Issue date : Mon 21 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 41 Seconds
Number of items : 67
Murray-Darling Basin: fight looms over NSW plan to license floodplain harvesting
The Guardian
Mon 21 September, 2020
A new fight is brewing between farmers north and south of the Murrray-Darling Basin over the New South Wales government’s plan to license floodplain harvesting for the first time later this year, as doubts arise over data on river flows and the amounts being extracted.
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Australia could potentially waste another industrial boom
Independent Australia
Mon 21 September, 2020
Australia’s renewable energy endowment means that there is likely to be a boom similar to that of the mining industry in the early 2000s, writes Tim Cornwall.
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Millennials in the age of “neo-miserabilism”
The Fifth Estate
Mon 21 September, 2020
Millennials are the most stressed-out demographic group on the planet — they are also the group most sensitive to sustainability issues.
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World's top companies urge climate action
7 News
Mon 21 September, 2020
Some of the world's biggest companies have called for governments to do more to fight climate change and reverse the accelerating destruction of the natural world.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Renewable hydrogen the future of Oakajee, says Alannah MacTiernan
ABC News
Mon 21 September, 2020
For decades successive state governments have mooted plans for a multi-billion-dollar deep water port and industrial estate at Oakajee, north of Geraldton, in WA's Midwest hinging on a major iron ore player as the foundation tenant and investor.
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How climate change has impacted frogs in Canberra
The Canberra Times
Mon 21 September, 2020
An annual frog-watching event in Canberra has been extended to take place over one month instead of a week due to climate change.
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'Rampant' expansion of blueberry farms triggers compliance crackdown
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 21 September, 2020
The rapid growth of blueberry and other intensive farming in northern NSW has prompted a crackdown on illegal water use and sparked concerns about pollution in rivers and in the state's first marine conservation area.
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WAToday
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Richest 1%'s emissions twice that of poorest 50%: analysis
Yahoo News
Mon 21 September, 2020
The richest one percent of people are responsible for more than twice as much carbon pollution as the poorest half of the world's population -- 3.1 billion people -- new research showed Monday.
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How cigarette butts can be recycled into bricks
Architecture and Design
Mon 21 September, 2020
Researchers have shown how industries could work together to recycle cigarette butts into bricks, in a step-by-step implementation plan for saving energy and solving a global littering problem.
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Climate crisis dwarfs coronavirus: Charles
7 News
Mon 21 September, 2020
The Prince of Wales has warned that the climate crisis will "dwarf" the impact of coronavirus.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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An emissions target without a deadline isn't much of a target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 20 September, 2020
Scott Morrison has made a big pledge to Australians about cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but there is one thing missing: a deadline.
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The Age
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Morrison performs massive backflip on Liddell gigawatt gas plan
Reneweconomy
Sun 20 September, 2020
It appears that some energy grown-ups have had a quite word in the ears of prime minister Scott Morrison, and his advisors who appear to be locked in the world they inhabited when heading up the country’s most ardent fossil fuel lobby, the Minerals Council of Australia.
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Hydrogen to follow gas expansion as Morrison bids for net zero emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 20 September, 2020
A national bet on hydrogen power will be central to a new federal energy road map to move away from fossil fuels, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison promises a plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions.
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The Age
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Climate of unrest out on the left
The Australian
Sun 20 September, 2020
A CFMEU official urged Anthony Albanese to endorse Joel Fitzgibbon’s climate change and energy proposals while condemning Labor MPs.
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Conservationists wind up split on green energy plan
The Australian
Sun 20 September, 2020
Conservationists are split on Tasmania’s ‘Battery of the Nation’ green energy plan, with WWF strongly endorsing the plan despite fierce opposition.
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Humans are under threat from more than just the pandemic
Independent Australia
Sun 20 September, 2020
There is a more fundamental threat to humans than the current pandemic and it encompasses much more than global warming, writes Brian Feeney.
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Coalition's gas-fired recovery a benefit to its donors
Independent Australia
Sun 20 September, 2020
Motives behind the Coalition's intention to build a gas-fired power plant appear to be driven by ties to fossil fuel power companies, writes Richard Gillies.
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Bob Brown pushes for battery power to stop wind farms
The Australian
Sun 20 September, 2020
Former Greens leaders Bob Brown and Christine Milne have stepped up their campaign to stop Tasmania becoming a ‘battery for the nation’.
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Disturbing find in dead penguin's stomach
Yahoo News
Sun 20 September, 2020
A dead penguin washed up on a popular beach died after eating a face mask that it seemingly mistook for food.
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Harvest hopes as high as an elephant’s eye
The Australian
Sun 20 September, 2020
Farmers across large swaths of the country are set for their best harvest in three years, with heavy rainfall across NSW dragging the state out of prolonged drought.
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Paradise trashed: Boaties blamed for disgusting dumping
The Gold Coast Bulletin
Sun 20 September, 2020
Careless boaties and vandals are trashing one of the Gold Coast’s most precious attractions, says the disgusted chief of a charity cleaning up tonnes of garbage dumped on islands and in mangroves.
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The Mercury
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Oils ain't oils ... for tax purposes
The Age
Sun 20 September, 2020
Outwardly, there's little difference between oils. But when it comes to tax law and financial incentives to businesses to recycle oils and greases, just a pair of parentheses can mean millions of dollars.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for SW Queensland
The Courier Mail
Sun 20 September, 2020
Severe thunderstorm alerts are active for much of Queensland today with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of giant hailstones, destructive winds and intense rainfall that could spark flash flooding. There are already reports of flooding in parts after a 50mm deluge.
