Issue date : Mon 3 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 55 Seconds
Number of items : 58
More funding needed in government push to cut 'green tape': industry
The Age
Mon 3 August, 2020
Resource and agricultural industries are welcoming plans to cut "green tape" and speed up project development by handing control of some elements of national environment laws to state governments, but they say changes cannot come at the expense of wildlife protection.
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Insect disguises and pygmy-possum ID
Cosmos
Mon 3 August, 2020
The CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection wants you to play an online game – really – to help it investigate the patterns that result from the evolution of Müllerian mimicry in velvet ants.
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Whyalla dolphin feeding warnings draw mixed response from SA fishers
ABC News
Mon 3 August, 2020
When Steve Storic takes his charter boat for a fishing adventure from Whyalla on South Australia's Spencer Gulf, quite often it's the return trip to the marina and not the day's catch that his guests go home talking about.
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Ensuring a climate-resilient water supply for South East Queensland’s future
Utility Magazine
Mon 3 August, 2020
Seqwater is the Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority and is responsible for providing a safe, reliable and affordable drinking water supply to 3.2 million people across South East Queensland (SEQ). A resilient water supply is delivered through 1.8 million hectares of catchment and Australia’s first water grid, including 26 dams, 36 conventional water treatment plants, three purified recycled water treatment plants and one desalination plant. Seqwater’s extensive capital works and asset maintenance programs play a critical role in safeguarding water sources to meet the future needs of SEQ in a changing climate.
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BHP to recycle huge mining truck tyres
The Courier Mail
Mon 3 August, 2020
The giant five-tonne tyres on mining trucks will be put to good use under a new recycling initiative by big miner BHP.
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6 simple steps to making your home more sustainable
Vogue Australia
Mon 3 August, 2020
Eight months ago, it felt as if the climate crisis was all anyone could talk or tweet about. Australia was in the depths of a devastating bushfire season, blanketing large expanses of the country in dense smoke that pitched our air quality to hazardous levels. We watched as exasperated scientists pulled up the chairs we were finally offering them to discuss the very real impact of climate change.
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Irrigators pushed for NSW 'primacy' over basin plan, more water access
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 2 August, 2020
NSW's main irrigator lobby group pressed the Berejiklian government to place the state's water plans above the federal law and sought to tap water earmarked for the environment.
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Chevron to build 500MW wind and solar to power facilities in Australia, elsewhere
Reneweconomy
Sun 2 August, 2020
US oil giant Chevron has become the latest fossil fuel production giant to plan significant investments in wind and solar capacity, in what seems initially as a token gesture towards lowering emissions but could involve a more significant commitment down the line.
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Brazilian Amazon fires surge in July
Yahoo News
Sun 2 August, 2020
The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed Saturday, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.
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'Hope for the future': Well-timed cuttings may save tree from rusting away
The Age
Sun 2 August, 2020
Cuttings of a critically endangered eucalypt, taken just months before the devastating Black Summer bushfires, may be the only viable path to survival for once-common scrub turpentine trees.
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Suing for climate action
The Saturday Paper
Sat 1 August, 2020
In the face of the government’s inaction on the climate emergency, activists are turning to ‘world first’ lawsuits in an attempt to bring about change. By Kieran Pender.
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Swamped by rising climate of alarm
The Australian
Sat 1 August, 2020
It wasn’t that long ago when much of the global elite had decided conclusively that climate change was our world’s top priority. Then came a sideswiping by a pandemic, of which we have seen only the first wave, along with an equally enormous global recession. It serves as a timely reminder that an alarmism that cultivates one fear over others serves society poorly.
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We can't beat the planet into submission. We can retreat
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 1 August, 2020
The floods have gone but the storm images remain, burned onto our collective retina. Up and down the NSW coast, clifftop mansions teeter beside the abyss. Living rooms are torn open, decks and stairs sail vainly into space and concrete foundations dangle like bloodied stumps. It looks so wrong. What was hidden is now exposed, what was support is now a liability, what was enviable, an object of pity. Above all, like some emblem of our times, what was certain is now precarious.
