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Australia can transition from being the highest coal-based polluter per capita
Australia still has the dubious record of the highest levels of greenhouse gas pollution from coal/person - more than any other de
21 May 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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No Plastic Waste!
Minderoo Foundation's Global Plastic Watch is live today!GPW is a digital platform that maps the world's pollution in real time.This will help to identify which sites are legal or illegal and whether they are adjacent to water ways that lead to the ocean.  This is cutting edge technology that combines satellite technology with machine learning and will drive better plastic waste management and reduce the estimated 10 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans annually.  https://globalplasticwatch.org
9 May 2022 by Madeline Cunn...

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An enzyme that can break down plastic in hours
While plastic usually takes hundreds of years to decompose, Scientists have developed an enzyme that could shorten that time to mere hours. Engineers at the University of Texas in Austin have been working on solutions to the polyethylene terephthalate problem, which currently accounts for 12 per cent of the Earth's global waste. The polymer is found in bottles, packaging and textiles. Now, they may have found the solution.https://www.joe.co.uk/environment/engineers-develop-an-enzyme-that-can-break-down-plastic-in-hours-not-centuries-333198?
8 May 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Transition to Net Zero - what's involved?
For a very current Australian discussion on financing a transition to net zero, here's an upcoming webinar 10th May 2022 - Register via  www.climateandpeace.com.au Meanwhile, McKinsey has recently launched a comprehensive report on the 'Net Zero Transition' with reference to seven energy and land-use systems - Power, Industry, Mobility, Building, Agriculture, Forestry and Waste.A definition of what's involved and a set of charts - are referenced below:https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/six-characteristics-define-the-net-zero-transition 
4 May 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Australian Green Hydrogen to replace Russian Gas!
In a bold stroke to help Germany replace Russian gas, Twiggy Forrest & Fortescue (FFI) have signed a contract with European energy giant EON. The goal is to produce hydrogen in Australia using renewable energy and ship to Europe for distribution through EON’s pipelines. Deliveries would begin in 2024 and increase to 5 million tonnes of hydrogen a year by 2030 - equal to about a third of the energy Germany currently imports from Russia."We are working closely with banks, institutional investors, multilaterals and credit agencies" to support this new green energy investment, stated FFI.https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/eon-australias-ffi-explore-green-hydrogen-transport-europe-
20 April 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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'Now or Never' IPCC Climate Report - immediate action required
UN-IPCC scientists have unveiled an urgent plan that can limit the causes of dangerous climate change.First, the bad news - even with all current policies to cut carbon in place, we still face a 3.2C rise this century and our planet will suffer "unprecedented heatwaves, terrifying storms, and widespread water shortages". The good news (maybe) - The IPCC summary shows it can be done, in what UN Sec-Gen Guterres calls a "viable and financially sound manner" - but requiring massive changes to energy production, industry, transport, our consumption patterns and the way we treat nature. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/04/ipcc-report-now-or-never-if-world-stave-off-climate-disaster 
11 April 2022 by Jeremy Wright