Daily Links Feb 21

Checking sources should be as simple as ABC, or in this case as simple as I P A. We are indeed fortunate to have someone as ‘free of bias and agenda’ as biologist Jennifer Marohasy discovering what all of the world’s climate scientists cannot.

Top Post
Some of the world’s biggest lakes are drying up. Here’s why
Warming climates, drought, and overuse are draining crucial water sources, threatening habitats and cultures.

Today’s Celebration
Birthday of King Harald V    Norway
Ekushey Day (Martyr’s Day)    Bangladesh
Shaheed Dibash        Bangladesh
International Mother Language Day   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Language_Day
More about Feb 21         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_21

Climate Change
Land use change has warmed the Earth’s surface
Natural ecosystems play a crucial role in helping combat climate change, air pollution and soil erosion. A new study by a team of researchers from the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, sheds light on another, less well-known aspect of how these ecosystems, and forests in particular, can protect our planet against global warming.

Climate projections show a warmer future for the Pacific northwest
In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest levels projected in the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “business-as-usual” scenario.

Checking sources should be as simple as ABC
Jennifer Marohasy
It would be ridiculous if some of the catastrophic global warming so often reported by experts via our ABC were just a consequence of a new method of recording temperatures!

Regulator cites Loy Yang B coal unit failure for price surge in January
Coal plant trip and low wind conditions provide perfect opportunity for gas generators to send prices sky-rocketing in January, but at least Tesla big battery kept them honest in FCAS markets.

Tesla battery + solar now “significantly cheaper” than grid power
Just 14 months ago, the writing was on the wall for grid-only electricity supply. Turns out the gap between grid only and PV+battery+grid is growing much more quickly than we imagined.

Green capital fertilises Macquarie’s smart farms fund

Energy prices, broadband speeds in ACCC sights this year

Joyce buys up land near Inland Rail project
Under-siege Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce did not declare during Cabinet deliberations over the Inland Rail project that he had bought five parcels of land near the planned route.

Frydenberg, IPA trolling renewables on ABC’s Q&A – again
Giles Parkinson
The Coalition and IPA tag-team were at it again against renewables on Q&A. It’s disappointing enough that the country’s federal energy minister should have such a blind spot on new technology, but it appears to be a party-wide phenomenon. At least Catweazle was funny.

ALP’s game of Basin bluff
Peter Hunt
Reports of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s imminent death may be greatly exaggerated

Self-interest standing in the way of a fix for the Murray-Darling
Ross Gittins
Some people earn their living in ways that damage the environment, and don’t want their businesses and lives disrupted by being obliged to stop.

We must slow down immigration
Judith Sloan
Tony Abbott is really on to something when he calls for a significant reduction in the number of immigrants.

Shorten shows his disregard for Batman by cosying up to coal
Guy Rundle
If Bill Shorten didn’t want to hand ammunition to Labor’s foes in the Batman byelection, he had a funny way of showing it in Townsville this week.

Carp fishers ‘up creek’
Gippsland commercial carp fishers, father and son Peter and John Ingram, say they are going broke — and they blame the Federal Government’s National Carp Control Plan.

Down the gurgler
Victoria’s largest irrigation district is on the brink of collapse.

Warning on tunnel vision costs
Victorian parliamentary intervention to block the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel would cripple confidence and cause higher costs, a leading business group has warned.

Silence on deer cull
Parks Victoria will not say how many deer were killed in a cull, carried out by contract shooters, in the Alpine National Park, earlier this month.

Why orange-bellied parrots are being flown by helicopter

Chorus on roads failure
Victorian road funding has been defended by Roads Minister Luke Donnellan, with a commitment that the State Government “won’t stop investing” to keep drivers safe.

Senseless logging of Strathbogie Ranges is wiping out greater gliders
Ian Herbert
Endangered greater gliders are facing extinction following the relentless logging of Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges.

New South Wales
Labor sprayed over cut
Federal Labor has shown complete disregard for the people and businesses of the Murray Darling Basin, says Tocumwal rice grower Ted Hatty.

The Sydney areas where you cannot offload your containers
Less than 500 of the promised 800 reverse vending machines in the state government’s cash for cans scheme have been rolled-out, with more than half of Sydney without a machine.

Light rail a long time coming
Telegraph editorial
 the summer, Sydney commuters have become increasing used to trains running late — and that is if they are running at all, what with a sustained ­period of cancellations due to widespread sick leave claims by Sydney Rail staff. Now it’s been revealed the whole project is late.

Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State
Study finds wind power set to become more productive and cheaper in Australia’s southern states, even with climate change. Queensland, however, might want to focus on solar.

Queensland’s energy sector records staggering $1.9b profit

Shared space for pedestrians and cyclists ‘narrow’ on Victoria Bridge

Mangroves to make way for new Brisbane River mooring

Travellers’ solar jobs
Solar farms in Queensland are being built by backpackers, and qualified electricians are losing out, an inquiry has heard.

