Issue date : Mon 14 December, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
CEOs look to Biden for climate leadership
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 14 December, 2020
ASX chief executive Dominic Stevens perfectly captures what Australia’s top corporate leaders are hoping from the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden.
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M&C Saatchi’s FABRIC Launches New JUST Water With Plant-Based Packaging
B & T
Mon 14 December, 2020
Every minute around the world, one million single-use plastic bottles are purchased. If this statistic isn’t confronting enough, you may find it alarming that this number will jump a further 20 per cent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis that some predict will be as serious as climate change.
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Green energy investments to accelerate in 2021
Money Management
Mon 14 December, 2020
As the world is experiencing a global transition from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy, investors should see an acceleration in green energy investments next year, according to research firm Evergreen Ratings.
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Deadliest plastics: bags and packaging biggest marine life killers, study finds
The Guardian
Mon 14 December, 2020
Plastic bags and flexible packaging are the deadliest plastic items in the ocean, killing wildlife including whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds around the globe, according to a review of hundreds of scientific articles.
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Urban beaches are environmental hot spots for antibiotic resistance
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 14 December, 2020
Every morning, Heidi Wintermeyer dons a bright pink cap and swims with fellow cancer survivors with Manly Beach's Bold and Beautiful swimming club. But after a big downpour, she’s wary of the risk of untreated sewage overflowing into the ocean. “Most of the people I swim with know better than to go in after heavy rain,” she said. “They’ll miss swim club rather than get sick.”
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Net zero emissions by 2050 'not that hard'
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 13 December, 2020
The Morrison government's approach to climate change has brought together two Labor foes with Mark Butler and Joel Fitzgibbon uniting to condemn a failure to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
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British Labour demands Boris Johnson blacklist Cormann's OECD bid over climate record
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 13 December, 2020
London: Britain's opposition is demanding Prime Minister Boris Johnson boycott Australia's campaign to have Mathias Cormann installed as the next head of the OECD saying the former cabinet minister's denialist climate change record makes him unfit for the job.
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United Nations urges world leaders to declare a state of climate emergency
ABC News
Sun 13 December, 2020
World leaders should declare states of "climate emergency" in their countries to spur action to avoid catastrophic global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told a climate summit.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Every country must declare a state of 'climate emergency', UN chief tells world leaders
The Age
The Brisbane Times
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The Age
Countries must declare states of 'climate emergency': UN chief tells world leaders
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Yahoo News
World urged to move on 'climate emergency' after pandemic
International Business Times
The Canberra Times
Declare states of 'climate emergency': UN
The Newcastle Herald
Perthnow
The West Australian
The costs of tackling climate change keep on falling
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 13 December, 2020
In 2008 the UK Climate Change Committee, which I then chaired, estimated that reducing Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050 would cost 1-2 per cent of gross domestic product in that year. In its latest report, it reckons a 100 per cent cut will cost just 0.5 per cent of 2050’s GDP.
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Rio Tinto's Juukan shame exposes ESG box-ticking
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 13 December, 2020
Social licence ratings are highly prized as corporate PR, but the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves shows these metrics fail to measure the impact of companies on the ground.
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Experts probe if wind farms affect sleep
Yahoo News
Sun 13 December, 2020
The noise from wind farms can have subtle effects on sleep, including changes to the amount of time spent in a deep sleep.
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The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Revealed: the 100 hottest schools in Sydney with few trees and little shade
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 13 December, 2020
Some of Sydney's hottest schools have no trees and barely any shade to provide refuge for students and teachers in soaring temperatures, prompting a mass tree-planting campaign across the city to stop playgrounds from becoming unbearable in summer.
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UK to stop funding overseas fossil fuel projects in climate summit vow
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 12 December, 2020
London: British taxpayers will stop subsidising overseas fossil fuel projects under a pledge by Prime Minister Boris Johnson which opens a new front in the push for more urgent international action on climate change.
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Australia risks being ostracised by our allies on climate
The Australian
Sat 12 December, 2020
This week it seems Australia lost the support of its partner, Britain, in winning a speaking slot at this weekend’s UN global summit it is hosting on climate. The reason is our stubborn failure to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.
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Morrison's pandemic response: exceptional. Shame about climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 12 December, 2020
It seems unfair. We Australians have only had a minute or two to congratulate ourselves on the incredible exceptionalism of our pandemic response. And here we are being internationally shamed for our exceptionalism over our response to another lethal and immediate threat – climate change.
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Inquiry looms for mining financial blacklisters
The Australian
Sat 12 December, 2020
Financial firms could be hauled before a federal inquiry over their climate change policies and the black-listing of lending and investment to resources-based businesses.
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The research breakthrough to ensure your cells aren’t the boss of you
The Brisbane Times
Sat 12 December, 2020
University of Queensland researchers have identified for the first time which genes are "in charge" of decision making in cells, with implications for everything from stopping disease in its tracks to helping animals deal with climate change.
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World's biggest iceberg on collision course with penguin island
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 12 December, 2020
Mexico City: An enormous iceberg is heading toward South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic, where scientists say a collision could devastate wildlife by threatening the food chain.
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‘Climate emergency’ protests turn up the heat for greater emission cuts
The New Daily
Sat 12 December, 2020
Protesters calling for the declaration of a “climate emergency” have clashed with police in Melbourne amid news the federal government is unlikely to rely on “carry-over credits” to reach its 2030 Paris emissions reduction target.
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Yahoo News
Demonstrators glue themselves to the road in heated climate change protests
The West Australian
Climate action calls spill onto streets
Yahoo News
Perthnow
7 News
'Sacrificial canary': Fiji warns Australia not to let Pacific sink
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
The Fijian Prime Minsiter has warned Australia's climate targets must increase to net zero emissions by 2050 or risk sacrificing Pacific nations, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted he was not frustrated about missing a speaking spot at a global climate summit.
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Diplomatic cost of Australia's climate stance is beginning to show
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
Early on Thursday morning it became clear Australia had been unable to use its diplomatic heft to shoulder aside such powers as Belize and Saint Lucia to secure one of the 70-odd speaking slots at a virtual UN climate summit to be held in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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EU makes deal on tough 2030 climate goal
Yahoo News
Fri 11 December, 2020
European Union countries have struck a deal on the bloc's new climate target after haggling through the night at a summit in Brussels.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
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Woodside, Santos embrace carbon challenge – with gas
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 11 December, 2020
Australia's biggest oil and gas producers are not following their European peers into renewable energy to help meet net zero emissions targets because they doubt they can make money out of it.
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Liberty Mutual joins up with UN-supported sustainability initiative
Insurance Business
Fri 11 December, 2020
Liberty Mutual Insurance has announced that it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), as part of its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) progress. Liberty Mutual is the first US property and casualty insurer to join the international network of institutional investors that have committed to including ESG factors in their investment decisions.
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'A long way to go': ASX 200 firms warned on social issues reporting maze
The Age
Fri 11 December, 2020
Australian investors are finding it tough weighing up how their companies are performing on key social and ethical issues because of a lack of consistency on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting standards among the nation's biggest companies.
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The bliss of standing still in the big green of Cape Tribulation – and just looking
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 11 December, 2020
Some years ago, as I was shopping the aisles of the human supermarket called online dating, I found myself puzzling over those excruciating profile questions. You know the ones. They’re designed to give prospective dates a special insight into your personality and are conjured by people who believe life is a series of constrictive, binary options: beach or mountain? Nightclub or Netflix? (Why not hit the sand, drive up the mountain, stream a movie and go clubbing?)
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