Issue date : Fri 11 December, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 35 Seconds
Number of items : 54
Angus Taylor’s 2020 emissions report: pro gas, anti wind and very weird
Reneweconomy
Fri 11 December, 2020
Australia’s new emissions projections report came out this week. The results are far more muddled than I anticipated. The projections actually don’t suggest Australia is on track to hits its 2030 Paris climate targets, with a gap still remaining between the projected emissions and the Paris targets.
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UN defends excluding Morrison from climate summit, Canberra livid with Johnson over snub
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
London: The United Nations has defended the decision to block Prime Minister Scott Morrison from speaking at a climate summit this weekend, while also taking a swipe at the amount of money being offered to low-lying island nations in the Pacific.
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Government split over bushfire land clearing rules
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean is reportedly concerned about the impact a controversial bushfire protection policy will have on bushland as a fire-prone council in his own electorate seeks to be exempt.
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Emissions fell record 7 percent in 2020: study
Yahoo News
Fri 11 December, 2020
Carbon emissions fell a record seven percent in 2020 as countries imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Carbon Project said Friday in its annual assessment.
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International Business Times
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Australia’s weak climate action to blame for PM’s snub at global summit
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
This weekend more than 70 world leaders – from Canada to Japan to Rwanda – will gather virtually to discuss how they are laying the concrete foundations for the clean economic transition that all their policies are converging upon. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not be one of them.
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ABARES says tackle climate change early to help ag exports thrive
Farm Weekly
Fri 11 December, 2020
As the world becomes increasingly more climate conscious, Australia's farm export competitiveness stands to be boosted by the lower greenhouse gas emission advantages we already enjoy over some of our big trade rivals.
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McDonald’s launches sustainability flagship in Australia
Inside Retail
Fri 11 December, 2020
McDonald’s Australia yesterday launched its first sustainability flagship, where it will test, evaluate and implement various sustainability initiatives which can then be folded into the business’ other 999 stores in Australia.
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Three themes for 2021: WTW
Money Management
Fri 11 December, 2020
Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has identified three major themes for investors in 2021, covering areas such as superannuation, Asian investing and climate change.
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WA-first green apartment building gets green light in Fremantle
WAToday
Fri 11 December, 2020
A derelict industrial block in Fremantle will be transformed into Western Australia's first carbon-neutral apartment building after getting the green light from a development assessment panel.
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'On the way to the morgue': Lost sharks, dying amphibians add to growing extinction list
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
The world's wildlife is in rapid retreat almost everywhere, with more than 35,000 species threatened with extinction, or more than a quarter of all animal groups assessed, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said.
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Tropical birds evolved slowly
Cosmos
Fri 11 December, 2020
Scientists have uncovered a surprising paradox in species evolution: birds in tropical hotspots evolved much more slowly than those in environments with low species diversity.
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‘Unimportant’: Morrison shrugs off global climate summit
The New Daily
Thu 10 December, 2020
Scott Morrison has dismissed the importance of a global climate summit, seemingly confirming he has no plans for bolder ambitions and was therefore left off the speaker list.
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Funding shake-up for environmental science
The Canberra Times
Thu 10 December, 2020
A government-funded research hub dedicated to Australia's threatened species will have its funding discontinued from mid-next year.
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The Newcastle Herald
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PM isn't doing enough to combat 'dangerous' climate change: Bandt
Sky News Australia
Thu 10 December, 2020
Greens leader Adam Bandt has hit out against Scott Morrison for ditching the Kyoto credits emissions scheme saying he “shouldn’t get a pat on the back for promising not to cheat".
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EPA quashes all West Gate Tunnel landfill approvals
The Age
Thu 10 December, 2020
Victoria's environmental watchdog has overturned all of the approvals it has given to landfills set to accept the West Gate Tunnel's contaminated soil, in what has been described as a "monumental stuff up" that has shattered the public's faith in the regulator.
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Energy report reveals Labor knew about renewables cost
The Australian
Thu 10 December, 2020
Consumers will have to pay higher electricity bills and taxpayers fork out at least $1 billion extra if the NT is to meet Labor’s ambitious green energy target.
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Climate change: Have countries kept their promises?
Yahoo News
Thu 10 December, 2020
Agreed by 196 parties in the French capital in December 2015, the Paris climate deal aims to keep the rise in global temperatures this century "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C." We look at five key countries and how well they have kept their promises.
