Issue date : Wed 9 December, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
PM could make early announcement of Kyoto plans to Pacific leaders
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
Scott Morrison could announce plans to dump the use of Kyoto carry-over credits as early as Friday night in an address to Pacific leaders, if he is ultimately denied the opportunity to speak a day later at a global climate summit being hosted by his British counterpart Boris Johnson.
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Government told to dig deep to pave way for 30 more years of growth
The Age
Wed 9 December, 2020
Melbourne will need to build a third rail tunnel under the CBD and take another look at a major road project the Andrews government rejected to cater for the city's growth over the next 30 years.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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How universities and professions are preparing to meet the climate challenge
The Conversation
Wed 9 December, 2020
Getting ahead of climate change challenges is now a pressing need across our economy and society. Last month the bosses of 22 of Australia’s largest firms, including BHP, Rio Tinto, Wesfarmers and Commonwealth Bank, put their names to the Climate Leaders Coalition. It signalled their collective wish to push down emissions and push up their international obligations under the Paris Agreement.
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Post-bushfire insurance crisis 'killing' businesses: Carnell
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell is urging the government to intervene in what she called a "failing" insurance market, saying many insurers had stopped selling natural catastrophe cover to small businesses.
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IAG calls for community-level planning to manage flood risk
Insurance Business
Wed 9 December, 2020
IAG and the Geneva Association are calling for community-level planning to manage flood risk as Australia is expected to face more frequent and intense flooding and other natural disasters as a result of worsening climate change.
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Henry laments 'painfully slow' climate change action
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
Former Treasury secretary and NAB chairman Ken Henry has hit out at "painfully slow" action on climate change, warning the growing risk of catastrophic bushfires threatens the loss of Australia's iconic wildlife.
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Carbon capture could be six times more costly than wind and storage, analysis shows
Reneweconomy
Wed 9 December, 2020
The construction of new fossil fuel power stations paired with carbon capture and storage technologies could substantially increase the cost of power, with new analysis finding the technology up to six times more expensive than wind and solar, even when combined with energy storage
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Wollongong Coal gets green light for Russell Vale expansion
Australian Mining
Wed 9 December, 2020
Wollongong Coal has been given the green light complete a major mine expansion at its Russell Vale coal operation in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, by the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC).
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'Dangerous' months ahead for east coast gas
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
The east coast gas sector faces a "dangerous" few months as the Morrison government mulls intervention that is more suited to third-world countries like Algeria just as Victoria's supply is set to drop, according to consultancy EnergyQuest.
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Measurement and verification the next wave of rewarded energy savings: ESIA
Ecogeneration
Wed 9 December, 2020
Energy management businesses are lining up to ride the next wave of innovative energy savings opportunities emerging with the support of measurable and verifiable energy saving projects. These projects will make up a significant portion of various state government program targets stretching to 2050. Additional incentives will be available when various states roll out their peak demand reduction targets, enabling smart load shifting and storage to be further rewarded.
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Coal miners back Texas' low-carbon gas generator
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
Australian coal miners will join the US department of energy in funding work that will investigate whether a pioneering gas-fired power generator in Texas with near zero greenhouse gas emissions can be converted to run on coal.
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Bushfire smoke and climate inertia dents Sydney's reputation
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 9 December, 2020
Bushfire smoke that blanketed Sydney for days last summer cruelled the city's reputation worldwide for sustainability and clear air, new research shows.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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NSW gives BASIX a makeover and a win for Passive House
Architecture and Design
Wed 9 December, 2020
The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) is being transformed with a number of significant changes implemented that have been designed to provide greater flexibility and enable more sustainable solutions.
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Delving into domestic donkeys’ past
Cosmos
Wed 9 December, 2020
Donkeys have been helping humans for millennia, but our knowledge of their origins has previously been limited to archaeology. Now, modern genomics paints a much more accurate picture of their domestic history.
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US park rangers discover 4kg goldfish in pond
9 News
Wed 9 December, 2020
Parks and recreation workers in South Carolina made an extraordinary discovery during a routine water quality test at a small lake.
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Deforestation wiped out 8% of Amazon in 18 years: study
Yahoo News
Wed 9 December, 2020
Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area bigger than Spain from 2000 to 2018, wiping out eight percent of the world's largest rainforest, according to a study released Tuesday.
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International Business Times
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Shining a light on ecosystem services
Cosmos
Wed 9 December, 2020
Humans rely on nature’s rich bounty for a vast array of services, from pollination, water, food, soil and air quality to materials, inspiration, medicine and wellbeing. But we reap what we sow.
