Issue date : Fri 19 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 30 Seconds
Number of items : 53
QLD coal to counter Putin plan and climate change
The Courier Mail
Fri 19 March, 2021
Former resources minister Matt Canavan says Queensland coal mines should increase production to “deal with climate change”, as cheap Russian coal threatens to flood the market.
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Murray-Darling Basin summit a laughable response to finding of gross negligence
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 19 March, 2021
In January 2019, we saw scenes in the lower Darling (Baaka) River that looked like something from an Old Testament plague. A million dead fish. The Baaka, no longer a river, but a series of pools the colour of a moon of Saturn, full of toxic algae. The next summer, there were those horrendous fires. Don’t think of these cataclysms as one-offs. This is what the future likely looks like.
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Billionaire climate activist looks to rattle Australian boardrooms
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 19 March, 2021
London | British billionaire activist-investor turned climate warrior Christopher Hohn has a warning for Australian companies: your shareholders want to see you go green, and they are coming for you.
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High-profile doctors mount campaign against AGL, HESTA to shutter coal plants
The Age
Fri 19 March, 2021
A group of more than 200 medical professionals including former Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley have launched a campaign urging energy giant AGL to close its coal-fired power plants by 2030.
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Battery uptake booms during coronavirus as clean energy gathers pace
The Age
Fri 19 March, 2021
Australia’s uptake of household battery systems increased 20 per cent last year despite the economic downturn, in the latest sign that the transition away from fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy is gathering speed.
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Mirvac apartment made from waste offers a glimpse into the future
Architecture and Design
Fri 19 March, 2021
An apartment featuring flooring, wall tiles, kitchen and lighting features, and furniture and artworks, all made entirely from waste glass and textiles, offers an optimistic view into the future of residential building.
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Marine animals swim in circles
Cosmos
Fri 19 March, 2021
Japanese scientists have stumbled on a mysterious phenomenon: sharks, turtles, penguins and various marine mammals all swim in circles.
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Three hospital patients bitten as mouse plague sweeps western NSW
The Guardian
Fri 19 March, 2021
At least three people have been bitten by mice in regional Australian hospitals, as farmers battle what they describe as “an absolute plague” tearing through regional and rural areas.
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China’s problematic solution to its water-security woes
The Strategist
Fri 19 March, 2021
Beijing has long understood that China has a water-security problem that could pose an existential threat. In 2005, China’s minister for water resources reportedly said, ‘To fight for every drop of water or die: that is the challenge facing China.’ Former premier Wen Jiabao observed that water shortages threaten ‘the very survival of the Chinese nation’.
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Wet weather lashing NSW coast sparks flood warnings
The Guardian
Fri 19 March, 2021
Heavy rain lashing the New South Wales coast from the Illawarra to the mid-north coast has sparked flood warnings for multiple areas, including greater Sydney and the state’s far west.
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‘Another blow’: Fears over koala habitat veto for Barilaro’s office
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 18 March, 2021
The top bureaucrat in the office of Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro will have the final say over contested koala habitat under new laws, prompting fears the vulnerable species may face an even bleaker future.
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Green groups charged up over new WA climate action minister
WAToday
Thu 18 March, 2021
Premier Mark McGowan’s new cabinet has a noticeably greener hue, prompting hope from environmentalists the government’s oil and gas fixation won’t carry over into the West Australian government’s next term.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Stats of Convenience: Morrison selling his climate spin to rest of the world
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
Prime minister Scott Morrison appears set to use his marketing background to good use, as he works to convince the rest of the world that Australia is a global leader on climate action, despite opposing a faster clean energy transition at home.
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Cbus awards $240m mandate
Financial Standard
Thu 18 March, 2021
The $60 billion industry super fund for the construction and building sectors has announced a new $240 million mandate. Impax Asset Management has been awarded the mandate in a move focused on investing in opportunities arising from the transition away from fossil fuels.