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The Australian
UN urges action on net-zero carbon emissions targets
China's foreign coal push risks global climate goals
Yahoo News
Thu 10 December, 2020
China's plan to fund dozens of foreign coal plants from Zimbabwe to Indonesia is set to produce more emissions than major developed nations, threatening global efforts to fight climate change, environmentalists have warned.
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International Business Times
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Electricity sector does the heavy lifting on 2030 climate target
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 10 December, 2020
Australia needs to do more to reduce its carbon emissions across the whole economy – including in agriculture and transport – rather than rely on the electricity sector and state renewable policies to meet its targets by 2030, energy experts say.
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Cave fallout threat to Rio expansion
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 10 December, 2020
Australia's biggest iron ore miner Rio Tinto will struggle to maintain its export rate in the decade ahead amid signs its destruction of prized cultural heritage will trigger tougher project approval hurdles at a time it embarks on a renewal of its West Australian mines.
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'We need people who are trained': University offers first climate change law degree
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 10 December, 2020
An Australian university is offering what it describes as the world’s first undergraduate degree in climate law, predicting an escalation of compensation claims, class actions and human rights issues due to changes in weather patterns.
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Nestlé Australia accelerates local targets
Food & Drink Business
Thu 10 December, 2020
Nestlé Australia has promised to accelerate local commitments to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions. The move follows an announcement from the global company outlining a roadmap to halve its emissions by 2030.
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Amazon’s massive global green power play
The Australian
Thu 10 December, 2020
Tech giant Amazon has become a major buyer of green power globally, securing supply from 26 new solar and wind projects in eight countries, including its third supplier in Australia.
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The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
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APA Group moves into microgrids
Energy Magazine
Thu 10 December, 2020
APA Group has launched a two-phased power expansion agreement with Western Australia’s Gruyere Gold Mine, to increase total installed capacity from 45MW to 64MW and build a hybrid microgrid.
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Joost Bakker’s new self-sustaining, zero waste Fed Square home is good enough to eat
The Fifth Estate
Thu 10 December, 2020
Joost Bakker is one of sustainability’s most provocative advocates. He challenges cherished ideas and leaves nothing to sentiment. His latest project in Melbourne is no different. He doesn’t care for timber, says food needs to be grown in the home, and that off grid will be the future.
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Building for the climate: Goskar House
Architecture AU
Thu 10 December, 2020
In a hilly northern Brisbane suburb, Anna O’Gorman Architect has designed an indoor-outdoor family home that balances economy with impact, space with sustainability, and function with aesthetics.
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'Like finding a unicorn': Researchers may have found new whale species
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 10 December, 2020
Mexico City: Researchers believe they have found a previously unknown species of beaked whale in waters off Mexico's western coast. If confirmed, the new species would mark a significant discovery among giant mammals.
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Cool change allows firefighters to get on top of Fraser Island blaze
The Brisbane Times
Thu 10 December, 2020
Several bushfires burning through Queensland's heritage-listed Fraser Island remained under control on Thursday after a cool change arrived in the state's south-east.
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Annual Water Outlooks released for Victorian regions
Utility Magazine
Thu 10 December, 2020
Barwon Water and Gippsland Water have both released their Annual Water Outlook, forecasting the regions’ water security prospects.
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Great barrier grief strikes flooded Venice
The Australian
Thu 10 December, 2020
Venice’s new flood barrier was named after Moses but when the waves came crashing in this week it proved unable to part them.
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Latrobe Valley mine 'pit lakes' risk river health in drying climate: reports
The Age
Thu 10 December, 2020
Filling the Latrobe Valley’s three open-cut coal mines with vast amounts of water to turn them into “pit lakes” would worsen the ecological health of the ailing Latrobe River system, new documents show.
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The Brisbane Times
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Finland's muddy fight over super-polluting peat energy
Yahoo News
Thu 10 December, 2020
On a barren expanse of bog in southeast Finland the size of 180 football pitches, Taisto Raussi's yellow harvester hoovers up a thin layer of rich peat and deposits it in a heap, to be sold as fuel.
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International Business Times
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Record spring heat a one-in-500,000 chance without climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 10 December, 2020
Climate change added as much as 1.7 degrees of warming to Australia's record hot spring, dwarfing the role of natural variability, analysis by the National Environmental Science Program shows.
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