Issue date : Thu 22 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Morrison government 'ignored' Climate Change Authority's advice on Covid recovery
The Guardian
Thu 22 October, 2020
The Morrison government has been accused of ignoring advice from one of its agencies that it should use the economic response to Covid-19 to “set Australia up to prosper for generations to come” by directing stimulus spending to measures that also addressed the climate crisis.
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NT government refuses to release energy report
Sky News Australia
Thu 22 October, 2020
The Northern Territory government has refused to release a report detailing the cost and practical steps necessary to achieve its 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
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Vaile tells big banks to back coal if they want government guarantees
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 October, 2020
Whitehaven Coal chairman and former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile ramped up political pressure on the big banks, saying the government guarantees created by the ''four pillars policy'' meant they had a moral obligation to support the nation's biggest industries, including coal.
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The One Centre unveils TrueGreen’s first brand campaign
AdNews
Thu 22 October, 2020
Australian diversified cleantech company, TrueGreen Group has appointed The One Centre to develop a new brand positioning strategy and launch its first brand campaign, Green is Good.
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Rooftop solar and Covid shutdown lead to record lows in Australian electricity use
The Guardian
Thu 22 October, 2020
Australians’ embrace of rooftop solar panels and the Covid-19 shutdown in Victoria have combined to reduce the amount of power being drawn from the national grid, with several states setting record lows for daily large-scale electricity consumption.
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Wind? That’s barely a breeze
Cosmos
Thu 22 October, 2020
Birds can fly easily in winds that would challenge engineered air vehicles of a similar size, and now Lily the British barn owl has revealed how they do it.
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Diabolical design is a puzzle
Cosmos
Thu 22 October, 2020
Now researchers in the US have taken a good look at why the diabolical ironclad beetle earns that name – and the answer is actually a bit of a puzzle.
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Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes flight
Cosmos
Thu 22 October, 2020
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count, run by BirdLife Australia, asks participants to count the number of native bird species they see. The data provides an annual snapshot of Australian birds and can then be used to fill the gaps in knowledge about how different species are travelling by observing their numbers and distribution.
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Satellites put the world's biggest methane emitters on the map
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 October, 2020
Orange and yellow pixels flash over American drilling heartlands around the Gulf Coast, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. Dark red stretches across Middle East and China, while disturbing dots of colour pop up around Greenland's coast. This is the dangerous world of atmospheric methane emissions, one of the most powerful drivers of global warning – and it's visible to the public for the first time.
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Report points to mildest winter in Australia in five years
Insurance Business
Thu 22 October, 2020
Australia has experienced its mildest winter in five years, with warm temperatures and low levels of wind, according to the latest Australian Actuaries Climate Index.
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Coalition says Technology Roadmap emission cuts a ‘projection’, not a ‘commitment’
Reneweconomy
Wed 21 October, 2020
The Morrison government has told Senate estimates that it has not ‘committed’ to achieving the emissions reductions detailed in the recently released Technology Roadmap, saying instead that they are mere ‘projections’ for the outcomes of investments in the government’s preferred technologies.
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Revealed: Shark nets could be removed from Gold Coast beaches under political plan
The Gold Coast Bulletin
Wed 21 October, 2020
Candidates from two political parties want the shark nets pulled up off Gold Coast beaches despite the community’s safety concerns after the recent death of a surfer.
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NT News
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Don't make the CBD the World’s Most Liveable Car Park
The Age
Wed 21 October, 2020
Melburnians have long had a handy list of reasons to choose cars over public transport: poor coverage in outer areas, irregular services, unreliable connections, fear of crime (or perhaps "cooties").
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Throwing trillions at climate policies is sheer folly
The Australian
Wed 21 October, 2020
Promising to spend $US2 trillion ($2.8 trillion) on climate over the next four years, US presidential candidate Joe Biden is taking a path similar to that of politicians from many other rich countries, vowing costly policies to help address global warming. Along with his fellow Democrats, he pledges to end fossil fuels in the power sector by 2035 and cut net US emissions to zero by 2050.
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Stimulating a green change for the red meat industry
Food & Drink Business
Wed 21 October, 2020
Incentives and new technology could help stimulate change in the red meat supply chain to shift towards a green future, a new industry report from Rabobank has found.
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Kerry Group launches new sustainability strategy
Food & Drink Business
Wed 21 October, 2020
Kerry Group has committed to reaching two billion people every day with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030 by expanding its solutions portfolio across the nutrition spectrum.
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Push to convert Victoria into hydrogen energy powerhouse
The Age
Wed 21 October, 2020
Victoria could become a hydrogen energy powerhouse through a 20-year-plan to invest in new technologies and retrofit Geelong's Ford factory to create thousands of jobs.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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No man is an island – even in a future of stand-alone power systems
Reneweconomy
Wed 21 October, 2020
Imagine getting a rebate from your local electricity network to cover the cost of your solar and battery system becoming “islandable” — that is, being able to keep working even when the grid goes down. (Many batteries, and almost all PV systems, currently can not do this.)
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$3.5m extra a shipment but carbon-neutral LNG could take off
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 21 October, 2020
Australia shipped its second carbon-neutral cargo of liquefied natural gas in what some analysts expect will become a big trend as energy users strive towards net zero emissions and producers battle to extend the life of gas in the energy mix.
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Victorian ultra-rapid charging station rollout complete
Infrastructure Magazine
Wed 21 October, 2020
The Horsham site of a new ultra-rapid charging station for electric vehicles is now open, completing the rollout of seven charging stations operated by electric vehicle charging network, Chargefox.
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Paris plans parks, but not for cars
The Australian
Wed 21 October, 2020
Half the street parking spaces of Paris are to be eliminated in the latest move by the city to vanquish cars.
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'Just like a freight train': cicadas' song hints at bushfire bounceback
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 21 October, 2020
Wander in many parts of the Blue Mountains during the daytime and it's likely your ears will soon be ringing with the sound of countless cicadas singing for a mate.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Captive-bred salmon in wild may do more harm than good
Yahoo News
Wed 21 October, 2020
Releasing captive-bred Atlantic salmon into the ocean, a long-standing practice to boost stocks for commercial fishing, reduces the rate at which wild populations reproduce and may ultimately do more harm than good, researchers cautioned Wednesday.
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Conservation plan launches to regenerate Australia
ProBono Australia News
Wed 21 October, 2020
Drones will be used by conservationists to regenerate koala habitat destroyed by the catastrophic summer bushfires in NSW, as part of a new ambitious project aiming to “future-proof” Australia from climate disasters.
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News.com.au
WWF to double koala population by 2050 with Regenerate Australia plan
NT News
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Weekly Times
'It stinks': Botany Bay sewage releases must halt, Thistlethwaite says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 21 October, 2020
Sydney Water is releasing raw sewage into Botany Bay, creating risks for the health of the local community and ecosystems while potentially adding to bird-strike dangers at nearby Sydney Airport.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Current Chernobyl-level radiation harmful to bees: study
Yahoo News
Wed 21 October, 2020
Bumblebees exposed to levels of radiation found within the Chernobyl exclusion zone suffered a "significant" drop in reproduction, in new research published Wednesday that scientists say should prompt a rethink of international calculations of nuclear environmental risk.
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Air pollution costs Europe cities $190bn a year: analysis
Yahoo News
Wed 21 October, 2020
Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs said in research published Wednesday.
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