Issue date : Fri 28 August, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
Nation 'woefully unprepared' for climate change, business groups warn
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 28 August, 2020
Australia is "woefully unprepared" for the scale of the climate change threats it faces, and suffers from a public debate focused too much on the cost of action rather than the costs of failing to act, says a coalition of environment and business groups.
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NSW plan for 21 coalmines would create seven years of nation's emissions, expert says
The Guardian
Fri 28 August, 2020
A New South Wales mining industry push for 21 new coal projects to be approved to boost an economic recovery from coronavirus would add seven years’ worth of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere if they were all developed, according to analysis.
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NSW water-sharing plan 'will fail', Basin Authority official says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 28 August, 2020
The proposal by the Berejiklian government to grab more winter-spring flows for irrigators on a major river in the state's north is likely to fail because it runs contrary to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a senior official said.
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The business case for fixing Australia's systemic failures on climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 28 August, 2020
The days of climate change being seen only as an environmental issue are long past. Large swathes of the private sector now recognise our warming planet poses a systemic financial risk to our country. Our major financial regulators, such as the Reserve Bank, also understand the threat.
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Clean air is a human right our government chooses to ignore
Independent Australia
Fri 28 August, 2020
The Federal Government will continue to deny Australians the right to clean air as long as it stays partnered with the fossil fuel industry, writes Dr David Shearman.
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Hamish Tame: why Le Specs decided to change
Ragtrader
Fri 28 August, 2020
While it felt so exhilarating celebrating Le Specs’ international success, we came to realise that it was our responsibility to take action and play our part in driving sustainability in the eyewear industry.
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'No freak accident': Scientists flagged concerns with Ningaloo humpback swimming tours as early as 2015
WAToday
Fri 28 August, 2020
Scientists and conservation groups raised concerns about the safety of tourists swimming with humpback whales in Western Australia's North West as early as 2015, and said recent incidents where people were seriously injured by the giant mammals were "accidents waiting to happen".
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Pierre the lonely penguin watches Pingu for company during isolation
The New Daily
Fri 28 August, 2020
The northern rockhopper penguin at Perth Zoo is less than a year old but has an “arrested moult”, where his feather moulting process hasn’t completed and he’s not yet waterproof or able to return to the wild.
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Elephant poacher sentenced to 30 years in Congo prison
News.com.au
Fri 28 August, 2020
A Congolese elephant poacher believed to have been responsible for the killing of as many as 500 of the vulnerable species in the past 12 years has become the first person sent to jail for doing so in the Central African country.
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Bug-tracking schoolkids help scientists study biodiversity
ABC News
Fri 28 August, 2020
Sunflowers are Sebastian Birch's favourite flower, but the kindergartener is starting to learn why they are much more than a pretty plant, thanks to a new biodiversity project involving scientists and Sydney schools.
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Learning from the past could save biodiversity
Cosmos
Fri 28 August, 2020
Palaeo-archives are giving scientists new insights into how warming climates affected different species and biodiversity in the past, which they hope will inform future conservation strategies.
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Skyrocketing demand for our timber
The Australian
Fri 28 August, 2020
Australia is well placed to take advantage of the rising global demand for timber because there is space to expand forest plantings and Australia is seen as a green and sustainable source, says Ross Hampton, chief executive of the Australian Forest Products Association.
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Seaweed: The food and fuel of the future?
Yahoo News
Fri 28 August, 2020
Seaweeds are fast-growing algae. They utilise energy from sunlight, and take up nutrients and carbon dioxide from the seawater. Scientists suggest seaweed could help fight climate change and offset carbon emissions.
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AGL says floating gas project won't hurt wetlands on Mornington Peninsula
ABC News
Fri 28 August, 2020
Energy company AGL says its proposed floating gas plant off the Mornington Peninsula will not impact nearby internationally recognised wetlands and marine parks, despite discharging up to 180 Olympic swimming pools worth of chlorinated water every day into Western Port.
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Criminal recycling scams 'profit from plastic waste surge'
Yahoo News
Fri 28 August, 2020
Criminal networks are profiting from an "overwhelming" surge in plastic waste being shipped from rich countries to Asia and stoking pollution by burning and dumping waste that was supposed to be recycled, a report by Interpol said Thursday.
