Issue date : Mon 1 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
PM must not follow Biden up radical climate path
The Australian
Mon 1 February, 2021
Scott Morrison must maintain a pragmatic approach as Labor and the green-left media turn up the heat on the government’s green agenda.
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The Morrison government must change our environment laws – or be guilty of condemning our greatest treasures
The Guardian
Mon 1 February, 2021
Sometimes a warning comes along that is so unequivocal and so unimpeachable, from an objective and authoritative source, that it sets a test for a government where they can either act or they can own the consequences that occur when they fail to act. The report by Prof Graeme Samuel AC into Australia’s environmental laws (the cumbersomely named Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act or EPBC Act) is one of those warnings.
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Federal legislation fails to protect wildlife and the environment
Independent Australia
Mon 1 February, 2021
The final report of the independent review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act fails to address many substantive, critical issues, says Sue Arnold.
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How is Australia travelling with the switch to electric cars?
The Age
Mon 1 February, 2021
Electric cars will become a part of the power grid one day – and many countries are speeding ahead with uptake. So why is Australia stuck in the slow lane?
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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You may have missed…
Cosmos
Mon 1 February, 2021
Last week featured a wide range of stories that either made us smile or have a little giggle. We’ve rounded a few of them up for your Monday morning.
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Governments urged to overhaul environment laws to avoid ongoing decline
Lawyers Weekly
Sun 31 January, 2021
A once-in-a-decade review of Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act has found that “fundamental reform”, independent bodies and rigorous compliance regimes are critical in addressing consistent failures from Australian governments.
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Labor on the way to net zero emissions by 2050
7 News
Sun 31 January, 2021
Federal Labor’s new climate spokesman Chris Bowen says he is consultations on the pathway to fulfil the commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
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Electric cars, fewer cows in New Zealand's climate change plan
Yahoo News
Sun 31 January, 2021
New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.
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International Business Times
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Beaches Link tunnel built on our old way of life
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 31 January, 2021
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned multibillion-dollar Beaches Link tunnel under Middle Harbour was an outdated transport solution. The pandemic has amply shown that we can successfully and productively decentralise where we work, unclog the roads and revitalise local communities. So the notion of yet another massive toll road to help get us back into the daily grind of long distance commutes in private vehicles seems, frankly, myopic.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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‘Albo’s gambit’ a humiliating loss for ‘climate cultist’ Mark Butler
Sky News Australia
Sun 31 January, 2021
Sky News host Rowan Dean says it won’t be long before ‘full-blown climate cultist” Mark Butler starts peddling Great Reset slogans and pulling the levers of the coronavirus pandemic to “heal the planet” from catastrophic climate change.
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Without proper targets, Labor might as well put a drover’s dog in climate role
Reneweconomy
Sun 31 January, 2021
It was yet another case of exquisite timing by Labor. On the very same day that US president Joe Biden unveiled sweeping initiatives to fast track emission cuts, and two new reports warned of the economic and environmental risks of Australia’s climate policy resting at a standstill, Labor leader Anthony Albanese – wearing what looked suspiciously like a hat borrowed from Barnaby Joyce – announced a cabinet re-shuffle and promised to do exactly that: Nothing.
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$643bn Aviva targets ASX over ‘climate emergency’
The Australian
Sun 31 January, 2021
New Aviva boss Mark Versey wants companies to take action on the issue with the same speed they tackled the COVID threat.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Australia’s grid is reshaping itself around the surge in clean energy
Reneweconomy
Sun 31 January, 2021
The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) Quarterly Energy Dynamics (QED) report for Q4, 2020, has found, among a range of significant findings, that the final quarter of 2020 was a key moment for several major trends in the National Electricity Market (NEM).
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Endangered animals bounce back on rat-free Lord Howe Island
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 31 January, 2021
The last rat seen on Lord Howe Island was sniffed out by a detector dog about 15 months ago not long after a sometimes controversial program to rid the island of an estimated 200,000 of the vermin began.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Questions over approval of Storm Bay salmon farming
ABC News
Sun 31 January, 2021
There are questions about the validity of the decision to green-light one of the most significant aquaculture expansions in Tasmania's history, with documents obtained by the ABC revealing it was made by just three sitting members of the nine-member assessment panel.
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Labor’s electric vehicle tax set for a rough road ahead
The Age
Sat 30 January, 2021
The Victorian government’s plan to tax drivers of electric vehicles is in jeopardy because the government does not have the support to pass the legislation in Parliament’s upper house.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Surge in global action highlights Australia’s stance on climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 30 January, 2021
International action on climate change surged this week with General Motors announcing it will cease making petrol and diesel cars by 2035 and the United Nations secretary-general calling for wealthy nations to abandon coal and set net-zero emissions targets.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Environment act reform overdue
The Australian
Sat 30 January, 2021
A good way to sustain momentum in the economic recovery now under way will be to deliver much-needed reform of the clumsy and outdated Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. On Thursday, Graeme Samuel delivered his final report on the EPBC Act as part of a 10-year statutory review. He has made 38 recommendations that are sweeping in nature and comprehensive in detail. The challenge for government is to deliver a workable outcome that cuts through existing layers of green tape and gives greater protection for the environment.
