Issue date : Tue 25 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Australia's Chief Scientist is wrong on gas, say leading experts
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 August, 2020
A group of leading Australian scientists has taken the unusual step of writing to the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, saying his support for gas as an energy source "is not consistent with a safe climate".
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Landowners in fire-prone areas to be required to do hazard-reduction burns
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 August, 2020
Landowners in fire-prone areas will be required to carry out hazard-reduction burns on their properties as part of the Berejiklian government's response to the Black Summer bushfires.
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'Expect worse': NSW fire inquiry backs limited use of controlled burns
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 August, 2020
NSW must prepare for similar or worse years following the extreme 2019-20 bushfire season, with increased hazard-reduction burning offering only limited help as the climate continues to warm, the NSW Bushfire Inquiry has found.
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Environmental doubts over natural gas cannot be ignored
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 August, 2020
In an effort to wean Australia off its reliance on coal as a source of power, the federal government is forcefully putting the case to expand the use of natural gas. It has some strong arguments in its favour. Australia has a plentiful supply, the pandemic has significantly brought down the cost of using gas, and it can be used for base-load and surge capacity, which is vital when bringing more solar and wind capacity into the energy grid.
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E-bike start-up in the money as clean energy fund leads $16m round
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 25 August, 2020
Australian e-bike start-up Bolt Bikes will rebrand as Zoomo after raising $16 million in a funding round led by the Australian government-backed Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC,) which will be used to expand its operations locally as well as in the UK and US.
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New technologies reducing oil and gas emissions
Energy Magazine
Tue 25 August, 2020
The global oil and gas industry is leading the way with new technologies to use natural gas to help reduce emissions and support the global shift to cleaner energy.
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A bird’s life in the changing tropics
Cosmos
Tue 25 August, 2020
Two new studies in the journal Nature Climate Change highlight the delicate balance birds face in trying to survive global warming in the tropics.
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Coal generation kills 800 a year in Australia, says new report
Reneweconomy
Tue 25 August, 2020
The human cost of burning fossil fuels to generate energy has been laid bare in a new report from Greenpeace this week, with pollution from Australia’s coal-fired power plants found to be causing hundreds of premature deaths a year, as well as asthma symptoms in thousands of children.
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Wonder at miraculous shorebirds and the people who care
The Mercury
Tue 25 August, 2020
These shorebirds and the people who study and care for them have much to say about us and the state of our planet, says Hobart author Andrew Darby. Darby’s new book, Flight Lines (Allen & Unwin, 2020) is about these long-distance migratory shorebirds and the scientists who study their extraordinary lives.
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Young people send strong climate message
ProBono Australia News
Mon 24 August, 2020
Nearly 90 per cent of young people say they feel unprepared for future climate disasters and want politicians to give them a bigger voice on climate change, a new report finds.
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Crossbench pushes Coalition to support ISP and community renewables projects
Reneweconomy
Mon 24 August, 2020
The federal crossbench has called on the Morrison government to provide support for community renewable energy projects, saying that it was critical for ensuring local and regional communities were able to benefit from a ‘boom’ in wind and solar energy investment.
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Bushfire probe calls for complete rethink
The Australian
Mon 24 August, 2020
An independent report into the Black Summer bushfires will be released on Tuesday recommending a revision of hazard reduction methods, land clearing laws and long-term investments in bushfire behaviour after the NSW government endorsed all 76 of its recommendations.
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Berejiklian government to pursue its own uranium push
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 August, 2020
The Berejiklian government will pursue its own push to allow uranium mining in NSW, after cabinet ministers backed away from supporting One Nation's nuclear power bill in the upper house.
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Agriculture's future is riskier with no climate change goals: Farmers
The Age
Mon 24 August, 2020
Farmers say public pressure is forcing the agriculture sector to set greenhouse gas targets, as the Morrison government increases its criticism of the national farm lobby after it set a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
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Corporate climate risk disclosures must show more: IGCC
Financial Standard
Mon 24 August, 2020
Investors using companies' climate change risk disclosures to manage investment decisions and portfolio risk want more changes to understand how the risk information translates into action.
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Adani's Carmichael coalmine in Queensland blocked by traditional owners
The Guardian
Mon 24 August, 2020
Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners who oppose Adani’s Carmichael coalmine say they have “re-established tribal control” of their lands in central Queensland, and have blocked workers from reaching the mine construction site.
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Gas is not transition energy we were promised, new research suggests
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 24 August, 2020
The good news about natural gas is that when it is burnt it creates between 40 and 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than coal would to create the same amount of energy.
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NSW warned on loss of power self-sufficiency
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 24 August, 2020
The owner of the Vales Point coal-fired power station in NSW has warned against increasing reliance on interconnectors with other states for electricity, advising that NSW's consumers would pay the price through less secure supplies.
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Investment in renewables drops
Government News
Mon 24 August, 2020
An industry group says unpredictable government policy is damaging investor confidence in renewable energy, with figures showing a dramatic drop in the number of projects.
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Using COVID recovery to build better cities
Government News
Mon 24 August, 2020
Whether it’s encouraging urban agriculture or converting disused tourism rentals into affordable housing, local authorities around the world are using COVID recovery to build cleaner, greener and better cities.
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Citizen science gets active and organised
Cosmos
Mon 24 August, 2020
Erin Roger cut her research teeth on a PhD focussed on wombats – specifically, the impact of road fatalities on wombat populations around the Snowy Mountains Highway in NSW. “I spent a lot of time walking that road and I did a lot of thinking about common species, and how we have this perception that there’s abundance in commonality, but no-one’s really monitoring them.”
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