Issue date : Tue 11 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 03 Seconds
Number of items : 36
Net zero: despite the greenwash, it’s vital for tackling climate change
The Conversation
Tue 11 May, 2021
It might seem odd to find supporters of climate action debating the merits of a concept that science shows to be essential for halting climate change, and which is accordingly embedded at the heart of the defining global agreement.
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Did renewable forecasts really fail? Checking skeptic Vaclav Smil’s latest graphic
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
An unavoidable graphic has been doing the rounds on social media – it purports to show the remarkable failure of forecasts of rapid renewable energy growth over the past few decades. Each forecast seems to optimistically project a massive upwards swing of renewable energy, and each has failed to be realised in the actual growth of renewable energy in America..
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Exposing Australia’s biggest climate polluter
ProBono Australia News
Tue 11 May, 2021
Planning to get around to doing something in 2048 is not “hard work” – it is obscene corporate laziness for which we will all suffer, writes Greenpeace CEO David Ritter in this article taking aim at the “empty words” coming from AGL.
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Finding a more sustainable way to digitise
The Australian
Tue 11 May, 2021
Speak to any corporate leader today about a long-term vision and theres a good chance that environmental sustainability is high on the agenda. For many, good business is sustainable business.
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Australia’s fossil exports are on increasingly shaky ground
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
A raft of policy announcements, rumoured internal decisions and general economic trends are all pointing to a looming downturn in fossil exports for Australia, with many more announcements set to come in the coming months prior to the global COP26 meeting later this year.
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Pretty flowers get more attention
Cosmos
Tue 11 May, 2021
Scientists aren’t immune to the lure of beauty, it seems, tending to shun plants that are rare and have ecological significance if they’re not attractive or readily accessible.
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New research finds native forest logging did not worsen the Black Summer bushfires
The Conversation
Tue 11 May, 2021
The Black Summer bushfires shocked the world and generated enormous global media interest. Fire scientists like myself found themselves filling a role not unlike sport commentators, explaining the unfolding drama in real time.
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Small window to save reefs, study finds
7 News
Tue 11 May, 2021
The time to strike is now for healthy coral reefs worldwide as a new study by James Cook University highlights the threat posed by carbon dioxide emissions.
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Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Canberra Times
The New Daily
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state
The Guardian
Tue 11 May, 2021
California has expanded a drought emergency declaration to a large swath of the nation’s most populated state amid “acute water supply shortages” in northern and central parts of California.
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The Uber Eats of recyclables
Inside Waste
Tue 11 May, 2021
For years, Australia has had a large landfill problem and it is not going away. Astonishing percentages of recyclable items end up in landfill. For example, only 18 per cent of single-use plastics are recovered from recycling, with 11 per cent leaking into the environment, mostly oceans, according to the latest WWF plastic report for Australia, which was done in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. When it comes to residential waste, 20 per cent of what goes into a red bin should be recycled.
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Resources minister Keith Pitt refuses to say battery storage is dispatchable
Reneweconomy
Mon 10 May, 2021
Federal resources minister Keith Pitt has refused to acknowledge that battery storage can provide a dispatchable supply of electricity, in a train-wreck interview where Pitt attempted to justify the use of a ministerial veto to block a government loan to a Queensland wind and battery project.
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Victoria spends $517 million to address bushfire threat
Insurance News
Mon 10 May, 2021
The Victorian state government has allocated a record $517 million funding package aimed at reducing bushfire risk for what it says are “longer, hotter fire seasons to come”.
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Sir David Attenborough given role for climate summit
The New Daily
Mon 10 May, 2021
Sir David Attenborough has warned of the “crippling problems” the world faces because of climate change, after being given a role at a 2021 UN climate summit.
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Macron's climate referendum in doubt ahead of upper house vote
News.com.au
Mon 10 May, 2021
President Emmanuel Macron's promise to enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution via a referendum was in doubt on Sunday as senators appeared poised to torpedo the plan.
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QBE puts year-to-date net cat cost at $334 million
Insurance News
Mon 10 May, 2021
QBE Insurance Group says the massive flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River region and parts of Queensland, deep winter freeze in the US state of Texas and other natural disasters have led to a net catastrophe cost of $US260 million ($334 million) so far this year.
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Commitment to climate science demands jobs to respond to crisis, union says
The Mandarin
Mon 10 May, 2021
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has called for the federal government to put money where its mouth is and make a big staffing announcement to boost capabilities for disaster resilience and recovery, with a focus on jobs for regional Queensland.
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No more solar, pass the scones: CWA votes to stop solar projects on prime farm land
Reneweconomy
Mon 10 May, 2021
Large-scale solar development in regional New South Wales has gained an unexpected new opponent, with the state chapter of Country Women’s Association of Australia voting to call on governments to prevent solar farms from being developed in prime agricultural areas.
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AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040
Reneweconomy
Mon 10 May, 2021
The Australian Energy Market Operator says the rate of wind and solar additions on the country’s main grid, and the huge and growing pipeline, means it is “well ahead” of its most optimistic renewable transition scenario of 90 per cent renewable energy penetration by 2040.
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Orange-bellied parrots fly free
Cosmos
Mon 10 May, 2021
A cohort of captive-born orange-bellied parrots (Neophema chrysogaster) has just been released on the Victorian coast, bolstering the hopes of conservation efforts of these critically endangered birds.
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Toxic chemicals found in at-risk sea lions
7 News
Mon 10 May, 2021
Cancer-causing firefighting chemicals have been found in endangered Australian sea lion and fur seal pups, sparking fears the contaminants could decimate populations further.
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Federal Court finds in favour of VicForests in battle over destruction of Leadbeater's possum habitat
ABC News
Mon 10 May, 2021
Australian logging companies do not need to abide by state-based laws in order to remain exempt from federal environmental laws, the Federal Court has ruled in a landmark decision.
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An answer to the clean water crisis?
Cosmos
Mon 10 May, 2021
Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) are currently developing and refining a low-cost technique that can derive freshwater from seawater, brackish water or contaminated water – powered by sunlight.
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