Daily Links Mar 16

Climate wars have cost us the chance to lead, says John Hewson and most of us. Sadly, the troglodytes of the LNP have kept prosecuting the climate wars. Leadership? No. Followership? No, despite polls asking for action. Then try sponsorship, and the power of donors.

Top Post
Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it
Euan Ritchie et al
Most of Australia’s plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.

Today’s Celebration
Black Press Day        United States of America
Freedom of Information Day    United States of America
Liberty Day        United States of America
St. Urho’s Day        Finland
Loco Davi (manger du bois rituel)   Voudon
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence   http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/national-day/
Close The Gap Day       http://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day
World Sleep Day         https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-sleep-day/
Panda Day           https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/panda-day/
More about Mar 16         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_16

Climate Change
Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people
A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations.

Large-scale climatic warming could increase persistent haze in Beijing
A recent study demonstrated a significant positive trend of persistent haze events in Beijing for the winters from 1980 to 2016 and its close relationship to an increasing frequency of extreme anomalous southerly episodes in North China, as a result of a weakened East Asian winter monsoon system.

Tesla says Energy Security Board needs to catch up with battery technology
Tesla says National Energy Guarantee needs to be much more ambitious, and the Energy Security Board needs to catch up with technologies like battery storage.

CEFC backs push for solar and storage in all new-build homes
The shift towards making built-in solar and battery storage the “new normal” for new-build homes in Australia now has the backing of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, in a joint initiative with leading property development group, Mirvac.

Kangaroo film is shocking and gruesome – but is the analysis sound?
Luke Buckmaster
The makers of Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story knew their documentary was going be controversial, just not this controversial

Climate wars have cost us the chance to lead
John Hewson
The main tragedy of the carbon wars has been the opportunities we have lost as a nation in not capitalising on our world-class natural assets in wind, sunshine and land.

Democracy Is The Biggest Victim In Turnbull’s War On Charities
Kyla Tienhaara & John Dryzek
The intent of stalled legislation being pushed by the federal government is clear – to weaken the capacity of charities, particularly environmental groups, to oppose…

Where is The Sustainable Consumer Heading in 2018?
Georgia Gibson
How do we capture the sustainable market

Greens’ electric car policy is pie in the sky [$]
Richard Blackburn
The Greens’ electric car plan is typical of a policy devised by those who know they will never have to implement it

Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it
Euan Ritchie et al
Most of Australia’s plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.

Discovery of critically endangered honeyeaters signals hopes for their survival
After being released from their breeding program in 2017 in north-east Victoria, a pair of regent honeyeaters travelled hundreds of kilometres and emerged in a backyard in Victoria’s Gippsland, indicating promising signs for the species’ survival.

Connections project a ‘liability’ [$]
A commissioner in charge of an upcoming Murray Darling Basin Plan review has slammed Victoria’s beleaguered Connections project as a “liability” and “bad decision”.

Wetland closures ‘unjust’, hunters say [$]
Hunters say they’ve unjustly been kicked off Victorian wetlands this duck season.

Alps open up for deer hunters [$]
Deer hunters will have ­access to an extra 90,000ha of Victoria’s Alpine National Park after one of the biggest changes to park access rules in three decades.

Six months overdue, Victoria battery storage tender announcement still “imminent”
The winners of Victoria’s 100MWh battery storage tender were set to be announced “very soon”, the state government has assured, more than six months after the scheme’s original deadline of August 2017.

Shorten scores own goals on tax and Adani with Batman ‘soft’ voters
Michelle Grattan
ALP sources are talking down the chances of their candidate, former ACTU president Ged Kearney, though the party is not writing off the seat.

New South Wales
Endangered sharks, dolphins and rays killed by shark net trial
Only one target shark caught in NSW nets in two months, while 55 other marine creatures killed or trapped

ICAC should be probed over mine
Chris Merritt
One of the most important reports on corruption presented to the NSW parliament appears so misleading it needs to be pulped.

Editorial: It ain’t easy looking Green
Telegraph editorial
The council today has upheld a complaint against The Daily Telegraph by the actual founder — and former longtime national leader — of the Australian Greens Bob Brown that essentially says we were wrong to suggest an appearance by then Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs at an oration for his foundation was a Greens-aligned event.

Abandoned mine site brings environmentalists and farmers together
It’s not often you hear environmentalists and farmers asking government to help out a mining company — but that’s what’s happening in central Queensland as a resources project hangs in the balance.

Debate gets muddied [$]
An inch-thick layer of mud is coating about 25km of reef and seabed along the length of the Far North Queensland coast following last week’s floods.

‘Out of balance’: Adani fined $12k for pollution, protesters to pay $80k for port action
Protesters who shut down part of Adani’s north Queensland coal port have questioned why they were collectively fined almost $80,000 — more than six times what the mining company faces for dumping coal-polluted water.

