Issue date : Wed 7 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 30 Seconds
Number of items : 53
Gas-fired manufacturing to get economy back to work
The Australian
Wed 7 October, 2020
The Morrison government is betting on a “gas-fired recovery” as part of its multibillion-dollar plan to lower carbon emissions and resuscitate the country’s manufacturing sector.
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Big funds to vote against push to fast forward AGL plant closure
The Age
Wed 7 October, 2020
Two of Australia's largest super funds will vote against a shareholder proposal to bring forward the closure of AGL's coal fired Loy Yang power plant in Victoria, despite bolstering their climate policies this year.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Inside the brains of dogs
Cosmos
Wed 7 October, 2020
What are dogs thinking when they gaze into our eyes? No more than when they’re looking at the back of our heads, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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Annual backyard bird count more important than ever
Australian Geographic
Wed 7 October, 2020
The annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count will take place between 19-25 October and there’s never been a better time to get involved.
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IKEA is opening its first second-hand store in a mall that only sells recycled or reused products
Business Insider Australia
Wed 7 October, 2020
This fall, IKEA is opening its first store that will only sell refurbished furniture and sustainably produced products. The second-hand store will open in the city or Eskilstuna, Sweden, specifically in the ReTuna shopping mall, the world’s first “recycles mall,” where everything sold there is refurbished or recycled.
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Federal budget funds Vales Point upgrade and CCS, but snubs EVs
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
A massive deficit, a range of infrastructure investments that the Morrison government hopes will stimulate the Australian economy, and funding for the Vales Point coal fired power station feature in the Morrison government’s Covid-delayed federal budget handed down on Tuesday night.
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‘Our waste, our responsibility’: Australia is banning waste exports
Sky News Australia
Tue 6 October, 2020
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the Coalition is banning the export of plastic, paper, tires and glass waste and modernising recycling to create 10,000 jobs – declaring it’s “our waste” and “our responsibility”.
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The UK wants to power all homes with offshore wind by 2030
Yahoo News
Tue 6 October, 2020
The UK government has promised once again to make a massive investment in offshore wind energy. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the renewable would power every home in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030. “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle, the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands,” he told attendees who, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, were watching the event remotely.
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New Indonesia investment bill angers labour, green groups
Yahoo News
Tue 6 October, 2020
Thousands of Indonesian workers protested Tuesday against a controversial new law which critics fear will favour investors at the expense of labour rights and the environment.
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Analysis: With great growth comes great responsibility
Inside Waste
Tue 6 October, 2020
Long term lockdown led to consumers being more aware of sustainability The Covid-19 pandemic has sent a wave of disruption through the retail industry. While some parts of the sector have been under significant strain, the impact has been a positive one for others.
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Investors are high on clean energy and decarbonisation stocks
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
Back in January, I put together a global renewable portfolio. The list was arbitrary and included auto companies that seemed to me to have a material investment in electric cars and utilities that had decent renewables exposure.
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Brewdog offsets carbon footprint
Food & Beverage
Tue 6 October, 2020
Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has today announced it is the first employer in the world to ensure that all team members will now be carbon negative, just like the business itself. The move comes as BrewDog announced last month that it has taken the unprecedented step to become carbon negative and that it will remove twice as much carbon from the air than it emits every single year, making it the first carbon negative international beer brand in the world.
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Food Processing
BrewDog to double offset employees' carbon footprint
5 Companies Making Big Steps Into The Future Of Sustainable Coffee
GQ Australia
Tue 6 October, 2020
Within living memory, Australia was undoubtedly a tea nation. So much so that entire meals were referred to by the term. Coffee was the libation of refugees, migrants and bohemian types you wouldn’t trust alone with your sister in a dark room. How times have changed. According to research carried out by McCrindle, 27 per cent of us believe we cannot survive the day without coffee’s buzzy pleasures and three quarters have at least a cup a day. That said, in certain instances the brew has had a history as dark as a short black when it comes to environmental and social responsibility.
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World’s biggest wind and solar producer now worth more than ExxonMobil
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
In yet another sign of the pace of the global energy transition – and the massive switch taking place in the investment community – the market value of company that describes itself as the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, US utility NextEra, has overtaken that of what used to be the world’s most valuable company, oil major ExxonMobil.
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Hydrogen next key step to cutting emissions in mining sector, says ARENA
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
Integrating the use of hydrogen in mining operations will be key to achieving the next phase of emissions reductions in the resources sector, including by kick-starting a hydrogen enabled green steel industry in Australia, the Energy and Mines conference has heard.
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BHP sinks over $700m in US oil expansion
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 6 October, 2020
BHP will pay $US505 million ($703 million) for an extra 28 per cent stake in the large Shenzi oil and gas field in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves to increase its exposure to a high-returning venture that is expected to produce strongly over the next 10 years.
