Issue date : Mon 11 September, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 37 Seconds
Number of items : 78
Climate change threatens national security
9 News
Mon 11 September, 2017
As Hurricane Irma lashed Florida overnight, the Greens have warned climate change is the single greatest threat to Australia's national security.
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Overturned loans ban offers lifeline to coal exporters
The Australian
Mon 11 September, 2017
A ban on government-backed loans for onshore coal and ­resource export operations will be overturned in the “national interest” to help fund billions of dollars in projects that are threatened by the growing reluctance of the major banks to back them.
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Period of growth for Hobart’s CSIRO after job cuts
The Mercury
Mon 11 September, 2017
THE CSIRO’s Hobart-based Oceans and Atmosphere Department is experiencing growth after significant job cuts last year, new director Tony Worby says.
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Rush Limbaugh evacuates Palm Beach days after suggesting Hurricane Irma is fake news
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 September, 2017
Right-wing US radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has suggested that the "panic" caused by the hurricanes benefits retailers, the media and climate change activists, abandoned his south Florida studio ahead of Hurricane Irma.
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Embrace sustainable development goals for the future
Investment Magazine
Mon 11 September, 2017
OPINION | Generating the best possible retirement outcomes drives everything superannuation funds should do for their members. This means more than just targeting strong returns year on year.
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Aldi tells suppliers to meet ethical standards
The Australian
Mon 11 September, 2017
German discount supermarket Aldi is plumping its corporate and social responsibility credentials by demanding its Australian suppliers sign up to rigorous ethical sourcing programs and auditing regimes, as it works on shaping community views that the chain is more than just about bargain basement prices.
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The Turnbull-Frydenberg investment bank: Bullying, cronyism and Captain’s picks
Reneweconomy
Mon 11 September, 2017
There is almost universal agreement that carbon policy is or should be a Federal issue. That is clearly something that the Federal Government should be involved in as it involves Australia’s international status and obligations. But that is the one area that the Federal Government is not touching.
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The Turnbull Government has run out of energy
Independent Australia
Mon 11 September, 2017
Not only did we not save $200 a year as Abbott promised but energy prices have doubled since the Coalition scrapped the carbon tax; now, dropping subsidies for renewables is the latest thought bubble from the Nationals. John Passant reports.
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Power price debacle illustrates lack of understanding
The Australian
Mon 11 September, 2017
Nothing better illustrates the lack of public policy expertise in the media and government than the debacle over power prices. Moral posturing about climate change so infected thinking on issues of power generation that former prime minister Kevin Rudd in all seriousness declared that “climate change is the great moral challenge of our time”.
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Energy debate: wind and solar sending costs on a wild ride
The Australian
Mon 11 September, 2017
Pushing more solar and wind capacity into Australia’s electricity network is causing wild gyrations in prices that risk blackouts and under-investment in reliable energy sources, according to a new report.
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Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market
The Conversation
Mon 11 September, 2017
There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last week’s announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station in New South Wales in 2022. The sight of the Prime Minister looking for options to keep Liddell open raises the spectre of further reflexive government intervention that can’t end well.
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Gas, not coal, the key to fixing Australia's electricity mess
ABC News
Mon 11 September, 2017
AGL boss Andy Vesey made a fundamental miscalculation last week. The straight-talking American vainly attempted to use logic, honesty and rational economic thought to explain why he is shifting the company out of coal-fired power generation and towards renewables.
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Drones and wildlife – working to co-exist
The Conversation
Mon 11 September, 2017
The drone market is booming and it is changing the way we use airspace, with some unforeseen consequences.
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Danger remains for whale wrapped in ropes off Fremantle
WAToday
Mon 11 September, 2017
A humpback whale that was disentangled from fishing nets outside Fremantle harbour may still be in danger because it has two ropes wrapped tightly around the middle of its body.
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Nothing to see here, say climate deniers, as hurricanes smash our one and only planet
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 11 September, 2017
Katia and Jose? Seriously? As if it were not bad enough that Houston is still drying out from Hurricane Harvey and Florida is hunkered down in the face of Hurricane Irma, last week hurricanes Katia and Jose formed, respectively spinning in the Gulf of Mexico and whirling west across the Atlantic. We face multiple, simultaneous, catastrophes.
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I have always wondered: why is the sea salty?
