Issue date : Mon 29 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 26 Seconds
Number of items : 64
Gas led recovery? AEMO says gas use in grid may all but disappear in 20 years
Reneweconomy
Mon 29 March, 2021
The federal Coalition government’s gas-led transition plans have again been questioned, this time by the Australian Energy Market Operator, which says overall gas consumption is likely to fall over the next 20 years and may virtually disappear in the grid over the next 20 years because it can’t compete with renewables or green hydrogen.
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Environment groups raise concerns about Pardoo donations
ABC News
Mon 29 March, 2021
Environmentalists have raised concerns about how Pardoo Beef Corporation made large donations to the major political parties in WA while seeking a land clearing permit in the East Pilbara region.
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Floods likely to inflate reinsurance costs: Youi
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Insurer Youi believes NSW-Queensland flooding will likely fuel higher costs for its own reinsurance protection, constraining margins and potentially triggering higher customer premiums.
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Ferrero’s sustainability programme scaling up
Food & Beverage
Mon 29 March, 2021
Confectionary brand Ferrero has announced the achievement of their 2020 goal which sees the company sourcing 100 per cent of their cocoa sustainably. This was achieved through utilisation of certification bodies and independently managed standards such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance (UTZ).
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Blue skies for green hydrogen demand
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Green hydrogen has to be included in the mix if we are going to consider net zero - and we are at a nascent stage of demand.
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Smart money is still flowing to renewable energy
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Wind and solar projects continue to snare the bulk of new energy investment as Australia makes the inevitable transition to a low-emissions economy.
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Gas shortage fears ease with new terminal coming online
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 29 March, 2021
The risk of near-term gas shortages in south-eastern Australia has eased, with a new import terminal expected to counter the effect of a faster-than-expected output drop in ageing Bass Strait fields, the Australian Energy Market Operator said in its annual forecast.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Winds of change blowing through energy transition
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Wind and solar will lead Australia’s renewables charge as the nation prepares to change its energy mix, experts say.
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Australia still addicted to coal despite huge growth in wind and solar
Reneweconomy
Mon 29 March, 2021
A fascinating duality is emerging for Australia’s power sector. Easily the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, Australia has simultaneously become a global leader in renewable energy deployment and has also remained one of the worst countries in the world in terms of reliance on coal-fired power. It is a strange, fascinating combination.
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Loving the idea of tiny house living, even if you don’t live in one
The Conversation
Mon 29 March, 2021
Despite early forecasts of a COVID-driven slump, house prices are now surging in many parts of Australia. This is further widening the gap between the housing “haves” and “have-nots”, and we are seeing related rises in housing stress, rental insecurity and homelessness. In Australia and elsewhere a movement has emerged that supports tiny house living as an important response to the housing affordability crisis.
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Smart hives trial to protect Victoria bees
Yahoo News
Mon 29 March, 2021
Varroa destructor is a deadly stowaway that Victorian port authorities are determined to keep away from the state's bee population.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Newcastle Herald
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Scandinavia ranked world’s most sustainable tourism region
Travel Weekly
Mon 29 March, 2021
Scandinavian countries are the most sustainable for tourism in the world, according to a recently released sustainable travel index, which ranks the 99 most sustainable tourism destinations.
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Climate change to bring more hail to Aust
7 News
Mon 29 March, 2021
Hail storms will be more severe and more frequent in Australia because of climate change, an international study led by a University of NSW researcher has found.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Saudi Arabia unveils campaign to tackle climate change
Yahoo News
Sun 28 March, 2021
Top crude exporter Saudi Arabia on Saturday unveiled a sweeping campaign to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions, including a plan to plant billions of trees in the coming decades.
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International Business Times
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UK government axes green homes scheme months after launch
Yahoo News
Sun 28 March, 2021
Britain's government is scrapping a flagship green homes scheme introduced just over six months ago, which was aimed at upgrading homes in England with better insulation and low carbon heating.
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Yes, achievements are important. So what has Morrison achieved on climate?
The Canberra Times
Sun 28 March, 2021
When it comes to climate policy, Australia talks big talk. A month out from US President Biden's global climate summit, the hot air is rising as our Prime Minister pushes for Australia's climate track record to be vindicated by his international counterparts.
