Issue date : Mon 5 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
A dose of climate realism about China’s carbon pledge
The Interpreter
Mon 5 October, 2020
In 2009 China was blamed for destroying the Copenhagen conference on climate change, leaving the world with no successor to the Kyoto Protocol. In 2015, along with France and the United States, its leadership helped make the Paris Agreement a reality. And in 2020, China is the first major greenhouse emitter to commit to a goal of carbon neutrality this century – by 2060, with emissions peaking in 2030.
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EU's carbon clock starts ticking for Australian companies
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 5 October, 2020
London | Australian companies have been urged to start preparing now for the European Union’s carbon border tax in 2023, or else risk getting caught up in a potential fracturing of the world trade system.
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The long road to corporate transparency
ProBono Australia News
Mon 5 October, 2020
Nicholas Bernhardt knows that corporations can make money, responsibly. As the CEO of Informed 360, he’s fighting for a world where all corporations operate responsibly. He’s this week’s Changemaker.
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Aussie tech gurus driving local, low-cost solar panel breakthrough
The Age
Mon 5 October, 2020
An Australian startup that developed breakthrough solar technology to supply households with cheaper, more efficient rooftop panels has secured federal government support to develop a commercial production process and local manufacturing.
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WAToday
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CleanCo signs new deal with Neoen for big wind farm near Cairns
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 October, 2020
Queensland government owned utility CleanCo has signed another deal with French renewable energy developer Neoen, this time for a 157MW wind farm south-east of Cairns that will form the basis of what will be called the Kaban Green Power Hub.
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Hydrogen vs electrification: Why ENA’s Gas Vision is a house of cards
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 October, 2020
The Gas Vision 2050 update study recently released by Energy Networks Australia and several gas industry organisations states (page 9) “Net-zero emissions can be reached with hydrogen at half the cost of electrification.”
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Can we dig it? How electrification will drive Australia’s next economic boom
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 October, 2020
Countries around the world are searching for post-Covid 19 economic stimulus and jobs. With an expected $184b+ hole in Treasury’s pocket Down Under, there has never been a better time for Australia to hitch its economic wagon to the fast flowing currents of the electrification trend – and there has never been a more important time to learn the lessons of history.
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The Sydney suburbs that hit 50C last summer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 5 October, 2020
Sydney's hottest area reached temperatures above 50 degrees across several locations on three separate days last summer, according to Western Sydney University researchers urging authorities to put in place new heatwave measures for the upcoming season.
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The Age
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WAToday
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News.com.au
New data shows Sydney suburbs reached temperatures over 50C last summer
The Australian
The Herald Sun
Sydney to drop 10 degrees in 24 hours
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 5 October, 2020
Sydney will experience a 10-degree drop over the next two days, with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees on Monday to be replaced with a cool change.
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‘Major gaps’: no state meets national environment standards
The Age
Sun 4 October, 2020
State and territory governments should make major reforms to their environmental laws and increase compliance regimes to meet the national standards, new research has found.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Nuclear power: A gargantuan threat
Independent Australia
Sun 4 October, 2020
At the start of 2020, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight — the closest to midnight, doomsday, since the clock started in 1947.
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Changing economy and climate hit Austria's Alpine pastures
Yahoo News
Sun 4 October, 2020
With tender care, Sepp Rieser adorns the bulky heads of his reluctant cows with flower wreaths, adds some more fir twigs, and adjusts the large bells around their necks.
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Welcome to the fang club: new spider species found in backyard
The Age
Sun 4 October, 2020
Discovering a new animal species – isn’t that only done by intrepid scientists in far-flung places such as the Amazon rainforest? Apparently not, because a civilian has found a new species of spider on a backyard bin in New South Wales.
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WAToday
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'Sustainability is sexy': Aussie activewear brand's eco mission
Yahoo News
Sun 4 October, 2020
If the first thing that pops into your head when you think ‘eco-friendly fashion’ is a shapeless, sack-like garment made of brown hemp then, well, once upon a time you’d probably be right.
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Anthony Albanese tells Labor MPs to keep off the gas
The Australian
Sat 3 October, 2020
Anthony Albanese has instructed his MPs to not take a position on the Narrabri gas development, with resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon defying the Labor leader’s edict by backing the NSW government’s approval of the $3.6bn project.
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The politics behind Xi's big green promise for China
Yahoo News
Sat 3 October, 2020
Xi Jinping's vow to snuff out emissions by 2060 completes a diplomatic pirouette that moves China to the heart of the global green agenda, wrong-foots the US and cuddles up to Europe's climate advocates in one nimble step.
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What if nature has the means to beat climate change itself
The Australian
Sat 3 October, 2020
There is a big “what if” buried at the heart of Climate Change: The Facts 2020. What if nature has a special way of using the sun, cosmic rays, water vapour and clouds to regulate the temperature of the planet. What if these processes have already been explored but too hastily dismissed? Do they deserve a closer look?
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Want an awesome life? Meet an octopus and watch yourself shrink
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 3 October, 2020
Octopuses have often been likened to creatures from other planets, or galaxies. They can morph into almost any shape, colour and texture; they squirt ink, jet-propel water, squeeze into tiny bottles, can unfurl long capes or inflate into circus tents, can recognise humans (one dumping water on people it didn’t like) and unscrew jars with their tentacles.
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The ecological impact of fences
Cosmos
Sat 3 October, 2020
Humans have swamped the planet with fences, but there is a gaping hole in knowledge about their ecological impact – an issue scientists are now drawing attention to.
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Sydney's Redleaf Beach contaminated by sewage from nearby blocked toilet
ABC News
Sat 3 October, 2020
Beachgoers have been evacuated from the water at Redleaf Beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs after sewage was detected in the water.
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News.com.au
Parts of Bronte and Redleaf beaches closed due to sewage contamination fears
The Australian
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Weekly Times
Perthnow
The Herald Sun
7 News
Sydney beaches closed after sewage contamination fears
Thomas King, CEO of Food Frontier, 24
The Australian
Sat 3 October, 2020
Thomas King, CEO of ‘future food’ think tank Food Frontier, on why he’s championing alternatives to meat.
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Hunter can lead a renewable revolution
The Newcastle Herald
Fri 2 October, 2020
This week Beyond Zero Emissions briefed more than 70 investors representing an estimated $150 billion in private capital who are looking for projects in regional Australia - including the Hunter - to invest in.
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Looking under the green bonnet
Money Management
Fri 2 October, 2020
As more and more assets are added to funds focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG), it is unsurprising firms want to capitalise on this theme. But without a clear classification system in place, it can be difficult to distinguish whether a fund is actually providing a positive impact.
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