Issue date : Wed 27 January, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
We are the 1%: the wealth of many Australians puts them in an elite club wrecking the planet
The Conversation
Wed 27 January, 2021
Among the many hard truths exposed by COVID-19 is the huge disparity between the world’s rich and poor. As economies went into freefall, the world’s billionaires increased their already huge fortunes by 27.5%. And as many ordinary people lost their jobs and fell into poverty, The Guardian reported “the 1% are coping” by taking private jets to their luxury retreats.
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City Liberals fire back at Nationals over coal
The Australian
Wed 27 January, 2021
City-based Liberal MPs have criticised the Nationals for proposing the construction of new coal-fired power stations, as ­Coalition divisions on climate change re-emerge in what could be an election year.
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Why consumers and communities should be at heart of clean energy transition
Reneweconomy
Wed 27 January, 2021
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a new project to spur greater involvement of citizens in clean energy transitions, in a much-needed and major new community-focused project. The “Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions” program will bring together decision makers, leaders and governments and will be headed by Denmark’s government.
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Adaptation summit tackles 'neglected half of the climate equation'
The Canberra Times
Wed 27 January, 2021
International leaders have pledged to build a "climate-resilient world" at a virtual summit on adapting to rising sea levels, worsening droughts, more extreme heat waves and compounding food and water scarcity.
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BlackRock issues ultimatum on net zero
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 27 January, 2021
The world’s largest fund manager appears to have created a virtuous circle of funds flow, ancillary business development and profit growth thanks to its vocal climate change activism.
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Technology-first approach best to cut carbon dioxide
The Australian
Wed 27 January, 2021
Scott Morrison was putting on a brave face when he declared the climate wars were over as regards a carbon-neutral future. On cue, the Australian Energy Market Operator said it was on alert for power shortages because of an overstretched electricity system, and the Nationals doubled down on plans for a new coal-fired power station in the NSW Hunter Valley.
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‘Stark reminder of our fragility’: Pandemic prompts global surge in climate action
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 27 January, 2021
The head of the world’s largest private investor has asked companies to disclose plans on how they intend to reshape their businesses to operate in a net-zero economy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Climate change to cost Queensland $60b every year by 2038
The Courier Mail
Wed 27 January, 2021
As a cyclone brews in the Gulf, a report finds unchecked climate change will cost Queensland $60 billion a year in disaster recovery.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
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Aussie ESG funds see post-election boost
Money Management
Wed 27 January, 2021
Despite being on the other side of the world, Australian equity environmental, social and governance funds with holdings in renewable energy saw a boost after the Democratic party win in the US election gave new life to climate change action.
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Solar power outshines old records despite gloom of pandemic
The Age
Wed 27 January, 2021
Solar power continues to shine despite the coronavirus downturn, with every state and territory except Tasmania breaking records for installed capacity of large-scale and rooftop solar last year.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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A guide to Australia’s adorable pygmy-possums
Australian Geographic
Wed 27 January, 2021
Pygmy-possums are arguably Australia’s most adorable marsupials, with their curly tails and soft-looking bellies. Here’s your chance to get to know them better.
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Nationals MPs ignite fresh climate row with push for more investment in coal
SBS World News Australia
Tue 26 January, 2021
It is unlikely Scott Morrison will attempt to override the Nationals agitators, leaving him exposed to criticism from the US and other trading partners with strong climate change targets.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
China's President calls for unity in fighting coronavirus and climate change
9 News
Tue 26 January, 2021
Countries must cooperate more closely in fighting the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change and in supporting a sustainable global economic recovery, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an address to the World Economic Forum.
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Biden shows we don’t have to choose between climate action and jobs
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 26 January, 2021
Australia has been stuck in a climate policy cul de sac for nearly two decades. Every time we look like making progress reducing our emissions, we are told loudly and repeatedly by vested interests that we can have jobs, or we can have a healthy environment, but we can’t have both.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Ikea to start selling spare parts for products
Yahoo News
Tue 26 January, 2021
Furniture giant Ikea is planning to sell spare parts for its furniture in a bid to scale up its green credentials.
