Issue date : Fri 23 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 00 Seconds
Number of items : 59
Scott Morrison resists pressure for new emissions target at Joe Biden climate summit
ABC News
Fri 23 April, 2021
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to bow to pressure from the US to use a global climate summit convened by President Joe Biden to announce an increased target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Ocean protection gets $100m in new funds
The Canberra Times
Fri 23 April, 2021
Better protecting oceans and marine life is the focus of a $100 million package announced by the federal government as it faces pressure from the US to do more on climate change.
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The US climate target blows Australia’s out of the water
The Guardian
Fri 23 April, 2021
The US climate target for 2030 blows Australia’s out of the water. Together with dramatically strengthened targets by several other major countries, it resets expectations. And it puts big pressure on Australia to lift our game. If we don’t, we will be seen in the ranks of countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. If we do, it will help position the economy for the future.
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Australia has been talking up its climate credentials – but do the claims stack up?
The Guardian
Fri 23 April, 2021
As Australia came under international pressure to lift its climate commitments ahead of a virtual summit hosted by the US president the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, have made a series of claims to defend the government’s position.
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Shenhua coal deal points to mining policy on the run
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 23 April, 2021
When the Berejiklian government ever taketh away from the mining industry, particularly for coal, it speedily giveth back.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Top SDG selected by Australian and NZ companies is climate action
The Fifth Estate
Fri 23 April, 2021
Of Australian and New Zealand companies that referenced the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their reporting, climate change was the most widely included of all, according to a review released this week.
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World economy faces $30trn climate hit: Swiss Re
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 23 April, 2021
Rising temperatures are likely to reduce global wealth significantly by 2050, as crop yields fall, disease spreads and rising seas consume coastal cities, a major insurance company warned, highlighting the consequences if the world fails to quickly slow the use of fossil fuels.
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How to manage the financial risks of climate change
Insurance Business
Fri 23 April, 2021
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is seeking industry feedback after releasing draft guidance to insurers, banks, and superannuation trustees on managing the financial risks of climate change.
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Don’t forget ESG in bond portfolios
Money Management
Fri 23 April, 2021
More progress is needed when it comes to environment, social and governance (ESG) in fixed income investing, according to Insight.
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Carbon neutral KitKats by 2025
Food & Drink Business
Fri 23 April, 2021
Apart from the massive strides Nestle's KitKat brand has made in working towards a circular economy model for packaging, it has also pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025.
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Fonterra commits to renewable energy targets
Food & Beverage
Fri 23 April, 2021
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has announced it is looking at ways to reduce its use of coal at nine of its 29 sites as part of a commitment to transition to renewable energy.
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A barefoot Elon Musk puts $US100 million jolt into quest for carbon removal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 23 April, 2021
Washington: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday (Friday AEST) offered inventors $US100 million in prize money to develop ways to fight global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or ocean.
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Coles moves closer to 100% renewables
Food & Beverage
Fri 23 April, 2021
Coles Group has signed two renewable energy agreements ENGIE and Neoen as part of its commitment to 100 per cent renewable electricity by FY25.
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Genetic ‘toxic masculinity’ fells male flies
Cosmos
Fri 23 April, 2021
Males of many animal species, including humans, are known to have shorter lifespans than females. Now, scientists from the University of California Berkeley (UCB),USA, believe they’re a step closer to understanding, thanks to male fruit flies.
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GPS tracker on wedgies gives us a bird’s eye view
The Age
Fri 23 April, 2021
In the clear skies above the Tasmanian midlands, a young wedge-tailed eagle soars upwards on a warm thermal. Wyatt is his name, and in eight hours he had flown an extraordinary 225 kilometres
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'Short-sighted': Earth Day organiser slams PM on climate policy
Yahoo News
Thu 22 April, 2021
“Short-sighted” is how a key Earth Day organiser has described the Morrison government’s environmental policies as the world unites to fight against climate change on April 22.
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Australia’s current emissions target risks ‘falling well behind’
Sky News Australia
Thu 22 April, 2021
Investor Group on Climate Change’s Erwin Jackson says Australia’s current 2030 climate target “risks falling well behind” other OECD countries or major emitters and trading partners within the G20.
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Taylor expected to release ESB vision for future energy market next week
Reneweconomy
Thu 22 April, 2021
The future of Australia’s electricity system might be about to get much clearer, with a detailed proposal for a post-2025 shake-up of Australia’s main electricity market expected to be released publicly as early as next week.
