Issue date : Fri 31 July, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Victorian emissions reduction target delayed again by virus crisis
The Age
Fri 31 July, 2020
The Andrews government has again delayed a critical decision on how deeply it will cut climate emissions over the next decade because of the economic upheaval created by the coronavirus pandemic.
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World's largest solar farm and battery to export green energy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 31 July, 2020
A plan to build the world's largest solar farm and battery in the Northern Territory and connect it to supply power to Singapore and Indonesia has been granted "major project status" by the federal government.
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Lara waste-to-energy plant concept designs revealed
The Geelong Advertiser
Fri 31 July, 2020
Developers of a proposed waste-to-energy plant at Lara have revealed early concept designs at an online community forum.
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Fleet of Chinese boats fishing near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert
The Age
Fri 31 July, 2020
Quito: Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.
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Need a happiness boost? These quokkas can help
News.com.au
Fri 31 July, 2020
Looking at cute photos of animals makes us feel happy. Not only is this lived knowledge that most innately understand, numerous studies have scientifically proven it as fact.
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Life and death: what readers in Australia are seeing post-bushfires
The Guardian
Fri 31 July, 2020
From the eerie absence of birdsong to green shoots sprouting from burnt-out trees, Guardian readers in Australia have shared their stories and pictures of nature in the aftermath of the country’s devastating bushfires.
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Australia's 'black summer' bushfires showed the impact of human-wrought change
The Guardian
Fri 31 July, 2020
Australia’s “black summer” megafires were a severe blow to ecosystems already reeling from decades of adverse impacts. Feral predators and grazers, weeds and unsustainable land and water use have reduced the resilience of nature in Australia. So when the unprecedented fires came, they were able to push species to the brink.
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Unwelcome sea change: new research finds coastal flooding may cost up to 20% of global economy by 2100
The Conversation
Fri 31 July, 2020
Over the past two weeks, storms pummelling the New South Wales coast have left beachfront homes at Wamberal on the verge of collapse. It’s stark proof of the risks climate change and sea level rise pose to coastal areas.
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Smart use of water cultivating cooler, greener cities
Utility Magazine
Fri 31 July, 2020
Tackling climate change is everyone’s responsibility and water utilities across the globe are responding by championing innovation to deliver sustainable water services and safeguard water security. SA Water’s pursuit of large-scale renewable energy generation to reduce emissions from its operations is leading the charge, and now the utility is exploring how the smart use of water can help combat the effect of our warming climate.
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Still no solution for Santos’ toxic waste
Independent Australia
Fri 31 July, 2020
The controversial Narrabri Gas Project has raised concerns over the disposal of toxic waste products, writes Johanna Evans.
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Bond investor sues Australian government
Financial Standard
Thu 30 July, 2020
A 23 year old woman is suing the Australian government, claiming climate change risk was not disclosed properly when she invested in exchange traded bonds.
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What just happened? How we need to be investing in a responsible recovery
The Fifth Estate
Thu 30 July, 2020
As we suspended business as usual during the pandemic what’s impossible to inore is that “responsible investment strategies, that is, those that more actively factor in social and environmental risks in their decisions, outperformed the broader market during this downturn, and not for the first time. “
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UK pension fund to divest half its portfolio
Financial Standard
Thu 30 July, 2020
The UK's National Employment Savings Trust, known as NEST, will immediately shift close to half of its entire portfolio to climate aware strategies and begin divesting from companies involved in thermal coal, oil sands and arctic drilling.
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Targeting future sustainable tech gets gold
Money Management
Thu 30 July, 2020
What sets the Responsible Investments winner, Nanuk New World fund, apart from the rest is that it is the only global fund that invests specifically in industries and technologies that contribute to improving global environmental sustainability.
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Carbon capture pioneer mothballed but local efforts persist
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 30 July, 2020
Australian taxpayers and industry will push ahead with efforts to capture greenhouse gases to boost oil extraction, despite closure of the world's most prominent carbon capture and storage facility in the United States.
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Mining lobby pushes young people to embrace nuclear power
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 30 July, 2020
The mining industry has been wrestling for years with how to change one of the most entrenched rules in energy policy: a moratorium on nuclear power.
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Parts for biggest wind turbine arrive at NSW port, headed for Bango project
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 July, 2020
The first shipment of super-sized General Electric wind turbine components destined for the 224MW Bango wind farm, which is in the early stages of construction in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands, have arrived at Port Kembla.
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Super hybrids: Shell combines offshore wind, with floating solar, batteries, and hydrogen
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 July, 2020
British-Dutch oil major Shell has teamed up with Dutch utility Eneco and won the tender to build the subsidy-free 759MW Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind projects that will turn into a “super hybrid” – combining the 69 11MW wind turbines with a floating solar park, short-term battery storage, and a green hydrogen electrolyser for additional storage.
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UTS research project to push boundaries for concrete manufacturing
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Thu 30 July, 2020
A new manufacturing research project brings together industry technology and engineering experts from Boral, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Southern Highland Concrete Constructions to develop advanced technology for manufacturing, placing and curing novel ultra-sustainable concrete in Australia.
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Weed and algae blamed for restricting water harvesting from the Williams River
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 30 July, 2020
Hunter Water has blamed toxic algae and water weed for restricting the amount of water it pumped from the Williams River into Grahamstown Dam for the first six months of this year. Despite being the region's main source of drinking water, Hunter Water pumped only 77 per cent of its allowable take into the dam between January and June.
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To restore our cities’ rivers, we need to decolonise the law reform process
The Fifth Estate
Thu 30 July, 2020
The Yarra Birrarung’s bicultural model recognises the Yarra (Birrarung) corridor in Melbourne as a “living” natural entity of bicultural character: both traditional owner and settler-Australia. But although it offers a pathway to decolonise rivers and landscapes, we need to see real shifts in cultural and power dynamics in Australia’s reconciliation processes.
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Macca’s makes local history with recycled restaurant
Inside Waste
Thu 30 July, 2020
The 1,000th McDonald’s fast food restaurant will open in Melton South in Victoria at the end of the year using recycled material throughout the building including infrastructure and furnishings.
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Climate sceptic raises $300,000 in 24 hours
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 30 July, 2020
Marine scientist and climate-change sceptic Peter Ridd raised $300,000 in the first 24 hours of a crowdfunding campaign to finance a High Court appeal.
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