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The Australian
BHP oil buy risks climate backlash
New Zealand installs its biggest solar farm, floating on a wastewater pond
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
New Zealand has notched up two solar milestones in one project, with the completion of its first ever floating solar array and the country’s largest PV plant of any type – for now, at least – on top of a wastewater treatment pond on Auckland’s North Shore.
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Providence takes stake in Evergen in potential hydrogen battery deal
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
Australian clean energy investment firm Providence Asset Group has acquired a major equity stake in local energy-tech software business Evergen, injecting $3 million and joining current backers AMP Capital and Artesian as leading shareholders.
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Two is a crowd: Why renewables and nuclear don’t mix, even to cut emissions
Reneweconomy
Tue 6 October, 2020
New research has warned that nuclear and renewables should not be combined in any recipes for effective energy system decarbonisation, with the two generation types likely to crowd each other out and limit their effectiveness when mixed.
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How to disembody your carbon
The Fifth Estate
Tue 6 October, 2020
Alex Herridge is something of an expert on embodied carbon. He works for one of the water utilities in the UK – Welsh Water. Herridge’s job is to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. He’s employed by The Capital Delivery Alliance, a group of six companies (Welsh Water, Skanska, Arcadis, Arup, Morgan Sindall and Mott Macdonald Bentley) that deliver Welsh Water’s £200m per annum capital program. This includes everything from pipelines, treatment works, dams and reservoirs, new builds and refurbishment to demolition.
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'They're not listening': Western Highway trees felled as case returns to court
The Age
Tue 6 October, 2020
Traditional owners fighting to protect thousands of trees along the Western Highway are taking the federal Environment Minister to court for a third time in a move that threatens to further delay the road project, which is already running two years late.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Tasmanian devils returned to mainland as Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky release in Barrington Tops National Park
News.com.au
Tue 6 October, 2020
After what’s believed to be thousands of years, there are once again wild Tasmanian devils living on the mainland of Australia.
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The Daily Telegraph
New type of jumping spider found on Thirroul recycling bin
News.com.au
Tue 6 October, 2020
A former zookeeper has discovered what appears to be a new type of spider as she took the bins out at her home south of Sydney.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
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Don’t be fooled by the black-shouldered kite’s smouldering good looks
Australian Geographic
Tue 6 October, 2020
LIKE AN IMPOSSIBLY attractive assassin created in a Soviet bunker somewhere, the black-shouldered kite is as beautiful as it is deadly. I mean, look at those smoky fox eyes. The coquettish head tilt. That chest of billowing white down you just want to nuzzle your head into. She knows she’s better than us, and who are we to argue?
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Dept backflips on 1080 permits
Farm Weekly
Tue 6 October, 2020
A SHORT-term solution has been reached over the issue of wild dog control permits for Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) after the Department of Biosecurity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) did a "backflip" on its position to sign off on control permits for the next 12 months.
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Feral horses barely affected by summer bushfires, numbers likely climbing again
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 6 October, 2020
Feral horse numbers in the Kosciuszko National Park were barely affected by last summer's bushfires and are probably rising again, adding pressure to delicate alpine ecosystems, new research shows.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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A new thermometer for studying our past climate
Pursuit
Tue 6 October, 2020
Researchers have a new tool to understand our climate history, and how different regions may have responded to past global climate change
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Amazon risks tipping from forest to savanna
The Australian
Tue 6 October, 2020
As much as 40 per cent of the Amazon risks crossing a tipping point from rainforest to savanna as greenhouse gas emissions reduce the rainfall needed to sustain its ecosystem, scientists said on Monday.
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Out Of Home Campaign Melts Away To Highlight Dangers Of Climate Change
B & T
Tue 6 October, 2020
Typically, you’d want your out of home installation to last longer than a few days. But that certainly wasn’t the case with a new outdoor wax campaign that was designed to disintegrate under the hot sun to highlight the perils of inaction on climate change.
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This New Sustainable Tableware Label Is Creating Linen Tablecloths From Deadstock
Broadsheet
Tue 6 October, 2020
Of all the changes borne through lockdown, dining with friends has been one of the silver linings. Where once we rarely held a dinner party or long lunch at home, Australia seems to have embraced the art of a social gathering over home cooking and uncorked bottles among our creature comforts.
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La Nina: Wet summer could lead to a mosquito explosion
News.com.au
Tue 6 October, 2020
La Nina events bring much-needed wet weather and cooler conditions but it also brings out annoying — and at times deadly — mozzies.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Melbourne, Adelaide weather: “Significant” rain event forecast
News.com.au
Tue 6 October, 2020
A “significant” weather event covering seven states and territories is set to bring driving rain, wild winds, felled trees and flooded roads.
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The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
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