Issue date : Mon 8 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 16 Seconds
Number of items : 62
Morrison shows again he’s master of spin
The Age
Mon 8 February, 2021
Many years ago, I was told by a veteran spin doctor that any new project – a new building, say – should be announced 10 times. First, announce you are considering it. Then that you are calling for proposals. Then that the proposals have been received. You should publish the proposals, then announce the winner … This goes on until after the building is up, and you celebrate its first anniversary. The point is to wring every ounce of positive publicity out of even the smallest announcement.
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South Australia achieves world-leading 60pct wind and solar share over last year
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
South Australia has achieved a world-leading 60 per cent share of wind and solar in its local grid in the last 12 months, reaching a level of “variable” or “intermittent” generation that is unmatched in a market of its size anywhere in the world.
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Feral cats kill over three billion native animals each year
2GB
Mon 8 February, 2021
Michael is joined by Ted O’Brien MP, NLP Federal Member for Fairfax / Chair of Standing Committee on the Environment & Energy, regarding a new national conservation mission launched last week dubbed ‘Project Noah’, that aims to combat the killing of native wildlife by feral cats.
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3.6 magnitude earthquake recorded near Muswellbrook coal mine
News.com.au
Mon 8 February, 2021
A shallow earthquake left Muswellbrook residents worried when a seismic shift was registered near the Mt Arthur coalmine overnight.
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Himalayan glacier breaks in India's north, causing flood that has killed nine, 140 missing
9 News
Mon 8 February, 2021
Indian authorities launched a search operation Sunday after part of a Himalayan glacier broke, sending a massive flood of water and debris slamming into two dams and damaging a number of homes. At least nine people were killed and 140 were missing.
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New service could see you help the environment when you die
Yahoo News
Mon 8 February, 2021
A burial service is offering to turn human remains into compost. Recompose, a company which is based out of the US state of Washington, offers people the chance to become soil after they die.
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Support for stamp duty reforms and shift away from coal, Sydney survey finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 February, 2021
Success in handling the COVID-19 crisis has increased optimism across Sydney for the year ahead and may have primed the state for major reforms, including changes to stamp duty and a transition away from coal.
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Michael McCormack says agriculture could be excluded from 2050 net zero emissions target
The Guardian
Sun 7 February, 2021
The Coalition is facing an increasingly testy party room as it struggles to land on a climate policy, with the Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, declaring he is “not worried about what might happen in 30 years’ time”.
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Morrison’s climate stance is shifting say observers, but glacially
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 February, 2021
Before Scott Morrison spoke at the National Press Club a rumour spread through climate activist circles that the PM was about to announce a firm target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Such a target would have brought Australia’s ambitions into line with Europe, the United States and much of Asia.
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Australia out of the ‘climate club’ as EU advances carbon border tax
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 7 February, 2021
London | The European Parliament has given initial backing to the EU’s carbon border levy, as Brussels advocates harnessing US President Joe Biden’s emissions-busting enthusiasm to create a global “climate club”.
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Victoria under pressure to change container deposit scheme model
The Age
Sun 7 February, 2021
Scouts, local sporting clubs and charities have joined drinks manufacturers Lion Nathan and Coca-Cola Amatil in a bid to pressure the Victorian government to overhaul its model for a container deposit scheme over concerns it will be harder for community groups to make money.
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China is launching a public data platform to name and shame polluters
Yahoo News
Sun 7 February, 2021
China is trying a new strategy to deal with companies that break pollution rules: wield their data against them. Reuters reports that China is launching a data platform on March 1st that will let the public and officials study real-time and recorded emissions levels to determine if factories and institutions are violating pollution regulations. You could theoretically catch a manufacturer in the act and pressure them into complying.
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Q&A: What is China's carbon trading scheme?
Yahoo News
Sun 7 February, 2021
China has launched the world's biggest carbon trading system to help lower carbon emissions, but critics and analysts have raised doubts about whether it will have a signficant impact.
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Peter Gleeson: Why 2050 renewables target just won’t happen
The Courier Mail
Sun 7 February, 2021
Why is everybody getting so hot under the collar over energy and climate change policy and this fantasy 2050 renewables target, asks Peter Gleeson. There are multiple reasons it will never happen.
