Daily Links Mar 21

Reception here on Kersop’s Peak, en route to Waterloo Bay.

Top Post
Pro-environmental programs should take the factors that motivate each gender into consideration
A piece of research carried out by lecturers at the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Economics and Business has explored, from the gender perspective, the pro-environmental behavior of university students on the UPV/EHU’s Bizkaia campus. The results suggest that the set of variables affecting pro-environmental behavior differs according to gender, but that the degree of intensity that each factor exerts on this behavior also differs.

Today’s Celebration
Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu  Malaysia
Birthday of Benito Juarez   Mexico
Human Rights Day    South Africa   Malaysia
Independence Day    Namibia
Mother’s Day      Egypt    Syria
National Tree Planting Day  Lesotho
Youth Day        Tunisia
Alban Eiler (Equinox) (Northern Hemisphere)  Celticism
Alban Elued (Equinox) (Southern Hemisphere)  Celticism
Feast of Naw-Ruz (Bahai New Year)      Baha’i
Hola Mohalla            Sikhism
Mabon – Autumnal Equinox (Southern Hemisphere)  Paganism
Nawroz (New Year’s Day )           Zoroastrian
Ostara – Spring Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)    Paganism
Shunbun no Hi / Vernal Equinox Day        Shinto
Single Parent’s Day     https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/single-parents-day/
International Day of Forests   http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/
World Down Syndrome Day   http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
World Poetry Day       http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination   http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Harmony Day       http://www.harmony.gov.au/
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination   http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/week.shtml
Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories   http://www.un.org/en/events/nonselfgoverning/index.shtml
More about Mar 21       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_21

Climate Change
How a marine heatwave generated as much CO2 as 1.6m cars
Researchers say an unprecedented ocean heatwave responsible for wiping out a range of species in WA waters seven years ago released huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — equivalent to the yearly output of two coal-fired power plants.

A method for predicting the impact of global warming on disease
Scientists have devised a new method that can be used to better understand the likely impact of global warming on diseases mediated by parasites, such as malaria. The method uses the metabolic theory of ecology to understand how temperature affects the host-parasite relationship, and has been proofed using a model system.

Danger ahead?
A major shift in western Arctic wind patterns occurred throughout the winter of 2017 and the resulting changes in sea ice movement are possible indicators of a changing climate, says Kent Moore, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

So close, yet so far: Making climate impacts feel nearby may not inspire action
Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication at Cornell University, says it is possible to make faraway climate impacts feel closer. But that doesn’t automatically inspire the American public to express greater support for policies that address it. The paper appeared in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

20 percent of Americans responsible for almost half of US food-related greenhouse gas emissions
On any given day, 20 percent of Americans account for nearly half of US diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, and high levels of beef consumption are largely responsible, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Tulane University.

To move Paris Accord forward, bring cities and companies on board
Much of the progress in reducing CO2 emissions is being driven by mayors, governors, premiers, and corporate executives. It’s time to acknowledge that reality and move beyond traditional diplomacy by allowing cities, states, and companies to officially sign on to the Paris Agreement.

Katharine Hayhoe reveals surprising ways to talk about climate change
These climate-skeptic-whispering tactics have nothing to do with science.

Brain-eating parasite among the dangers of unsafe rural water
A professor working to make drinking water safer in remote regions believes he is making slow but worthwhile progress to change behaviours.

Farming the sun’s rays: what Australia could learn from India
Should Australian farmers follow India’s lead and farm the sun’s rays?

Legal concerns over plan to roll over forestry agreements without reviews
Documents reveal government plans to extend RFAs without fresh environmental or scientific reviews

The new forest wars: ‘This is something we didn’t expect’
Twenty years ago the regional forest agreements were introduced to protect native forests and deliver ‘ecologically sustainable forest management’. Now, with the RFAs set to be renewed, conservationists say ancient forests are being destroyed, while the timber industry says its operating under strict codes. It’s the return of the forest wars

Labor vows to block ‘largest removal of marine area from conservation, ever’
Opposition condemns Coalition plan to open more recreational and commercial fishing areas

Turnbull knows better than to deny fire weather link to climate change
Peter Hannam
Disputing climate change’s role in extreme weather is ignoring what Australian scientists know with increasing certainty.

Inland rail’s dirty secret
Bernard Keane
The inland rail project is based on a sizeable subsidy to coal exporters just to get someone to use what its backers even admit is a white elephant.

The Turnbull Government’s wanton koala destruction
Sue Arnold
The Turnbull Government’s latest environmental compliance policy facilitates the destruction of endangered koalas.

