Issue date : Fri 5 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Morrison government rules out subsidies in electric vehicle strategy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 February, 2021
Australian businesses will be encouraged to invest in plug-in hybrid and electric car fleets in an attempt to increase private uptake by flooding the second-hand market with new vehicle technologies at lower prices.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
It's in the Coalition's best interests to set more ambitious climate goals
The Canberra Times
Fri 5 February, 2021
Dr Peter McCawley recently wrote that, "in Canberra, as in Washington, much depends on understanding power: knowing where to hunt for it, being able to grab or guide it, and knowing when to seize the chance to command and control."
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Australia’s fossil fuel industry relies on saturation to quell outrage
Reneweconomy
Fri 5 February, 2021
Sitting across several time-zones can be relatively disorienting. I follow climate and energy news across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, and the differences in pace are astonishing. It feels like every single day, particularly in Europe and America, there is something new – and it’s usually something substantial.
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World’s largest battery to be built in Hunter Valley
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 5 February, 2021
The world’s largest grid-scale solar battery, with a potential capacity of 1200 megawatts – about eight times the size of the South Australian big battery – is to be built in the NSW Hunter Valley at Kurri Kurri, 35 kilometres north-west of Newcastle.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Creating a more resilient grid: virtual power plants explained
Utility Magazine
Fri 5 February, 2021
The way we generate, use and store energy is changing. As the world moves towards more renewable energy options, and large traditional power generators are retiring, maintaining the balance between supply and demand at all times is crucial to preventing power outages. One way communities and utilities are addressing this issue is with virtual power plants (VPPs). But what exactly are VPPs? Here we explore how VPPs can act as a substitute for conventional dispatchable power plants and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.
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Noisy silence
Cosmos
Fri 5 February, 2021
New Zealand’s use of toxic aerial baits to rid the islands of invasive mammal predators has attracted claims that forests “fall silent”, with birdsong declines after each operation.
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As Perth’s suburbs burn, the rest of Australia watches and learns
The Conversation
Fri 5 February, 2021
February has already been a bad month for Perth. Bushfire has destroyed 81 homes and burned more than 10,000 hectares northeast of the city. Residents in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown were told to abandon their homes and seek shelter as the bushfire raged.
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Scott Morrison's first call with Joe Biden covers China, Covid and climate
The Guardian
Thu 4 February, 2021
In the Trump era, journalists didn’t have to speculate about what a US president said to an Australian prime minister during a private phone call. Famously, the entire transcript of a fraught conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull in 2017 was leaked.
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Qld premier urged to intervene over mine
7 News
Thu 4 February, 2021
Queensland's opposition are urging the premier to directly intervene in the New Acland coalmine expansion approval process to end ongoing uncertainty about the project.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
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No one wins in an endless blue
The Mercury
Thu 4 February, 2021
Is there an outcome more emblematic of the Tasmanian inability to find common ground than spending two decades fighting a battle between conservation and forestry and ending up with poorer outcomes for both? asks Mercury political editor David Killick
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Aviva targets big emitters, dangles divestment
Investor Daily
Thu 4 February, 2021
Global asset manager Aviva Investors has rolled out a new climate transition program aimed at large carbon emitters, threatening to dump the companies if they do not comply.
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How AGL lost nearly $2 billion from its early push into wind farms
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 February, 2021
The share price of AGL – Australia’s biggest power generator and the country’s biggest emitter – took a tumble on Thursday after it revealed a massive $2.7 billion in write downs, including a $1.9 billion pre-tax loss from legacy investments in wind farms.
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Flinders University powers ahead with carbon positive goal
Utility Magazine
Thu 4 February, 2021
Flinders University is implementing a number of renewable energy initiatives to reach its target of net-zero emissions from electricity from 2021 onwards, including a new electricity supply agreement across all of its South Australian campuses.
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Wave Swell Energy installs generator off King Island in world first hybrid trial
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 February, 2021
An innovative Australian wave energy generator has been deployed in the ocean off King Island, where it will be connected to the Bass Strait island’s power grid and tested alongside existing wind, solar and diesel resources – a first in Australia and possibly the world.
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Face masks recycled for road base
Sustainability Matters
Thu 4 February, 2021
Disposable face masks could be recycled to make road-building material and help solve the mounting problem of pandemic-generated waste.
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7 News
Used face masks can make roads: Aust study
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
Planners Declare aim to embolden better outcomes from the get go
The Fifth Estate
Thu 4 February, 2021
Last year wasn’t an easy time to start a national “Declare” movement but that didn’t stop a small group of dedicated planners joining forces to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency.
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Give me a road without the gum trees: Councillor
The Advertiser
Thu 4 February, 2021
Adelaide City Council’s dominant faction wants potentially killer gum trees removed from city streets.
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NT News
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Amazon unveils shell-shaped forest building for new HQ
The Fifth Estate
Thu 4 February, 2021
It’s been a big week for one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Hot on the heels of the announcement that the founder of online retailing behemoth, Jeff Bezos, would step down as CEO – but remain on as executive chairman – Amazon also unveiled plans for the curly new centrepiece of its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
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Focus on carbon neutrality at Research Update
Farm Weekly
Thu 4 February, 2021
CARBON neutrality of the grains industry is set to be the focus of the upcoming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update in Perth on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23.
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Waste to biofuel industry on cards for Collie
Sustainability Matters
Thu 4 February, 2021
Renergi Pty Ltd will progress to the next development stage of its waste-to-energy technology in Collie, Western Australia, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announcing $3.9 million in funding on behalf of the Australian Government.
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Australian wins the world’s richest environmental prize
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 4 February, 2021
Australian forests campaigner Nicole Rycroft has won the world’s richest environmental prize, the $US3 million ($3.9 million) Climate Breakthrough Award, to continue her work developing alternatives to products made from the world’s diminishing forests.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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TikTok, it's time to promote food-waste reduction on socials
Sustainability Matters
Thu 4 February, 2021
Social media campaigns can be an effective tool for evoking behavioural change towards reducing food waste, according to research conducted at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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Meet the coastal warrior creating couture from Sydney’s shore waste
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 4 February, 2021
Artist Marina DeBris starts each day combing the beaches of Sydney’s eastern suburbs for rubbish that she fashions into a kind of couture called “trashion”. It’s not hard for this “trashionista” to find raw materials for her creations.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Storms, winds and floods to lash Victoria
News.com.au
Thu 4 February, 2021
Wild and wet weather is set to lash Victoria over the next 24 hours, bringing storms, strong winds and possible flooding.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Weekly Times
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