Issue date : Mon 28 June, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 09 Seconds
Number of items : 49
New government funding saves Victorian manufacturing energy costs
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 28 June, 2021
The Victorian state government has announced a $31 million Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund to help manufacturing businesses reduce emissions and energy costs and retain employees using smart technologies.
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UK’s climate pledges lead the world, but its policy falls badly short
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
For many western countries, the United Kingdom has served as something of an aspiration when it comes to climate. The country has established a net zero by 2050 target, enshrined it in legislation, and also created an independent government body that issues advice on short-term targets – known as ‘carbon budgets’ – and the policies and changes required to achieve those short term targets.
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Why Alan Finkel is wrong about climate action
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
Alan Finkel closes the introduction of his recent Quarterly Essay with a quote from the Borg, a fictitious species from Star Trek: The Next Generation: “resistance is futile.” Finkel’s plea: stop “cave dwelling” and accept the unavoidable technological carbon revolution.
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Farmers ready to lead the charge on climate action
The Canberra Times
Mon 28 June, 2021
There was a fair bit of commotion in Canberra last week, with a leadership spill in the National Party leading to Barnaby Joyce regaining the leadership.
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Shaping urban environments to achieve sustainability
Architecture and Design
Mon 28 June, 2021
World Environment Day 2021 was celebrated earlier this month with its theme based on ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ coinciding with the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and extending from planting trees and greening cities, to plant-based diets and regenerating degraded rivers, coasts and lands. There has never been a more poignant time than now amid the COVID-19 pandemic to appreciate what this means to corporates and individuals globally.
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After a bruising year, Ampol revs up rebrand and green fuel ambitions
The Age
Mon 28 June, 2021
On the side of the Sturt Highway in Wagga Wagga this month, a milestone was reached. The old Caltex sign was taken down and replaced with a new one: “Ampol,” it said. Red letters on a white background. It was the 300th petrol station the company has rebadged since January.
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How to identify a whale shark with a bottle of water
Cosmos
Mon 28 June, 2021
What’s in a bottle of seawater? A simple sample can hold information about the presence of marine creatures in the local area – and may help conserve whale sharks.
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Experts ‘disturbed’ over toxic discovery in popular make-up products
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 June, 2021
An international study’s finding that toxic chemicals are widespread in popular make-up products has sparked alarm about whether enough is being done to protect consumers in Australia.
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Emission impossible: Barnaby Joyce’s power play fires up the Nationals
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 26 June, 2021
For just a moment or two, one of the most famously garrulous politicians in the land seemed lost for words. “OK,” Barnaby Joyce began, looking a little twitchy in his black tie as he gazed down at the giant novelty cheque in his hands.
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Australia lacking leadership on carbon
The Australian
Sat 26 June, 2021
Australia has the fundamentals of a new multibillion-dollar industry built around carbon credits and offsets that could be sold around the world.
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March of the elephants: China's rogue herd spotlights habitat loss
Yahoo News
Sat 26 June, 2021
A mammoth trek across southern China by a herd of elephants that has captivated the world with their playful antics has thrown a spotlight on the loss of their habitat and conservation challenges.
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A short guide to cycads
The Australian
Sat 26 June, 2021
The more you learn about cycads the more curious they are. These ancient plants were dinosaur food in their heyday 200 million years ago, when they made up about 20 per cent of plant life. Although they look like palms or ferns, they are related to neither. Cycads are in fact the earliest gymnosperms – plants that bear their “naked” seeds in cones rather than flowers. This makes them closer relatives to conifers such as pine, spruce and our own ancient Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis).
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Dirt rich: how soil can heal the world
The Australian
Sat 26 June, 2021
Don’t blame cows – the solution to reducing methane and carbon levels lies under our feet.
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Adani strikes Carmichael coal, but does the world even want it?
Reneweconomy
Fri 25 June, 2021
It’s official. After a decade of delays, protests and acrimonious debate, followed by two years of expensive construction work, Indian conglomerate Adani has finally got its hands on some actual Queensland coal.
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Where beauty meets danger, there’s a risk people are willing to take
The Age
Fri 25 June, 2021
People who live among the temperate rain forests of the Dandenong Ranges – home to soaring trees of mountain ash, pines and tree ferns – know their lifestyle comes with risks.
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All eyes on frogs
The Australian
Fri 25 June, 2021
You’d think fans of frogs would be a sub-species, as it were, of nature lovers, but quite the opposite applies. I have just become one thanks to a new book titled Croak, compiled by Phil Bishop, with an eastern stony creek frog on the cover, not that I can pretend I knew that right away. It’s a photographic compilation put together across decades of international travel and amphibian research by Bishop, who died earlier this year after a brief illness, just before taking on a role as head of the Zoology Department of the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he’d been a senior professor.
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Sri Lanka's marine disaster worsens as environmental toll rises
Yahoo News
Fri 25 June, 2021
Damage to Sri Lanka's marine environment from a sinking chemical ship is worse than feared, officials said Friday, as more dead turtles, dolphins and whales washed up on the island's beaches.
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