Issue date : Fri 22 January, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 55 Seconds
Number of items : 58
Biden weighs “social cost” of carbon in reversing Trump-era climate damage
Reneweconomy
Fri 22 January, 2021
Newly inaugurated President of the United States Joe Biden hit the ground running Wednesday (Thursday morning, Australia time) in instituting his administration’s climate and environmental policies, not only re-signing to the Paris climate change agreement and rescinding approvals for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline but initiating the process to roll back Trump-era “environmental” policy by addressing the “social cost of carbon”.
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Are we really going to let Scott Morrison cook the country?
The Canberra Times
Fri 22 January, 2021
It was just about the first action the new President of the United States took - rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. And it was one quick way to signal exactly the path the Biden presidency will take on the biggest challenge of our times. Pandemics come and go, but climate change is a one-way ticket to a catastrophe no vaccine can help us avoid.
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Oil’s time up: hydrogen will power the future
The Australian
Fri 22 January, 2021
The iron ore company I founded 18 years ago, Fortescue, generates just over two million tonnes of greenhouse gas — every year. That’s more than the entire emissions of Bhutan.
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As Biden acts on climate, Morrison reactivates fossil rhetoric
Reneweconomy
Fri 22 January, 2021
Australia’s 2030 Paris Agreement targets are painfully weak. They’re badly insufficient to align to the country with what’s required for global climate action. Currently, they target a reduction of 26-28% by the year 2030, based off 2005 levels of emissions. In fact, setting weak targets and then bragging about achieving them is a very Liberal-National party approach to climate action, and has been the way for some time.
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Why Australia leads the world in ESG-related pay
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 22 January, 2021
A new report has found Australian companies pay more for positive ESG outcomes than any other nation.
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Forrest reveals plan to replace coal with 40,000 green steel jobs
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 22 January, 2021
Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest says the time is right for Australia to develop its own big steel making industry using the nation’s vast iron ore resources and emerging green technologies.
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Forestry Corp facing massive revenue drop after record bushfire season
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 22 January, 2021
State-owned Forestry Corporation says last summer's record bushfires scorched half of the native forest estate and a quarter of its softwood plantations, setting the agency on track for a sharp drop in revenue in coming years.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Racing 2-year-old horses is lucrative, but is it worth the risks?
The Conversation
Fri 22 January, 2021
Horse racing is an ethical hotbed in Australia. The Melbourne Cup alone has seen seven horses die after racing since 2013, and animal cruelty protesters have become a common feature at carnivals.
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Mozzies off moggies
Cosmos
Fri 22 January, 2021
Seen your cat rolling around in catnip (Nepeta cataria) or silver vine (Actinidia polygama)? Your furry friend might be using it as an insect repellent.
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'More needs to be done': Morrison's gas deal fails to ignite manufacturers' support
The Age
Thu 21 January, 2021
The federal government's gas-fired recovery plan won't deliver the cheaper gas manufacturers need to remain viable, industry warns, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison inks a new deal with liquefied natural gas exporters.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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'Expensive brain fart': Cost of dam project may triple, documents show
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 21 January, 2021
The cost of NSW's biggest dam project may blow out to $2.1 billion, or more than triple the original estimate, delivering what is likely to be the most expensive water in the Murray-Darling Basin.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison
Reneweconomy
Thu 21 January, 2021
United States president Joe Biden was inaugurated on Thursday morning, Australia time, and immediately set to work to bring the United States back into the Paris climate change agreement, signalling the start of a new era of United States climate action and a renewed pressure on countries like Australia to do more.
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Biden’s big climate plans face a big problem: conservative roadblocks from within
Reneweconomy
Thu 21 January, 2021
It got lost in the haze of the attacks on the United States Capitol building by an army of Trump loyalists, but the success of two Democratic candidates in what are known as ‘run-off’ elections in the state of Georgia had a huge impact on the future of climate in the US and consequently, the world.
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World welcomes US return to climate fight
Yahoo News
Thu 21 January, 2021
Climate-change leaders and campaigners worldwide have welcomed US President Joe Biden's move to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement but said Washington must now lead by example.
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7 News
Perthnow
The West Australian
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Federal court strikes down Trump's coal-friendly EPA climate rules
Yahoo News
Thu 21 January, 2021
A federal appeals court has struck down the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on power plant greenhouse emissions. A US court of appeals said that the plan approved by the EPA in 2019 was a “mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act,” and that the EPA “fundamentally has misconceived the law.” With the current EPA rules invalidated, it will allow President-elect Joe Biden, set to take office at noon ET today, to create tougher laws governing power plant pollution.
