Issue date : Tue 29 June, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 04 Seconds
Number of items : 48
Failure to model costs of climate change to coal, gas ‘beggars belief’
The Age
Tue 29 June, 2021
Australia’s 40-year economic outlook is forecasting dwindling demand for some of the nation’s most valuable exports including coal and natural gas after China, Japan and South Korea unveiled targets to achieve net-zero emissions.
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Climate change an 'opportunity' for transition: Josh Frydenberg
The Canberra Times
Tue 29 June, 2021
Climate change and energy transition were back in the latest Intergenerational Report released on Monday, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg admitting the impacts would affect the economy and future budgets.
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Bid to save NSW South Coast from clearing
Yahoo News
Tue 29 June, 2021
Actors Claudia Karvan and Michael Caton are among 60 prominent Australians who have have signed an open letter trying to prevent a controversial development on the NSW south coast.
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Victorian Govt readies for four-bin solution
Inside Waste
Tue 29 June, 2021
The Victorian Government is one step closer to a four bin recycling system, with $127 million available to support all 79 Victorian councils to buy new bins, improve drop-off facilities, deliver education campaigns and ensure that they have the infrastructure in place to roll out these reforms.
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WA using recycled demolition material for new roads
Infrastructure Magazine
Tue 29 June, 2021
Roads to Reuse, a pilot program by the Western Australian Government which uses recycled construction and demolition (C&D) material as road base, will be expanding to use construction material from the former Princess Margaret Hospital site.
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Lower carbon bond portfolios do better
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 June, 2021
As pressure rises to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, governments and corporations must accelerate the policies and investment to achieve net zero by 2050.
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‘Spaghetti soup’: Top fundies back push to force ASX300 firms to disclose climate risks
The Age
Tue 29 June, 2021
Some of the nation’s biggest fund managers including AMP Capital and Perpetual are backing a push to force Australia’s largest companies to annually disclose climate risks, amid warnings firms that fail to do so could be starved of capital.
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The Australian Financial Review
Investor groups demand climate risk disclosure overhaul
Ag needs to move on carbon footprint
Farm Weekly
Tue 29 June, 2021
IN ORDER to meet the changing requirements from financial institutions, consumers and supply chains, Western Australia's agricultural industry will need to make significant moves to reduce its carbon footprint and employ sustainable agricultural practices.
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Santos presses ahead on $2.6b WA oil project
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 29 June, 2021
Santos has taken a decisive step towards going ahead with a $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) oil project off the coast of Western Australia, defying mounting concerns among some investors and lenders about new investment in fossil fuel supply.
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Vinnies Victoria makes the renewable energy switch
ProBono Australia News
Tue 29 June, 2021
Vinnies Victoria is installing solar panels on its op-shops across the state, in a move that will reduce the charity’s carbon footprint and save over $1 million on power bills.
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US heatwaves are stressing vulnerable grids in a new test for clean energy
Reneweconomy
Tue 29 June, 2021
As Australia knows all too well, extreme heat is an absolute grid killer. Transmissions lines sag and in the worst case make contact with bushes and trees to ignite dangerous fires. Thermal power stations overheat, and wind and solar can be forced to enter a shutdown mode to protect components and site infrastructure (such as capacitor banks and transformers).
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Building’s timber shortage set to worsen
The Australian
Tue 29 June, 2021
Poor planning means we don’t have enough timber for building. But China and green votes are making the problem worse.
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This adorable mouse was considered extinct for over 100 years — until we found it hiding in plain sight
The Conversation
Tue 29 June, 2021
Australia has the world’s worst track record for wiping out mammals, with 34 species declared extinct since European colonisation. Many of these are humble native rodents, who’ve suffered the highest extinction rate of any mammal group.
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Captive-bred gorilla gives birth in wild
7 News
Tue 29 June, 2021
Two gorillas are thought to have made history after becoming the first captive-born couple to give birth in the wild.
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The Canberra Times
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High court to hear bid to overturn New South Wales hidden camera laws
The Guardian
Tue 29 June, 2021
Animal rights activists have launched a landmark high court bid to overturn laws suppressing secretly recorded vision of cruelty and abuse in slaughterhouses, arguing that they breach Australia’s implied right to freedom of political communication.
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Frydenberg talks up gas and CCS, skates over climate in Intergenerational Report
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has claimed gas exports will be a central pillar of Australia’s contribution to international climate action, but said almost nothing about the risks global warming poses to future generations as he launched the federal government’s latest Intergenerational Report.
