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Fireproofing via a new paint
A paint that could help prevent the spread of bushfires has come from a partnership between the University of NSW (Prof Guan Yeoh) and Flame Security International.The paint, FSA Firecoat, which is now on sale at selected Bunnings stores, achieved the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 40 standard which assesses the bushfire resistance of buildings and construction materialsFSA FirecoatBAL-40 indicates that a building or material has been tested and approved to withstand higher levels of radiant heat (up to 40kW/m²) and ember attack during a bushfire, providing increased protection in areas prone to extreme fire conditions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmuUng2yaFg 
19 November 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Can we fall out-of-love with plastics?
Countries are to meet in Kenya  from 13-17 November to thrash out a global plastic pollution treaty to be in place by the end of 2024. These talks are the third round and will mark the halfway point to a Plastics Treaty. From the international negotiating committee (INC) a “zero draft” version of previous discussions outlines 3 options relating to virgin plastic production and  a reduction of primary plastic: 1. Agreed Global reduction targets 2. Agreed production targets and and 3. individual National reduction targets.All eyes are on the US to soften their objections to these developments. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/12/countries-meeting-nairobi-kenya-global-plastic-pollution-treaty
14 November 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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India's balancing act in transition to renewable energy
There are less than 20 days to go until the Conference of Parties (COP28). This also marks the halfway point for nations to achieve self-determined emission reduction goals by 2030 and limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius as part of the Paris Agreement signed at COP21.This included Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing ambitious targets for 2030 including 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and reducing emissions intensity by 45 percent. India still relies on coal for 55% of its energy, so it still has a big challenge ahead. India's 'balancing' act is worth watching: https://360info.org/indias-energy-transition-requires-a-delicate-balancing-act/
10 November 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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COP28 and the 1st Global Stocktake
COP28 is set to begin 30 November in the United Arab Emirates. As part of proceedings, it will present the results of the 1st Global Stocktake. An early look indicates that we are not on track to achieve the goals set in the Paris Agreement. In the attached McKinsey early summary, the findings come in under Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance, Knowledge Sharing and Next Steps. There's an emphasis on urgency of action (not a surprise). "It’s clear that the time is now for international cooperation, equitable climate action, and sustainable transformation across all sectors". Worth a read...https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-explainers/what-is-the-global-stocktake?
5 November 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Circular Economy company wins Innovation Aust award
Mint Innovation has won the Innovation Australia Energy and Renewables award for its world-leading efforts to recycle gold and other precious metals from old tech devices.In world-first process it uses natural biomass and smart chemistry - in its Sydney factory. Old devices such as computers, smartphones, gaming consoles and washing machines are put on a conveyor belt, where a hammer mill breaks them down to the size of a sand granule. The chemical process then separates the metals and bakes them into a commercially valuable gold-laden ash - for use in new electronics and jewelry.https://www.innovationaus.com/urban-miner-mint-innovation-collects-energy-award/?
2 November 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Can this man save the world?
Sultan Al Jaber is the United Arab Emirates’ choice to head up the climate talks, COP28 in November and is CEO of the national oil company, Adnoc.Highly intelligent and capable, Al Jaber ran the UAE’s response to Covid-19 and co-founded its Masdar renewable energy company, now operating across the world. He has a deep understanding of climate science, and of engineering and technology that could solve our emissions crisis. As Al Jaber sees it, he has more chance of being listened to by the oil and gas industry than any previous holders of this role.We hope sorolehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/oct/07/meet-the-oil-man-tasked-with-saving-the-planet-cop28
12 October 2023 by Jeremy Wright