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11,000kgs of socks saved in six months: Upparel launches new circular initiative
Ragtrader
Wed 9 December, 2020
Upparel has launched its first range of 50% recycled cotton sports socks. Known for its sock recycling program that has since expanded to a large range of textiles, the new range of socks is the business' latest initiative to help offset the impacts of the fashion industry.
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Maggots, bees move into Sydney's Barangaroo 'farm'
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 9 December, 2020
A cutting edge system of waste management, water recycling and solar rooftops has turned Barangaroo South into the country's first carbon-neutral suburb.
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Canavan brother’s coal company collapses
The Australian
Tue 8 December, 2020
A coal company controlled by the brother of former Federal resources minister Matt Canavan has gone under, after global mining major Glencore called in receivers over a $24m at the Rolleston thermal coal mine in Queensland.
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EPA reverses approval of Bacchus Marsh toxic soil dump linked to West Gate Tunnel project
ABC News
Tue 8 December, 2020
Victoria's environmental watchdog has reversed its own approval to dump contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel at Bacchus Marsh, north-west of Melbourne, which could mean further delays to the project that is already in turmoil.
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The Age
West Gate Tunnel dispute: EPA to quash approval on contaminated soil dumping
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
WA carbon farming options announced
Farm Weekly
Tue 8 December, 2020
THE McGowan government released its Western Australian Climate Policy on Monday, outlining plans to create a low carbon future and create jobs in clean industries to support the State's economic recovery after COVID-19.
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Post-pandemic stimulus aid brings climate risks
Yahoo News
Tue 8 December, 2020
Enormous stimulus packages to boost post-pandemic growth could worsen global warming with huge investments in fossil fuel activities, an international group of researchers has warned.
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International Business Times
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What are Kyoto carryover credits and why do Australia's critics say they don't exist?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 December, 2020
The United Nations will host an online summit on December 12 and 13 marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The conference will give nations a platform from which they can boast about the ambitious new climate commitments they will announce in time for the next major international climate talks, known as COP26, to be held in Glasgow next November.
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The Age
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Woodside CEO's carbon inflection point
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 8 December, 2020
Peter Coleman's exit next year as CEO of Woodside Petroleum sets up a fascinating scenario that could see the LNG producer pivot to an entirely new strategy.
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Why ESG investing has shone so brightly in 2020
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 December, 2020
Many Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) funds have had a great year, delivering significant outperformance compared to traditional sharemarket benchmarks.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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'Grave violations of human rights': Supermarkets, retailers uncover exposure to modern slavery
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 December, 2020
Australia’s leading supermarkets, retail stores and mining companies have uncovered hundreds of cases of modern slavery throughout supply chains, severing ties with third-party contractors, negotiating pay increases and forcing the return of confiscated passports to migrant workers.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Glencore takes axe to coal targets but says Australia will be spared
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 8 December, 2020
Glencore, one of the world's biggest coal miners, has forecast its global output will fall by more than 25 per cent but its Australian mines will be among the last to close.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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First renewable hydrogen production at Hyp SA
Energy Magazine
Tue 8 December, 2020
Hydrogen Park South Australia (Hyp SA) has seen the first production of renewable hydrogen at its pioneering facility during commissioning of its key component, a 1.25MW electrolyser.
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Victoria’s electric vehicle tax and the theory of the second-best
The Conversation
Wed 9 December, 2020
One of the central ideas in tax policy is the principle of the second-best. Economic theory gives us a good idea of what an ideal tax system would look like, given our objectives. But in real life, things fall short.
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The K'gari-Fraser Island bushfire is causing catastrophic damage. What can we expect when it’s all over?
The Conversation
Tue 8 December, 2020
K’gari (Fraser Island) has been burning for more than seven weeks and, so far, the fires have razed half of the World Heritage-listed island off the coast of Queensland. The devastation will become more pronounced in coming weeks, despite overnight rain.
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Will the 2020-21 bushfire season be as bad as the last bushfire season?
Yahoo News
Tue 8 December, 2020
The 2019-20 bushfire season made headlines across the world. Months of severe drought and record-breaking temperatures fuelled enormous bushfires across the country, with over 50 fires burning at once across NSW and Victoria.
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'Have a breath': Fraser Island township spared by metres after bushfire
The Brisbane Times
Tue 8 December, 2020
Happy Valley residents who were staring down a bushfire that came within metres of the small Fraser Island township on Monday night are counting their blessings the only damage was burnt leaves and ash.
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The Age
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Australia’s weird weather baffling scientists
News.com.au
Tue 8 December, 2020
A climate watcher has said she is being “blown away” and “in shock” by Australia's start to summer which is refusing to play by the rules.
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