Issue date : Tue 8 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Federal government admits energy roadmap based on guesswork and thought bubbles
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 September, 2020
Federal government officials have conceded that the estimates of cost and emissions abatement guiding its much-vaunted technology roadmap are nothing more than thought-bubbles, and derived from departmental guesses rather than an authoritative and independent source.
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Is the NSW gov’t putting home builders ahead of koalas?
Architecture and Design
Tue 8 September, 2020
The NSW government says that by cutting red tape to help homeowners affected by the devastating 2019-20 bushfire season, will help them to get back on their feet by allowing them to clear land and rebuild without doing koala habitat surveys.
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Queensland LNP MP pays for ad that calls renewable energy fantasy
The Guardian
Tue 8 September, 2020
A Queensland Liberal National MP paid for a pre-election Facebook advertisement calling renewable energy a “fantasy” and promoting the findings of a report commissioned by One Nation.
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Newcastle Herald editorial opinion, September 7, 2020: Diversifying NSW energy market insures reliable power and our economy into the future
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 8 September, 2020
SOME may not find surprising the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Study final report's urging that the state maximise the potential of its renewables sector as a buffer against COVID-19's economic destruction. NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean, for one, was staunch in the value of investing in renewables in these uncertain days.
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Qantas may fret about the environment, but it’s not the bottom line
The Australian
Tue 8 September, 2020
Don’t think that the long march through the institutions is confined to the public sector. Notwithstanding the need for private sector companies to make profits, there is plenty of evidence that the woke culture so evident in the public sector also has penetrated the layers of management that are typical of most companies, particularly human resources departments.
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Rio Tinto condemned by shareholders for seeking legal advice before blowing up Juukan Gorge
The Guardian
Tue 8 September, 2020
Shareholder groups have heavily criticised Rio Tinto after revelations late last week that it hired lawyers to prepare for a potential injunction against the destruction of ancient rock shelters in Juukan Gorge, three days before they were destroyed in a mining blast.
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The Australian Financial Review
Rio Tinto set to escalate its response to Juukan Gorge destruction
Responsible investing matures in new decade
ProBono Australia News
Tue 8 September, 2020
Companies or assets that ignore issues such as climate change, health and safety, labour rights, corruption, and lack of diversity are unlikely to thrive, says sector leader
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Pace slows for passive sustainable funds
Money Management
Tue 8 September, 2020
The pace of passive sustainable fund launches in Australia has slowed with no launches so far this year and only two last year, compared to more than 50 in Europe.
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ACT secures two big batteries for Canberra and record low price for wind
Reneweconomy
Tue 8 September, 2020
Canberra is set to become host to two big battery projects, with the ACT government announcing that two companies that will supply additional 200MW of wind power to the National Capital at record low prices will also both build big batteries within the ACT.
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Innovation districts like Melbourne’s could help chart our course out of crisis
The Conversation
Tue 8 September, 2020
In the face of the global health and climate crises, we look at our cities both anxiously and hopefully. We deviate from our normal patterns of behaviour to avoid close physical contact and suffer associated emotional and practical losses. At the same time, we envision our cities’ lasting transformation for the better.
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Bushfires threaten native rat's Vic future
The Canberra Times
Tue 8 September, 2020
Victoria's devastating bushfires have raised fresh concerns for the long-term survival of a native rodent already rendered endangered by decades of climate change.
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Out of control bushfire burns near Ballarat west of Melbourne
News.com.au
Tue 8 September, 2020
Firefighters are battling an out of control bushfire that started near Ballarat, west of Melbourne, overnight that could be fanned by strong winds today.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Herald Sun
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In EU, 1 in 8 deaths linked to pollution: report
Yahoo News
Tue 8 September, 2020
In the EU, 13 percent of deaths are linked to pollution, said a new report published on Tuesday by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which stressed the current pandemic put environmental health factors in the spotlight.
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Hazard reduction burns to blanket Sydney in smoke
News.com.au
Tue 8 September, 2020
Parts of Sydney could be blanketed in smoke as fire crews conduct critical hazard reduction burns across the state.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Herald Sun
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Gen Z not swallowing lab-grown meat's environment claims
Farm Weekly
Tue 8 September, 2020
FOR all their bold and righteous claims, alternatives to real beef - be it cultured in a laboratory, plant-based or 'printed' - are starting to show vulnerabilities to consumer concerns and perceptions.
