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Most of world’s coal power stations must close by 2030 to meet Paris target

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-10-21 11:42

Australia would need to close almost all its coal power generators by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement, new research has shown.

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Victorians could get six bins to help solve recycling crisis

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-10-21 11:10

Infrastructure Victoria suggests households given bins for general waste, organics, plastics, glass, metals, paper and card

Residents in Victoria could soon have as many as six bins for waste and recycling, under a proposal by Infrastructure Victoria to deal with the state’s recycling crisis.

Around 35% of all waste produced by households in Victoria in 2017-2018 ended up in landfill, according to evidence from Sustainability Victoria, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.

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Here’s how to get Australian renewables into the zone

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-10-21 10:53

Rather than a hedge, regulators should encourage wind and solar generators to connect early through lower access charges to help unlock the lack of investment in network infrastructure.

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Tesla big battery at Hornsdale earns record revenue in September 2019

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-10-21 10:38

tesla battery hornsdaleTesla big battery at Hornsdale has just earned its biggest monthly revenue from wholesale markets.

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Leading Australian engineers turn their backs on new fossil fuel projects

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-10-21 09:56

The Engineers Declare movement pledges to put climate considerations first in evaluating plans

Engineering firms are under increased pressure from their own employees to abandon controversial fossil fuel projects, as the sector turns its attention to the climate crisis.

About 1,000 Australian engineers and 90 organisations – including large firms and respected industry figures who have worked with fossil fuel companies – have signed a declaration to “evaluate all new projects against the environmental necessity to mitigate climate change”.

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Scores more heart attacks and strokes on high pollution days, figures show

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-10-21 09:01

Data reveals acute impact on people’s health and the strain it puts on emergency services

Scores of children and adults are being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England, figures show.

Each year emergency services see more than 120 additional cardiac arrests, more than 230 additional strokes and nearly 200 more people with asthma requiring hospital treatment on days of high pollution compared with the average on days of lower pollution.

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Brexit may expose Britons to more pesticides – report

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-10-21 09:01

Fear that fall in food standards after UK leaves EU regulatory system could allow farmers to use more chemicals

Brexit may expose people to increasing levels of pesticide residues in food, a report has warned, amid confusion over what standards will apply after the UK leaves the EU.

The government has assured people that high environmental standards will be maintained after Brexit, but campaigners are concerned that the detail of how this may be achieved – particularly after any transition period – is still unclear.

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Black hole scientist Dr Katie Bouman on trolling and teamwork

BBC - Mon, 2019-10-21 09:00
Dr Katie Bouman's photo of the moment she saw her first black hole image went viral - but it wasn't all good.
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Australians support ‘leadership’ on Antarctica and climate: Hill

ABC Environment - Mon, 2019-10-21 07:05
Australia along with France and the European Union will be pushing for a major new marine protected area in East Antarctica at an international forum starting in Hobart today.
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Who's responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses, and what can be done?

The Conversation - Mon, 2019-10-21 05:07
An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring. Kate Fenner, PhD Candidate (Equine Training and Welfare), University of Sydney Dr Michelle Lenore Hyde, Senior Lecturer Animal Sciences, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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'Talk about bullies!': how 2GB's Ben Fordham campaigned for farmers charged with illegal land clearing

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-10-21 03:00

Landowners were painted as battling victims of heartless bureaucrats by the Sydney broadcaster. But was he telling the whole story?

• Hear audio of Ben Fordham on 2GB in our podcast Full Story
• Stripped bare: Australia’s hidden climate crisis
• Farmers prosecuted for land clearing allege former NSW minister gave them green light

‘Right now there are more than 100 farmers in north-west New South Wales facing the prospect of being forced off their land because of the aggressive tactics of the Office of Environment and Heritage, who are prosecuting them for clearing their own land,” thundered Ben Fordham on 2GB in July.

“Legal action is being taken because they cleared vegetation on their own farms! They are facing the prospect of fines of a million dollars, and having land locked up for a hundred years. They face fines of $13,000 for every day they refuse to answer questions. Talk about bullies!”

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Artist creates deepfake birdsong to highlight threat to dawn chorus

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 21:41

Somerset House exhibit will feature natural birdsong being taken over by artificial sound

The dawn chorus is one of the wonders of the natural world, but a discordant note will be struck when a soundtrack of hundreds of birds is heard in London this month. The chiffchaffs, great tits, redstarts, robins and thrushes almost sound like the real thing, but they have been created by a machine as part of a major art installation warning of an apocalyptic world where Britain’s bird population has been allowed to diminish.

