Issue date : Thu 22 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 45 Seconds
Number of items : 56
‘Insufficient’: Biden administration criticises Australia on climate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 22 April, 2021
Washington: The Biden administration believes Australia’s current climate change policies are “insufficient” and wants Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce more ambitious emission reduction targets when he appears at this week’s climate leaders’ summit.
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Victorian Government ignorant towards Darley desecration
Independent Australia
Thu 22 April, 2021
Tensions are erupting across Victoria’s volcanic plains as a battle to protect state significant landscape from a proposed 500kV overhead transmission network heats up.
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Climate change: Have countries kept their promises?
Yahoo News
Thu 22 April, 2021
Agreed by 196 parties in the French capital in December 2015, the Paris climate deal aims to keep the rise in global temperatures this century "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C." We look at five key countries and how well they have kept their promises.
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Democrats push forward 'Civilian Climate Corps' with support from Biden and AOC
Yahoo News
Thu 22 April, 2021
As part of their renewed push for the Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and other congressional Democrats have introduced a “Civilian Climate Corps” service plan to both employ Americans and tackle climate change.
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Europe struggles to get its climate hand ready for Biden’s big deal
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 April, 2021
London | A minute-to-midnight deal between Brussels and the European Parliament has given the EU a confirmed 2030 emissions-reduction target to take to US President Joe Biden’s climate summit, but the Continent is still grappling with how to turn ambitious rhetoric into practical reality.
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Red alert for the planet: UN chief’s call to phase out coal by 2030
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 22 April, 2021
In this pivotal year for humanity, now is the time for bold climate action. The science is irrefutable and globally agreed: to stop the climate crisis from becoming a permanent catastrophe, we must limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.
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When Scott Morrison joins Joe Biden's climate summit, the pressure will be on to step up
ABC News
Thu 22 April, 2021
Scott Morrison will dial in early tomorrow morning for the start of Joe Biden's two-day climate summit. He insists he's looking forward to it, but the Australian Prime Minister appears to be on a very different page to the US President and others on how best to tackle this global challenge.
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Joe Biden’s bid to enforce climate club
The Australian
Thu 22 April, 2021
The urgency of the Biden administration in pursuing green policies signifies the prominence of the issue in terms of world diplomacy and domestic policies in the US, Australia and elsewhere.
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Food for thought as scrap recycling pays off
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 April, 2021
Some councils with high numbers of apartment blocks have been trying to find ways to offset the carbon cost of the blocks by recycling everything that can be re-used.
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Kathmandu calls on entire industry to make change
Ragtrader
Thu 22 April, 2021
Kathmandu is calling on Australian and New Zealand fashion businesses to join it and The Renewal Workshop in their mission to reduce textile waste on a larger scale in Australasia.
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Super trustees must diversify climate risk or divest: Noel Hutley
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 April, 2021
Superannuation funds must divest from assets with a high degree of climate risk or face breaching their members’ best interests duties, a new legal opinion warns, arguing the scale of climate change is such that diversifying portfolios will not mitigate risk.
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APRA ties climate change to director duties and risk management
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 April, 2021
Banks, insurers and superannuation funds are being asked to elevate the impact of climate change alongside other key risks such as credit risk, underwriting risk and liquidity risk under draft guidelines released by the prudential regulator on Thursday.
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AGL chief Brett Redman abruptly resigns ahead of coal break-up plan
The Age
Thu 22 April, 2021
The head of Australian power giant AGL has abruptly resigned, saying he is unable to commit to seeing through the company’s plans to break up its coal- and gas-fired power stations from its wider retailing business.
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Like humans, young humpacks go to Gold Coast for whale of a time
The Brisbane Times
Thu 22 April, 2021
The Gold Coast has long been a holiday and party destination for humans, and new research has found it is no different for humpback whales.
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Construction runoff still a major polluter of local waterways
The Fifth Estate
Thu 22 April, 2021
Material runoff from construction sites greatly contributes to the pollution of Australia’s waterways, adding large amounts of sediment and chemicals, particularly after heavy rainfalls.
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Tim Flannery follows in footsteps of Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 22 April, 2021
With news about to break that he had been awarded the Geddes Environment Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Tim Flannery spent the day fossicking in a windy highway cutting in the Hunter Valley with his seven-year-old son Coleby, hoping that recent rains may have revealed fossils from the pliocene era, when crocodiles patrolled the NSW plain.
