Issue date : Wed 14 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 49 Seconds
Number of items : 45
Australia to use Biden summit to repair ‘climate wars’ damage
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 14 April, 2021
Washington: The Morrison government hopes to use a summit next week organised by US President Joe Biden to repair the damage caused to Australia’s global reputation by a decade of infighting over climate policy.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Community clashes over feral horses management
The Mandarin
Wed 14 April, 2021
A Victorian action plan to cull feral horses has drawn the ire of animal rights activists, who have called for a halt to a planned cull in the Barmah region this year.
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Sustainability key in the next cycle: AXA IM
Investor Daily
Wed 14 April, 2021
Beyond the recovery from COVID-19, sustainability will be at the centre of the next cycle for both investors and monetary authorities, the investment chief of AXA has said.
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Australia is world’s 10th biggest burner of thermal coal for power: report
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 April, 2021
Australia has retained its 10th place ranking on the list of top countries burning coal for power, as revealed in a new analysis by analytics firm Ember. This is despite record growth in renewable energy and in direct contradiction of the Australian government’s recent insistence that it is leading the world in decarbonising its power sector.
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Carbon capture’s litany of failures laid bare in new report
Reneweconomy
Wed 14 April, 2021
Carbon capture, an attempt to stop the release of carbon dioxide at the point of generation when fossil fuels are burned, has developed a well-earned reputation of false promise over the past few decades.
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First Nations call for increased water ownership of Murray-Darling river system
ABC News
Tue 13 April, 2021
First Nations groups say it is a national disgrace that almost no water in Australia's largest river system is owned by Aboriginal people and are calling on the Federal Government to deliver on a 2018 commitment to help traditional owners buy water.
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Taylor reportedly put pressure on Schott and Zibelman over gas plans
Reneweconomy
Tue 13 April, 2021
New reports have emerged of major rift between federal energy minister Angus Taylor and the body tasked with developing a redesign of Australia’s National Electricity Market, with allegations that Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott was pressured to resign over her refusal to fall in line with the Morrison government’s obsession with gas.
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Labor to target jobs growth with clean energy, avoids gas fired recovery
The Age
Tue 13 April, 2021
Regional electorates will be targeted under Labor’s pitch to grow jobs with clean energy investment, staking out a key point of difference with the Morrison government’s pledge for a gas-fired recovery from the coronavirus downturn.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Solar “switch-off” rule to extend to EV chargers, pool pumps and air con
Reneweconomy
Tue 13 April, 2021
State energy ministers are looking to adopt new protocols that will allow network operators to not just switch off rooftop solar when instructed, but also pool pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, hot water systems and even air conditioners.
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McKay says coal is ‘a given’ with Labor’s candidate for Upper Hunter
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 April, 2021
NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay says she does not support a moratorium on new coal mines in a move likely to cause division in the party as it grapples with balancing mining and environmental issues.
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The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Japan to release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean
News.com.au
Tue 13 April, 2021
The Japanese government has come under fire after announcing it will begin dumping treated radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster back into the sea.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
Can cryptocurrency be justified in a climate catastrophe?
Reneweconomy
Tue 13 April, 2021
Bitcoin mining and cryptocurrency in general are having what could very loosely be sort of described as a ‘coming of age’ moment. It’s loose because advocates of these digital currencies, which obtain ‘trust’ from requiring massive amounts of energy to generate (‘proof of work’), don’t seem to be handling the challenges of dealing with key issues like climate and environment particularly well.
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The Oceans are Unsettled
The Daily Telegraph
Tue 13 April, 2021
We were told just a couple of months ago the oceans were rising at a much speedier rate than previously estimated. Surely the waves would soon be upon us.
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How to tell if your managed fund or ETF is truly green
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 13 April, 2021
We have recently seen the launch of a number of climate-change related managed funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) into the market.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Infrastructure Australia publishes Sustainability Principles
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 13 April, 2021
Recently released Sustainability Principles from Infrastructure Australia are set to guide and promote sustainability across the infrastructure sector, securing major investments to provide the best outcomes for the community.
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Include ESG in BFID: FSC
Financial Standard
Tue 13 April, 2021
The Financial Services Council (FSC) wants superannuation funds' ESG investments to be included in the proposed Best Financial Interests Duty.
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Are new homes in Western Australia about to get a whole lot more energy efficient?
The Fifth Estate
Tue 13 April, 2021
Maybe with Western Australia finally switching to the latest version of the National Construction Code next month there will be no more homes built with seriously poor energy standards. Maybe not. Here’s what we heard from an architect, the state government, the UDIA WA and a source who prefers to remain anonymous.
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Watching cows from space
Cosmos
Tue 13 April, 2021
When looking down upon the Earth through the eyes of a satellite, what would you choose to look at? For students at the University of California Santa Barbara, they watched cows from space.
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New species of frog unearthed in Peruvian Amazon jungle
Yahoo News
Tue 13 April, 2021
A new species of marsupial frog has been discovered in Peru's Amazon jungle, the state service for natural protected areas said on Monday.
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International Business Times
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‘Like the fires never happened’: Residents alarmed at Gippsland burns
The Age
Tue 13 April, 2021
Threatened species in Gippsland under pressure after vast swaths of their habitat were destroyed in last year’s catastrophic bushfires are facing a series of planned burns that conservation groups say will deepen the crisis.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The wonderful world of seed banks
Particle
Tue 13 April, 2021
Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about seeds, but you can bank on the fact that scientists are.
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Shocking aerial maps and time lapses show true scale of flood disaster
News.com.au
Tue 13 April, 2021
A series of eerie images from flood mapping experts show the shocking scale of the disastrous NSW floods, which destroyed thousands of homes and forced residents to flee their properties.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Weekly Times
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Nike wants your gently worn sneakers
GQ Australia
Tue 13 April, 2021
The sportswear giant is rolling out its first sneaker resale scheme, 'Nike Refurbished'.
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How Three Australian Fashion Brands Are Tackling Sustainability
ELLE Australia
Tue 13 April, 2021
As the planet warms and landfills get ever more full, the issue at the forefront of many people's minds is how our consumption habits impact the earth. We know there's no true ethical consumption under capitalism. We also know that a tiny fraction of companies are responsible for the vast majority of global carbon emissions. (An issue our current government seems keen to ignore with its fossil fuel and gas-led post-pandemic recovery plan.) We know that rampant consumerism is leading us to a dark place and that buying less and more mindfully is an important individual action that we should all be taking.
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