Issue date : Thu 18 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Agriculture dept stands by 'incompetent' official over $13m wasted
The Canberra Times
Thu 18 March, 2021
The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment has closed ranks to protect one of its senior executives accused of "incompetence" in the Senate over an unjustified waste of $13 million in taxpayer funds in a water buyback deal.
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The history of Australia’s false claim that its 2030 climate targets are world leading
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
In yesterday’s piece, I dove into the mix of claims being used to present Australia to the world as a ‘climate leader’. One claim is hard to get off my mind. It’s the presentation of Australia’s 2030 Paris climate agreement target as particularly ambitious on the global stage.
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Coles and Nestlé announce study into Australian-first for recycling
Inside Waste
Thu 18 March, 2021
A new collaboration marks the first step into a circular economy for soft plastic packaging with technology developer Licella, recycler iQ Renew, Coles, polymer manufacturer LyondellBasell and Nestlé, announcing a joint feasibility study to determine the technical, economic, and environmental benefits of a local advanced recycling industry.
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Smart Company
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Australia braces for solar price hike as supply chain pressures start to bite
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
Australia’s solar market could be hit by a panel price shock as early as next month, industry experts warn, as global price increases driven by a prolonged shortage of polysilicon and other materials start to catch up with the local market.
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ENVIRONMENT: More on black jewfish
Fishing World
Thu 18 March, 2021
INTERESTING to see that Fisheries Queensland has closed the black jewfish fishery on the East Coast from March 8, as reported on our website on March 10. The current season only opened on January 1, 2021 and won’t reopen until January 1, 2022. It’s because the 2021 total allowable commercial catch limit (TACC) of 20 tonnes on the East Coast has been reached already. And the no-take status of the species in that area will apply to both commercial and recreational fishers.
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Bee behaviour: what do bees do at home?
Cosmos
Thu 18 March, 2021
What goes on in the beehive? These videos, published in the journal PLOS ONE by Paul Siefert from Goethe-Universität, Germany, and colleagues, give a fascinating insight into what a bee actually gets up to in the hive, by showing close-up clips of honeybee (Apis mellifera) behaviour from behind closed doors.
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Astonishing Chinese ‘Polar Bear Hotel’ Draws Widespread Condemnation
D'Marge
Thu 18 March, 2021
If we don’t want to go to hell in a flaming plastic bag, we need to protect the planet. Crucial to this is the conservation of animals, particularly those at risk of extinction, whether it be through poaching or from habitats being destroyed.
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Fat and content: Why plump elephant seals take fewer risks
Yahoo News
Thu 18 March, 2021
Fat elephant seals prioritize hiding themselves from predators during their vast, months-long foraging expeditions in the open ocean, while skinny seals need to take more risks until they're nice and plump, a study showed Wednesday.
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International Business Times
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Less carbon = greater food cost?
Cosmos
Thu 18 March, 2021
A Swiss study has found that using carbon dioxide removal alone to mitigate agricultural emissions is likely to increase food costs.
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Recycling hero: Justin Chalker
Cosmos
Thu 18 March, 2021
Most people look at waste products – cooking oil from domestic kitchens, leftover sulphur from industrial processes – and see an ugly, insurmountable problem. Associate Professor Justin Chalker, who’s a synthetic chemist at Flinders University, South Australia, looks at waste and sees opportunity.
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Bureaucrat urged to resign after $13m mistake in Australian government water buyback
The Guardian
Wed 17 March, 2021
The independent senator Rex Patrick has called for the resignation of the bureaucrat in charge of the federal government’s $250m program of water buybacks after it was revealed the department of agriculture may have misinterpreted a valuation and paid $13m too much for one purchase.
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Golf clubs/sports shoes new target of waste initiative
Inside Waste
Wed 17 March, 2021
The federal Government is taking its investment in product stewardship to close to $15 million and will now see a million sports shoes a year diverted from landfill, 200 tonnes of golf clubs recycled as well as industrial tyres and commercial furniture.
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‘Science works best in times of crisis’: Chief Scientist eyes key challenges
The Age
Wed 17 March, 2021
Governments should trust science to deliver the answers on pressing problems such as food security, climate change and energy in the same way they have with the development of the COVID vaccine, says Australia’s new chief scientist Cathy Foley.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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US climate envoy calls Morrison on targets
7 News
Wed 17 March, 2021
Australia's ambition on climate change was the hot topic of a call between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden's special envoy on the issue.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Green Eurocrats threaten our industries
The Spectator Australia
Wed 17 March, 2021
The EU has long sought to impose its carbon dioxide abatement policies on the rest of the world. A major setback to this was the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 where Kevin Rudd sought to play a major role.
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Swiss Re sets new climate targets
Insurance Business
Wed 17 March, 2021
Swiss Re has announced new climate measures to support the transition to a net-zero economy. The measures encompass both asset management and underwriting, as well as the insurer’s own operations.
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Coles Liquor raises +$125,000 for Clean Up Australia
The Shout
Wed 17 March, 2021
Coles Liquor has revealed the results of one of its most successful fundraising efforts to date, raising more than $125,000 over one weekend in support of Clean Up Australia.
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Why NSW large-scale solar farms are delivering a bigger bang for their buck
Reneweconomy
Wed 17 March, 2021
Last week I presented at the Clean Energy Council’s Large-Scale Solar Forum on the topic “Exploring the market performance of large-scale solar farms across the NEM in 2020”, based on data from the Generator Statistical Digest 2020, a recent publication by Global-Roam and Greenview Strategic Consulting. Here’s a look at one of the measures of performance.
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Why Atlassian has to be bold with its Sydney headquarters
The Fifth Estate
Wed 17 March, 2021
The building is chasing tough emission reduction targets, including 50 per cent less embodied and operational carbon and there are plans to run off 100 per cent renewables.
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Underground water, minerals hopes in NSW
7 News
Wed 17 March, 2021
Detailed underground mapping in central western NSW has identified a potential treasure trove of gold, copper and zinc deposits as well as the possibility of untapped groundwater.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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TSA gets best practice product stewardship
Inside Waste
Wed 17 March, 2021
Consumers can now demand their used tyres go to genuine recyclers as the Australian Government lends support to Tyre Stewardship Australia’s National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme (TPSS).
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‘It’s coming’: Three-day deluge, possible storms forecast for Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 17 March, 2021
Sydney could experience up to 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, as a coastal trough stops the sun from breaking through the clouds until next week.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday