Issue date : Thu 15 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Austria boosts climate spending despite virus hit
Yahoo News
Thu 15 October, 2020
Austria will devote 17 billion euros ($20bn) to greening its rail network despite a historic budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced Wednesday in its 2021 budget.
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The ACT needs a calm, clear plan to get off gas
The Canberra Times
Thu 15 October, 2020
Many Canberrans will be familiar with the ACT government's target of zero emissions by 2045, a policy that the ALP, Liberals and Greens all signed up to. All three parties also support keeping the ACT at 100 per cent renewable electricity, now that we have achieved this target by leveraging our electricity purchasing power. But despite this clear agenda to decarbonise in the ACT, new homes and developments are still being connected to the gas network.
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Tasmanian wineries increase focus on sustainability
The Shout
Thu 15 October, 2020
Wine Tasmania’s VinØ (‘vin zero’) Program is a detailed resource that helps wine producers in the state measure, benchmark and improve their management and sustainability practices.
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How tardigrades survive in India
Cosmos
Thu 15 October, 2020
Tardigrades have always been known for their toughness, but now it seems they might be able to share a superpower.
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Sahara actually has quite a few trees
Cosmos
Thu 15 October, 2020
A surprising new study has revealed that there are more than 1.8 billion trees and shrubs in the Sahara and Sahel regions of West Africa.
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A new attempt to get water from the air
Cosmos
Thu 15 October, 2020
US and Korean researchers say they are a step closer to developing a practical way to extract drinkable water directly from the air, even in dry regions.
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Earth breaks September heat record, may reach warmest year
9 News
Thu 15 October, 2020
Earth sweltered to a record hot September last month, with US climate officials saying there's nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe's hottest year on record.
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Global emissions fall faster than at any time on record as COVID-19 hits economies
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 October, 2020
Global greenhouse gas emissions have dived at a faster rate than any time since records began as the coronavirus crushes demand for travel and other energy uses, a team of international researchers has found.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The world is deciding on a post-covid energy pathway, and Angus Taylor isn’t ready for it
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 October, 2020
The recent release of the International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) has just been released – all 450 ish pages of it. The IEA – once set up to represent the oil industry, but now trying hard to shake off that history – has finally turned the big ship around and has taken a small step towards joining the rest of us.
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Energy minister vows to spruik gas sector
Yahoo News
Wed 14 October, 2020
The nation's energy minister has vowed to the gas sector that he will continue telling Australians the importance of the industry.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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More renewable generation shown in WA’s Whole of System Plan
Utility Magazine
Wed 14 October, 2020
Western Australia’s recently published Whole of System Plan (WOSP) has provided a 20-year forecast on the future of the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), indicating a significant increase in renewable generation.
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Australia must prepare now for climate-related disasters or pay more later, insurance regulator says
The Guardian
Wed 14 October, 2020
Australia’s banking and insurance regulator has estimated the country should be spending about $3.5bn a year to limit damage from climate-related natural disasters, warning the cost of responding to them after the fact is likely to be 11 times greater.
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The Australian Financial Review
APRA says $3.5b investment in climate resilience needed
Investors back push for stronger climate action
ProBono Australia News
Wed 14 October, 2020
A group of Australian investing and super fund heavy weights are coming together to push for bolder action on climate change, aiming to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
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Vanguard launches new ESG offerings
Financial Standard
Wed 14 October, 2020
Vanguard Australia has launched a new Australian shares ETF with an ESG focus, adding to its range of ethical investment options.
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Fortescue urged to front MPs after two days of 'damning' evidence to Juukan Gorge inquiry
The Guardian
Wed 14 October, 2020
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group should appear sooner rather than later before a parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of Juukan Gorge after two days of “quite damning” evidence from traditional owners regarding the company’s conduct in the Pilbara, the inquiry’s chairman has said.
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CCS to help get gas out of the 'sin bin'
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 14 October, 2020
Santos' carbon capture and storage project at Moomba is already one of the most competitive worldwide and costs can likely fall by a further 50 per cent, according to chief executive Kevin Gallagher, who says the venture is also critical for employment and as a pathway to hydrogen production.
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$28m lithium-ion battery factory to be built in Tomago
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 14 October, 2020
Energy Renaissance, Australia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturer, announced today that it will build Renaissance One, a new $28 million battery manufacturing facility in Tomago.
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Zoo on the endangered list
The Australian
Wed 14 October, 2020
An Australian couple is battling to save PNG’s only nature park and its vulnerable species as coronavirus takes its toll.
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Great Barrier Reef corals have more than halved in past 25 years, study shows
The Guardian
Wed 14 October, 2020
Corals on the Great Barrier Reef have more than halved over the past 25 years, according to a study that prompted scientists to again warn the world-famous landmark will become unrecognisable without a sharp reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
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New view of Tweed Valley’s attraction
Cosmos
Wed 14 October, 2020
Australia’s Tweed Valley region, in northern NSW, boasts world-class surf breaks and sub-tropical rainforest – and according to new research, it is also the perfect natural laboratory to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.
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Vales Point coal plant fined just $30,000 for dumping toxic pollution
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 October, 2020
Lawyers at Environmental Justice Australia have slammed a “paltry” fine imposed on the Vales Point coal-fired power station, saying the NSW Environmental Protection Agency had failed to hold the power station accountable for toxic pollution that was spread on site.
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