Issue date : Thu 1 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 24 Seconds
Number of items : 40
Cheap low-emissions technology key to hitting net zero, Taylor tells world
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 1 April, 2021
Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor says lowering the cost of low-emissions technology will be a key driver in the world’s efforts to hit net-zero emissions, as he reaffirmed Australia’s ambition to reach the target “as soon as possible”.
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Joe Biden unveils $2.6 trillion infrastructure bill to beat China, move to green energy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 1 April, 2021
Washington: US President Joe Biden has unveiled a massive US2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) infrastructure plan he says will allow America to beat China economically and position the country as a global leader in clean energy technology.
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A green Africa is the key to a greener world
The Mandarin
Thu 1 April, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden wants the United States to take back up the mantle of global climate leadership. But that won’t be fully possible until his administration prioritises critical partners: African nations. Africa’s urban centres are swelling, threatening more emissions, and half of the global population growth over the next two decades is expected to occur in the continent. It must be a global priority to strike a balance between this ongoing development and its climate impact. And with Washington’s help, the sustainability strides made in Africa over the next decade can serve as models for countries worldwide.
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Aussie Life
The Spectator Australia
Thu 1 April, 2021
Australia’s by-sea-girtness, as much as its size, means meteorologists will always have their work cut out predicting the kind of weather which has caused such devastation on our eastern seaboard. The chorus of climate catastrophism which the floods triggered, on the other hand, was entirely predictable, even though these are the same voices which assured us only ten years ago that if we didn’t stop burning coal immediately our dams would never fill up again.
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“Solar tax” mythbuster: Here’s what you need to know
Reneweconomy
Thu 1 April, 2021
This article is the Total Environment Centre’s response to the orchestrated misinformation campaign being waged in the media against the AEMC’s draft determination on distributed energy resources (DER, not only solar) exports to the grid, which was the product of an 18 month long codesign process with the energy sector.
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Can rooftop solar and household batteries keep grid stable when big generators fail?
Reneweconomy
Thu 1 April, 2021
A new Australian research project will investigate how the growing number of small-scale energy devices, like rooftop solar and battery storage systems, can help in maintaining reliable supplies of power when the grid is impacted by sudden and unexpected equipment failures.
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Google Maps to start directing Australian drivers on most eco-friendly route later this year
News.com.au
Thu 1 April, 2021
Australia will be included in an international rollout of a significant change to Google Maps in which directions will default to the route with the lowest carbon emissions, the company has confirmed.
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The Australian
The staggering cost of biological invasion
Cosmos
Thu 1 April, 2021
Invasive species have cost the planet US$1.28 trillion over the past 50 years, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature. The team of authors warn these costs will continue to soar unless prevention and control is improved.
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Plastic pandemic: Solving single-use plastics
In the Black
Thu 1 April, 2021
Two pandemics swept the world in 2020. The second - the growing use of single-use plastic as a COVID-safe measure - was considerably less reported, but no less dangerous.
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New technology finalist in national sustainability awards
Inside Waste
Thu 1 April, 2021
Ventia has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards for its world-first, patented PFAS removal technology, known as SourceZone.
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Two major luxury brands have adopted a fur-free policy
Ragtrader
Thu 1 April, 2021
Animal welfare group Four Paws Australia has welcomed the news that international luxury labels Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen have gone fur free.
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Angus Taylor will take five years of climate delay to COP26, and a plan for another 10
Reneweconomy
Wed 31 March, 2021
As we head into April, the drumbeat on climate is beginning to quicken. It’s another big climate week in America, with Biden announcing a very big plan for new offshore wind – some 30 gigawatts by 2030. Biden is also set to detail a major infrastructure package that likely include record spending on climate, probably relating to electric vehicle charging and new energy efficient homes.
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Turnbull calls for halt on new coal mines, inquiry on rehabilitation funds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 31 March, 2021
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the Berejiklian government to pause the approval of new coal mines in NSW, saying the industry is already in decline and some of the “gigantic rehabilitation” cost will end up with the state’s taxpayers.
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Australia’s carbon price is coming, one way or another
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 31 March, 2021
I know a lot of people get quite dispirited when reflecting on the past decade or two of climate change and emissions pricing policy in Australia. For those deeply involved in the policy debate, the hours of work wasted in trying to design the various iterations of Australia’s attempt at a carbon emissions trading scheme a decade ago don’t bear thinking about.
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YFYS performance test: Implications for ESG
Investment Magazine
Wed 31 March, 2021
At the end of February, the Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) legislation was introduced to Parliament and was subsequently referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 April 2021.
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Activist groups target investment giants on Adani
Investor Daily
Wed 31 March, 2021
Human rights and environmental advocacy groups are pressuring mega investors such as BlackRock and JPMorgan Chase to cut ties with an Adani subsidiary, over links to the Myanmar military.
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Low carbon streaming promised as TPG and Netflix go ‘net zero’
Reneweconomy
Wed 31 March, 2021
TPG Telecom, Australia’s third largest telco provider and owner of Vodafone Australia, says it will source all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, following a similar plan announced by Telstra last year.
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AGL’s Redman: The gentailer model for utilities is breaking down
Reneweconomy
Wed 31 March, 2021
AGL CEO Brett Redman has conceded that the traditional “gentailer” model for Australian energy utilities is breaking down, unable to cope with the pace of change in the energy market driven by the uptake of large scale wind and solar, battery storage and rooftop PV installations.
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Santos signs off on NT gas project labelled a “carbon emissions factory”
Reneweconomy
Wed 31 March, 2021
Oil and gas giant Santos has made a final investment decision on the Barossa gas project in the Northern Territory that will effectively operate as a “carbon emissions factory”, with gas as a side product, according to critics.
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It’s critical we update flood guidance
Pursuit
Wed 31 March, 2021
There’s been some progress in incorporating climate change into engineering design, but flood guidance must keep up with our changing climate
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We must stop building in flood zones: Suncorp
The Australian
Wed 31 March, 2021
Suncorp has been hit with 7600 flooding claims, sending it close to exceeding its $950m natural hazard allowance for the year.
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Sharp increase in destruction of virgin forest in 2020
Yahoo News
Wed 31 March, 2021
An area of pristine rainforest the size of the Netherlands was burned or hacked down last year, as the destruction of the planet's tropical forests accelerated despite a global economic slowdown, according to research Wednesday.
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International Business Times
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Coming full circle on fast fashion for a sustainable future
Lens
Wed 31 March, 2021
One day soon, climate change might change the way we dress. People are discarding clothes that they’ve never worn, or worn only once, says researcher Aleasha McCallion, and that’s wasting our natural resources and contributing to our greenhouse emissions.
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Sting in tail of departing La Nina climate driver
News.com.au
Wed 31 March, 2021
La Nina – which helped bring huge rains to Australia’s east – is over. But as it vanishes, another climate driver has begun messing with our weather.
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