Issue date : Fri 4 June, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 18 Seconds
Number of items : 39
Court’s ‘duty of care’ coal ruling undermines democracy
The Australian
Fri 4 June, 2021
It’s all well and good to allow the children of Toorak to sue for climate change risks, but what about the children of Gunnedah whose lives are blighted when their par­ents’ jobs are thrown onto the scrap heap?
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Morrison Government needs to act on Japan's Fukushima waste decision
Independent Australia
Fri 4 June, 2021
The Morrison Government hasn't given any public response to the Japanese Government's decision to dump radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, writes Nullah Goodes.
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Allianz affirms environmental commitment
Insurance Business
Fri 4 June, 2021
Many insurers are ruling out coverage for coal businesses as they become more concerned about the environment and the impacts of climate change on the industry. Now, insurance giant Allianz Group (Allianz) has affirmed its commitment to refusing to support the thermal coal industry.
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It’s not over for coal as global prices surge on hot demand
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 4 June, 2021
Coal is seeing a dramatic spike in demand just as several major miners are hit with production problems, sparking a surge in prices from China to Europe.
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Converting CO2 into everyday materials
Cosmos
Fri 4 June, 2021
A team of researchers has developed an electrochemical system that can turn carbon dioxide into valuable carbon-based products like ethylene and ethanol – which can be used in a range of materials, from plastic to lycra.
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Don’t forget the need for zero-emission buses in the push for electric cars
The Conversation
Fri 4 June, 2021
As part of efforts to decarbonise urban transport, Australian states and the ACT have announced various zero-emission bus trials and targets for replacing diesel buses. These trials are designed to help resolve some of the complex technical and contractual issues facing bus operators and public transport agencies.
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Humpback whales have been spotted ‘bubble-net feeding’ for the first time in Australia (and we have it on camera)
The Conversation
Fri 4 June, 2021
If you gaze at the ocean this winter, you might just be lucky enough to spot a whale migrating along Australia’s coastline. This is the start of whale season, when the gentle giants breed in the warm northern waters off Australia after feeding in Antarctica.
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The Age
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Friday essay: reckoning with an animal that sees us as prey — living and working in crocodile country
The Conversation
Fri 4 June, 2021
The wet season in tropical Australia begins with tension. Physical tension, caused by the friction of earth and clouds. Mental tension, caused by the heat, and the expectation of rain and relief. It is also an ecological tension, where every plant and animal is poised — genetically, physiologically — to grow, reap, sow and copulate within a few short months.
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Puppies born ready to communicate with people
Cosmos
Fri 4 June, 2021
In a result that won’t come as a surprise to dog lovers, US researchers have found that puppies are born with an innate ability to interact with humans.
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How to protect birds and bats from wind turbines
Yahoo News
Fri 4 June, 2021
South Africa's Verreaux's eagles have a problem. The very landscapes they favour, where the air currents along vast ridges carry them as they soar, are prime locations for wind farm developers - who want to make use of exactly the same resource.
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Britain’s top diplomat to Australia urges more climate ambition as Morrison vows to do it our way
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 3 June, 2021
Britain’s high commissioner to Australia says the world’s leading export nations can avoid potential carbon tariffs by lifting their level of climate ambition when they head to the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in November.
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Queensland pushes back against federal move to hand over environmental powers
The Australian
Thu 3 June, 2021
A plan to give environmental approval of major projects to state governments is hitting a fresh roadblock with Queensland threatening to derail a federal government campaign pitch for a “single touch” assessment system to speed up approvals.
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ESG investing isn’t just about cutting fossil fuels
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 3 June, 2021
If you think aligning your investment portfolio with the Paris agreement goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 is simply about cutting out the fossil fuel companies, think again.
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Greenpeace and AGL face off in Federal Court
Lawyers Weekly
Thu 3 June, 2021
Greenpeace and AGL went head-to-head in Federal Court this week following a campaign exposing AGL as Australia’s biggest corporate climate polluter.
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Howden unveils ‘world’s first fully sustainable insurer’
Insurance Business
Thu 3 June, 2021
International insurance broker Howden has announced the launch of Parhelion, which Howden calls “the world’s first fully sustainable insurer.” Parhelion is targeting a capital raise of $500 million.
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Pressure on for Paris alignment but oil investments continue
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 3 June, 2021
Last week’s “watershed” moment on climate for the oil and gas sector has underscored the importance for Australia’s producers to align their investments with the decarbonisation trend, says UBS energy analyst Tom Allen, who rates all three of the country’s biggest listed producers a “buy”.
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Lightsource BP lands finance for two new solar projects in Australia
Reneweconomy
Thu 3 June, 2021
Lightsource BP, the solar joint venture controlled by one of the world’s biggest oil companies, says it has secured a $330 million financing package that means construction of two new solar farms in NSW and Queensland can go ahead.
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On why it’s so hard to be an inner city greenie lefty sometimes
The Fifth Estate
Thu 3 June, 2021
The NSW Productivity Commission’s White Paper, released this week reiterated concerns that Sydney’s housing supply was not keeping up with demand leading to an availability crisis likely to worsen over the coming decade.
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Curious Kids: if trees are cut down in the city, where will possums live?
The Conversation
Thu 3 June, 2021
Trees are really important to possums in the city. Like lots of Australian animals, possums depend on hollows — a hole that forms in trees as they get older. Because possums are nocturnal (meaning they only come out at night), they need somewhere safe to curl up and sleep during the day. A nice cosy tree hollow is the perfect place.
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Arctic sea ice thinning faster than expected, new study shows
Yahoo News
Thu 3 June, 2021
Sea ice in the Arctic's coastal regions may be thinning up to twice as fast as previously thought, according to a new study, with worrying implications for climate change.
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Perth Pleasure Garden drops Woodside name as Fringe rethinks sponsors
WAToday
Thu 3 June, 2021
Perth Fringe World artists may finally have achieved their goal to pressure festival organiser Artrage to cut fossil fuel ties, with the company signalling it will not renew its principal partnership contract with Woodside Petroleum.
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The Age
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Educational guidebook seeks to 'terrify' children on 'climate emergency'
Sky News Australia
Thu 3 June, 2021
The IPA's Dr Bella D'Abrera says a new guidebook providing curriculum advice to teachers talks a lot about preventing traumatic experiences in children - yet they devote a whole chapter on how to declare a climate emergency.
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