Issue date : Fri 12 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
MIT report ranks Australia in the global middle of green futures
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Technology Review outlet ranks 76 countries and territories on their progress towards building a low carbon future, and places Australia in a mixed position on that index. The site establishes a ranking for each country based on carbon emissions, energy transition, green society, clean innovation and climate policy.
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Mr Morrison, please don’t make empty promises: enshrine our climate targets in law
The Conversation
Fri 12 February, 2021
In the lead-up to this year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, the Morrison government is inching towards adopting a net-zero emissions target for 2050. If Prime Minister Scott Morrison can resist internal party pressure to exempt some sectors from the commitment, the target would be welcome.
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The modern farm: drought-resilient and lowering CO2
The Australian
Fri 12 February, 2021
In recent weeks the federal government has again flagged a potential push towards achieving net zero carbon emissions for Australia by 2050 with a focus on investing in technologies that could help decarbonise the economy. When Energy and Emissions Minister Angus Taylor announced his five-point low emissions technology plan last September, four of his priorities came as no surprise. But a few eyebrows were raised by his fifth — a focus on soil carbon. What, exactly, did he mean? And how was soil going to help the government’s strategy for dealing with the nation’s carbon emissions?
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“Go hard, go early:” Clean energy groups say W.A. target should be 700 pct renewables
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
With major party leaders set to square off in a key pre-election energy debate on Monday, the clean energy industry has called for them to place clean energy at the centre of their election platforms, even beyond the WA Liberals surprisingly ambitious plan for a zero emissions grid by 2030.
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European VC funds are building community around ESG initiatives
Yahoo News
Fri 12 February, 2021
In general, ESG stands for "environment-social-governance" and comprises a set of principles that touches on issues from diversity and board structures to labor relations, supply chain, data ethics, environmental impact and legal requirements.
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AGL tops coal impacts list: new report
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
A new project launched by the Australia Beyond Coal campaign aims to quantify in great detail the variety of impacts relating to Australia’s uniquely significant fleet of coal-fired power stations.
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IKEA will help turn a Swedish city into a sustainable community
Yahoo News
Fri 12 February, 2021
IKEA is moving beyond the confines of the eco-friendly home to work on sustainable urban living. The flat-pack giant is partnering with the municipality of Helsingborg in its native Sweden on a green community project, known as H22, that takes in agriculture, retail and housing. Sites are being set up in and around the city in preparation for a 35-day fair that kicks off in the summer of 2022.
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Seismic singing
Cosmos
Fri 12 February, 2021
The songs of fin whales can be used to survey the ocean crust, international researchers have just discovered.
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Herding cats
Cosmos
Fri 12 February, 2021
Finally, some good news for cat lovers – scientists have discovered how owners can significantly reduce their felines’ lust for hunting. It’s not only deceptively simple but good for them too: feed them meat and play with them more.
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Breathe Architecture a finalist at Banksia Sustainability Awards
Architecture and Design
Fri 12 February, 2021
Waste reduction, repurposing and recycling are recurring themes among the 33 finalists of Banksia Sustainability Awards, Australia’s longest running and prestigious sustainability awards program.
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Proposed environment standards fall far short of recommendations
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 February, 2021
The Morrison government wants states to agree to standards for wildlife protection that fall far short of those proposed by a landmark review of environmental laws, critics of the proposals say.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Australia ‘dead against’ climate tariffs, declares Taylor
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 February, 2021
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has declared Australia is “dead against” carbon tariffs as Prime Minister Scott Morrison awaits an invitation from United States President Joe Biden to climate talks in April.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Tougher penalties likely for illegal killing of wildlife
The Age
Thu 11 February, 2021
Victorians who kill or injure native animals could face new fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars after community outcry over the failure of the state’s wildlife protection laws sparked a legal review.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Coal plants to close by 2025 under WA election renewable energy plan from Liberals
ABC News
Thu 11 February, 2021
A Liberal Kirkup government plans to close all publicly owned coal-fired power stations by 2025 as part of the "biggest jobs, renewable energy and export project in the nation", meaning Muja and Collie would shut within four years.