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An old flame: PM pushes his plans for gas
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 19 September, 2020
It is now over three years since Scott Morrison waved a lump of coal around the floor of parliament in a question time stunt. “Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you,” the then treasurer said, passing it along to a delighted Barnaby Joyce as coalition ranks cheered behind them.
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The Age
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Dems use climate change as a ‘distraction’ from forest management failures
Sky News Australia
Sun 20 September, 2020
Democrats blaming climate change as the primary source of the ongoing Californian wildfires is an “effort to distract” from what is a clear forest management failure, according to environmental policy expert Michael Shellenberger.
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Climate change a ‘key issue’ ahead of US election
Sky News Australia
Sat 19 September, 2020
The wildfires devastating a number of states in the US have brought climate change to the fore during the build-up to the United States presidential election, according to Sky News host Brent O’Halloran.
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Gas plan locks in decades of high emissions, experts warn
The Saturday Paper
Sat 19 September, 2020
While the prime minister’s newly announced gas funding is politically useful – soothing the Coalition backbench and wedging Labor – it will imperil Australia’s climate targets. By Mike Seccombe.
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Cowardice: what Morrison and Albanese have in common on climate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 19 September, 2020
In 2009, Anthony Albanese was asked how long he’d stay in Parliament if Labor lost. "Not one day. I'm out of here." This wasn’t an admission of a dwindling devotion to politics. Eleven years later, Albanese leads his party. It was a reflection of Albanese’s recognition of the power that being in government gives you.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Simon Bevilacqua: Green hydrogen means jobs, exports and a future for our kids
The Mercury
Sat 19 September, 2020
These hubs could produce sustainable hydrogen at a low-cost to replace diesel and natural gas in powering trucks, trains, buses, businesses and households worldwide — while reining in carbon pollution, writes Simon Bevilacqua
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The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
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Coalition steps on the gas ahead of a Covid-recovery budget
The Australian
Sat 19 September, 2020
The Morrison government has shifted the politics and policy of energy — with an interventionist stance that elevates gas to the heart of its strategy and moves the debate away from coal — along with signs the chasm between Coalition and Labor over emissions reduction targets will diminish.
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Union boss and environmentalist bury the hatchet in the Hunter
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 19 September, 2020
In the bruised days after Labor’s shock national election defeat last May, union boss Steve Murphy, a Maitland boy, thought long and hard about what went wrong – and came to a very different conclusion than the Hunter Valley’s most prominent ALP figure, Joel Fitzgibbon.
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Possum magic could fell an industry
The Australian
Sat 19 September, 2020
How did this cute little critter turn the tables on the native timber industry?
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NatureWatch: Tales of growth and survival
Cosmos
Sat 19 September, 2020
A decade-long study of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) has determined that the biggest fish in the world are female.
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Charity partnership set to preserve Aussie wildlife
ProBono Australia News
Sat 19 September, 2020
Parents will be able to buy Australian animal toys for their kids while also helping safeguard local wilderness areas and wildlife for future generations, thanks to a new charity partnership.
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Eyes above on Australian waterway health
Perthnow
Sat 19 September, 2020
Scientists are looking to space to help monitor the health of Australia's waterways.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Tellus proposes hazardous waste facility on land near Broken Hill
ABC News
Sat 19 September, 2020
A proposed hazardous waste facility near Broken Hill, in outback New South Wales, would create hundreds of jobs and provide a safe repository for the nation's enormous noxious refuse output, according to infrastructure development company Tellus Holdings.
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Greek to the rescue as US runs out of hurricane names
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 19 September, 2020
Washington: The Atlantic’s record-breaking "crazy" US hurricane season got a bizarre European remake on Friday as forecasters ran out of traditional names and trotted out the Greek alphabet for subtropical storm Alpha. And the geographically misplaced storm promptly sloshed ashore in Portugal.
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The Age
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'Not your job': Superannuation Minister says super funds forget their role
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 18 September, 2020
Assistant Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume has lashed out at industry super funds, saying their role is not to create jobs, rebuild the economy or get involved in the climate debate but to bolster retirement incomes for workers.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Angus Taylor's gas plan deepens policy uncertainty
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 18 September, 2020
The federal government this week laid out an energy policy it claims will satisfy the twin goals of driving economic recovery from COVID-19 and reducing Australia’s emissions.
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Whitehaven blasts wind-up proposal
The Australian
Fri 18 September, 2020
Pure--play coal company Whitehaven Coal has locked horns with activist group Market Forces, accusing it of “misrepresentation” over its claim that the Paris Agreement requires the company to wind up its operations.
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Up creek, can paddle: Rescued river creatures back home after blazes
The Age
Fri 18 September, 2020
In a remote forest stream in East Gippsland swims a solitary Yalmy galaxia fish. She’s female, the size of an adult human finger, with mottled markings on the delicate skin of her back.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Australia cannot wait for climate decision to save Reef: foundation
The Brisbane Times
Fri 18 September, 2020
Australia cannot wait for the world’s politicians to agree on climate change before taking steps to protect its most famous reef from ocean warming, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation's chief executive Anna Marsden warns.
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The Age
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Headway made in subduing US wildfires
The Canberra Times
Fri 18 September, 2020
Crews who struggled just days ago against deadly wildfires raging unchecked across California, Oregon and Washington have now taken the offensive, making substantial progress in subduing the blazes, officials say.
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