Issue date : Fri 8 September, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
Record drop in electricity emissions cancelled out by rises in other sectors
The Guardian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Emissions from the electricity sector in the three months to June dropped by the biggest amount on record, as the effect of the Hazelwood coal-fired power station closure is seen for the first time in quarterly projections produced exclusively for the Guardian.
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The true cost of keeping the Liddell power plant open
The Conversation
Fri 8 September, 2017
For a long time, Australian governments have believed that the private sector should run the electricity sector. And successive governments have used market instruments to incentivise reducing emissions, by supporting renewables, discouraging coal use, or both.
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Qantas pilots help develop app to cut fuel emissions
The Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Qantas pilots have helped to dev­elop a new flight data app aimed at reducing fuel emissions. The pilots worked with GE Aviation on “FlightPulse”, which uses aircraft data and analytics so they can understand the operational efficiency of their flight.
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Trucking costs soar in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
The Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Trucking costs are surging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as big rigs get diverted to the Texas ­recovery effort and another storm approaches the Florida coast.
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Gore climate graduate and ‘agent of change’ now AGL’s point man
The Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
The head of government relations with energy giant AGL is a graduate of Al Gore’s climate-change leadership program whose move to the corporate world last year follows a quest to “change the system from within”.
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Time for the ASX 200 to disclose climate-related risks
Investment Magazine
Fri 8 September, 2017
The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) recently published the 10th edition of our sustainability report, which assesses disclosure performance within ASX 200 –companies, individually and by sector.
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Julie Bishop helps promote African uranium with Australian zombie miner
Independent Australia
Fri 8 September, 2017
Better known for her support for asbestos, why is Julie Bishop fronting an African mining conference beside uranium miner John Borshoff, who ran Paladin Energy into insolvency and called Fukushima a "sideshow"?
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Wind fail: blow me down
The Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Buried in this week’s confronting report into Australia’s future electricity security is a key sentence that underscores how the renewable energy target and wind power can be rightly fingered as the root of all chaos.
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Solar farm burns money
The Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Imagine putting $100 in the bank and getting back a guaranteed $83 a year for four years, and then $59 a year for the next decade — all taxed at a maximum rate of 30 per cent. Your 2.9 per cent high interest saver account, taxed at 39 per cent, isn’t looking so good.
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WA grid could reach 85% renewables – and cheaper than ‘clean coal’
Reneweconomy
Fri 8 September, 2017
Repowering WA’s South West Integrated System (SWIS) grid with renewables would not increase the wholesale electricity price. This is the conclusion of modelling by the WA research group Sustainable Energy Now (SEN), using hourly NASA wind and solar data over 10 years.
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Electric cars get push along
PS News
Fri 8 September, 2017
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is to support a new cut-price car leasing or buying scheme to encourage more people to drive electric cars.
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Government announces finance incentive for EVs
Motoring
Fri 8 September, 2017
But discounting interest rates for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids doesn't go far enough, say EV stakeholders
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BMW gears up to mass produce electric cars by 2020
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 8 September, 2017
FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany's BMW is gearing up to mass produce electric cars by 2020 and will to have 12 different models by 2025, it said on Thursday, as traditional manufacturers race to catch up with U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla .
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Rebranded Perth firm becomes the first in Australia to be carbon neutral
Architecture and Design
Fri 8 September, 2017
Following a recent rebranding, Perth’s With_Architecture Studio (previously Donaldson and Warn) has become the first practice in Australia to be a certified carbon neutral practice following an arduous a three-year certification process.
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Counting the dazzling sea slugs of Nelson Bay
The Newcastle Herald
Fri 8 September, 2017
BENEATH the waves of Nelson Bay this weekend a band of divers will search the seabed on a now-familiar neon Easter egg hunt for the 15th Sea Slug Census.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Monarchs in western U.S. risk extinction, scientists say
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 8 September, 2017
(Reuters) - Monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains are teetering on the edge of extinction, with the number wintering in California down more than 90 percent from the 1980s, researchers said in a study published on Thursday.