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Russia encroaches on Australia’s shrinking Asian thermal coal markets
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
The federal government says Russia is ramping up its coal exports to Asia, adding supply to a market that is already seeing weakening demand and adding another headache to Australia’s struggling thermal coal mining industry.
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Victoria seeks gas transition feedback
Energy Magazine
Mon 28 June, 2021
A Gas Substitution Roadmap consultation paper has been launched by the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, with aims to reduce emissions from gas use, help halve the state’s carbon emissions by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050.
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Threatened species staff told their own jobs at risk after NSW budget cut
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 28 June, 2021
Environment staff working to save NSW’s most endangered species have been told to consider jobs in other sections after the Berejiklian government slashed the Saving Our Species program by a quarter in the state budget.
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Germany fast-tracks zero emissions to 2045, lifts interim targets
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
In its last session before the summer recess, the German parliament passed a bill that amends the federal Climate Action Law, bringing forward the deadline for achieving climate neutrality by five years to 2045 and lifting interim targets.
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European Union approves landmark climate change law
The New Daily
Mon 28 June, 2021
European Union countries have given the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU politicians prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change.
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Governments urged to address worsening flood risk in Marsh report
Insurance News
Mon 28 June, 2021
A new Marsh & McLennan report has urged governments globally to tackle the growing threat of flood risk, which is set to become more severe and frequent in coming years, in part as a result of accelerating climate change.
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Insurers well-placed to track climate change: Prince
Insurance News
Mon 28 June, 2021
The Prince of Wales says the insurance industry is “exceptionally well placed to appreciate the impact of a changing climate” and has a “unique and deep understanding of the evolving impacts and risks”.
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Samsung lagging on renewables pledge: Greenpeace
Yahoo News
Mon 28 June, 2021
Smartphone and chip giant Samsung Electronics' fulfilment of a headline-grabbing pledge to switch to renewable energy in the US, China and Europe accounts for less than 20 percent of its global electricity use, environmentalists Greenpeace said Tuesday.
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Albert family launches impact investing fund
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 28 June, 2021
The family behind AC/DC’s founding music label has launched a new impact investing fund, with the Alberts dedicating $16 million of their net worth to early-stage start-ups in the fields of music and entertainment, mental health, environment and sustainability and equality.
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BHP begins thermal coal exit with sale to Glencore
The Age
Mon 28 June, 2021
Mining heavyweight BHP is selling its Colombian coal interests to Glencore, leaving the Mt Arthur mine in NSW's Hunter Valley as the only thermal coal mine left in its portfolio.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Collector wind farm moves to full output in New South Wales
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
The 227MW Collector wind farm in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands has been given the all-clear to run at full capacity, with all 54 of its Vestas turbines now sending power to the grid and to the project’s commercial off-takers, including supermarket giant Aldi.
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Rooftop solar is not the preserve of the wealthy, so why tax it?
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
A new report has challenged the concept that rooftop solar is the preserve of the wealthy, in a bid to skewer one of the key arguments use to push for households to be charged for exporting solar to the grid.
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Mount Gambier water sites powered with solar
Utility Magazine
Mon 28 June, 2021
SA Water sites in Mount Gambier are being powered with the help of around 470 solar panels – part of the utility’s renewable energy project aimed at reducing operating costs and cutting carbon emissions.
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Tasmanian utility says biggest Marinus Link best for fast renewables switch
Reneweconomy
Mon 28 June, 2021
Tasmania’s state owned network operator will push for the largest capacity option for a new undersea electricity link to mainland Australia, after publishing modelling that argues a larger inter-connector will deliver greater economic benefits, especially under a rapid transition to renewable energy.
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$750m green mortgage backed by CEFC
Energy Magazine
Mon 28 June, 2021
$230 million in discounted green home loan finance is now available for Australians, with a $750 million green mortgage-backed securitisation raised by Firstmac, Australia’s largest non-bank financial institution, backed by the CEFC and Japanese bank, Norinchukin.
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Australia & Germany to collaborate on energy efficient buildings
Architecture and Design
Mon 28 June, 2021
Germany and Australia can utilise their complementary strengths in building policy and performance to collaborate on improving the energy performance of existing buildings, says new research from the Energy Efficiency Council, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and adelphi.
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Peatlands critical against climate change
Farm Weekly
Mon 28 June, 2021
GLOBAL peatlands store more carbon than is naturally present in the atmosphere but are under pressure from drainage-based agriculture.
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World's second-largest hydropower dam goes online in China
Yahoo News
Mon 28 June, 2021
China began operating the world's second-largest hydropower station on Monday in what officials hailed as a milestone towards Beijing's carbon neutrality goals, despite warnings of environmental damage.
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