Issue date : Wed 26 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 39 Seconds
Number of items : 43
Hydrogen spreading as Qld govt puts up $100,000 for new clusters
The Brisbane Times
Wed 26 May, 2021
Two new “technology clusters” have been activated in Queensland to help foster the state’s burgeoning hydrogen industry, including a $100,000 boost from the Queensland government.
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ACT government electric bus deal in the works
The Canberra Times
Wed 26 May, 2021
The world's largest electric bus manufacturer is prepared to offer the ACT government a "circuit breaker" deal which will take the territory's highest-emitting diesel buses off the road by October, and deploy 30 of the world's most proven electric buses as immediate replacements.
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NSW Labor followed the Joel Fitzgibbon playbook in the Hunter and look what happened
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 May, 2021
After months of calling for Labor to reject credible climate change policy, Labor head office handed Joel Fitzgibbon everything he wanted at last Saturday’s Upper Hunter byelection. There was a former miner candidate, an embrace of all things coal, a patchy honesty about the economic changes coming the Hunter’s way and some old-fashioned dog whistling about climate change-obsessed inner-city elites.
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The little engine that could: Exxon board tilt could reverberate around the world
The Age
Wed 26 May, 2021
A remarkable, high-profile and high-stakes proxy fight in the US could see the board of what was once the world’s most valuable company radically overhauled by a hedge fund with only about 0.02 per cent of its capital, which would send a message about shareholder activism reverberating loudly throughout the global energy sector and beyond.
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VicForests court win fails to sway Bunnings position on responsibly sourced timber
The Mandarin
Wed 26 May, 2021
Bunnings has responded to a union plea for the Victorian government’s help to negotiate with the hardware store over a ban to stock local hardwood on its shelves, by maintaining that a successful VicForests court appeal does not mean the state-owned forestry company is meeting timber sourcing best practice.
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Microsoft, the Linux Foundation, and others team up to make software sustainable
Yahoo News
Wed 26 May, 2021
Microsoft is still working to go fully carbon negative by the end of the decade, but effectively grappling with climate change isn’t just one company’s responsibility. As part of its virtual Build developer conference, the folks in Redmond — along with Accenture, GitHub, ThoughtWorks and the Linux Foundation — have announced the launch of the Green Software Foundation to help make software engineering more sustainable.
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Dutch court to rule in Shell climate case
Yahoo News
Wed 26 May, 2021
A Dutch court will give its verdict on Wednesday on a landmark bid by environmental groups to force oil giant Shell to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets in the Paris climate accords.
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CEFC poised for first investment in hydrogen
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 26 May, 2021
The country’s green bank is nearing its first investment in the hydrogen sector as a landmark report for the bank found green hydrogen is already almost cost-competitive for long-distance trucks, buses and remote power but will take much longer for some sectors of industry.
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A new flagship coal plant failed spectacularly – but it won’t be the last time
Reneweconomy
Wed 26 May, 2021
Yesterday, a fire at the Queensland Callide C coal plant caused the facility to suddenly snap offline. That triggered a cascade of flow-on events, including the disconnection of multiple transmission lines, and other generators, along with a huge ‘frequency excursion‘, in which the normal operating state of the grid begins to stray outside safe parameters.
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Want to make your skincare more eco-friendly? Go waterless
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 26 May, 2021
Turn over the pack of any beauty product, and you’ll find the ingredient used in the highest concentration included first on the list. Nine times out of 10 you’ll encounter water (or ‘aqua’) at the top as the largest percentage of the formula – which likely wouldn’t make you think twice, right? Despite living in a consistently drought-ravaged country, water still feels abundant; it flows from our taps, so why wouldn’t we expect to see it in our serums?
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Climate concerns resume rise as coal mine ban draws support, Lowy says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 25 May, 2021
The majority of Australians want action on climate change even if it costs them significant money, with the longest-running poll of attitudes also showing nearly two-thirds would back a ban on new coal mines and even the re-introduction of a price on carbon.
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Australian Conservation Foundation wins Federal Court challenge against Adani and Environment Minister
ABC News
Tue 25 May, 2021
Environmental advocates have won a legal challenge against the federal government and mining giant Adani, over its proposed water use at its coal mine in central Queensland.
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Federal court overturns water approval for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine
The Brisbane Times
Adani loses billions of litres of water in Federal Court decision
The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Clean energy agency shake up a climate policy test for Labor
The Age
Tue 25 May, 2021
The Labor Party will oppose the federal government’s proposed changes to expand the remit of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to allow it to fund fossil fuel technology including carbon capture and storage and “blue” hydrogen which is produced with gas.
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The Canberra Times
Carbon capture funding not right for ARENA, Labor says
South Korea’s green goals
The Interpreter
Tue 25 May, 2021
Last year, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in launched a climate-change policy branded as a “Green New Deal” as part of a wider stimulus package for the country’s pandemic-afflicted economy. This sat alongside a commitment to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions target by the year 2050, moves that reflected the increasing traction of environmental concerns in South Korean domestic politics and broader regional dynamics. While the setting of targets followed in the footsteps of China and Japan, the Green New Deal was largely lauded as a pioneering move in the region.
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We need grid ready for 100 pct renewables now, not in a few decades: AEMO
Reneweconomy
Tue 25 May, 2021
The Australian Energy Market Operator has underlined the need for a rapid upgrade to the country’s grid and market systems, saying that Australia is hurtling towards 100 per cent renewables at a rate even faster than it contemplated.
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Energy users the losers without more transmission: Snowy
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 25 May, 2021
Industrial energy users will pay too much for renewable power and will not be able to take advantage of low-cost “firming” generation from Snowy 2.0 until more transmission is built, Snowy Hydro’s chief commercial officer Gordon Wymer has warned.
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Rewilding: four tips to let nature thrive
The Conversation
Tue 25 May, 2021
What would rewilding mean for a country like the UK? Bringing back wolves and bears? Returning the land to how it looked in prehistoric times? How will people fit into this wild and unimaginably different place? Questions like these abound whenever rewilding is in the news.
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ASIO boss warns on ocean science links
The Australian
Tue 25 May, 2021
ASIO boss Mike Burgess has warned universities and research institutions to reconsider ocean temperature modelling partnerships with foreign scientists.
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