Issue date : Thu 20 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Farmers want net zero emissions, going further than Morrison government
The Age
Thu 20 August, 2020
One of the country's most conservative industry organisations, the National Farmers Federation, has called for Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, which sets a more ambitious climate change agenda than the Morrison government.
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Research funded to find ways to turn our waste into dollars
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 20 August, 2020
Abandoned fishing nets have been converted into stockings and chip packets into street furniture; water bottles have become swimwear and waste glass processed into silica and then on into concrete walls.
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Investors demand stronger climate risk transparency
Investor Daily
Thu 20 August, 2020
Australian institutional investors have called for reforms to climate risk disclosure from companies, including the reporting of links between climate-related performance and executive remuneration and more extensive transparency on transitional and physical risks.
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Origin Energy shelves proposed expansion of Shoalhaven-pumped hydro project
The Australian
Thu 20 August, 2020
Shoalhaven would cost between $570m-$630m to be built, dwarfing an original $250m estimate, with Origin noting in its study that capital costs were 15-20 times forecast annual revenue. The federal government-owned Snowy Hydro’s $4.5bn expansion, the 2000MW Snowy 2.0, was named as a reason for the Shoalhaven expansion failing to proceed.
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Neoen files plans for $3bn wind and solar farm with battery 10 times bigger than Hornsdale
Reneweconomy
Thu 20 August, 2020
French renewable energy developer Neoen has filed its development application for the huge $3 billion Goyder South wind, solar and storage project in South Australia which includes a proposed big battery than it nearly 10 times bigger than the expanded “Tesla big battery” at Hornsdale.
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Australia’s biggest solar farm registered, with two big spinning machines
Reneweconomy
Thu 20 August, 2020
The 275MW Darlington Point solar farm – the biggest solar farm to be built in Australia so far – has finally completed the generator registration process and will now begin to send power to the grid, and to its biggest customer, the owner of a major coal generator in NSW.
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NatureWatch: Ideas on strength, speed, size
Cosmos
Thu 20 August, 2020
Not all in nature is at it seems or, at least, as we might have thought. Four new studies have interesting findings on how things survive and evolve.
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This man turns discarded coffee cups into roads
The Guardian
Thu 20 August, 2020
An unusual partnership between an asphalt manufacturer and a green group has produced Australia’s first road surfaces made from the ubiquitous waste item
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Fellowship winner Dr Julie McInnes to research animal scat
The Mercury
Thu 20 August, 2020
Vertebrate ecologist and postdoctoral researcher with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Dr Julie McInnes is the first female recipient of the esteemed RJL Hawke Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded by the Australian Antarctic Division at Kingston.
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Renewable energy industry runs roughshod over forests
Independent Australia
Wed 19 August, 2020
An environmental activist with more than four decades of service has called out the NSW Government over the massive and deliberate destruction of forests.
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If you like lockdowns, you’ll love the carbon-free future
The Australian
Wed 19 August, 2020
The climate-change movement is taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, equating it with the “existential crisis” of man-made global warming. While praising the current display of unilateral government action as a model for addressing climate change, many environmentalists and liberal politicians have also called for a surge in government spending on renewable energy projects. The 2020 Democratic Party platform champions “decarbonisation” as the best way to “build back better” from the coronavirus.
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BHP too slow out of the coal hole
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 19 August, 2020
An environmental challenge is now a commercial one for miners such as BHP. Jettison the operation with the worst environmental profile, and investor attention will automatically turn to the division that takes its place.
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Australian Mines reaches carbon neutral milestone
Australian Mining
Wed 19 August, 2020
Australian Mines has become the first mineral resources company to be certified as a carbon neutral organisation under the Australian Government’s Climate Active program.
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Plans for $1.2b missing link to unlock NT gas
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 19 August, 2020
A major "missing" piece of the east coast gas grid is in the early stages of planning, offering the prospect for Northern Territory gas to be delivered more cheaply to east coast manufacturers.
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Chile plans massive hybrid wind-solar-storage plant
Reneweconomy
Wed 19 August, 2020
Santiago-based power company AES Gener has taken an important step in developing a mammoth hybrid renewable energy project in Chile, after it has submitted the environmental impact statement for its planned 862.5MW wind + solar + storage hybrid Parque Terra Energía Renovable project.
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How Queensland could become a renewable energy superpower
The Brisbane Times
Wed 19 August, 2020
Queensland could become a renewable energy superpower, providing 78,000 job-years of construction in solar and wind projects to more than 5200 workers over 15 years, green energy experts predict.
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SA Water installing 500,000 solar panels
Energy Magazine
Wed 19 August, 2020
SA Water has commenced installations of around 30,000 solar panels at Happy Valley Reservoir, fulfilling part of its Zero Cost Energy Future project and creating almost 50 jobs.
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Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 August, 2020
A fire in the NSW far north-east has triggered the state's first major deployment of water bombers for the 2020-21 bushfire season, with crews battling to keep the flames away from properties and the Pacific Motorway.
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UNESCO study produces fresh fears over Great Barrier Reef's health
The Brisbane Times
Wed 19 August, 2020
Three coral bleaching events in the past five years have state and federal governments worried for the Great Barrier Reef’s health as they ask for public submissions on the 2050 reef strategy, which will shortly go to UNESCO.
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Japan experts head to Mauritius for oil spill clean-up
Yahoo News
Wed 19 August, 2020
A new team of experts left Japan for Mauritius on Wednesday with special oil-absorbent materials to help the clean-up of tonnes of oil that leaked from a Japanese-owned ship.
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Alleged toxic waste dumper charged with endangering firefighters
The Age
Wed 19 August, 2020
The man allegedly behind the largest illegal toxic waste dumping operation in the state’s history has been charged with endangering the lives of firefighters who tackled the massive industrial blaze that erupted at a West Footscray warehouse in 2018.
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Atlantic plastic levels far higher than thought: study
Yahoo News
Wed 19 August, 2020
There may be more plastic floating just beneath the surface of the Atlantic ocean today than the estimated total weight of plastic waste dumped in it since 1950, new research showed Tuesday.
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'Dog's breakfast': Audit finds consumers confused by recycling labels
The Age
Wed 19 August, 2020
The Australian Council of Recycling says recycling labels on products are a "dog’s breakfast", with a national audit finding consumers are confused by different logos and incorrect or non-existent labelling.
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Ben & Jerry's Have Launched A New Oz-Only Flavour Calling For Climate Action From Our Government
GQ Australia
Wed 19 August, 2020
Despite being an almost universally-beloved purveyor of lighthearted desserts, Ben & Jerry's have never been afraid to dip their toes into the waters of political campaigning. Over the years, the brand (which prides itself on ethically producing its product) has opted to put its money, and its public status, to use, using the unique medium of sweet frozen treats to support the kinds of political causes that you wouldn't normally expect from a brand owned by one of the world's largest MNCs.
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Flood warning issued for Cooks River in inner-west
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 19 August, 2020
Nearby properties were unscathed after the Bureau of Meteorology advised people along the Cooks River in Tempe and Marrickville to be on alert for flooding on Wednesday evening.
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