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DJ Sustainability Index urged to dump Adani
Investor Daily
Thu 18 March, 2021
Activist groups have called for S&P Global’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index to reconsider its inclusion of Adani Ports, pointing to the company’s links with the Myanmar military and its role in developing the Carmichael coal mine.
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Aware Super and Lendlease achieve net zero on US portfolio
The Fifth Estate
Thu 18 March, 2021
In partnership with global real estate company Lendlease, Aware Super announced that its multifamily portfolio of urbanisation projects across the United States is officially verified as net zero.
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Bladeless, wobbling wind turbines to begin tests in Europe
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
Spanish wind energy technology that resembles a miniature turbine tower, minus the blades, and which generates energy by “wobbling” in the wind, instead of spinning, is preparing to undergo beta testing in Europe.
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Doubling of wind power generation blowing gas out of the mix in Victoria
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
A doubling of wind energy capacity on the Victorian grid since 2017 has “significantly displaced” fossil fuel power in the state, a new report has found, and created a unique generation profile that fits particularly well alongside solar – and has been particularly tough on gas.
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Road to big wind and solar paved with ingenious soil nano-technology
Reneweconomy
Thu 18 March, 2021
A fine particle specialist company such as Reynolds Soil Technology (RST) might seem an unlikely hero for a renewable energy project, but a wind farm being built in the Philippines is crediting RST for helping to save millions of dollars and to complete the project well under budget.
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Melbourne’s real-world impact on climate change
Pursuit
Thu 18 March, 2021
A new initiative bringing together multi-disciplinary climate change experts is focused on finding effective global solutions in Australia and beyond
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These high tech building blocks could unlock a circular construction industry
The Fifth Estate
Thu 18 March, 2021
A new modular building system created in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid coast promises a new era in efficient, waste free construction. The system is assembled and disassembled by hand and is fast, precise and waste-free. The best bit? The company will even buy back used components to sell again.
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70 orcas target young blue whale in four-hour killing orgy off WA coast
ABC News
Thu 18 March, 2021
"The orcas had a plan. This was a glimpse into the life of the ocean's apex predator." That is how marine scientist Kristy Brown summed up how up to 70 orcas hunted and killed a blue whale off Western Australia's southern coast over several hours on Tuesday.
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Hope for endangered frogs
Pursuit
Thu 18 March, 2021
New research shows some endangered species of frog are able to recover from a disease that has devastated amphibian species worldwide
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‘Breathtaking hypocrisy’: Backlash over Arthurs Seat quarry plan
The Age
Thu 18 March, 2021
A prominent Victorian philanthropic organisation is facing a strong backlash over its plans to expand a disused quarry adjacent to Arthurs Seat State Park on the Mornington Peninsula and remove about 38 hectares of native bushland.
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Sea levels are rising fastest in big cities – here’s why
The Conversation
Thu 18 March, 2021
It is well known that climate-induced sea level rise is a major threat. What is less well know is the threat of sinking land. And in many of the most populated coastal areas, the land is sinking even faster than the sea is rising.
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Corona's six-packs made from surplus barley straw
Food Processing
Thu 18 March, 2021
Corona has launched a new circular form packaging for beer six-packs — harnessing surplus barley straw to create a sustainable paper packaging solution.
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Stella McCartney shows off the world's first clothes made from mushroom leather
Yahoo News
Thu 18 March, 2021
Stella McCartney is today showing off its first set of clothes made from a new form of artificial leather; Mylo’s Unleather, a mycelium leather created by startup Bolt Threads. The material, culled from the root system of fungi, promises to behave, and look, like animal leather, with a fraction of the environmental cost. The outfit, a two-piece bustier top and trousers, use panels of recycled nylon attached to panels of Mylo, marks a step into a whole new world of sustainable fashion. Unfortunately, this first outfit isn't available to buy, but points to the direction McCartney is looking to take her wares in the near future.
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