The Conversation
Mon 11 September, 2017
The short answer is that water dissolves the salts contained in rocks, and these salts are carried in the water to the sea.
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UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 11 September, 2017
London (AFP) - A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday.
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Veolia partners with Farm Waste Recovery
Food & Beverage
Mon 11 September, 2017
Veolia has secured a three-year deal with Farm Waste Recovery (FWR), part of the Industry Waste Recovery (IWR) group. The deal will see Veolia provide collection, transport and recycling services of polypropylene packaging for their closed-loop network across Australia.
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Wanted: Rubbish truck drivers to dish dirt on waste dumped in Qld
The Brisbane Times
Mon 11 September, 2017
Investigators want to hear from as many waste, transport and recycling-facility operators in south-east Queensland and New South Wales as possible as part of a probe into the dumping of NSW rubbish in Queensland.
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Cholera fears rise following Atlantic hurricanes: Are we making any progress?
The Conversation
Mon 11 September, 2017
As hurricanes barrel through some of the most impoverished communities in the Western Hemisphere, and as floods ravage Yemen, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and India, now is the time to rethink and prioritize cholera epidemic prevention and response.
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The truth behind wild weather
The Australian
Mon 11 September, 2017
As Hurricane Irma batters Florida, with Anguilla, Barbuda and Cuba clearing up and Houston drying out after Harvey, it is reasonable to ask whether such tropical cyclones are getting more frequent or fiercer.
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Government leans on AGL over Liddell ahead of meeting
The Conversation
Sun 10 September, 2017
Federal ministers are piling the pressure onto energy company AGL ahead of its chief executive, Andy Vesey, meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday to discuss the future of the Liddell power station.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Turnbull, AGL attempt to thrash out solution to Liddell coal plant stand-off
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Sydney Morning Herald
Government urges AGL to extend life of coal-fired Liddell plant
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The West Australian
Government pressures AGL heavily on coal
Power to the people
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 10 September, 2017
Let's see. Record-breaking hurricanes hitting the Americas and wildfires burning the western US. Global temperature records broken 14 of the last 15 years. Glaciers shrinking for the last 37 years straight. Drought tightening its grip across Australia, as the prospect looms of the bushfire season from hell. This must be a good time for the federal government to lecture an energy company that says coal is dead and has no economic future, and tell them: "Your 45-year-old power station has plenty more to give and we'd like to use taxpayer dollars to prop it up," yes? Bingo.
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Renewables are no ‘short term sugar hit’, Josh Frydenberg says
The Australian
Sun 10 September, 2017
Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has slapped down a criticism of renewables by Coalition colleague and former resources minister Matt Canavan, who described them as a “short term sugar hit”.
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China to phase out traditional fuel cars
SBS World News Australia
Sun 10 September, 2017
China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars.
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Sky News Australia
The Australian
The Mercury
The New Daily
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Kids take up concepts to help deliver messages
The West Australian
Sun 10 September, 2017
Working within the tourism, research and education industry for many years, one thing I can be certain about is the importance of delivering information that is meaningful to someone.
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Chile creates reserve around Easter Island to protect marine life
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 10 September, 2017
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially created a 740,000-square kilometer (286,000-square mile) marine reserve on Saturday around remote Easter Island, a move that will protect dozens of species found nowhere else.
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Whale watching expected to grow in Qld
Sky News Australia
Sun 10 September, 2017
Swimming with whales in Hervey Bay will be a permanent fixture on Queensland's tourism to-do list after a three-year trial went off without a hitch.
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Snowy Mountains horse whisperers saving and finding homes for wild horses
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 10 September, 2017
THE transformation in just 24 hours is astonishing. They arrive truly wild young animals of the rugged high country, the only humans they’ve seen watched with suspicion from a misty distance.
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Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida as millions flee
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 10 September, 2017
Cuba: Hurricane Irma pounded Cuba's northern coast on Saturday and barrelled toward Florida's Gulf Coast as authorities scrambled to complete an unprecedented evacuation of millions of residents hours before the storm lashes the state.
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Coldest night in 45 years for parts of NSW
News.com.au
Sun 10 September, 2017
IF you thought winter was over, you might want to think again because spring isn’t quite ready to officially take over just yet.
