Issue date : Wed 16 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
'We don't need it': Critics say plan for new gas power is unnecessary
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
A former BP Australasia president warns the federal government's plan to underwrite the expansion of gas infrastructure is more of an industry rescue package than a stimulus plan to drive the economy out of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Property developer the only stakeholder to raise concerns about NSW koala policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
Concerns raised by a major NSW property developer were the only stakeholder correspondence Planning Minister Rob Stokes received from Deputy Premier John Barilaro about a contested policy aimed at preserving koala habitat.
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150 people sign up for $65m NSW solar roof scheme ‘flop’
The Daily Telegraph
Wed 16 September, 2020
The NSW environment minister says households going green will be “crucial” to achieving zero-carbon goals by 2050, but critics question the economics for families in taking up interest free loans to buy solar batteries.
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Senate inquiry is bringing evidence about state of Great Barrier Reef to the surface
The Australian
Wed 16 September, 2020
The Senate committee inquiry into the regulation of farm practices impacting water quality on the Great Barrier Reef has yielded some remarkable confessions by science institutions about the state of the reef. It has been the first time many of the scientists have been asked difficult questions and publicly challenged by hard evidence. They have been forced out of their bubble.
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Gas will help Australia bounce back better and stronger from the pandemic
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
Australia's competitive advantage has always been based on affordable, reliable energy. As we turn to our economic recovery from COVID-19, affordable gas will play a central role in re-establishing the strong economy we need for jobs growth, funding government services and opportunities for all. Reliable and affordable power is more important now than ever.
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Unisuper new climate policy signals move away from coal
The Age
Wed 16 September, 2020
Unisuper has committed to having an investment portfolio with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has ruled out investing in companies that make more than 10 per cent of revenue from thermal coal under a new climate action plan released this week.
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Swiss Re introduces carbon levy
Insurance Business
Wed 16 September, 2020
Reinsurance giant Swiss Re is stepping up its push towards a low carbon future, with the ultimate aim of having net-zero emissions by 2030.
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ESG analysis will be crucial for green infrastructure
Money Management
Wed 16 September, 2020
A rigorous approach to environmental, social, governance (ESG) analysis will be necessary to manage risks and capitalise on opportunities from green infrastructure, according to RARE Infrastructure’s portfolio manager, Nick Langley.
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PwC commits to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions
Insurance Business
Wed 16 September, 2020
PwC has announced that it is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, which includes reducing emissions from the PwC network’s operations and suppliers as well as helping its clients to reduce their emissions.
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Predicting the life and death of batteries
Cosmos
Wed 16 September, 2020
Estimating battery life is one of the great modern dilemmas, and the older the item, the harder it gets.
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Huge tree for every backyard in south-west growth area under new plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
Every residential lot in a major urban growth area of Sydney will be required to have at least one eight-metre-high tree in the backyard and one five-metre tree in the front yard.
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Variable habitat linked to diverse chimp skills
Cosmos
Wed 16 September, 2020
Chimpanzees living in habitats with greater environmental variability are more likely to have a wide-ranging set of behaviours, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
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Lockdown putting thousands of homes at risk of bushfires
The Herald Sun
Wed 16 September, 2020
Serious concerns about the ability of Melburnians to prepare their regional holiday homes for bushfire season have been raised, with fears many won’t be insured if they can’t tend to their homes in time.
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
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NT Aboriginal rangers share in $1.4m grant funding for research into everything from turtles to Gamba grass
NT News
Wed 16 September, 2020
Aboriginal ranger groups across the Territory have been granted a combined total of $1.4m funding for research projects that include monitoring green turtles on Groote Eylandt and providing aerial support to manage Gamba grass and other pest weeds in the Top
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
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Topsoil needs a little more consideration
Cosmos
Wed 16 September, 2020
Scientists have provided what they say is the first worldwide snapshot of how soil erosion may be affecting the longevity of our soils.
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Ice shelves propping up two major Antarctic glaciers are breaking up and it could have major consequences for sea level rise
9 News
Wed 16 September, 2020
Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise.
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Climate change: Huge chunk of ice breaks off Greenland glacier
The Herald Sun
Smoke from raging west coast wildfires reaches New York, Europe
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
The wildfires that have choked California's skies with smoke in recent weeks – littering cities with ash, wreaking havoc on regional air quality and transforming the sun into an ominous red orb – have now stretched their sooty tendrils to the other side of the country and beyond.
