Issue date : Tue 22 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
Emissions reduction plan won’t help jobless: Labor
News.com.au
Tue 22 September, 2020
The Federal Government’s new energy plan will not create jobs fast enough to help Australia get out of its deep recession, Opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler warns.
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Gas is not the answer to our power costs
The Australian
Tue 22 September, 2020
In 2016 all the lights went out in South Australia, the first time that had happened across an entire Australian state since the 1960s.
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Money talks, BS walks: It’s global comedy hour, with a special Australian segment
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 September, 2020
In the end you just had to laugh. There were so many dramatic statements made last week about electricity it really was a cluster f***. I’ll get into some of them in a minute, more for what they say about agenda driven forecasting, rather than anything else. However, the article that really made me choke on my Saturday breakfast was an interview with Matt Howell , CEO of the Tomago aluminum smelter, as quoted in the AFR.
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Technology roadmap delays climate action by denying rapid deployment
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 September, 2020
I’ve said it too many times this year, but I have to say it again: outright climate denial is no longer a threat. People who say they’re acting on climate, but don’t behave that way at all, are the main group responsible for struggles to eliminate emissions.
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Climate roadmap for our pragmatic Prime Minister
The Australian
Tue 22 September, 2020
Mindful of the heavy political blood already spilled on the altar of climate change policy, there is an opportunity for a pragmatic, right-leaning prime minister such as Mr Morrison to cut through
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How much fear will it take for us to act on climate change?
SBS World News Australia
Tue 22 September, 2020
Climate experts predict that a two-degree rise in the earth’s temperature would cause major cities to become unlivable and heatwaves to kill thousands each year. So how can we use fear to motivate climate action, without it bubbling over into anxiety?
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Zurich offers support for reforestation
Insurance Business
Tue 22 September, 2020
With the impacts of climate change being felt more and more each year, the need for reforestation projects has arguably never been more important and urgent.
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Coles Queensland: Stores to use renewable energy from 2022
News.com.au
Tue 22 September, 2020
Coles supermarkets in Queensland will undergo a major change in 2022, with the supermarket chain signing a major 10-year deal this week.
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One third of the whales stranded off Tasmania's coast have died, authorities say
ABC News
Tue 22 September, 2020
About a third of the 270 pilot whales stranded on a sandbar on Tasmania's West Coast have died, rescuers say.
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Botswana says it has solved the mystery of mass elephant deaths
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 September, 2020
Gaborone: Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Funnel-webs don’t mean to hurt us
Cosmos
Tue 22 September, 2020
Australia’s funnel-web spiders are deadly to humans – particularly the males from the species Atrax robustus that calls Sydney home – but how they evolved to do this has been a mystery.
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Hydrogen rises as road map shuns 'mature technologies'
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 21 September, 2020
Hydrogen, batteries, green steel, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon have been identified by the federal government as the five top- priority, low-emission technologies it will aim to develop over the next decade.
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Prices remain high, volumes low in latest Emissions Reduction Fund auction
Reneweconomy
Mon 21 September, 2020
The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has secured its largest purchase of emissions abatement in almost three years, but it has not yet shaken off questions about the fund’s ability to deliver sufficient emissions cuts to meet the Morrison government’s 2030 targets.
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EOIs open for renewable hydrogen precinct
Energy Magazine
Mon 21 September, 2020
The Western Australian Government has opened expressions of interest (EOI) for the greenfields Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) near Geraldton, which has been identified as a potential globally competitive renewable hydrogen precinct.
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The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it
The Conversation
Mon 21 September, 2020
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor is on Tuesday expected to outline the Morrison government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement, plotting Australia’s way forward on climate action. It’s likely to include “negative emissions” technologies, which remove carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air.
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Don Mackay on sustainability: Why we talk to everyone
Farm Weekly
Mon 21 September, 2020
When Don Mackay reflects on his time as Independent Chair of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC), he is proud of the industry working together to tackle the big challenges that could impact its long-term viability and prosperity.
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'It's your day job': AGL's carbon bonus under fire
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 21 September, 2020
AGL Energy chief executive Brett Redman shouldn't be paid high bonuses for reducing emissions at the country's biggest carbon emitter because that is just part of his "day job", fund managers have been told by a key proxy adviser.
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AMP Capital sells clean energy company
Financial Standard
Mon 21 September, 2020
AMP Capital is selling off its entire stake in a European provider of clean energy solutions for an undisclosed figure.
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Fire and flood resilience project gets insurers’ backing
Insurance News
Mon 21 September, 2020
Insurers have applauded the Minderoo Foundation’s newly released blueprint for lifting Australia to be the global leader in fire and flood resilience by 2025.
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World's top companies urge action on nature loss ahead of UN talks
SBS World News Australia
Mon 21 September, 2020
More than 560 companies with combined revenues of $5.5 trillion have signed a joint statement demanding governments help them do more to combat climate change while supporting healthy ecosystems and human wellbeing.
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Fonterra goes full steam ahead on pellet fuel
Food Processing
Mon 21 September, 2020
Fonterra announced the move to renewable energy at the beginning of the year, with the site previously using a mix of coal, gas and electricity to process milk. The cooperative has now managed to complete the decarbonisation project at its Te Awamutu site, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
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Shell looks to slash oil and gas costs as it moves to renewables
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 21 September, 2020
London | Royal Dutch Shell is looking to slash up to 40 per cent off the cost of producing oil and gas, in a major drive to save cash so it can overhaul its business and focus more on renewable energy and power markets, sources told Reuters.
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Industry welcomes clean energy funding
Energy Magazine
Mon 21 September, 2020
Energy industry stakeholders have welcomed the Federal Government’s proposed new funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
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Finding the powerful owl
Cosmos
Mon 21 September, 2020
The powerful owl (Ninox strenua) is Australia’s largest owl. With big yellow eyes and an impressive wingspan of up to 140cm, they’re a fabulous sight if you’re lucky enough to see one. However, getting a glimpse at these birds is no easy task; despite their size, the powerful owl is quite the hide-and-seek expert.
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Australia to get 25 million trees to help recover from last summer's bushfires
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 21 September, 2020
Greening Australia and the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will begin a project to plant 25 million trees on degraded landscapes in what will be one of the nation's largest-ever privately funded restoration projects.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Microsoft details its plan to become ‘water positive’ by 2030
Yahoo News
Mon 21 September, 2020
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans to become carbon negative by 2030. But the company isn’t just looking at its emissions. Today, it unveiled its plan to be “water positive” by 2030, too. By that, Microsoft means it will replenish more water than it consumes.
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Gas companies are abandoning their wells to leak methane forever
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 21 September, 2020
The story of gas well No. 095-20708 begins on November 10, 1984, when a drill bit broke the Earth's surface four miles (six kilometres) north of Rio Vista, California. Wells don't have birthdays, so this was its "spud date". CO²
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