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James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 1 August, 2020
James Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corp over a disagreement with its editorial coverage of politics and environmental issues in a move that severs his ties to his family's global media empire.
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Fossil fuels: Survival of the adaptors
Investment Magazine
Sat 1 August, 2020
We assess the prospects for oil & gas companies as they seek to navigate the energy transition.
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New power source for nation's renewable energy agency
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 1 August, 2020
The nation's biggest sources of electricity is arguably not a power plant fired by coal or gas, or even a hillside of wind turbines or a field of solar panels.
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As spring beckons, hobby beekeepers find the sweet spot
The Age
Sat 1 August, 2020
Stewart Coff normally spends his weekends at the footy supporting his beloved Tigers. Now, with the AFL season taking place interstate, a different breed of yellow-and-black has captured his attention: honey bees.
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These fish are full of surprises
Cosmos
Sat 1 August, 2020
Deep-sea anglerfishes are not only incredibly ugly, with bizarre ways of reproducing and luring prey; they have now sent scientists into a spin with seemingly law-defying immune adaptations that could have implications for humans.
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Fire curbs begin in state's north-east as grassfire threats loom
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 1 August, 2020
Dry conditions in the state's north-east have prompted the NSW Rural Fire Service to start the official bushfire danger period from August 1 for six local government areas.
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Victoria delays setting interim emissions targets, again, as Covid digs in
Reneweconomy
Fri 31 July, 2020
The Victorian government has delayed for a second time its decision on setting crucial and long-awaited interim emissions reduction targets for the state, citing its current focus on curbing the spread and human cost of the Coronavirus.
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Anthony Pratt’s Visy will spend $500m to make better beer bottles
The Australian
Fri 31 July, 2020
Fresh from clinching the biggest deal of his career, billionaire Anthony Pratt will spend another $500m making Australia’s beer bottles lighter and more recycling-friendly in a big bet on a local manufacturing future.
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$2bn ‘riding on’ Narrabri gas plant approval
The Australian
Fri 31 July, 2020
Industrial giants Perdaman and Brickworks have warned that up to $2bn of planned spending on NSW manufacturing plants could be in peril if Santos’s Narrabri gas project fails to win approval, threatening a rare investment boost as the nation faces a prolonged economic slump from the coronavirus pandemic.
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American monarchs in Mexico
Cosmos
Fri 31 July, 2020
This is what it looks like when millions of Americans head south for the winter. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) cover trees for as far as the eye can see.
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Don’t blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic
The Conversation
Fri 31 July, 2020
A number of conservationists claim cats are a zombie apocalypse for biodiversity that need to be removed from the outdoors by “any means necessary” – coded language for shooting, trapping and poisoning. Various media outlets have portrayed cats as murderous superpredators. Australia has even declared an official “war” against cats.
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10 things we do that puzzle and scare horses
The Conversation
Fri 31 July, 2020
Horses, like our dogs and cats, are familiar to many of us, be they racehorses, police horses, or much-loved pony club mounts. So it might surprise you that horses, in Australia, are more deadly than snakes, and indeed all venomous animals combined.
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What to do with the 5 million outdated phones sitting in our drawers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 31 July, 2020
Standing in a Sydney warehouse surrounded by dead and now dumb mobile phones with cracked screens and a tangle of red and black wire with technological intestines spilling out, Spyro Kalos resembled a rare human survivor battling aliens in the remake of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds.
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France swelters under heatwave, putting firefighters on alert
Yahoo News
Fri 31 July, 2020
Intense heat spread across much of France on Friday ahead of a heavy holiday travel weekend, prompting officials to warn of wildfire risks in exceptionally dry and windy conditions.
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Health warnings as Western Europe swelters under heatwave
Yahoo News
Fri 31 July, 2020
Swathes of Western Europe wilted under intense heat Friday, with socially-distanced crowds seeking relief in fountains and pools as authorities warned of health and wildfire risks.
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