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Rich nations 'hugely exaggerate' climate finance: study
Yahoo News
Thu 21 January, 2021
Rich countries have over-reported finance to help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change by $20 billion over the last decade, leaving at-risk communities drastically underfunded, a new analysis showed Thursday.
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International Business Times
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46,000 join class action against Queensland coal plants
Reneweconomy
Thu 21 January, 2021
Over 46,000 Queensland energy consumers have signed on to Australia’s largest ever energy class-action, seeking compensation from two Queensland government-owned power companies accused of manipulating energy markets to boost their own profits.
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DOA launches social cause challenge worth $5K
Mumbrella
Thu 21 January, 2021
DOA, the social purpose consultancy founded by Ebony Gaylor and Thinkerbell’s Adam Ferrier and Margie Reid, has launched its first social cause challenge, calling for innovative business and brand-led ideas that can tackle a social or environmental issue.
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December 2020 was the highest NEM wind and solar month on record
Reneweconomy
Thu 21 January, 2021
Now that 2020 has wrapped up, we can begin looking into some key facts and stats from the year. The most rapidly updated is the data from Australia’s National Electricity Market, or NEM. Here are three key takeaways from a preliminary look at Australia’s biggest grid. All data sourced from OpenNEM.
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World's first domestic hydrogen battery developed by Australian firm
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 21 January, 2021
The world’s first commercially available line of hydrogen-powered domestic products, including a barbecue, a bicycle and most crucially a unit that creates and stores hydrogen power, has been developed by an Australian company, LAVO, working with the University of NSW.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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China delivers a surprise 2020 renewable boom, but it may not last
Reneweconomy
Thu 21 January, 2021
China is likely to have installed a record capacity of wind and solar power in 2020, as shown in data emerging from China’s “National Energy Agency” covering the country’s wind power growth. Analytics outlet China Energy Portal suggests a total of 71.1 gigawatts of new wind power capacity was installed in the year 2020, up from around 28 gigawatts in 2019. Solar installations were at 48.2 gigawatts, the second highest on record and up from 30 gigawatts in 2019.
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Six Green Stars for La Trobe sports stadium
Sustainability Matters
Thu 21 January, 2021
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has awarded La Trobe University’s new sports stadium a ‘6 Star Green Star Design and As Built’ rating for sustainable building practice. The stadium is reported to be Australia’s first sports building to achieve such an accolade.
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Hope for drug in wombat mange battle
Yahoo News
Thu 21 January, 2021
A commonly used flea and tick product for cats and dogs could be a game-changer in the treatment of debilitating sarcoptic mange in wombats.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Spotlight on air pollution in Europe
Cosmos
Thu 21 January, 2021
Think of air pollution these days and you probably think of China. In 2017 alone air pollution is estimated to have caused about 1.24 million deaths in China. But what about elsewhere?
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‘Climate change forced me to retire from sport’
The Sustainability Report
Thu 21 January, 2021
Extreme heat cut short the netball career of former Australian international Amy Steel – now she’s telling her story so that other sportspeople don’t suffer the same fate
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Making games for a dying planet
ArtsHub
Thu 21 January, 2021
Sometimes, it's tempting to think that the battle for the environment has already been lost. Despite our warm climate making Australia at immediate risk of negative climate change events, we are the wealthiest nation on the list of deforestation hotspots, and our Federal government is led by a Prime Minister who actively dissuades the adoption of clean energy, having once brought a lump of coal onto the Parliament floor.
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Glou brings wine on tap into the retail world
The Shout
Thu 21 January, 2021
One of Melbourne’s newest wine stores has put a unique swing on sustainability, opening a retail store that exclusively sells wine on tap.
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Black outlook for coal: BHP slashes mine values
The Australian
Wed 20 January, 2021
BHP has slashed up to $US1.3bn ($1.7bn) from the value of its NSW thermal coal mines as it looks to offload the out of favour assets, citing the poor outlook for Australian energy coal and the difficulty of recovering tax losses at the operations, as the company also cut production expectations for its coking coal mines.
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Crimes at sea: when we frame illegal fishers as human and drug smugglers, everyone loses
The Conversation
Wed 20 January, 2021
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs economies up to US$50 billion globally each year, and makes up to one-fifth of the global catch. It’s a huge problem not only for the 59.5 million people who depend on fisheries for their livelihoods, but also for the environment.
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