Issue date : Wed 23 June, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 04 Seconds
Number of items : 48
Australian government was ‘blindsided’ by UN recommendation to list Great Barrier Reef as in-danger. But it’s no great surprise
The Conversation
Wed 23 June, 2021
The Australian government on Tuesday expressed shock at a draft decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. But the recommendation has been looming for some time.
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Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report
The Australian
Wed 23 June, 2021
Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN's climate science advisors obtained by AFP.
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The Daily Telegraph
Yahoo News
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IAG: “It’s time to be involved in defining what we mean by resilience”
Insurance Business
Wed 23 June, 2021
Insurance Australia Group (IAG) executive manager for natural perils Mark Leplastrier (pictured) described the destruction caused by the March storms and flooding in New South Wales and Queensland as “heartbreaking,” and here the atmospheric scientist shines a spotlight on the broader steps that are being, and still have to be, taken from a mitigation perspective, as disasters become even more frequent and severe.
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New renewables now beating most operational coal: IRENA report
Reneweconomy
Wed 23 June, 2021
In 2020, 62% of total renewable power generation added globally was cheaper than the cheapest fossil alternative, finds a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
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Audi to stop making fossil fuel cars by 2033: CEO
Yahoo News
Wed 23 June, 2021
German luxury carmaker Audi said Tuesday it will stop manufacturing diesel and petrol cars by 2033 as part of an industry-wide pivot towards more environmentally friendly electric cars.
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Can’t stay, won’t leave
ABC News
Wed 23 June, 2021
The forests of the NSW south coast are shooting green new leaves, but the future of many communities here is uncertain. Can the locals dig in?
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Robot can sort soft plastics for recycling
Cosmos
Wed 23 June, 2021
Engineers at the University of Sydney are developing a robot that can sort soft plastics out of waste, simplifying recycling processes.
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Senate knocks out regulation allowing ARENA to fund carbon capture and blue hydrogen
The Conversation
Tue 22 June, 2021
The Senate on Tuesday night disallowed a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in technologies such as carbon capture and storage and blue hydrogen using fossil fuel.
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Nuclear waste facility still up for grabs
7 News
Tue 22 June, 2021
Federal resources minister Keith Pitt has folded on a bill that would have locked in South Australia's Kimba community for a nuclear waste dump.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Australian farmers line up to demand action on climate change
The New Daily
Tue 22 June, 2021
Hundreds of Australian farmers have called on Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to make serious moves on climate change, saying the cost of doing nothing has already hit hard in their communities.
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We must put our interests first on carbon
The Australian
Tue 22 June, 2021
It is one thing for politicians to promise on the international stage a net zero world in the distant future when none will be around to be accountable. It is quite another thing to be able to deliver on that promise.
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100 per cent renewables? Does this include your supply chain?
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 June, 2021
While corporations are lauded by environmental groups for committing to 100 per cent renewable energy, hidden supply chains contribute the majority of emissions and environmental impact while facing a fraction of the scrutiny
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Vaile lashes out at critics after he withdraws from university job
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 June, 2021
Paul Jeans will stay on as the chancellor of Newcastle University following the resignation of former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile following an extraordinary meeting of the university council on Tuesday.
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Ikea and Rockefeller foundations pledge $US1bn for “reliable, renewable” energy access
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 June, 2021
The IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation announced on Monday plans to create a $US1 billion initiative to designed to bring renewable energy to over three billion people without electricity or with unreliable electricity, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion tonnes.
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Yallourn stuck on quarter capacity as scramble continues to save coal mine
Reneweconomy
Tue 22 June, 2021
EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn coal-fired power station continues to operate at a quarter capacity, with no clear decision yet on how to fend off the threat of flooding at the neighbouring brown coal mine that feeds the plant.
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Maria Island Tasmanian devils thriving at expense of other species
ABC News
Tue 22 June, 2021
For millennia, Maria Island off Tasmania's east coast was a predator-free haven for ground-nesting and flightless birds such as the Tasmanian native hen, shear waters, Cape Barren geese and the little penguin.
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The power of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault
ABC News
Tue 22 June, 2021
Pressure is building along one of the most active fault lines in the world and New Zealand is in a race to be ready.
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Preserving Australia’s biodiversity is crucial and needs creative programs
The Fifth Estate
Tue 22 June, 2021
Colin Vaughan recently consulted on the newly launched National Action Plan for Australia’s Most Imperilled Plants, which highlights the most at-risk plant species and the main threats they face in Australia. It provided a unique opportunity to inform the work of environmental scientists consulting on significant infrastructure projects in the engineering sector.
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Fears landfill could skyrocket after plastic export ban
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 22 June, 2021
A looming ban on exports of Australia’s unwanted plastic waste could result in lower-value products being sent to landfill or added to stockpiles around the country, amid warnings of perverse environmental outcomes from a July 1 change.
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