Issue date : Tue 9 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
Climate change debate a ‘distraction’: Nationals senator Canavan
7 News
Tue 9 February, 2021
Nationals senator Matt Canavan said he would vote against a net zero emissions target if it was brought to parliament, labelling the climate debate a “distraction”.
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The Newcastle Herald
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Farmers poised to cash in on net zero: Littleproud
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 February, 2021
Farmers are well placed to profit from a commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, thanks to the carbon farming and soil carbon initiatives that will be unveiled in the May budget, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says.
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Angus Taylor’s own projections confirmed EVs were the best choice two months ago
Reneweconomy
Tue 9 February, 2021
It didn’t get quite as much attention across mainstream Australia media as might have been expected, but Angus Taylor’s transport plan, for which a discussion paper was launched last Friday, is actually a really, really big moment in Australia’s climate and energy policy history.
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Testing EV charging impacts on the electricity grid
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 9 February, 2021
The Federal Government, Jemena, and four network service providers are launching a trial to assess electric vehicle (EV) charging impacts on the electricity grid.
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KLM flight first powered by synthetic fuel
The West Australian
Tue 9 February, 2021
A commercial KLM airlines flight powered with synthetic fuel has carried passengers from Amsterdam to Madrid in a world first, the Dutch government and airline say.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Climate of fear dooms rational decision-making
The Australian
Tue 9 February, 2021
Last month I wrote a column about overblown environmental prophecies that pique the attention of the progressive media, particularly during quiet news periods.
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Super’s green push lures MSCI
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 February, 2021
Two powerful forces have driven global index maker MSCI to choose Australia as only the second sharemarket in the world for which it will build a set of domestic indexes.
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Governments across Australia failing koalas
Independent Australia
Tue 9 February, 2021
However, current mainstream media interest in koala conservation is highly unlikely to expose the most serious threat to the survival of wild koalas. Without question, the policies of extinction driven by the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victorian governments are the major causes.
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BMW buys solar aluminium as supply chains go green
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 9 February, 2021
London | German carmaker BMW has signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates to buy green aluminium, underscoring how Europe’s ambitious climate goals are rapidly up-ending global supply chains and reshaping the geopolitical landscape.
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Covid caused a coal-killing carbon crunch, and it could be permanent
Reneweconomy
Tue 9 February, 2021
A new study released by a team of economists in Germany has investigated the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s energy systems, and found that the kick to coal power delivered by the impacts of the pandemic could be made into a permanent structural decline in coming decades.
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Regional NSW ripe for local EV manufacturing hub
Sustainability Matters
Tue 9 February, 2021
A local manufacturing hub in an established NSW regional centre, such as Lithgow, would speed up the NSW Government’s electric vehicle (EV) vision for the state, according to Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).
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Pollen likes the heat
Cosmos
Tue 9 February, 2021
Climate change is causing allergy seasons to start earlier, last longer, and be more intense, according to a new study from the University of Utah.
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Tropical or temperate?
Cosmos
Tue 9 February, 2021
Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change – which would be good news for temperate fish in cooler waters.
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‘More pros than cons’: Farmers ahead of divided Nationals on climate policy
The Age
Mon 8 February, 2021
Having forged ahead with its own climate goals, the farming sector was caught by surprise when Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said agriculture may be exempted from an emissions reduction policy in comments signalling more leadership tensions in the Nationals’ party room.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Actuaries Institute submission calls for mitigation funding
Insurance News
Mon 8 February, 2021
The Actuaries Institute has urged the government to fund mitigation works and the strengthening of building codes in a pre-Budget submission to Federal Treasury in which it addresses climate change and the need for measures to help Australians develop greater resilience to extreme weather.
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Victorian Liberal-Nationals oppose controversial gas import terminal
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
Plans to construct a new gas import terminal on the Victorian coast have encountered an unexpected source of opposition, with the state’s Liberal National Party announcing it would not support the development of the Crib Point gas terminal.
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Kangaroo meat made available for Victorians
Food Processing
Mon 8 February, 2021
The Victorian Government has made kangaroo meat available for human consumption following a steep increase in the native population in the last three years.
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Irrigators face fines in Gwydir Valley water cap
The Australian
Mon 8 February, 2021
The NSW government’s new floodplain harvesting scheme in the important Gwydir Valley will have a ‘significant impact’, irrigators warn.
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NT sinks seabed mining plans
Australian Mining
Mon 8 February, 2021
The Northern Territory Government has decided not to lift a ban on seabed mining in its waters following a public consultation last October.
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View from The Hill: Michael McCormack buffeted by Nationals climate battle
The Conversation
Mon 8 February, 2021
The Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will have to navigate a slippery path when the Nationals begin discussing Scott Morrison’s evident desire to embrace a 2050 net-zero emissions target.
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How setting a net-zero target will put us ahead
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 February, 2021
Although I’ve never been a big fan of setting targets, I must admit that when it comes to improving female representation in politics and to setting a net-zero emissions target, the benefits are clear.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Plans to use COVID for Great Reset are ‘very sinister’
Sky News Australia
Mon 8 February, 2021
Sky News host Rowan Dean says the idea of using the powers of COVID-19 and swapping it to achieve climate change goals is the “great fantasy of the left”.
