Issue date : Fri 30 October, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
Nationals threaten retaliation as ANZ goes green
The Australian
Fri 30 October, 2020
The Nationals have threatened to use policy levers against the ANZ in retaliation against the bank’s 10-year climate change strategy.
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Alison Xamon: Labor 'have failed on climate change, they have failed on integrity'
WAToday
Fri 30 October, 2020
The next state election is do or die for the Greens WA. And while parliamentary leader Alison Xamon says the party walks into every election knowing it could win five seats or two seats or none, a landslide for Labor in March 2021 – which has the potential to sweep the Greens entirely out of Parliament – would be "devastating for democracy".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Employees lead demand for better business values
In the Black
Fri 30 October, 2020
The widespread disruption of "business as usual" presents an opportunity for organisations to review and reset business practices, with ethics and values squarely in the spotlight.
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ESG funds outperform Australian sectors
Money Management
Fri 30 October, 2020
Managed funds which are aligned with environmental, social and governance principles have outperformed all Australian sectors over the last three years.
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The industry’s biggest sustainability achievements in 2020
Infrastructure Magazine
Fri 30 October, 2020
ISCA has released its 2020 Impacts Report, showcasing the infrastructure industry’s most remarkable achievements in sustainability and documenting lifecycle impacts and innovations, as well as ISCA’s contribution towards a circular economy.
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Startup roundup: Sustainability in 2020
Inside Retail
Fri 30 October, 2020
How are brands responding to consumers’ need for sustainable products? Three startups responded with a search engine that points shoppers to sustainable fashion alternatives, a no-sweat men’s label that uses sustainable materials, and a rental subscription service for women’s clothing that encourages consumers to utilise pre-loved clothing to ensure each garment has had a complete lifespan from cradle to grave.
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Unboxing ESG in real assets
Money Management
Fri 30 October, 2020
In the midst of a global pandemic, Apple announced its intention to reduce the climate impact of all of its devices to net zero by 2030. As Apple expands and needs more stores, offices and data centres, this will be a monumental task.
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Apollo drops insurance cover for Adani coal mine
Insurance Business
Fri 30 October, 2020
Climate campaigners from Pacific Climate Warriors and the Stop Adani campaign are calling for insurers to drop cover for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – and Lloyd’s of London Syndicate Apollo appears to have listened.
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Where humans go, dogs follow
Cosmos
Fri 30 October, 2020
“Man’s best friend” is the phrase most often wheeled out to describe dogs’ thousands of years as a human companion animal, and a new study reveals details about dogs’ ancestry and their long and complex relationship with us.
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Taste by touch is all in the suckers
Cosmos
Fri 30 October, 2020
An octopus can “taste by touch” thanks to the suction-cup-like suckers along each of its eight tentacles.
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Nature loss means deadlier future pandemics, UN warns
Yahoo News
Fri 30 October, 2020
Future pandemics will happen more often, kill more people and wreak even worse damage to the global economy than Covid-19 without a fundamental shift in how humans treat nature, the United Nations' biodiversity panel said Thursday.
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Coca-Cola to cut virgin plastic use in 2021
Food & Drink Business
Fri 30 October, 2020
Coca-Cola Australia said by the end of 2021, it would reduce its use of virgin plastic by 40,000 tonnes (compared with 2017) by using frozen drink cups and lids made from recycled plastic.
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At-home ways to save money and take care of the environment
ABC News
Fri 30 October, 2020
Growing up, Kim Loo was encouraged by her family to live sustainably and minimise her carbon footprint. But she didn't know it at the time — neither did her parents.
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Zeta kills three, rips across southern US
Yahoo News
Fri 30 October, 2020
Hurricane Zeta has ripped across the southern United States, with strong winds leaving at least three people dead and trail of downed trees and snapped power lines.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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The suburbs hardest hit by Sydney's lengthening storm season
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 October, 2020
Homes in the Hills, upper north shore and Sutherland districts were the hardest hit by storms in Sydney last year, as an insurance expert warns suburban homeowners are not prepared for longer and more devastating storm seasons.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Foreign minister refuses to ‘welcome’ zero carbon pledges, as Australia goes it alone
Reneweconomy
Thu 29 October, 2020
Foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has refused to say if the Morrison government ‘welcomes’ commitments from Australia’s major trading partners to zero emissions by 2050 targets, telling Senate estimates that the government merely ‘acknowledges’ the targets and that they would have no bearing on Australia’s domestic climate change policies.
