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Adam Bandt: Beetaloo project a “massive climate problem”

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The Beetaloo basin project has been slammed by Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt, who says it will be a major climate problem for Australia

Greens leader Adam Bandt is now calling on the Labor party to prevent “climate crime” and help stop taxpayer-funded fracking in the Beetaloo Basin, telling ticker NEWS the project will will lift Australia’s emissions by 13 percent.

Bandt says the Greens view the Beetaloo debate as the nation’s first post-Glasgow test – with the party set to introduce a Senate motion on Wednesday to block the $50 million Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program.

“What part of no new coal and gas don’t Labor and Liberal understand?”

Bandt, says the crossbench had the numbers to pass the motion with Labor’s support.

Australia's government cops criticism over $50 million gas fund
Australia’s government cops criticism over $50 million gas fund

“Gas is as dirty as coal”

It comes after oil and gas giant Woodside confirmed its $16.5 billion Scarborough project in northwest Western Australia would go ahead, one Mr Bandt said would be responsible for “a billion tonnes of pollution”.

The Australian Federal Government says the Beetaloo project would create up to 6,000 new jobs.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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New report suggests ‘throwaway economy’ thwarting climate goals

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New research shows countries are neglecting the massive impact of the “throw-away” economy on planet-warming emissions

Scientists found that more than half a trillion tonnes of virgin materials have been consumed since the 2015 Paris climate deal.

The Circle Economy report found 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the manufacturing and use of products.

But the report found that if economies were more circular, then the world could meet the Paris target of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

A third of nations’ climate pledges mention the circular economy as part of their emissions goals, according to the report.

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Researchers discover why pandas gain weight on bamboo diet

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We’re always told to eat your greens, but this isn’t the case for pandas

A new Study finds exactly how pandas gain weight… even though they only eat bamboo

Pandas eat between 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo each day and It turns out the animals’ gut bacteria changes in the season when nutritious bamboo shoots become available.

“This is the first time we established a causal relationship between a panda’s gut microbiota and its phenotype,” says Guangping Huang, one of the study’s authors.

“We’ve known these pandas have a different set of gut microbiota during the shoot-eating season for a long time, and it’s very obvious that they are chubbier during this time of the year.”

Pandas only consume bamboo, which is a poor quality diet low in fat.

The authors believe the bacterium could lead the bears to store more fat.

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Historic mission – first spacecraft to touch the sun

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has officially become the first spacecraft to touch the sun

This achievement comes 60 years after the space agency set the goal… and three years after the Parker Solar Probe was launched.

The spacecraft flew through the sun’s corona… which is its upper atmosphere… in a bid to “sample particles and our star’s magnetic fields”.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate says “not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun’s evolution and (its) impacts on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe.”

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