Issue date : Tue 5 September, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest
The Conversation
Tue 5 September, 2017
The Brazilian government has earmarked a vast tract of Amazonian land for mining. The so-called “Renca” reserve sits in the last great wilderness area in the eastern Amazon and contains lots of unique rainforest wildlife. The controversial decision to allow mining has since been rewritten to clarify that development cannot take place on indigenous lands that lie within the “Renca”, and then put on hold by a federal judge, pending support from congress.
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France and Germany seek agreement on EU carbon market reform by November
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 September, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will work together on measures to reinforce carbon pricing in the European electricity sector and want an agreement on the European Union's carbon market reform by November, France's ecology ministry said on Monday.
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Talking Point: Houston, we have a problem
The Mercury
Tue 5 September, 2017
DELUGED with news from Texas, we can be forgiven for thinking that Hurricane Harvey was the worst ever global weather. Measured in lives and livelihoods lost, it did not come near last week’s monsoonal flooding across Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh that has crippled food production over vast acreages and killed over 1200 people.
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Numbers game is anything but straightforward as politics takes over
The Canberra Times
Tue 5 September, 2017
It's often said that in order to manage something, you need to be able to measure it. When it comes to making public policy though, even measurement is rarely straightforward. Far from being clean, crisp and unambiguous, the numbers become political. Take climate change, for example.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Where go the Greens as Labor lifts their policies?
The Australian
Tue 5 September, 2017
The Australian Greens were formed 25 years ago on an autumn day at Lavender Bay in North Sydney. The announcement was made by Bob Brown, then a Tasmanian Greens MP, that several state-based parties would form a national party ­organisation to challenge the political establishment. Hardly any media attended and the news passed mostly unnoticed.
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Victoria must manage Melbourne’s growth to deal with social and environmental effects
The Herald Sun
Tue 5 September, 2017
HAS there ever been a wiser saying than the one offering the advice to be careful what you wish for? Victorian politicians and policymakers not-so-quietly congratulate themselves on the state’s outstanding population growth, regarding it as a sign that in the years since the early 1990s recession, they must have been doing a lot of things right.
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Coal city Newcastle prepares tender for 5MW solar farm
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 September, 2017
The City of Newcastle’s plans to build a 5MW solar farm on a former landfill site are set to go to tender, after eight companies were shortlisted to bid for the job to design, build and operate the utility-scale solar farm.
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Community retailer Enova to buy and sell rooftop solar power
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 September, 2017
Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer, the Northern Rivers NSW-based Enova Energy, will soon offer customers locally generated rooftop solar power, as part of its goal of producing enough renewable electricity to meet all of its customers’ needs.
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Are you willing to pay more for renewable energy?
9 News
Tue 5 September, 2017
Are you willing to pay more for power if it comes from a renewable source? According to Newspoll this is the question that divides Australians more than same-sex marriage or who should run the country.
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The World of ‘Eco-bling’
Sourceable
Tue 5 September, 2017
Eco-bling has a funny ring to it until you realise that it is said with disdain, disgust and is intended to send environmental initiatives down the drain.
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Leaky Building Syndrome: Will Australia Be the Next to Suffer?
Sourceable
Tue 5 September, 2017
Is Australia set to follow in the footsteps of Canada and New Zealand and face its own leaky building syndrome disaster in the near future? Canada had the ‘leaky condo crisis’ – over four billion dollars’ expended on condo remediation work. New Zealand has had its own leaky building maelstrom, which has cost the country, according to some estimates, up to 23 billion dollars.
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Electric cars and renewables not enough to meet Paris climate goal: consultant
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 September, 2017
ARNHEM, The Netherlands (Reuters) - The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy.
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WWF criticises Romanian plan to kill bears, wolves
SBS World News Australia
Tue 5 September, 2017
Romania on Monday said it would kill or relocate 140 bears and 97 wolves following a rise in the number of attacks on humans, sparking outrage from animal rights groups.
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Ships slowing down to keep killer whales safe
NT News
Tue 5 September, 2017
SHIPS moving through a busy channel off Washington state’s San Juan Island are slowing down this summer as part of a study to determine whether that can reduce noise and benefit a small, endangered population of killer whales.
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Universities must act now on sustainability goals
The Conversation
Mon 4 September, 2017
In an unpredictable and insecure global political scene, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to tackle pressing global challenges.
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Environmental Charities Engaged in Bitter Stand-Off with Mining Lobby Over Advocacy
ProBono Australia News
Mon 4 September, 2017
Environmental charities and the mining lobby are engaged in a bitter stand-off over political advocacy, with the mining sector’s attempt to curtail environmental advocacy undermined by a new report accusing foreign mining companies of lobbying against Australian interests.
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New Zealand wealth fund cuts carbon exposure
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 4 September, 2017
ALMATY (Reuters) - New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund has reduced its exposure to carbon emissions and carbon reserves by a fifth, its chief executive said, after launching a review of climate change risks last year.
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Capitalism isn’t broken – but it does need a rewrite
The Conversation
Mon 4 September, 2017
In the 1990s, economists indulged heady hopes that globalisation would raise all boats via unfettered free market activity. Now, but a generation later, many are having second thoughts. That’s because global free markets, while indeed maximising GDP for all concerned, have also ushered in staggering rates of inequality together with a looming threat of irreversible climate change from increased greenhouse gas emissions.
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Australia needs upgraded coal plants, says mining lobby
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 4 September, 2017
The upgrading of Australia's existing 20-plus coal-fired power stations could be done for less than $100 million each but there would still be a need for building new next-generation coal plants, according to the peak mining body.
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In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 4 September, 2017
Ticuantepe (Nicaragua) (AFP) - Thirteen tapirs lounge in the bushes of Ticuantepe Zoo, in eastern Nicaragua, their bellies plump with leaves and fruit -- blissfully unaware of the peril faced by their kind.
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SA echidna poo detectives needed
9 News
Mon 4 September, 2017
South Australians have been given a prickly assignment - to collect the poo and take photos of one of Australia's most distinctive animals for a new study.
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Recurring fires are threatening the iconic snow gum
Pursuit
Mon 4 September, 2017
Frequent bushfires in the Victorian high country have devastated the snow gum population, endangering the flora and fauna that depend on them for survival
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Australia's hidden environmental crisis
Crikey
Mon 4 September, 2017
The east coast of the continent is considered one of the worst deforestation areas in the world today. Freelance journalist Nick Rodway reports.
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Fear and sweating in Pakistan's hottest cities
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 4 September, 2017
Sibi (Pakistan) (AFP) - After hours toiling at construction sites in 50 degree-plus heat, Lakhmir Brahmani finds little relief from the sun other than a donkey-powered fan during the dog days of summer in one of Pakistan's hottest cities.
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Harvey's floodwaters mix a foul brew
SBS World News Australia
Mon 4 September, 2017
Harvey's filthy floodwaters will pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts.
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China warns mild, humid winter weather could make smog worse
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 4 September, 2017
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environment ministry warned that unfavorable weather could raise the risks of smog over autumn and winter, and it vowed to improve its emergency response times to ensure 2017 air quality targets are met.
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Food and beverage companies awarded for sustainability
Food Processing
Mon 4 September, 2017
Hosted on 23 August in Melbourne, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) annual awards celebrated organisations that promoted sustainable packaging. A total of 21 businesses from several different industries were commended for their efforts, with The Smith’s Snackfood Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Rawbone Pet Foods being named as winners.
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