Daily Links Feb 23

David Leyonhjelm, Werribee and Hoopers Crossing, hardly in the top ten Melbourne suburbs for affluence, are in Australia’s top ten suburbs for solar panel installation. Now, what’s your argument again?

Top Post
How six Americans changed their minds about global warming
More Americans than ever say that climate change is caused mainly by human activity. We talked to six people about what changed their minds.

Today’s Celebration
Army Day       Tajikistan
National Day    Brunei Darussalam
Republic Day    Guyana
Defender of the Fatherland Day  Russia
More about Feb 23   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_23

Climate Change
How six Americans changed their minds about global warming
More Americans than ever say that climate change is caused mainly by human activity. We talked to six people about what changed their minds.

Climate change’s impact on Europe: all 571 cities are destined for worse heat waves, droughts, or floods
Climate change is certain to change Europe, from the UK to the Ukraine, and Iceland to Portugal.

What are the birds telling us about climate change?
Reading the signs from our friends up in the sky

East Coast shatters temperature records, offering preview to a warming world
Summer-like temps in February, extreme rainfall, a snow drought. This is happening more often—and in line with what scientists warn to expect with climate change.

Weather should remain predictable despite climate change
Simulations of jet stream behavior in a warming climate suggest ranges of forecasts in the mid-century will be similar to those in present day, MU study finds

How to debunk a climate change skeptic
Is there anything more frustrating than a climate change denier?

Environmental activists are suing governments over climate change – and winning
These cases are part of a global trend toward litigation over climate change.

How many governments does it take to plan a city? Fewer is better, a new report says
Australia’s patchwork of small local councils is threatening urban liveability, according to the independent infrastructure adviser, which is urging the Federal Government to financially reward states which simply planning processes.

‘You shouldn’t have to depend on charity’: The struggle to cope with soaring power bills
Electricity is something that virtually every Australian household relies on. But the sharp increase in quarterly bills over the past decade means the essential resource is increasingly unaffordable, and low-income households are being disproportionately affected.

Let’s end the propaganda war on coal
John Iser
Impervious to the loud rumblings about coal’s terminal decline and the need to leave it in the ground, the Minerals Council of Australiacontinues to be a passionate enthusiast.

Will the NEG make the energy transition easier or harder?
David Leitch
The ESB needs to go back to the drawing board and have another go at its National Energy Guarantee. They doesn’t understand what a bad solution they have proposed.

Australian cities are crying out for better planning, but the research funding is missing
Dorina Pojani et al
Given the challenges Australian cities face, the need for urban planning based on solid research is greater than ever. Sadly, when it comes to research funding, planning is at the back of the queue.

Solar subsidy not so sunny
David Leyonhjelm
Even if there was once some justification for subsidising the cost of solar panels, that is certainly no longer the case.

What’s the “optimal” immigration intake for Australia?
Leith van Onselen
“Dr Demography”, the ANU’s Dr Liz Allen, was at it again yesterday, claiming that Australia’s “optimal” immigration intake is between 160,000 and 210,000, after which Australia will suffer from diminishing returns.

Searching for smart tax implementation? Look a little closer to home
Glenn Dyer
The government of Singapore has revealed a new plan to boost GST and implement a carbon tax to offset predicted budget strain — foresight the Turnbull government could use.

The Politics of Charities Receiving Donations
Steve Francis
The Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill is threatening part of the funding pathway available to charities,

Victorian fumigation plant suspended amid Tasmania fruit fly alert
A Victorian fumigation plant at the centre of a fruit fly incursion in Tasmania is suspended as the state’s supermarkets clear shelves of fresh produce lines and all fruit from the mainland facility is recalled.

Labor’s $40m promise for Melbourne tram route
Bill Shorten will today pledge $40 million for an extension to the number 11 tram to providing better public transport services to Melbourne’s booming northern suburbs.

Clear detail lacking on state’s big projects
A Parliamentary report has whacked the Andrews Government for a lack of clear detail on major projects, including the West Gate Tunnel.

Recycling help but waste still bound for landfill

New South Wales
Ministers ire up over environment
The Berejiklian cabinet is in open warfare on environment policy.

Helmet-free cycling under consideration in ACT

Adani abandons another funding deadline for its giant coalmine
The Indian mining giant no longer believes it will secure finance for Australia’s largest proposed coalmine by next month, prompting Labor leader Bill Shorten to ridicule the idea that “some billionaire [will] come down in a helicopter and rescue” regional Queensland.

Adani to ‘stand or fall on merits’
Anthony Albanese has hit out at suggestions that governments should change environmental regulations to stop Adani.

Miner blasted by road users isolated for months by earthquake-like crack
A central Queensland community is angered at Anglo American’s slow response to fix a key road closed by a mining explosion.

Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland “virtual power plant”
The Queensland government has recruited two big name industrials to its newly established “virtual power plant”, a name it has given to a statewide network that sources electricity from large energy users to bolster supply during peak demand in the state’s north.

