Issue date : Mon 17 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 04 Seconds
Number of items : 48
'Unacceptable': Federal department blasts Warragamba Dam wall plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 17 August, 2020
A federal department has joined NSW agencies in criticising the state government's plan to raise Warragamba Dam's wall, saying it failed to conduct surveys of the likely impacts on wildlife including after last summer's bushfires.
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Tree removals surge in Sydney's inner west under council clearing policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 17 August, 2020
The Inner West Council's controversial tree-clearing policy which makes it easier for owners to chop down trees has led to a surge in the number of trees being removed from private land.
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Scott Morrison promised to work with Pacific nations on climate change. We need him to keep that promise
The Canberra Times
Mon 17 August, 2020
Exactly one year ago, as then prime minister of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, I hosted the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in our capital Funafuti. The theme of the meeting was "Securing our future in the Pacific", and, like at many other events, Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, referred to Australia and the Pacific as "family".
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AGL boss Brett Redman walks the tightrope on energy transition
The Age
Mon 17 August, 2020
In the fight against global warming, the energy sector matters. The objective, of course, is obvious: energy production must move from coal and gas-fired power stations to wind and solar sources supported by batteries, pumped hydro, possibly hydrogen. But in a nation reliant on coal for nearly two-thirds of its electricity, breaking up is hard to do and the speed at which we need to make this transition is bitterly contested.
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Council programs sow waterwise seeds
The West Australian
Mon 17 August, 2020
More than 47,600 waterwise plants and 520 waterwise trees were purchased by local councils in 2019-20 as part of the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Greening Scheme.
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We composted ‘biodegradable’ balloons. Here’s what we found after 16 weeks
The Conversation
Mon 17 August, 2020
After 16 weeks in an industrial compost heap, we unearthed blue and white balloons and found them totally unscathed. The knots we spent hours painstakingly tying by hand more than four months ago were still attached, and sparkly blue balloons still glinted in the sun.
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Maximising the value of digestate from food waste
Food & Beverage
Mon 17 August, 2020
Anovel system that reduces the requirement to store and apply digestate to land by around 60 per cent is helping an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in the UK convert 25,000 tonnes a year of London’s food waste into a nutrient-rich biofertiliser.
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Plastic Free Beauty Is A Thing, And Here Are Our Favourites
Marie Claire
Mon 17 August, 2020
From single-use packaging to wands, applicators, pumps, sprays and bottle caps, the beauty industry is formed on the basis of a hell of a lot of plastic. In fact, it has been reported that it produces a whopping 120 billion units of plastic per year. And while some of that can be recycled, the majority of it ends up in either landfill or our oceans. Fortunately, there are a growing number of brands that are doing away with plastic for more environmentally friendly options. And what’s more, they’re also better for you. Here are some ones to watch.
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6 steps to having an eco-friendly holiday in Queensland
Vogue Australia
Mon 17 August, 2020
Queensland really does have it all. From the outback west to the brilliant blue reef of the east, it's one of the most popular states for tourists — with good reason.
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Labor: Charging stations key to energy fast lane
The Mercury
Sat 15 August, 2020
Electricity smart meters just the start of the power revolution Labor says a faster rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles would support Tasmanian tourism and renewable energy targets. Labor climate change spokeswoman Alison Standen would like to see Tasmania become a national leader for electric vehicles.
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Flying foxes trigger federal government review of South Coast development
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 August, 2020
An endangered colony of grey headed flying foxes has triggered a federal government review of a controversial NSW South Coast development near the bushfire ravaged Conjola National Park.
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Toxic threats to Sydney's drinking water catchments
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 August, 2020
Severe infestations of blue-green algae in Sydney’s drinking water catchments have soared 800 per cent, according to an audit which warned climate change is putting the sensitive waterways under increasing threat from toxic blooms.
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How climate change could expose new epidemics
Yahoo News
Sun 16 August, 2020
Long-dormant viruses brought back to life; the resurgence of deadly and disfiguring smallpox; a dengue or zika "season" in Europe.
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'Go topless': As household waste soars, here's what you can do
The Age
Sun 16 August, 2020
Whether it’s the coffee you’re now drinking from a disposable takeaway cup or your pile of parcel packaging from moving your shopping online, a lot of us have seen a rise in our household waste.
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Kean vows to press on with horse removal from Kosciuszko National Park
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 16 August, 2020
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean has rebuffed attempts by Nationals leader John Barilaro to halt the removal of feral horses from sensitive areas of the Kosciuszko National Park, citing scientific advice including from a panel set up at the Deputy Premier's behest.
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Blackballed: will coal bounce back from slump or is it terminal?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 15 August, 2020
Even by the standards of this miserable year, 2020 has been a shocker for the global coal industry. As the lockdown kicked in demand for energy sank. The International Energy Agency measures the decline in demand to have been 8 per cent over the first six months, though the hit was far greater in some markets. International thermal coal prices followed demand - falling from around $US70 (A$98) per metric tonne at the start of the year to about $US53 today.
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Do all animals socially isolate to avoid disease?
Cosmos
Sat 15 August, 2020
A review exploring how different animals, from bats and lobsters to frogs, gorillas and bees, deal with the planet’s growing problem of infectious disease outbreaks has found that some appear to become less social, but not all.
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Big carbon gains from restoring forests
Cosmos
Sat 15 August, 2020
We’re learning more and more about what’s happening in the world’s tropical forests, and the news usually isn’t good.
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Plan for drought while its raining
Farm Weekly
Sat 15 August, 2020
SOAKING rains have alleviated what was the most significant drought on record for many Australian farmers.
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Vic community calls for end to EPA Act delay
Inside Waste
Fri 14 August, 2020
Lawyers from Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) and community groups have urged the Victorian government to immediately revoke its delay of the state’s Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, due to come into force on July 1 this year, but placed on hold potentially until December 2021.
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To build COVID safe cities turn to an old rule
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 14 August, 2020
The corridor is dark and smells of mothballs, queasily layered over lamb stew. Masked and impatient, the agent stalks ahead. Like some peremptory insect she leaves a trail of clicks – heels, fingernail, keys on plastic wood, plastic folders, plastic paint. I follow into a narrow apartment – city-centre, one bed, one car. One window angled south-east to a balcony the size of a carry-on. Poetically, said Heidegger, man dwells.
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BHP puts powerful lobby groups on notice over climate change
The Age
Fri 14 August, 2020
Some of Australia's most influential lobby groups have been put on notice over climate change, with mining giant BHP setting standards that require them to advocate for Paris agreement-aligned emissions reductions and stop backing energy policies that favour fossil fuels over renewables.
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AGL seeks approval for 500MW big battery at site of Liddell coal generator
Reneweconomy
Fri 14 August, 2020
AGL Energy has kick-started the transformation of the ageing Liddell coal-fired power station, lodging initial development documents for a new big battery of up to 500MW – more than three times the size of the Tesla big battery in South Australia, which remains the biggest in the world.
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Sydney water quality issues keep desal plant running
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 14 August, 2020
Concerns about water quality in Sydney's main reservoir following last summer's bushfires have prompted the government to continue to operate the city's desalination plant even as dams near capacity.
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