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We expect six key trends to inform financial institutions’ climate strategy design, implementation, and reporting this year.
On This Day
After witnessing the impacts of climate change, urban encroachment, and tree diebacks, Sharon Field is drawing a plant species a day on paper scrolls, which have been on display as far afield as New York.
The world is in a “sorry state” because of myriad “interlinked” challenges including climate change and Russia’s war in Ukraine that are “piling up like cars in a chain reaction crash,” the UN chief has told the World Economic Forum.
Ardern’s government has delivered a world best ETS, built cross-party support for net zero by 2050 – and added costly and futile policies that risk undermining its achievements.
Hans van Leeuwen
The World Economic Forum began with cosy chats on the economy and tech. The climate issue has roared back.
Energy giant Woodside has denied any gas supply is being withheld with accusations from government ministers they were addicted to record post-war profits.
The gas industry continues to voice concerns about the design of the government’s big stick interventions designed to keep energy prices contained.
The chair of the competition watchdog said the commission was still waiting to hear from companies confused by the new guidelines.
The big rural lender is using a start-up it invested in last year to streamline the reporting of data on its farm loans to reduce incidents of greenwashing.
As the US and EU feud over green subsidies and border taxes, a coalition of trade ministers will try to sync the global trading system with the climate agenda.
Climate-induced extreme weather has damaged people and communities as much as buildings and land. But it’s also left many Australians with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and PTSD. That’s according to a national survey conducted by the climate council of Australia
The appointment of the bloke who had been filling in, Damien Nicks, as chief executive seems like an anti-climax, given the expectation of a new climate transition expert.
As power bills land in letterboxes in the coming weeks, some households and businesses are in for a shock on two fronts.
Canberra Times editorial
Given gas prices are already at levels above what Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers said last year would be a “worst case scenario”, and with some Canberrans expected to pay at least $100 more for the commodity this year, it’s no surprise the industry and the Opposition are putting the boot into Labor’s controversial price cap
Copying the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism to protect our big emitters could make things worse rather than better.
You might think evolution is glacially slow. At a species level, that’s true. But evolution happens every time organisms produce offspring. The everyday mixing of genes – combined with mutations – throws up new generations upon which “selection pressure” will act.
Carbon dioxide removal is framed as a substitute rather than a necessary supplement to emissions reductions. A new report says we need both.
The Greens hope to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the October 14 flood after residents and former senior Melbourne Water staff raised concerns the water authority’s review was too limited.
At first glance, Kealba, in Melbourne’s north-west, looks little different from other post-war suburbs: brick houses with well-tended gardens. Except it’s right beside a landfill site that’s burning – and has been for years.
A Melbourne company is the first in Australia to use wine waste and fungi to make bottle packaging in an effort to curb plastic waste.
Melbourne Water’s narrow review of last year’s disastrous flood will not provide the answers affected residents deserve.
Neil G Sipe
With fewer people using public transport and more working from home due to the COVID pandemic, public transport agencies need to do everything they can to encourage more people to use their services. An essential step is to make the ticketing and payment process as easy as possible. That means it needs to keep pace with emerging technology and trends.
New South Wales
NSW Labor is going to the state election with an $80 million plan to create a Great Koala National Park, which they say will protect 20 per cent of the state’s koala population.
Australia’s iconic marsupial has been the centre of debate in NSW today, however wildlife conservation agencies have urged action over promises.
As videos of massive spawning events appear on social media, there are renewed calls to release the carp herpes virus to control the invasive pest.
The state’s EPA is unveiling what it calls Australia’s ‘most comprehensive plan’ to cut carbon emissions
Thermal coal companies in NSW will need to set aside between 7 and 10 per cent of their output for the domestic market to spread the financial impact of price caps imposed to push down the cost of electricity, but the decision has been met with scepticism by the industry.
Premier Dominic Perrottet says any overhaul of the system would not occur until the next term of government.
BHP could be forced to supply coal at cost to NSW power generators, as miners slammed State Treasurer Mat Kean’s plans to establish a domestic coal reservation in the state
Kerry Smith reports that the community of the Bulga Plateau, west of Port Macquarie, has been protesting the logging in Bulga State Forest since January 9.
This week’s deluge has resulted in 12 sections of Queensland’s Bruce Highway being cut, stranding travellers and causing significant freight issues.
An environmental tragedy – the death of 158 endangered Tasmanian devils on one stretch of road – is finally provoking official action, but bureaucrats are blocking the key measure sought by locals.
The state government’s 2050 population target could be smashed 17 years early. But problems abound, with Tasmania currently failing on all six indicators of sustainable growth.
Environment and community groups opposing industry and government plans to expand the salmon industry around Tasmania’s coast will meet outside the Premier’s office at 11am on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Inspections conducted by the NT Environmental Protection Authority on unlicensed dumps revealed that toxic materials such as asbestos, chemical waste, and other health hazards abound in landfills across the Territory – having a far worse effect on human health than originally projected.
Germany’s Greens party can weather disapproval from its environmentalist base over its role in approving the demolition of a village to expand a coal mine if it uses that concession to accelerate other climate policies, activists and analysts say.
Data collected by citizen scientists around the world over the past 12 years shows that the night sky is disappearing due to rapid increases in light pollution.
China’s National Bureau of Statistics has confirmed what researchers such as myself have long suspected – that 2022 was the year China’s population turned down, the first time that has happened since the great famine brought on by Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1959-1961.
Richard Barnes laments the wilful blindness of many elites who go snow skiing while turning a blind eye to the causes of the high country’s dying landscape. Barnes says he mostly agrees with author Jeff Sparrow that the current economic system is to blame. Let me count the ways.
Ben Skinner and Radhika Lalit
Demand changes can drive the future of zero-carbon concrete.
If utilities modernize the way they select the resources they run each day, they can save carbon and reduce energy prices.
On the whole, native bees are at a much greater risk of extinction, in part, because of the proliferation of European honey bees.
This year we bid farewell to two lost frogs, the Chinese paddlefish, a plant from New Hampshire, and many others.
For many Australians, “rabbit” is synonymous with “pest” because of their infamous introduction and subsequent invasion around 164 years ago. The destruction rabbits cause to Australian landscapes is harmful and serious, but there’s a lot more to bunnies when we cast our thoughts overseas.
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