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Wind and solar lead charge as renewables overtake fossil fuels in Europe
Reneweconomy
Tue 26 January, 2021
A clear picture of 2020 is emerging, in the context of climate and energy – it has far exceeded expectations for the growth of zero carbon energy and the decline in fossil fuels. A new report from European energy analytics firms Ember Climate and AgoraEnegiewende confirm that, for Europe, renewable energy has risen to 38% of the region’s total electricity (compares to 34.6% in 2019).
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Nine ways to keep your pet safe and cool during a heatwave
The New Daily
Tue 26 January, 2021
With the mercury soaring in parts of Australia, pet owners are being warned that high temperatures can prove deadly for their beloved animals if proper precautions aren’t taken.
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Climbing the koala’s family tree
Particle
Tue 26 January, 2021
Koalas are one of Australia’s most beloved marsupials. How can DNA help bring them back from the brink of extinction?
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What do sharks want – and why do they bite?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 26 January, 2021
Last year was the deadliest for shark attacks since 1929. Why? And what do we really know about the secret lives of sharks?
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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SA bushfire contained, leaving path of destruction behind
9 News
Tue 26 January, 2021
A bushfire burning at Cherry Gardens, in the Adelaide Hills, has now been contained. South Australia Police said the threat from the fire has reduced at Hicks Hill Road near Longwood, Mylor, Biggs Flat, Scotts Creek, Chapel Hill, Cherry Gardens and Mount Bold in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
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Why mattresses are being dumped on Melbourne streets
The Herald Sun
Tue 26 January, 2021
A record number of dumped mattresses were collected by Melbourne street cleaners across in 2020. Here’s the reason for the surge.
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Former Victorian deputy premier recognised in Australia Day Honours
The Age
Tue 26 January, 2021
As a state MP for 15 years and Victoria’s deputy premier from 1999 to 2007, John Thwaites was constantly in the public eye but after politics he has flourished in academia as a sustainability advocate.
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Morrison and Taylor continue to stack government bodies with fossil fuel allies
Reneweconomy
Mon 25 January, 2021
The Morrison government has again appointed a number of government allies and fossil fuel representatives to key government positions, this time overhauling the board of a body responsible for maintaining the integrity of Australia’s emissions reduction projects.
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Use Biden agenda to commit to net zero: Malcolm Turnbull
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 26 January, 2021
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged the Morrison government to end a policy “vacuum” on climate change by seizing on the new agenda from US President Joe Biden to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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How big batteries are a boon for regional Australia
The Canberra Times
Mon 25 January, 2021
Recent announcements that two big batteries will be built at coal-fired power stations in NSW are great news for the energy system and regional communities across Australia.
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As heatwaves become more extreme, which jobs are riskiest?
The Conversation
Mon 25 January, 2021
Heat is more dangerous than the cold in most Australian regions. About 2% of deaths in Australia between 2006 and 2017 were associated with the heat, and the estimate increases to more than 4% in the northern and central parts of the country.
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ABC News
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Home hydrogen storage start-up lands equity investor – and major battery order
Reneweconomy
Mon 25 January, 2021
The Australian start-up behind a hydrogen-based energy storage system targeting homes and businesses has secured a cornerstone investor, alongside a bulk order of its innovative hydrogen batteries that claim to offer three-times the storage capacity of comparable technologies.
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Joint venture targets four Australian hydrogen hubs
Reneweconomy
Mon 25 January, 2021
A new joint venture could see the creation of new of hydrogen supply chains boosted in Australia, including production and re-fuelling infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles, with ASX-listed gas exploration company Real Energy looking to tap into coal seam gas reserves at a new hydrogen hub in Queensland.
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Wombats bundled into cars and evacuated during Cherry Gardens bushfire
ABC News
Mon 25 January, 2021
Bundling 15 wombats into three cars as a bushfire threatened an Adelaide Hills wildlife sanctuary was a nervous moment for the centre's boss, Brigitte Stevens, but it was the 72 others she had to leave behind she feared for most.
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