Issue date : Tue 20 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Scott Morrison inches Australia towards 2050 net zero emissions, but distances himself from 'inner city' types
ABC News
Tue 20 April, 2021
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has inched closer to committing Australia to an emissions target of net zero by 2050, though he has done so by also distancing himself from "inner city" residents who have long demanded he adopt an ambitious climate goal.
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Australia must stop wasting time and shift to renewable energy to spark job creation, Albanese says
The Guardian
Tue 20 April, 2021
Anthony Albanese will tell a clean technology and jobs summit that Australia cannot afford “further drift and time-wasting” when it comes to the transition to renewable energy because there is “huge potential” to create hundreds of thousands of secure, well-paid jobs.
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Shenhua set to walk away from Watermark coal mine with taxpayer payout
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 20 April, 2021
The Berejiklian government plans to buy out the remaining licence for a proposed coal mine planned for rich farmland on the Liverpool Plains, ending a 13-year-long saga that pitched miners against farmers.
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Secretary of state says countries investing in new coal ‘will hear from US’
The Guardian
Tue 20 April, 2021
The Biden administration is ready to challenge countries whose inaction on the climate crisis is setting the world back, including those that fail to cut their reliance on coal, the top American diplomat has warned.
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‘They will hear from the US’: diplomats to challenge countries lagging on climate
The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
Poland nationalises coalmines as climate pressure gathers steam
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 20 April, 2021
London | Coal-dependent Poland is scrambling for ways to decarbonise its economy without sharp job cuts in mining communities or steep jumps in power prices, prompting the government to take control of much of the country’s coal industry.
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Putin will address international climate summit via video link: Kremlin
The Australian
Tue 20 April, 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin will on April 22 address an international climate summit hosted by the United States, the Kremlin said Monday, despite a sharp deterioration in ties between Moscow and Western capitals.
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The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
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Corporate social responsibility: Making money and doing good
The Australian
Tue 20 April, 2021
Once seen as business largesse, delivering on corporate social responsibility can now make or break a company. What changed and what will CSR look like in the future?
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Carbon cutting technology creates new opportunities for insurers
Insurance Business
Tue 20 April, 2021
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. With climate-related catastrophe losses continuing to climb, insurers are in a unique position to recognise just how high the stakes of climate change truly are. In response, many have started to introduce carbon reduction plans to mitigate their business’s impact on the environment.
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CCS, but not as you know it: US prize targets cement’s monster emissions
Reneweconomy
Tue 20 April, 2021
Two companies that have found ways to store carbon dioxide in concrete – and so help solve two massive climate challenges – are the latest winners of the “XPrize“, a prestigious Los Angeles-based grant program backed by the likes of Google, Amazon and Elon Musk, that aims to harness cutting edge science and technology to solve the world’s biggest problems.
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Can Clothing Hauls Ever Be Sustainable?
ELLE Australia
Tue 20 April, 2021
Sydney-based content creator Joely Malcolm rips open a giant shopping bag. Eagerly pulling items out, she poses for the TikTok app while holding more handbags, trousers and shoes than she can carry.
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How sustainable are the Olympic Games?
Cosmos
Tue 20 April, 2021
The International Olympic Committee’s Sustainability Strategy claims to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but according to a new evaluation, published in Nature Sustainability, the sustainability of the Games has declined since 2002.
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Australia risks being left behind on climate: McKibbin
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 19 April, 2021
Warwick McKibbin, a long-time adviser to conservative Australian governments on climate change policy, warns Australia is at risk of being bowled over as Beijing and Washington ramp up pressure on laggards to curb emissions.
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NSW coal region councils join forces for huge renewable energy mandate
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 April, 2021
While the major state political parties bicker over who loves coal the most ahead of the upcoming by-election for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Upper Hunter, a group of local councils from the region has joined forces to procure up to 200GWh a year of renewable electricity supply for their combined operations.
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‘The whole atmosphere has changed’: China’s ambitious plan to solve the climate puzzle
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 19 April, 2021
In Beijing’s Daxing district two autonomous vehicles are patrolling the streets. They look like any other car except for the turret protruding out of the roof, scanning the road ahead for obstacles. For now they use petrol but soon will be electric as Baidu, China’s largest search engine and driverless technology producer, partners with Geely, China’s largest private car manufacturer, to pump out autonomous EVs.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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US, China promise more climate action, leaving Australia further isolated
Reneweconomy
Mon 19 April, 2021
The United States and China have issued a joint statement saying they are “firmly committed” to cooperating on tackling climate change, in a hopeful sign deteriorating relations between the two powers will not hamper global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The world running out of patience with our excuses on climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 19 April, 2021
If the Prime Minister thought 2021 was about to get a little easier, he should think again. At US President Joe Biden’s Climate Leaders Summit to be held next week, Australia will come under unprecedented pressure to join global efforts to stop global warming. So far though, the Prime Minister looks to be turning up to the summit empty-handed.
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Climate pledge by US and China turns up heat close to home
The Age
Mon 19 April, 2021
China and America have no shortage of differences, but climate change, thankfully, does not seem to be one of them. After several meetings last week in Shanghai between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart, John Kerry, the two nations released a joint statement pledging to work more closely together on reducing greenhouse gases. It’s a promising step.
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China must wean itself off coal to meet climate goal
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 19 April, 2021
A US-China co-operation pledge on the environment has reaffirmed faith in Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutrality target, but reducing the country’s reliance on coal remains a hurdle.
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Woolworths boss Brad Banducci’s take on ESG
The Australian
Mon 19 April, 2021
Brad Banducci doesn’t like the acronym ESG. The Woolworths boss says its “clunky” and now that “sustainability has gone mainstream”, he prefer to position his company around its stated
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‘Ravaged’ Australia’s policy makers must heed climate warnings
Insurance News
Mon 19 April, 2021
Australia’s decision makers must not ignore the warnings of unprecedented bushfires, droughts, and floods which have ravaged the country in recent years, says a new report entitled Aim High, Go Fast: Why Emissions Need to Plummet this Decade.
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The great unknown of global microbial diversity
Cosmos
Mon 19 April, 2021
While biologists are desperately raising the alarm about the rapidly decreasing diversity of plant and animal life, there is no comparable understanding of whether microbial life is changing too.
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Missile tech and microbats, using thermal imagery in wildlife rescue
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 19 April, 2021
When ecologist Doug Mills started out trying to tally threatened Australian microbats as they streamed out of their caves, traditional methods of tag and recapture or physical counts were tedious, expensive and carried a mistake rate approaching one third.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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The tale of two (cash for cans) models
ProBono Australia News
Mon 19 April, 2021
Recycling advocates say charities in Victoria shouldn’t have to sub-contract through a private company when the state launches its first container deposit scheme
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