Issue date : Tue 30 March, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
Morrison under pressure ahead of Biden climate summit
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 30 March, 2021
Scott Morrison will be under growing pressure from US President Joe Biden to set emissions reductions targets at a climate summit attended by China’s Xi Jinping and other world leaders next month, according to a foreign policy adviser who warns Australia is missing an opportunity to engage with Beijing on the issue.
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Unions push pro-gas policies at ALP conference
The Australian
Tue 30 March, 2021
Blue-collar unions have proposed an amendment to Labor’s policy platform that will strengthen the party’s support of gas.
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Pardoo Beef made big political donations as it sought Kimberley clearing permits
WAToday
Tue 30 March, 2021
The West Australian government rejected a cattle company’s application to destroy bilby habitat next to an ecologically sensitive wetland – then approved the clearing following a flurry of political donations.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
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US to invest heavily to boost offshore wind farms
Yahoo News
Tue 30 March, 2021
The US government on Monday unveiled plans to bolster offshore wind farms with the goal of supplying energy to more than 10 million homes by 2030, as part of President Joe Biden's efforts to fight climate change.
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International Business Times
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NAB trains ‘carbon bankers’ to ease the net zero path
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 30 March, 2021
National Australia Bank will train bankers to support the low carbon transition plans of its 100 heaviest emitting customers by helping them to reduce their climate risk in line with net zero by 2050 Paris agreement pledges.
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Biggest coal generator AGL to split business in two to focus on renewables transition
Reneweconomy
Tue 30 March, 2021
Nearly a decade after AGL changed the colour coding of its business strategy from green to black as it bought three of the country’s biggest coal generators, Australia’s largest emitter has announced it will split its business into two so it can better deal with the accelerating clean energy transition.
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The Australian Financial Review
‘New path’: AGL to split itself into two
Generating heat from waste
Inside Waste
Tue 30 March, 2021
A University of Wollongong (UOW) project has been awarded funding under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, which supports collaboration between researchers, industry, governments, and community organisations.
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Pesticides put two-thirds of agricultural land at risk
Cosmos
Tue 30 March, 2021
Pollutants from agrochemicals and pesticides can disrupt the ecosystem and risk harming human health, despite greatly contributing to food security in the last half-decade.
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Pollution forces Nepal schools to close for the first time
Yahoo News
Tue 30 March, 2021
Nepal on Monday ordered schools to close as choking smog enveloped the capital Kathmandu, in the first-ever shutdown of the country's education sector because of pollution.
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International Business Times
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AEMO gas findings reignite battle over LNG imports
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Formal advice of a three-year reprieve on gas shortages expected to hit south-eastern states has been seized on by anti-fossil fuel activists of evidence there’s no need for AGL Energy’s proposed LNG import terminal in Victoria just days before a state government decision on whether the project can proceed.
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Turnbull named head of NSW government’s climate advisory board
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 29 March, 2021
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been appointed to head a new board to advise the NSW government’s long-term climate policy in his first major political post since leaving Parliament almost three years ago.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Why climate change offers best chance of Australia-China reset
The Australian
Mon 29 March, 2021
China’s desire to be seen as a climate leader on the world stage is the opening that Canberra needs to end its detente with Beijing. But the Morrison government must first consider two major policy shifts.
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AGL teams up with UK solar, battery and EV specialist Ovo Energy
Reneweconomy
Mon 29 March, 2021
AGL Energy has offered the latest sign that it is focusing its retail business on what’s happening behind the meter with the announcement that it is partnering with UK outfit Ovo Energy to roll out a digital services platform in Australia.
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Singapore Just Got A Rare Floating Solar Farm
Gizmodo Australia
Mon 29 March, 2021
A company in Singapore has just completed construction on a massive floating solar farm. What makes it particularly unique is that its offshore in the Straits of Johor.
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All-in-one solution tackles carbon capture, green hydrogen and building materials
Reneweconomy
Mon 29 March, 2021
Queensland researchers have developed new all-in-one chemical processes that could provide a pathway to carbon storage, green hydrogen production and the creation of materials needed by the construction industry, detailing a proof-of-concept demonstration in a new research paper.
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Farmers see the good to come from damaging rain event
The Mercury
Mon 29 March, 2021
While floodwaters flattened fencing, claimed livestock, and inundated property on Tassie’s east coast, those on higher ground have reported a much more positive experience.
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Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water
Cosmos
Mon 29 March, 2021
A team of Australian and German researchers, led by Bo Xu of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, found that the GABA molecule, which is usually associated with relaxation in animals, can help the plant control the size of leaf pores to prevent water loss.
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Floodplain residents should ‘keep boats on roofs’: expert
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 29 March, 2021
Floods that hit Sydney’s outer suburbs last week are likely to occur every 10 years and residents need to be prepared for future evacuations, a top flood expert says.
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Creating a climate for change
ProBono Australia News
Mon 29 March, 2021
Jane Stabb is the new co-CEO of Climate for Change, an organisation fighting for an Australia that sees climate action as a top priority. She’s this week’s Changemaker.
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Hail to be more frequent in Australia, more severe worldwide
Insurance News
Mon 29 March, 2021
An international review led by a Sydney-based academic predicts hail severity will increase in most regions of the world while Australia will more frequently experience hailstorms.
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