Issue date : Wed 14 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
‘Devastating’: The Morrison government cuts uni funding for environment courses by almost 30%
The Conversation
Wed 14 October, 2020
There has been much attention on how the Morrison government’s university funding reforms will increase the cost of humanities degrees. But another devastating change has passed almost unnoticed: a 29% cut to funding to environmental studies courses. This is one of the largest funding cuts to any university course.
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Opinion: UN's timely reminder on food waste
Food & Drink Business
Wed 14 October, 2020
On 29 September, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation invited the global community to observe the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, a timely reminder of our responsibility as global citizens to help reduce food waste in any way that we can.
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Investors lead push for Australian business to cut emissions more than government forecasts
The Guardian
Wed 14 October, 2020
Major investors and super funds will lead a push for the private sector to make much deeper cuts in national greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 than planned by the Morrison government, including setting a target based on what scientists say is necessary.
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The Australian Financial Review
$850b 'climate league' commits to cutting emissions
Our cities are full of parks, so why are we looking to golf courses for more open space?
The Conversation
Wed 14 October, 2020
The recent opening of a golf course to the public in the inner north of Melbourne caused a flurry of excitement. Since then, thousands of visitors have explored the expanse of manicured rolling greens, fairways and rough. Under COVID restrictions that require Melbournians to stay within 5km of their homes, access to a very large and beautiful open space has provided welcome relief from the well-worn tracks up and down local creeks and around local ovals.
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Humans are disrupting predator diets
Cosmos
Wed 14 October, 2020
Predators living near people are getting up to half their food or even more from human sources, US researchers have discovered.
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More fuel in the fight against mosquitoes
Cosmos
Wed 14 October, 2020
In two new studies, scientists report that they have reinvigorated an insecticide commonly used to kill malaria vectors and are learning what humans taste like to one of the world’s most annoying insects.
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Planet Ark & APCO Encourage Aussies to check it! Before you chuck it to recycle right
B & T
Wed 14 October, 2020
This week, Planet Ark, in partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and supported by the Australian Government, have launched Check It! Before You Chuck It, a new national consumer awareness campaign to educate Australians about sustainable packaging and inspire positive recycling behaviours.
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IPhones won't come with headphones or power adapters in the box from now on
Yahoo News
Wed 14 October, 2020
That drawer full of bad headphones and extra power adapters for your phone won't get any more cluttered if you decide to pick up a new iPhone 12. Apple will no longer include those items in the box, part of a redoubled effort to reduce its environmental footprint.
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We need better weather warnings
Cosmos
Wed 14 October, 2020
More than 11,000 disasters have been attributed to weather, climate and water-related hazards over the past half century, involving two million deaths, yet one in three people around the world are still not adequately covered by early warning systems.
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Higher power prices a risk under government gas plan, expert warns
The Age
Tue 13 October, 2020
Energy experts warn electricity prices will rise and private investment in energy projects will fall if the federal government delivers its plan to support private gas projects.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Planned changes to CEFC investments ‘dangerous’, former CEO says
Reneweconomy
Tue 13 October, 2020
The former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has slammed the Morrison government plans to open up the investment fund to fossil fuel projects, telling a Senate inquiry that plans for the agency to invest in ‘dirty deals’ were dangerous.
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'An apocalyptic list': Pezzullo says climate change, pandemics warrant security rethink
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 October, 2020
One of Australia's most senior public servants has warned the threats of extreme weather, climate change and pandemics require the country to think differently about how to secure itself.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Australia’s United Nations sustainability ranking drops
The Weekly Times
Tue 13 October, 2020
Australia has slipped down the UN’s sustainability leader board, flagging a huge opportunity to adjust the way rural industries report their clean, green credentials.
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Wastewater, chlorine concerns for Western Port marine life
The Age
Tue 13 October, 2020
Energy giant AGL's application to discharge wastewater and chlorine from a proposed floating gas terminal into the sea in a conservation area is the first of its kind in Victoria, an environmental inquiry has been told.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Palaszczuk Government announces climate action plan
The Courier Mail
Tue 13 October, 2020
The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will deliver a major new plan to tackle climate change in Queensland. But there were a few details missing.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
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WA’s Whole of System Plan forecasts renewable generation on the rise
Energy Magazine
Tue 13 October, 2020
The Western Australian Government has launched the state’s first Whole of System Plan (WOSP), giving a 20-year forecast on the future of the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), which shows a huge increase in renewable generation.
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Banks told to stop backing fossil fuels
7 News
Tue 13 October, 2020
The UN secretary-general has urged development banks to stop backing fossil fuel projects, after a report found the World Bank has invested $US12 billion ($A17 billion) in the sector since the 2015 Paris agreement to combat climate change.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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How the UK’s secret defence policy is driving energy policy – with the public kept in the dark
The Fifth Estate
Tue 13 October, 2020
The UK government has for 15 years persistently backed the need for new nuclear power. Given its many problems, most informed observers can’t understand why. The answer lies in its commitment to being a nuclear military force. Here’s how, and why, anyone opposing nuclear power also needs to oppose its military use.
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Renewables held back by haphazard government policies
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 October, 2020
The NSW government’s decision to speed up approvals for a second pumped hydro power station is another sign that low-carbon technology is transforming the energy sector faster than many expected. The $1 billion pumped hydro plant supported by Alinta Energy would back up about $2 billion of renewable solar and wind energy, supplying zero-emission electricity for about 770,000 people in NSW.
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AFL to sever ties with Rio Tinto over Indigenous sacred site blast
The Age
Tue 13 October, 2020
The AFL has decided to part company with Rio Tinto, a sponsor of the league's Indigenous pathway programs, over the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old Indigenous sacred site in the Pilbara.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Climate change policy on the agenda
Farm Weekly
Tue 13 October, 2020
WAFARMERS members and industry stakeholders met to discuss and workshop a climate change policy for the organisation, based on its members' feedback late last month.
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Food the trailblazer on road to recovery: Anthony Pratt
The Australian
Tue 13 October, 2020
Anthony Pratt has urged the food and beverage industry to support the government’s recovery roadmap, while warning climate change is the sector’s greatest threat.
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Senex Energy has no carbon neutral plans, set to expand Roma North
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 13 October, 2020
East coast gas developer Senex Energy says it will not be following industry peer Cooper Energy's move to offset all its direct carbon emissions at this stage, declaring it is not ready to make that kind of announcement.
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Infrastructure Capital joins Engie in major renewables investment push
Reneweconomy
Tue 13 October, 2020
Australia’s Infrastructure Capital Group has snapped up a majority share in a major new solar and wind energy investment platform in partnership with French renewables giant Engie and Japanese trading house Mitsui.
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$28m battery factory proposed for Tomago
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 13 October, 2020
Energy Renaissance will build a $28 million battery manufacturing facility on the NSW central coast, paving the way for the company to become Australia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturer.
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Old king coal has surrendered to solar, says global power report
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 October, 2020
Solar power has been declared "the new king of electricity" by the International Energy Agency in its annual energy outlook report, which finds it is already cheaper than power generated by new coal and gas developments in most countries and is providing, "some of the lowest-cost electricity ever seen".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Time’s up for shoddy building code compliance
The Fifth Estate
Tue 13 October, 2020
Sustainable built environment body ASBEC has put its foot down on the lack of compliance with the building code.
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Australians suffering a recycling crisis-of-confidence
Inside Waste
Tue 13 October, 2020
A recent study, Community Attitudes to Waste and Recycling by Pact Group, revealed that 81 per cent of Australians are not confident they recycle everything effectively.
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