Daily Links Jun 22

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Dodgy decisions follow when experts are ignored
David M Watson
Essential services that nourish and sustain us are being undermined by governments ignoring independent advice.

Today’s Celebration
Antifascist Struggle Commemoration Day – Croatia
Foundation of the Nation’s Army – Congo (Republic of)
Schoolteacher’s Day – El Salvador
Take Your Dog To Work Day –  https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/take-your-dog-to-work-day/
More about Jun 22 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_22

Climate Change
Climate change sparked the border migration crisis
The Northern Triangle’s agricultural crisis has been more than a decade in the making.

Conflict, climate change choke efforts to cure poverty, inequality – UN
Climate change and conflict are forcing growing numbers of people to go hungry, flee their homes and lose critical access to water.

The refugees the world barely pays attention to
They’re known as ‘climate refugees.’ But there’s not even an international definition for them, let alone recognition or protection.

Murray-Darling laws will not stop water theft, lawyers argue
Environmental lawyers say new laws aimed at preventing water-stealing from the Murray-Darling river system will not stop thefts despite fines of up to $5 million.

Liberals and Nationals stare down renewable energy transition naysayers
MPs including deputy PM warn it would be a mistake to give in to conservatives

Australia’s population still growing strongly despite a slowdown in migration
Australia maintains its position as having one of the fastest population growth rates among developed economies.

‘No gas supply shortage forecast,’ energy operator says
A commitment from producers commitment to increase domestic gas supplies after government threats to curtail exports will stave off gas shortages until at least 2030, a new report shows.

Nats want energy price cap [$]
Coalition MPs are urging Malcolm Turnbull to intervene in the energy market.

‘Not seeing slow death of coal’
Coal prices will stay stronger for longer as regulation and a reluctance to fund new mines squeezes supply, say investors.

Pro-coal MPs’ ‘fact sheets’ [$]
Monash Forum MPs are keeping the heat on the government by outlining the new coal-fired power stations across the globe.

Australian electric vehicle market study
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
This report forecasts growth of the consumer market and uptake for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia, and also includes modelling on the need for future charging infrastructure.

Dodgy decisions follow when experts are ignored
David M Watson
Essential services that nourish and sustain us are being undermined by governments ignoring independent advice.

Lowy Institute Poll shows Australians’ support for climate action at its highest level in a decade
Matt McDonald, The University of Queensland
The latest annual survey from the Lowy Institute shows that 59% of Australians support strong climate action, and 84% want the government to embrace renewable energy even if it’s more expensive.

Join the dots: Industry must push for higher NEG targets
Andrew Stock
NEG’s low-ball target for electricity means burden falls on other sectors, and makes no economic or engineering sense.

Grass to blame for staggering death of ‘drunken’ kangaroos
A common pasture crop is being blamed for a ‘drunken’ syndrome known as ‘phalaris staggers’ in Victorian kangaroos.

Melbourne car users could see ‘major changes’ in CBD parking
The removal of parking spaces in Melbourne’s CBD should be accelerated, according to a discussion paper that warns “major changes to the priority given to cars” are needed to maintain a liveable city.

‘Expect an EPA that can stop polluters and enforce the law’
Community groups and individuals will be able to ‘sue’ polluters in the courts under changes to environment laws.

Victoria’s gas supply guaranteed … for now []$]
The state government has been warned it must find new gas resources or face the prospect of crippling shortages as early as 2030.

Light rail route should respect Canberra’s historic buildings
Canberra Times editorial
Nationally significant buildings should not be made to look a sidelight to the ACT’s flash new tram system.

Indigenous group hid more than $2m in payments from Adani mining giant
Directors were paid cash for invalidated cultural assessments of Abbot Point

Elevated bikeway could solve choke point at Queen’s Wharf development
Queensland’s first elevated CBD cycleway could be on its way in a redesign to tackle concerns about safety issues and conflict with pedestrians.

