Issue date : Fri 25 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
Kean taps 'fearless' ACCC executive to head NSW's environment watchdog
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 25 September, 2020
A former senior Australian Competition and Consumer Commission executive will head NSW's pollution watchdog as Environment Minister Matt Kean vowed to hold "dodgy individuals and organisations to account".
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Reframe 'energy week' as the global problem it is
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 25 September, 2020
What's going on globally in climate and energy should be keeping directors, senior management and shareholders of energy intensive companies awake at night.
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Turn off the bleating hot-air mob — time to turn up the gas
The Australian
Fri 25 September, 2020
Imagine the ancestors of the gas-phobic left, sitting around an uncooked carcass of a giant wombat, priding themselves on their refusal to rub two sticks together as they await the arrival of the next big thing — the thermo-sealed pyrotechnic oven.
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Cooking the books on Liddell and energy policy
Reneweconomy
Fri 25 September, 2020
“Here’s one I prepared earlier.” It’s a line that has largely disappeared from TV as cooking shows have become competitive rather than informative.
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The lone fund standing by Whitehaven Coal
Money Management
Fri 25 September, 2020
The ongoing debate over fossil fuels and climate change is having a drastic impact on Whitehaven Coal as its share price tumbles below $1 but one fund remains a loyal holder of the company.
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China's net-zero goal to send coal, oil demand diving
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 25 September, 2020
China's "monumental" announcement that it is targeting carbon neutrality by 2060 has cemented in place a permanent downward track for coal demand in the country and points to a peaking in the use of oil there as early as 2025, according to Bernstein Research.
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Property data firm partners with climate risk specialist
Money Management
Fri 25 September, 2020
Property data company, CoreLogic, has formed a partnership with climate risk modelling specialist and reinsurer Munich Re to help measure the impact of climate change on individual properties in Australia and New Zealand.
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Preparing critical infrastructure for disaster events
Energy Magazine
Fri 25 September, 2020
The Disaster Management Virtual Conference was held on Wednesday 23 September, marking week 4 of the Critical Infrastructure Summit. Disaster Management was an important conference for the Summit and for Australia’s critical infrastructure sector in general. Last year no one could have predicted the extent of the disaster events the country would have to face in 2020.
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The rat pack gets the job done
Cosmos
Fri 25 September, 2020
Rats work well in teams, it seems. A new study suggests rodent groups outperform individuals in searching for a target, even when they have limited ability to communicate or share information.
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Gold Coast student climate change activist Narii Hamill Salmon to join #FundOurFutureNotGas rally in Varsity Lakes
The Gold Coast Bulletin
Fri 25 September, 2020
Gold Coast students are holding a protest at a Federal MP’s office today – but there’s a catch.
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The Mercury
Angus Taylor’s power grab for clean energy funding
Reneweconomy
Thu 24 September, 2020
After spending years trying to abolish Australia’s leading public funder of renewable energy research and emerging technologies, the Coalition government is planning a new approach, exerting unprecedented power grab over the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, including co-opting clean energy funds to prop-up the fossil fuel sector.
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Mark Butler rows back remarks dismissing gas as Labor divisions exposed
The Guardian
Thu 24 September, 2020
The shadow climate minister, Mark Butler, has walked back an observation that gas won’t underpin Australia’s prosperity in the 21st century after the remarks triggered a fresh round of consternation within Labor – including pushback from union leaders.
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'The idiot for Hunter': Labor colleagues trade insults in energy split
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 September, 2020
Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus branded his fellow shadow cabinet member Joel Fitzgibbon "the idiot for Hunter" in a heated caucus meeting that has exposed a growing divide within the ALP over its energy policy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Hunter region coal cities join national climate network, shift to solar and EVs
Reneweconomy
Thu 24 September, 2020
Seven out of 10 local governments in New South Wales’ coal producing heartland, the Hunter Valley, have signed up as members of Australia’s largest local government climate network, the Cities Power Partnership, after three new councils signed up to the initiative.
