Issue date : Mon 24 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 46 Seconds
Number of items : 68
AEMO to call in more reserves after dramatic tightening of reliability standard
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 August, 2020
Australia’s reliability standards for the main electricity grid have been quietly but dramatically tightened by state and federal energy ministers, in a move that will allow the Australian Energy Market Operator to lock in more reserves for longer periods to help deal with the challenges of intense summer heatwaves and an ageing grid.
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Government grants to increase solar panel and battery recycling
Architecture and Design
Mon 24 August, 2020
The NSW Government will invest $10 million to help improve environmental performance by diverting end-of-life solar panel systems from landfill, with the first round of grants now open.
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Talking Point: Keep turbines out of farms’ way
The Mercury
Mon 24 August, 2020
Wind farms are better near dams that fall to the West Coast, not where they damage environment and put farmers in competition for water, writes STEPHEN PILKINGTON
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UK infrastructure investor suffers big losses from two Australia solar farms
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 August, 2020
UK infrastructure investor John Laing has revealed yet more big losses from its Australia renewable energy portfolio, this time focused on the two big Australian solar farm investments hit by connection delays, equipment problems and grid congestion issues.
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More work needed on recycling labelling
Food & Beverage
Mon 24 August, 2020
An independent national audit of recycling information on consumer products and packaging has revealed a situation that is confusing for consumers and does not support better recycling, according to the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).
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7 Climate Change Novels That Imagine Our Possible Futures
Gizmodo Australia
Mon 24 August, 2020
Every day brings fresh and ever more alarming news about the state of the global environment. To speak of mere “climate change” is inadequate now, for we are in a “climate emergency”. It seems as though we are tripping over more tipping points than we knew existed.
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Push for green-driven COVID-19 economic recovery
The Canberra Times
Sun 23 August, 2020
With flights grounded, highways free of cars and animals taking back city streets it follows the pandemic should - environmentally - be a positive for the planet.
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Never Too Late to Back Nukes
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 23 August, 2020
“If you care about the environment, you support nuclear power,” writes Glenn Reynolds. “If you don’t support nuclear power, you’re just a garbage person who hates civilization.”
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With Covid comes the perfect opportunity to shift Australia's economy away from fossil fuel
The Guardian
Sun 23 August, 2020
Whenever confronted with a tragedy in your life, one of the hardest aspects to deal with is that life goes on – work continues, other events occur, bills need to be paid, the world keeps on turning. It can actually be a struggle to realise that even though you are feeling dreadful, other problems and tasks remain to be addressed.
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Santos plans ‘carbon sink’ to cut gas emissions
The Australian
Sun 23 August, 2020
Santos is devising a giant ‘‘carbon sink’’ scheme where it can offer energy operators the ability to strip out and bury carbon from their gas supplies at its Moomba hub in South Australia as the industry seeks to accelerate efforts to lower pollution from their fossil fuel operations.
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Faster e-bikes could ease post-pandemic congestion
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 23 August, 2020
Federal and state governments need to raise the speed and power limits on electric bicycles to help ease the traffic congestion expected as Australia returns to work during the COVID-19 crisis, the bicycle industry said.
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Planned fires can spare threatened species if kept small: research
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 23 August, 2020
Planned bushfires can reduce weeds with only limited impacts on threatened marsupial species provided they are kept small enough to leave places for the animals to find refuge from predators, new research has found.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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NSW's new national park in 'koala country'
7 News
Sun 23 August, 2020
A key koala habitat in the NSW Southern Highlands will be protected by the creation of a new national park, which the state government hopes will go some way toward stabilising declining populations.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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ABC News
Guula Ngurra National Park opening 'just the beginning' of protecting koala habitat
The Daily Telegraph
Koalas: NSW government creates new national park for endangered koalas
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
NSW EPA convictions: State’s biggest fines for polluters revealed
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 23 August, 2020
Millions of litres of sewage spillage, asbestos dumped in residential streets, chemicals in waterways and illegal dumping are just some of the reasons for massive fines to polluters in the past year.
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Woolworths releases full list of Disney Ooshies
Yahoo News
Sun 23 August, 2020
A full list of Woolworths’ latest collection of Ooshies has been revealed days ahead of when the line launches across Australia except in Victoria.
