Issue date : Fri 29 January, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 13 Seconds
Number of items : 38
Australian government commits to improving climate resilience
Insurance Business
Fri 29 January, 2021
The Australian government had joined the international Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) to improve climate resilience and build safer communities by integrating climate risk into investment decision-making.
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Net zero a fiduciary responsibility: BlackRock
Money Management
Fri 29 January, 2021
In its annual letters to chief executives and clients, the company has highlighted the efforts it has taken over the last year since it announced it will divest from coal.
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Renewables become biggest UK electricity source: study
Yahoo News
Fri 29 January, 2021
Renewable energy beat fossil fuels last year to become the largest source of electricity in Britain, according to a study.
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International Business Times
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3D concrete bio-inspired by lobsters
Sustainability Matters
Fri 29 January, 2021
Digital manufacturing technologies like 3D concrete printing (3DCP) have immense potential to save time, effort and material in construction.
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How heatwaves and drought combine to produce the perfect firestorm
The Conversation
Fri 29 January, 2021
Long heatwaves during entrenched drought often trigger fears of bushfire. It’s easy to imagine rolling days of hot, dry weather desiccating leaves, bark and twigs, transforming them into a potent fuel.
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Five unusual technologies for harvesting water in dry areas
The Mandarin
Fri 29 January, 2021
Water scarcity is among the top five global risks affecting people’s wellbeing. In water-scarce areas, the situation is grim. Conventional sources like snowfall, rainfall, river runoff and easily accessible groundwater are being affected by climate change, and supplies are shrinking as demand grows.
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Plastic waste pyrolysis ash converted to flash graphene
Sustainability Matters
Fri 29 January, 2021
Chemists from Rice University in Texas have converted pyrolysed ash from plastic recycling into graphene using a Joule heating process. The graphene could be used to strengthen concrete and toughen plastics used in medicine, energy and packaging applications.
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Sowing the seeds of sustainability from Castlemaine to Brisbane
The Fifth Estate
Fri 29 January, 2021
There weren’t many people acknowledged in the sustainability and climate space in the Australia Day honours. And though the awards have been controversial again this year, scouring the long list is usually a way to find some of the people who routinely go the extra mile in their chosen passion but are rarely acknowledged.
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Australia urged to overhaul environment laws and reverse 'decline of our iconic places'
The Guardian
Thu 28 January, 2021
The Morrison government must overhaul Australia’s environmental laws, including establishing new independent bodies to take on responsibility for monitoring the environment and enforcing compliance with the law, a once-in-a-decade independent review has found.
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The Age
Major test for government on its commitment to halt species extinction
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
Yahoo News
Environmental law overhaul needed: review
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
The Canberra Times
Samuel review of environmental laws urges watchdog and standards
7 News
Recommendations to protect the environment
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
The Mandarin
Samuel review: ‘Outdated’ environmental laws must consider Indigenous knowledge
The Australian
Act now or we face eco­system extinction, says Graeme Samuel-led review
Labor rejects claims it is backing down on climate policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 January, 2021
Labor leader Anthony Albanese says his decision to replace climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler with the Labor right’s Chris Bowen has not weakened the party’s climate change stance, but instead shifted its focus to jobs growth.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Business leaders call on Victorian Government to set interim emissions reduction targets for 2025
ABC News
Thu 28 January, 2021
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is being urged to set emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 to boost business confidence and prevent Victoria falling behind the rest of the world on climate action.
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The Herald Sun
Victorian Government fails to meet climate change target deadline by almost a year
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
World’s biggest solar and battery project lands planning deal with NT government
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 January, 2021
The $22 billion Sun Cable project that is aiming to export Australian solar power to Singapore from a massive 10GW solar farm in the Northern Territory has signed a key planning agreement with the Northern Territory government.
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The verdict on Australia’s emissions targets: catastrophic
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 28 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
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The economics (not) of 22 new public housing units in Glebe… or asset stripping
The Fifth Estate
Thu 28 January, 2021
It has long been this author’s view that appraising political performance on achievement alone is an incomplete and misleading measure. Judgement should be complemented by considering what could have been achieved but was not even attempted, with overall estimations of merit marked down proportionately.
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Climate cult politicians 'worship at the doomsday altar' of Greta Thunberg
Sky News Australia
Thu 28 January, 2021
The Australian political landscape has seen a “colliding of tectonic plates” in which climate cultists “worship at the doomsday altar of Greta Thunberg” in opposition of pragmatic interests, according to Sky News host Rowan Dean.
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New climate panel says Australia needs to aim for net zero emissions by 2035
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 January, 2021
Australia’s current greenhouse gas emissions are not good enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and Australia should be aiming to reach zero net emissions as early as 2035, a new report from leading Australian climate researchers has found.
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Regulator flags new reporting scheme to track carbon offsets from big emitters
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 January, 2021
Australia’s major emitters could soon have the opportunity to publish the details of carbon offsets they have purchased, alongside their annual greenhouse gas emissions, under a new proposal being considered by the Clean Energy Regulator.
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Qantas, BP link up in race to net zero
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 28 January, 2021
Qantas and energy giant BP will collaborate on a range of green energy projects for the aviation sector, including the development of sustainable fuels for the industry, as the pair target net-zero emissions by 2050.
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New wind farm and big battery project seeks planning approval in South Australia
Reneweconomy
Thu 28 January, 2021
Another major wind farm accompanied by a big battery is seeking approval in South Australia, adding to the growing number of wind and solar and storage projects that will take the state beyond its target of net 100 pr cent renewable energy by 2030.
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Five green ways to help keep your cool this summer
Pursuit
Thu 28 January, 2021
People living in urban locations are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of increased temperatures, but here’s how greener cities can help us beat the heat
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'Flash droughts' new climate change effect
The Canberra Times
Thu 28 January, 2021
Regional Australia is already feeling the devastating impacts of climate change, including the new phenomenon of "flash droughts", a new report reveals.
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The Newcastle Herald
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Irrigators tap into Darling River’s reserves
The Australian
Thu 28 January, 2021
The first attempt to send water reserved for the environment down the Darling River is in disarray after irrigators were given the green light to pump despite regular flows falling short.
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Fuel from cardboard waste
Sustainability Matters
Thu 28 January, 2021
The current method of producing biodiesel by chemically processing vegetable oil or waste cooking oil, such as palm or soybean oil, is limited because of the unreliable availability of raw materials. Therefore, there is an effort to develop biofuels by converting lignocellulosic biomass generated as a by-product of farming or logging, instead of consuming raw materials derived from food crops.
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Quantifying the economic and social impact of football
The Sustainability Report
Thu 28 January, 2021
Social Return on Investment model developed UEFA, the European football body, aims to demonstrate that an investment in grassroots football can generate positive societal impacts
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