Daily Links Aug 18

Renters, apartment dwellers and those south-facing, look for a nearby solar garden (check ww.solar gardens.org)  or better still, join with the neighbours and develop one.

Today’s Celebration
Vietnam Veterans Day (Long Tan Day)   http://www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org/node/vietnam-veterans-day-long-tan-day   
Book Week       http://cbca.org.au/bookweek.htm
Bad Poetry Day       https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/bad-poetry-day/
Serendipity Day       https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/serendipity-day/
More about Aug 18       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_18

Climate Change
Al Gore interview: Fixing democracy to combat climate change.
Al Gore makes the profound statement that Western democracies are broken and in order to solve the climate crisis they need to fix democracy.

Global warming ‘is causing the Alps to crumble.’
The Alps’ permafrost – soil, sediment, or rock that stays frozen for at least two years – is thawing rapidly, causing rock avalanches and floods.

Another climate-change nightmare: 91 new volcanoes beneath Antarctica’s ice.
Volcanoes don’t react well to melting ice

Investigating the Enigma of Clouds and Climate Change
Clouds perform an important function in cooling the planet as they reflect solar energy back into space. Yet clouds also intensify warming by trapping the planet’s heat and radiating it back to earth. As fossil fuel emissions continue to warm the planet, how will this dual role played by clouds change, and will clouds ultimately exacerbate or moderate global warming?

Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

The drowning isles: A story of climate change in the South Pacific.
The Solomon Islands are an archipelago filled with idyllic beaches and perfect waves, but as temperatures and sea levels rise, much of their pristine coast is disappearing.

Why flooding in Nigeria is an increasingly serious problem.
 Andrew Slaughter, Nelson Odume
Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can’t cope.

Warnings of energy storage market chaos, as industry unites against home battery ban
Australian energy storage industry registers thousands of protests against Standards Australia’s proposed home battery ban. Industry body says if draft adopted, the energy storage industry in Australia and globally will be “thrown into chaos.”

CEFC backs IoT tech to help consumers control energy use, costs
Clean Energy Finance Corporation makes two new investments in companies focused on one of the easiest ways to reduce consumer power bills.

Origin rides high power price wave – but says it has to stop
Origin results show its retail division made the most of a “transitioning energy market.” But CEO says further power price rises “bad for everyone.”

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility may be investigated by auditor general
NGOs urge audit following Wayne Swan’s warning Naif risks ‘misallocating billions of dollars’ in loan for Adani’s mine rail link

Millions of renters, unit owners locked out of solar savings
A growing number of Australians can’t lower their power bills by accessing solar energy due to red tape and the rise in apartment living and rentals.

Wrong end of stick on temps
There are fresh doubts over temperature records after a post office worker read a thermometer at the wrong end.

The trials of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
David Leyonhjelm
There was an almost religious belief that the environment simply needed more water…despite the fact that water can do more harm than good…

Councils target gas-search ban
Regional Victorian councils have called on the government to lift its moratorium on conventional gas exploration.

Cardboard box and recycling giant Visy launches lawsuit against its workers

Mammoth effort to remove Stawell’s toxic tyre mountain

Electrical storms hang over Spring St
Matt Johnston
VOTER anger over power bills is a problem causing uncertainty in Spring St, but doing nothing is not an option

New South Wales
Power bill dims Evolution hopes
Evolution Mining says its power bill in NSW is set to almost double and will hurt its effort to cut production costs.

Sydney leads with smart poles to charge electric cars
Blacktown motorists will be the first in Australia who can recharge electric cars at smart poles.

Whitehaven’s $405m profit miracle
Paul Flynn’s counter-cyclical courage has turned Whitehaven into a cash machine for its hardy investors.

Incinerator boss defends pollution record

Brisbane developers ‘don’t need to be concerned with native title’
The recent Federal Court decision that native title no longer exists in Brisbane has significant implications for infrastructure and property develope…

Jobs windfall as turbines wind up
AN $850 million wind farm with 123 turbines will be built not far from Brisbane, creating hundreds of jobs during construction.

South Australia
Solar project hit by funds split
The government’s $110m promised for solar thermal technology in SA may be shared between different projects.

Tasmania talks up renewables, ignores battery storage, gets stuck on gas
Tasmanian Energy Security report reasserts the importance of more diverse renewable energy supply. But ignores battery storage.

Giant freshwater crayfish gets boost as governments sign recovery plan
Tasmania’s iconic giant freshwater crayfish scores a big win with a recovery plan for the unique species released, but the Wilderness Society warns the next steps need to be implemented.

Regional Forest Agreement extended
The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement will be extended for 20 more years.

With planning, sky’s the limit
Dion Lester
Citizens must get involved in policy not just react to projects.

Western Australia
Don’t mistake these cute quendas for giant rats
Perth residents are recruited to a project putting cameras in backyards to learn more about quendas, which are commonly mistaken for rats.

Forrest wins case against miners
Dozens of mining licences in WA are under a cloud after Andrew Forrest won a case against two would-be miners.

Norway’s climate hypocrisy: Clean at home, dirty in the Arctic.
Norway trumpets its low carbon footprint, but a new report says plans to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic will increase its emissions by half again – making a mockery of its Paris Agreement promises.

On the Colorado, the lowest water use in 25 years.
Yes, a good snowpack helped us this year in the Colorado River. But the numbers are clear – reductions in water use made a far larger contribution to the good news on the river this year.

How much should major polluters pay? A case against DuPont provides a model.
A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable.

Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol.

Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Heavily used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers’ children
Elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide, according to new research led by UC Berkeley.

All work, no pay: the plight of young conservationists
Qualified graduates are struggling to find paid jobs and many give up to pursue a different career. The result is a net loss for conservation work, reports Mongabay

Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us
Richard Heinberg
Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom.

Nature Conservation
Plankton ‘mucus houses’ could pull microplastics from the sea.
California researchers have found a unique creature that spins a three-dimensional undersea net—one that can capture these tiny floating bits of plastic.

Revitalize the world’s countryside.
Cities and villages are an organic whole. Both must be developed sustainably to support each other.

South Africa rivers in deep water.
A quarter of major rivers are ‘critically endangered.’

Deaf salmon could compromise wild restocking programs
About half of commercially farmed Atlantic salmon are deaf because of the accelerated growth rates in the aquaculture industry, new research shows.

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania
Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks

Maelor Himbury