Issue date : Mon 10 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 04 Seconds
Number of items : 48
Business chiefs urge PM to invest 'sustainably' for COVID-19 recovery
The Age
Mon 10 August, 2020
Finance and industry heavyweights including the big banks and major corporations are urging the federal government to invest in health, education, clean energy and urban infrastructure to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
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'$500 million on bugger all': mayor queries dam benefit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 10 August, 2020
The mayor of one of the towns that stands to benefit from the state government's fast-tracked dam projects has questioned whether it will deliver enough water to justify the cost, amid concerns the dams are more purposed to irrigation than town water security.
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In flooding rains, it’s time to tackle bushfire threats
The Australian
Mon 10 August, 2020
Amid a changing climate that leaves the nation at greater risk of deadly bushfires, governments, local authorities and landholders should heed the advice of the independent NSW inquiry investigating the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires.
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Hyundai partners with gas giants for hydrogen cars in Australia
The Age
Mon 10 August, 2020
Gas companies will partner with Hyundai to supply refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen-powered cars in Australia next year in a bid to accelerate the take-up of the zero-emissions fuel technology.
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Narrabri Gas Project should be blocked, says ex-chief scientist
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 10 August, 2020
The proposed Narrabri gas project in the state's north-west is at odds with the nation's Paris climate commitments and the state government's goal of cutting emissions to net zero by 2050, said former chief scientist Penny Sackett.
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Industrial buildings worth billions could become stranded assets
Architecture and Design
Mon 10 August, 2020
Green Star in focus: The case for sustainable industrial buildings warns of the increasing risk of significant industrial assets becoming stranded if they can’t show that they are low or zero carbon.
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Chinese trawlers in the Galapagos: The protection challenge
The Interpreter
Mon 10 August, 2020
The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) covers 133,000 square kilometres and was established in 1998 to protect the remarkable biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Last month, Ecuadorian authorities in Guayaquil spotted a fleet of 260 Chinese boats fishing in the area around the GMR. This action was not contrary to international law, as the boats were sailing in international waters. Yet they were fishing in a zone where endangered migrating species transit to and from the reserve, such as silky shark, whale sharks, and hammerhead sharks.
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A new approach to working blue
Cosmos
Mon 10 August, 2020
Blue fruits are rare because the required pigment compounds are relatively uncommon in nature. Viburnum tinus does it differently, however.
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Inside Australia’s first Museum of Underwater Art
Vogue Australia
Mon 10 August, 2020
If asked, the ocean might not be your first choice for the location of a brand new museum of art in Australia but this bright idea is, in fact, a reality currently under construction in Queensland’s pristine waters, home to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
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Coastal erosion expected as damaging winds conclude wet weekend
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 10 August, 2020
Rain is expected to ease in NSW on Monday after a wet weekend which saw South Coast residents evacuated from their homes and more than 200 millimetres fall in some areas.
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Pressure builds on Australia despite delay to international climate talks
The Age
Sun 9 August, 2020
With November's United Nations climate talks cancelled, green-leaning world leaders will be hoping the Australian government uses the downtime to rethink its controversial climate policies.
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Murray-Darling Basin water trade ‘needs tighter regulation’
The Australian
Sun 9 August, 2020
The report said tighter regulation was needed for all the players in the market, including water brokers and exchange platforms, which it found had been allowed to operate mostly without regulation, allowing “conflicts of interest to arise and opportunities for transactions to be reported improperly”.
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Renewed ALP renewables focus
The Australian
Sun 9 August, 2020
Opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler has signalled he will oppose a gas-led recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as he urged Scott Morrison to focus the government’s support towards renewable energy.
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Warragamba Dam environment plan 'not valid', government agency finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 9 August, 2020
One of the Berejiklian government's own agencies has blasted as inadequate the environmental assessment of the plan to raise Warragamba Dam's height, including for the failure to consider impacts from last season's bushfires.
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Heat on Coalition to release findings of bushfire inquiry
The Australian
Sun 9 August, 2020
NSW Labor has demanded the Berejiklian government stop dragging its feet on releasing an independent report into the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires.
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BP boss Bernard Looney takes a leap into the unknown with bold pivot to green energy
The Australian
Sun 9 August, 2020
In 1991, a 20-year-old Bernard Looney borrowed his brother’s Volkswagen Passat estate and drove from their home in southwest Ireland to Aberdeen for his first day of work as a BP engineer. He parked outside the Ardoe House hotel, where he was staying. “John Major was coming to visit and they told us to move our cars overnight,” Looney recalled. “I never got the message, or I didn’t follow the rules, and I woke up in the morning and there were four police standing around my car. An Irish registration, in Scotland, with John Major coming to visit . . .”
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Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill
7 News
Sun 9 August, 2020
Anxious residents of Mauritius have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril.
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'Biodiversity in peril' as Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill
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The Australian
Mauritius declares environmental emergency as oil spill ruins coast
Could Adani drop its Qld mine and head to NSW?
The Saturday Paper
Sat 8 August, 2020
As fossil fuel prices collapse, there is growing speculation that Adani might throw in its Carmichael operation to buy BHP’s massive Mount Arthur thermal coalmine instead. By Paddy Manning.
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Sydney seawall edges closer but legal issues remain unresolved
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 8 August, 2020
Work to build a seawall to protect exposed coastal residences along part of Sydney's northern beaches could start within months even before key legal and financial issues are resolved.
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Regions at war harder hit by climate change
The Australian
Sun 9 August, 2020
Climate change is unfair. Conflict is cruel. Together they’re devastating. This combined threat may be beyond the lived experience of many Australians. But it’s a reality we need to acknowledge, because the lives of millions of people, who live oceans away, caught between conflict and climate change depend on it.
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A genetic helping hand for our native trees
The Age
Sat 8 August, 2020
It was the second bout of fierce summer heat, and days of temperatures well above 40 degrees, that really did it for the trees.
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How to Talk about Climate Change
The Saturday Paper
Sat 8 August, 2020
Watching the news of the 2018 climate strike, Rebecca Huntley suddenly understood that when the young people demanded action from the older generation, they were talking to her. She had, she says, a visceral reaction to this realisation. As a lawyer and social researcher, Huntley had always assumed that reason mattered most to her personal decisions. Yet her “transformative moment”, the one that turned her into a committed climate activist, didn’t come from learning more facts – it came from an emotional response to student activism. She wondered if perhaps arguing the science wasn’t the most effective way to move people to action: many people don’t quarrel with the science, but don’t take action either. She realised that it’s necessary to appeal to people’s emotions. But which emotions, and how?
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Morrison prepares a gas plan to boost economy out of the pandemic
The Age
Fri 7 August, 2020
Gas projects will gain federal support to drive down energy costs for industry and households in what Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls a broader plan to lift the economy through the pandemic.
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COVID boosts growth in biohazard bags market
Inside Waste
Fri 7 August, 2020
The biohazard bags market is poised to expand eight per cent from its current market value at over $277.86 million (US$200m) in 2019 to $625.18 million (US$450m) by 2026, according to a report by Global Market Insights.
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