Journey to zero emissions electricity: How hard can it be?
Gordon Weiss
In final installment of series, we consider improving efficient and productive use of electricity, and the effect this might have on national emissions.

Just add water: myths about the Murray-Darling basin
Barry Hart
The reasons given to disallow the Murray-Darling basin plan amendment are the very problems the plan is trying to solve

Time to reconsider opposition to national energy policy
Canberra Times editorial
The big power companies have been reluctant to invest in new generating capacity, whether fossil fuel based or built around renewables, because there has been no clear legislative framework setting out the ground rules.

Di Natale’s callous histrionics
Australian editorial
Greens leader Richard Di Natale’s blaming inaction on climate change for the bushfires and cyclone is offensive.

Lives ranked second for Greens [$]
Richard Di Natale and the Greens have no shame as they politicise devastating bushfires in NSW and Victoria and the Top End cyclone.

Don’t wait: We need to talk about fire and flood now — not when the focus has cooled. [$]
Jan Davis
Our approach to natural disasters is outdated and dangerous

Brewer CUB contracts 112MW solar farm, on way to 100% renewables
Australia’s biggest brewer, CUB, signs deal with new 112MW solar farm near Mildura as part of its plans to go 100% renewables by the end of this year, saying it will lower and lock in electricity costs. The shift to renewables by Australia’s manufacturing base is accelerating.

Duck hunting season’s quiet opening
Duck season has opened in one of the least controversial starts to the season in years.

Health, schools, not Adani, on Batman voters’ radar

New South Wales
‘I’m furious’: Tathra councillor says now is the time to talk climate

NSW launches $47 million rescue package after China recycling ban

The terrible cost of ‘green’ policies for Tathra [$]
Miranda Devine
THE fire that ripped through Tathra was the result of Bega Valley Shire Council’s environmental zones. They’ve been a burden to landowners for years but brought devastation at the weekend.

Once-extinct curlews spotted wandering streets in Canberra
Residents spot bush stone-curlews, a sure sign the bird once extinct bird in the ACT is making a comeback.

‘Keep your rubbish NSW’: Queensland to bring back dumped waste levy
“Unscrupulous operators” who have been using Queensland as a dumping ground for commercial waste will be slugged a levy by the State Government, after nearly a million tonnes of rubbish was trucked in from over the border last financial year.

Queenslanders will not be hurt by waste levy, Trad says

Queensland risks legal issues if waste levy does not apply to all garbage

Rio in $2.2bn Aussie coal exit [$]
Rio Tinto has sold its Hail Creek and Valeria coal projects in Queensland to Glencore for $2.2bn.

Frog clinic sells assets to survive
A wildlife hospital that is struggling to meet costs of caring for sick and injured frogs is looking to host a fire sale of its assets to stave off closure.

Cruise ship’s ‘close call’ on Great Barrier Reef prompts plea for review
A recent cruise ship infringement and projections of a 250 per cent increase in shipping on the Great Barrier Reef over the next 20 years prompts calls for a review of its management.

Ancient oasis ‘could run dry’ because of Adani mine water plan
One of the world’s last unspoiled desert oases could dry up forever under Adani’s plan to drain groundwater for its Queensland mine, say scientific experts.

South Australia
AEMO shatters some Marshall myths about South Australia energy
Assumptions that South Australia’s wholesale electricity prices are higher than other states, and that it relies more on imports, are not true.

Does a new government in South Australia spell doom for renewables?
Premier Steven Marshall has vowed to end Labor’s energy ‘experiments’, but the green energy industry is strong in the state

Sanjeev Gupta full steam ahead on ‘green steel’ plant
At the same time home battery proponents are talking to the Marshall government about keeping Tesla’s “virtual power plant” but in a different form with a multitude of suppliers.

Adelaide likely to fall short of population target
Adelaide is on a trajectory to fall short of its residential population growth target, and the city council needs to spend more than $260,000 on a series of strategies to attract more people, a new report says.

Marshall’s NEG deal for Victoria [$]
Steven Marshall may do a federal deal for funding towards a $700 million electricity transmission link to support Victoria’s baseload.

West Tamar Council ready to roll out organic waste bins

Salmon farming court action about profit, court hears
Huon boss Frances Bender rejects as “offensive” a suggestion by Tassal’s barrister that salmon fishing legal action is motivated by profit and not the good of the environment.

Northern Territory
Bilingual bilby-tracking app to map endangered marsupial
The Bilby Blitz program, run by the Northern Territory-based Central Land Council, involves 20 ranger groups surveying millions of hectares for traces of the endangered mammal.