Controversial plan to pay for roads
Motorists should be slugged charges based on when, where, how far they drive and even their car’s impact on the environment, according to a landmark report.

Brisbane’s population set to boom
Brisbane will be home to more than four million people in 30 years, making it the size that Melbourne is today, with an infrastructure chief saying the growth will mean we’ll have to make some big decisions.

Why is this woman smiling?
Mike O’Connor
Labor might demonise coal, but the rivers of royalties will help our Treasurer deliver a Christmas-in-June Budget

South Australia
Xenophon demands lower power bills, but SA prices are already tipped to fall
Nick Xenophon tells South Australian voters he wants energy prices to fall 20 per cent over two years, but industry modelling already suggests prices will fall substantially over that period.

Germany’s sonnen to manufacture solar batteries in Adelaide
Germany’s sonnen to build battery storage manufacturing plant in Adelaide, creating more than 400 jobs and planning 50,000 storage units.

Weatherill: Why state election will be referendum on renewables
Jay Weatherill goes all-in for renewable energy, saying the state election is an effective referendum on the technology and a loss will be used to stop renewable developments in other states. Plus: His comments on AEMO, Tesla, the Coalition and Nick Xenophon.

Tesla battery ‘taking straw off camel’s back’ for South Australia energy demand
Expert finds pattern of battery charging up overnight to hit grid at peak times

Jay’s solar plan lacks detail — experts
Solar industry experts have welcomed a State Government pledge to provide homeowners interest-free loans to install solar panels or home batteries but say the proposal lacks detail and should be extended to include businesses.

Launceston green bin users urged to stop disposal of fruit, vegetables

Western Australia
Perth population to hit 4.4 million by 2046 according to Infrastructure Australia

Cambodian PM Hun Sen threatens to ‘beat up’ protestors on Australia visit
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen threatens to ‘beat up’ protesters if they burn his image at a summit of South-East Asian leaders in Sydney next month, and warns he would boycott the event if there is international pressure.

Off the green and into the blue
A staggering number of golf balls wind up in the ocean. What happens to them?

Stunning new research finds fracking a major source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania
Methane leaks in the state’s oil and gas industry equal 11 coal-fired power plants.

African nations urged to avoid hydropower reliance
African nations need to diversify energy supply, particularly countries reliant on hydropower, industry experts said at an energy conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image
Where consumers’ attention goes, so does that of companies.

Blue-sky thinking: How China’s crackdown on pollution is paying off
Clear skies above Beijing again – but some fear the problem is just being pushed elsewhere

Environmentalists lost big on LNG exports. Now what?
After years of fever-pitched opposition to liquefied natural gas exports, the Sierra Club quietly pulled its last LNG lawsuit from federal court last month.

Air pollution: UK government loses third court case as plans ruled ‘unlawful’
High court says approach to tackling pollution in 45 local authority areas is ‘not sufficient’ and orders urgent changes

Lawsuits: Widespread radioactive contamination in north county
The lawsuits seek relocation and financial awards for thousands of people in north St Louis County.

Watchdogs find radioactive contamination in cars Hanford had declared clean
New test results by an independent laboratory raise questions about the accuracy of monitoring for airborne contamination at Hanford.

Waste, pesticides and climate change pose alarming threat to food security, Dubai event hears
The first Food Security Forum hears supplies have not kept up with growing populations and economic development

Can the Games be green?
How sustainable are the Olympics?

To slow climate change, the US needs to address nuclear power’s dismal economics
Tim Profeta
Nuclear power provides 60 percent of US carbon-free electricity generation, but existing plants are aging and only one is under construction. Should government intervene to keep nuclear energy in the mix?

This Mediterranean energy patch is hot – alas, in more ways than one
Keith Johnson
With a spate of new deals and discoveries in recent days, optimism is raging about the potential energy bounty lying underneath the eastern Mediterranean Sea. But energy development could as easily become a casualty as the cure for the region’s tortured geopolitics.

Nature Conservation
Can Iran and Afghanistan cooperate to bring an oasis back from the dead?
Water crisis and rising air pollution in Hamouns region are stoking tensions

An amazingly crappy story
Geoff Hill has been on a quest to figure out what to do about the fact that each year U.S. national parks get over 300 million visitors, and at some point most of them have to take a dump.

Drier conditions could doom Rocky Mountain spruce and fir trees
Drier summers and a decline in average snowpack over the past 40 years have severely hampered the establishment of spruce and fir trees Colorado’s Front Range

Half of world’s oceans now fished industrially, maps reveal
Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture

Our acid oceans will dissolve coral reef sands within decades
Bradley Eyre, Southern Cross University
Ocean acidification poses an increasing threat to the sediments that form the framework of coral reefs – within around 30 years, these carbonate sands may no longer be able to form.

Maelor Himbury