Issue date : Thu 5 November, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 18 Seconds
Number of items : 39
Bushfire royal commission warns of ‘alarming disaster outlook’
The Strategist
Thu 5 November, 2020
In its final report issued last week, the Royal Commission into Australia’s National Natural Disaster Arrangements warns of an unprecedented, increasing and unavoidable threat to Australia from climate change, requiring a ‘fundamental shift in strategic thinking about national natural disaster risk management’.
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Whatever happens in the US elections, the work ahead does not change
ProBono Australia News
Thu 5 November, 2020
If there is one thing we know from the story of humanity’s response to the climate change emergency so far, it is that this is not a smooth thing. The big polluting vested interests have effectively frustrated what should have been a smooth incremental global transition. Instead, shocks and setbacks are epic. Some are human – the election of advocates for coal, oil and gas; others are in nature – when severe climate damage lands, and feedback loops are triggered.
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Keep Left Wins GreenCollar Account
B & T
Thu 5 November, 2020
The win builds on Keep Left growing portfolio of clients in the environmental, sustainability and renewable energy space and reflects a deep interest in supporting brands with a strong purpose.
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Accessing infrastructure sustainability data
Infrastructure Magazine
Thu 5 November, 2020
Sustainability, infrastructure and construction market professionals now have access to the latest sustainability data on a range of InfraBuild, Liberty Primary Steel and ARC steel products with the release of updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
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The Somali man who has a scorpion named after him
Yahoo News
Thu 5 November, 2020
If you were going to have a creature named after you then a scorpion may not be your first choice, but Ahmed Ibrahim Awale believes the Pandinurus awalei will serve as an inspiration to budding Somali scientists.
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How crown-of-thorns starfish get around
Cosmos
Thu 5 November, 2020
Marine time-lapse photography has given scientists more clues to the movements and habits of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp) that might help efforts to hinder their obliteration of coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific.
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Gentoo penguins are four species, not one
Yahoo News
Thu 5 November, 2020
Scientists are calling for a shake-up of the penguin kingdom, saying the gentoo penguin is four species, not one.
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Massive iceberg threatens remote penguin sanctuary
Yahoo News
Thu 5 November, 2020
The world's biggest iceberg is on a collision course with a remote South Atlantic island that is home to thousands of penguins and seals, and could impede their ability to gather food, scientists told AFP Wednesday.
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Volcanoes that just kept on giving
Cosmos
Thu 5 November, 2020
A volcanic province in the Indian Ocean was the most continuously active in the world, erupting for 30 million years, according to Australian and Swedish geologists.
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Urban golf courses are biodiversity oases. Opening them up puts that at risk
The Conversation
Thu 5 November, 2020
High demand for green space under COVID restrictions led councils in Melbourne to temporarily open golf courses to non-golfers and fuelled public calls to “unlock” or repurpose them permanently. However, this must be done carefully because many golf courses are oases of biodiversity in Australian cities. If more people visit golf courses, increased disturbance of wildlife is just one of the results that may be incompatible with their nature conservation values.
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In search of a better way with plastic
Cosmos
Thu 5 November, 2020
Plastic has permeated every corner of the planet, from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, from the stomachs of whales to the rock strata itself.
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Greens accused of 'treachery' after urging Korea to put tariffs on Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 4 November, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has accused Greens leader Adam Bandt of treachery after he urged South Korean MPs to impose a carbon tax on Australia to punish its fossil fuel exports.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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SA drives renewable opportunities
Utility Magazine
Wed 4 November, 2020
The South Australian Government has unlocked a suite of renewable opportunities with the signing of a ten-year energy supply contract, and the launch of its new hydrogen prospectus.
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Biden as president would pursue climate ‘cheaters’ – and Australia could be among them
The Guardian
Wed 4 November, 2020
Whether Donald Trump loses or wins the presidential election, the US will officially withdraw from the Paris agreement on Wednesday. The US intention to withdraw was announced in mid-2017 and, exactly one year ago, formal notification was sent to the United Nations. It caps off four years of winding back climate action and the systematic dismantling of pollution safeguards across the country.
