Issue date : Tue 18 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 44 Seconds
Number of items : 44
Greens call for end for logging as government forester fails audit again
The Mercury
Tue 18 August, 2020
The Greens have called for a complete end to native forest logging in Tasmania after the result. The FSC audit report said STT fell short in the management of swift parrot habitat, the retention of habitat trees associated with harvested areas and assessing the impact of fire and other disturbances on old growth.
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Shorten fires up energy debate
The Australian
Tue 18 August, 2020
Bill Shorten’s declaration of support for gas and industry can be read as an ominous sign of leadership instability within the ALP and a welcome call to arms on the need to foster a durable energy market for the nation’s future prosperity. There are now clear divisions within Labor over moves to backtrack from its election campaign support for new gas infrastructure. Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon was slapped down by Anthony Albanese and energy spokesman Mark Butler after supporting calls by the federal government’s National COVID-19 Commission advisory group for new gas infrastructure.
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Urban designer wants redesigned neighbourhoods for our post-pandemic world
Architecture and Design
Tue 18 August, 2020
The recent change in the way people live, travel and work presents a unique opportunity for urban developers and designers to improve issues such as the liveability of our neighbourhoods and access to public spaces, says Lucian Iacob.
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Fortescue to roll out hydrogen powered buses at Christmas Creek
Australian Mining
Tue 18 August, 2020
Fortescue Metals Group is introducing hydrogen powered coaches to its fleet at the Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region as it strives towards zero-emissions mobility.
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Sustainable schooner
Food Processing
Tue 18 August, 2020
Young Henrys' brewers, along with scientists from the University of Technology Sydney Climate Change Cluster (C3), are capturing carbon dioxide (CO2), a brewing by-product, to feed algae, and in turn cut emissions.
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Scientists turn plastic bottles into nanomaterials for battery storage
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
Engineering professors and students at the University of California – Riverside have demonstrated a method they hope could “solve two of Earth’s biggest problems in one stroke” – recycling plastic waste such as plastic bottles into a nanomaterial useable in batteries.
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World heat record tumbles as Death Valley in California reaches 54.4C
Perthnow
Tue 18 August, 2020
One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century and possibly ever has been reached at Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert, where it has soared to 54.4C.
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The West Australian
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Melbourne weather: Cold blast of rain, thunderstorms and snow to hit Victoria
News.com.au
Tue 18 August, 2020
The outskirts of Melbourne could be hit by more snow later this week as a cold wintry blast brings rain, strong winds and thunderstorms across Victoria.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
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News.com.au
Melbourne, Sydney weather: ‘Major cold outbreak’ set to hit SE Australia
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
Kean agrees to recount horses in Kosciuszko but continue removal plans
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 17 August, 2020
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says the government will hold annual counts of brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park to give the public greater insight into the environmental threat posed by the feral animals.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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AGL’s massive big battery investment
Energy Magazine
Mon 17 August, 2020
AGL and the New South Wales Government have lodged a scoping report for a grid-scale battery system to be located alongside the existing plant at Liddell Power Station.
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NSW to launch renewable hydrogen trial
Government News
Mon 17 August, 2020
NSW will launch a five year trial of power-to-gas technology in what will be Australia’s biggest hydrogen demonstration project.
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Green swans: Why climate change is unlike any other financial risk
In the Black
Mon 17 August, 2020
Before diving into the implications of climate change as the new form of “black swan” event, we need to reflect on the complex channels by which climate-related financial risk can be identified. What is apparent is that predicting the timing and scale of these risks is profoundly challenging.
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Insurers set up project to probe coastal erosion threats
Insurance News
Mon 17 August, 2020
The Insurance Council of Australia’s (ICA) Climate Change Action Committee is seeking tender responses by September 4 for a project to increase understanding of expected rising risks from “actions of the sea”.
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Tornadoes, floods, hail cause 49% jump in insured losses
Insurance News
Mon 17 August, 2020
Natural catastrophes globally resulted in $US28 billion ($39.21 billion) in insured losses in the first half, up 49% from a year earlier, according to Swiss Re.
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M.J Bale sets a daring target for 2021
Ragtrader
Mon 17 August, 2020
In an Australian menswear first, M.J. Bale will be 100% carbon neutral by the end of 2021.
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BHP seeking thermal coal exit, profit slips on virus hit
The Age
Mon 17 August, 2020
The nation's largest miner BHP has confirmed it is seeking to exit thermal coal mining globally and offload some its metallurgical coal mines in Queensland as it seeks to remove risk from its portfolio.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Dysfunctional gas industry failing Australian consumers with inflated prices
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 August, 2020
As the Australian gas lobby pushes for government subsidies as part of the Covid-19 recovery plan, a new report from the competition regulator has slammed the gas industry for being ‘dysfunctional’, for failing Australian consumers, and charging local gas users prices substantially higher than those paid by overseas customers.
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Failure and retreat of contracting firms in solar sector may lead to rising costs
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 August, 2020
The Clean Energy Council has expressed concern about the declining number of major contracting firms in the last two years, as the impacts of increasingly complex connection hurdles and over aggressive bidding continues to take its toll on the sector.
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Retail renewable PPAs … what’s on the menu?
Ecogeneration
Mon 17 August, 2020
Businesses around Australia have heard the call of clean energy. Not only is it a good hedge against retail usage costs it also shows commitment to the cause of cutting emissions.
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AGL says batteries starting to compete with gas generators for peaking services
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 August, 2020
Plunging costs and improved performance could see big batteries start to compete with gas plants to provide peaking services, and its an opportunity at least one of Australia’s largest energy companies is looking to seize, as the end of coal looms.
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Redox flow big battery tapped for Hokkaidō grid in Japan
Reneweconomy
Mon 17 August, 2020
A 17MW/51MWh redox flow big battery system is set to be installed in Hokkaidō, Japan, as part of a bid to expand and stabilise the grid on the nation’s northernmost main island, particularly as it adds more than 150MW of new wind power generation.
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Report takes aim at plans for Crib Point floating gas hub
The Age
Mon 17 August, 2020
Plans to build a controversial floating gas hub at Western Port have hit a hurdle, with the Mornington Peninsula Shire opposing the project due to concerns about its proposed environmental and community benefits.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Magpie swooping season starting early, going for longer
News.com.au
Mon 17 August, 2020
Magpie season is starting earlier and going for longer, experts say, as reports of pedestrians being attacked on the streets begin to flood in.
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The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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Offshore refuelling deepens fears for S. Africa's penguin haven
Yahoo News
Mon 17 August, 2020
Generators hum loudly in the background as a tour boat bobs past a towering vessel filled with ship fuel, anchored in Algoa Bay, a stone's throw away from the world's largest breeding colony of African penguins.
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China teenage climate warrior fights a lonely battle
Yahoo News
Mon 17 August, 2020
While most of her peers are preparing for university or enjoying summer vacation, 17-year-old Howey Ou is braving intimidation and criticism in China to save the world from climate catastrophe.
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Community anger over the loss of popular dam in Waratah
The Mercury
Mon 17 August, 2020
TasWater said that following an extensive search to find a new owner for the Waratah Dam, including two Expressions of Interest processes, the dam would now be decommissioned which means it will be drained and the dam wall removed.
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We tried to be eco but COVID brought plastic back
The Australian
Mon 17 August, 2020
Until recently a reusable coffee cup was a status symbol, wet wipes a sign of moral failure. But our commitment to the environment was as thin as a supermarket placcy bag.
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