The synthetic bird sounds are the creation of the artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, who has worked with scientists at an AI company more used to researching Donald Trump deepfake videos to create the work.

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Lyon Solar companies in liquidation, Deloitte looks for buyers for projects

RenewEconomy - Sun, 2019-10-20 18:25

Three Lyon companies placed in liquidation by Deloitte, just days after group announced solar and storage deal with Chinese power company.

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Seven Worlds, One Planet: conservation is the key to new Attenborough series

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 18:03
‘We have made a tragic, desperate mess’ of our world, says naturalist, but there are signs of positive changes

Humans have made a “tragic, desperate mess” of the planet, Sir David Attenborough has warned. Speaking as BBC One prepares to air his new natural history series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, next Sunday, the naturalist said: “We are now universal, our influence is everywhere. We have it in our hands, and we have made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far.”

However, he added one note of optimism. “Nations are coming together and recognising we all live on the same planet ... and we are dependent on it for every mouthful of food we eat and every breath of air we take.” Attenborough also paid tribute to environmental activist Greta Thunberg and praised her “passion, insight and concern about the future”. He described the Swedish 16-year-old as a “political person” rather than a broadcaster. “And making programmes like this, I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’m sure a hell of a lot of young people are saying, ‘For God’s sake, why doesn’t he move over? Give another person a chance’, but, anyway, there I am.”

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Tube protest was a mistake, admit leading Extinction Rebellion members

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 17:04
Senior figures in protest group forced to rethink future tactics

Senior figures in Extinction Rebellion (XR) admit it was a mistake to target London’s public transport network at rush hour, a move that has split opinion within the movement. Future strategy is now being reassessed, they say.

At the end of the two-week global “uprising”, members of the movement’s political circle announced that it needed to learn from the angry scenes at Canning Town tube station last Thursday when commuters dragged protesters from the roof of an underground train and set upon them. Eight XR activists were arrested during the disruption, joining a total of 1,768 held during the fortnight of demonstrations.

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Australia's birds: pretty and sweet or just a pack of bastards? | Sean Dooley

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 11:37

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins on Monday and an exceptionally dry 2019 could see a changing of the guard in the top 10

• The Guardian/Bird Life Australia bird of the year poll returns on 28 October

Since BirdLife Australia launched the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2014, the number of participants has risen from 9,000 to over 70,000. Unsurprisingly, the amount of birds that have been counted in our cities and towns has also risen – from 850,000 to more than 2.75 million birds last year.

Yet when it comes to the top 10 most commonly seen birds, the song remains the same, with the same species entrenched firmly at the top every year. It’s the birding equivalent of tuning into Countdown in the 70s to find Abba’s Fernando top of the charts for the 27th week in a row.

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A whole new world: Why my electric Kona and 10kW rooftop solar make sense

RenewEconomy - Sun, 2019-10-20 07:42

kona chargingWe ordered an electric Kona and a 10kW rooftop solar system. This was no act of protest, because it is economically rational and environmentally responsible.

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Resisting drought's day zero: the NSW towns close to running dry

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 05:00

After water restrictions and emergency infrastructure, the final drought strategy is sheer perseverance

People have started visiting the outback town of Pooncarie just to see a place that’s running dry.

Josh Sheard, the publican at the Pooncarie hotel, says the remote town in far south-west New South Wales needs the attention.

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Chasing the sun: the World Solar Challenge 2019 – in pictures

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-10-20 05:00

The World Solar Challenge, celebrated biennially since 1987, saw teams from around the world set off from Darwin on a 3,000km race to Adelaide by solar-powered car. Belgian team Agoria took first place this year after Dutch rivals Vattenfall caught fire 250km from the finish line

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'Older generations can't understand': XR Youth on being heard

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-10-19 18:00

For young Extinction Rebellion members, there is an urgency they say others struggle to fully grasp

When five members of Extinction Rebellion’s youth faction climbed on top of the entrance to YouTube’s HQ on Wednesday, they were protesting against a problem that has particular relevance for their generation.

In a letter to the company, they demanded that YouTube changes what the group claims is its disproportionate platforming of climate denial, on a site which is the most watched platform for 16-24-year-olds.

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