Why Lakeland solar battery could be world leader in battery storage
It didn’t take less than 100 days to complete – it was closer to 100 weeks – but the newly opened Lakeland solar and storage facility in far north Queensland may be a world leader in battery storage, even if it doesn’t carry the cachet of the twitter-wise Tesla big battery.

Nullinga plan not so sweet for MSF
The Far North’s largest sugar producer says mixed messages from the Palaszczuk Government about the Nullinga Dam are a “cause for concern” for the region.

Power plant on track
Construction of MSF Sugar’s first Green Energy Power Plant is on track for a mid-year completion at the Tableland Mill.

Farming grant to reduce run-off
Innisfail cane farmer Peter Zahra is leading the way in adopting new farming practices looking at ways to apply fertiliser underground to help reduce run off and erosion.

Bold plan for wildlife park
A Babinda man has some wild plans to bring more tourists to the area.

Townsville isn’t an outlier. It shows with clarity what Australia could become
Jason Wilson
In Townsville, the biggest city on the Great Barrier Reef coast, a focus on jobs that are no longer there obscures the facts about the death of the reef

South Australia
Federal $1m funding for two SA hydro energy storage projects to be unveiled in Adelaide
Electricity customers to avoid lengthy delays in getting a new or replacement smart meter.

Xenophon under fire at environment debate
SA Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has used an environmental debate to attack SA-BEST Leader Nick Xenophon for a lack of policies, while trading barbs with Labor over renewables.

Can we run on 75 per cent green power — Jay says yes
Can South Australia run on 75 per cent renewable energy? Premier Jay Weatherill seems to think so and will unveil how it’s to be achieved on Wednesday, adding it will be his party’s target within eight years — if re-elected next month.

Government bid to keep energy records secret
Taxpayers are footing State Government legal action to stop the public release of potentially embarrassing records over how the power crisis has hit South Australia’s largest private employer.

Marine park put me out of business
The marine parks scheme in South Australia has “reduced a proud multi-generational fisher to a welfare recipient”, says the lawyer leading one of the first compensation claims resulting from the redesignation of fishing zones.

South Australian power: pay most to buy, or most to supply. Why?
Geoff Carmody
If so, by ‘squeezing’ any generators into even more intermittent supply, are they making the whole SA power supply system more expensive.

Fighting words at Greens campaign launch but party faces battle in key seats
The Greens say there is still wilderness battles to be fought in Tasmania, but concede the fight is on to stay alive in knife-edge electorates at next month’s poll.

Overland Track hut renovations on cards if Liberals re-elected

‘Much work needed’ to make digital economy environmentally sustainable
UK MPs cast doubt on whether energy efficiency gains can keep offsetting rising power demand

When a city runs out of water
In South Africa, dams are running low in the midst of an extreme three-year drought. Cape Town residents are stockpiling bottled water.

No plastics left behind: study confirms plastic beach debris a danger to ocean life
At current rates of plastic production, by 2050 the total mass of plastics in our oceans will outweigh the biomass of fish.  — World Economic Forum

The dirty little deals that would foul the environment
Republicans are adding measures to appropriations bills that would gut protections of the air, water and landscape.

Why Bengaluru may run out of drinking water in 12 years
On February 11, 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation put Bengaluru on a list of 11 major cities in the modern era likely to run out of drinking water.

The plastics industry is leaking huge amounts of microplastics
The problem of plastic pellets in marine environments has been reported since the 1970s and the first recommendations for legislation were introduced in the USA back in the 1990s. However, in Sweden, these spills have only received attention in recent years.

Stable gas hydrates can trigger landslides
‘Cement of continental slopes’ effect slope stability differently than previously thought

Nature Conservation
Faster reproduction could hold key to saving critically endangered frog
Researchers believe introducing frogs to lower elevation areas would help them reach sexual maturity earlier

Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg
British Antarctic Survey is trying to reach a newly revealed ecosystem that had been hidden for 120,000 years below the Larsen C ice shelf

Most sunscreens can harm coral reefs. What should travelers do?
Avoiding non-biodegradable sunscreen may be the one solution to coral bleaching travelers have the most immediate and direct influence over.

Some of the world’s biggest lakes are drying up. Here’s why
Warming climates, drought, and overuse are draining crucial water sources, threatening habitats and cultures.

‘Demographic compensation’ may not save plants facing changing climate
An in-depth look at how plants respond to climate change shows mixed results for the phenomenon of “demographic compensation” as a way for plants to avoid severe population declines.

The eerie glow of biofluorescence — and how it can help us conserve fish
Maarten de Brauwer, Curtin University
Researchers have developed an easier and less harmful way of studying the cryptic species that keep the rest of our marine life alive.

Maelor Himbury