Coal-linked government fund pumps $500m into QLD renewable project
Genex Power’s Queensland-based Kidston pumped hydro storage and solar project has received more than $500 million from a government infrastructure fund that has previously drawn flak as a facility to prop up coal projects.

Plastic bag ban? What ban? [$]
The plastic bag ban has Queenslanders fired up, with many questioning whether a ban has happened at all.

Water wars: A new front in the fight against Adani
In April Adani applied to the federal Department of Environment and Energy to expand a dam by 450% and build a pipeline for its Carmichael coalmine, without an assessment under national environment laws.

South-East Queensland is droughtier and floodier than we thought
Jack Coates-Marnane et al
We rely on climate data to help us make important decisions for our future, such as building infrastructure. But what if a region’s climate has long been more volatile than we realised?

South Australia
Mexican turtles as damaging as cane toads found in Adelaide backyard
They might be cute, but these red-eared slider turtles are one of the most damaging pests in the world and have been found in suburban Adelaide.

Parkland proposals get green light [$]
Two contentious proposals for Adelaide’s parklands have gotten the green light to proceed to their next steps.

Decision to close Tasmanian scallop fishery for two years divides commercial fishers
Tasmania’s scallop fishery will be closed for two years to help improve low stock levels, but the move is angering some fishers who say no shut-down is needed.

Cradle Mountain Gateway Precinct receives parliamentary committee approval
The parliamentary Public Works committee has given the government the green light to invest $17.4 million in the Cradle Mountain Gateway Precinct.

Tasmanian container deposit scheme support builds
There is growing support for a container deposit scheme in Tasmania.

Tassal’s 500 tonne plastic deal [$]
Tasmanian-based fish farmer Tassal will recycle about 500 tonnes a year of plastics used in its operations after striking a deal with a recycling company.

A Tourism Apocalypse
John Powell
What a delightful scene for tourists wishing to visit the epic sites located on the Great Western Tiers – NOT!

Northern Territory
Remote beaches untouched by humans are covered in their rubbish
The beaches of north-east Arnhem Land were once renowned for their remoteness, but they are covered in more seaborne garbage than ranger groups can handle.

Western Australia
Councils revolt over pest control fee
At least two councils say they will not hand over ratepayers’ information if the State Government imposes a $50 pest-control charge for residents in parts of the Perth Hills and the South West .

Pollutionwatch: let’s rate exhaust fumes as also a lethal road risk
Vision Zero is a plan that rejects road accident deaths as ‘acceptable’. Is it time we called for zero tolerance of deaths from traffic pollution?

Millions of British children breathing toxic air, Unicef warns
More than 4.5m affected, says UN group, while tests suggest children’s shorter height increases exposure on busy roads

India energy minister flags massive 100GW solar tender
India’s energy minister flags massive solar tender of 100GW – by far the biggest in the world.

Fracking may alter fat cells: Study
Chemicals released by fracking may increase the size and amount of fat cells, even at low concentrations often released into the environment, according to a new study released today.

The natural gas industry has a leak problem
Emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are 60 percent higher than US government estimates. That’s bad news for climate change.

Threshold for harmful chemicals in drinking water lower than thought: Study
The study caused a controversy after reports the government delayed its release.

Trump’s lasting damage to the environment
A new report concludes that the damage already done by the Trump administration to the environment, and the US agency that regulates it, will result in 80,000 deaths each decade.

Some rare good climate news: The fossil fuel industry is weaker than ever
Bill McKibben
From Wall Street to the pope, many increasingly see fossil fuels as anything but a sure bet. That gives us reason to hope.

Nature Conservation
Malta’s ‘barbaric’ finch traps ruled illegal by EU court
Campaigners hail court verdict, which bans trapping of several species of the bird

Tourism preventing Kenya’s cheetahs from raising young, study finds
Research in Maasai Mara linked areas with high density of vehicles to lower numbers of cubs raised to independence

Maelor Himbury