Issue date : Wed 13 September, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 11 Seconds
Number of items : 61
How Antarctic ice melt can be a tipping point for the whole planet’s climate
The Conversation
Wed 13 September, 2017
Melting of Antarctica’s ice can trigger rapid warming on the other side of the planet, according to our new research which details how just such an abrupt climate event happened 30,000 years ago, in which the North Atlantic region warmed dramatically.
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Frydenberg coy on clean energy target
Sky News Australia
Wed 13 September, 2017
The energy minister is refusing to confirm the government will scrap a clean energy target.
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Greens push for Victorian plastic bag ban
9 News
Wed 13 September, 2017
Victoria's Greens are pressing ahead with their bill to ban single-use plastic bags, concerned nothing is being done while other states make the change.
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China sets 2020 target for nationwide ethanol use to cut corn stocks
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 13 September, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to roll out the use of ethanol in gasoline nationally by 2020, state media reported on Wednesday citing a government document, as Beijing intensifies its push to boost industrial demand for corn and clean up choking smog.
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Under EU attack, top palm oil producers rethink trade strategy
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 13 September, 2017
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Facing a backlash in Europe over palm oil's environmental toll, the world's top producers are scrambling to find new markets and even striking unusual barter deals, such as exchanging Sukhoi jets for the edible oil.
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How do you prevent sustainable food fraud?
Food Processing
Wed 13 September, 2017
The demand for sustainable and premium foods has increased, and with it, the risk of food fraud. Supply chains could be at fault, according to Ecovia Intelligence, and the company suggests greater transparency, new technologies and global alliances could be the solution.
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Tony Abbott fuels push from backbench against clean energy target
The Australian
Wed 13 September, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull is facing a backbench push to stop a clean energy target being embraced as government policy, after former prime minister Tony Abbott fired a warning shot on the political risk of adding the new scheme to existing subsidies for renewable power.
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Ignore Mt Piper's tune: NSW isn't about to lose its newest coal-fired plant
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 September, 2017
In Australia's self-induced and largely imagined energy crisis, it seems any ambit claim - particularly if it encourages coal - can generate immediate and unwarranted media and political attention.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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GE unveils its largest onshore wind turbine
Ecogeneration
Wed 13 September, 2017
The new 4.8MW wind turbine, GE’s first onshore entry in the 4MW space, is equipped with a 158-metre rotor and a range of tip heights up to 240 metres.
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The heartbreaking koala extinction crisis and callous government inaction
Independent Australia
Wed 13 September, 2017
A new report reveals the systemic destruction of koala habitats in Queensland and quantifies the total number of native animals lost each year from deforestation at a staggering 34 million. Sue Arnold reports.
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A deadly herpes virus is threatening oysters around the world
The Conversation
Wed 13 September, 2017
Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Oysters feed by filtering tiny plankton from the surrounding water, processing up to 50 gallons per oyster daily. In doing so, they improve water quality and make their ecosystems healthier. But the water that they grow can be filled with disease-causing microorganisms that can affect both oysters and humans.
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Fears over Ethiopian dam’s costly impact on environment, people
The Conversation
Wed 13 September, 2017
Why was the dam constructed? Ethiopia’s highlands enjoy high rainfall that generates huge rivers, with much of this water flowing out into other countries. This includes almost 70% into the Nile Basin and 14% to Kenya’s Lake Turkana.
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'Grave': New study finds significant impacts of coal mining in Sydney catchment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 13 September, 2017
The ground is bulging and cracks are reaching from the surface to the coal seam in a section of Sydney's drinking water catchment that sits above a mine, according to an independent study commissioned by the state government.
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Sydney set to swelter through hottest September day in years while Victorians rug up
News.com.au
Wed 13 September, 2017
IT’S going to be even hotter than expected today with total fire bans now in place across much of the east coast. By tomorrow, it will all be a memory.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney weather: Total fire ban as city to mark hottest September day in years
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney weather: 'Extreme' heat lifts fire threat, puts records in play
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Turnbull government is working on a major redesign of the clean energy target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 12 September, 2017
The Turnbull government is working on a major redesign of the clean energy target that will likely fall short of the plan for almost half of Australia's electricity to be generated by renewables by 2030.
