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Greens seek laws to block Adani, Clive Palmer’s Galilee coal mines

RenewEconomy - 2 hours 36 min ago

Adam Bandt Larissa Waters Australian Greens coal mines ban adani clive palmer carmichael - optimisedSenate debates Greens legislation that would ban new coal mines in Galilee basin, as Albanese says Australia could still be exporting coal in 2050.

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'It is quite startling': 4 photos from space that show Australia before and after the recent rain

The Conversation - 2 hours 59 min ago
It's important to remember that most of this greening is due to growth of grasses, which respond more rapidly after rain. Sunanda Creagh, Head of Digital Storytelling Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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The toxic political culture that makes good policy impossible in Australia

RenewEconomy - 3 hours 13 min ago

climate change scientists emergency declaration - optimisedNothing will end the climate and energy policy crisis in Australia unless you change the toxic culture of its main political parties.

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Morgan Stanley says 47GW of US coal capacity could be uneconomic by 2024

RenewEconomy - 3 hours 47 min ago

New Morgan Stanley report claims nearly 50GW of US coal-fired power capacity will be unable to compete against renewables by 2024.

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Windlab flags big write-down on Kennedy wind-solar-battery project

RenewEconomy - 4 hours 29 min ago

Kennedy Energy Park wind turbines - optimisedWindlab flags big write-down of its wind, solar and battery Kennedy energy project, but it won't derail a potential $68 million acquisition offer.

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Labor’s climate policy is too little, too late. We must run faster to win the race

The Conversation - 4 hours 43 min ago
Simple maths reveals Labor's policy, if replicated by all other nations, would not avert dangerous global warming. Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Massive turbine blades en route to W.A.’s biggest wind farm

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 24 sec ago

Massive wind turbine blades begin 200km journey to site of Western Australia’s largest wind farm.

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Australia's carbon emissions fall just 0.3% as industrial pollution surges

The Guardian - 5 hours 23 min ago

Emissions from electricity generation and agriculture decline, but tiny overall decline shows shortcomings of Coalition policy

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have dipped slightly on the back of new clean energy and a sharp fall from agriculture due to the drought, but the decline was almost entirely wiped out by surging industrial pollution.

Official data released on Monday revealed national emissions were down 0.3% in the year to September.

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Australia’s emissions flat, but climate politics hit new low over zero carbon target

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 55 min ago

data Aerial of cooling Towers coal power station emissions options - optimisedNew government data show Australia's emissions flat, as Angus Taylor argues emissions are falling if you ignore the sectors where they went up.

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Victoria to introduce container deposit scheme to tackle recycling crisis

The Guardian - 6 hours 56 min ago

State trails the rest of the country in offering such a program but it will be part of ‘massive overhaul of recycling industry’

Victoria is set to get a container deposit scheme to tackle its recycling and waste crisis, just months after the state government rejected the idea.

It is the only Australian jurisdiction not to offer such a program and has resisted calls by the public, the opposition and the Greens to implement one.

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Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

The Conversation - 11 hours 2 min ago
In NSW, honeybees are listed as a key threatening process to biodiversity. Patrick O'Connor, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide Dr Richard V Glatz, Associate research scientist, University of Adelaide James B. Dorey, PhD Candidate, Flinders University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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The dead sea: Tasmania's underwater forests disappearing in our lifetime

The Guardian - 11 hours 59 min ago

The sea along the Tasmanian east coast is a global heating hotspot -- temperatures there have risen at nearly four times the global average. One man has watched entire sea forests disappear in his lifetime

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Tories ignored expert flood advice and courted austerity. Behold the results | Simon Wren-Lewis

The Guardian - 12 hours 45 min ago
The Pitt review predicted the current crisis in 2008. Why did Conservative governments refuse to listen?

It has become an almost annual event. Heavy rain leads to widespread flooding, and people claim that we didn’t see it coming. Except we did. In 2007 the UK experienced a series of floods and the government commissioned a report from Michael Pitt, which stated: “The scale of the problem is, as we know, likely to get worse. We are not sure whether last summer’s events were a direct result of climate change, but we do know that events of this kind are expected to become more frequent. The scientific analysis we have commissioned as part of this review (published alongside this report) shows that climate change has the potential to cause even more extreme scenarios than were previously considered possible. The country must adapt to increasing flood risk.”

The Labour government acted on the report’s recommendations. Central government spending on flood defences increased by 10% in the financial year 2008-09, with an additional 10% increase in 2009-10. But then austerity happened. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, spending on flood defences was cut sharply.

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“Remarkable”: ESB hails switch to renewables, gives brickbats to Coalition policy

RenewEconomy - Sun, 2020-02-23 23:05

Energy Security Board says switch to renewables has been remarkable, but warns that lack of policy and serious emissions goals could affect price and reliability.

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More than 11,000 homes in England to be built on land at high risk of flooding

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 22:28

Exclusive Guardian and Greenpeace analysis finds areas hit by recent storms are planning houses on floodplains

More than 11,000 new homes are planned to be built on land at the highest risk of flooding in the regions battered by the worst winter storms in a generation, the Guardian has learned.

An analysis of planning documents reveals that 11,410 new homes have been planned for land the government considers high-risk in the seven English counties where thousands of properties have been devastated by flooding since November.

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Believe the hype - budget 2020 is very important

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 20:47

Chancellor Rishi Sunak needs to satisfy competing audiences – but there is a way he can do it

Every budget is billed in advance as the most crucial in recent times, but are then instantly forgotten. The one Rishi Sunak will deliver in just over two weeks time may be one of the few that justifies the hype.

The reason so much is resting on the shoulders of the tyro chancellor is that the budget needs to satisfy a number of different audiences: the voters in the Midlands and the north of England who gave Boris Johnson his 80-seat majority; traditional Conservative voters; the financial markets; and foreign governments looking to see whether the UK will take a lead ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November.

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UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 16:12
More investment and improved planning needed with number of extreme wet days set to rise

More investment in flood defences and improved planning for future disasters are urgently needed, scientists have warned.

They predict that the number of extreme wet days – which have already increased this century – will continue to rise in the coming decades and will bring even greater devastation than that experienced this month after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis swept across the country.

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Greta Thunberg’s mother reveals teenager’s troubled childhood

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 08:01
Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman gives emotional account of daughter’s battles with autism and an eating disorder

Greta Thunberg’s extraordinary transformation from a near-mute 11-year-old into the world’s most powerful voice on the climate crisis is revealed today by her mother.

In an emotional account, Malena Ernman describes how her daughter came to be diagnosed with autism, and how activism helped her overcome an eating disorder.

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California street shut down after 40,000 bees swarm from hotel

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 06:18

Several people hospitalized in Pasadena after Africanized bees emerge from hotel’s eaves: ‘Something set them off’

A swarm of as many as 40,000 Africanized bees sent several people to hospital and closed a street in California, after swarming from the eaves of a Howard Johnson Inn.

Related: Ursus urbinus: 'elderly' 400lb bear spotted roaming Los Angeles suburb

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Getting to zero net emissions in 2050 is going to be tough - but Labor committing to it is a damn good thing | Greg Jericho

The Guardian - Sun, 2020-02-23 05:00

It won’t be an easy task, but achieving zero net emissions will have a huge payoff for both the economy and the nation

When we look at the path to zero net emissions by 2050 two things stand out – firstly it is exactly in line with Labor’s old policy of a 45% cut by 2030, and secondly the government’s target of a 26% cut is woefully below what is needed.

This week, Anthony Albanese announced that Labor will commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2050.

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