Issue date : Wed 19 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Are virtual power plants the future of solar power?
ABC News
Wed 19 August, 2020
When maths teacher Katie Brooks was searching for a new apartment, the solar panels on the rooftop of the Fremantle complex she eventually settled on were a big drawcard.
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Threat of more mass fish-kills across Murray-Darling Basin
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 August, 2020
Another season of mass fish-kills looms across the Murray-Darling Basin with the threat coming from too little rain in the north and potentially too much in the south.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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'A good day': giant panda's pregnancy brings cheer to US National Zoo
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 August, 2020
Washington: Animal lovers rejoice: Mei Xiang, a 22-year-old giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, DC will give birth in a matter of days, according to zoo officials, in what could be her fourth successful pregnancy.
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Tassie tiddler? The thylacine was hunted to extinction as a ‘large predator’ – but it was only half as heavy as we thought
The Conversation
Wed 19 August, 2020
Until it was hunted to extinction, the thylacine – also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf – was the world’s largest marsupial predator. However, our new research shows it was in fact only about half as large as previously thought. So perhaps it wasn’t such a big bad wolf after all.
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WaterGroup Smart Meters save $180k for Lendlease retirement villages
Utility Magazine
Wed 19 August, 2020
Since 2017, Lendlease Retirement Living portfolio has saved over 17 Olympic-sized pools worth of water, and reduced residents’ outgoings by over $180,000. Part of its success is due to WaterGroup’s smart water metering solution.
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Uncovering the ocean’s ‘invisible’ plastic
Cosmos
Wed 19 August, 2020
There is at least 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic Ocean than previously thought, researchers say, and that’s only including the three most common types.
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First Look: Ethos, a No-Waste Deli From the Young George Team, Opens This Week in East Fremantle
Broadsheet
Wed 19 August, 2020
The last time I was at 88 George Street, Ethos Deli & Dining Room was a worksite in a desperate rush to meet its scheduled late-March opening date. Six months and one global pandemic later, the split-level space has completed its transformation from former tea merchant to airy, neighbourhood deli with white splashbacks, exposed brick, Hungarian folk art and animal figurines decorating the space.
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Fundraisers try to save the last patch of unburnt forest in Manyana
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 August, 2020
The state government will contribute to a fund to buy land slated for a bitterly contested residential development on the last patch of unburnt forest in the South Coast town of Manyana in an effort to have it turned over to NSW National Parks.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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WA seeks to spur new carbon farming projects in national parks
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
The Western Australian Labor government wants to support new carbon farming projects in the state, launching a new ‘Carbon for Conservation’ initiative that will support emission reduction projects in the state’s national parks and reserves.
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Is AEMO’s “step change” scenario of 94% renewables really a stretch target?
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
“The world’s fastest energy transition.” That’s how the Australian Market Operator describes the outcome of the Integrated System Plan, its 20-year blueprint for what needs to be done over the next 20 years as Australia’s ageing coal fleet comes to the end of its life.
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QSuper pulls $400m responsible mandate from AMP Capital
Investor Daily
Tue 18 August, 2020
QSuper has withdrawn $400 million from AMP Capital as it has moved its Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) option in-house and rolled out its new approach.
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Investment in wind, solar and storage falls off cliff as grid and policy woes kick in
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
The slump in new investment in large scale wind and solar projects in Australia has deepened, with just three new projects reaching financial close in the latest quarter, representing the lowest investment in dollar terms since the Clean Energy Council began compiling its investment confident index at the start of 2017.
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The Australian Financial Review
Renewables investors run scared
California grid melts in record heat. Are renewables to blame?
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
Everywhere in the world renewables are built, they keep disappointing. Not in the general sense, but in a very specific sense: conservative, climate skeptics and right-wing fossil fuel think tanks promise their presence will bring an apocalypse of blackouts, and these machines simply fail to deliver.
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Goldwind considers green fuels for hybrid gas-battery plant
Reneweconomy
Tue 18 August, 2020
Goldwind Australia will consider the use of biofuels, or renewable hydrogen, to power a new gas-battery hybrid project that has received financial backing from the NSW government, and is likely to be located near the Gullen Range wind and solar complex.
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Leveraging the economic rebuild to optimise infrastructure sustainability
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 18 August, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact across the country, with restrictions hampering progress for some projects. But while the crisis presents many challenges, these unprecedented conditions may also present a unique opportunity to re-focus on sustainability.
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Architecture and design in a post-pandemic world
Pursuit
Tue 18 August, 2020
The pandemic has reinforced that design and physical space plays a role in enabling disease to spread. But the built environment can also support infection control, as the past has shown
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High-tech farmers sow seeds of revolution in Dubai desert
Yahoo News
Tue 18 August, 2020
An ultra-modern vertical farm in the middle of the desert stands as a testament to Dubai's determination to spark a "green revolution" to overcome its dependence on food imports.
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Plastic pollution found inside human bodies
The Australian
Tue 18 August, 2020
Plastic pollution has been found deep inside the human body, with researchers detecting tiny fragments in several major organs for the first time.
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Would you consume your veggies in a powder? How Aussie scientists are turning farm waste into futuristic food
SBS World News Australia
Tue 18 August, 2020
We all know we’re supposed to eat at least 7 serves of fruit and vegetables a day...but chances are you’re part of the 96 per cent of Australians that aren’t getting enough of the green stuff. So, what if we’re told it’s about to get a whole lot easier - by consuming part of your daily intake in a powder?
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How your donated clothes end up in Fijian superstores
Independent Australia
Tue 18 August, 2020
Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders are donating “good used clothing” to a secondhand clothing empire earning millions of dollars, rather than to charities.
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BOM declares La Nina alert, with 70pc chance of forming in 2020
ABC News
Tue 18 August, 2020
The odds of a La Nina in the coming months have improved to a 70 per cent chance — roughly three times the normal likelihood — and it's not the only climate driver that could potentially favour wet conditions heading into spring.
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Multiple cold fronts to buffet NSW, bringing strong winds and snow
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 18 August, 2020
Sydney's run of relatively mild late-winter weather will come to a chilly halt as several cold fronts move across NSW, bringing a bout of blustery winds and cooler temperatures.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Very high fire danger for southeast Qld as winds and temperatures soar
News.com.au
Tue 18 August, 2020
Wild weather is set to descend on southeast Queensland this week, triggering everything from fire and marine warnings to above average temperatures and frost.
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NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Herald Sun
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