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Palaszczuk fudges renewables target
The Australian
Tue 12 September, 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has insisted her government’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030 is sensible, despite not yet deciding on a plan to achieve it.
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What lies beneath: The dangers of understating climate risks
Reneweconomy
Tue 12 September, 2017
Three decades ago when serious debate on human-induced climate change began globally, a great deal of statesmanship was on display. A preparedness to recognise that this was an issue which transcended nation states, ideologies and political parties. An issue which had to be addressed proactively in the long-term interests of humanity, even if the existential nature of climate risk was far less clear cut than it is today.
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Australia Does Not Need Another 'Carbon Tax' Bogeyman
The Huffington Post Australia
Tue 12 September, 2017
CANBERRA -- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull managed a mini-surprise statement on Tuesday, declaring on energy policy: "I am very disappointed the Labor Party has decided to oppose us on this."
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Race is on for the nation’s best hydro plans
The Mercury
Tue 12 September, 2017
THE viability of the Tasmanian Government’s “Battery of the Nation” idea would be affected by progress on Snowy Hydro 2.0 and the pace of decline in domestic battery costs, an energy analyst says.
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Adani gets to work on 170MW solar farm in Queensland coal country
Reneweconomy
Tue 12 September, 2017
Indian energy giant Adani Group – the company behind controversial plans to develop Australia’s largest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin – is set to begin work on the major solar plant it is building in the heart of Australian coal country: a 100-200MW affair south-west of Moranbah in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
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The Australian Financial Review
Indian energy giant Adani to build $100m solar plant in Australia
Mass electric car production a focus at show
Sky News Australia
Tue 12 September, 2017
European car bosses gathering for the Frankfurt auto show are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.
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Kangaroos Far Outnumber Humans & Experts Say We Should Be Chomping Them More
Pedestrian
Tue 12 September, 2017
I know, I know. Kangaroos are really really cute. Baby joeys? The cutest. We don’t want to eat them. But you know what else are cute? Little pigs and lambs. If you are a carnivore that eats those animals, experts are saying it might be time you got over your aversion to chowing down on the national symbol.
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'Fluffy' the shark will return to the sea
Sky News Australia
Tue 12 September, 2017
A juvenile great white shark found washed up on Sydney's popular Manly beach will return to the ocean, with experts optimistic about his survival.
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Sydney Is Copping A Wild New Cage-Free Zoo With Underwater Hippo Viewing
Pedestrian
Tue 12 September, 2017
In something that seems sort of like the opening to a Jurassic Park sequel (if you’ve seen too many movies), a massive and unique new zoo has just been given final approval by the Planning Assessment Commission to be built in Western Sydney.
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Photographer captures Southern Lights dazzling over WA's south
WAToday
Tue 12 September, 2017
"Aurora over the Southern Ocean in WA." That's the simple caption on a stunning photograph by WA snapper Dougal Topping who captured a very rare display of Aurora Australis - more commonly known as the Southern Lights.
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Urbanisation-led sand shortages fuelling violent conflict and environmental disasters
The Fifth Estate
Tue 12 September, 2017
Sand and gravel are now the world’s most extracted materials – surpassing fossil fuels – but overexploitation and shortages are fuelling violent conflict and leading to worrisome environmental, economic and health impacts, according to researchers writing in journal Science.
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Opinion | Health omitted from review of EIS: Doctors
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 12 September, 2017
There are numerous examples of where communities have been put at risk from the rapid expansion of the coal and unconventional gas industry in NSW. Bulga, Singleton, Camden are some of the sites that come to mind.
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Single-use plastic bags to be banned in WA from mid-2018 in bid to protect environment
ABC News
Tue 12 September, 2017
West Australian retailers will be barred from giving shoppers single-use plastic bags from next July, with the state becoming the latest Australian jurisdiction to announce a ban.
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How can you ethically volunteer overseas?
ABC News
Tue 12 September, 2017
Every year countless young Australians head overseas to give their time to those in need. Now, school-based volunteer travel company World Challenge has announced an end to trips to orphanages in developing countries after research showed the practice was harming vulnerable children.
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