Issue date : Fri 21 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
AGL forges ahead of Morrison government on Liddell coal plant shutdown
The Age
Fri 21 August, 2020
Australia's largest energy generator, AGL, has announced the first concrete steps in shutting down its Liddell coal-fired power station in the NSW Hunter Valley, pre-empting the findings of a government taskforce examining options including extending the plant's operating life.
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Labor Left weighs up plan for ‘drastic’ climate policy
The Australian
Fri 21 August, 2020
Opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler has signalled he will not back down to Joel Fitzgibbon’s plea for Labor to adopt a more moderate climate change agenda.
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Adam Bandt urges another Labor-Greens coalition for climate action
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 21 August, 2020
Greens leader Adam Bandt will mark 10 years since his party signed a deal to prop up the Gillard government by flagging he would be willing to again form a power-sharing deal with Labor to combat climate change.
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Bob Brown lawsuit aims to end Tasmanian native forest logging
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 21 August, 2020
The Bob Brown Foundation has launched a legal action which it hopes might end native forest logging in Tasmania by establishing that the industry is breaking federal environmental laws.
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The Brisbane Times
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7 News
Legal action against Tas native logging
The Newcastle Herald
The Canberra Times
Yahoo News
The Guardian
Bob Brown launches legal challenge to native forest logging in Tasmania
Japan set to push past 2030 renewable energy target
Reneweconomy
Fri 21 August, 2020
A predicted investment of over $US100 billion ($A139 billion) in solar and wind power over the next decade is expected to take Japan beyond its renewable target to a share of 27% of the country’s energy mix.
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Talking Point: Defeat of Gunns’ pulp mill led to a climate solution
The Mercury
Fri 21 August, 2020
Tasmania’s emissions have fallen below net zero emissions, with the community victory that stopped a pulp mill being built a huge part of the ‘heroic result’ for the planet, a former Greens leader says.
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Do you know your ESG from your SRI?
Money Management
Fri 21 August, 2020
Both socially responsible investments (SRI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments have seen significant investor interest recently, as global, local and social media coverage of issues such as COVID-19, climate change, modern slavery and plastics pollution have increased.
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Fortescue fast-tracks ‘ambitious’ carbon-neutral target
Australian Mining
Fri 21 August, 2020
Fortescue Metals Group has received an environmental approval to construct and operate a gas-fired power station at the Solomon iron ore mine in Western Australia.
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The evolution of chimp skills
Cosmos
Fri 21 August, 2020
Research using remote video technology has shed new light on the remarkable toolmaking skills of wild chimpanzees, revealing distinct differences in the way skills have evolved and are learned in different parts of Africa.
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Marine heatwave early warning system for aquaculture industry
The Age
Fri 21 August, 2020
Australia's $3 billion fisheries and aquaculture industries will receive up to six months' warning of damaging marine heatwaves under a national forecasting system developed by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology.
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Paterson's curse on the march in the ACT
The Canberra Times
Fri 21 August, 2020
Recent rain after a dry summer has seen Paterson's curse flourish this winter in the ACT, but authorities are also concerned about less eye-catching and potentially more destructive weeds such as Chilean needle grass spreading in the territory.
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Sydney council to use artificial intelligence to spy on dodgy recyclers
News.com.au
Fri 21 August, 2020
If you’re prone to sneaking general waste into your recycling bin, you might want to think twice because one Sydney council is going to extreme lengths to crackdown on dodgy and lazy recyclers.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
‘Back or block’ challenge to wedge Labor over coal-fired power station
The Australian
Thu 20 August, 2020
Anthony Albanese will be forced to either back or block a 3.3m grant supporting a feasibility study into a new clean coal-fired power station in central Queensland, as the Morrison government prepares to wedge Labor MPs in parliament next week.
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Solar panel and battery system recycling targeted in NSW grant round
Reneweconomy
Thu 20 August, 2020
A $10 million New South Wales government grant scheme has been launched to tackle the problem looming on the other side of Australia’s booming solar uptake – what to do with hundreds of millions of PV panels when they reach the end of their working lives.
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DiCaprio invited 'to see reality of Amazon rainforest'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 20 August, 2020
Brasilia: Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourao has called on actor Leonardo DiCaprio to visit the Amazon to see the reality of the situation there, as the government faces criticisms for rising destruction in the world's largest rainforest.
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How sustainable is our shiny new normal?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 20 August, 2020
The answer is, not very, if it’s anything like the old one The COVID-19 pandemic is like an X-ray into all the broken parts of our economy. We know what they are and have a grand opportunity to fix them, but it will take some visionary leadership, some exceptional courage, and an ample measure of imagination.
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Issues paper advocates energy from waste
Government News
Thu 20 August, 2020
The process of EfW refers to the conversion of waste into fuel, which can take the form of gas, electricity, heat or cooling systems.
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Fortescue fast tracks hydrogen tech development
Prime Mover
Thu 20 August, 2020
Iron ore company, Fortescue Metals Group, has agreed to advance scientific collaboration and accelerate the development of renewable hydrogen technology.
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Australia’s build-to-rent is coming of age and it’s green
The Fifth Estate
Thu 20 August, 2020
Australia’s emerging build-to-rent sector is starting to look like an attractive asset class and stimulus option, especially now. With Covid the sector benefits by being closer to “shovel ready” than traditional build to sell models. And there’s no need to wait around for pre-sales to kick start a project.
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The story in the bones of lizards and frogs
Pursuit
Thu 20 August, 2020
Highly detailed CT scans of the tiny fossilised bones of Australia’s lizards and frogs are telling scientists an important story of adaptation and extinction in a changing climate
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Finding the most adaptable urban trees for a changing climate
The Fifth Estate
Thu 20 August, 2020
Researchers from the Which Plant Where project at Western Sydney University are taking a deep look at how urban trees can adapt to drought conditions to help keep cities green in the face of a changing climate.
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What's behind China's record floods?
Yahoo News
Thu 20 August, 2020
China has touted its massive dam network as a remedy for its devastating annual floods, but record deluges have once again killed hundreds of people and submerged thousands of homes this year.
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Will COVID-19 result in fewer carbon emissions?
Particle
Thu 20 August, 2020
With planes grounded and lockdowns around the world, you might be hoping 2020 has come with a silver lining of a drop in global carbon emissions.
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Australian Vanadium to capitalise on calcine waste products
Australian Mining
Thu 20 August, 2020
Australian Vanadium is proposing to build a processing plant near its Western Australian project that is expected to allow it to profit from otherwise wasted iron-calcine materials.
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Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 20 August, 2020
University student Tara Tolhurst was studying for an exam last November when she looked out her window and saw smoke clouds, before fire rolled over hills in the distance.
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WAToday
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Ski resorts record 15cm overnight as 'Antarctic blob' settles in
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 20 August, 2020
NSW's snow level could drop to 600 metres this weekend as the state's ski resorts saw up to 15 centimetres of snow fall overnight.
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The Age
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WAToday
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News.com.au
Sydney, Melbourne weather: ‘Polar blast’ to bring freezing weekend
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
GQ Australia
Ice Flow, No Where To Go: A ‘Polar Blast’ Is Set To Hit Sydney And Melbourne This Weekend
Dust haze blanket, 'very poor' air quality in south-east Queensland
The Brisbane Times
Thu 20 August, 2020
A dust haze blanket has descended on south-east Queensland, with dry and gusty conditions set to drive fire danger ratings up to 'very high' over the weekend, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
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