Issue date : Tue 27 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Coalition's $100m scheme to fund recycled products has spent no money
The Guardian
Tue 27 October, 2020
A $100m scheme to fund the manufacturing of products from recycled plastics and paper has not used any of its funding, nor supported any initiatives, since it was unveiled by the Morrison government ahead of the 2019 election.
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Australia’s carbon customers ramp up escape plans, but Morrison isn’t listening
Reneweconomy
Tue 27 October, 2020
Japan announced on Monday it had committed to a new ‘carbon neutrality’ target by the year 2050. Like China’s recent ‘net zero by 2060’ announcement, there are plenty of details that are yet to be forthcoming – details that will truly tell us whether these ambitions will have immediate changes, or whether they’re hollow promises.
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Destruction of Appin koala habitat a disgrace
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 27 October, 2020
They are a small population of Australian natives, living not far to the south of birrrabirragal, Sydney Harbour, clinging to existence and living off the land precisely as they have since the days of the Dreamtime. Never, however, have they faced so many threats to their mere survival as right now. Just last summer, whole populations just like theirs were wiped out by the bushfires. Others have fallen victim to developers, disease, and feral cars. Still they hold on, blithely unaware of the forces at play as to whether they live or die.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Global trade linked to resource insecurity
Cosmos
Tue 27 October, 2020
The global economy and international trade are aggravating water, land and energy insecurity and this is taking a disproportionate toll on supply chains and remote nations, according to the first comprehensive analysis of its kind.
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A catalyst for faster, cheaper biodiesel
Cosmos
Tue 27 October, 2020
Australian and British researchers have developed a new, low-cost way to make biodiesel from used cooking oil and agricultural waste.
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The citizen scientists tracking Canberra's frogs
The Canberra Times
Tue 27 October, 2020
As the sun sets at a pond in Canberra's north, a cackling, drill-like sound starts. It's the call of the Peron's Tree Frog.
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New school of thought on how fish swim
Cosmos
Tue 27 October, 2020
Do fish save energy by swimming in schools? New technology suggests the answer to this old question is yes.
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No one skips leg day quite like the red-naped trogon
Australian Geographic
Tue 27 October, 2020
BECAUSE WHILE you can’t argue with those beautiful colours (some might say the bright blue face is a bit much), you’re looking at the bird with the lowest ratio of leg muscle to body weight in the world.
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Bioplastic Just as Toxic as Traditional Plastic, Study Finds
Gizmodo Australia
Tue 27 October, 2020
A new study suggests that bioplastics — plastics that are made from biological material instead of from petroleum and/or are engineered to be biodegradable — contain as many toxic chemicals as conventional plastic.
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Dangerous storms could hit Qld, northern NSW as residents told to prepare for summer season
News.com.au
Tue 27 October, 2020
Triple threat storms are expected to ravage southeast Queensland and northern NSW on Tuesday and Wednesday, as forecasters warn this is a taste of what summer will look like.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
'Devastated': Anger after 'culturally significant' tree cut down at highway site
The Age
Mon 26 October, 2020
A towering yellow box widely referred to as the Djab Wurrung "directions tree" has been cut down and removed from the site of the controversial $157 million highway duplication between Buangor and Ararat, north-west of Melbourne.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Japan's Yoshihide Suga sets 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality
SBS World News Australia
Mon 26 October, 2020
Japan, which has become more reliant on coal following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, is promising to become carbon neutral a decade ahead of China.
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Xi's big carbon promise on the table as China's leaders meet
Yahoo News
Mon 26 October, 2020
China's Communist leadership will discuss Xi Jinping's ambitious carbon neutral pledge in talks that began Monday on the country's economic strategy for the next five years.
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Critical mineral developers banking on Biden green energy shift
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 26 October, 2020
Washington | Critical minerals and rare earth miners, including an Australian-listed US lithium developer, are eyeing a potential Joe Biden administration with growing enthusiasm after his campaign signalled support for domestic production of electric vehicles, solar panels and energy storage.
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Carbon credits might explain Musk's lithium push
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 26 October, 2020
Vertical integration – in which a single business handles every stage of production – seems pretty outmoded. But Tesla, the world’s most valuable carmaker, has little use for conventional wisdom.
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Joe Biden quiet on his ‘grand climate schemes’
Sky News Australia
Mon 26 October, 2020
Joe Biden has been pretty quiet about his “grand climate schemes” and his intentions with the oil and gas industries until it “all got flushed out” in the final presidential debate, according to Chris Kenny.
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Fonterra launches sugarcane milk bottles in New Zealand
The Weekly Times
Mon 26 October, 2020
Fonterra have rolled out new eco-friendly packaging for some of its New Zealand products. See what they are using instead of plastic, and if it’s coming to Aussie shelves.
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The Courier Mail
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Clean energy investors slam AEMC’s proposed network access reforms
Reneweconomy
Mon 26 October, 2020
A group of Australia’s leading clean energy investors has slammed the Australian Energy Market Commission’s continued efforts to push controversial reforms to transmission network access, saying they will stall new wind and solar investment and ultimately lead to higher electricity prices for consumers.
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Australia’s largest solar farm reaches major milestone
Energy Magazine
Mon 26 October, 2020
Western Downs Green Power Hub, the largest solar farm in Australia, is now officially owned by Neoen, as the company completes financial close on the sale.
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Adelaide’s pioneering hydrogen plant in final stages
Energy Magazine
Mon 26 October, 2020
Adelaide’s pioneering hydrogen production plant, Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), is now in the final commissioning stages, and is set to supply industry, starting with the regional city of Whyalla.
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Large-scale grid battery headed for Western Sydney
Energy Magazine
Mon 26 October, 2020
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $11.5 million in funding for TransGrid’s construction of a 50MW/75MWh large-scale, grid-connected lithium ion battery at its Wallgrove substation in Western Sydney.
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$2m wheat power partnership to fight climate change
Food Processing
Mon 26 October, 2020
Initially piloted by Mars Petcare in 2017, the Cool Soil Initiative is now welcoming major Australian manufacturers Kellogg’s and Manildra Group, as well as a Charles Sturt University research team, to form a collaborative Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) project with a $2 million commitment to help grow the program over the next three years.
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Fukushima water release could change human DNA, Greenpeace warns
9 News
Mon 26 October, 2020
Contaminated water that could soon be released into the sea from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains radioactive carbon with the potential to damage human DNA, environmental rights organisation Greenpeace has warned.
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The shocking reason KitKat is changing its logo
Yahoo News
Sun 25 October, 2020
As part of its “Give the Planet a Break” campaign, KitKat will temporarily change its logo to the recycling symbol after it uncovered that nearly half the population don’t know how to recycle properly.
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Landslide forces Sydney residents to evacuate as wild weather lashes coast
News.com.au
Mon 26 October, 2020
Sydney has been plunged into chaos after severe weather swept through the state, causing flash flooding and triggering a landslide at a remote walking trail in the city’s north.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Herald Sun
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