Issue date : Thu 27 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
Why gas will be needed on the path to greener energy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 27 August, 2020
Gas is rapidly becoming the new battleground in the climate wars. Depending on your position, gas can be a climate fix or agitator. Switching from coal to gas has helped bring down emissions globally and gas-powered generation’s flexibility makes it suited, along with technologies such as batteries and pumped hydro, to bolster intermittent renewables like wind and solar.
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David Murray lacks 2020 board vision
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 27 August, 2020
The former AMP chair did not accept the ESG demands that are now essential to shareholder value.
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HSBC creates $8b climate fund with Aussie lawyer
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 27 August, 2020
HSBC Global Asset Management has teamed up with prominent Australian climate lawyer Martijn Wilder's investment firm Pollination to create a $US6 billion (8.3 billion) natural capital asset manager.
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4 questions Tuchuzy now asks before buying a brand
Ragtrader
Thu 27 August, 2020
After trading out of administration, Tuchuzy founder Daria Sakic reveals a new direction with sustainable brands such as Studio Jacklyn joining its portfolio.
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Landcom report addresses urban heat island effect
Architecture and Design
Thu 27 August, 2020
Landcom is excited to release a new report on the urban heat island effect titled 'Cooling Common Spaces in Densifying Urban Environments' that offers ways to address the very serious issue of rising heat levels in urban environments.
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Up to half of world's water supply stolen annually, study finds
The Guardian
Thu 27 August, 2020
Between 30% and 50% of the world’s water supply is stolen each year, mainly by agricultural interests and farmers, yet the crime itself is not well understood, a new international study led by the University of Adelaide says.
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A THREAT BELOW: Experts say sea levels may rise half a metre
The Mercury
Thu 27 August, 2020
SEA levels could rise by half a metre in the next century, a new study has revealed. New research conducted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies found Antarctic Ice Sheet change was particularly driven by the interaction between ice shelves and ocean conditions.
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Government finalises $3.6m Collinsville coal power plant grant despite disallowance motion
The Guardian
Wed 26 August, 2020
The federal government quietly finalised an agreement to pay $3.6m to a company proposing a coal-fired power station at Collinsville in north Queensland this month, despite prior warnings the grant could be disallowed by the parliament and that making any payment beforehand could be “improper”.
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Streamlined green laws head to parliament
7 News
Wed 26 August, 2020
The first steps are being taken towards a so-called single-touch environmental approval system for major projects.
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ACT bucks trend, to include emissions in new planning decisions
Reneweconomy
Wed 26 August, 2020
The ACT government will force major projects to account for their prospective greenhouse gas emissions during the planning process, bucking a trend that has seen governments seek to protect developers from responsibility.
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Morrison must heed warnings in bushfire report
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 August, 2020
The NSW Bushfire Inquiry report has delivered to the people of this state a thorough analysis of the disaster that ran across much of last summer, destroying land and lives and exposing millions of people to unprecedented levels of air pollution. The NSW government should be commended for accepting in principle each of the 76 recommendations aimed at preventing a repeat of the disaster.
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Gas is not a transition fuel to a safe climate. That ship has sailed
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 August, 2020
If gas-fired electricity emissions can be lower than that from coal-fired plants, should Australia expand its fossil gas industry as a means of combating climate change? The answer is a clear no if we want to avoid the worst climate change outcomes.
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Bushfire tragedy doubled demand for ethical super
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 26 August, 2020
Green super fund Australian Ethical's inflows doubled in January following the devastating bushfire season, contributing to a profit rise of nearly 50 per cent for the year.
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Collaboration needed to up sustainability ante
Investment Magazine
Wed 26 August, 2020
The ravages of last year’s bushfires swiftly followed by COVID-19 have created a sense of palpable change among Australian investors. These two recent events triggered and made worse by a cohort of ESG risks like climate change, lost biodiversity and poor working conditions have pushed sustainability centre stage, a roundtable of industry-wide experts who connected via video conference recently have discussed.
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Australian Ethical benefits from seismic cultural shift
Financial Standard
Wed 26 August, 2020
Australian Ethical has seen almost 10,000 new members invest in its super and managed funds offerings in the past financial year, while institutional players - including other super funds - have also been knocking at the door.
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COVID and the rise of renewables make summer blackouts less likely
The Age
Wed 26 August, 2020
The rapid development of large-scale renewable energy projects and record popularity of rooftop solar panels have boosted the reliability of Australia’s power supply, reducing the likelihood of blackouts this summer.
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EV100 get first Australian signatory
Energy Magazine
Wed 26 August, 2020
EV100, the Climate Group’s global initiative to coordinate leading industries in the transition of company fleets to electric vehicles (EVs), has had its first Australian signatory.
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Unlocking the big barriers to an “efficiency first” approach
The Fifth Estate
Wed 26 August, 2020
In Europe the top barriers to implementing the decision-making principle of “efficiency first” in energy system planning and policymaking turn out to be lack of political will, lack of expertise and awareness, professional cultures, die-hard personal habits, and overarching regulatory structure.
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CEFC backs last mile delivery e-bikes amid a booming market
The Fifth Estate
Wed 26 August, 2020
Covid has already accelerated the electric bike boom in Australia and now the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is backing the micromobility option to decarbonise last mile delivery.
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World's biggest rooftop greenhouse opens in Montreal
Yahoo News
Wed 26 August, 2020
Building on a new hanging garden trend, a greenhouse atop a Montreal warehouse growing eggplants and tomatoes to meet demand for locally sourced foods has set a record as the largest in the world.
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The march of the (virtual) penguins
ProBono Australia News
Wed 26 August, 2020
Strict stage four lockdown restrictions across Victoria mean this year’s popular Phillip Island penguin parade isn’t running as it normally would.
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Black turbine blade 'can cut bird deaths'
Yahoo News
Wed 26 August, 2020
Painting one blade of a wind turbine black could cut bird strikes at wind farms by up to 70%, a study suggests.
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Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake wakes hundreds of residents in dead of night
ABC News
Wed 26 August, 2020
Geoscience Australia says a magnitude 3.1 earthquake that struck near the West Australian mining city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder this morning was "shallow" in geological terms, but "violent" enough to jolt residents from their sleep.
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Lockdown gardeners see months of hard work bear fruit - and veg
The Age
Wed 26 August, 2020
When Kerry Frankland planted her vegetable garden during the first round of stay-at-home orders in March, she knew she was planning for the long-term.
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Coal-fired pollution killing 800 Australians a year: report
The Age
Wed 26 August, 2020
Air pollution from Australia’s ageing coal-fired power stations kills around 800 people each year and spreads hundreds of kilometres from regional plants into major cities, new research finds.
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Single-Use Face Masks Are Hurting Wildlife Around The World
Marie Claire
Wed 26 August, 2020
While many of us have become accustomed to wearing face masks, the use of disposable and single-use masks are adding yet another damaging intrusion into the homes of our native wildlife. Around the world, masks have begun to litter streets, beaches and oceans, causing harm to animals that come into contact with them - either by becoming tangled in the ear loops or ingesting them.
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Coles shopper's clever refill idea for cleaning products
Yahoo News
Wed 26 August, 2020
A Coles shopper is calling for the supermarket to implement an innovative new feature that will drive down plastic waste in Australia - but would customers use it?
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