Issue date : Wed 23 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
New IAG CEO vows to address climate change risks
Insurance Business
Wed 23 September, 2020
Nick Hawkins, who will replace Peter Harmer as IAG chief executive officer in November, has wasted no time in detailing his plans for the insurance giant – including addressing climate change risks.
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McCain Foods Ballarat sustainability success
Food & Drink Business
Wed 23 September, 2020
McCain Foods Ballarat has recorded a 20 per cent improvement in water efficiency over the past 12 months, as part of its Growing Green and Golden sustainability campaign. It has also reduced waste by 40 per cent and is on track to reduce its energy use by 39 per cent.
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Australia’s first big solar battery discovers highs and lows of energy market
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 September, 2020
The first big battery to be fitted retrospectively to a large scale renewable energy generator in Australia, and the first to be paired with a solar farm, has provided some valuable insights into how battery storage can position itself in the country’s energy markets, and also identified some of the barriers and hurdles.
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There are more horses in the energy race, but are they fast enough?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 23 September, 2020
The new details of the government’s emissions reduction road map announced on Tuesday are sensible, modest and pragmatic, says Frank Jotzo, the head of the Australian National University's centre for climate and energy policy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Newcastle: Leading the way for Australian smart cities
Independent Australia
Wed 23 September, 2020
Newcastle's transformation into one of Australia's leading smart cities should be an inspiration for others to follow suit, writes Paul Budde.
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More than 450 whales now stranded in Tasmania after rescuers discover pod of 200 dead
The Guardian
Wed 23 September, 2020
Rescuers fighting to save a pod of 270 whales stranded in Tasmania’s west have discovered a further 200 whales about 10km away in the same harbour, which all appear to be dead.
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Why boys should be friends with girls
Cosmos
Wed 23 September, 2020
Close friendships can increase the odds of living a long life – not just in humans but also in animals including horses, dolphins, whales, ungulates, rodents and primates.
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Turkey’s public sector still has a lot to prove
The Mandarin
Wed 23 September, 2020
For almost two years now, commuters in Istanbul have been paying for their metro and bus fares using plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The city has been using what it calls “reverse vending machines” located at metro stations and schools to price and recycle materials and transfer their value onto citizens’ travel cards.
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Sugarcane waste-based durable packaging is plastic-free and compostable
Food & Beverage
Wed 23 September, 2020
The amount of plastic waste flowing into the ocean could triple by 2040 as part of the estimated 1.3 billion tons predicted to choke our already strained ecosystem, killing marine life and polluting the land. A recent UK investigation found that microscopic, potentially dangerous plastic particles have become “part of the air we breathe”. But companies and governments can reduce plastic production in time, a new study indicates.
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New sustainably produced wine range from De Bortoli
The Shout
Wed 23 September, 2020
De Bortoli Wines has emphasised its commitment to the environment and sustainability, with the release of the 17 Trees label, comprising three sustainably produced wines.
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Our new model shows Australia can expect 11 tropical cyclones this season
The Conversation
Wed 23 September, 2020
Tropical cyclones are considered one of the most devastating weather events in Australia. But they’re erratic — where, when and how many tropical cyclones form each year is highly variable, which makes them difficult to predict.
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Senate could block $18 billion energy road map due to carbon capture
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 September, 2020
A clash in Parliament threatens to cruel a federal plan to spend $18 billion on energy projects as opponents warn against schemes that promise to bury greenhouse gases in the ground.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Anything but wind or solar: Taylor’s technology plan is “roadmap to nowhere”
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 September, 2020
The complete absence of long-term emissions reduction targets in the freshly launched Technology Investment Roadmap has seen the Morrison government criticised for lacking direction and failing to give investors the confidence they desperately need to support Australia’s energy transition.
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The carbon-cutting technology road map explained
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 September, 2020
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor's technology road map nominates five emerging technologies to help Australia cut its carbon emissions via a series of "stretch goals".