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Qld to act alone on Biden's climate summit
7 News
Thu 22 April, 2021
The Queensland government says it will act alone in response to US President Joe Biden’s climate change summit to avoid being “left in the dust” with the federal government.
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The West Australian
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Biden opens global summit with ambitious new US climate pledge
The Age
Thu 22 April, 2021
Declaring that the United States and other big economies must “get this done”, President Joe Biden has opened a global climate summit aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts.
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Bolsonaro’s sudden pledge to protect Amazon met with scepticism
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 22 April, 2021
Rio de Janeiro | As the Biden administration rallies the international community to curb global warming in a climate change summit meeting this week, Brazil is pledging to play a critical role, going as far as promising to end illegal deforestation by 2030.
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Taiwan plans for zero emissions by 2050
Yahoo News
Thu 22 April, 2021
Taiwan has begun to assess how it can reach zero emissions by 2050, President Tsai Ing-wen says, after green groups criticised the government for not doing enough to fight climate change.
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The Canberra Times
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The West Australian
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Japan strengthens 2030 emissions cut target: PM
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 22 April, 2021
Japan now aims to cut emissions 46 percent by 2030, significantly more than previously pledged, the country's prime minister announced Thursday ahead of a key US-hosted climate summit.
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International Business Times
NT News
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
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Technology is crucial to cutting emissions, but only part of the story
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 22 April, 2021
America’s assessment of Scott Morrison’s plan to address climate change via “technology not taxes” — a slogan that sometimes alternates with “technology not targets” — was delivered via a phone briefing to journalists in the US early on Thursday.
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Scott Morrison’s climate change leadership fail
Independent Australia
Thu 22 April, 2021
While other nations step up to zero-emission targets, Scott Morrison is still falling behind on taking action and being a responsible leader, writes David Ritter.
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Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap
The Conversation
Thu 22 April, 2021
Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at the back of the mind grow. The sense of confusion that things cannot be made to fit together increases until something clicks. Or perhaps snaps.
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Electric vehicle tax undermines Daniel Andrews’ talk on climate
The Age
Thu 22 April, 2021
Taxes are usually designed to do one of two things – raise revenue or change behaviour by manipulating the price of a good or a service to achieve a broad social objective.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Lendlease office assets certified carbon neutral
The Fifth Estate
Thu 22 April, 2021
A Lendlease-owned portfolio of offices in Australia worth over $11.1 billion has been certified carbon neutral ahead of schedule, the property and construction giant revealed this week.
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Rest Superannuation joins “socially responsible” investment push
The Fifth Estate
Thu 22 April, 2021
One of Australia’s largest superannuation funds Rest has become the latest to push for responsible environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment, as a new survey shows roughly one third of Australia’s super funds could already be considered in the ESG fold.
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Saudi Arabia locks in world record low prices for solar power
Energy Matters
Thu 22 April, 2021
The Middle East nation of Saudi Arabia has set a new global record-low price for large-scale solar, with recent power purchase agreements for a new project selling for just over $US10 per megawatt-hour ($A13/MWh).
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Five important facts you likely don't know about climate change.
Mamamia
Thu 22 April, 2021
As the past year of living in a pandemic has taught us, listening to the scientists on how to combat a crisis has never been more important. It's also taught us that by acting early, we can limit how devastating the ramifications are.
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How will Singapore's coasts change amid rising sea levels?
Yahoo News
Thu 22 April, 2021
SINGAPORE — If you were out on the roads across Singapore last Saturday (18 April), you would have experienced widespread floods triggered by the heavy downpour.
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Sustainable Fashion & Its Problem With Size Inclusivity
Marie Claire
Thu 22 April, 2021
It’s nothing ground-breaking to proclaim that the fashion industry is inherently fatphobic. What might be surprising is seeing that sustainable fashion falls victim to the same stranglehold. The same brands that pride themselves on caring for their garment workers and using environmentally-friendly fabrics are often the same brands that often don’t cater to over a size 12.
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2020 was Europe's hottest year on record
7 News
Thu 22 April, 2021
Europe experienced its hottest year on record last year, while the Arctic suffered a summer of extreme wildfires partly due to low snow cover as climate change impacts intensified, the European Union's observation service says.
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