Issue date : Tue 6 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 24 Seconds
Number of items : 40
We estimate there are up to 14 million tonnes of microplastics on the seafloor. It’s worse than we thought
The Conversation
Tue 6 October, 2020
Nowhere, it seems, is immune from plastic pollution: plastic has been reported in the high Arctic oceans, in the sea ice around Antarctica and even in the world’s deepest waters of the Mariana Trench.
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Labor's position on nuclear waste bill means uncertainty remains over South Australian site
The Guardian
Mon 5 October, 2020
Labor will try to amend a government bill so that the federal resources minister has to nominate the site for a nuclear waste dump, despite concerns within the ALP caucus the change could pave the way for the decision to be challenged in court.
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The Advertiser
Plans for radioactive waste dump near Kimba could face roadblock in the Senate
NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The Mercury
'Dishonest and unfair': Liberman family ethical fund in property row
The Age
Tue 6 October, 2020
The billionaire Liberman family’s ethical investment house Impact Investment Group has been accused by investors of acting dishonestly and unfairly over a $70 million property deal in Sydney's Central Park precinct.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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BHP's carbon footprint commitment is a major signal to miners
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 6 October, 2020
Australian mining giant BHP has started down the path to reducing its carbon emissions, setting an absolute emissions reduction strategy for the first time.
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Electric car put to the test in regional and rural NSW
ABC News
Tue 6 October, 2020
More than 60 public electric vehicle charging stations are being built this year around regional New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in a bid to make electric cars a more practical option in regional Australia.
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Sea turtle eggs aren’t always what they seem
Cosmos
Tue 6 October, 2020
Fake sea turtle eggs can help track down illegal traders without doing any harm to the real thing, a rather clever study has shown.
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Floods that hit Italy, France leave nine dead, several missing
9 News
Tue 6 October, 2020
A woman's body was discovered on Monday in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing to at least nine the number of people killed in severe mountain flooding at the border between France and Italy. Up to 20 others were feared missing in the devastation.
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Russian rocket fuel leak likely cause of marine animal deaths
The Guardian
Tue 6 October, 2020
Water pollution in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula that caused sea creatures to wash up dead on beaches has prompted fears that rocket fuel stored in the region’s military testing grounds may have leaked.
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Delhi races to cut pollution on coronavirus warnings
Yahoo News
Tue 6 October, 2020
New Delhi unveiled a slew of plans Monday aimed at reducing the Indian capital's annual toxic smog, as authorities warned the severe pollution could worsen the coronavirus epidemic.
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Australian Bio Fert hope for green light on poultry waste plant
The Weekly Times
Tue 6 October, 2020
An Australian company has found a way to convert chicken waste into fertiliser at a new multi-million dollar plant, but are still waiting for EPA approval. Here’s how they plan to do it.
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Permitted NSW fire-prone clearing doubled
The Australian
Mon 5 October, 2020
The NSW government will more than double the amount of native vegetation that can be bulldozed around fire-prone homes ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.
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WA announces big battery project
Utility Magazine
Mon 5 October, 2020
The Western Australian Government is exploring the opportunity for the development of a big battery to strengthen Western Australia’s power system, and has released the Request for Information process for the construction and commissioning of the battery, which is expected to create 100 jobs.
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Our world is facing irreversible destruction – and still there's no urgency in Australian climate policy
The Guardian
Mon 5 October, 2020
For Australians, the national trauma of fires burning through 18 million hectares of bushland earlier this year is raw and ongoing. But since then the US west coast and Siberia have also burned. China, Bangladesh, India and parts of Africa have suffered catastrophic flooding. Death Valley recorded possibly the highest ever temperature on Earth, at 54.4C. In February the Antarctic temperature rose above 20C for the first time. In March the Great Barrier Reef suffered its third mass bleaching in five years. In June it was 38C inside the Arctic Circle.
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Cross-sector leaders unite to push for climate action
ProBono Australia News
Mon 5 October, 2020
A group of community sector heavy weights have been assembled to lead a new climate initiative aiming to set Australia’s economy and society up for future success.
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Exxon’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents
Yahoo News
Mon 5 October, 2020
(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has been planning to increase annual carbon-dioxide emissions by as much as the output of the entire nation of Greece, an analysis of internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg shows, setting one of the largest corporate emitters against international efforts to slow the pace of warming.
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Risk list goes viral as climate change slips out of focus
Insurance News
Mon 5 October, 2020
Infectious diseases and the global pandemic have soared up the ranks in Axa’s latest survey of most pressing global risks, with COVID-19 triggering a dramatic jump in health concerns to first place from eighth, knocking climate change from the top spot.
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AC versus DC: Why Australia should re-think its network plans
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 October, 2020
The Australian National Electricity Market is a complex, sophisticated, manually operated electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and wholesale network situated predominantly on the East Coast of Australia.
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Graph of the Day: NSW renewables hit record high of 50.2 per cent
Reneweconomy
Mon 5 October, 2020
New South Wales joined Australia’s renewables record breaking spree over the weekend, with a combination of mostly solar and wind energy delivering more than half of the state’s electricity needs for the first time.
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WestConnex sandstone lays foundation for new Western Sydney Airport
Infrastructure Magazine
Mon 5 October, 2020
Sandstone removed from below Sydney’s WestConnex is being repurposed to construct sections of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, including construction of the runway.
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Alarm at quarry plan for Arthurs Seat bushland
The Age
Mon 5 October, 2020
Mornington Peninsula residents have sounded the alarm over plans for a large quarry in Arthurs Seat bushland they fear could destroy valuable wildlife habitat, including that of koalas, on the fringes of Melbourne.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Wildfires raze dozens of homes in New Zealand
Yahoo News
Mon 5 October, 2020
Wildfires have destroyed up to 50 homes in New Zealand, authorities announced Monday, saying it was a miracle no one was hurt as "a wall of orange" razed most of a remote South Island village.
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The Australian
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Hope of quicker fix for reeking tip riling residents in city's west
The Age
Mon 5 October, 2020
A unique trial to cool reeking underground waste at a troubled landfill in Melbourne's west has showed promising results and may offer hope to residents, including some who say the smell has become so intolerable that they are considering selling their home.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The plan to turn your recycling into Sydney's roads and footpaths
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 5 October, 2020
A blueprint for helping turn recycled waste into material for roads and footpaths has been shared with NSW councils in a push to create a circular economy and reduce landfill.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Melbourne weather: Snow falls in Victoria just a day after 37C heatwave
News.com.au
Mon 5 October, 2020
It has snowed in Victoria just a day after a spring heatwave saw parts of the state reach almost 40C, with more “unsettled” conditions forecast.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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