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Ley defends plans for environment law change
The Age
Mon 7 September, 2020
Environment Minister Sussan Ley has promised a shake-up of federal laws will maintain current protections for wildlife and World Heritage areas as Labor questioned her pledge to develop new national standards.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Taylor to force clean energy funds to back gas and carbon capture
Reneweconomy
Mon 7 September, 2020
The Morrison government is set to double down on plans to direct taxpayer funds into unproven carbon capture and storage projects, as well as new gas investments, in what the government describes as a ‘technology-neutral’ approach to energy policy.
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Covid-19 a sign of things to come if we fail on climate
Ecogeneration
Mon 7 September, 2020
While the impacts of covid-19 have been devastating, they will be immaterial compared to climate change unless we take meaningful action, writes Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton.
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NSW must lead Liberals on energy and climate policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 7 September, 2020
While differences between state and federal governments on the best way to fight COVID-19 are grabbing headlines, the divergence between the NSW and federal Coalitions on climate and energy policy could have more long-term consequences.
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$7trn green recovery flashes amber in market rout
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 7 September, 2020
The case for green is real, but not for all companies claiming the colour. There's still a lot of sifting through to be done.
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'Electrify everything': Cannon-Brookes calls for east-west solar cables to power Australia
The Age
Mon 7 September, 2020
Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes says massive investments in renewable energy initiatives like the $22 billion Sun Cable project could lift Australia out of recession by creating jobs, lowering power prices and generating new export revenue streams.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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ANZ will ditch customers without a climate plan
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 7 September, 2020
ANZ boss Shayne Elliott says the bank will drop carbon-heavy business customers if they repeatedly refuse to develop a plan to deal with climate change risk.
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Webjet launches carbon offset program
Australian Aviation
Mon 7 September, 2020
Webjet has launched a new carbon offset program in response to its customers “increasingly demanding” more sustainable travel options.
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Fortescue expands hydropower pursuit to Indonesia
Australian Mining
Mon 7 September, 2020
Fortescue Metals Group has extended its search of hydropower resources to Indonesia following a similar move in Papua of New Guinea (PNG) last week.
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Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent
Reneweconomy
Mon 7 September, 2020
It’s the season of new records, and the most notable one in a week of new milestones in Australia’s main electricity grids is a new peak for renewable energy share in the National Electricity Market: It reached 50.4 per cent at 10.55am on Monday.
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Snowy Hydro deal paves way for 218MW Ryan Corner wind farm in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Mon 7 September, 2020
Plans for a 200MW-plus wind farm in Victoria look set to go ahead, following a deal between federal government-owned gen-tailer Snowy Hydro and international outfit Global Power Generation – a joint venture majority-owned by Spain-based Naturgy Energy Group.
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Dirty secret behind ‘green’ electric cars
The Australian
Mon 7 September, 2020
As Tesla shares continued their stellar rise last month, a group representing indigenous communities in Russia sent a letter to Elon Musk.
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The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle means new opportunities for Australian business
The Australian
Mon 7 September, 2020
The electromobility trend has given rise to a domestic e-motorbike manufacturing industry, with Australian-based Fonzarelli and Savic each bringing an electric motorbike to market this year. Fonzarelli is a Sydney-based company that designs and assembles electric motorbikes at its Redfern, Sydney warehouse. Its Australian-made parts, such as the stainless-steel frame, are made at Sydney’s northern beaches.
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Great Barrier Reef and more Aussie destinations 'under threat'
Yahoo News
Mon 7 September, 2020
Iconic Aussie destinations, including the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the crystal-clear waters off WA’s Ningaloo Coast, are under threat according to some of the country’s leading conservation groups.
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Princess Diana And Kate Middleton's Favourite Sneakers Just Got A Sustainable Upgrade
Marie Claire
Mon 7 September, 2020
For decades, the Superga classic trainer has been a go-to for royal women, with everyone from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton turning to the renowned sneaker label for their laid back attire. Now the Italian footwear label has reimagined its signature models for the first time in its history, giving the collection an environmentally conscious makeover.
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