Issue date : Tue 16 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 14 Seconds
Number of items : 50
Former health chiefs turn focus to climate
7 News
Tue 16 March, 2021
Former chief state health officers are among a raft of experts calling for climate action to protect the wellbeing of Australians.
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Companies need to take charge of Product Stewardship
Inside Waste
Tue 16 March, 2021
The Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence aims for the wide-scale adoption of product and material stewardship principles by businesses to reduce waste generation and create positive environmental and social outcomes.
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Oil and gas sector wants net zero by 2050
7 News
Tue 16 March, 2021
Australia’s peak oil and gas body has flagged its support for achieving net zero by 2050, as emissions continue to rise in the sector.
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Renewables shine over Australian summer, as gas share slumps to new lows
Reneweconomy
Tue 16 March, 2021
Output from Australian gas generators fell to new record low levels over the latest summer, as output from wind and solar surged to new highs, raising new questions around a Morrison government push to invest in a new gas-fired power station.
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Greenland’s lost and found forest
Cosmos
Tue 16 March, 2021
In a bizarre story of lost and found, scientists have unraveled Greenland’s secret – It really might have been forest green only a million years ago.
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New Zealand’s troubled waters
ABC News
Tue 16 March, 2021
New Zealand’s waterways are some of the most degraded in the developed world. Will the Ardern government clean it up or will the Maori take control?
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Plastic fantastic fashion
Cosmos
Tue 16 March, 2021
How cool would it be to transform plastic bag waste into clothing, tackling two unsustainability issues in one? Until now, it wasn’t thought possible – largely because the plastic from which bags are made doesn’t absorb moisture and would trap in sweat.
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Social licence emerges as critical issue for renewable energy zones, NSW says
Reneweconomy
Mon 15 March, 2021
The NSW government could consider using new powers to prohibit renewable energy projects from connecting to the grid in circumstances where there is strong community opposition to the project, in a message to project developers that building and maintaining strong social licence will be critical to the state’s renewable energy zones.
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NSW to probe kangaroo health, culling
Yahoo News
Mon 15 March, 2021
A NSW upper house committee is set to investigate the health of kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos in the state, including commercial kangaroo killing.
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Government calls for advice on reducing greenhouse emissions
NT News
Mon 15 March, 2021
THE Northern Territory government is calling on businesses to provide expert advice and practical steps on how to make our government buildings and assets more energy efficient, and help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions
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The Daily Telegraph
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Japan and Netherlands accelerate their transitions to circular economies
The Mandarin
Mon 15 March, 2021
Creating a truly circular economy will take transforming existing systems. Two leaders share the roles their governments are playing to trigger change at the opening session of today’s Japan Circular Economy Roundtable, hosted by the World Economic Forum.
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2050 target will have effect on food and water management
The Canberra Times
Mon 15 March, 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack wants agriculture to be exempt from Australia's net-zero by 2050 greenhouse gas emissions target. What he doesn't realise - or won't admit - is that changing practices around food and water management is key to reaching this target, and potentially, to our survival.
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Forrest to turn Fortescue green by 2030
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 March, 2021
Andrew Forrest has doubled down on his ambitions to turn Fortescue Metals Group green with a commitment to being carbon neutral in just nine years that involves the company becoming a major producer of green hydrogen on top of its iron ore operations.
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The Age
Forrest’s Fortescue fast-tracks carbon cuts with 2030 ‘net zero’ goal
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The iPhone could be the answer to our environmental problems
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 15 March, 2021
Faster economic growth will do less harm to the environment than in the past, because digital innovations such as the iPhone are making the supply of goods and services less resource-intensive, says Productivity Commission chairman Michael Brennan.
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Green infrastructure could help cities fight heatwaves
The Mandarin
Mon 15 March, 2021
A new study has made the case for Australian governments to increase green infrastructure in urban areas to mitigate some of the effects of climate change, improve public wellbeing, and protect infrastructure.
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Bushfire risks heat up, demanding new take on fuel load management
The Age
Mon 15 March, 2021
New scientific findings that overturn traditional assumptions about fuel load management indicate that climate change is reducing the effectiveness of hazard reduction burning.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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Beijing choked by worst dust storm in decade
ABC News
Mon 15 March, 2021
The Chinese capital Beijing has been shrouded in thick brown dust due to heavy winds blowing in from the Gobi Desert and parts of north-western China and creating what the weather bureau has called the biggest sandstorm in a decade.
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Murray Darling drying dramatically but water reforms not flowing
The Age
Mon 15 March, 2021
The Murray Darling Basin faces a dramatically drier future, with data indicating inflows to some major rivers will halve by 2060, as experts warn authorities are failing to keep pace with climate change.
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Fake grass may be greener, but much hotter and less friendly to environment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 14 March, 2021
NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has asked his department to investigate sustainable alternatives to synthetic grass amid growing concerns about its environmental and health impacts.
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Australia must take right path on power plant closures
The Age
Sun 14 March, 2021
Last week’s announcement that the Yallourn power plant will close earlier than previously expected raises some big questions: will it be replaced in time, and are more such announcements around the corner? The answers have serious implications for not just Victorians but all Australians.
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More than a thousand disposable face masks wash up on Lord Howe Island
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 14 March, 2021
More than a thousand disposable face masks have washed up on remote Lord Howe Island since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking fears for marine life and sea birds.
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Mathias Cormann 'can't wait' to start OECD job and singles out climate as key challenge
The Guardian
Sat 13 March, 2021
Mathias Cormann says he cannot wait to start his new role as the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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Mathias Cormann: OECD will now be led by a clean energy and climate wrecker
Reneweconomy
Sat 13 March, 2021
A lot of worst fears were realised yesterday, as one of Australia’s central climate wreckers of the 2010s Abbott era succeeded in a campaign to lead the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a massive, influential intergovernmental organisation. News Corp, Fairfax and the Guardian have all confirmed that former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann is the OECD’s new Secretary-General.
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Time is running out to act on carbon
The Canberra Times
Sat 13 March, 2021
A refrain popular with anti-climate change action activists since the early days of the global heating debate has been "what happens if we take expensive action to reduce emissions and others, who haven't, then try to cut our lunch?"
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Virtual solar power plants give Queenslanders power to earn
The Brisbane Times
Sat 13 March, 2021
A Brisbane renewable energy company has signed a multimillion-dollar contract with a major housing developer to provide a “virtual” power plant for thousands of homes powered by the solar energy collected from their rooftops.
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The death of coal-fired power is inevitable — yet the government still has no plan to help its workforce
The Conversation
Fri 12 March, 2021
Yallourn power station — Australia’s oldest, dirtiest coal plant — will close four years ahead of schedule in 2028. Announcing the move this week, operator Energy Australia said it will build a giant energy storage battery on the site to make room for more renewables. This is a powerful statement about where our energy system is heading.
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Birdsong baffles babies
Cosmos
Fri 12 March, 2021
The blue-eyed black lemur (Elemur flavirons) may be a close genetic cousin of ours, but these small, lanky tree-dwellers, with their long bushy tails and opposable toes, are sufficiently different that you wouldn’t expect a baby to recognise them as part of the family.
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