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Asian shoppers, greyer citizens and climate: three megatrends shaping NSW
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 28 March, 2021
On the last Sunday in March in 2011, NSW woke to a new government. After 15 years in opposition the Liberal-National Coalition had walked into office with a record-breaking swing. “Bloodbath. Barry O’Farrell leads Coalition to historic wipeout of Labor” was how The Sun-Herald’s front page summed it up that morning.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Victoria’s grid runs on 50 per cent renewable energy for first time
The Age
Sun 28 March, 2021
Victoria has powered its electricity grid with 50 per cent renewable energy for the first time, well ahead of state government projections for the transition to clean energy.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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First the love song, then the species: How an Australian bird might be lost
The New Daily
Sun 28 March, 2021
The fate of Australia’s critically endangered regent honeyeater might hinge on how many young birds learn the specie’s particular love song – and the other melodies that have been handed down from generation to generation.
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Big wet prompts Forestry Corp to halt northern NSW logging operations
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 28 March, 2021
Severe rainfall of as much as a metre within a week has prompted state-owned Forestry Corporation to trigger insurance provisions to allow it to halt most of its logging and timber supply operations on the NSW North Coast.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Waste war: Organics, coffee cups, produce bags ‘should be next’
The Advertiser
Sun 28 March, 2021
Stopping food from going into landfill and banning more throwaway items like coffee cups should be among our next steps to tackle waste, the outgoing Green Industries chief says.
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NT News
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Biden invites Morrison to climate summit, urges lift in ambition
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 27 March, 2021
Washington: Prime Minister Scott Morrison is among 40 leaders invited by the Biden administration to a high-powered climate change summit in April, a meeting designed to spur a raft of ambitious new carbon reduction pledges from global leaders.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Greens would demand ‘700% renewable energy’ target in any Labor power-sharing deal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 27 March, 2021
The Greens would demand a minority Labor government commit to producing seven times more energy than current levels, solely from renewables, and invest more than $20 billion in generation, storage and transmission as part of any future power-sharing agreement.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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NSW Environment Minister opposes electric car tax backed by Treasurer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 27 March, 2021
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean wants to “turbo charge” the uptake of electric cars in the state and believes a road user charge for them should not be introduced until they make up a substantial proportion of the national fleet.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Wave of disasters sparks fears parts of Australia are becoming uninsurable
The Age
Sat 27 March, 2021
Tenterfield farmer Bronwyn Petrie says her insurance premiums have increased by around 20 per cent since last year and now she no longer insures parts of her farm because it’s too expensive.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Funnel-web spider 'boom' expected in coming days
9 News
Sat 27 March, 2021
Experts are warning NSW residents to be on the lookout for killer funnel-web spiders, after heavy rain combined with warm weather creates an ideal environment for the creatures to thrive.
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Counting the increasing costs of droughts and flooding rains
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 27 March, 2021
Climate modes, scientists and the insurance industry agree Australia will be hit by more disasters, prompting debate over how and where we live.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Behind the Wall
ABC News
Sat 27 March, 2021
Some say the Warragamba Dam wall needs to be raised to help prevent the devastating floods seen in Sydney this week — but there is a cost upstream too.
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Climate pressure on finance giants is only just getting started
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 26 March, 2021
This week’s flooding disaster is a grim reminder that climate change not only has a devastating physical and social toll, it is also a big deal for the financial system.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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“Commercial nonsense:” Andrew Forrest explains why he wants to dump fossil fuels
Reneweconomy
Fri 26 March, 2021
Iron ore billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has detailed his company’s plans to produce the world’s lowest cost green hydrogen and green ammonia via a potential pipeline of 1000 gigawatts of renewable energy assets, in a speech to analysts he said aimed to herald “massive change.”
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Finding Nemo: citizen science discovers new spider
The Age
Fri 26 March, 2021
As a young boy, Joseph Schubert was terrified of spiders. “My parents always told me every single one would kill me, so I was a bit of an arachnophobe”.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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What can go in the compost bin? Tips to help your garden and keep away the pests
The Conversation
Fri 26 March, 2021
Pretty soon, many more Australians are going to be composting their food waste. The Victorian government kicks off its four-bin system from this year, and the federal government is considering a plan to turn kitchen scraps into fertiliser for farmers.
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