Issue date : Fri 7 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 24 Seconds
Number of items : 40
Hung out to dry: The dark side of big solar
Reneweconomy
Fri 7 August, 2020
It’s one of the untold stories of the large scale solar industry in Australia. The shiny new arrays and the path that the technology shines so clearly towards a decarbonised electricity supply has created much hope, billions of dollars of investment, and thousands of jobs.
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Martin Currie recognised for ESG achievements
Money Management
Fri 7 August, 2020
Martin Currie has reached an A+ rating for its approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach for the fourth consecutive year.
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Pandemic proves catalyst in ESG uptake
Money Management
Fri 7 August, 2020
Today, there is growing consensus that environmental, social and governance (ESG) is no longer a fad. According to one recent account, global assets incorporating ESG factors to support investment decisions have almost doubled over four years, and more than tripled over eight years, reaching approximately US$41 trillion ($57.6 trillion) in 2020.
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Koalas' bushfire recovery diets provide hope
The Age
Fri 7 August, 2020
Research by a team of scientists that saved dozens of koalas during the Black Summer fires is challenging long-held assumptions about their diet and may explain how healthy animals are emerging from severely burnt landscapes.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Herbivores at highest risk of extinction
Cosmos
Fri 7 August, 2020
A comprehensive analysis covering thousands of species of land and water animals has revealed that herbivores, not predators, have the highest risk of extinction – currently and historically.
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Book review: Michael Shellenberger’s reheated critique of climate ‘alarmism’
Reneweconomy
Fri 7 August, 2020
California-based Michael Shellenberger first courted controversy in 2004 with his ‘death of environmentalism’ critique of the environment movement and has continued to attract controversy by promoting nuclear power, demonising renewable energy (“renewables are worse for the environment than fossil fuels”) and demonising the environment movement that he claims to be part of.
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After a sunny week, rain to hit Sydney just in time for weekend
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 7 August, 2020
It will be a wet start to the weekend for Sydney with rainfall of up to 30 millimetres expected to fall on Friday afternoon and evening.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Australia needs to stockpile emergency supplies: Home Affairs boss
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 6 August, 2020
Australia's Home Affairs boss says the government should manufacture and stockpile critical materials to prepare for national emergencies that result from climate change and disruptions to international supply chains.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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British 'green homes grant' spurs call for Australian copycat policy
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 6 August, 2020
London | The British government has launched a £2 billion ($3.65 billion) grant scheme to allow home owners and landlords to retrofit their houses for greater energy efficiency, prompting calls for a similar scheme in Australia.
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A force to combat climate change?
The Interpreter
Thu 6 August, 2020
The Defence Strategic Update 2020 has provoked a significant amount of debate in Australia. The reaction across the Tasman in New Zealand has been much more subdued, but Defence Minister Ron Mark reportedly suggested that increases in Australian capability would increase the ability to respond to regional climate change–related emergencies.
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BP aims to build 50GW renewables by 2030 as it finally moves to go beyond petroleum
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 August, 2020
London-based BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas super-majors, has left its traditional industry reeling after announcing a mammoth strategy to transition the company into “an integrated energy company” with plans to increase low-carbon investment 10-fold and build out a 50GW renewable generating capacity by 2030.
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Developers scramble to keep solar projects on track after contractor collapses
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 August, 2020
Owners and developers of half a dozen solar farms are scrambling to put in place contingency measures to deal with the collapse of a leading contracting group R&L Solar Constructions, which was placed in voluntary administration on Monday.
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New solar farm at Melbourne Airport
Infrastructure Magazine
Thu 6 August, 2020
Melbourne Airport is set to build a new solar farm, the largest of its kind in Australia, with the capability to produce enough renewable energy to power all four passenger terminals.
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Huonville High reaps dividend from renewable energy push
The Mercury
Thu 6 August, 2020
A high school’s globally recognised renewable energy push has saved the Tasmanian Government tens of thousands of dollars – but that cash hasn’t found its way back into the school’s budget.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
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Passive House: Analyzing design’s fourth dimension
Architecture AU
Thu 6 August, 2020
Travelling to Vancouver, New York and Brussels, Kate Nason found that the Passive House standard was central to emission-reduction efforts in all three cities. Placing energy flows at the heart of design, the standard has become a key tool for architects, as well as policymakers.
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Locals - and developer - decry culling roos to make way for new homes
The Age
Thu 6 August, 2020
During these times of global uncertainty Ian Fairweather has found comfort in gazing out of his window at a mob of kangaroos that graze in the grassy bushland next to his Lilydale home.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Beaver families win legal 'right to remain'
Yahoo News
Thu 6 August, 2020
Fifteen families of beavers have been given the permanent "right to remain" on the River Otter in East Devon.
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Grill’d Launches 100% Natural Campaign
B & T
Thu 6 August, 2020
In its pursuit of providing Australians with the most satisfyingly guilt-free, healthy burgers, Grill’d has launched a new 100% Natural campaign.
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