How FIFO activists are doing down Indigenous Australia
Many people think the Green movement and Indigenous people are kindred spirits. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Fracking gains support [$]
A new poll has found there is overwhelming support in Darwin for lifting the ban on fracking — but across the Territory the issue remains divisive.

Mayor’s push to axe trees [$]
A Council stoush is looming as Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis is about to butt heads with his Green aldermen over his plan to rid the city and suburbs of potentially lethal African mahogany trees

Darwin headed for climate doomsday, scientists warn [$]
Darwin is going to get hotter and people will die as a result, a group of Australia’s leading climate scientists have warned

Western Australia
WA-designed clear glass solar windows gear up for production
WA company gears up to commercialise its “world-first” clear glass solar windows, with listing on ASX.

Last male northern white rhino dies, leaving species on the brink of extinction
The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of him says, leaving only two female members of the subspecies alive in the world.

Natural Enemies Reduce Pesticide Use
Crop variety in agriculture has a positive impact on the natural enemies of aphids. Farmers can use this insight to keep aphids at bay and cut down …

Researchers Create New Low-Cost, Sustainable Material for Reducing Air and Water Pollution
A new class of hybrid materials shows promise as an affordable and sustainable product for reducing particulate matter in air and organic pollutants …

The unholy alliance that explains why renewables are trouncing nuclear
Dave Toke
On top of the fact that it is astoundingly expensive, a number of cultural realities lie behind the problems being experienced by nuclear power.

Low-tech, affordable solutions to improve water quality
Clever, fundamental engineering could go a long way toward preventing waterborne illness and exposure to carcinogenic substances in water.

Achieving healthy, climate-friendly, affordable diets in India
New research led by IIASA researcher Narasimha Rao has shown how it might be possible to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in India in an affordable way whilst also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pro-environmental programs should take the factors that motivate each gender into consideration
A piece of research carried out by lecturers at the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Economics and Business has explored, from the gender perspective, the pro-environmental behavior of university students on the UPV/EHU’s Bizkaia campus. The results suggest that the set of variables affecting pro-environmental behavior differs according to gender, but that the degree of intensity that each factor exerts on this behavior also differs.

British wind power output hits record
Power generation from Britain’s wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts on March 17, the National Grid said on Monday.

The world added nearly 30 percent more solar energy capacity in 2017
The global solar market grew 29.3 percent last year, with nations installing 98.9 gigawatts of new capacity, according to data from the industry group SolarPower Europe. While more capacity was installed in 2017, the global growth rate slowed last year, down from 49 percent in 2016, according to energy news site CleanTechnica.

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It’s the only way to save the planet
Kim Stanley Robinson
There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities

Is the way we think about overpopulation racist?
Fred Pearce
Half the world lives in urban areas, yet environmental concerns about megacities often focus on developing economies. But consumption is as important as population.

My advice after a year without tech: Rewild yourself
Mark Boyle
We can’t all go and live in the woods, of course. But if we resist debt, resist gadgets, and reconnect with nature, the world might just change.

Nature Conservation
Wildfire intensity impacts water quality and its treatment in forested watersheds
The recent Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in in California’s modern history. Now, researchers report that wildfires in forested watersheds can have a variable but predictable impact on the substances that are released from soils and flow into drinking water sources. The research provides important insights for water utilities evaluating treatment options after severe wildfires.

Detection, deterrent system will help eagles, wind turbines coexist better
Researchers have taken a key step toward helping wildlife coexist more safely with wind power generation by demonstrating the success of an impact detection system that uses vibration sensors mounted to turbine blades.

Birds in rural France wiped out at “dizzying” rate
Bird populations are collapsing in rural France at a catastrophic rate, according to two studies published on Tuesday which drew a link to the intense use of pesticides in farming.

As humans change the world, predators seize the chance to succeed
Bill Bateman, Curtin University and Trish Fleming, Murdoch University
From falcons that hunt by the light of skyscrapers, to bears that sit in wait at weirs, animals are using human structures to help them catch a meal.

Monarch butterflies face the dicamba pesticide threat
Nathan Donley
The ongoing decline in populations foreshadows an ever-darkening picture for monarchs heading into a growing season where farmers are projected to use tens of millions of additional pounds of the drift-prone pesticide dicamba.

Will invasive carp take over the Great Lakes?
Paul Hetzler
Asian carp is a term applied to a gang of four alien carp species: bighead, silver, black, and grass. These guys are expert in two domains: eating and baby-making.

Now for something completely different …
Why it doesn’t pay to be just nice — you also need to be intelligent
New research has revealed how people’s intelligence, rather than their personality traits, leads to success.

Maelor Himbury