Issue date : Thu 17 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
ARENA to be given $1.4 billion as Coalition channels funds to CCS, EVs and pubs
Reneweconomy
Thu 17 September, 2020
The federal Coalition government has finally decided to extending the funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, but will – as predicted – push both ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation into “low emission” technologies beyond renewables, including carbon capture and storage.
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Government to consider $25b green jobs plan
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 17 September, 2020
The federal government will consider economic modelling behind a $25 billion plan to create 1 million climate-friendly jobs to spur a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and make the nation a "renewable energy superpower".
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The megafires and pandemic expose the lies that frustrate action on climate change
The Guardian
Thu 17 September, 2020
Iwas in Melbourne in late January, watching as more and more people donned face masks to protect themselves against the bushfire smoke that had thickened the air for weeks and that was causing hundreds of deaths. Turning on the news, I was surprised to see footage of crowds in China similarly masked, but for a very different reason. Hundreds were then dying in Wuhan, Hubei province, from a novel virus.
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The Coalition, koalas and coal
Independent Australia
Thu 17 September, 2020
Is Barilaro, Berejiklian or Morrison to blame for the annihilation of Australia’s favourite furry marsupial, the cuddly koala? And why is there such a kerfuffle over recent legislation changes affecting koalas?
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Energy transition will reshape mining sector – Willis Towers Watson
Insurance Business
Thu 17 September, 2020
The shifts brought about by climate change and environmental social governance (ESG) initiatives will greatly transform the energy industry’s risk landscape, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson.
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Unlocking the potential of net zero precincts
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
Low carbon solutions at the precinct scale tend to be stymied by complex governance arrangements and unfavourable incentive structures, according to an upcoming NSW government report on net zero precincts. But there are promising solutions.
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Australian stinging trees inject scorpion-like venom. The pain lasts for days
The Conversation
Thu 17 September, 2020
Australia is home to some of the world’s most dangerous wildlife. Anyone who spends time outdoors in eastern Australia is wise to keep an eye out for snakes, spiders, swooping birds, crocodiles, deadly cone snails and tiny toxic jellyfish.
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US fires smoke spreads as far as Europe
7 News
Thu 17 September, 2020
Fire crews have fended off flames threatening Los Angeles' historic Mount Wilson Observatory, with smoke from unprecedented blazes across the western United States spreading as far away as Europe.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Australia can hit net zero emissions by 2050 by investing in gas, oil executive says
The Guardian
Wed 16 September, 2020
Corporate heavyweight Andrew Liveris, the Morrison government’s special adviser on manufacturing, has declared Australia and the world can hit net zero emissions by 2050 by significantly expanding the supply and domestic use of gas – despite gas being a fossil fuel with “roughly 60% of the emissions of coal”.
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PM's power ultimatum could send NSW into oversupply
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 16 September, 2020
The energy market operator's outlook for NSW's electricity supply and demand finds the state could need only 1000 megawatts of reliable electricity capacity by 2028-29, suggesting the Prime Minister's ultimatum to the power industry for new plants would send it into oversupply for several years.
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Federal Government fast tracks three energy projects
Energy Magazine
Wed 16 September, 2020
The Federal Government has fast-tracked three “critical” energy projects: Marinus Link, Project Energy Connect interconnector and Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector (VNI).
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Labor to aim for interim carbon target but can't agree on gas
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
Labor will go to the next federal election with an interim target to reduce carbon emissions amid a growing policy tussle over whether to back new gas production and gas-fired power stations.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Southern NSW councils won key koala concessions
The Australian
Wed 16 September, 2020
Nine councils in the southern region of NSW raised urgent concerns about koala protection policies with the NSW government
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When investors won't back gas, why should taxpayers?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 16 September, 2020
With their announcement this week of subsidies for a major new gas plant in the Hunter Valley, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor have made it clear: whatever the roadmap, there's only one destination – gas.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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‘Climate change zealots’ are spooking politicians about energy plans
Sky News Australia
Wed 16 September, 2020
Sky News host Alan Jones says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is correct in saying Australia needs cheap and reliable energy plans, however he is spooked by the Left and their opinions surrounding renewable energy.
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How a ‘coal-free’ UK has returned to coal
The Herald Sun
Wed 16 September, 2020
Back in June, Britain was the poster child for the “coal-free” power generation. But, the brave new UK coal-free future lasted less than a week, writes Terry McCrann.
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Are super funds failing on climate change?
Investor Daily
Wed 16 September, 2020
A report from ClimateWorks Australia in partnership with Monash has found that one-fifth of superannuation organisations studied have publicly stated their intention to achieve net-zero emissions in their portfolios by 2050 – a significant acceleration in efforts to address climate change risk.
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Aussie super funds take strong climate action
Super funds accused of chest beating on climate change
Financial Standard
Wed 16 September, 2020
Two major industry superannuation funds have this week made bold statements about their stance on climate change, but critics argue it may be "virtue signalling" with little substance.
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Rest climate change case pushes ahead
Financial Standard
Wed 16 September, 2020
Rest's legal stoush with one of its members over the fund's approach to climate change is pushing ahead, with a trial fast approaching.
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Grow zero-carbon power to meet climate goals: analysis
Yahoo News
Wed 16 September, 2020
All new electricity supply growth worldwide can now come from zero-carbon sources, according to a plan released by businesses and environmental advocates Wednesday that charts the path to a net-zero world by 2050.
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New tech turns biosolids into hydrogen
Utility Magazine
Wed 16 September, 2020
Researchers at RMIT University have developed a new technology that uses biosolids to produce hydrogen from wastewater, in an effort to support the comprehensive recycling of an unlimited resource – sewage.
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BP predicts up to 550 gigawatts of new wind and solar each year
Reneweconomy
Wed 16 September, 2020
British oil & gas supermajor BP expects the average annual increase in wind and solar capacity over the next 15 years could reach as high as 350GW or even 550GW, and push the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to almost 60% by 2050.
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Plug-in hybrids are a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'
Yahoo News
Wed 16 September, 2020
Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research.
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California braces for high winds that could propel deadly wildfires
Yahoo News
Wed 16 September, 2020
California faces more devastation from wildfires that have ravaged the West Coast, authorities warned Wednesday, with strong winds and dry heat expected to whip up flames from dozens of blazes raging across the state.
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