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Whoever is elected US President, Morrison faces intense global pressure on climate
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 November, 2020
With the US presidential election imminent, the climate change policies of the world’s biggest economy are at a major crossroads. Whatever the outcome of the election, whether it is a Biden or Trump presidency, Australia will face mounting international pressure to strengthen its own climate targets.
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Fund agreement resets to flow from REST climate precedent
Investment Magazine
Wed 4 November, 2020
Investment managers can expect their agreements with superannuation schemes to be revisited and reset in light of the landmark settlement Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) Super made with a fund member this week over its investment consideration of climate change.
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Corporates integral in a ‘just transition’ to clean energy, report finds
Dynamic Business
Wed 4 November, 2020
The role of corporates and financial institutions will be instrumental in planning for and supporting economies and communities as Australia transitions from coal-fired electricity to a low carbon world, according to a new report.
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Banrock Station commits to planting 100k trees a year
Food & Drink Business
Wed 4 November, 2020
Accolade Wines’ brand Banrock Station has strengthened its partnership with Landcare Australia as it aims to plant 100,000 native trees and shrubs each year from January, 2021.
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Ethical funds under fire
The Australian
Wed 4 November, 2020
Growing fears over the quality of ethical funds have been echoed in a new report from Choice.
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Norwegian oil giant Equinor announces 2050 net-zero target
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 November, 2020
Norwegian energy company Equinor announced on Monday that it has set a target of becoming a net-zero energy company by 2050, a target specifically directed to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.
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Arizona takes important step towards 100 per cent clean power
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 November, 2020
The southwestern US state of Arizona has taken an important step towards ensuring 100% of its electricity is delivered by 100% clean power, after the Arizona Corporate Commission voted to approve a plan requiring 100% reduction in carbon emissions from regulated utilities by 2050.
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NT big battery procurement process commences
Energy Magazine
Wed 4 November, 2020
Territory Generation has begun conducting a two-part procurement process for a new $30 million 35MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the Darwin-Katherine grid.
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This is no time to delay raising minimum home energy ratings
The Fifth Estate
Wed 4 November, 2020
Action to make Australia’s housing resilient in the face of climate change has never been more urgent – and the post-pandemic recovery should be the time to do it.
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Nature Conservation Society of SA fears Whalers Way rocket launch site will damage the environment
The Advertiser
Wed 4 November, 2020
Getting satellites into space shouldn’t cost the Earth, says the Nature Conservation Society of SA. Is the coastal wilderness at Whalers Way, on the tip of Eyre Peninsula, really the best site to launch rockets and send satellites into orbit?
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NT News
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Wallabies are on the loose in Britain – and we’ve mapped 95 sightings
The Conversation
Wed 4 November, 2020
When you think of kangaroos and wallabies, you probably don’t think of the temperate climate, unsettled weather and agricultural lands of England. Yet on such pastures, the red-necked wallaby has found a home.
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ABC News
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Cool Soil carbon project gains momentum as partners join
Farm Weekly
Wed 4 November, 2020
THE COOL Soil Initiative, a project designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, has received a further boost with the news major Australian food manufacturers Kellogg and the Manildra Group, together with Charles Sturt University and the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) have joined the group.
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Meeting targets and achieving water stewardship
Food & Drink Business
Wed 4 November, 2020
It is possible to meet your sustainability targets while reducing water risks. Cress Consulting CEO Julia Seddon writes about the opportunities in water management.
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Temperatures to soar in Brisbane, across Queensland on Thursday
The Brisbane Times
Wed 4 November, 2020
Queensland is set to swelter through temperatures up to 8 degrees above average in the latter half of the week, with thunderstorms predicted for eastern and central parts of the state at the weekend.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
Waste Management Review
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News.com.au
Fire, storm, dust warnings as ‘unseasonable’ heat sweeps through Qld
NT News
The Advertiser
Perthnow
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
ABC News
BOM weather forecast for Queensland shows temperature spike and strong winds will create high to severe fire danger