Daily Links Jul 13

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Combatting climate change could create 24 million jobs by 2030
Climate change provides a major threat to more than a billion of workers, as well as opportunities to create employment for millions around the world if addressed correctly, a new report has claimed.

Today’s Celebration
Statehood Day – Montenegro
O – Bon / Festival of Souls (lunar date) – Shinto
Embrace Your Geekness Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/embrace-your-geekness-day/
International Rock Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-rock-day/
More about Jul 13 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_13

Climate Change
Why melting Arctic ice temporarily reversed global warming
Scientists may have solved a huge riddle in the earth’s climate past that, if true, doesn’t bode well for the future.

Melting triggers melting
The melting of glaciers on one side of the globe can trigger disintegration of glaciers on the other side of the globe, as has been presented in a recent paper by a team of AWI scientists, who investigated marine microalgae preserved in glacial deposits and subsequently used their findings to perform climate simulations.

Combatting climate change could create 24 million jobs by 2030
Climate change provides a major threat to more than a billion of workers, as well as opportunities to create employment for millions around the world if addressed correctly, a new report has claimed.

Half of climate action plans neglect people in danger, say researchers
The lack of focus on vulnerable groups is “a critical concern”, says report from Overseas Development Institute.

Is fixing the climate incompatible with American ideals?
Mark L. Hineline
Our political institutions were given form in a time when nature was considered rather static and inexhaustible.

Aust migrant intake drops to ten year low
Australia’s permanent migrant intake dropped by more than ten per cent in 2017-18 thanks to tougher vetting rules imposed by the federal government.

Australia resists Japan whaling push
Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says a renewed push by Japan to resume ‘scientific’ whaling will be resisted.

Cotton urges all to accept Murray plan
Australia’s cotton industry has urged all stakeholders to accept the Murray-Darling Basin plan and “move on”.

Home owners could pay more for building materials to fund removal of deadly asbestos
An estimated one in three houses across the country contain asbestos, but getting rid of the dangerous substance can be expensive. A Federal Government advisory group believes it may have found a solution.

The steps you can take to save koalas from extinction
A conservation group releases an action list to help prevent koala extinction, saying politicians are not going to save the animals, but people can.

Recycling crisis: why don’t we have a national container deposit scheme?
Difficult to coordinate, yes. But it could ameliorate Australia’s waste and recycling woes

Greenpeace and GetUp launch campaign to kill national energy guarantee
Television ads in Victoria and Queensland aim to get state governments to veto Turnbull’s set piece policy

Coal players seek role in PM’s energy plan [$]
Coal power generators have backed a plan to have taxpayers underwrite investment in new coal-fired power stations, as political row reignites over future of fossil fuels.

How the big energy retailers rip off loyal users [$]
They are the 1.7 million customers who the big three energy retailers rely on to keep driving their big profits.

ACCC’s electricity plans may force out smaller retailers
Smaller energy retailers could be hit the hardest by the consumer regulator’s proposed changes to electricity discounting and the introduction of a basic price offer, possibly forcing them to merge with larger players.

PM remains agnostic in the face of coal evangelism
Malcolm Turnbull insists his government will remain technology-neutral if it financially backs new power generation, as coalition MPs seize on a new report to make the case for coal.

ACCC power plan may backfire [$]
The competition regulator may struggle to cut wholesale power prices and cap the growth of energy majors.

I haven’t read the report: Shorten [$]
Bill Shorten has admitted he has not yet read the ACCC’s energy report as he attacked the PM for placating the “cave-dwelling right of the Liberal party”.

Is the latest idea in Australia’s energy debate really a lifeline for coal?
David Crowe
The question remains – if the government’s plan for a National Energy Guarantee works so well, why does anyone need this separate underwriting scheme at all?

Fix climate policy to fix electricity market
SMH editorial
The key issue in the ACCC report is about carbon pricing.

Say hooroo to emotion [$]
Daniel Young
Kangaroo overpopulation is a costly burden on rural Australia and it makes good sense to ignore sentimentality and boost culls.

