Issue date : Tue 16 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 18 Seconds
Number of items : 39
Morrison government miles apart from Canberra on electric vehicle revolution
The Canberra Times
Tue 16 February, 2021
Last year, Norway became the first country in the world where the sales of electric cars outnumbered those powered by petrol and diesel, accounting for 54 per cent of new car sales in 2020. They are aiming to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, which would make them the first country to do so.
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VanEck launches clean energy ETF
Money Management
Tue 16 February, 2021
VanEck has announced the launch of its new clean energy exchange traded fund (ETF), the VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE), aimed at companies in clean energy sector poised to benefit from the global mega-trend around clean energy.
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Massive Texas gas failure during climate extremes gets blamed on wind power
Reneweconomy
Tue 16 February, 2021
It’s only been a half year since blackouts spread across California during intense summer heat. Those blackouts were immediately blamed on renewable energy; of course it turned out later on that a string of failures in the state’s gas plants were to blame. In fact, it turned out later on that a major part of those blackouts was an instance of a misheard verbal instruction issued to a gas generator. Instead of turning up as instructed, they decreased their output. And it’s five years since South Australia’s 2016 blackout, in which precisely the same sequence of events occurred. A pattern is now clear.
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Low prices increase chance of multiple coal generation closures
Reneweconomy
Tue 16 February, 2021
Back in 2019, the Australian Energy Market Operator considered the viability of coal generation for the Integrated System Plan, its 20-year planning blueprint. In AEMO’s words a summary of the findings was:
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Luxury car brand Jaguar to go all electric by 2025, Land Rover also to produce electric model
ABC News
Tue 16 February, 2021
Struggling luxury car brand Jaguar says it will phase out internal combustion engines in a plan to go fully electric by 2025.
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The Australian Financial Review
Jaguar Land Rover switches on electric future
The New Daily
‘A huge step’: Luxury car maker Jaguar to go all-electric
The Sydney Morning Herald
Luxury car brand Jaguar to go all-electric by 2025
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Yahoo News
Jaguar car brand to go fully electric from 2025
International Business Times
'Strange creatures' found under Antarctica
Yahoo News
Tue 16 February, 2021
A group of scientists have discovered "strange creatures" under a 900-metre thick ice shelf of the Antarctic, according to an article published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Cosmos
Life below zero
High-altitude birds evolved thicker 'jackets'
Yahoo News
Tue 16 February, 2021
A study of 250 species of Himalayan songbirds has revealed how their feathers evolved for higher altitudes.
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Looming soil carbon policy could disadvantage the best farmers
The Age
Mon 15 February, 2021
The Morrison government is eyeing an expanded soil carbon capture scheme so farmers can help Australia meet its emissions reduction targets, but experts warn any future policy should not reward poorly-performing farmers.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Northern Territory faces legal action over decision to reduce security bond on McArthur River mine
The Guardian
Mon 15 February, 2021
Traditional owners and conservationists have launched legal action against the Northern Territory government over its decision to cut $120m from a bond held as insurance against any future environmental damage from the contentious McArthur River lead and zinc mine.
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Yahoo News
Fight over NT mine's environmental bond
7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
SBS World News Australia
'I worry for my children': Traditional owners in fight with NT government over mine's environmental bond
Australia’s place in a decarbonising world economy
The Interpreter
Mon 15 February, 2021
A welcome change is underway in the international effort to combat dangerous global warming. It will have big implications for the Australian economy.
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Meet Ecosia – the B Corp alternative to Google
ProBono Australia News
Mon 15 February, 2021
With Google threatening to pull out of Australia, the founder of a search engine that plants trees when people search believes his platform can help fill this potential void as an ethical alternative.
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Ausgrid installs “first of many” community batteries on Sydney network
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 February, 2021
New South Wales network operator Ausgrid has unveiled its first community battery in the northern Sydney suburb of Beacon Hill, kicking off a two-year trial that aims to soak up consumer generated solar and use it to push down energy prices and help stabilise the local grid.
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Colour little help in telling a dingo from a wild dog, research shows
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 15 February, 2021
It turns out you can’t tell a dingo from the colour of its pelt, with almost half of the wild dogs surveyed in south-eastern Australia carrying a hue other than the ginger usually associated with the animal.
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WAToday
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How a seaweed supplement can eliminate most emissions from cows and sheep
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 February, 2021
An Australian company will fast-track the commercialisation of a locally discovered seaweed supplement that could be the key to almost entirely solving the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, after securing financial backing from the federal government.
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Once in a lifetime pink flowers emerge from burnt landscapes
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 15 February, 2021
A sea of colour has swept across wide swaths of the Blue Mountains just a year on from the huge bushfires as long-dormant pink flannel flowers spring to life.
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WAToday
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Himalayan disaster explained
Cosmos
Mon 15 February, 2021
A devastating flood last week on the upper reaches of the Rishi Ganga River, in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, is a stark warning of the hazards of hydropower development under the dual threats of climate change and young, unstable mountains, scientists said last Friday in a webinar hosted by the Earth Island Institute at Columbia University, New York, US.
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Red Sea coral reefs 'under threat' from Israel-UAE oil deal
Yahoo News
Mon 15 February, 2021
Israeli environmentalists are warning that a UAE-Israeli oil pipeline deal threatens unique Red Sea coral reefs and could lead to "the next ecological disaster".
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International Business Times
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Report: a water reform outlook
Utility Magazine
Mon 15 February, 2021
Momentum is building for a new National Water Initiative (NWI), with the release of the Productivity Commission’s (PC) National Water Reform 2020 Draft Report, which provides advice on the direction of future national water reform.
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Elon Musk to give $100 million for world’s largest carbon capture contest
Energy Matters
Mon 15 February, 2021
Tesla boss Elon Musk has long been known for his compassion for the environment and his stance against fossil fuels’ continued use. His company has been responsible for making electric cars, and solar energy battery storage devices affordable for the average family and his mission is to create a sustainable world that many more generations of humans can continue to enjoy in the centuries to come.
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Climate denialism, ‘doom porn’, deflection and The New Climate War
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 15 February, 2021
At the heart of the new book by one of the world’s most famous climate scientists, Michael Mann, is the assertion that climate change denialism is now a spent force and, instead, action is being hampered by distraction and what he calls “doom porn”.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Plant-based diets no climate change solution: UN poll
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 15 February, 2021
The largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted has found the majority of people believe the situation is now an emergency.
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