Daily Links Mar 13

Bill Shorten’s views on Adani could do with more policy and less politics. He might even notice that good policy, dumping this excrescence, is also good politics if he looks at the views of the electorate as shown in polling.

Top Post
Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists
A study reveals highest microplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and shows that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year

Today’s Celebration
Revolutionary Attack on the Presidential Palace  Cuba
Canberra Day      ACT
Commonwealth Day      http://www.australianflag.org.au/important-flag-days/
Organize Your Home Office Day   https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/organize-your-home-office-day/
Smart & Sexy Day      https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/smart-sexy-day/
Coeliac Awareness Week   http://www.coeliac.org.au/CAW/
Green Cities Conference    http://www.greencities.org.au/
More about Mar 13       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_13

Climate Change
Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war
Jeff Sparrow
The warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to destruction continues.

Scott Pruitt’s terrible plan to ‘objectively’ assess climate science
David Roberts
We should use “red team exercises” to respond to climate change, not deny it.

Queensland rooftop solar reaches 2GW, but NSW now biggest market
The state of Queensland broke through the 2GW (gigawatt) level for rooftop solar installations in February, although it was overtaken for the first time in several years by New South Wales as the biggest market for installations.

Dream shattered: ‘Disaster’ tipped for Aussie ‘way of life’
Australian businessman Dick Smith predicts “disaster” for the Aussie “way of life” he grew up loving, as new population data is released.

Australian tests expose VW ‘fix’ on fuel, emissions [$]
World-first testing in Australia on recalled VW cars shows they use up to 14 per cent more fuel after an enforced pollution fix, and still emit four times the allowable level of noxious gases.

Q&A: Population growth is not the problem; infrastructure is
Australia’s growing population is putting strain on services and causing more Australians to question immigration policy — but the Q&A audience hears nothing will change until politicians have a lot more courage.

EnergyAustralia sounds the alarm on Snowy Hydro [$]
EnergyAustralia chairman Graham Bradley has raised the alarm about a potential threat to competition from a full federal government-owned Snowy Hydro.

Don’t gold-plate power: BCA [$]
Energy regulators have been warned to avoid “gold-plating” the electricity supply industry and driving up costs.

East coast gas prices jump 40pc [$]
East coast wholesale gas prices paid by business and energy users jumped by nearly 40 per cent last year, according to EnergyQuest.

Australia can avoid Germany’s renewable energy mistakes
Australia can avoid Germany’s renewable energy mistakes and create a more sustainable lower cost system, but it needs to be smarter about the way we use power.

Right wing push to slash incentives for rooftop solar
Giles Parkinson
Right wing politicians and media pushing trumped up figures to call for reduction in rooftop solar incentives in a campaign reminiscent of the “$100 lamb roast.”

Know your NEM: Time to focus on ISP, and dump the NEG
David Leitch
What’s interesting this week: AEMO’s Integrated System Plan [ISP]; Distributed Energy Resources [DER] development

We banned cigarette ads – now we should ban car ads, too
Arwen Birch
Just like cigarettes, we are being mislead and the image promoted is a far cry from the reality of poor health outcomes and mounting costs.

Not selfish to want a backyard [$]
Judith Sloan
We need to review immigration, not just build higher.

Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think
Karl Vernes, University of New England

More of us are drinking recycled sewage water than most people realise
Ian Wright, Western Sydney University

Greens pledge to ban petrol cars by 2030 [$]
The Greens will up the ante over climate change ahead of Saturday’s Batman by-election by calling for all new petrol cars to be banned by 2030.

Hey Greenies, leave those trees alone
The Greens’ reputation as tree huggers may be at risk due to overzealous campaigners in the byelection for the Melbourne seat of Batman.
The party has landed in a spot of gentle bother with the local council, which has asked the party to leave its trees alone.

New South Wales
The Price Of Protest: Choosing Between Forests Or Freedom
In the 1980s and 1990s, a vibrant environmental movement took the fight to the government to save some of NSW’s most iconic forests.

Tollway construction to expose Sydney Harbour to toxic ‘plumes’, study finds
Sydney’s Western Harbour tollway project will expose north shore and inner-west communities to heavy construction noise and parts of the harbour to toxic sediments, according to a preliminary environmental study marked “cabinet-in-confidence” seen by the ABC and Fairfax Media.

Commuters can now ‘tap on’ with credit cards  – but there’s a catch
The contactless payment system is already working on ferries and will soon expand to trains.