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French minister calls out Trump on climate change as Irma wreaks havoc
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 9 September, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Friday extreme weather conditions like the powerful hurricane bearing down on Florida risked becoming the norm, and took a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump's stance on climate change.
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Defying Trump, Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 9 September, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday evening that includes $10 million to help fund the United Nations' climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President Donald Trump's decision to stop funding it.
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Birkenstock's sustainable shoe boxes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 9 September, 2017
The headquarters for German shoe company Birkenstock "ticks all the boxes" in terms of sustainability.
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Coalition’s retreat back to coal-fired power stations
The Australian
Sat 9 September, 2017
In 2015 Australia’s businesses made the mistake of thinking the Coalition government was serious about tackling climate change, and solemnly lined up to support it.
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How the extremes conspire against the centre
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 9 September, 2017
The businessman and environmentalist Dick Smith is in a dispute with the ABC about the way his views on immigration have been reported. We make here no comment on Mr Smith's argument with the ABC, which in any case is well able to defend itself. Nonetheless the nature of the dispute does raise a wider point about the current state of debate in Australia.
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People power: how households can help the energy crisis
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 9 September, 2017
By his own admission, Sydney's Chris Dunstan is an "energy wonk". Not only has he installed solar panels on the roof of his Hurlstone Park home, he has designed a system so his rainwater tanks store water for his airconditioning unit.
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Renewables ruin energy security
The Australian
Sat 9 September, 2017
There are two overarching things to be said about the disastrous mess Australia has got into with electricity, which should be cheap, plentiful and reliable in an energy-rich country and is increasingly none of those.
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Serbia's largest power plant to start clean-up to meet EU standards
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 9 September, 2017
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's power utility EPS and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems signed a 167 million euro ($201 million) deal on Friday to help reduce gas emissions and meet European Union standards at Serbia's largest coal-fired power plant.
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Petrol cars to die out in less than 10 years
The Daily Telegraph
Sat 9 September, 2017
FOR more than 100 years car manufacturers have relied on the simplicity of burning fuel within a combustion chamber to power vehicles.
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Happy Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did
Crikey
Sat 9 September, 2017
Since the European invasion of Australia in 1788, on the whole Australia’s wildlife has been incredibly unlucky. The agents of extinction that Europeans brought with them – predators to eat them, herbivores to starve them, changed fire regimes, drastically altered habitats, direct hunting, invasive plants and even climate change – have brought the native fauna to its knees.
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Roaring Success: The world's first carbon project using fire
ABC News
Sat 9 September, 2017
Aboriginal rangers have fused modern science with ancient practices to develop the world’s first carbon project using fire. The strategic approach of controlled dry-season burning helps prevent devastating bushfires, and is now being used widely across the northern belt of Australia.
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EPA launches action against Power-Water
NT News
Sat 9 September, 2017
THE Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority has launched legal action against the Power and Water Authority over the stench from Leanyer Sewage Ponds.
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Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 8 September, 2017
Apia (Samoa) (AFP) - Pacific island leaders on Friday demanded urgent action from the global community to address climate change, following fresh warnings that the region would be hit harder than anywhere else on Earth.
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Can Tasmania be the battery of the nation?
The Mercury
Fri 8 September, 2017
HYDRO Tasmania wants to develop up to 15 pumped hydro sites in Tasmania to realise the vision of this state becoming the “Battery of the Nation”.
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Uber to stop using diesel cars in London by end 2019
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 8 September, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] will cease using diesel cars in London by the end of 2019 and the vast majority of rides will be in electric or hybrid vehicles by then, the taxi app said on Friday.
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Police seize echidna and python during home raid
The Brisbane Times
Fri 8 September, 2017
A pair of men could face jail time or fines of more than $375,000 each after an echidna stolen from the wild was found in a Lockyer Valley home.
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Students become hands-on conservationists
The West Australian
Fri 8 September, 2017
Dunsborough Primary School’s Year 5 and 6 classes took to the foreshore last week, spending Thursday morning maintaining local bushland as part of the Rio Tinto Earth Assist program.
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Meet the 'ratbag warrior' who led Queensland's plastic bag ban
The Brisbane Times
Fri 8 September, 2017
A starving turtle in Moreton Bay with a stomach full of plastic made environmental campaigner Toby Hutcheon do something specific to get rid of plastics from the environment.
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