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Can Australia now become a Superpower?
Green Hydrogen and Electrification are the winners in the Federal Budget - “We are seeing the first steps on the path to Australia becoming a renewable energy superpower" said Smart Energy Council's John Grimes responding to a $2bn fund to establish a renewable hydrogen industry in Australia.Also, the "Government  is responding to a massive cost-of-living challenge and showing a real commitment to bringing all Australians on this energy transition" with $1.6 billion for home electrification funding and power bill subsidies. "Electrify Everything" as Saul Griffiths would say.most.https://smartenergy.org.au/articles/federal-budget-2023-response/
10 May 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Saving endangered species - the Mala Wallaby
Biodiversity is essential to our survival.So good to hear about the critically endangered Mala Wallaby:When Australian Wildlife Conservancy ecologists recently wrapped up annual health checks of Mala wallabies inside the 9,450-hectare feral predator-free safe haven at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary (NT), a total of 24 individuals were captured (9 females + 15 males) over four nights. These including 10 Newhaven-born Mala and excitingly, 75% of females caught were carrying young wallabies in their pouches.Mala were reintroduced to Newhaven in 2017 as part of their ambitious rewilding program to restore important, locally extinct species to Central Australiahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbwQv7K9x6A
28 April 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Red seaweed could slash methane emissions
Cows emit considerable methane, a significant greenhouse gas, mainly in their burping. But a new study may help the dairy industry to dramatically slash its methane emissions. In the March edition of the international journal Animal Feed Science and Technology, the CSIRO study found that pouring seaweed-infused canola oil over feedlots slashed cows' methane emissions without impacting the quality or quantity of milk produced.The study will now allow for the sale and use of this product in dairy systems and dairy feeding markets. "Methane emission reduction is a huge opportunity for the dairy industry" (from the CSIRO)https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-03/low-methane-emissions-cows-seaweed-milk-dairy-industry/102169786
3 April 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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The intelligence of nature’s hardest workers
Bees: in a class of their own as pollinators, a role that requires a sophisticated mind and well-developed responses to their environment. A new publication - What a Bee Knows: Exploring the Thoughts, Memories and Personalities of Bees - paints a remarkable picture of bee behavior and psychology. It argues that bees can demonstrate sophisticated emotions resembling optimism, frustration, playfulness and fear, traits more commonly associated with mammals.As humans, we depend on these creatures, yet (from the author) “We are blasting bees with huge amounts of agrichemicals and destroying their natural foraging habitats". Can we change?https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/apr/02/bees-intelligence-minds-pollination?
3 April 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Huge renewable storage gap for net-zero: CSIRO Report
There is a mammoth gap in renewable energy storage to be plugged, if Australia is to achieve Net-Zero anytime soon. Significant investment is needed to achieve a 14-fold increase in energy storage capacity, if Australia is to meet its net-zero target, according to the CSIRO's Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap. Accordingly, the storage capacity must grow significantly over coming decades to keep pace with rapidly rising electricity demand - driven by the electrification of industries, like transport and construction.“Reaching net-zero is a wicked challenge" said CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall, needing industry, research and Government collaboration.https://www.innovationaus.com/huge-renewable-storage-leap-needed-to-make-net-zero-csiro-says/
29 March 2023 by Jeremy Wright

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Sustainable Agriculture - a Green Revolution?
Is the global agriculture system on the verge of a new green revolution? If we need to sustainably feed up to 10 billion, despite the ravages of climate, a revolution is required. BloombergNEF has launched a new research stream on this: the transition  for Agriculture to become nature positive, carbon neutral and achieve the required volumes.Addressing the overuse of land, water, fertilizers and pesticides is the first priority, then reducing carbon and scaling up. Bloomberg proposes 5 Pillars including sustainable foods, sustainable intensification, green chemicals, carbon-smart farming and restoration and the protection of natural capital. https://about.bnef.com/blog/sustainable-agriculture-is-the-new-green-revolution/
12 March 2023 by Jeremy Wright