. But what does the landscape look like now? With Covid-19 closing state borders, the Guardian took a virtual journey through the blackened path of Australia’s summer of bushfires.
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Yume and SUEZ strategic partnership addressing food waste
Food & Beverage
Wed 29 July, 2020
A partnership to tackle commercial food waste in Australia is kicking some major goals by selling high quality surplus food that might have otherwise gone to waste.
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5 Easy Ways To Cut Down On Your Waste And Give The Planet A Big Smooch
Pedestrian
Wed 29 July, 2020
Even though Plastic Free July is rolling to a close, we should continue to minimise our plastic use where possible. 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.
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Australians call for removal of unsustainable seafood
Food & Beverage
Wed 29 July, 2020
Decision shy Aussies want unsustainable seafood removed from shelves and menus (78%) to help make choosing the right fish dish easier. Research released today by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) reveals the importance and desire for education on the labelling of sustainable seafood.
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Victoria’s forestry plan to come under review after string of legal losses
The Herald Sun
Tue 28 July, 2020
Victoria’s 30-year-plan for the forestry industry will come under review after a string of legal challenges have threatened planned logging and limited the abilities of VicForests.
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The local governments declaring a climate emergency
Pursuit
Tue 28 July, 2020
The rise in the number of local governments declaring a climate emergency is significant, but only a small proportion have developed action plans
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'Bold leadership': Seven young climate activists to have a say in UN
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 28 July, 2020
New York: The head of the United Nations will start meeting regularly with young climate activists, saying participation by youth on the front lines is critical to scaling up action to slow global warming.
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Amazon chooses Australia to launch global data play for clean energy transition
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 July, 2020
New Zealand network company Vector has joined forces with global internet giant Amazon Web Services to mine precious consumer data and use it to fast-track “profound” change in the energy sector and the shift to renewables and consumer energy technologies – starting in Australia and New Zealand.
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New platform to track momentum towards zero net emissions now online
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 July, 2020
A first of its kind ‘zero momentum tracker’ will track climate change and emissions reduction commitments across the private and public sectors, helping to reduce the confusion and complexities of different types of climate action commitments.
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Investors underestimate water stress: BlackRock
Investor Daily
Tue 28 July, 2020
BlackRock believes that water stress is an “underappreciated risk” and that companies resilient to it will fetch a premium in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Investors seek values in the age of coronavirus
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 28 July, 2020
Sustainable investment funds are being launched thick and fast amid the pandemic. But will demand keep pace with supply?
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Bank of America buys Bluewaters coal fired power station debt
The Australian
Tue 28 July, 2020
Bank of America has snapped up debt in the Bluewaters coal fired power station, in an escalating drama where lenders are staging an exodus from the asset that is due to be refinanced.
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Iberdrola to build biggest European solar and battery hydrogen plant
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 July, 2020
Spanish utility Iberdrola has partnered with European fertiliser giant Fertiberia to build a 100MW solar PV plant with 20MWh battery storage to power one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world.
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Airbus envisions green hydrogen-powered flights by early 2030s
Reneweconomy
Tue 28 July, 2020
A senior executive from aerospace industry giant Airbus has told an online audience that the company may launch a commercial airliner running on green hydrogen by the early 2030s.
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Bushfires killed or displaced 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs
9 News
Tue 28 July, 2020
Almost three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's most recent summer bushfires.
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The chemical report Cotton Australia will not release
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 28 July, 2020
The peak cotton industry body is refusing to release a report into the cause of trees losing their leaves in the central west of NSW, despite saying there was no evidence chemical sprays were to blame.
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The Age
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New study released on how bushfires impact urban air quality
Architecture and Design
Tue 28 July, 2020
An inter-university study examining the urban microclimatic impact of the 2019-20 Australian bushfires has uncovered how they affect local meteorological and air quality.
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Air pollution 'greatest risk' to global life expectancy
Yahoo News
Tue 28 July, 2020
Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on Earth by nearly two years, according to data released Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is "the greatest risk to human health".
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Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme comes under fire
The Fifth Estate
Tue 28 July, 2020
Investigations into Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme have revealed “serious inadequacies” and a lack of transparency at the hands of the beverage industry.
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Australian shavers now have their own recycling program
Inside Waste
Tue 28 July, 2020
Australia’s first national recycling program for razors badged the Gillette Razor Recycling Program has launched after P&G brands Gillette and Venus joined forces with TerraCycle.
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The Ethical Jewellery Labels To Put On Your Radar
Marie Claire
Tue 28 July, 2020
While ethical fashion and jewellery were once pegged as 'having a moment', the reality is that now more so than ever consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their pieces are coming from. Brands now have to live up to the transparency that those who plan to purchase their pieces want and expect - revealing everything from who and where they are made to where the fabrics and stones are being sourced.
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