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South Australia government to announce large increase in hazard-reduction burns
Sky News Australia
Thu 24 September, 2020
The South Australia government will announce on Friday a substantial increase in hazard-reduction burns across the state as part of a plan to double investments in bush-fire safety.
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China pledge, Biden win would bring climate goals closer: scientists
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 24 September, 2020
London | A potential change in US leadership, combined with China's ambitious new emissions-cutting plan and a European "green recovery", could get the world two-thirds of the way to meeting its climate goals if pledges are met, scientists said on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).
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China aims for “climate neutrality” before 2060 in landmark pledge
Reneweconomy
Thu 24 September, 2020
In what many are declaring to be a landmark pledge for climate action, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced during a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China would aim to peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality “before 2060”.
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UK can be 'Saudi Arabia of wind power' - PM
Yahoo News
Thu 24 September, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to make a "big bet" on renewables, turning the UK into the "Saudi Arabia" of wind power.
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On why the V shaped recovery in sustainability is coming fast
The Fifth Estate
Thu 24 September, 2020
John Hewson former Liberal leader is starting to change his tune on climate change: he’s becoming more optimistic. Christiana Figueres, the global climate powerhouse of negotiation, agrees. And so does business.
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Why ignoring biodiversity loss is an increasingly risky business
The Canberra Times
Thu 24 September, 2020
Last September, fires had already begun burning in Queensland and New South Wales. The human, ecological, and economic impacts of Australia's Black Summer were unprecedented, and will continue to unfold in years to come.
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Woolworths pledges to cut emissions as investor pressure mounts
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 September, 2020
Supermarket giant Woolworths has become Australia's first corporate retailer to have its emission reduction goals endorsed by an independent, UN-backed body amid rising pressure from investors for companies to take climate action seriously.
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The Age
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WAToday
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Initiative to standardise corporate net-zero targets established
The Fifth Estate
Thu 24 September, 2020
Corporates are on notice. To achieve science based net zero targets their goals must align with warming of no more than 1.5°C and they must neutralise their impact of residual by removing an equivalent amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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Carbon capture vital but needs huge investment: IEA
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 24 September, 2020
Carbon capture and storage is the only technology that can cut emissions in industrial sectors such as cement production that have no other alternative but a huge increase in investment is required to help meet climate goals, the International Energy Agency has advised.
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Exit from fossil fuels quickens after California, China signal shift
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 September, 2020
California's plan to ban new sales of fossil-fuel cars and China's first target for net zero carbon emissions are the latest signs that global climate action is beginning to accelerate, analysts say.
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Alcoa unveils industry-first low-carbon alumina
Australian Mining
Thu 24 September, 2020
Alcoa has expanded its alumina offering to produce the industry’s first low-carbon, smelter-grade brand, EcoSource.
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Why do pilot whales sometimes crash-land ashore?
Lens
Thu 24 September, 2020
This week, the usually quiet spot of Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast became the scene of what may be Australia’s largest whale stranding. About 470 long-finned pilot whales came ashore, and despite rescue efforts by volunteers and Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service, almost 400 of them have died.
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Bilbies return to northwest corner of NSW
7 News
Thu 24 September, 2020
Bilbies are returning to desert in the northwest corner of NSW for the first time since they were declared extinct in the state over a century ago.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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US wildfires taint west coast vineyards with taste of smoke
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 24 September, 2020
Turner, Oregon | Smoke from the US west coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of America's most-celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavour that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage.
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Last year 80,000 students marched for the climate. In COVID-19, they're trying something different
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 24 September, 2020
School students made headlines last September when they skipped class and took to the streets by the thousands to demand action on climate change. Principals and politicians were divided over their protests, but what followed were some of the largest demonstrations in Australia's history.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Melbourne, Canberra weather: ‘Rare’ winter-like blast not seen for 18 years
News.com.au
Thu 24 September, 2020
The blast of polar air set to hit south eastern Australia over the coming days is expected to deliver maximum temperatures that haven’t been this low during September for almost two decades.
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