Issue date : Tue 20 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 39 Seconds
Number of items : 43
Clean Energy Finance won't lower financial hurdles for carbon capture
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 20 October, 2020
The head of the federal government's $10 billion "green bank" says any carbon capture and storage (CCS) project it may back would need to be commercially viable and provide a return, signalling a challenge for projects to meet funding criteria.
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DPIPWE gave salmon farm giant Tassal green light to trap seals
ABC News
Tue 20 October, 2020
Newly released documents reveal a Tasmanian government department gave aquaculture giant Tassal a permit to keep up to 20 trapped seals in empty salmon pens, at the same time as the department was investigating allegations the company broke the law by doing exactly that.
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SA mining and energy strategy to open up north and create 28,000 jobs
The Advertiser
Tue 20 October, 2020
Build it and they will come – the energy issue is fixed, now we need water to power up mining. A new strategy seeks to put in place the building blocks for investment and thousands of jobs.
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Nuclear power never delivered on its promise, but will solar?
The Canberra Times
Tue 20 October, 2020
The International Energy Agency attracted attention recently when executive director Fatih Birol declared that solar would be "the new king of electricity markets." Long known for its conservative view of renewables, the IEA's latest Global Energy Review marked a radical change. Instead of growing slowly over time, solar (along with wind and other renewables) is now seen as meeting all new electricity demand, with coal set for a sharp decline.
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Forrest-backed green cattle company in super seaweed first
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 20 October, 2020
Andrew Forrest-backed FutureFeed has taken the first step in reaping what is expected to become a rich royalty flow from a CSIRO-developed seaweed product found to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cattle to near zero while making them grow faster.
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This is how universities can lead climate action
The Conversation
Tue 20 October, 2020
Universities are vital hubs of research and teaching on climate change. As large organisations, they also have significant emissions, which contribute to our climate crisis. Universities should therefore lead global action to limit climate change. How best can they do this?
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Insurers on guard as Australia prepares for La Niña
Insurance Business
Tue 20 October, 2020
From late 2019 to early 2020, Australia experienced its worst bushfire season in history. Now, insurers must prepare for claims related to flooding as La Niña picks up steam and is expected to match the 2010 to 2012 event.
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Shifting impact investing from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’
ProBono Australia News
Mon 19 October, 2020
The Australian impact investing scene has moved beyond the “why this matters” conversation and now needs to translate good intentions into action, advocates say.
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The green future of red meat supply chains
Food & Beverage
Tue 20 October, 2020
The growing focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world is driving a shift in the red meat sector, and it will be the market – rather than regulators – motivating change, according to a newly-released industry report.
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H&M launches long-awaited Australian venture
Ragtrader
Tue 20 October, 2020
Launching with a focus on sustainability and transparency, customers will be able to easily find the origin of a product, the countries it was produced in and the suppliers and factories where it was made on the website.
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Major global hydrogen hub proceeds in the Pilbara
Energy Magazine
Mon 19 October, 2020
The Western Australian Government has granted environmental approval for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, a globally significant renewable energy project in the Pilbara.
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High stakes for Earth's climate future in US vote
Yahoo News
Mon 19 October, 2020
The United States presidential election will be "make or break" for the planet after four years during which Donald Trump frustrated global efforts to slash emissions, climate experts warn, fearing his re-election may imperil the world's chances of avoiding catastrophic warming.
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ASX200 advance climate targets
Financial Standard
Mon 19 October, 2020
More of Australia's top 200 companies are implementing strategies in response to climate change, new research shows.
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ClimateWorks highlights leaders in net zero ambitions
The Fifth Estate
Mon 19 October, 2020
Local government councils have been extremely proactive with their emissions reductions commitments, with five of the 57 councils assessed already meeting the gold standard, according to ClimateWorks’ Net Zero Momentum Tracker.
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Ausgrid, United accelerate network push into community battery storage
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 October, 2020
Two of Australia’s biggest network operators – Ausgrid and United Energy – have outlined plans to invest in community-scale battery storage in moves that will boost the grid’s capacity to absorb more rooftop solar, and also put network companies on a collision course with the major energy retailers.
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Queensland urged to switch public schools, libraries and hospitals to solar
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 October, 2020
The installation of rooftop solar on Queensland’s public buildings, including public libraries, schools and the state’s prisons, could provide a significant boost to the state’s solar capacity, according to new analysis published by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).
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Australian invented hydrogen storage for homes and businesses hits the market
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 October, 2020
Australian-based venture LAVO, a university spin-off that has developed an innovative hydrogen-based energy storage system for homes and businesses, is one step closer to commercialisation, announcing that the technology is now ‘commercially-ready’ and will soon start taking orders for the first systems.
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California issues first tender for long-duration storage to support wind and solar
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 October, 2020
Eight Californian California Community Choice Aggregators – representing local municipalities – have taken the first step in delivering long-duration storage for the state, issuing a procurement request for up to 500MW with eight to 16 hours of storage to come online by or before 2026.
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Cogati will have “chilling effect” on renewables investment, warns CEC
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 October, 2020
The Clean Energy Council has warned against the introduction of electricity network transmission access reforms proposed by the Energy Security Board, arguing that they risk increasing the cost of new renewables projects, raising electricity costs, and stifling new investment.
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Energy Networks Australia announces 2020 Industry Innovation Award winner
Energy Magazine
Mon 19 October, 2020
Energy Networks Australia has revealed the winner of the 2020 Industry Innovation Award. SA Power Networks took the win for its Advanced Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Grid Integration Trial. The award recognises the distribution network’s national leadership in the design and application of ground-breaking technology supporting Australia’s customer-focused energy transition.
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Fitbit for cities: New technology to monitor health of Sydney suburb
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 19 October, 2020
It has been likened to a Fitbit fitness tracking device for cities: Dozens of environmental sensors scattered throughout a residential development under construction in north-west Sydney will monitor noise, temperature and air quality data to ensure the suburb is cool, clean and quiet.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Hot Western Sydney schools lacking shade
7 News
Mon 19 October, 2020
School children in Western Sydney may not be able to spend any time outdoors in future due to lack of adequate shade options and unbearable heat.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Swarms of seed-planting 'sky tractors' may one day rewild the planet
Triple J Hack
Mon 19 October, 2020
Climate change can seem daunting, but part of the solution is relatively straightforward: stop clearing trees and start planting them. While new ways of generating electricity or storing carbon draw hype and funding, 'rewilding' is one of the cheapest and most effective strategies, studies have found.
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Update your spring wardrobe without buying anything new
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 19 October, 2020
In the words of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, this will be a summer like no other. And though he was probably talking about the glee with which Melburnians, and Australians generally, will flock to beaches and sporting events, the same can be said for our wardrobes.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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