Issue date : Wed 5 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 29 Seconds
Number of items : 41
Crossbenchers condemn government's plans for a gas-lead recovery
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 5 August, 2020
Federal crossbenchers have criticised the Australian government’s plan for a taxpayer funded gas-led economic recovery, as recommended by the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 advisory body, because it is out of step with Australia’s Paris climate commitments.
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The silver lining that could recharge Australia's manufacturing
The Canberra Times
Wed 5 August, 2020
With the closure of Holden, Australia has reached the end of an era of car manufacturing domestically. Sadly, 100 Holden engineers finished up with the company in Port Melbourne last month, and another 100 are set to leave the company's Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria soon.
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VicForests needs to clean up its operations
The Weekly Times
Wed 5 August, 2020
A sustainable timber industry is one that does not threaten endangered species, argues Amelia Young.
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Climate explained: could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid?
The Conversation
Wed 5 August, 2020
Technically it is possible. You could charge your electric vehicle (EV) with solar photovoltaic panels (or any other means), and if the EV is not used, the stored energy could be pushed back into the grid, especially during hours of peak demand for electricity when market prices are high.
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How the US grid can reach 90% clean electricity by 2035
Reneweconomy
Wed 5 August, 2020
If governments can take such draconian measures and succeed in flattening the rapid rise of a deadly virus – at least in some countries – they can surely adopt policies to address climate change, an even more serious global crisis that has been with us for a very long time and is not going away any time soon.
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'Miracles in our own backyards': Rare urban ecosystems on the brink
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 5 August, 2020
Almost half of Australia's national-listed threatened animals and a quarter of the plant species at risk are found in the largest towns and cities, and the threats are intensifying.
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Australian Conservation Foundation report finds city has lost 84 Adelaide Ovals worth of threatened species habitat in 2 decades
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Dingo size linked to culling campaigns
Cosmos
Wed 5 August, 2020
Culling dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) – Australia’s native canines – through baiting has been common for decades, and in recent years researchers have studied its indirect impact on soils, plants, mammals and overall diversity.
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Rio Tinto blew up Juukan Gorge rock shelters 'to access higher volumes of high-grade ore'
The Guardian
Tue 4 August, 2020
Mining company tells Senate inquiry it proceeded with detonation despite knowing one of the shelters was of ‘the highest archaeological significance in Australia’
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US government looks to curb responsible investing enthusiasm
ProBono Australia News
Tue 4 August, 2020
Responsible investment advocates have slammed a Trump administration proposal which would discourage pension plans in the US from considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues when picking investments.
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CEFC backs ‘climate transition’ linked green bonds with $60m investment
Reneweconomy
Tue 4 August, 2020
$140 million of new Australian green bonds will be invested in ASX-listed companies that demonstrate a commitment to a climate transition, which investors hope will attract greater engagement in planning for a zero-emissions economy.
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BP to cut dividends, spend $7b a year on clean energy
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 4 August, 2020
London | BP says it plans to slash dividends as the global oil company prepares for declining sales of fossil fuels by boosting investment in alternative energy projects.
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Scientists break “bottleneck” in hydrogen electrolysis technology
Reneweconomy
Tue 4 August, 2020
Scientists have made an important discovery that they say “breaks a bottleneck” in the process of extracting hydrogen from water through electrolysis, a discovery that combines the use of machine learning to make water electrolysis more efficient.
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Angry farmer ploughs home blunt warning for Australia’s transmission plans
Reneweconomy
Tue 4 August, 2020
The construction of major new electricity transmission lines to better link Australia’s National Electricity Market states and to accommodate increasing amounts of large-scale renewables is back in the spotlight, courtesy of an angry Victorian farmer and his plough.
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The fight over Australian logging goes global
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 4 August, 2020
An Australian environment group has appealed to regulators in the United States and the European Union to crack down on the importation of wood products they say may have been illegally harvested by Victoria’s government logging agency VicForests.
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Innovative sustainable packaging designs recognised
Food & Beverage
Tue 4 August, 2020
The 2025 National Packaging Targets enables brands to clearly understand what outcomes they need to achieve to ensure that the packaging put into the market is sustainable and circular by design by the year 2025.
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The Team From Green And Simple Are marie claire's New Sustainability Experts
Marie Claire
Tue 4 August, 2020
With five children between them, friends Erica Watson and Jenny Ringland were chatting all things kids one afternoon when they discovered a shared outrage about baby wipes – namely, that the ones they were using from trusted “good for you” brands were actually full of hidden chemicals. “We were both furious, and we felt that if we had made that mistake, then others would have too,” explains Watson.
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Joost Bakker’s All-New Greenhouse Is a Blueprint for the House of the Future
Broadsheet
Tue 4 August, 2020
Milk delivered in reusable plastic buckets. Chairs built out of discarded road signs. An on-site composter that saves hundreds of tonnes of food waste from landfill. These are just some of the eco-friendly initiatives diners encountered at Greenhouse, the zero-waste restaurant launched by Joost Bakker in Melbourne’s CBD more than a decade ago.
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Weather Melbourne: Snow blankets Victorian towns in coldest four-day spell in 24 years
9 News
Tue 4 August, 2020
Melbourne is set to freeze through its coldest four-day spell in 24 years as an Antarctic blast sweeps over Victoria this week.
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