Issue date : Wed 24 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Joe Biden's climate envoy admits US and Australia not on 'same page'
The Guardian
Wed 24 February, 2021
Joe Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, has publicly acknowledged “differences” between the United States and Australia in tackling the climate crisis while calling for a faster exit from coal-fired power.
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Big tech and big media are growing closer together: that’s bad news for climate
Reneweconomy
Wed 24 February, 2021
Here’s a fun irony: when I posted my recent RenewEconomy article on Facebook, I had to use a sneaky trick to circumvent Facebook’s great big ban of Australian news. I shortened the link using a URL shortening service, and loaded the post with images to draw some engagement.
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How to jet power wind turbines
Cosmos
Wed 24 February, 2021
Wind farms and their turbines have been growing over the past decade – both in area and in height.
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How toxic is foam insulation?
Cosmos
Wed 24 February, 2021
Since industrialisation, chemicals have been rolled out without sufficient testing, resulting in dire consequences for humans, animals and the environment. Well-known examples include DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).
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Extinction Rebellion protest Brisbane: Sunrise reporter ‘bitten’ by ‘zombie’
News.com.au
Wed 24 February, 2021
A Sunrise reporter was subject to a bizarre attack from a protester dressed as a zombie from the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest group.
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The Herald Sun
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The Courier Mail
Extinction Rebellion protesters dress as zombies to protest climate change outside Parliament House
NT News
The Advertiser
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
7 News
Bizarre moment Extinction Rebellion ‘zombies’ ambush Sunrise reporters Bianca Stone on live TV
Yahoo News
Zombies spook Qld MPs in climate demo
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Australia was the first casualty of the big blackout lie blaming wind power – the US could be next
The Guardian
Tue 23 February, 2021
Climate change is full of surprises. We were warned about heatwaves, hurricanes and high-intensity firestorms. What we didn’t see coming was a cynical, cyclical economy of blackout bullshit. As climate impacts intensify, power grids stuffed with ageing fossil fuel infrastructure crumble. Those blackouts are usually blamed on wind and solar – and used to extend the lifespan of existing fossil fuel generators. Opportunity costs increase, climate impacts worsen and blackouts intensify. It’s an accelerating death spiral.
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Our pollies are woefully unimaginative, but Ross Garnaut has a new plan for lifting Australia above mediocrity
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 23 February, 2021
If your greatest wish is for the virus to go away as we all get vaccinated, and then for everything to get back to normal, I have bad news. You’ve been beaten into submission – forced to lower your expectations of what life should be bringing us, and our nation’s leaders should be leading us to.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Integrating biodiversity into investment decisions
Investor Daily
Tue 23 February, 2021
It is estimated that damage to our ecosystems and the associated loss of biodiversity could cost the global economy $10 trillion by 2050. For many, the coronavirus has acted as a wake-up call: we cannot continue our current relationship with nature.
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Coles to stop selling single-use plastic cutlery and tableware
News.com.au
Tue 23 February, 2021
A popular item is set to disappear from Coles shelves around the country from July 1 in a big move to cut waste every year under the plan.
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NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
Buyer beware: EHS due diligence is more important than ever
Food & Beverage
Tue 23 February, 2021
With every merger and acquisition (M&A) deal comes a range of potentially significant risks. You don’t want to unnecessarily pay more for an asset than it’s worth, and you certainly don’t want expensive surprises or obstacles once you’ve already signed on the bottom line. That’s why it’s essential to understand, as fully as possible, just what you’re getting into.
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Asset manager Blueshore takes on 20MW Royalla solar farm in ACT
Reneweconomy
Tue 23 February, 2021
Australian asset management company Blueshore has been announced as the new asset manager for the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm, bringing the total capacity under Blueshore management to over 600MW.
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Did wind power ‘fail’ during the Texas blackout? A deep dive
Reneweconomy
Tue 23 February, 2021
If you’ve followed the clean energy debate for some time (and you’re on this website, so it’s likely) you’ll know of a familiar gambit to critique wind and solar – creating an impossible failure and always claiming that it’s failing. The blackout in Texas has caused a resurgence of many of these old ideas, and it’s worth exploring them, because they highlight exactly what role wind power will play in increasingly stressed world grids.
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Under pressure: coal-fired power plants feel the heat from renewables
The Age
Tue 23 February, 2021
Commercial pressure is growing on the giant coal-fired power stations supplying most of Victoria’s electricity, as experts warn of the increased likelihood of early closure at some Latrobe Valley mines and stations.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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No, the Tasmanian tiger has not been rediscovered
The Age
Tue 23 February, 2021
A leading Tasmanian tiger expert says new images purportedly of the extinct thylacine are, in fact, of a totally different species.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Australia’s marine (un)protected areas: government zoning bias has left marine life in peril since 2012
The Conversation
Tue 23 February, 2021
Last week Australia joined a new alliance of 40 countries pledging to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 from pollution, overfishing, climate change and other environmental threats. Australia already boasts one of the largest networks of marine protected areas in the world, with about half of Commonwealth waters around mainland Australia under some form of protection.
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Home gardens vital for pollinators
Cosmos
Tue 23 February, 2021
Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK study published in the Journal of Ecology.
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Is it worth tracking your carbon footprint?
Yahoo News
Tue 23 February, 2021
Increasingly concerned about the environment, for the past few years Alya Annabi, 26, has taken steps to live a more sustainable lifestyle, with the digital learning manager refilling goods at plastic-free stores, making her own skincare from scratch and composting her kitchen waste.
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Germany sees record temperature swings
Perthnow
Tue 23 February, 2021
Germany has seen its its biggest temperature swing since records began - with an increase of 41.9 degrees in one week.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Qld weather: Sweltering heatwave to continue but more storms on the way
News.com.au
Tue 23 February, 2021
Southeast Queensland has been treated to a late night lightning show, and the bureau warns more rain could be on the way as the Sunshine State swelters through a heatwave.
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NT News
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The West Australian
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Coal generators fined after failing to match big batteries and putting grid at risk
Reneweconomy
Mon 22 February, 2021
The Queensland state government owned generation company CS Energy has been heavily fined after units at two of its ageing coal generators failed to deliver crucial grid services at various events the last two and a half years, and very nearly caused widespread blackouts in the sunshine state in one of them.
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Root problem in compact soil
Cosmos
Mon 22 February, 2021
When soil is tough and compact enough to make using a shovel difficult, roots are going to have trouble too, but not for the same reasons
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