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Climate

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Australia can Transition part II & Boards will change
Governments and Boards will be rolled if they are not acting on Climate - that's the conclusion from the recent election and the collapse this week of the AGL Board (Australia's biggest polluter).It was not only Mike Cannon-Brookes but several major funds that forced AGL to backtrack on the de-merger - that was aiming to quarantine the company from necessary emission reductions. Many other funds and activist shareholders are placing pressure on industrial polluters to also address Paris CoP21 targets (set in 2015). Watch this space!https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/30/agl-demerger-plan-mike-cannon-brookes 
2 June 2022 by Jeremy Wright

Healthcare

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World first breakthrough could prevent SIDS
The mystery of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is being uncovered thanks to a world-first breakthrough at the Children's Hospital, Westmead, NSW.A research team led by Dr Carmel Harrington at the Hospital have identified Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) as the first bio-marker that could help detect babies more at risk of SIDS. The study found BChE levels were significantly lower in babies who subsequently died of SIDS compared to living controls and other infant deaths.Dr Carmel Harrington lost her own child to SIDS 29 years ago, and it still accounts for two babies a week dying in Australia.https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/news/articles/2022/05/world-first-breakthrough-could-prevent-sids
1 June 2022 by Jeremy Wright

Climate

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Big Oil Reality Check - time to change direction?
“Big Oil Reality Check,” was released 24th May 2022 by Washington, DC-based Oil Change International in collaboration with over 35 global organizations. The report, which updates a 2020 study, analyzes the latest climate pledges of BP, Chevron, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell, and TotalEnergies against alignment with the 1.5C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement. The report lists over 200 expansion projects by the majors over the next 3 years that could create an additional 8.6 billion tonnes (Gt) of emissions. All eight companies’ climate pledges were judged as grossly insufficient! Time to change direction?https://electrek.co/2022/05/24/heres-where-big-oil-stands-on-climate-plans-and-its-not-good/
27 May 2022 by Jeremy Wright

Climate

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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

Climate

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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

Climate

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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