Issue date : Tue 4 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 39 Seconds
Number of items : 43
EnergyAustralia gives green light for Australia's first net-zero hybrid power station
ABC News
Tue 4 May, 2021
EnergyAustralia has announced plans to build a new power station that will be capable of using hydrogen and natural gas.
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State action alone could lead to nation meeting emissions targets
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 4 May, 2021
Australia could easily beat its national emissions commitments without further action by the federal government after Victoria set a reduction target of 45-50 per cent by 2030.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Counting cost of renewable power
The Australian
Tue 4 May, 2021
Anybody who doubts the scale and pace of efforts to decarbonise Australia’s electricity sector to act on climate change need look no further than the Energy Security Board’s latest report on reforming the national grid. ESB independent chairwoman Kerry Schott says our energy system is experiencing the fastest and most substantial change in the world. This is being driven by billions of dollars worth of investments in large-scale wind and solar, along with world-beating rates of rooftop solar investment by households.
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Andrew Forrest, Indonesian coal giant join forces on green energy
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 4 May, 2021
Fortescue Metals Group and Indonesian coal giant PT Adaro Energy have emerged as unlikely allies in billionaire Andrew Forrest push to fast-track the development of a worldwide green hydrogen industry.
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Final pitch made for new transmission link critical for major wind, solar projects
Reneweconomy
Tue 4 May, 2021
Transmission companies ElectraNet and Transgrid have made their final pitch to the regulator for the proposed new $2.4 billion link between South Australia and NSW, arguing it is essential for Australia’s clean energy transition and will unlock significantly bigger benefits than previously thought.
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Frog ‘love songs’ reveal a sad tale of amphibian decline
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 4 May, 2021
Who cares about the fate of Australia’s 243 known frog species? Tens of thousands of us, apparently, if the 300,000-plus recordings of amphibians submitted by citizen scientists across the country using the Australian Museum’s FrogID phone application are any guide, creating one of the largest such databases in the world.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Animals don’t mind inbreeding
Cosmos
Tue 4 May, 2021
Because it’s evolutionarily unfavourable, there is a common assumption that animals will avoid mating with relatives. Inbreeding can lead to ‘inbreeding depression’: a reduction in available traits for offspring, making the population less genetically diverse and thus less able to adapt to their environments.
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Vertical farming: How Australian producers can benefit
The Weekly Times
Tue 4 May, 2021
Fruit and vegetable growers in Australia stand to benefit greatly from early adoption of vertical farming, with reduced water use just one of the advantages.
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Cleaning up military waste with GM grass
Cosmos
Tue 4 May, 2021
A genetically modified common grass can remove toxic military waste from soil, according to a paper published in Nature Biotechnology.
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Toothpaste tube recycling on the way
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 4 May, 2021
There are millions of reasons to smile about an Australian world-first that transforms one of the most widely used forms of plastic packaging to make it recyclable.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
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NSW and Qld won’t follow Victoria’s tougher emissions cuts
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 3 May, 2021
NSW and Queensland will not follow Victoria in introducing more aggressive emissions reduction targets, which federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor said will hurt the economy despite industry and energy experts saying it was a “careful and sober” move.
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Japan’s ambitious carbon target sparks bureaucratic panic
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 3 May, 2021
Tokyo | When Yoshihide Suga pledged to slash Japan’s carbon emissions by 2030, the Prime Minister received a warm welcome from world leaders at Joe Biden’s climate summit. But his announcement sparked panic across Japan’s bureaucracy.
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States of disarray: Australia needs national plan to tackle climate
The Age
Mon 3 May, 2021
Victoria’s climate change strategy provides a stark illustration of why Australia needs a national strategy to reduce emissions at lowest cost over the next few decades.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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State leadership on emissions reduction is crucial
Pursuit
Mon 3 May, 2021
Australia’s Victorian Government has set a reduced emissions target of between 45 and 50 per cent by 2030. However, a more co-ordinated effort is needed by the States and Federal Governments
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Asia-Pacific experiences surge in climate-aware funds
ProBono Australia News
Mon 3 May, 2021
Climate-aware funds have almost tripled their collective global assets in the past year, and experts believe that strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region will continue as demand grows for investments that address climate risk.
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Coal miner warns Asian lenders won’t fill the void if local banks exit
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 3 May, 2021
Asian lenders’ support for Australian coal miners could dry up if local banks are not willing to participate in lending syndicates, according to the NSW coal miner that narrowly avoided a debt default last year.
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Port loan tied to green targets
The Australian
Mon 3 May, 2021
The Port of Newcastle will be required to meet world-first social and green targets to ensure its long-term viability under a $666m loan facility.
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Jemena releases new net zero emissions goal
Energy Magazine
Mon 3 May, 2021
Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said, “As we map a path towards a net zero future, we will build on the many relationships we have both within and outside of our sector to develop and commercialise the technology needed to deliver energy services that are reliable, affordable, and sustainable.
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Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet
The Conversation
Mon 3 May, 2021
Australian governments are busy designing the nation’s transition to a clean energy future. Unfortunately, in a misguided effort to ensure electricity supplies remain affordable and reliable, governments are considering a move that would effectively pay Australia’s old, polluting coal-fired power stations to stay open longer.
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Yarra Valley Water sees success from its waste to energy facility
Utility Magazine
Mon 3 May, 2021
In a major milestone for the utility’s sustainability goals, Yarra Valley Water’s waste to energy facility has processed 100,000 tonnes of food waste – the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools.
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Tender now open for remote renewable generation services
Utility Magazine
Mon 3 May, 2021
As part of its efforts to decarbonise remote communities, Ergon Energy is calling for expressions of interest in delivering low-carbon or renewable generation services on Thursday Island and at Bamaga.
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Concerns proposed coal mine could dry up swamps in Blue Mountains
SBS World News Australia
Mon 3 May, 2021
Plans to extend a coal mine in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area are being met with fierce opposition from locals and environmental groups. But others argue it will bring back jobs to the struggling region.
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