Issue date : Fri 28 May, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 24 Seconds
Number of items : 40
On city councils and the race to net zero
The Fifth Estate
Fri 28 May, 2021
The City of Sydney’s net zero targets are hardly a secret. With every new development they’re splashed across our newsfeeds and recent news of a revised 2035 target and proposed reforms to Development Approvals were warmly welcomed.
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Blackouts and price spikes: expect more of the same from our coal-fired power fleet
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 28 May, 2021
If we want to limit the damaging effects of climate change, the lights will have to go out at Australian coal-fired electricity generators soon. But when coal-fired generators do shut down, as we experienced this week, it’s imperative that the lights don’t go out for Australian households too.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Friday essay: the guitar industry’s hidden environmental problem — and the people trying to fix it
The Conversation
Fri 28 May, 2021
Musicians are often concerned about environmental problems, but entangled in them through the materials used in their instruments. The guitar industry, which uses rare woods from old-growth trees, has been a canary in the coal mine — struggling with scandals over illegal logging, resource scarcity and new environmental regulations related to trade in endangered species of trees.
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Big Oil’s tobacco moment
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 28 May, 2021
A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled that Royal Dutch Shell, the big oil company, is on the hook both for the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its own production of oil and gas and the downstream use of those products. It’s a bit of a tobacco cabal moment but for the oil industry: For the first time, an international tribunal has held a multinational company accountable for its role in accelerating climate change and ordered it to change course.
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Big Oil’s climate defeats deepen risks for Australian producers
The Age
Fri 28 May, 2021
Australia’s biggest oil and gas companies could find it harder to sell down stakes in projects and sanction new production fields amid an escalation in investor-led climate pressure targeting oil majors in Europe and the United States.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Activist’s fight at Exxon began with lessons at a coal mine
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 28 May, 2021
New York | The activist investor who scored a major victory at ExxonMobil this week says he learned a key lesson he brought to the boardroom battle from a failed coal mine he tried to launch in the mid-2000s.
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A sustainable strategy
Insurance Business
Fri 28 May, 2021
Awareness of environmental issues is growing fast. Businesses that play nicely with the world around them can no longer expect to receive a pat on the back; the public increasingly expects companies to do the right thing. Added to this is increased pres-sure from active regulators to make polluters pay. This means companies need to reas-sess their approach to environmental risk management, says Keith Gardner, environ-mental team leader, Pacific, at AIG.
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Woodside and Perdeman may build 100MW solar farm in W.A. north
Reneweconomy
Fri 28 May, 2021
Australian gas giant Woodside says it may build a 50MW solar farm to help supply power to its massive Pluto LNG facility in Western Australia, but the project could double in size to 100MW if a neighbouring ammonia facility also signs up for solar power.
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Politicians have duty of care to protect children from climate harm, court finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 27 May, 2021
A million Australian children will be hospitalised at least once in their life for heat stress and the Great Barrier Reef will die along with the east coast’s eucalyptus forests should climate change not be halted, a federal court judge has said in a case brought against Environment Minister Sussan Ley by eight school students.
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WAToday
NT mine's environmental bond docs fight
The Canberra Times
Thu 27 May, 2021
The Northern Territory government is resisting handing over sensitive ministerial documents about the decision to slash massive lead and zinc mine's environmental security bond.
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The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
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Why Australia didn’t go nuclear
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 27 May, 2021
With the end of coal-fired power generation now on the visible horizon, remember that coal was the future once.
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Big Oil’s climate-change takedown arrives with a bang
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 27 May, 2021
Houston | Fresh from striking a hammer blow in the boardrooms of the world’s biggest oil companies, the climate movement has a clear message: the energy transition is happening and there’s no turning back.
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Surge in big battery investments masks collapse in new wind and solar
Reneweconomy
Thu 27 May, 2021
New investment commitments in Australian big battery projects surged to record highs in the first three months of 2021, according to the Clean Energy Council, but it could be masking a potentially devastating collapse in new large-scale wind and solar investment.
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Climate shocks for energy giants as shareholder activism takes hold
The Australian
Thu 27 May, 2021
Three of Australia’s biggest oil and gas producers have been hit by climate action, raising risks for the nation’s energy industry.
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NT News
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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How solar energy can help SMEs to become net-zero
Dynamic Business
Thu 27 May, 2021
While many large corporations are adapting their business models to assist the move towards a net-zero future, it’s harder for SMEs to go green. Dynamic Business sits down with the Co-founder of Smart Energy, Jasper Boyschau, to discuss how SMEs can reduce their emissions using solar energy.
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FOGO as high-strength construction material?
Inside Waste
Thu 27 May, 2021
The Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo is researching a new method to reduce food waste by recycling discarded fruit and vegetable scraps into robust construction materials.
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Reusing precast concrete in new buildings
Inside Waste
Thu 27 May, 2021
Concrete is widely used as a construction material, but it has a substantial environmental impact. When a building is demolished, what happens to all the concrete? Tampere University, Finland, is coordinating the new international ReCreate project, which aims to discover how used concrete elements can be deconstructed without damaging them and reused in new buildings – and to turn the process into a profitable business. The four-year project has received €12.5 million of funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
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Crumb rubber game changer for Australian roads sector
Inside Waste
Thu 27 May, 2021
The equivalent of more than a million used car tyres can now be recycled to make high quality crumb rubber bitumen for Australian roads in a ‘game changing’ partnership between Puma Bitumen and Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
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Huge 4.5m crocodile removed from North Queensland beach
Australian Geographic
Thu 27 May, 2021
A crocodile measuring more than four metres in length has been caught in far north Queensland, but its size means there are limited options for a new home.
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Global 1.5C temp threshold risk increasing
Yahoo News
Thu 27 May, 2021
There is a 40 per cent chance of the world temporarily hitting the 1.5C temperature rise threshold in one of the next five years, scientists have warned.
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The Canberra Times
The West Australian
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Coke gets onboard with Seabin
Inside Waste
Thu 27 May, 2021
Australian start-up Seabin Project is partnering with Coca-Cola Australia to tackle marine pollution in Sydney Harbour, through its world-first Smarter Cities – Cleaner Oceans Sydney Pilot.
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A perfect planet, in imperfect peril
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 27 May, 2021
That the new BBC documentary series A Perfect Planet is an outstanding piece of television almost goes without saying. It comes from the British national broadcaster’s most prestigious department, the Bristol-based Natural History Unit, and it comes with one of the small screen’s great statesmen, David Attenborough, as its presenter.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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