Issue date : Fri 16 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 54 Seconds
Number of items : 46
Global trade rules can help fight climate change: US trade chief
Yahoo News
Fri 16 April, 2021
International commerce incentivizes countries to erode environmental protections to attract investment, and global trade rules are needed to counter that "race to the bottom," US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro promises Biden to end deforestation, seeks financial help
Yahoo News
Fri 16 April, 2021
President Jair Bolsonaro wrote a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden pledging to end illegal deforestation in Brazil by 2030 and seeking "considerable" financial assistance to get there, officials said Thursday.
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International Business Times
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Tokio Marine rules out underwriting Adani coal mine
Insurance Business
Fri 16 April, 2021
The top 10 largest Lloyd's of London insurers have ruled out underwriting the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine, with Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) the latest insurer to announce it would drop “any future underwriting” of the project.
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South Australia’s “other” big battery repays ARENA grant after windfall returns
Reneweconomy
Fri 16 April, 2021
One of South Australia’s “other” big battery installations, the 30MW/8MWh ESCRI ElectraNet battery storage system at Dalrymple, has earned enough revenue in its first two years of operation to return the $12 million in grant funding provided by ARENA to the project.
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Giant offshore turbines set to drive plummeting cost of wind power
Reneweconomy
Fri 16 April, 2021
The cost of wind power could drop by half or more over the next 30 years, allowing wind to play a bigger role in future electricity networks around the world than previously thought, a new paper published in the journal Nature Energy finds.
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Swap solar power for Victoria Bitter in Aussie-first program
Food & Beverage
Fri 16 April, 2021
Victoria Bitter has launched its new program, Solar Exchange, which enables people to trade their excess solar energy for slabs of Victoria Bitter in an Australian first initiative.
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Whitest, coolest paint ever made
Cosmos
Fri 16 April, 2021
A team of US engineers has developed the whitest – and therefore coolest – paint in the world, able to reflect 98.1% of the sunlight that hits its surface. The researchers from Purdue University in the US say that the paint could improve energy efficiency by reducing reliance on air conditioning.
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Save the queen, save the hive: how to live in harmony with bees
The Guardian
Fri 16 April, 2021
Beyond the towering city centres, Australia’s inner-city suburbs still harbour slivers of greenery. My Brisbane backyard is no exception. A magnificent poinciana tree stands in the corner. From my kitchen window I look out over its gnarly branches, protruding from a solid trunk.
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Sunlight to solve the world’s clean water crisis
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Fri 16 April, 2021
Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a cost-effective technique that could deliver safe drinking water to millions of vulnerable people using cheap, sustainable materials and sunlight.
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With their latest collection, Tommy Hilfiger springs into the sustainable future
Vogue Australia
Fri 16 April, 2021
Fashion has always been a driver of social change. Whether it’s using a platform to uplift the cultural voices of our generation, or embracing moves towards sustainability through design, the fashion industry hungers for positive impact, and remains, to this day, a testament to the power of art and design.
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Why are Nationals voters angry about climate policies? It’s not coal
The Age
Thu 15 April, 2021
Rural leaders are putting the Nationals on notice in the lead up to international climate talks that farmers are still furious over the Kyoto climate accord, warning the bush won’t pay the bill for climate action again.
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WAToday
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Environment Minister excused from green tape decisions on projects with conflict of interest
WAToday
Thu 15 April, 2021
Newly minted Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson has recused herself from making any green tape decisions on two projects her mining consultant step-father has worked on.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
Xi To Join European Climate Summit, As Kerry In China For Talks
Yahoo News
Thu 15 April, 2021
Chinese President Xi Jinping will join a virtual climate summit with France and Germany, Beijing announced Thursday, as US envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai to drum up support from the world's biggest polluter for America's drive to address environmental challenges.
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International Business Times
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On jumpin’ Jack Flash and why it’s a gas we don’t want
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 April, 2021
If a hospital in Canberra can go fully electric, property owners are doing their best to get out of gas, and gas is increasingly expensive, what on earth is the federal government on about?
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Grattan Institute spruiks middle-ground in Australia’s gas debate
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 April, 2021
Despite everything, gas is back on the agenda. The government is pushing for a gas-powered manufacturing boom and there are calls for the resource to be used as a “transition” fuel to 100 per cent renewable energy. But renewable energy experts say this is far from true. Intermittent supply can be met with a range of options including battery storage and demand management.
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Energy giant withdraws Crib Point gas plan
7 News
Thu 15 April, 2021
Energy giant AGL has formally withdrawn its controversial plan to build a floating gas import terminal in Victoria.
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The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Solar storage tech company RayGen locks in new funding
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 April, 2021
Melbourne-based “solar hydro” tech company RayGen Resources has received a new investment boost from equity partner Photon Energy, as it works towards plans for a huge 100MW/1,000MWh solar plus storage project.
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More mobility good, less mobility bad – or vice versa?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 April, 2021
Much of the discussion around Australia’s carbon emissions has traditionally focused on the electricity sector. There has been less focus on what has provided the fastest sectoral growth in emissions over the last 30 years – transport.
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Outcry as duck hunt numbers increase
The Age
Thu 15 April, 2021
Animal welfare advocates have criticised the scientific rationale for the Andrews government’s decision to increase the number and type of ducks that can be killed this hunting season.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Bold plan to save six 'wildlife Arks' across Australia
Yahoo News
Thu 15 April, 2021
Six key Australian landscapes which provided sanctuary to wildlife during the Black Summer bushfires could receive better legal protection from a new environmental initiative.
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India's desert salt farmers feel the heat from climate change
Yahoo News
Thu 15 April, 2021
Roshni Thakor left school to harvest salt from a sun-baked Indian desert, a backbreaking trade practised by her ancestors for centuries but now threatened by climate change.
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International Business Times
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'Lost paradise' as Mediterranean edges ever closer to home
Yahoo News
Thu 15 April, 2021
After fleeing to France to escape the Spanish Civil War, Amalia Romero's family eventually managed to build a home on the south coast directly looking out over the Mediterranean. But today, the sea is gradually gnawing away at their refuge on a coastline that has grown vulnerable to the ravages of climate change.
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International Business Times
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Will the world run out of water?
Cosmos
Thu 15 April, 2021
Water is our most precious resource; it underpins all aspects of life. Yet, still we hear that there’s not enough water and that there’s a water crisis threatening our health and environment. What happens when water runs out? How do we ensure water security in the future?
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Surfers fall sick after 'brown sludge' hits Port Fairy break
ABC News
Thu 15 April, 2021
The state government is investigating an incident that sent two surfers to hospital after coming in contact with "a brown sludge-like substance" at a popular south-west Victorian surf spot.
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Your Favourite Underwear Just Got More Environmentally Friendly
Marie Claire
Thu 15 April, 2021
The ubiquity of Calvin Klein’s minimal underwear is well established, with the brand’s comfortable, thick-waistbanded basics found everywhere from the #MyCalvins Instagram tag to your own underwear drawer. With their recent Reconsidered Comfort collection, the brand is also trying to make things slightly better for the planet.
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