Issue date : Tue 13 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 24 Seconds
Number of items : 40
Is Mathias Cormann a good fit for the OECD?
The Canberra Times
Tue 13 October, 2020
Mathias Cormann, constitutional monarchist, Jesuit trained, gave his maiden speech in 2007. In accord with the times, the speech referred to clean energy and the challenges of climate change. There was nothing about coal. But Cormann seemingly changed his views or was unable to propagate them. He now accommodates the passions of his conservative colleagues who praise fossil fuels and who continue to believe in lower taxes and ever smaller governments.
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IFM pledges to go carbon-free, but not in scope 3 emissions
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 13 October, 2020
Industry super-owned investment giant IFM Investors has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, joining a growing list institutional investors and major companies aligning their operations with the Paris Agreement goals.
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Creating fuel from thin air with artificial leaves
Yahoo News
Tue 13 October, 2020
The sun produces more than enough energy for human activities, but we still can't capture enough of it, points out Erwin Reisner, energy and sustainability professor at Cambridge University.
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Focus on people to put a value on nature
Cosmos
Tue 13 October, 2020
Our reliance on nature’s dwindling resources has become ever more palpable as human activities cause ecosystems and biodiversity to crumble.
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Five incredible sustainability predictions for the next five years
News.com.au
Mon 12 October, 2020
IBM Research announces annual 5 in 5: five significant innovations in science and technology that could change the world within five years.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
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Australian government aware of reports Chinese companies 'given notice' to stop importing coal
SBS World News Australia
Mon 12 October, 2020
International commodity news outlets reported on Monday that several Chinese power companies had been given an order to stop importing Australian coal, amid ongoing tensions.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Chinese companies given 'verbal notice' to stop importing Australian coal
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
The Guardian
China reportedly orders halt to imports of Australian coal
Senate inquiry delivers a mixed message for insurers
Insurance News
Mon 12 October, 2020
A politically divided Senate inquiry into the last bushfire season has delivered an interim report which notes the importance of disaster mitigation while delivering a few backhanders to the insurance industry along the way.
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Labor’s budget response: $20 billion to rewire the grid
Energy Magazine
Mon 12 October, 2020
The Federal Opposition has responded to the Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget, outlining a plan to invest $20 billion in rewiring the electricity grid to allow Australia to adapt to changing energy markets and become a renewable superpower.
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Environmental probe into AGL's floating gas terminal bid
The Age
Tue 13 October, 2020
Expert evidence on the environmental effects of AGL’s proposed floating gas terminal at Western Port says emissions from the $250 million project could be far greater than the energy giant has estimated.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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$553bn pension giant Calpers puts pressure on boards over climate change
The Australian
Mon 12 October, 2020
One of the largest pen­sion funds in the world has flexed its mus­cles with Aus­tralian cor­po­rates on cli­mate is­sues, heap­ing pres­sure on the na­tion’s big­gest min­ing and en­ergy com­pa­nies to take ac­tion
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Australia’s sustainable investing landscape continues to thrive
ProBono Australia News
Mon 12 October, 2020
Experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated investor appetite for sustainable investing in Australia, as new research reveals promising performance results from sustainable funds during the volatile start to the year.
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Leadership spills spell new era: RIAA
Financial Standard
Mon 12 October, 2020
Responsible Investment Association of Australasia chief executive Simon O'Connor has said executive leadership spills at major Australian corporates are heralding in a new era of ESG accountability.
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FRV lands “green loan” to finance 90MW solar project in NSW
Reneweconomy
Mon 12 October, 2020
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) says it has secured a “green loan” from ING to provide all of the borrowing needs for the 90MW Sebastopol solar farm that it is about to build in NSW.
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A ridiculously huge new solar farm just came online in China
The Mandarin
Mon 12 October, 2020
The Chinese economy has suffered as a result of the pandemic, but one sector that’s forging full-steam ahead is energy. Last week saw the opening of a massive new solar farm — the second-largest in the world — in the northwest province of Qinghai.
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Council’s ‘game-changing’ sewage treatment
Government News
Mon 12 October, 2020
Logan City Council is claiming an Australian-first after converting human waste to energy at its largest wastewater treatment plant.
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Massive SA renewable energy projects kick off
Energy Matters
Mon 12 October, 2020
Construction has commenced on two renewable energy projects near Port Augusta, in South Australia, worth $670 million combined.
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Finally, evidence that NABERS works well in Oz…but what about the UK?
The Fifth Estate
Mon 12 October, 2020
Carbon reduction in buildings is critical in responding to the climate emergency, and a new academic paper reflects on the success of the NABERS energy performance rating scheme and investigates whether or not it will find similar success overseas, especially in the UK, as it has in Australia.
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Treeshrews love spicy food and can’t get drunk
Australian Geographic
Mon 12 October, 2020
Many humans gravitate towards food that has a kick, but this is (understandably) a complete anomaly in the animal kingdom.
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The schoolgirl who would save the world
The Age
Mon 12 October, 2020
Sometimes, you just get lucky. A friend of Nathan Grossman’s, who had consulted Greta Thunberg’s family about a fictional film he was writing about climate change, rang to tell him this 15-year-old activist was planning a sit-in outside Swedish Parliament in two days’ time and that, as a documentary filmmaker, he might get something interesting if he went along.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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9 Sustainable Swimwear Brands You Need To Know About
GQ Australia
Mon 12 October, 2020
As the days lengthen and thoughts of sand and sun begin to percolate in the national consciousness - appropriately socially distanced please - we are also forced to contemplate the very health of the body of water we are diving into. At least we should. Many Australian urban beaches are cleaner than they’ve ever been and an increasing number of sunscreen manufacturers are eschewing the oxybenzones that cause reef damage.
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BOM's severe weather outlook signals wet summer ahead, with flooding and more cyclones likely
ABC News
Mon 12 October, 2020
The Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather outlook suggests there is an increased risk of flooding this summer in the east and north of Australia as the La Niña makes its presence felt.
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The Mercury
Climate change, La Niña system to cause extreme weather across spring and summer months: BOM
The Geelong Advertiser
The Courier Mail
NT News
Yahoo News
La Nina to bring more cyclones, floods
The Canberra Times
News.com.au
Australia weather: La Nina brings more risk of cyclones and summer floods
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
God's work, or man's? Storm-battered Louisianans are unsure
Yahoo News
Mon 12 October, 2020
Daniel Schexnayder has water up to his ankles as he stands outside, surveying damage to his home inflicted by Hurricane Laura six weeks before Louisiana was pummeled by a second storm, Delta.
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