Issue date : Wed 12 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 03 Seconds
Number of items : 36
National Farmers Federation welcomes budget support for the bush
Dynamic Business
Wed 12 May, 2021
The NFF has welcomed budget announcements relating to an investment in biosecurity, infrastructure, trade, telecommunications, climate change adaptation and health services, heralding them as a shot in the arm for agriculture and regional Australia.
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The 2021 Budget and Architecture and Design
Architecture and Design
Wed 12 May, 2021
There's usually nothing in an Australian budget for the architecture and design industry. And this year is no different.
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IEA upgrades wind and solar forecasts again, as record 2020 becomes new normal
Reneweconomy
Wed 12 May, 2021
Unlike most other forms of energy generation, renewable energy has proven resilient during the COVID19 pandemic. But a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that global renewable energy growth has gone far further than simply riding through the pandemic, with record-breaking growth figures and significant revisions to what are now clearly pessimistic forecasts from the IEA.
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The carbon footprint of Airbnb is likely bigger than you think
The Conversation
Wed 12 May, 2021
In its 13 years of existence, Airbnb has grown from a minnow to a whale in holiday accommodation. Today, it offers more than 5.6 million active listings across 220 countries and regions. In Australia, Airbnb lists 346,581 spaces — that’s 4% of Australia’s total housing stock.
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Spotted gum, complete
Cosmos
Wed 12 May, 2021
A second complete eucalypt genome has been assembled and publicly released following a decade-long project involving 22 scientists from Australia, the US and Brazil.
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Taylor backs technology to reduce carbon emissions
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 11 May, 2021
The Morrison government has allocated $1.6 billion over the next 10 years – taking a punt on hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technologies – to help reduce Australia’s carbon emissions, while keeping power prices low.
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Cash for gas and big emitters in another miserly budget for clean energy and EVs
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
The Morrison government has delivered another federal budget that offers little support for Australia’s rapidly emerging clean energy sector, choosing instead to double down on its ‘gas fired’ agenda and pay major emitters to reduce their emissions.
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Mixed bag on climate in the federal budget
Yahoo News
Tue 11 May, 2021
Climate activists and the oil and gas industry are unhappy at parts of the federal budget, with a mixed bag of measures for the environment and energy sector.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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Budget 2021: Deluge of cash targets extreme weather events
The Australian
Tue 11 May, 2021
Australia’s natural disaster preparation will be bolstered by $1.2bn in funding, while Josh Frydenberg has allocated almost half a billion dollars in new funding for the environment.
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Council backs solar and battery proposal for Victorian coal country
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
A 70MW solar and battery project proposed for Morwell in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has won the unanimous support of the local council – and so far received no objections from the public, either – as it awaits a decision from the state planning department on whether it can go ahead.
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Miami heat and why the resilience industry is growing
The Fifth Estate
Tue 11 May, 2021
Like Sydney, the American party paradise of Miami has a heat problem. This week the Florida city announced the appointment of a dedicated “chief heat officer”, tasked with handling the climate change-induced surge in extreme heat events.
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Redflow targets megawatt-scale battery market with unveiling of Pod Z
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
Brisbane-based zinc-bromine flow battery maker Redflow has lifted the veil on its grid-scale storage offering, dubbed Energy Pod Z, which it says forms the foundation for the company to start delivering large, megawatt-hour energy storage systems.
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South Australia backs plan for bigger big battery at Aurora project
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
Plans to double the storage capacity of the big battery component of 1414 Degrees’ Aurora Energy Project have won state government backing, with the Crown Sponsorship extended to support the construction of a bigger big battery.
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Australian researchers show next gen solar cells can beat the heat
Reneweconomy
Tue 11 May, 2021
Australian researchers have demonstrated that new solar panel designs and manufacturing techniques have the potential to solve some of the key challenges of operating in high temperatures, showing that they not only produce more useful electricity but have longer operational lives thanks to their ability to beat the heat.
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SA Water installs over 350,000 solar panels
Energy Magazine
Tue 11 May, 2021
SA Water has installed 367,769 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across South Australia, in a major milestone for the utility’s $300 million Zero Cost Energy Future project.
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Glyphosate dangerous to beetles as well as plants
Cosmos
Tue 11 May, 2021
The commonly used herbicide glyphosate might not be just bad news for bees. New research has found it could have broader ramifications for the survival of other insects by affecting their bacterial allies.
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New report reveals dire outlook for world’s coral reefs
News.com.au
Tue 11 May, 2021
The outlook for the world’s coral reefs is incredibly grim with a new report highlighting what needs to be done to save the incredible marine ecosystems.
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Perthnow
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Recycled water helps create thriving QLD ecosystem
Utility Magazine
Tue 11 May, 2021
A new four-hectare blue gum forest planted by Urban Utilities in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley is thriving thanks to a supply of recycled water, which is good news for the region’s koala population.
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Fast food is junk, you'd be better off eating weeds — just ask Kate Spaulding
ABC News
Tue 11 May, 2021
Kate Spaulding sometimes wants to warn customers away from the dim sims she sells. She works in a Devonport takeaway food store, serving schnitzels, chips, burgers and pies, but believes diets based on processed foods make people "feel sick". Ms Spaulding prefers to forage for free, wild-growing, nutrient-rich foods in the Tasmanian countryside, and she focuses on eating invasive species.
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