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Welcome Arrival Of ‘Eco-Friendly’ Watches Could Be A Window Into The Future Of Luxury
D'Marge
Fri 28 August, 2020
While we’ve been busy with The Bat Kiss, public dialogue around climate change and sustainability have taken a huge toll in 2020. It’s easy to forget that Australia suffered through some of the worst bushfires in history just months ago, a direct result of global warming and land clearing among other factors.
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Ooh Media launches Great Barrier Reef campaign
Mumbrella
Fri 28 August, 2020
Ooh Media has launched a campaign to promote saving the Great Barrier Reef. The campaign’s media was donated to the Australian Marine Conservation Society by Charlotte Berry, one of the winners of Ooh Media Open Awards.
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La Nina likely, but temperatures set to remain high: UN
Yahoo News
Fri 28 August, 2020
Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a La Nina weather phenomenon expected to develop in the coming months, the UN said Thursday.
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Taylor expands clean energy fund's remit to fire up gas-led recovery
The Age
Fri 28 August, 2020
Australia's clean energy fund is being primed to pump up the Morrison government's plans for a gas-led economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, with proposed rule changes to fuel investment in gas power plants and infrastructure.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Australia’s national environmental laws: what is the Morrison government proposing to change and why?
The Guardian
Thu 27 August, 2020
The federal government has proposed changes to Australia’s national environmental laws. What are those changes and why are they being considered?
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The Age
Morrison government resurrects Abbott's 'one-stop shop' environment laws
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The Canberra Times
Environment Minister accused of 'recycling' Tony Abbott-era bill
Ley sends early signal on green issues
The Australian
Thu 27 August, 2020
Environment Minister Sussan Ley has rejected plans to build a retirement home and solar power plant near sensitive wetlands in Queensland to protect the critically endangered eastern curlew.
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Bushfire report omission disappoints councils
Government News
Thu 27 August, 2020
The state’s peak body for local government says it’s disappointed that the report into the recent catastrophic NSW bushfires ignored emergency funding arrangements.
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Tony Abbott's climate denial prompted Barack Obama's Brisbane barbs
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 27 August, 2020
Tony Abbott's climate change denial caused such frustration to Barack Obama that as president he ad-libbed barbed comments about the death of the Great Barrier Reef in a speech during a visit to Australia.
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The Brisbane Times
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Biden win could unleash climate action
The Canberra Times
Thu 27 August, 2020
A victory by Joe Biden in November's presidential election may be just what the world needs to reset the climate change narrative, recognise the urgency of the challenge, and initiate a decisive response.
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The holistic sustainability picture L'Occitane is pursuing
CMO
Thu 27 August, 2020
A partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife to restore Australia’s natural habitats and vegetation after the devastating bushfires is just one further step in L’Occitane’s sustainability commitment as a brand and business.
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Sure, no-one likes a blackout. But keeping the lights on is about to get expensive
The Conversation
Thu 27 August, 2020
A new official report shows blackouts in eastern Australia’s grid this summer are unlikely. While that’s welcome news, it casts doubt on the wisdom of a recent government decision to tighten electricity reliability standards – a decision that will cost consumers.
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Solar and battery installations to begin on APY Lands
Energy Magazine
Thu 27 August, 2020
Solar and batteries are set to be installed at the Central Power House in remote Umuwa, to provide South Australian communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands with cheaper, cleaner power.
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Renewable energy revolution hits the shops in Toowoomba
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Thu 27 August, 2020
Toowoomba’s Grand Central is joining Queensland’s renewable energy revolution, with work underway installing more than 2400 solar panels on the centre’s rooftop.
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Finnish town offers prizes to turn residents green
Yahoo News
Thu 27 August, 2020
Inhabitants of a town in Finland can now earn rewards, including bus tickets or free food, if they cut car use, under a scheme to lure the public into lower-carbon lifestyles.
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Melbourne CBD’s bird of prey lays two eggs
News.com.au
Thu 27 August, 2020
Melbourne CBD’s peregrine falcon nesting on the side of a Melbourne skyscraper has just laid its second egg and thousands are watching.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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When bushfires meet old septic tanks, a disease outbreak is only a matter of time
The Conversation
Fri 28 August, 2020
The Royal Commission into the summer fires is an opportunity to start seriously reconsidering our built environment. We need to prepare for accelerating climate change, our changing natural landscape and future natural disasters.
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Architecture and Design
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‘Polar opposite’ change to Australia’s weather due
News.com.au
Thu 27 August, 2020
Spring is days away and that means a change of weather. But there’s an 80 per cent chance this spring could be very different to past years.
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