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Unions push labor back to the 'drawing board' on climate policy
Sky News Australia
Thu 29 October, 2020
Cornerstone Group’s James Cullen has praised a union-lead push to tone down Labor’s anti-coal and anti-gas rhetoric and back down on the more radical elements of the party’s climate agenda.
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Screen Australia slammed by McKenzie
Farm Weekly
Thu 29 October, 2020
NATIONALS Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has called out Screen Australia during a Senate Estimates hearing for allocating $625,000 of taxpayer funds to a documentary entitled Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge.
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Supreme court halts controversial roadworks for three weeks
The Age
Thu 29 October, 2020
Controversial Western Highway roadworks have been halted for three weeks after a Supreme Court hearing was told Djab Wurrung traditional owners believed the removal of culturally-significant trees would contravene the Aboriginal Heritage Act and human rights laws.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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News.com.au
Fight to save sacred Indigenous trees hits Victorian court
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
On the real issues in the Queensland election
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 October, 2020
On the face of it the handling of the pandemic and who might be best to lead the Sunshine State out of the doom and gloom it’s caused is dominating the mainstream coverage of the Queensland election this weekend. But on closer inspection, environmental issues are front and centre in some of the seats that really matter.
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ANZ charts climate course through political storms
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 29 October, 2020
The climate change message from business is becoming more confident and increasingly different in tone from Canberra's message.
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Big investors challenge miners over traditional owner consent
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 29 October, 2020
More than 60 institutional investors, including American giant Fidelity, have written a joint letter to the world's major mining companies suggesting they review the "genuineness" of the consents they have obtained from traditional owners and demanding to know how they are handling cultural heritage risk.
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ANZ's climate policy reveals steps away from coal to support net zero emission by 2050
ABC News
Thu 29 October, 2020
ANZ has released its new climate change policy that will see the bank take steps away from financing thermal coal and towards supporting the transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2050.
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BP hints at near future moves into offshore wind and hydrogen
Reneweconomy
Thu 29 October, 2020
British oil and gas supermajor BP has been making significant headway into the renewable and alternative energy space, and this week the company hinted at further such expansion with plans for the short- and long-term to explore moves in to both offshore wind and hydrogen.
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Indonesian activists slam 'Jurassic Park' plan for Komodo dragon habitat
Yahoo News
Thu 29 October, 2020
Indonesian conservationists have slammed plans to turn the home of endangered Komodo dragons into a Jurassic Park-style attraction, after a viral photo showing one of the giant reptiles sparked an online backlash over the development.
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Funding to protect critically endangered Glenelg River mussels
ABC News
Thu 29 October, 2020
A regional Victorian environmental group is working to secure the future of a critically endangered native mussel after sediment from bushfires in the area threatened the species.
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Giant metallic 'steed' traverses Iceland's threatened glacier
Yahoo News
Thu 29 October, 2020
Instead of a slow slog on snowshoes, a giant bus sweeps passengers at up to 60 kilometres an hour across Iceland's second largest glacier, which scientists predict will likely be nearly gone by the end of the century.
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NSW‘s worst beaches revealed in State of the Beaches survey
News.com.au
Thu 29 October, 2020
A survey of NSW beaches has identified the three worst ocean swim spots in terms of water quality.
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Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
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Fishery, compost, utilities company cough up for waterway pollution
The Mercury
Thu 29 October, 2020
Nearly half of the Environmental Protection Authority’s infringement notice prosecutions in the last financial year were issued to one government business, while a prominent salmon producer paid $40,000 for environmental offences.
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Light pollution's wasted energy seen from space
Yahoo News
Thu 29 October, 2020
An experiment carried out at 01:30 every morning for 10 nights has revealed the main sources of artificial light polluting the night sky.
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