Issue date : Thu 8 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 09 Seconds
Number of items : 49
The perfect backdrop for NSW’s big ugly coal problem
Reneweconomy
Thu 8 April, 2021
On Wednesday this week, the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro stood next to a train packed with coal, hurtling past metres away as he espoused the benefits of coal mining (sadly, he failed to literally salute it, as he had promised in the tweet).
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Climate envoy Kerry praises but prods coal-hungry India
Yahoo News
Thu 8 April, 2021
US climate envoy John Kerry has praised India as a "world leader" in renewable energy but said during a visit to the fossil fuel-dependent nation that the globe needs to phase out coal faster.
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Left wing party wins Greenland election after opposing Australian company’s mine
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 April, 2021
Helsinki: Greenland’s main opposition party, which campaign heavily against an Australian company’s mining project involving uranium and other metals on the Arctic island, has emerged as the biggest party after winning more than a third of votes in an early parliamentary election.
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Barnaby Joyce’s latest antics do nothing to move Australia forward
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 8 April, 2021
So Barnaby Joyce has commissioned a pollster to determine if his New England electorate wants renewables. Apparently his office has been inundated with complaints about the “visual impact” of proposed power projects in the region, which the NSW government has identified for nearly $13 billion worth of solar, wind and hydroelectric power generation and transmission infrastructure, as part of its renewables roadmap.
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Victoria Bitter asks Australians to swap solar power for beer
AdNews
Thu 8 April, 2021
Victoria Bitter and Clemenger BBDO Melbourne have launched the VB Solar Exchange – a new program that enables beer lovers to trade their excess solar energy for slabs of Victoria Bitter.
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Aurora project could start life as big battery, as 1414 rethinks business case
Reneweconomy
Thu 8 April, 2021
ASX-listed thermal energy storage hopeful 1414 Degrees is considering doubling the storage capacity of the big battery component of its Aurora Energy Project in South Australia’s Port Augusta to 140MWh, and holding off on the solar component, to improve the project’s business case.
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Forecasting volcano eruption style
Cosmos
Thu 8 April, 2021
Scientists studying the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea volcano in Hawai’i have discovered a way to predict the violence of future eruptions. They use the viscosity of magma for forecasting.
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Spell launches GlamCorner-backed rental service
Ragtrader
Thu 8 April, 2021
Spell has today taken another step in its sustainability journey, announcing a new partnership with fashion rental platform GlamCorner.
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La Nina clue to sun’s power on climate
The Australian
Thu 8 April, 2021
Evidence is mounting that changes in the Sun’s magnetic energy has a much bigger influence on Earth’s weather and climate conditions than previously thought.
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Pitt pushes inquiry into coal investment
Australian Mining
Wed 7 April, 2021
Australia’s Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt has announced an inquiry into the financial sector’s treatment of Australia’s resources industry.
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Manufacturers lobby Victorian government for softer emissions targets
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 April, 2021
The Australian Industry Group is urging the Victorian government not to be too ambitious in its next round of emissions targets, due to be announced in the coming weeks, saying a high target could hurt Victorian businesses and give other states a cost advantage.
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Green groups blast Barilaro’s ‘cherry-picking’ Hunter pollution claim
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 7 April, 2021
Hunter Valley health and environment advocates have dismissed as “laughable” claims by Deputy Premier John Barilaro that the pollution data for the region had been manipulated by opponents of mining for political purposes.
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WAToday
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“I lost the support of my colleagues”: Kean explains decision to dump Turnbull
Reneweconomy
Wed 7 April, 2021
NSW energy minister Matt Kean has said that he had lost the support of his NSW coalition colleagues for the appointment of Turnbull to chair the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board and was therefore forced to back out of making the appointment.
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Turnbull claims climate change deniers conspired to take him out
9 News
Wed 7 April, 2021
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is refusing to go quietly after being dumped from a NSW climate change board, accusing the state government of being swayed by global warming deniers and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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Turnbull’s fate sealed by skittish backbenchers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 7 April, 2021
Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean had been searching for months for a way to bring former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull into the NSW government tent.
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Is Malcolm Turnbull the only Liberal who understands economics and climate science – or the only one who’ll talk about it?
The Conversation
Wed 7 April, 2021
Yesterday, former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was unceremoniously dumped as chair of the New South Wales government’s climate advisory board, just a week after being offered the role. His crime? He questioned the wisdom of building new coal mines when the existing ones are already floundering.
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Clean skies, clear heart
Food & Drink Business
Wed 7 April, 2021
The sustainability road has been a long one for global food and beverage company Danone. The biomass facility coming online at its New Zealand Nutricia plant this year is the latest milestone.
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Viva in ‘strong position’ to import LNG as shortfall looms
The Age
Wed 7 April, 2021
Fuel supplier Viva Energy says importing liquefied natural gas at the site of its Geelong oil refinery could avert winter gas shortages forecast to hit Victoria within years after the Andrews government blocked AGL’s $250 million import terminal plan.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Polestar 'will have to question everything' in order to build the first climate-neutral EV
Yahoo News
Wed 7 April, 2021
Polestar, the Swedish electric vehicle brand spun out of Volvo Car Group, set on Wednesday a “moonshot goal” of creating the first climate-neutral car by 2030. But instead of getting there through more widely practiced offsetting measures, such as planting trees, the company said it’s going to fundamentally change the way the new EV is made.
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How will mammals respond to climate change?
Cosmos
Wed 7 April, 2021
As the ramifications of climate change become increasingly more apparent, our understanding of its complex impacts on mammals still has major gaps, according to a comprehensive review published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.
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Top End ramps up war on invasive grass
7 News
Wed 7 April, 2021
The Northern Territory is ramping up its battle against an invasive African grass ahead of the upcoming Top End bushfire season.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Australia’s human rights progress faltering on global stage
ProBono Australia News
Wed 7 April, 2021
While many Australians consider themselves to be living in the lucky country, a new report says a lack of action on climate change, poor treatment of Indigenous people, and the ongoing detention of asylum seekers is seeing the country fall behind on the global stage.
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Jameela Jamil On The Future Of Diversity & Sustainability In Fashion
Marie Claire
Wed 7 April, 2021
When Jameela Jamil signed on for Tommy Hilfiger's new campaign, we took notice. The actor and activist's passion for inclusivity and transparency from celebrities and brands is well-known, so if Jamil is attaching her name to a brand, they must be doing something right in that space.
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The future of leather is full of fungi (and other weird and wonderful things)
Vogue Australia
Wed 7 April, 2021
For far too long, eco-conscious consumers have had few options in the vegan leather department. With PVC labelled as the single-most environmentally damaging of all plastics, PU leather became the most popular animal leather alternative.
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