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Who Will Save The Planet? Meet The women Rallying For Climate Justice
Marie Claire
Thu 22 April, 2021
We are standing on the edge of a precipice. It’s not a line drawn in the sand, it’s a gaping chasm that’s growing wider by the day. The climate crisis has become epitomised by a number of tipping points that we are perilously close to crossing – points beyond which the environment will be irrevocably damaged and the cascading impacts on society will be existential. This is the point of no return.
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16 sustainable Australian labels we’re thoroughly in love with
Vogue Australia
Thu 22 April, 2021
Money talks. Every year, Australians spend a staggering average of $5 billion on fashion, and every year, half a million tonnes of clothing is discarded, and ends up in landfill. The pieces made of synthetic fabrics, like the ever-present polyester, take an estimated 200 years to decompose. It takes mere seconds for us to make our next purchase, buys which an increasingly compressed fashion cycle encourages with frequency. The ephemerality of visual media like Instagram has indoctrinated us with the damaging belief that we can only wear an outfit once. Another day, another trend; another piece of our wardrobes, gone to waste.
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Australia to fund low-emissions research as world sets ambitious climate targets
The Age
Wed 21 April, 2021
Australia will help fund groundbreaking research in low-emissions technology as the Morrison government confronts increasingly ambitious climate commitments from major trading partners ahead of a global climate summit.
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Government plans to phase out eight types of plastic by 2025
Food Processing
Wed 21 April, 2021
A virtual meeting between Australian national environment ministers has supported a plan to phase out eight ‘problematic and unnecessary’ plastic product types by 2025.
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Putin vows Russia will fight climate change
The Herald Sun
Wed 21 April, 2021
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday vowed that Russia, one of the world's oil and gas producing giants, would do its part to fight climate change and develop carbon recycling.
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China's Xi to attend online Biden climate summit: foreign ministry
The Daily Telegraph
Wed 21 April, 2021
China's President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual climate summit this week hosted by US President Joe Biden, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday, as political tensions between the two countries remain high.
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China's Xi to attend online Biden climate summit
The Advertiser
International Business Times
The Canberra Times
Xi to take part in Biden climate summit
7 News
The West Australian
The UN looks for investors for projects to help meet its 2030 Sustainability Goals
ProBono Australia News
Wed 21 April, 2021
With 2030 fast approaching, The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance – whose members include Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund – has created an investor platform with the United Nations Development Programme.
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Morrison is well behind in the climate game
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 21 April, 2021
The fundamental problem with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s glacial progress towards announcing a 2050 zero carbon emissions target is that he is wasting energy on yesterday’s climate-change game.
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PM likes to have a 'foot' in both camps on climate issue
Sky News Australia
Wed 21 April, 2021
Sky News contributor Justin Smith says the prime minister is a “conman” when it comes to climate change – that he likes to have a foot in the “green camp” but also “slag off” those who think climate change is real.
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Climate change 'mitigation' strategies must be economically rational
Sky News Australia
Wed 21 April, 2021
When it comes to working towards “mitigating” climate change, it must be done in an “economically rational” manner that does not come at the expense of both the economy and the people, according to Sky News contributor Caleb Bond.
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The West must not give China a free ride on net zero
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 21 April, 2021
Giving Beijing until 2060 to meet climate targets will only mean it gets more time to cheat, and better opportunities to pursue its military build-up.
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China plays us on a carbon fiddle
The Herald Sun
Wed 21 April, 2021
China is by far the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and the truth is it has zero commitment to “carbon reduction”.
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Action on climate change starts with a plan for net-zero emissions: CEC
Ecogeneration
Wed 21 April, 2021
Australia must take a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions and a plan for an orderly transition for the closure of the nation’s coal-fired power plants to this week’s climate summit organised by US President Joe Biden to prove it is taking meaningful action on climate change.
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Fundies should understand sustainability: Robeco
Investor Daily
Wed 21 April, 2021
Fund managers need to stay agile in a constantly shifting asset management environment, a Robeco exec and ESG head have said, with developments in sustainable investing now pushing a need to navigate impacts on society and the environment.
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Indigenous stewardship linked to biodiversity
Cosmos
Wed 21 April, 2021
Humans have inhabited and influenced the majority of the Earth’s land for over 12,000 years, according to a new study – but not always to the detriment of the environment.
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Olympic Games are getting less, not more, sustainable
The Fifth Estate
Wed 21 April, 2021
How sustainable will the Tokyo Olympics be? Below average, in a middling bunch, say researchers on the first ever survey of the sustainability of Olympics in general.
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