Issue date : Thu 28 January, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 03 Seconds
Number of items : 36
Climate change in Australia: Reality check as ‘net-zero’ 2050 target not enough to fulfil Paris Agreement
News.com.au
Thu 28 January, 2021
Australia needs a dramatic increase in its emissions reduction targets to stay in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming to well below 2C, analysis has found.
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Taylor ready to build gas-fired power station
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 28 January, 2021
The federal government is all but resolved to build a gas-fired power station in the Hunter Valley amid rising pessimism the private sector will fill the generation gap to be created when the Liddell coal-fired plant closes in 2023.
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Does Australia have the least efficient cars in the developed world?
The Canberra Times
Thu 28 January, 2021
A Labor frontbencher has claimed Australia has the least efficient cars and light trucks in the developed world while calling out the government for inaction on cleaning up the nation's fleet.
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The Newcastle Herald
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‘Stop us in our tracks’: Biden’s new climate chief John Kerry invokes Australian bushfires
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 January, 2021
London: US President Joe Biden’s climate tsar has invoked last summer’s Australian bushfire crisis as evidence the world “can’t afford to lose any longer” and must urgently slash carbon emissions.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
'Doomsday Clock' stuck at 100 seconds to midnight
Yahoo News
Thu 28 January, 2021
The "Doomsday Clock" illustrating the perils facing the planet and mankind will remain at 100 seconds to midnight this year amid the threats of the coronavirus pandemic, nuclear war and climate change.
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International Business Times
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A plea for the kids returning to our hottest schools
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 January, 2021
Back to school is usually a time of excitement, a flurry of bag packing and uniform ironing, and maybe some sadness that the holidays are over. For our family, living in Liverpool in western Sydney – one of Sydney’s hottest suburbs – it’s also a time of worry about the dangerous impacts of extreme heat on my children’s health.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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We must change to battle climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 January, 2021
My summer reading has not been solely the usual escapism that I aim for to recover from the year (what a year!) just gone. I have also been reading a number of environmental texts, including one about Deep Adaptation, which I actually wish was fiction because its premise would make 2020 seem like an absolute party.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Exxon Mobil to adjust board to address climate: report
Yahoo News
Thu 28 January, 2021
Exxon Mobil plans to announce new steps to tackle climate change -- including by adding members to its board -- as it confronts rising investor scrutiny of its contribution to global emissions, US media reported on Wednesday.
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International Business Times
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Fat as an elephant?
Cosmos
Thu 28 January, 2021
Obesity isn’t just a human scourge – it can also impact animal health. And looking at elephants, you could be excused for thinking they need to go on a diet. But researchers have found that, on the whole, they have less body fat than the average person.
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Turning toxins to therapies: the wild world of researching venom
Australian Geographic
Thu 28 January, 2021
From deadly snakes and spiders to the box jellyfish and blue-ringed octopus, Australia’s legendary range of venomous creatures is being celebrated as a potentially rich source of new drugs and disease treatments.
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How wide is the ocean?
Cosmos
Thu 28 January, 2021
A geological phenomenon is pushing North and South America further apart from Europe and Africa a new study has found, widening the Atlantic up to four centimetres a year.
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Barnaby Joyce shows why a Coalition government may never embrace climate action
Reneweconomy
Wed 27 January, 2021
For all the uncertainty cast by unprecedented global pandemics and unpredictable election results, some things never change. You can rely, for example, on the National Party of Australia to remain stubbornly and inexplicably opposed to renewable energy (give or take a few enlightened young MPs). And you can set your watch by LNP elder Barnaby Joyce’s inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims that renewable energy is behind every glitch in the national electricity market.
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Albanese drops Butler from climate in reshuffle restart on emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 27 January, 2021
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese will drop climate spokesman Mark Butler from the key portfolio in a shake-up that aims to bridge a gulf within the party on gas fields, coal mines and greenhouse emissions.
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WAToday
New research suggests projections of future warming may be too conservative
Reneweconomy
Wed 27 January, 2021
How much will the world warm with ongoing fossil-fuel carbon emissions? It’s a big question that preoccupies policymakers and activists, with important discussions about when the world will hit two degrees, are we really on a path to four degrees of warming with current Paris commitments, and so on.
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The verdict on Australia’s emissions targets: catastrophic
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 27 January, 2021
US President Joe Biden moved decisively on climate, rejoining the Paris Agreement on day one and appointing former secretary of state John Kerry as his Climate Envoy. Kerry has already called out the climate emergency, emphasised that time is fast running out, and makes the critical point that existing Paris pledges are inadequate to meet the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees. Kerry will make the point in coming summits that countries collectively need to do at least three times as much as they are currently pledging.
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The Age
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Australian miners poised to gain from Biden’s energy makeover
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 27 January, 2021
Joe Biden’s administration has sent a strong signal that it backs Australia’s growing integration into US supply chains for rare earths and other critical minerals at the heart of the growing electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery revolution.
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Warning sounds over cost of climate change
Yahoo News
Wed 27 January, 2021
The economic alarm has again been sounded over climate inaction, with an environmental group warning the cost of extreme weather has more than doubled over the last 50 years.
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Perthnow
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
BlackRock reinforces commitment to ESG
Financial Standard
Wed 27 January, 2021
BlackRock will push companies to disclose plans for their transition to a net-zero carbon economy, chief executive Larry Fink stated in his annual letter to company leaders.
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Corporations purchased record 24GW of renewables in 2020
Reneweconomy
Wed 27 January, 2021
Despite the absurdity and mountain of adversity that was 2020, corporations around the globe purchased a record 23.7GW of clean energy, led by the United States with companies purchasing 11.9GW.
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Rooftop solar will eclipse coal-fired power in 2024
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 27 January, 2021
Rooftop solar capacity will dwarf coal-fired power by 20 per cent in 2025 as a record number of households switches to cheap solar electricity and exports it to the grid for profit.
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Animal rights group raise concerns over Grampians dingo plan
The Age
Wed 27 January, 2021
An animal rights group has voiced concerns about a proposal to reintroduce dingoes into the Grampians, warning the native predators would be at risk of being poisoned or shot if found on private property.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Aussie businesses called on to Clean Up
Dynamic Business
Wed 27 January, 2021
Not-for-profit Australian environmental conservation organisation Clean Up Australia has its sights on the country’s business sector.
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