Issue date : Tue 29 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Q+A examines whether China's goal to be carbon neutral by 2060 could hurt the Australian economy
ABC News
Tue 29 September, 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced his nation's goal is to be carbon neutral by the year 2060, but that signals potential economic pain for Australia, Q+A panellists have said.
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QBE to anchor Save the Children's social impact investment fund
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 September, 2020
QBE is an anchor investor for a new social impact fund set up by non-profit Save the Children that will invest in innovations in education, e-health and fintech.
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QBE commits to UN Global Compact
Insurance Business
Tue 29 September, 2020
One of the biggest names in Australia’s insurance industry has joined the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
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'Our rivers are poisoned': Residents raise Rio Tinto human rights claims
The Age
Tue 29 September, 2020
More than 150 Bougainville residents are petitioning the Australian government to investigate Rio Tinto over claims its failure to clean up millions of tonnes of waste from its former copper mine on the island has caused severe environmental damage and human rights violations.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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IFM Investors strikes $2.9b renewables venture
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 September, 2020
IFM Investors' global head of infrastructure Kyle Mangini says the economics of renewable energy now "really stack up" after the investment group teamed up with commodities trader Trafigura Group to target $US2 billion ($2.9 billion) of global wind, solar and power storage projects.
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Bold energy plan from eucalyptus oil
Farm Weekly
Tue 29 September, 2020
KALANNIE potentially could become a showpiece for a national energy plan under a proposal by Kochii Australian Eucalyptus Oil to repower the Wheatbelt town by burning oil mallee biomass waste from its distillation operation there.
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Food for thought: edible public spaces
Architecture and Design
Tue 29 September, 2020
Food is a central part of culture, and at a fundamental level, we also need it. However, food production can be quite removed, even absent, from our daily lives, with much of the population living in urban areas far from distant agricultural regions.
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Samples taken from stranded Tas whales
Yahoo News
Tue 29 September, 2020
It is hoped samples taken from pilot whales involved in Australia's largest mass stranding can be used to shed light on why beachings occur.
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The Canberra Times
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New wildfires scorch wine country in northern California
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 29 September, 2020
San Francisco: Northern California's wine country was on fire again on Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already badly scorched region, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes in the dark of night.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Circular truth
Cosmos
Tue 29 September, 2020
Fairy circles – regularly spaced, round patches of bare soil surrounded by grass – are one of nature’s greatest enigmas and most visually stunning phenomena.
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Super enzyme hailed as anti-pollution hope
The Canberra Times
Tue 29 September, 2020
A so-called "super-enzyme" that eats plastic could be "a significant leap forward" in finding solutions to tackle the pollution crisis, scientists hope.
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The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Extreme summer ahead: Premier warns of flood, fire in coming months
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 September, 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the state to brace for extreme weather conditions over coming months, with floods potentially posing the biggest threat.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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China changes the game on climate action, for renewables and for coal
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 September, 2020
China’s newly announced commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 is set to be a game-changer, both for a renewables industry that will be tasked with an unprecedented roll-out of new wind, solar and storage capacity, as well as the fundamental shift it represents in the geopolitical environment of international climate change negotiations.
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MetLife commits to 30% emission reduction
Investor Daily
Mon 28 September, 2020
MetLife has committed to shrink its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2019 levels, originate $20 billion in green investments and allocate $5 million to develop products and partnerships that drive climate solutions.
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AMGC backs biotech start-up to develop commercial manufacture of algae
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 28 September, 2020
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has co-funded an industry project with Queensland based biotechnology start-up Provectus Algae. The project aims to develop and scale-up the commercial manufacture of algae used to produce various compounds for a variety of sectors.
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Black coal generation hits new low, as wind and solar reshape Australian grid
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 September, 2020
The re-shaping of Australia’s main grid continues apace, with black coal generation setting a new record low in the National Electricity Market, and the combined output of wind and solar matching the combined output of brown coal, black coal and gas on Saturday.
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Why Australia’s hydrogen industry should be renewables only
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 September, 2020
Leading environmental group WWF Australia has published a new ‘position paper’ on hydrogen, which outlines why the technology presents such an enormous economic opportunity for Australia, but also why it needs to be based around renewables rather than fossil fuels.
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Western Power launches flexibility services trial
Utility Magazine
Mon 28 September, 2020
In conjunction with a number of WA business customers, Western Power has launched a flexible energy services trial to assess ways to accommodate the growing amounts of rooftop solar into the electricity network.
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New Zealand’s parliament goes solar, schools to phase out coal boilers
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 September, 2020
New Zealand’s parliament building – known as the Beehive – is set to enjoy the benefits of solar power, as well as an improvement in energy efficiency measures, as part of a NZ$2.4 million (A$2.23 million) initiative.
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Ports Australia pioneers world-first sustainability strategy guide
Infrastructure Magazine
Mon 28 September, 2020
In a world-first, Ports Australia has published the Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide to provide Australian ports with a systematic and robust approach to sustainability.
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How 'Team Lioness' is fighting poaching in Kenya
SBS World News Australia
Mon 28 September, 2020
Team Lioness is one of the first all-woman park wardens in Kenya, made up of a group of 8 Maasai women, they use their local knowledge in conservation efforts in Amboseli National park all while defying social norms in the process.
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The new kid's book raising awareness around koala conservation
7 News
Mon 28 September, 2020
Koalas are cute, cuddly and need our support more than ever. At least 30,000 of the species have been wiped out across the country due to this year’s bushfires, and Queensland’s koala population has declined by 50 per cent in the last decade.
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African cattle: Scientists identify new genetic traits
Farm Weekly
Mon 28 September, 2020
SCIENTISTS have revealed of a new set of detailed genetic traits in African cattle that provide heat and drought tolerance, control inflammation and tick infestations, and resistance to devastating livestock diseases including trypanosomiasis.
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A warming climate’s impact
Cosmos
Mon 28 September, 2020
Over the past decade ClimateWatch has made some important contributions to understanding the phenology of Australian flora and fauna, and having just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, the citizen science project shows no signs of slowing down.
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Australian research delivers expanded smoke taint toolkit
The Shout
Mon 28 September, 2020
Australian researchers have recently completed a range of projects spanning three-and-a-half years which aims to reduce losses from smoke-impacted fruit and wine by assessing a range of treatments and developing early stage predictions of smoke taint risk.
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Need for better seafood labels and tighter laws — AMCS
Food Processing
Mon 28 September, 2020
Marine conservationists say that threatened and endangered fish species are ending up on our dinner plates in Australia, following a University of Queensland study, which highlights that endangered species continue to be fished in oceans around the world despite being threatened with extinction.
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La Nina event tipped to be declared, points to stormy, wet times ahead
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 September, 2020
The Bureau of Meteorology is expected to declare a La Nina event is under way in the Pacific, underscoring climate influences that point to a wetter than usual end to 2020 across northern and eastern Australia.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Temperature soars across Victoria just days after snow
News.com.au
Mon 28 September, 2020
Just days after experiencing rare spring snowfall, parts of Victoria are expected to top more than 30C this week.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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