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The Australian Financial Review
WA Liberal Party promises to shut coal power stations by 2025
Reneweconomy
WA Liberals target 100 pct renewables by 2030 in surprising climate plan
WAToday
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
UK and EU border taxes are a useful tool to cut global emissions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 February, 2021
Most people would agree that countries have a right to protect their industries and jobs against seriously unfair competition from overseas but a debate is now starting on whether the same logic applies to imports from countries with poor policies on carbon emissions.
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With oil past peak, Shell vows to eliminate carbon by 2050
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 11 February, 2021
London | Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell vowed to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050, accelerating previous targets, as oil production was set to slowly decline from its 2019 peak.
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Yahoo News
Shell: Europe's biggest oil firm sets out carbon neutral plans
7 News
Shell speeds up carbon reduction targets
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
Delta turns down Taylor’s $8.7 million grant for Vales Point upgrades
Reneweconomy
Thu 11 February, 2021
Delta Electricity has turned down $8.7 million in federal government funding and has cancelled a planned turbine upgrade at the 1.3GW Vales Point coal-fired power station, after concluding it would take the Morrison government too long to formally approve the grant.
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Amazon invests in 759MW offshore wind farm to power European operations
Reneweconomy
Thu 11 February, 2021
Online shopping giant Amazon has invested in the 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm being built off the west coast of the Netherlands, and will purchase half of the wind farm’s output to help power the company’s operations across Europe.
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Neometro’s James Tutton on Melbourne’s green heartland, and beyond
The Fifth Estate
Thu 11 February, 2021
In Melbourne’s progressive inner north, sustainability sells. It’s an area that has attracted several innovative developers keen to subvert the money-grabbing stereotype and provide quality homes that are better for people and the planet. And they seem to be able to do this and make a profit.
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WA’s big whale offshore marine observatory
Architecture AU
Thu 11 February, 2021
Australia’s largest natural marine observatory will take the form of a whale and will be built two kilometres out to sea at the end of the Busselton Jetty, located 200 kilometres south of Perth.
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New genetic tools to stop koalas, other species ‘going down the drain’
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 February, 2021
Dozens of Australian species headed for the “extinction cliff” including koalas will have their genomes sequenced to help protect them from threats such as disease and climate change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Logging increases bush flammability for 30 years, research shows
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 11 February, 2021
Logging of native forests makes them much more flammable and elevates the severity of bushfires when they occur, pushing some species closer to ecological collapse, according to a review of published science by two leading universities.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Massive changes coming to Aussie farming
The Mercury
Thu 11 February, 2021
A forum on Australia’s future food security has heard why wheat farming will need to move in NSW, SA and WA – and why it could one day find a home on the Apple Isle.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Gold Coast Bulletin
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Hawaii’s beaches are disappearing. New legislation could help … if it’s enforced
The Mandarin
Thu 11 February, 2021
Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills this legislative session that could force oceanfront property owners to remove sandbags and draped heavy tarps that can significantly contribute to coastal erosion. Dozens of owners along Hawaii beaches have used loopholes in current environmental laws to leave emergency armoring in place for extended periods in order to protect homes, hotels and condos. Under the new legislation, they would face strict deadlines for removing them and higher penalties for installing them without permission.
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Court overturns Maranoa Council’s refusal of CSG waste facility
The Courier Mail
Thu 11 February, 2021
A controversial waste facility in the Maranoa is one step closer to proceeding after a court overturned the council’s refusal for the development.A controversial waste facility in the Maranoa is set to go ahead after the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane overturned the council’s decision to reject the proposal.
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2.2 million items sold: Longchamp first to sign on for new venture
Ragtrader
Thu 11 February, 2021
Following international success, waste-conscious flash sale site OnTheList has launched in Australia. The site aims to help brands sustainably monetise their excess inventory and reduce landfill through flash sales.
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