Issue date : Mon 15 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
Nationals meet to discuss carbon targets
7 News
Mon 15 February, 2021
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is calling for calm as the Nationals meet to discuss the party’s approach to climate change targets.
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Australia's lack of effort on climate change is going to cost us
The Guardian
Mon 15 February, 2021
Global momentum is building on increasing climate action to meet the Paris agreement’s 1.5C limit, with all countries under pressure to increase their 2030 emission reductions ahead of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this year. But Australia appears to be going backwards.
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How to make farming carbon part of the 2050 target solution
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 February, 2021
No one should underestimate how hard it will be to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Some suggest that excluding agriculture, as New Zealand has done, will make the task easier. On the contrary. If we write off the potential of agriculture to help correct the carbon imbalance, it is hard to see how a country like ours could ever meet the target. By making small but important changes to the way we farm, Australia’s 400 million hectares of agricultural land can be transformed into net consumers of carbon sequestered into the soil.
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AGL’s plight rams home $1.7t fundie’s climate warning
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 February, 2021
AGL shows that while the climate conversation is focused on 2050, impacts are hitting share prices today. The $1.7 trillion asset manager PGIM says investors need to act.
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Why prioritising sustainability is even more important in 2021
Smart Company
Mon 15 February, 2021
Before COVID-19, sustainability was trendy. Many studies found the majority of consumers in Australia and around the world preferred to buy sustainable, green or ethical products from responsible businesses (or, at least, they said they did).
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The fight to save a wildlife ‘ark’ from a ‘Porpoise Spit’ development
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 15 February, 2021
It is hard to think of a patch of land that has won so many friends as the 20-hectare pocket of wilderness that miraculously survived last summer’s fires at the village of Manyana on the NSW South Coast.
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The question Ed Husic wants answered: Why can’t Australia make electric cars?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 14 February, 2021
Labor’s innovation spokesman Ed Husic has been asking himself the same question for five years, since he first visited Tesla’s California factory in 2016: why can’t Australia build an electric car?
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Viability of ‘flawed’ Dungowan Dam in doubt as costs blow out further
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 14 February, 2021
The troubled Dungowan Dam project, cited by the Productivity Commission as an exemplar of “flawed decision making”, may be even less viable than thought with an internal NSW government review estimating costs may double again.
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There are lessons from COVID relevant to Victoria’s climate targets
The Age
Sun 14 February, 2021
This time last year, as bushfire smoke had just started to clear from our suffocating skies, the Victorian government was on the cusp of setting emissions reduction targets for the critical decade to 2030.
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Social cost of carbon to be determined for future emissions
The Canberra Times
Sun 14 February, 2021
The economic damage of emitting one tonne of greenhouse gas into Canberra's skies would be assigned a dollar value following a social cost of carbon analysis.
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Kosciuszko brumbies trapping plan setting ‘most fertile’ animals free
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 14 February, 2021
About one in three brumbies trapped as part of the Berejiklian government’s plan to cut feral horse numbers in the Kosciuszko National Park is being released rather than rehomed because of animal welfare issues.
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Ashley Judd describes how she broke her leg in the Congo
ABC News
Sun 14 February, 2021
Ashley Judd has recounted a painful ordeal she believes almost cost her a leg after she tripped in a Congolese rainforest and was evacuated by motorbike.
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Real-world 'Game of Thrones' is accelerating the climate crisis
Independent Australia
Sat 13 February, 2021
Squabbling governments and evil rulers with mindless minions isn't just the plot of a TV show but a real-world crisis putting our planet in peril, writes Stephen Fitzgerald.
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Green jobs revolution running out of power
The Australian
Sat 13 February, 2021
Once, “learning to code” was the key for workers facing the economic scrap heap to stay in jobs.
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Bight Petroleum application to extend Great Australian Bight work rejected
ABC News
Sat 13 February, 2021
The national petroleum titles administrator has knocked back an oil and gas exploration company from extending its work program in the Great Australian Bight, which could have significant implications in any future attempts to renew its exploration leases.
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Salmon giant Tassal silent on mass death of fish near Port Arthur
ABC News
Sat 13 February, 2021
Tasmanian aquaculture giant Tassal has reported a sizeable salmon mortality event affecting its Long Bay lease near Port Arthur in the state's south but is refusing to detail the scale or cause of the deaths.
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From ‘moonscape’ to emission offsets: the farmers breaking new ground
The Age
Sat 13 February, 2021
Forty years ago, wool grower John Ive bought a “moonscape” farm. It was denuded by overgrazing, with production capacity decimated by salinity. Ive says farmers in the district saw him as a “nutcase” for taking it on.
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Scientists use AI to help save coral reefs
Yahoo News
Sat 13 February, 2021
Australia's tropical marine research agency is turbocharging facial recognition technology to analyse coral reef survey photos in a bid to keep pace with the rapid change in the threatened environments.
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Push for deeper cuts as Victorian emissions sink to lowest level in decades
The Age
Sat 13 February, 2021
Victorian emissions have dropped to their lowest level in more than 30 years, as the state more than met its pledge to reduce carbon pollution by up to 20 per cent by the end of 2020.
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Harbour sludge to be dug up for new tunnel contains alarming levels of toxins
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 13 February, 2021
Sludge on the floor of Sydney Harbour to be dug up during construction of a new harbour tunnel contains alarming levels of toxins, including a “gender bending” chemical that caused female sea snails to grow male sex organs.
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Bespoke Sunshine Coast tailor gives new life to old memories
ABC News
Sat 13 February, 2021
Adam Johnson was just 13 when his father, a New South Wales police officer, died of cancer. All Mr Johnson was left with was his war medals and a police hat, which he stored on a shelf, a shed and even a shoebox.
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Wind farms face “significant change” to turbine noise rules in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
Wind energy projects in Victoria could soon be required to apply for permits to produce turbine noise within set limits, as one of three options being proposed by the state government in addition to a tightening of environmental responsibilities for wind farm operators.
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Why green hydrogen needs giant egos like Twiggy Forrest
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
Late last year, as the world spiralled deeper and deeper into health crisis, Australian iron ore magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest wasn’t moping about at home waiting for a vaccine like the rest of us. He was dashing around the planet on a private jet, hunting for green electrons.
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How home solar and battery storage kept the lights on in South Australia
Reneweconomy
Fri 12 February, 2021
Home solar and battery storage systems have been credited with keeping the lights on during a period of record minimum demand in South Australia in October last year, in an Australian Energy Market Operator report on virtual power plants released this week.
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