Power to the people – at last! [$]
Steven Wardill
A dozen years after Labor deregulated southeast Queensland’s electricity market and infamously promised lower prices it’s finally starting to happen, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government

South Australia
Liberals apologise for $300 energy savings ‘confusion’ after ad ruled misleading
The South Australian Liberals apologise over campaign statements on their energy plan that the Electoral Commissioner has rule “inaccurate and misleading”.

Labor’s last-gasp gas plant approval
The State Government quietly gave approval for a 300MW gas-fired power plant on the Adelaide Plains the day before it entered caretaker mode.

Gupta gets $10 million SA loan to trump Tesla’s big battery
$10 million loan from SA Government to help Sanjeev Gupta steal crown of “world’s biggest lithium ion battery” from Tesla’s Elon Musk.

Land under water: Estimating hydropower’s land use impacts
One of the key ways to combat global climate change is to boost the world’s use of renewable energy. But even green energy has its environmental costs. A new approach describes just how hydropower measures up when it comes to land use effects.

Electrolux seeks to power Adelaide factory with solar and battery storage
Electrolux wants to power its only remaining Australian factory with a combination of 2.5MW of solar PV and 500kW battery storage.

Five myths about South Australia’s renewable energy
The South Australia state election is two days away, so it’s time to debunk some of the favourite renewable energy myths that are doing the rounds.

South Australia’s renewable energy future hanging by a thread
Giles Parkinson
Just two days out from South Australia’s state poll, the result is in the balance, and so too is the fate of its status as a world leader in renewable energy. The outcome will also have huge bearing on the pace of the energy transition for the whole of the country.

SA Labor’s renewables madness [$]
Daniel Wild
Jay Weatherill’s government is promising to be even more reckless if re-elected.

SA can take lead on nuclear [$]
Adam Creighton
South Australia is crying out for a new industry to replace car manufacturing — it should be nuclear.

Time is right for a change in direction [$]
Advertiser editorial

Tasmanian-bred quolls returned to wild on mainland
Tasmanian-bred eastern quolls return to the wild on Australia’s mainland after the breed was wiped out by foxes more than 60 years ago.

Northern Territory

Western Australia
Key detail thief had to know to steal 1.6 million-year-old shark tooth fossil
A 1.6 million-year-old megalodon tooth has been stolen from the World Heritage-listed Cape Range National Park in WA, and authorities desperately want it back.

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest loses latest cattle station fight
Billionaire Andrew Forrest has lost his latest court fight against a sand miner operating on his pastoral station in WA’s Pilbara region.

Nuclear veterans ‘used as live guinea pigs’ fight for coverage of major health issues
When Ray Whitby and his navy colleagues stepped onto the Montebello Islands wearing shorts, sandals and short-sleeved shorts — just after Britain had wrapped-up its nuclear weapons testing in 1958 — their lives would be changed forever.

How many children should you have if you care about the planet?
How do you balance your desire to have kids with concerns about their impact on the environment? We get a range of perspectives on this thorny question.

Carol Van Strum, crusader against Agent Orange, wins prestigious environmental award
The longtime environmental activist and author of “A Bitter Fog” was awarded the international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding environmental and social justice work.

Bottled water: You could be drinking tiny bits of plastic
A single bottle could have dozens or even thousands of microplastic particles

Water-stressed Beijing exhausts its options
After depleting groundwater reserves, China’s capital is becoming increasingly reliant on water pumped from the country’s flood-prone South.

First wind farm operational in coal-reliant Bosnia
Bosnia’s maiden wind farm began producing electricity on Wednesday as part of the country’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join.

Nature Conservation
Ecotourism’s green getaways go mainstream
One day soon – if things go to plan – wild creatures such as Iberian wolves will roam western Europe as they did thousands of years ago. Extinct species will reappear, courtesy of funded cross-breeding programs with animals that survived Europe’s agricultural revolution.

Study shows lead from hunters in African white-backed vultures’ blood
They suspect hunters are to blame.

Five major new biodiversity assessments to be launched as 750 world experts and policymakers meet
Leading scientists and other experts from around the world will convene for eight days with policymakers from more than 115 countries to finalize landmark reports on biodiversity, nature’s contributions to people and issues of land degradation and restoration. The sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES6), chaired by Sir Robert Watson, begins Saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel, Medellín, Colombia.

Russia’s Arctic nuclear dump may become promising fishing area
Thousands of containers with radioactive waste were dumped in the Kara Sea during Soviet times. Now, Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishing believes it’s a good idea to start fishing.

Scientists expose coral reefs to acidic water and see impaired growth
“It’s a silent killer.”

National Parks ‘should be affordable for all’
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains.

Easter Island is eroding
Rising ocean levels are causing waves to break on the statues and platforms built a thousand years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. Again.

Now for something completely different …
Don’t shoot the messenger when confronted with inconvenient ideas
Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle
Too often, we automatically dismiss ideas with unsettling implications. We need to focus on evidence, and on ordinary fairness and compassion towards others.

Maelor Himbury