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Turtles keep Aguilera off beach at glitzy Cyprus wedding
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 8 September, 2017
Nicosia (AFP) - Uproar stirred by environmentalists over a turtle nesting site has forced a wealthy Russian couple to cancel a glitzy beach wedding party starring Christina Aguilera on the holiday island of Cyprus.
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Plastic found in tap water on 5 continents
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 8 September, 2017
Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in drinking water on five continents - from Trump Tower in New York to a public tap on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda - posing a potential risk to people's health, researchers said on Wednesday.
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Hurricane Harvey: Receding Houston floodwaters expose long-term health risk
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 8 September, 2017
Benzene churns through Houston's economy. The clear, sweet-smelling chemical is found in the crude oil processed in the region's refineries and is used to make plastic, pesticides and other products.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The world is facing a global sand crisis
The Conversation
Fri 8 September, 2017
When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they understandably think of it as an infinite resource. But as we discuss in a just-published perspective in the journal Science, over-exploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and promoting violent conflict.
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ABC Radio National
Science with Chris Smith: Sand Shortage
The hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining
Cosmos
Fri 8 September, 2017
The massive sand mining industry is often forgotten. It happens on a vast scale, is poorly regulated, and can be catastrophic for humans, animals and plants, writes Andrew Masterson.
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Pacific islands can't tackle climate change alone: World Bank
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
Apia (Samoa) (AFP) - Climate change will hit the Pacific harder than anywhere else on Earth and the region's tiny island nations need major international aid to deal with the challenge, the World Bank said Thursday.
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Germany set to miss 2020 climate goals by far: study
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is set to miss its goal to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a far wider margin than previously thought, a study said on Thursday.
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Barnaby Joyce’s bizarre call to arms against “green peril”
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 September, 2017
Australia’s deputy prime minister has issued a rousing call to arms to Australia’s mining and resources industry, warning that if they lose the fight for new coal-fired power generation, they are opening the door for the rest of the industry to fall victim to the “fatuous economics” of renewable energy and green groups.
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WA budget sees no climate or energy action
The Fifth Estate
Thu 7 September, 2017
Strong public transport commitments have been announced in the McGowan Government’s first budget for Western Australia. But in a tough environment where a surplus won’t be seen until 2020-21, climate change and energy have been all but forgotten.
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Calls for EPA to take hard line on PFAS
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
THE NSW Labor Party want greater the state’s environment watchdog to provide greater “oversight” as the Department of Defence continues testing for PFAS contamination in the Williamtown red zone.
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Chocolate company Mars to spend $1 billion on fighting climate change
Techly
Thu 7 September, 2017
The money will be spent on renewable energy initiatives, sourcing sustainable ingredients, and supporting farmers that use more environmentally sound methods of production. As a result, the company is hoping to reduce its greenhouse emissions by over 60% by 2050.
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What does Hurricane Harvey mean for your super?
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 September, 2017
As was widely reported last week, large swathes of Houston’s oil and gas, and chemical sectors were flooded by unprecedented rainfall following Hurricane Harvey, resulting in the suspension of operations at some plants, and severe damage to others.
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AGL bought Liddell for nothing – what will it cost Turnbull?
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 September, 2017
One of the late billionaire Kerry Packer’s famous quotes about business was that you only get one Alan Bond in your lifetime, a reference to his ability to sell the Nine Network to the late entrepreneur for a small fortune and then buy it back at a fraction of the price.
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Biggest threat to Australia’s energy supply – fossil fuel ideologues
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 September, 2017
Australia’s Energy Market Operator might count the failure of large fossil fuel generators in summer heatwaves as one of the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supply in coming years, but what about the threat coming from fossil fuel ideologues?
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'Decarbonised' future for AGL Energy's Liddell site
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 7 September, 2017
AGL Energy plans to convert its Liddell coal power station site into a clean energy facility - such as a wind, solar and battery farm - if it closes down the 46-year-old plant on schedule in 2022.
