Issue date : Wed 3 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
‘Good politics’: Kean accused of ignoring science with koala policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 3 March, 2021
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says his decision to set an ambitious target to double the state’s koala population was good politics for a government that had been split over the issue.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The Australian
Koala population boast defied the experts
The Daily Telegraph
Kean moves to double koala numbers, despite advice
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
World must break its ‘deadly addiction’ to coal, says UN chief
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 3 March, 2021
The world must end its “deadly” addiction to coal to have any chance of meeting Paris Agreement targets, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said, calling on wealthy nations to abandon its use by 2030.
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Coal mines are the engines of climate change. Time to start treating them like it.
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 March, 2021
On Tuesday this week, a high court challenge against an expansion of the New South Wales Vickery coal mine, operated by Whitehaven coal, commenced. The challenge is being led by a group of young Australians who will directly suffer the impacts of the use of the product this company is selling.
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Will insurance soon be out of reach in Australia?
Insurance Business
Wed 3 March, 2021
The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) has warned that millions of Australians could be left uninsured as the insurance industry continues to struggle with the impacts of climate change.
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‘I am ultimately accountable’: Rio Tinto chairman to stand down after cave blast disaster
The Age
Wed 3 March, 2021
Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson has announced he will step down within the next year following pressure over the board’s initial response to the destruction of the 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters at Western Australia’s Juukan Gorge.
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Miners vow to come clean as First Nations, climate pressure builds
The Age
Wed 3 March, 2021
Escalating concerns about the mining sector’s treatment of First Nations communities and contribution to global warming have prompted Australia’s top miners to sign up to stricter monitoring standards for their social and environmental performance.
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Origin to tap into ‘tipping point’ for EVs
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 3 March, 2021
Origin Energy will offer fleets of electric vehicles to corporate customers through a venture that aims to tap the looming “tipping point” away from internal combustion engine cars and give fresh impetus to its push into new energy fields.
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Global emissions rebound, transition to renewables has to accelerate, IEA says
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 March, 2021
A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that global emissions have sprung back in December 2020, 2% higher than December 2019, due to an economic recovery and an absence of strong clean energy policies around the world.
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Bee sting twice as likely to land Australians in hospital than encounter with venomous wildlife
The Guardian
Wed 3 March, 2021
Australia is home to the 11 most venomous snakes in the world, the deadliest spider in the world, and some of the most venomous marine life. And yet according to a study released on Wednesday, Australians are twice as likely end up in hospital because of a bee or wasp sting than an encounter with any other venomous creature.
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Origin of the world’s largest lizard
Cosmos
Wed 3 March, 2021
Unravelling the origins of the Earth’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, scientists have found that its ancestors bred with sand monitor lizards from Australia and southern New Guinea millions of years ago.
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“Fish DJ” drops marine beats
Cosmos
Wed 3 March, 2021
A DJ-turned-researcher has designed a speaker for zebrafish larvae, playing them a range of beats from sounds they would encounter in the wild to MC Hammer’s classic “U Can’t Touch This”.
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Can we use barnacles to find people missing at sea? Scientists think so
Australian Geographic
Wed 3 March, 2021
In 2015, barnacles were touted as a possible solution to finally pinpointing the location of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 aircraft that crashed into the Indian Ocean in early 2014. Although it didn’t quite come to any definitive conclusions, Aussie researchers saw great potential.
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Blue carbon: how three Australian marine sites lock away 2bn tonnes of CO2
The Guardian
Wed 3 March, 2021
Three of Australia’s world heritage-listed marine sites have more than 2bn tonnes of carbon dioxide locked away in their vast seagrass meadows, coastal mangroves and tidal marshes, according to a new report from a UN agency.
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One person’s trash is another person’s leggings
ProBono Australia News
Wed 3 March, 2021
Over the past few years, the conversation around the ethics of the textiles and fashion industries has undergone an enormous shift.
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$50 million carbon capture fund opens
Energy Magazine
Tue 2 March, 2021
The Federal Government has launched its $50 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund.
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AEMO reconsiders plan to model ‘gas led recovery’, after idea panned by energy market
Reneweconomy
Tue 2 March, 2021
The Australian Energy Market Operator may abandon plans to model a ‘gas led recovery’ scenario as part of its 2022 Integrated System Plan, after a proposal to model the Morrison government’s gas market ambitions vision was widely panned by key energy market stakeholders as being unrealistic.
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NSW to lift longstanding ban on GM crops
7 News
Tue 2 March, 2021
NSW will lift its ban on genetically modified crops in a move welcomed by the state's peak farming body.
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The Canberra Times
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The state’s environmental watchdog is muzzled on forests
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 2 March, 2021
The state’s environmental watchdog is being restrained from taking legal action against the government’s logging agency, despite its concerns that Forestry NSW may be breaching environmental regulations by logging in forests left vulnerable by bushfire.