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Denial of mining extension a wake-up call for industry and government
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 February, 2021
Friday’s watershed refusal by the Independent Planning Commission of the proposed expansion of the Dendrobium Mine was a bubble-puncturing reality check for both the mining company and the Department of Planning. Eight kilometres west of Wollongong, the mine extracts metallurgical coal some 350 metres below the Metropolitan Special Area of the Woronora Plateau. The Special Areas are catchment lands set aside to protect the water flowing into Sydney’s reservoirs. Trespassers risk fines of up to $44,000 if they enter.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Kerry Stokes’s Seven Group in pitch for WA pumped hydro scheme
The Australian
Mon 8 February, 2021
Kerry Stokes’s Seven Group is eyeing a push into renewable energy generation, pitching a $650m pumped hydro scheme to the West Australian government.
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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Morrison scores a climate own goal
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 8 February, 2021
In his recent address to the National Press Club, the Prime Minister announced his goal “to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050″. The statement took the government a small step further on its journey towards a credible climate change policy.
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Insurance pricing a key signal in shift to low carbon: ICNZ
Insurance News
Mon 8 February, 2021
The pricing of risk by insurers helps to expose unsustainable practices and provides a crucial signal for all stakeholders in helping drive the move toward a low carbon economy, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.
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‘Epic’ legal battle to receive fresh hearing
Lawyers Weekly
Mon 8 February, 2021
The long-running legal battle between farmers and New Hope Group has reared its head again with a new order for a fresh Land Court hearing into the controversial coal mine set to go ahead.
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Tilt Renewables says it has “a number” of suitors, invites binding offers
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
Australian listed wind farm developer Tilt Renewables has revealed it has received a number of non-binding offers to buy the company, in the latest development spurred by a strategic review launched late in 2020 by majority shareholder, Infratil.
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New joint venture to develop hydrogen port on Victorian south coast
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
The construction of new hydrogen production and export facilities on the southern coast of Victoria will be progressed as part of a new joint venture, announced on Monday, targeting both local and international hydrogen markets.
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South Australians to hit the showers to solve solar duck curve
The Fifth Estate
Mon 8 February, 2021
Around 2400 South Australian households will treat their electric hot water systems like one big coordinated battery to soak up excess solar generation in the middle of the day in a new trial.
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South Korea to spend $A56 billion to build world’s biggest offshore wind farm
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
South Korea has announced $A56 billion plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, an 8.2 gigawatt project off the coast of Sinan in the Yellow Sea, as the government puts flesh on the bones of its 2020 pledge to go carbon neutral by 2050.
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The US jumps on board the electric vehicle revolution, leaving Australia in the dust
The Conversation
Mon 8 February, 2021
The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the electric vehicle jump-start the country sorely needs.
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China offers a great electric transport example to Australia
Reneweconomy
Mon 8 February, 2021
As interest in electric buses in Australia grows – despite the best efforts of the federal government to act like an Emu and bury its head in the sand – it’s worth looking at what is happening overseas, and China in particular.
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Overfishing worry for sea cucumber poo
Yahoo News
Mon 8 February, 2021
For the first time, drones have revealed the huge scale of sea cucumber poo at an Australian reef, and it has scientists worried about the ecological impact if their numbers decline.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Deadly Himalayan glacial burst triggers calls for action on climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 February, 2021
A glacial flood that tore through a Himalayan valley, killing at least 12 people with fears for 170 more, has sharpened concerns about an acceleration in climate change disasters, as rescuers scramble through the hostile terrain to find survivors.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
$9.5m funding for proposed WA plastic recycling plant
Sustainability Matters
Mon 8 February, 2021
Pact Group and Cleanaway have announced a joint project to build a new plastic recycling plant in Western Australia, which has attracted $9.5 million in grant funding from the Recycling Modernisation Fund and the WA Government.
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Adidas recruits tennis stars to debut collection made from ocean plastic
Ragtrader
Mon 8 February, 2021
Adidas has debuted its new Parley Tennis Collection at the Australian Open. Featuring a detailed, data-driven map graphic of the Great Barrier Reef, the tennis pieces were created to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on the underwater ecosystem.
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Héctor Bellerín On The Importance Of His Sustainable Collab With H&M
GQ Australia
Mon 8 February, 2021
Once synonymous with the term ‘fast fashion’, H&M has set itself some ambitious sustainability goals in recent years, and Bellerín’s collaboration with the retailer — which is made from 100 percent sustainable materials — feels representative of where the brand is headed.
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Here's how Elon Musk's $100 million Xprize competition for carbon removal will work
Yahoo News
Mon 8 February, 2021
Darrell Etherington Mon, 8 February 2021, 10:34 pm·3-min read Elon Musk notified the world that he would be donating $100 million to pursue new technologies for carbon capture, methods through which carbon dioxide can be actively extracted from the atmosphere as a means to help stave off climate change.
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