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'Base-load investment scheme' could keep coal alive, but Liddell power station has 'mammoth problems'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
Support is hardening in the federal Coalition for coal-fired power to have a medium-term role in Australia's electricity market, with some MPs suggesting a "base-load investment scheme" to upgrade and extend the life of coal plants and operate alongside a future Clean Energy Target.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Energy Efficiency market – commercial lighting takes centre stage
Reneweconomy
Thu 7 September, 2017
By late June, the VEEC market was in the doldrums. The oversupply continued to grow on the back of the success of commercial lighting activity and the spot price had sagged below the $11 mark. The new financial year however brought with it a change in the form of growing speculation that some rule changes may be on the cards.
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Space cooling: Unearthly tech breakthrough promises to cut aircon costs
The Fifth Estate
Thu 7 September, 2017
Stanford University researchers have developed a system that can passively cool water by up to 5°C by beaming its heat into outer space. According to a new study published in Nature Energy, the technology promises to “dramatically” cut the electricity needed to run airconditioners in commercial buildings.
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Liddell power plant operating below 40 per cent capacity, faces 'mammoth' woes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
The Hunter Valley power station at the centre of a political fight over energy is operating at below half its rated capacity and would present "mammoth problems" for any company seeking to extend its life, a former senior Macquarie Generation engineer said.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Methane powers sustainable farming
The West Australian
Thu 7 September, 2017
New Holland Agriculture presented at the North American Farm Progress Show the latest development in its vision for the sustainable future of farming: a methane-powered concept tractor that reimagines the design of this machine and reveals a connected future.
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India needs to find allies to tap cheap funds for clean coal: trade body
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India needs to partner with other countries to tap cheaper funds for cleaner coal technologies as the South Asian nation is expected to use the fuel to produce over half of its power in the next two decades, the World Coal Association chief said on Thursday.
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All new Jaguar Land Rover cars to have electric option from 2020
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - All new Jaguar Land Rover cars will be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020, Britain's biggest carmaker said on Thursday, as it speeds up plans to electrify its model range.
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Environment: More tuna dramas
Fishing World
Thu 7 September, 2017
BACK in mid-2010 we ran a piece looking at the results of Greenpeace Australia’s initial rating of 10 brands canned tuna based on fishing methods, sustainability, labelling and support for marine reserves. Greenseas and Coles came first and second, largely because they used skipjack (striped) tuna rather than bluefin, yellowfin or bigeye, considered to be overfished in some parts of the world. Greanseas edged out Coles for first place as it supported research and tuna sustainability.
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Corruption fuelling ivory trade in central Africa: study
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 September, 2017
Yaoundé (AFP) - Sophisticated international trafficking of ivory in central Africa is being fuelled by high levels of corruption, according to a report published Thursday.
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Category 5 Hurricane Irma smashes Caribbean islands and charts path for Florida
News.com.au
Thu 7 September, 2017
HURRICANE Irma has taken a deadly turn with at least six people killed and hundreds of thousands without power as the storm tears through the Caribbean.
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Analysis: Why is Hurricane Irma so strong?
SBS World News Australia
Thu 7 September, 2017
Hurricane Irma is threatening millions of lives in the Caribbean and Florida. Here's what we know about Irma and how hurricanes form:
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What’s the best reusable coffee cup?
SBS World News Australia
Thu 7 September, 2017
Hands up who watched the ABC’s War on Waste? Keep them up if you hunted down a reusable coffee cup the next day. Thousands of Australians reacted to the show’s revelation about disposable coffee cups. It’s estimated Aussies throw away one billion single-use coffee cups every year. Host Craig Reucassel managed to jam 50,000 of those cups into a tram carriage and the theatre of that TV moment has driven Aussies into action.
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Deakin Uni trial diverts food waste from landfill
Food & Beverage
Thu 7 September, 2017
Hundreds of tonnes of greenhouse gas-producing food waste could be saved from landfill each year thanks to an innovative new environmental system at Deakin University.
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Premier to 'consider her options' over controversial incinerator
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 September, 2017
The NSW Premier has given the strongest indication yet that she might step in to review a controversial proposal for a waste incinerator near homes at Eastern Creek if it were approved by an independent planning agency, a parliamentary inquiry was told on Thursday.
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