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Public Sector Informant: Growing disasters show world must turn a new leaf
The Canberra Times
Tue 2 March, 2021
I was walking home from the shops the other day, when I encountered a man using a leaf blower to eject leaves from his driveway onto the road. The leaf blower was an electric one, so at least the noise was not as deafening as the petrol-driven ones produce.
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My father built the Snowy, but his heart would break at Snowy 2.0
The Canberra Times
Tue 2 March, 2021
Recently I drove through the Snowy Mountains, from Tumut to Cooma, for the first time since last summer's mega-fires devastated the area. Some sections are regenerating with too-green epicormic growth, while in others the earth has been completely cooked and nothing will grow for many years. You can see where rains have eroded gullies on the barren hillsides. All the tussock around Kiandra has burned, and all that remains of the heritage buildings are brick chimneys.
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The circular economy in action on a bustling street in Maroochydore
The Fifth Estate
Tue 2 March, 2021
In a conversation with The Fifth Estate before Building Circularity, chief executive and co-founder of Coreo, Ashleigh Morris, delved into her passion for accelerating the transition to a circular economy, how she elevated a busy street out of its waste woes, and why food scraps should be the new way of creating energy.
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Australian Ethical shines as funds under management surge
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 2 March, 2021
Investors have ploughed their retirement savings into the superannuation options of Australian Ethical Investments and as well as other savings into its managed funds as awareness of the dangers of climate change grows.
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Insurers face greater pressure to manage ESG risk factors
Insurance Business
Tue 2 March, 2021
Insurance organisations worldwide are becoming increasingly aware of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk factors and their potential impacts on their investment portfolios and lending policies.
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US, Japan and China are coal’s biggest financial backers
The Fifth Estate
Tue 2 March, 2021
The ANZ and National Australia Bank are the biggest Australian lenders to coal. Heading up the list for Australian investors in coal is Macquarie Group and Magellan Financial Group.
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Technological revolution to power miners in shift from fossil fuels
The Australian
Tue 2 March, 2021
Giant batteries made of bricks, electric jumbos and underground mines that don’t need ventilation are just some of the technological revolutions on offer as a group of major Australian mining companies put their heads together to plot a major revolution in the way mining is done and help wean Australian mines off diesel and other fossil fuels forever.
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The Brabham racing car name is behind Adelaide’s drive for local electric bus production
The Fifth Estate
Tue 2 March, 2021
News on Tuesday showed that while Adelaide lost the Holden factory at Elizabeth in 2017 the city was now gaining a significant electric bus manufacturing facility that would employ at least some of the staff from the closed factory and was looking for more staff. In particular, returning expats with high automotive manufacturing skills, fleeing Covid affected areas.
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New online resource to guide thinking on cooling cities
Architecture and Design
Tue 2 March, 2021
A new website that identifies patterns for creating accessible, cool outdoor spaces based on real-world living practices aims to serve as guidance for local councils, planners and developers in addressing the problems of a warming climate.
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Glow-in-the-dark sharks
Cosmos
Tue 2 March, 2021
Kiwi and Belgian researchers studying sharks off the coast of New Zealand (Aotearoa) have documented three deepwater sharks that are luminous.
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As many corals growing in the Pacific as trees in the Amazon, new study finds
The Guardian
Tue 2 March, 2021
Analysis suggests the risk of extinction of some species may not be as high as previously thought, but researchers warn local depletion has a devastating impact
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7 News
Coral count rethinks extinction risk
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
The Conversation
Life on the hidden doughnuts of the Great Barrier Reef is also threatened by climate change
Sierra Negra: Eruption 13 years in the making
Cosmos
Tue 2 March, 2021
Scientists have tracked the behaviour of one of the world’s most active volcanoes over 13 years, revealing the first-ever detailed description of the lead-up to its eruption.
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Climate change kills 1500 Britons: study
7 News
Tue 2 March, 2021
Researchers claim at least 1500 deaths in Britain can be directly linked to climate change over the past two decades.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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SA first in Australia to outlaw single use plastics
Government News
Mon 1 March, 2021
South Australia has become the first state in Australia to outlaw the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products, with a ban on plastic drinking straws, stirrers and cutlery now in force.
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Cumbria coal mine plan 'damaging PM's reputation'
Yahoo News
Mon 1 March, 2021
Boris Johnson has been warned by some of his foreign ambassadors that a planned coal mine in Cumbria is damaging his reputation.
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Vic power transmission project to unlock renewables
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 1 March, 2021
The backer of a proposed $550 million electricity transmission line that could unlock thousands of megawatts of new wind and solar power resources in north-west Victoria is homing in on a final route for the project but still needs to overcome significant local opposition.
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Europeans get 'right to repair'
7 News
Mon 1 March, 2021
Companies selling refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure the appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years to help reduce the mountain of electrical waste that piles up on the continent.
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