Issue date : Thu 7 September, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 36 Seconds
Number of items : 66
Coal and the Coalition: the policy knot that still won’t untie
The Conversation
Thu 7 September, 2017
As the Turnbull government ties itself in yet more knots over the future of coal-fired power, it’s worth reflecting that climate and energy policy have been a bloody business for almost a decade now.
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Just ten MPs represent more than 600 threatened species in their electorates
The Conversation
Thu 7 September, 2017
Australia is rapidly losing its world-famous biodiversity. More than 90 species have gone extinct since European colonisation (including three in just the past decade), and more than 1,700 species are now formally recognised as being in danger of extinction.
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Melbourne scientists are teaching people to love the outdoors
The Herald Sun
Thu 7 September, 2017
WILD Melbourne is a business in transition. Shining a light on the environment, it was founded by a group of idealistic, passionate young people wanting to bring change in a non-political way. They have been chipping away at it for four years but they are about to ramp it up.
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Hurricane Irma deals a blow to insurers QBE, IAG, Suncorp
The Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean has caused investors to pull cash out of Australian insurers, sending shares in the sector sharply lower yesterday.
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Flow Power, Ararat sign Australia’s first Renewable Corporate PPA
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Thu 7 September, 2017
Flow Power and Ararat Wind Farm has signed Australia’s first ever large-scale Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA); a deal that secures long-term, low-cost renewable energy for Australian businesses.
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Skye’s limit for AGL to GetUp!, get out of coal
The Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
A senior manager in charge of promoting the energy policy of Australia’s largest electricity producer previously worked for activist group GetUp!, which is committed to shutting down the coal-fired power industry.
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Don't wait for Elon Musk ... we all have power to be energy heroes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
With power prices and carbon emissions rising, we are now being warned by the Australian Energy Market Operator that we could have supply interruptions as soon as this summer.
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WAToday
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France to end oil, gas production by 2040
News.com.au
Thu 7 September, 2017
France plans to pass legislation this year to phase out all oil and gas exploration and production on its mainland and overseas territories by 2040, becoming the first country to do so.
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The Australian
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Malcolm Turnbull’s home state of NSW backs clean coal plant
The Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
The push to build a new high-­efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant in NSW has attracted support from 64 per cent of people in Malcolm Turnbull’s home state, as the Nationals move to back new investment in the coal industry and freeze renewable ­energy subsidies.
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Rush to renewable energy as coal cools
The Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
Coal-fired power generation is on a slow march to extinction by 2058, but a multi-billion-dollar boom is under way in wind and solar farm development as companies rush to cash in on high retail prices and incentives and make up ground lost during an investment drought in 2014-15 when the federal government was threatening to scrap or scale back the renewable energy target.
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Future Brisbane: Oxley Creek $100m revitalisation, before and after
The Courier Mail
Thu 7 September, 2017
ITS sand and cobblestones formed the foundations for Brisbane’s first streets as a penal colony, so it is only fitting that Oxley Creek is set to have a more prominent role in Brisbane’s future.
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People take to their bikes when we make it safer and easier for them
The Conversation
Thu 7 September, 2017
The latest national cycling participation data, released in June this year, show the proportion of Australians cycling has fallen significantly since 2011. This is bad news for health and wellbeing, and for the economy as well.
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Tasmanian tiger captured on video, not everyone’s convinced
The Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
Is it or isn’t it? Tasmania remains unsure, after two bushmen and a self-declared thylacine hunter ­released what they claim is “the first verified footage” of a Tasmanian tiger.
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Researchers record cockatoo squawks in Vic
9 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
Next time you're tempted to squawk back at cockatoos in Victoria, just remember researchers have set up sound recorders near their nests to find out why their numbers are down.
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SA calls for waste water proposals
9 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
A new waste water recycling scheme in Adelaide's north will supply food to the booming Asian market, SA Water says.
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Solar power targets water-polluting dyes
Energy Matters
Thu 7 September, 2017
A new material uses sunlight as a catalyst to break down the molecular structure of synthetic dye pollutants in water.
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Sunlight and Seaweed review: Tim Flannery's ideas for a sustainable future
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
As the word about global warming grows ever grimmer, it is heartening to learn that there are real solutions at hand. Or to put it simply, that there is genuine reason for hope. The two technologies or methods that Tim Flannery concentrates on in this upbeat guide to what a sustainable future might look like are Concentrated Solar Thermal and mid-ocean kelp farming – hence the title. Between them, they promise not only to supply clean energy and reduce carbon from the air and ocean, but also to provide energy storage, clean polluted soils and yield massive amounts of high-quality protein to meet the world's growing need for food. Sunlight and Seaweed also offers an excellent model for how best to communicate the challenges posed by climate change without turning readers off with unrelieved messages of doom.
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WAToday
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Dirty undies help American researchers to test Tennessee soil
ABC Rural
Thu 7 September, 2017
Undies, jocks, drawers... There are plenty of names for underwear around the world. Now, a group of farmers in Tennessee, in the United States, has found a new use for them: to test their soil. The Coffee County Soil Conservation District is an environmental conservation organisation in Manchester, south of Nashville, where the main industries are corn, soybeans, and cattle grazing.