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NSW flood-plain harvesting curbed, setting irrigators up for tighter rules
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 September, 2020
Irrigators in the northern Murray-Darling Basin will face tighter regulation over water they capture during floods after the upper house blocked the Berejiklian government's controversial floodplain harvesting exemption.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Councils muscle up for the climate emergency and planning is on the front line
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 September, 2020
The City of Melbourne declared a climate and biodiversity emergency and now it wants to put its money where its mouth is, mandating minimum sustainability standards. Other major city governments are going down the same path in varying degrees, and 18 years after formation, the Green Building Council is shifting its position and approves. We need to meet our Paris commitments, it says.
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Bolsonaro faces growing pressure to green Brazil economy
Yahoo News
Tue 22 September, 2020
As the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands bruise Brazil's international image, bankers, business executives and even agribusiness firms are calling for a greener economy, adding to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.
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Linfox spends big on ultra-clean Euro 6 Volvo trucks
Prime Mover
Tue 22 September, 2020
One of Australia’s largest transport companies, Linfox, has purchased a sizeable batch of Euro 6 compliant Volvo prime movers that will be used for regional and metropolitan work on the eastern seaboard.
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Coles inks deal with CleanCo to power Queensland operations with solar and wind
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 September, 2020
Australian supermarket chain Coles will soon source nearly all of the electricity for its Queensland stores from locally generated solar and wind, after sealing a deal with state government-owned generator and retailer CleanCo.
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World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 September, 2020
Plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm using the world’s most powerful turbines have been taken up a notch after GE announced its newly upgraded 13MW Haliade-X units would be used for the 3.6GW Dogger Bank project in the UK.
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Is nuclear energy clean?
Energy Matters
Tue 22 September, 2020
The debate over which energy sources are going to be required for the world’s growing needs in the face of dwindling fossil resources is ongoing. While renewable energy sources are being rapidly adopted to meet this rising need, nuclear power is another option that is garnering a lot of support – especially for use in Australia.
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Storage critical as coal plants exit
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 September, 2020
As weather-dependent renewable energy increases and the 24-7 coal power generators of the past gradually shut down, something has to fill in the gaps.
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Storm warning: major projects told to prepare for 'extreme weather'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 22 September, 2020
Australians have named extreme weather as the top priority for new infrastructure planning as the Morrison government prepares a wave of spending on major projects in the October budget.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Hundreds of elephants died in mysterious circumstances. Now we may have an answer
Triple J Hack
Tue 22 September, 2020
Earlier this year, in June, stories of mystery elephant deaths began filtering out of Botswana in southern Africa. The dying animals were said to be weak, emaciated, disorientated and even partially paralysed. A witness saw one stumbling in circles, unable to change direction.
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Marine noise may harm lobsters: study
Yahoo News
Tue 22 September, 2020
Everyday marine noise may be as damaging to lobsters as high-intensity seismic air guns used in underwater exploration, a study has found.
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Be biosecurity aware as you 'Wander out Yonder'
Farm Weekly
Tue 22 September, 2020
WESTERN Australians packing up to 'Wander out Yonder' during the spring school holidays are reminded to take precautions to prevent the spread of pests, weeds and disease.
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Always was and always will be Aboriginal water
Pursuit
Tue 22 September, 2020
If we really care about closing the gap we need a serious discussion about Indigenous water rights and Indigenous voices in water management
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6 ways Australians are reducing food waste
Food & Beverage
Tue 22 September, 2020
With food waste production becoming an increasingly prevalent topic around the world, many Australians are opting for shopping and consumption habits that reduce their food waste as much as possible. Manufacturers need to reflect on the nature of these habits and consider strategies to satisfy the needs of Australians. The process of reducing food waste can be achieved through a variety of approaches, some of which are examined below.
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Heavy rain across Queensland not enough to break drought
News.com.au
Tue 22 September, 2020
While massive falls have created inland rivers in the dry Queensland outback, forecasters say it’s not yet enough to break the drought.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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