Issue date : Fri 7 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 18 Seconds
Number of items : 39
Germany forced by court ruling to set world-leading net zero targets: Can it reach them?
Reneweconomy
Fri 7 May, 2021
Thanks to a historic ruling from Germany’s highest court last week, the country is stepping up on climate in a way that few saw coming. The court found that Germany’s climate targets were ‘backloading’ effort on climate to later years, essentially concluding that the country’s existing climate targets (a 55% cut by 2030, and climate neutrality by 2050) were badly insufficient. Since then, the government announced a new goal of 65% by 2030, 85-90% by 2040 and climate neutrality by 2045.
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Cryptocurrencies have a climate challenge
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 7 May, 2021
Staunch advocates of cryptocurrencies will point to the economic and social benefits of a decentralised, disintermediated global digital currency system, including the potential for lower fees, direct “one to one” transactions, easier international trade and greater transaction confidentiality.
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Macquarie to exit coal by 2024, hikes dividend
The Age
Fri 7 May, 2021
Macquarie Group will exit coal by 2024 and remain in oil and gas under a new climate policy to lower emissions and use its billion-dollar clout to pressure heavy emitters into accelerating plans to reach net zero targets.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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What does chipageddon have to do with climate change?
ABC News
Fri 7 May, 2021
What do COVID, a drought in Taiwan and China-US tensions have in common? They're all contributing to "chipageddon". It's an international phenomenon wreaking havoc on vehicle and computer production lines, and potentially holding up our access to new cars and electronics by months.
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Texas grid operator confirms gas, not wind, the biggest culprit in blackouts
Reneweconomy
Fri 7 May, 2021
An updated analysis of the Texas electricity crisis in February by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot) has revealed that lost wind power generation was only a very small component of the massive losses in electric generation that plunged much of Texas into blackout in February.
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Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts
The Conversation
Fri 7 May, 2021
“Among all species, it is perhaps only humans who create habitats that are not fit to live in.” – Stephen Marshall It’s a damning statement but one that can be reasonably argued to be true. We don’t have the best track record in creating lasting and sustainable habitats, especially if one considers cities built in the past century.
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The role of utilities in the development of the circular economy
Utility Magazine
Fri 7 May, 2021
The circular economy refers to the transition away from the current linear model of ‘take, make and dispose’ towards a more efficient and sustainable one – one that uses resources efficiently, prioritises renewable inputs, maximises a product’s lifetime, and captures and repurposes what was previously regarded as waste. Here, we explore the role of utilities in moving from business models that prioritise resource drain to ones that value resource gain, and some of the projects and initiatives already underway.
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How seals adapted to move through water
Cosmos
Fri 7 May, 2021
Have you ever wondered how seals learned to perform their skilled underwater acrobatics? Zoologist David Hocking, formerly of Monash University and now curator of vertebrate zoology and palaeontology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, did, and says he has now helped “to solve an evolutionary riddle at the heart of seal evolution”.
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Taylor awards $15 million grant to Darwin big battery that will cut gas generation
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 May, 2021
The proposed 35MW Darwin big battery has received a major funding boost, with the federal government announcing it would provide $15 million of the estimated $30 million cost of the project, which is expected to significantly reduce gas generation in the local grid.
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Minister kills $280m loan to North Queensland wind farm
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 6 May, 2021
Federal Resources and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt said he pulled the pin on a $280 million government loan to a North Queensland wind farm because he did not believe it would help deliver lower power prices to the National Electricity Market.
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Queensland joins Victoria in opposing rooftop solar tax, prefers battery support
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 May, 2021
The pushback against the rooftop solar export charge proposed by the Australian Energy Market Commission has become political, with Queensland’s state Labor government joining Victoria’s in indicating it won’t back a move to tax solar households for electricity sent to the grid.
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Boris Johnson urges action at COP26
7 News
Thu 6 May, 2021
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the United Nations' Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, has to come up with concrete action because if it produced just more hot air then there is no chance of cooling the planet.
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The Canberra Times
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Greens Demand Abandonment of ‘Luxuries’
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 6 May, 2021
Luxuries must be forsaken so we can save the planet, declares deep-green inner-city mayor Gabrielle de Vietri. Her idea of “luxuries” may strike some as peculiar.
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It stores pollution 30 times faster than forest. What is blue carbon?
WAToday
Thu 6 May, 2021
Shy dugongs, sea turtles and ancient, rocky microbes are all found among our seagrasses and mangroves. But why are politicians interested in these ocean meadows now?
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Gupta’s cash-strapped GFG mulling sale of Australian solar and battery projects
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 May, 2021
GFG Alliance, owned by British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta, and which recently re-emerged – at least partially intact – from the wreckage of the collapse of a key financial backer, is looking for buyers for its Australian clean energy projects as part of its restructuring.
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Edify seeks approval for 10MW green hydrogen facility that could grow to 1GW
Reneweconomy
Thu 6 May, 2021
The development of green hydrogen projects in Australia is gathering pace, with another renewable energy project developer kick-starting the planning process for what will be one of Queensland’s first commercial-scale production facilities.
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Australia well-placed to benefit from green energy supply shortages
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 6 May, 2021
Australia is rapidly emerging as the world’s only western democracy capable of shipping reliable supplies of lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals for countries making ambitious net zero carbon promises.
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Gas-hungry Victoria flirts with turning off the taps
The Fifth Estate
Thu 6 May, 2021
Neil Perry has adopted it, Assemble has gone gas free and Davina Rooney says it’s a must on the road to Paris Calls to cut gas use for buildings gained traction in Victoria this week following the release on Sunday of the state’s emissions targets.
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On the EV road with Robin Mellon
The Fifth Estate
Thu 6 May, 2021
Are EVs easy? Follow Robin Mellon from Sydney to Melbourne and back as he road-tests and prices the electric vehicle revolution
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Time to get your strata housing in order Victoria
The Fifth Estate
Thu 6 May, 2021
Why is it so hard to get some help for better sustainability in apartments? Here are some of the hurdles from a Victorian point of view and why it’s time for change.
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Grinders releases compostable capsule range
Food & Drink Business
Thu 6 May, 2021
Grinders Coffee is now offering a range of industrially compostable capsules for its coffee as it helps combat the challenges of collection and processing when it comes to coffee capsule recycling.
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What are waterspouts, and how do they form? An expert explains
The Conversation
Thu 6 May, 2021
Waterspouts are extraordinary, impressive weather events. Observers describe them as looking like “the start of an alien invasion” and post their snaps across social media.
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’Torrential rain’ to smash east coast
News.com.au
Thu 6 May, 2021
Both sides of the continent are likely to get walloped with rain. But it’s New South Wales that is set to be smashed in the coming days with warnings of “torrential rain” leading to possible flash flooding and hazardous surf conditions.
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News.com.au
‘Torrential falls’ to hit NSW south coast as rain pelts Sydney
Perthnow
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Herald Sun
The Mercury