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Environmental vandalism must stop
The Canberra Times
Sat 30 January, 2021
Although the attitude of many of Australia's early settlers to their new environment can best be described as "if it moves, shoot it, if it grows, cut it down", later generations - especially our own - have made them look like rank amateurs when it comes to ecological genocide.
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Free electric vehicle charging switched on
Yahoo News
Sat 30 January, 2021
The first in a planned national network of free electric vehicle charging stations have been switched on with the support of major car makers and local councils.
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After the fires, rare bird’s appearance surprises scientists
The Age
Sat 30 January, 2021
The last time ecologist Dr Rohan Clarke and his colleagues visited Howe Flat, near Mallacoota, there was dense smoke in the sky, flames on the ridgeline and their bird nets filled with burnt leaves.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Dingo found with fish hook in lip sparks reminder for Fraser Island tourists
The Brisbane Times
Sat 30 January, 2021
Queensland park rangers have freed a young dingo from a fishing lure near a popular campsite on Fraser Island’s north-west coast, sparking a call for visitors to take care as they return in the wake of recent fires.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Melbourne beach warning as rains continue
7 News
Sat 30 January, 2021
The rain that has lashed much of Victoria is set to continue, prompting flood and water quality warnings for rivers and beaches.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Morrison government hasn’t yet modelled zero emissions pathway
Reneweconomy
Fri 29 January, 2021
The Morrison government has not modelled an Australian pathway to zero net emissions, despite the prime minister claiming that the debate over zero emissions was over, according to information provided by department officials to a parliamentary inquiry on Friday.
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‘Either way we win’: Labor’s plan to get the upper hand in climate wars
The Age
Fri 29 January, 2021
Labor is taking a leaf out of the NSW Coalition’s book with plans to grow regional jobs through green energy as it shakes up its climate portfolio and positions the party to gain ground in key regional seats.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Biden changes the balance in Australia’s climate wars
The Age
Fri 29 January, 2021
The federal opposition frontbench reshuffle this week has raised speculation about a change in the direction of the ALP’s climate policy, but a more significant shift for Australian politics is happening not in Canberra but in Washington. The Canberra bubble has been electrified by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s decision to name a new environment spokesman. The NSW Right faction’s Chris Bowen replaces Mark Butler, known as a passionate advocate for faster action to reduce emissions.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Microsoft buys carbon credits from NSW cattle operation
Farm Weekly
Fri 29 January, 2021
PROGRESSIVE NSW beef operation Wilmot Cattle Co has struck a deal with global technology giant Microsoft to sell around half a million dollars worth of carbon credits.
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Roadmap release to support sustainable small business growth
Sustainability Matters
Fri 29 January, 2021
The Banksia Foundation and Australia Post have released a white paper that will act as a practical roadmap for small business owners to sustain their operations in the current global climate.
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Norway’s pension fund burns profits from fossil fuel sales on bad oil and gas investments
Reneweconomy
Fri 29 January, 2021
Norway’s ‘Government Pension Fund’, known colloquially as ‘the oil fund’, uses revenue derived from Norway’s sizeable oil and gas extraction industry to create a range of diverse investments around the world. Most of the fund is directed toward ownership intersts in companies, spanning 74 countries and 9,202 companies, most recently weighted towards technology companies.
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London-based Cubico backs wind farm overlooking closed Hazelwood coal generator
Reneweconomy
Fri 29 January, 2021
London-based renewable energy company Cubico Sustainable Investments has emerged as the principal project investor for the 180-200MW Delburn Wind Farm set to be built in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, overlooking the site of the now closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station.
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The plant whisperers
The Australian
Fri 29 January, 2021
As the first Threatened Plant Index is compiled, experts wonder why flora has to fight so hard for attention.
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Shell Nigeria ordered to pay for oil leaks
Yahoo News
Fri 29 January, 2021
A Dutch appeals court has ruled that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell is responsible for oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and must pay damages to farmers.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
WAToday
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Tech Tent: Iron Man’s climate change mission
Yahoo News
Fri 29 January, 2021
He's one of Hollywood's biggest stars and, as Iron Man, is many moviegoers' idea of what a tech tycoon should look like. But Robert Downey Jr has ambitions to play another role - that of an investor in technology to combat climate change.
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