Australian National University (ANU) analysis has found that Australia is on its way to running on 100 per cent renewable energy by early 2030s.

Renewable energy in Australia is on the rise, this could also result in them reaching the half way goal of 50 per cent renewable energy, set at the Paris Agreement, by 2025.

The country is set to install over 10 gigawatts of new wind and solar power in 2018 and 2019. As a result, if the rate of growth in maintained, they report found that they should reach their target of running on 100 per cent renewable energy by early 2030s.

Australia had a record breaking last year, adding 2,200 megawatt capacity of renewable energy. However, the people who produced the report, although convinced that technology and the renewable energy industry will be able to meet the goal, have voiced concerns over how politics will interfere.

Recently, the newly appointed Australian Government have come under pressure from environmentalists about the fate of the country’s climate policy.

Professor Andrew Blakers, ANU Research School of Engineering, said: “Australia is installing wind and solar PV at a faster per capita rate than nearly every other country.”

Professor Ken Baldwin, ANU Energy Institute director, said: “Australian industry is proving it’s not difficult or expensive to make deep and rapid cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. All the evidence points to Australia’s capacity to be a renewable energy superpower, with all the economic and environmental benefits that come with that.”

This follows news that Queensland are on track to be 90 per cent renewable by 2030.

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Global leaders have begun talks in New York this week to discuss the long-awaited UN ocean treaty, a decade in the making.

The intergovernmental conference to draft the first‑ever treaty to conserve and protect marine diversity on the high seas is of extreme importance because currently there is no global policy that protects our oceans.

Currently, 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year, 100,000 mammals die each year from this plastic pollution.

Professor Alex Rogers from Oxford University, who has provided evidence to inform the UN treaty process, said: “The half of our planet which is high seas is protecting terrestrial life from the worst impacts of climate change. Yet we do too little to safeguard that or to protect the life within the ocean which is intrinsic to our collective survival.”

There are several organisations such as Parley for the Oceans and Outerknown that are raising awareness for the protection of marine life however, they do not have global power. Recently, influential figures such as the Swimmer, Lewis Pugh, have directed awareness at the government to protect our oceans.

Dr Sandra Schoettner, Greenpeace's global ocean sanctuaries campaign, speaking from outside the UN said: ““The fate of our oceans is in the hands of everyone in these negotiations. It's no exaggeration to say that the governments meeting today are making history as we speak. It is urgent they create a strong ocean treaty which allows us to create a global network of ocean sanctuaries.”

In 1982, the UN adopted the Convention of the Law of the Sea but the high seas were not included. Over the next two years the treaty is expected to provide and implement several proposes to protect the high seas.

Photo Credit: Greenpeace

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This week is Zero Waste Week, a movement to encourage waste reduction.

Zero waste week started this Monday 4th of September 2018. It was founded in 2008 and since then has had a global reach of 56 million people.

The initiative is designed to involve the general public in a bid to reduce our waste habits, this year’s theme is ‘Plastic-Unwrapped’. Plastic waste is an ongoing problem that is threatening our oceans and marine life.

Currently, the average household wastes 20-30 per cent of the food they buy. Zero Waste Week aims to combat this. To support the campaign, all you have to do is sign up on their website to receive a newsletter with hints and tips on how to reduce your daily waste.

The movement, based in the UK, has participants from 72 countries. The website demonstrates the efforts made from people around the world to achieve zero waste.

The website said: “Zero Waste Week is a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste.”

Recently, global companies such as Coca Cola have pledged to reduce plastic waste. Zero Waste Weeks gives an opportunity for consumers to do the same.

The campaign has been promoted by some of the UK’s most powerful leaders. In a personally signed letter, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote: “Zero Waste Week is inspiring people around the world to dramatically reduce the waste they create for good. By sharing your own experiences as a family and suggesting simple ways people can recycle and reuse you are making it easy and fun for as many people as possible to get involved in your important campaign.”

Campaigners across the world have come out in force to promote the initiative, join the movement now at #zerowasteweek.

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The cricket ground has introduced a number of measures to reduce plastic waste.

By installing water fountains and switching to reusable drinking vessels it has prevented roughly 690,000 pieces of plastic from being used at the venue.

This follows the year anniversary of its partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue, with the goal to slash the amount of single-use plastic used at the cricket ground and become plastic free by 2020.

Part of the scheme involved handing out 25,000 Sky Ocean rescue-branded reusable water bottles to reduce the need for disposable plastic bottles. They have also created the hashtag - #PassOnPlastic.

Fiona Ball, Sky Ocean Rescue's head of responsible business, said: "Single-use plastic is a huge issue. Trillions of pieces of plastic are floating around our oceans, with another eight million tons introduced to this ecosystem every year. It never decomposes and will remain there forever. Working with the Kia Oval team has not only helped us bring this issue to life for an army of sports fans but also helped them make simple life changes that collectively make a big difference."

Due to efforts from the surrey cricket ground, after this weekend’s final Test between England and India, 20,000 fewer plastic pint glasses will be taken to landfill.

Richard Gould, Surrey County Cricket Club's chief executive, said: "Increasing the sustainability of our operation is a major priority at the Kia Oval as we work towards our goal of becoming single-use plastic free by 2020. It is a difficult journey, involving work in every area of our business and initiatives like this with Sky Ocean Rescue really help move us in the right direction."

To find out more about Sky Ocean Rescue click here.  

Photo Credit: Sky Ocean Rescue

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