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Passionate about Merino garments
Farm Weekly
Sun 23 August, 2020
AS a young girl growing up in Turkey in the 1970s, many of Zuhal Kuvan-Mills' friends were forced to work in sweatshops instead of attending school due to their poor backgrounds.
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'Spring is coming': Sunshine to bathe Sydney as wintry winds subside
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 23 August, 2020
Sydneysiders can look forward to a week of sunshine as winter winds down and spring approaches after a chilly weekend brought snow to southern and western parts of the state.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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WA waste planning ‘inadequate’ audit finds
Government News
Sat 22 August, 2020
WA’s waste recovery targets are under threat because councils are failing to recycle or encourage residents to minimise waste, an audit says.
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The end of the environment
The Saturday Paper
Sat 22 August, 2020
In 1999, he legislated the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. The act largely failed
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Flying foxes are very mobile mammals
Cosmos
Sat 22 August, 2020
Australia’s flying foxes are known for their nomadic lifestyle. Now, a new study has ranked them among the most mobile mammals on the planet.
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Sixty-six hectares of SEQ koala habitat could be cleared under scheme
The Brisbane Times
Sat 22 August, 2020
Queensland authorities cannot stop developers clearing 66 hectares of koala habitat at Springfield because it is an "exempt development" under the suburb’s planning scheme.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Homes in Blue Mountains most at risk from bushfires, insurer says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 22 August, 2020
Australia's biggest general insurer, IAG, has identified the Blue Mountains local government area as the region in NSW with the most property at risk from bushfires.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Battle for the Bight goes on
The Australian
Sat 22 August, 2020
The Great Australian Bight has been spared – for now. But can this pristine wilderness hold out forever against the hunger for its resources?
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Ozone increasing in areas where it wasn’t
Crikey
Sat 22 August, 2020
Ozone levels in the lowest part of the atmosphere have increased across the Northern Hemisphere over the past 20 years, according to the first study to use data collected by commercial aircraft.
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Reducing food, plastic waste in red meat industry
Farm Weekly
Sat 22 August, 2020
Plastic-free meat trays and technologies which extend shelf life are just two of the ways the red meat industry is helping to reduce food waste.
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Sydney, Melbourne weather: Antarctic air mass to lead to rain, snow, blizzards
News.com.au
Sat 22 August, 2020
NSW is bracing for its “coldest day of the year”, with temperatures up to 10C below average as polar conditions continue to linger.
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The Geelong Advertiser
Draining the nation's energy: how Canberra lags industry on green power
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 21 August, 2020
Australia is host to a stranded asset. That is, something once valuable that is now worthless as events have moved on. We call it Canberra. Specifically, Parliament House. Even more specifically, the federal energy and climate debate.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Sims puts Victoria first in global recycling plan
Inside Waste
Fri 21 August, 2020
A bold plan to recycle more reusable material from metal recycling is behind the $50 million investment in the first of 11 global resource renewal facilities to be built in Campbellfield Victoria, by Sims Resource Renewal, a division of Sims Limited.
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Delays and cutbacks take heavy toll on Australia’s wind and solar farms
Reneweconomy
Fri 21 August, 2020
The growing number of connection delays and operating constraints on Australia’s large scale wind and solar farms is taking a heavy toll on the industry, with new estimates suggesting a phenomenal amount of lost energy and income over the 2020 calendar year.
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Landmark environment case halts VicForests' logging in its tracks
The Age
Fri 21 August, 2020
Strict conditions to stop logging of threatened species habitat in Victoria’s Central Highlands were issued by the Federal Court on Friday, as the forestry industry feels the first effects of a landmark ruling to enforce federal environment law on a state-owned forestry agency.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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How Sustainability Victoria is tackling priority recycled waste
Inside Waste
Fri 21 August, 2020
Victorian infrastructure projects which use recycled materials and create local jobs are being boosted by $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants. Local Victorian governments are expected to spend more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects over the next three years, presenting a significant opportunity to increase their use of recycled materials.
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Turning recycled plastic bottles into chic sunnies
The Australian
Fri 21 August, 2020
Motivated by his sons, Nik Robinson launched Good Citizens sunglasses to “untrash” the planet - and Selfridges approves.
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