Issue date : Fri 30 April, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 34 Seconds
Number of items : 42
‘The New Katoomba’: MPs join push for protection of ‘lost city’
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 April, 2021
A cross-party group of NSW MPs has joined the call for greater protection of the sandstone pagodas of the Gardens of Stone, including curbs on new coal mining approval to prevent further damage to remaining swamplands.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Historic German court decision rules climate inaction violates rights of the young
Reneweconomy
Fri 30 April, 2021
The highest court in Germany has ruled that the government’s climate policies are insufficient because they do not detail emissions reductions past 2030. This violates the freedoms of young people, as it potentially ‘backloads’ climate action onto future generations in addition to burdening them with the consequences of short term inaction.
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Yahoo News
'Historic' legal blow for Merkel's climate plan amid Green surge
International Business Times
Morrison in mad scramble to boost fossil fuels while the world changes fast
Reneweconomy
Fri 30 April, 2021
One of the defining characteristics of Australia’s energy and climate debate – and RenewEconomy readers will be deeply familiar with this – is that it is inherently circular. A closed loop repeating pattern of a small and predictable set of policy tricks are enacted by a conservative government, the opposition party does not oppose them. Industries heavily vested in fossil fuels twist the knobs and turn the levers in the background to maximise opportunity and eradicate risk, and the cycle repeats.
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How KitKats have ‘embarrassed’ Australia
News.com.au
Fri 30 April, 2021
It’s an odd day when a chocolate bar embarrasses an entire nation, but the humble KitKat did just that last Wednesday.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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REST appoints Parametric and Calvert to sustainable fund
Money Management
Fri 30 April, 2021
Industry superannuation fund REST has appointed Parametric and Calvert Research and Management to manage the equities allocation for its newly launched REST Sustainable Growth Option fund.
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An ‘All-Stars’ ETF will soon let you ride every hot trade
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 30 April, 2021
The Amplify Thematic All-Stars ETF will pick up companies favoured by funds targeting technology, health care, sustainability and more, according to a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The product will be passively managed.
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First Sentier launches ESG debt strategy
Financial Standard
Fri 30 April, 2021
First Sentier Investors is leveraging MUFG Bank's strengths in ESG financing for a new private debt capability that will initially focus on providing loans to the renewable energy sector.
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Fastest change in the world: coal’s demise sparks call for energy market reforms
The Age
Fri 30 April, 2021
The future of coal power is dead and buried as cheaper renewables make it uneconomic for private companies to keep their ageing plants firing, the Commonwealth’s energy adviser says as it calls for urgent reforms to an energy market going through the fastest transition in the world.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
ESB outlines market options to handle accelerating shift to renewables
Reneweconomy
Fri 30 April, 2021
The Energy Security Board (ESB) has unveiled its long awaited package of market reform proposals as the industry scrambles to seize the opportunities from the rapidly accelerating shift to renewables, and the anticipated early exit from coal.
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Reneweconomy
Coal generators could be paid to stay open under options proposed by ESB
7 News
Report gives options on a renewable future
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem
Cosmos
Fri 30 April, 2021
Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsible for causing costly and hazardous problems in wastewater treatment plants.
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Manhattan Project-era nuclear waste tank may be leaking
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 30 April, 2021
Spokane: An underground nuclear waste storage tank in Washington state that dates to World War II appears to be leaking contaminated liquid into the ground, the US Department of Energy said on Thursday (Friday AEST).
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Mercedes-Benz Australia joins TSA
Inside Waste
Fri 30 April, 2021
Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced it will contribute a levy to Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) based on all new vehicles sold in Australia. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Retailers across the country will be able to become accredited participants with the TSA, agreeing to work with accredited recyclers and collectors of end-of-life tyres.
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Senators call out 'unacceptable' insurance crisis in north
Insurance News
Thu 29 April, 2021
A Senate-appointed Select Committee has described as “unacceptable” catastrophe-prone northern Australia’s deteriorating insurance affordability crisis, warning “inaction” to adopt mitigation measures as proposed by multiple inquiries cannot go on indefinitely.
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EU Green Deal could phase out European coal by 2030
Reneweconomy
Thu 29 April, 2021
A new study published this week by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has concluded that tightening the European Union’s emissions trading system (EU ETS) in line with the EU Green Deal could result in a complete phase out of coal use as early as 2030.
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On wasted and wanted – why our circular economy isn’t a nice to have, it’s essential to achieve net zero
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 April, 2021
When Macquarie Group makes an investment, you know there’s money in it; they didn’t dub it the millionaire’s factory for nothing. With the move into the waste business with the purchase of Bingo Industries (subject to shareholder approval) valuing the company at $2.3 billion, the bell chimes around sustainability and climate investments just became a very loud peal.
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Hanging greenwashing out to dry
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 April, 2021
It’s no secret that like many industries, building sustainability is awash with products and promises that aren’t as green as they claim to be.
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Tesla’s Big Money Problem Is Killing The Planet
D'Marge
Mon 30 November, -0001
Tesla’s success has been something out of a fairy tale. Not only has the American electric vehicle and clean energy company completely revolutionised the modern auto industry but it’s done much to popularise renewables and technology among a whole generation of consumers. Tesla’s made science cool again – whilst also making a lot of money for its founder, maverick tech visionary Elon Musk.
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Fortescue chooses contractor for two big battery installations in Pilbara
Reneweconomy
Thu 29 April, 2021
Fortescue Metals Group is moving ahead with its plans to achieve net zero operational emissions by 2030, this week commissioning Contract Power Australia to deliver the big battery component of its $450 million solar and gas hybrid Pilbara Generation project.
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How to create better cities when the pandemic is over
Architecture and Design
Thu 29 April, 2021
Throughout the past year of working from home, I have gone for numerous morning, lunchtime and evening walks around my neighbourhood that has three dams for storing stormwater in the event of extreme rain.
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Diving into sustainable aquaculture
Farm Weekly
Thu 29 April, 2021
CARBON neutrality is still a relatively new concept for Australia's food production industry and a WA company is the first in the country to gain the certification for shellfish.
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Intervention 'could buy 20 years' for declining Great Barrier Reef
The Australian
Thu 29 April, 2021
Using experimental "cloud brightening" technology and introducing heat-tolerant corals could help slow the Great Barrier Reef's climate change-fuelled decline by up to 20 years, Australian scientists said Thursday.
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International Business Times
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The Weekly Times
Yahoo News
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Flanagan's anti-salmon push growing, as EPA emails to Tassal revealed
ABC News
Thu 29 April, 2021
The scale and cause of the deaths of a large number of farmed salmon in February remain a mystery, with documents obtained by the ABC revealing the director of Tasmania's environmental watchdog assured the fish producer he "did not provide a detailed or complete response" to questions from the broadcaster.
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Sydney’s new “industry leading” automated recycling facility
The Fifth Estate
Thu 29 April, 2021
Bingo Industries’ new $100 million recycling facility in Sydney’s west officially opened this week, with the hopes of setting a global benchmark for waste processing and just days after a buyout plan was agreed with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, subject to shareholder approval, valuing the company at $2.3 billion.
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WCRA disagrees with Cleanaway on pizzas
Inside Waste
Thu 29 April, 2021
A recent report that 53 per cent of Australians wrongly think a pizza box with greasy stains can be recycled or composted is not entirely true, according to the WCRA.
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Climate index: summer brings lower highs but higher lows
Insurance News
Thu 29 April, 2021
The highest summer temperatures recorded in Australia this year were below average for the first time since 2012, the latest Australian Actuaries Climate Index reveals, but an increase in the lowest temperatures indicated ongoing climate warming.
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