Issue date : Tue 19 January, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 29 Seconds
Number of items : 41
Turbocharge for Vic recycling infrastructure
Sustainability Matters
Tue 19 January, 2021
Victoria’s recycling infrastructure is set for a turbocharge, with the federal and state governments making major investments to double the state’s domestic glass recycling capacity, increase plastic recycling by 40% and create 350 jobs.
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Investors place Australian bets on compulsory emissions reductions
The Age
Tue 19 January, 2021
Companies are buying up Australian carbon credits at an increasing rate even though they're not required to offset their emissions under local laws, in what experts say is a bet on future international regulations.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Insurers can withstand the impacts of climate change
Insurance Business
Tue 19 January, 2021
Allen Gray managing director, Simon Mawhinney, and IML investment director, Anton Tagliaferro, have slammed claims that insurers could not handle the growing risks of natural disasters caused by climate change.
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AgriWebb raises $30 million for sustainable livestock drive
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 19 January, 2021
Digital livestock management company AgriWebb has banked the largest local private funding round of 2021 so far, securing $30 million in a round led by Canadian telco TELUS.
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Forrest's COVID-19 ordeal spanned Uzbekistan to Switzerland
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 19 January, 2021
Andrew Forrest contracted the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus while globe-hopping in pursuit of renewable energy projects for his Fortescue Metals Group and spent several days in a Swiss hospital receiving high-level care.
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Germany’s secret decarbonisation sauce: diverse participation in climate action
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 January, 2021
Germany receives, quite rightly, a very significant focus when it comes to climate transitions around the world. The country is huge, central to the European Union, and embarking on an ambitious approach to decarbonising its economy. It is a sensitive time in the country, with the imminent departure of long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel, and a ‘climate election‘ due this year.
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Ticking fossil industry methane bomb must be defused: IEA
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 January, 2021
A new IEA report finds that a predicted ramp up in the extraction and processing of oil and gas associated with a looming economic recovery from COVID19.
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Deadly weapon: frog peptide
Cosmos
Tue 19 January, 2021
An unassuming Australian amphibian may inspire novel synthetic drugs to combat bacterial infections, according to European researchers.
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Lessons from the past
Cosmos
Tue 19 January, 2021
The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points for climate change, biodiversity and survival. To address these ills, scientists say we can learn valuable lessons from the past.
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Pipe dream
Cosmos
Tue 19 January, 2021
Those of us in the developed world tend to take our privileges for granted: it’s exactly what drove the Internet meme “First World problem”, a phrase long since committed to dictionaries.
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California suspends pollution-control limits to deal with backlog in cremations
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 19 January, 2021
Los Angeles: California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has suspended some pollution-control limits on the number of cremations for at least 10 days in order to deal with a backlog of bodies at hospitals and funeral homes.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Eat your takeaway cup, reduce city waste
The Herald Sun
Tue 19 January, 2021
It’s a hard concept to swallow, but eating edible takeaway coffee cups may reduce waste in Melbourne’s CBD. .
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Home-delivered food has a huge climate cost. So which cuisine is the worst culprit?
The Conversation
Tue 19 January, 2021
Over the past few years, Australians have embraced online food delivery services such as UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog. But home-delivered food comes with a climate cost, and single-use packaging is one of the biggest contributors.
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SBS World News Australia
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Climate risks unlikely to be priced into government bonds any time soon
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 18 January, 2021
The federal government's debt manager has pushed back on suggestions that it should include environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks such as climate change when it sells bonds to investors.
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Gas companies rank among largest funders of Australian political parties
Reneweconomy
Mon 18 January, 2021
Australia’s fossil fuel sector has emerged as one of the largest financial backers of political parties over the last two decades, but we may never know the true extent of the influence purchased, with some of Australia’s largest resources companies using loopholes to hide their donations from public scrutiny.
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Major infrastructure investment for NSW national parks
Government News
Mon 18 January, 2021
The NSW government has announced hundreds of kilometres of new walking tracks and a campground upgrade program as part of a major infrastructure investment in the state’s national parks.
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Australia is seizing the opportunities of green policies — state by state
Sustainability Matters
Mon 18 January, 2021
While Australia may not have been on the cast list at December’s Climate Ambition Summit, there is an increasingly positive sense of climate action taking place here. In large part, this is being driven by Australian states and territories, which are not just taking action on emissions and energy efficiency — often they are leading the world.
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No slowdown in scary climate prophecy phenomenon
The Australian
Mon 18 January, 2021
Every year, new climate doomsday projections seem to pop up. These gratuitous and unverified claims are not science, no matter what Al Gore and Greta Thunberg would have you believe.
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Forestry Corp sought to ease post-bushfire logging curbs to save jobs
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 18 January, 2021
The state-owned logging company has warned in a letter to the environmental watchdog that hundreds of forestry jobs are at imminent risk because of the lack of available timber following last summer's bushfires.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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AXIS Capital won't provide insurance cover for oil exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Insurance Business
Mon 18 January, 2021
AXIS Capital has confirmed in a letter to the Gwich’in Steering Committee – an organisation formed by Alaska’s Gwich’in Indian Nation to preserve the environment – that it will not provide insurance coverage or investment support to projects related to exploration, drilling, or the production of oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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$23b Spirit Super to lean in on ESG investing
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 18 January, 2021
Industry super funds MTAA Super and Tasplan will rebrand as Spirit Super after completing their merger in April, creating a $23 billion institutional investor ambitious to deploy its newfound heft to sustainable investments in infrastructure and property.
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Solar hydrogen plant to power Queensland college, golf course, buses
Reneweconomy
Mon 18 January, 2021
A “campus-scale” renewable hydrogen plant will be developed at a Queensland school that specialises in vocational training and golf instruction, in a joint venture between Hills International College and Energy Estate.
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EU renewable-energy shift aids environment
7 News
Mon 18 January, 2021
Europe's shift from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable sources has reduced environmental problems while also cutting the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) says.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Wave energy researchers test waters off Albany as renewable sweet spot
Reneweconomy
Mon 18 January, 2021
Researchers from the University of Western Australia’s Wave Energy Research Centre have deployed a second wave monitoring device off the south coast city of Albany in a region researchers believe could serve as an important showroom for wave energy technology.
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Water networks need to get smart, says report
Sustainability Matters
Mon 18 January, 2021
Smart water networks are at the forefront of smart city and IoT technology, with the sector set to boom in the coming years. A report released by IDTechEx predicts that, in the water pipe network alone, the industry of sensors will grow to over $3.5 billion by 2030.
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Architectural institute gives Brisbane CBD red mark over green space
The Brisbane Times
Mon 18 January, 2021
The industry's peak body is calling for all levels of government to prioritise "green infrastructure" in planning legislation, saying the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of the outdoors for work, travel, exercise and mental health.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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These are the 20 healthiest cities in the world right now
Vogue Australia
Mon 18 January, 2021
A quick poll among friends and family asking them which city in Australia ranks healthiest might quickly lean in favour of Sydney, the toned, lithe limbs of Sydneysiders and F45 acolytes assumed to be leading the charge. But they would be wrong.
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Curious kids: how do gills work?
The Conversation
Mon 18 January, 2021
Great question, Tully! Animals on land breathe air, which is made up of different gasses. Oxygen is one of these gases, and is made by plants (hug a plant today and say thanks). All animals need to breathe in oxygen to survive.
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Indian zoo stops feeding chickens to hawks on bird flu fears
The Age
Mon 18 January, 2021
New Delhi: A state-run zoo in India has stopped feeding chickens to birds such as hawks, eagles and owls as bird flu outbreaks spread to more than 10 states in the country.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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