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Liddell: Climate change and air pollution medical negligence
Reneweconomy
Wed 6 September, 2017
Most members of the community will recognise the team-work, devotion and skill of doctors, nurses and technical staff in delivering new life in cardiac, brain or trauma surgery or freedom from the misery of pain conferred by hip and knee surgery
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Protesters storm Philippines mining event, demand halt to extraction
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 September, 2017
MANILA (Reuters) - Around 300 protesters clashed with security on Wednesday at a Manila hotel where an annual mining conference was being held, demanding that mineral extraction be halted due to the environmental destruction caused.
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Tycoon philanthropists line up against miners over charity reforms
The Australian
Wed 6 September, 2017
Some of Australia’s wealthiest private individuals and the all-powerful mining lobby are on course for a head-on collision, as both camps offer strongly opposing positions on key charity reforms now on the table in Treasury.
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Turnbull's energy policy: Browbeating AGL boss Andy Vesey on coal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 September, 2017
Exactly who is looking after the national interest when it comes to the environment or energy security? Is it Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Andy Vesey - the bloke who runs one of the nation's largest energy suppliers, AGL?
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Shell reveals 'utility of the future' ambitions in east coast energy
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 6 September, 2017
Shell has revealed ambitions to become a "utility of the future" in Australia, combining investments in renewable power projects with trading contracts to supply electricity to customers on the east coast.
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Coal-powered AGL boss Andy Vesey finds it's easy being green
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 September, 2017
Last month – when AGL boss, Andy Vesey, unveiled the energy group's $800 million underlying profit for the financial year just ended – analysts were asking whether it still made sense to stick to its timeline of closing down its incredibly profitable coal-powered stations such as Liddell, starting in 2022.
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Andrew Bolt: Idiocy fuels our energy policies
The Herald Sun
Wed 6 September, 2017
IT takes world-class idiots to give Australia not just world-record electricity prices, but blackouts, too.
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Why AGL boss Andy Vesey needs to keep and close Liddell
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 6 September, 2017
Outside of a classic American reluctance to become a political plaything, Andy Vesey would seem to have at least $2 billion worth of reasons to resist Malcolm Turnbull's invitation to either sell or extend the life of the Liddell power station.
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High-tech yarn generates new energy
News.com.au
Wed 6 September, 2017
A new high-tech yarn that generates electricity when stretched or twisted could use ocean waves and human motion to lower man's dependency on fossil fuels, researchers say.
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The Australian
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Renewable Energy Index is a snapshot of Australia’s power
Energy Matters
Wed 6 September, 2017
The first ‘Renewable Energy Index’ report shows that during the 2016-17 financial year, Australia produced enough renewable energy to power 7 million households.
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The day Australia was put on blackout alert
The Conversation
Wed 6 September, 2017
The only way the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) could be blunter in its report on the state of our electricity system would be to stick a neon sign on top of its Melbourne head office saying “The market has failed”.
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Nissan takes EV battle to Tesla with longer-range Leaf
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 September, 2017
CHIBA, Japan (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd <7201.T> launched a revamped Leaf electric vehicle (EV) on Wednesday, going head-to-head with Tesla Inc's Model 3 and hoping to blunt criticism of limited driving ranges undermining EVs' mass-market appeal.
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Nissan’s new Leaf will travel up to 400km on single charge
Sky News Australia
Nissan revamps Leaf electric car
SBS World News Australia
Noosa leading the way on solar in Queensland
Energy Matters
Wed 6 September, 2017
The Sunshine Coast town of Noosa claims it’s leading Queensland when it comes to solar power installation.
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Mirvac powers upmarket estate with Tesla
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 6 September, 2017
Residential developer Mirvac will include Tesla batteries and Evergen solar technology in a series of luxury homes it is releasing at an estate in Melbourne's east.
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NSW's healthiest koala colony at risk
9 News
Wed 6 September, 2017
The future of the state's only chlamydia-free koala colony in Sydney's southwest is at risk over a mega housing development.
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Five tonnes of carp removed from Canberra waterways
Fishing World
Wed 6 September, 2017
WATER quality in the ACT is set to improve after more than 5 tonnes of carp were recently removed from some of Canberra's largest ponds.
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Tasmanian tiger: Trio release footage they claim is sighting of thylacine
ABC News
Wed 6 September, 2017
Footage of a purported Tasmanian tiger sighting has been released, but the experts are yet to agree the species is back from the dead.
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Increase in WA native species under threat
9 News
Wed 6 September, 2017
The number of threatened species in Western Australia has increased while funding and resources for conservation have fallen, a state government audit has revealed.
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The Australian
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Hurricane Irma shaping to be a perfect - but 'potentially catastrophic' - storm
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 September, 2017
One of the most powerful hurricanes to develop in the Atlantic basin is shaping up to be a perfect but "potentially catastrophic" storm as it remains on course to hit the US state of Florida by Sunday.
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Wheatbelt needs $27.5m to reclaim land affected by salinity
The West Australian
Wed 6 September, 2017
A major five-year project to restore salt-affected land in the Wheatbelt could get under way soon, with farmers hoping the State Government will help seed the initiative.
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WA's broken waste policy triggers dumping, stockpiling
Perthnow
Wed 6 September, 2017
NEW Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has inherited a big headache: growing mountains of construction and demolition rubble around Perth — physical evidence of a failing policy.
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