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Bushfire scheme takes pork-barrelling to new level
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 February, 2021
Yes, yes, yes, we all know by now – after last year’s revelations that, just before the last state election, 95 per cent of the $250 million Stronger Communities grants scheme went to Coalition-held seats – that the Premier has a shockingly blasé attitude towards pork-barrelling. “It’s not illegal,” she infamously said, “and everyone does it.”
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It is time to put a price on the environment
The Australian
Sun 7 February, 2021
In the early 1990s I spent some time working in a game park in Kenya. A recent innovation had been community-based conservation to encourage people in neighbouring villages to get behind efforts to protect the wildlife. A quarter of gate fees paid by tourists were earmarked for local projects. The animals were earning their keep.
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Woolworths mini collectables are back with eco-friendly message
News.com.au
Sun 7 February, 2021
Mini collectables are back for 2021 with supermarket giant Woolworths announcing Discovery Garden seedling kits would return to stores on Wednesday.
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UK climate data shows why Australia’s best bet is with wind and solar
Reneweconomy
Sun 7 February, 2021
Finalised estimates of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions from the years 1990 through to 2019 show that wind and solar have played a major role in the country’s pathway towards lower national emissions, with a deep potential for these two technologies to drive future change in the country as efforts to electrify more sectors expand.
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The battery is ready to power the world
The Australian
Sun 7 February, 2021
After a decade of rapidly falling costs, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery is poised to disrupt industries.
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US energy agency predicts more renewables, but comes under fire for fossil forecast
Reneweconomy
Sun 7 February, 2021
An update of the American Energy Information Agency (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook has found that the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix will more than double by 2050, while controversially predicting flat trends for both coal and gas despite the incoming Biden administration’s plan for widespread and rapid grid decarbonisation.
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An armada of bluebottles in iconic children’s pool at popular Sydney beach
The Australian
Sun 7 February, 2021
A Twitter user has captured a photo of an armada of bluebottles in a popular children’s pool on Bondi Beach that is sure to send a shiver down the spine of every parent.
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Ecologists buy 1,000-acre blue gum plantation and transform it into wetland it once was
ABC News
Sun 7 February, 2021
It was 2016, Mark Bachmann was stumped. He and his team of scientists were three years into transforming a huge tract of agricultural land into the wetland it once was, but had no idea how their small, regional, not-for-profit could negotiate the final step: to buy 1,000 acres of commercial blue gum plantation.
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Wealthy Victorians least likely to support climate action: poll
The Age
Sun 7 February, 2021
When former Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon quit the opposition shadow cabinet last year, he said his party needed to reduce its ambition on climate change to win back blue-collar workers.
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Can Australia’s Labor party match Joe Biden’s winning message on climate action?
The Guardian
Sat 6 February, 2021
Democrat Joe Biden had only been the US president for a week when, on one single day, he rained down enough executive orders to completely reframe the global politics of climate action. After eight years of our local Liberal/National government stalling on meaningful climate policy, Australia is embarrassingly unprepared for the new reality.
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NZ minerals sector braced for climate change action
Sustainability Matters
Fri 5 February, 2021
In response to the Climate Change Commission’s draft emissions budgets for transitioning to a net zero carbon, the New Zealand minerals sector has announced that it looks forward to engaging with government to develop feasible, practicable and effective pathways for climate change action.
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A major coal mine expansion was knocked back today, but where’s the line in the sand?
The Conversation
Fri 5 February, 2021
An independent expert panel today rejected a proposal to expand the operations of the Dendrobium coal mine under Sydney’s drinking water catchment. This is a significant and welcome decision. However, flawed environmental laws that enabled the proposal to get so far must be overhauled.
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Australian drivers missing out on best EV models
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 5 February, 2021
The Electric Vehicle Council has warned that Australian drivers will continue to miss out on the newest and cheapest electric vehicle models hitting the market in other countries.
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Coal mine expansion rejected as “unacceptable” risk to drinking water
Reneweconomy
Fri 5 February, 2021
The NSW Independent Planning Commission has rejected a proposal to expand a coal mine into regions under a major drinking water catchment, saying the project represented an unacceptable risks to key drinking water supplies.
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