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Mike Cannon-Brookes says he might bid to replace Liddell plant if PM 'declared the rules of the game'
The Guardian
Tue 15 September, 2020
The Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has expressed an interest in developing an option to replace the ageing Liddell coal-fired power plant if the Morrison government can clearly identify the rules of engagement for any proponents.
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'Time to get on with it': Taylor stares down gas industry complaints
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
A new gas-fired power station will go ahead under federal government plans to stare down industry complaints about a sweeping intervention, with Snowy Hydro declaring it will take on the energy "oligopoly" to build the project.
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Gas industry donates millions to Australian political parties
The Guardian
Tue 15 September, 2020
Some of the biggest players in Australia’s gas sector have made more than $6.4m in political donations over the past decade, including $426,000 to the Liberal and National parties in the 2018/19 election year.
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‘Gas-led recovery’ may actually deter energy investment: Experts
The New Daily
Tue 15 September, 2020
Climate change and clean energy campaigners were left dismayed at the federal government’s plans to spearhead a “gas-led recovery” from COVID-19, saying it will be ineffective and damage the prospects of meeting international emissions reduction commitments.
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Taylor promises $250 million to advance renewable network priorities
Reneweconomy
Tue 15 September, 2020
Amid the threats of market intervention to build a new gas generator in NSW, and promises to open up at least five new gas basins across the country, there was as least one piece of welcome news – money to accelerate three important new transmissions links identified by the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan.
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Labor's environment lobby backs Albanese over climate target omission
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
Labor's grassroots environmental network has thrown its support behind Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's decision to leave out specific 2030 climate change targets from the party's preliminary draft platform.
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Barilaro's gift to the koala
Independent Australia
Tue 15 September, 2020
The NSW Government’s record on koala protection is as appalling as Barilaro's threats, writes Sue Arnold.
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US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?
Yahoo News
Tue 15 September, 2020
President Trump has sought to highlight forest management rather than climate change as the key factor explaining the wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington states.
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Scott Morrison's power plan is nothing but a gas-fuelled calamity
The Guardian
Tue 15 September, 2020
It really is remarkable, to have lived through the bushfire season at the start of this year, and emerge from that as a political leader stronger in your conviction that the answer is locking in more fossil fuels, for longer.
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After Juukan Gorge – can anyone ever believe an ESG rating again?
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 September, 2020
What do companies do once they’ve been evaluated on their environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) performance? It’s a good question when you think about Rio Tinto following its out-of-the-league act of global vandalism in destroying a 46,000 year old sacred site of major significance in human history just to get to the ore with which to make steel girders and the like.
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UBS embraces ESG with private wealth pivot
Investor Daily
Tue 15 September, 2020
UBS has announced that sustainable investments are now its preferred solution for private clients investing globally – making it the first major global financial institution to make the recommendation.
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‘A lot of nervous companies’: ESG not going away
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 15 September, 2020
Australia's first impact investment firm focused on public equities says the damage done at AMP, QBE, Rio Tinto and Cleanaway shows the need for even greater transparency.
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Melbourne local council launches Virtual Power Plant project
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 15 September, 2020
A large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is set to be rolled out across 40 council owned buildings in Melbourne’s Hobson Bay area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Closing Liddell power plant to have only short-term effects: report
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 15 September, 2020
Closing Liddell power station would lift NSW wholesale power prices by more than a quarter but the effects would decline as more capacity entered the market, according to a leaked report.
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Fremantle carbon neutral apartments to deliver 50 per cent strata savings
The Fifth Estate
Tue 15 September, 2020
Fremantle-based Montreal Commons, set to become one of the first carbon neutral apartment buildings in Australia, will save its tenants 50 per cent on body corporate fees under a renewable energy deal between OP Properties and Power Ledger.
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Whale in croc-infested NT river safe
7 News
Tue 15 September, 2020
Wildlife officers at Kakadu National Park continue to monitor the health of a humpback whale in the crocodile-infested East Alligator River.
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Melbourne Water recruits seasonal firefighters
Utility Magazine
Tue 15 September, 2020
Melbourne water has begun advertising for seasonal crew members with roles beginning in October and running through until autumn.
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State government loggers to appeal possum court win
The Age
Tue 15 September, 2020
State government logging agency VicForests has lodged an appeal against a nationally significant Federal Court decision that ruled it had unlawfully destroyed rare possum habitat.
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