Issue date : Tue 15 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 49 Seconds
Number of items : 45
Nationals MP backed tougher koala habitat protection during inquiry
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
The Nationals MP sitting on an inquiry into koalas supported findings that habitat conservation for the marsupials needed to be strengthened, raising fresh questions over why his party suddenly threatened to bring down the government over the issue.
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New Zealand makes climate reporting compulsory
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 15 September, 2020
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to make climate risk reporting mandatory for banks, asset managers and insurers.
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US President Donald Trump dodges climate change warning as devastating US West Coast wildfires rage
ABC News
Tue 15 September, 2020
President Donald Trump blames poor forest management for deadly fires on the US West Coast which have so far killed at least 33, burned millions of acres and destroyed thousands of homes.
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Climate change hits 2020 race as US west coast burns
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 15 September, 2020
Washington | Joe Biden is determined to succeed where Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Jeremy Corbyn and a host of others have stumbled: win by promising dramatic climate change action.
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Morrison casts dark shadow over energy transition with massive gas intervention
Reneweconomy
Tue 15 September, 2020
Watching California’s horrific wildfires spread into many other states in the US, it was tough not to be reminded of Australia’s Black Summer. Watching the ensuing misinformation campaign, and the political stoush playing out right now, one important thing immediately came to mind. As I previously wrote at RenewEconomy, Australia’s government responded to the climate-intensified Black Summer bushfire crisis by moving backwards.
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I worked for the NSW government and I've seen Barilaro's tactics before
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
Premier Gladys Berejiklian holding her ground in the "koala wars" is the first time in more than a decade that a leader of a Coalition party at state or federal level has been willing and also able to stare down a threat from within over a climate or environment policy.
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Tone on Tuesday: On the third wave of sustainability
Architecture and Design
Tue 15 September, 2020
The recent articles on passive solar house design, NatHERS and solar water heating elicited a few comments from readers.
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AustralianSuper loads up on Coronado Coal
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 15 September, 2020
AustralianSuper, the nation’s largest superannuation fund with $180 billion under management, maintains a somewhat ambiguous position on the vexed issue of coal mining.
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Smelters could lead switch to renewables by acting as giant batteries
Reneweconomy
Tue 15 September, 2020
A new report has concluded that Australia – and particularly its traditional coal hubs – could become a significant economic power in a decarbonised world and could lead the world in producing the components of low-carbon industrialisation.
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The first step to conserving the Great Barrier Reef is understanding what lives there
The Conversation
Tue 15 September, 2020
Look at this photo of two coral skeletons below. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re the same species, or at least closely related, but looks can be deceiving. These two species diverged tens of millions of years ago, probably earlier than our human lineage split from baboons and macaques.
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Investment fund to buy up barrier reef farmland gets foundation boost
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 15 September, 2020
Seed funding for a potential $1 billion global investment fund that aims to buy up farmland next to the Great Barrier Reef and overhaul farming practices is among $10 million in new grants from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to be announced on Tuesday.
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Satellites, sensors and drones could put out bushfires within an hour
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
Existing and emerging technology should enable fire agencies to extinguish dangerous fires within an hour by 2025, reducing impacts on communities and wildlife alike, according to research backed by billionaire couple Andrew and Nicola Forrest.
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Arctic ‘transitioning’ to a new climate
Cosmos
Tue 15 September, 2020
The Arctic has started to transition from predominantly frozen to an entirely different climate, according to a new report.
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Prince William, Al Gore to lead free TED talks on climate
Yahoo News
Mon 14 September, 2020
The prestigious TED talks series is to hold its first-ever free live event next month, with Prince William and other prominent figures calling for action on climate change, the group announced Monday.
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Morrison government threatens to use Snowy Hydro to build gas generator, as it outlines ‘gas-fired recovery’ plan
The Conversation
Mon 14 September, 2020
The Morrison government has threatened to use Snowy Hydro to build a gas generator in the Hunter Valley if the electricity sector fails to fill the gap left by the scheduled closure of the Liddell power plant in 2023.
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New Labor manifesto drops emissions targets for 2030
The Australian
Mon 14 September, 2020
Anthony Albanese has been given the green light to go to the next election without specific climate change targets for 2030, under an ALP draft policy platform that outlines plans to turn Australia into a “renewable energy superpower”.
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New corporate reporting approach to unite impact and profit
ProBono Australia News
Mon 14 September, 2020
Current corporate reporting systems mean that for many companies, environmental and social outcomes run seperate to their financial outcomes. But a new hybrid approach could change this.
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Google says its carbon footprint is now zero
Yahoo News
Mon 14 September, 2020
Google says it has wiped out its entire carbon footprint by investing in "high-quality carbon offsets".
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Milestone: Australia’s main grid reaches 25 pct renewables over last year
Reneweconomy
Mon 14 September, 2020
While 2020 has been, undoubtedly, a year to forget – for many different reasons – there have been some bright spots. And one particular achievement that is very much worth celebrating presents itself in today’s graph of the day, Tweeted by Simon Holmes à Court.
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Why throw it away? … waste-to-energy’s role in our future energy mix
Ecogeneration
Mon 14 September, 2020
The concept of waste is manmade – it doesn’t exist in nature. Explain that to consumers, however, who send more than 20 million tonnes of waste a year to Australian landfills. The key waste stream is municipal solid waste, the stuff we pack into our red bins and that is turned out by the commercial and industrial sectors. Don’t think of it as rubbish, however, because municipal solid waste has a good amount of energy that can be recovered and turned into heat, electricity or into second-generation, combustible fuels (such as methanol, methane, synthetic fuels, ethanol and even hydrogen).
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The amazing world of our thriving co-operatives, especially in the regions
The Fifth Estate
Mon 14 September, 2020
Business schools don’t teach it, but co-operatives can be a boon for regional communities. Many checking out what towns such as Yackandandah in Victoria has done to save its local garage and later install community based solar, and they’re following suit.
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Whale trapped off Sydney coast freed after hours-long ordeal
News.com.au
Mon 14 September, 2020
Rescue agencies were able to save a seven-metre humpback whale after it became trapped in netting off the coast of Sydney on Monday.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
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Greenland glacier loses 110 square kilometres' worth of ice
ABC News
Mon 14 September, 2020
A chunk of Greenland's ice cap estimated to be 110 square kilometres has broken off in the far north-east Arctic.
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Three to Try: Sydney Brands That’ll Help You Ditch Plastic
Broadsheet
Mon 14 September, 2020
We’re all for reducing our impact on the environment, but sometimes taking a good hard look at our habits and consumption can lead to feelings of overwhelm, and, subsequently, inertia. Thankfully these three Sydney businesses are taking the grunt work out of minimising our reliance on plastic. They won’t solve all your waste-free problems, but they’re a good start.
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A sea change – from biowaste to dietary protein
Food Processing
Mon 14 September, 2020
As the demand for dietary proteins grows, Flinders University researchers are exploring new ways to cash in on biowaste, algal biomass and even beached seaweed.
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Fungi leather about to hit the market
Farm Weekly
Mon 14 September, 2020
SYNTHETIC substitutes for leather have been piling onto the market for years, promoted as being a more sustainable fashion alternative to the humble cow hide.
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Vale John Rumney
Australian Geographic
Mon 14 September, 2020
John Rumney was a true pioneer of ecotourism on the Great Barrier Reef and one of the region’s great characters.
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