Issue date : Thu 18 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 58 Seconds
Number of items : 35
Great Barrier Reef found to be in failing health as world heritage review looms
The Guardian
Thu 18 February, 2021
A government report card has found the marine environment along the Great Barrier Reef’s coastline remains in poor health, prompting conservationists to call for urgent action ahead of a world heritage committee meeting this year.
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Pollution run-off to Reef improves: report
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Victoria creates new body to modernise grid for wind and solar transition
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 February, 2021
The Victorian Labor government has announced the creation of a new body to manage the “critical” next phase of the state’s transition to 50 per cent renewables by 2030 – the modernisation of its outdated and coal-based electricity grid.
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How sudden trips of gas and coal plants triggered Texas energy catastrophe
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 February, 2021
After the initial flurry of news around a major blackout in Texas, in which many millions of people are still without power in freezing conditions, the misinformation war around the event has broken into full swing. American conservatives are going hard blaming renewables for the event, but buried underneath the noise, a clearer picture of what has gone wrong is emerging.
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Take it from a Tory: Australia should join the UK in embracing net zero
The Canberra Times
Thu 18 February, 2021
You probably haven't visited Marton in north-east England. It is a quiet and unassuming village, home to some 10,000 people, and I am proud that it is not only my birthplace, but part of the constituency I represent in the UK Parliament. Marton's most famous son, born there in 1728, is Captain James Cook - a controversial figure for some, but a reminder to me of the longstanding bond between the UK and our friends and allies in Australia.
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What happened to NSW’s Fisheries Management Strategies?
Fishing World
Thu 18 February, 2021
BACK in the early 2000’s the commonwealth determined that Australian fisheries would not be able to export their catches unless they were covered by an environmental assessment and a fishery management strategy.
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McLaren Vale winery certified carbon neutral
The Shout
Thu 18 February, 2021
Hither & Yon has become South Australia’s first carbon neutral certified wine brand, achieving the status with Australian Government program Climate Active.
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Woodside ‘non-compliant’ on climate risk reporting
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 18 February, 2021
Woodside Petroleum’s reporting of its climate-related risks doesn’t comply with the international benchmark, leaving investors in the oil and gas producer exposed to potential asset write-downs and reputational risks, according to a legal assessment.
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Koala teeth map history
Cosmos
Thu 18 February, 2021
If you want to know how Adelaide, South Australia, was settled by Europeans, you may need to look at rat and koala teeth.
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Yard Stick provides measurement technology to combat climate change
Yahoo News
Thu 18 February, 2021
The solution to the world’s climate change problems could be under our feet, as soil has the potential to store more than three times the amount of carbon in the atmosphere But about 45% of the Earth’s soil is used for agriculture, and most farmland has lost up to 30% of its carbon from unsustainable land management practices.
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Chief Raoni on 'final mission' to protect Amazon lands
Yahoo News
Thu 18 February, 2021
One of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon rainforest, 91-year-old indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, will launch a worldwide appeal Thursday for help with his "final mission": gaining protected status for his people's ancestral lands.
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World’s upside down weather causing chaos
News.com.au
Thu 18 February, 2021
A “wobble” in the weather has turned a chunk of the world’s climate upside down, leading to the bizarre situation where it is twice as cold in Texas as it is in Alaska.
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Liberals fuming as Nationals’ energy revolt gains another backer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 17 February, 2021
A Nationals revolt on climate change has gained support from the party’s Senate team in a challenge to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on whether to allow a new $1 billion fund to invest in coal and nuclear power.
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Coalition MPs in drive for nuclear energy
The Australian
Wed 17 February, 2021
Nationals senators have drafted legislation allowing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in nuclear power as two-thirds of Coalition MPs backed lifting the ban on the controversial fuel source.
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Environmental watchdog to step up surveillance after forest talks fail
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 17 February, 2021
The state’s environmental watchdog will step up monitoring of compliance of the state-owned logging corporation after talks over how to minimise damage in fire-hit forests broke down.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Rio Tinto vows to act on emissions after doling out record dividend
The Age
Wed 17 February, 2021
Rio Tinto’s new chief executive Jakob Stausholm has laid out plans for a shake-up of the mining giant’s climate change agenda, vowing wider emissions-reduction goals to tackle the enormous carbon footprint of its customers worldwide.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Rio’s new chief starts green journey
The Australian
Wed 17 February, 2021
Jakob Stausholm is starting from 46,000 years behind in social licence terms but the new Rio boss appears to be heading in the right direction.
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‘Clean coal’ is nothing but a marketing scam: Energy experts
The New Daily
Wed 17 February, 2021
The Nationals’ pitch for taxpayers to invest in ‘clean coal’ is nothing but a marketing scam designed to make Australians feel better about burning carbon emissions, leading energy experts say.
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Wind and solar projects join grid in record numbers, and connection queues grow
Reneweconomy
Wed 17 February, 2021
The Australian Energy Market Operator has reported record levels of new projects and megawatts of wind and solar coming into the main grid in the last year, and also reveals there are nearly 10 times as many projects queuing for a spot on the network.
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Outrage over Snowy 2.0 transmission line concession in Kosciuszko National Park
Reneweconomy
Wed 17 February, 2021
A prominent environmental group has said it is “outraged” by a proposal to build overhead transmission infrastructure through the Kosciuszko National Park, with the National Parks Association of NSW saying the works would destroy a significant portion of the national park.
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Sri Lanka saves last legume from expressway axe
Yahoo News
Wed 17 February, 2021
Sri Lankan authorities Wednesday agreed to save the world's only known wild specimen of a species of tree that was due to be chopped to clear the way for a four-lane expressway.
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