WaterNSW took almost a year to act on water theft accusations: EDO
The NSW government took almost a year to begin legal action against a big irrigator on the Barwon-Darling River after being alerted of water extraction that put Broken Hill’s water supply at risk.

Premier pulled back on migration
Senior NSW ministers urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian last year to enter the immigration debate.

Adani yet to sign final royalty deal for Carmichael mine [$]
Adani has yet to sign a royalty agreement with the Queensland government despite being months away from locking in finance for its Carmichael mine.

Bill Shorten’s stance on Adani coalmine leaves voters cold – Guardian Essential poll
Highest level of support was for Greens’ anti-Adani position with Turnbull government’s position second

Can Queensland Labor end broadscale land clearing, as promised?
Green groups welcome proposed changes to land-clearing law but there are still reasons to doubt they are enough to halt the crisis

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef: going beyond our backyard to protect the reef
Georgina Gurney, James Cook University
New global communities of concerned citizens can help protect iconic places such as the Great Barrier Reef. But the scope of these remote communities must extend beyond mere ‘slacktivism’.

Bill Shorten Waffles About Adani Because Labor Is In The Pocket Of Big Coal
Michael Brull
The ALP’s ‘on-again off-again’ position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the party’s recent history

South Australia
South Australia pays the price of big system peaks
South Australia is once again being assailed for having the most expensive wholesale electricity prices in the country – and new data underlines why it is the state most vulnerable to extraordinary jumps in prices at times of high peaks and interrupted supply.

Campers woken by bushfire threat south of Adelaide
Four separate bushfires on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide, might have been deliberately lit, police say.

Analysts differ on OZ power plan [$]
OZ Minerals’ South Australian power transmission solution has drawn a mixed reaction from analysts.

Could be SA’s biggest mine — but there’s no green light [$]
Pleas to grant exploration rights for a project that could be bigger than Olympic Dam have been “completely ignored” by the State Government — which says the deal is very “complex”.

Record rubbish haul collected from remote Tasmanian beaches
More than 112,000 pieces of garbage including a “toxic wave of plastics” are collected by volunteers from remote beaches in Tasmania’s World Heritage area.

Application submitted for Ross Bridge to become National Heritage

No new fruit flies found in Tasmania

Experts to guide families on bushwalks
Tasmanian families can now experience some of the state’s most scenic bushwalks in the company of experts as the Autumn Walks program kicks off.

Western Australia
Carnegie eyes another 10MW solar and battery project in W.A.
Carnegie Clean Energy negotiates plans for 10MW solar farm, with up to 10MWh battery storage, in an industrial estate in south-western W.A.

WA suburb to trial community battery ‘bank’ for rooftop solar deposits
A Western Australian suburb south of Perth is set to trial a community energy storage scheme that will allow solar households to store their excess rooftop generation in a shared battery, installed locally.

Bunbury fire sparked by ‘man who flicked cigarette’

‘Seashore landfilling’ and other waste woes
Lebanon’s waste is literally spilling beyond its shores.

Radiation is put to good use for once in Chernobyl
The infamous nuclear wasteland is now home to a clean energy experiment.

Clearing the radioactive rubble heap that was Fukushima Daiichi, 7 years on
The water is tainted, the wreckage is dangerous, and disposing of it will be a prolonged, complex and costly process.

France to commit 700 million euros to International Solar Alliance
France will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country’s commitment to the alliance and clean energy.

Injured nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it
An advisory board of scientists, doctors and worker advocates helped ensure that nuclear workers exposed to toxins received proper compensation. The terms of nearly all board members expired last month – and no new members have been appointed.

Can California’s carbon queen recycle pollution?
Etosha Cave started a company to repurpose CO2 emissions into fuel and other usable products.

How protons can power our future energy needs
John Andrews, RMIT

Nature Conservation
Belize is expanding its marine protected area in a big way
The government of Belize will expand its network of no-take zones, a type of marine protected area, from three percent to over 10 percent by the end of 2018.
https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/03/11/belize-expanding-marine-protected-areas-big-way/ #

Saving the albatross: ‘The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline’
Following his shocking photographs of dead albatross chicks and the diet of plastic that killed them, Chris Jordan’s new film is a call to action to repair our broken relationship with planet Earth

Saving the yellow-eyed penguin – a photo essay
Photographer Murdo MacLeod visits New Zealand’s South Island where conservationists are seeking to protect the endangered yellow-eyed penguin from predation, disease and habitat destruction

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists
A study reveals highest microplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and shows that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year

Maelor Himbury