Adoration and demonisation: Plastic bags, hysterics and a long romance
Binoy Kampmark
Plastic shopping bags are so deeply integrated into our every day lives that saying goodbye may not be easy.

Let’s pull the plug on subsidies [$]
Henry Ergas
The ACCC’s backing for more government intervention will only add to our energy woes.

Damned if you privatise, damned if you don’t [$]
Adam Creighton
There’s no law against ripping people off, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims told a room full of journalists last year. The reminder stuck in my head because so many believe Sims and other regulators are there to stamp out gouging. They aren’t.

Want cheaper power? Let’s abandon Paris [$]
Terry McCrann
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the measly savings on your power bill promised by the laughingly named Australian Energy Regulator, far less the sums supposedly on offer from the ACCC.

A cruel and unfair power play [$]
Sharri Markson
The ACCC’s report into the behaviour of power companies has revealed appalling behaviour by big utility companies. Only a royal commission can bring them to heel.

Australia’s regulators still can’t imagine a clean energy future
Giles Parkinson
This has been the story of Australia’s energy market for more than a decade. Almost every report done by a statutory authority has refused to contemplate what a decarbonised grid might look like. Sims falls into the same trap.

Is Rod Sims having a lend of us ?
David Leitch
The ACCC has done a good job shedding light on some of the darker places of the electricity industry. But the recommendations range from unrealistic to downright dangerous. And some run across policy work of the ESB.

Something is killing our barn owls
People living on Victoria’s south-west coastline are reporting dead or dying barn owls at record rates. They want to know what is killing their native birds.

‘Green spine’: Cars out, parkland in for major Southbank road
Half the road’s lanes for cars will be replaced with parkland, under a city council plan starting construction on Monday.

New South Wales
Environmental rangers protect cultural heritage of NSW far south coast
A team of environmental rangers is working to halt the active erosion of a large midden on the banks of the Tomaga River.

‘Shocked’: Santos CSG project omissions stoke opponents’ concerns
Santos’s proposed $3 billion coal seam gas project still has large information gaps involving its environmental risks, raising concerns from opponents.

First new passenger trains set to enter service in Sydney
The new trains will be a welcome relief, especially for those in the south west who have had to endure ‘sweat sets’.

No rain is no good for hydro [$]
Snowy Hydro’s biggest storage dam has fallen to less than 25 per cent capacity due to poor rains and high electricity generation.

Two new big solar farms to begin construction in NSW “in coming weeks”
New South Wales looks set to add more than 460MW of new large-scale solar capacity, with German-based developer Belectric confirming it was ready to start construction works on the first of two new solar plants “in the upcoming weeks.”

Labor MP tells miner constituents that coal has no future
Labor MP Pat Conroy tells coal workers in his Hunter Valley electorate that there is no long-term future in coal-fired power generation in Australia.

Consumer competition watchdog says ACT should dump solar scheme
Those who could afford to get in on the deal early benefit by an average $1690 a year. Everyone else pays at least $34 extra year to them.

Windmills on schedule [$]
The construction of windmills for the Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba is still on schedule to be completed next year.

Deb Frecklington ‘flip flops’ on renewables mandate after being contradicted by PM [$]
Deb Frecklington has been accused of softening her policy to mandate Queensland’s government-owned energy behemoths invest in renewables after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull contradicted her stance during a major address in Brisbane.

We still have a chance to save the Great Barrier Reef
Lesley Hughes
In the 1980s, a bleaching event such as the one that affected 93 per cent of individual reefs of the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 would have been beyond imagining.

South Australia
One of the world’s biggest cattle stations is up for sale in South Australia’s outback
It’s big and hot and this cattle station has been tipped to sell for up to $50 million after being put on the market for the first time in more than 100 years.

$350k of flights to get nuclear reactions [$]
Taxpayers have coughed up nearly $350,000 to fly 225 Kimba and Hawker residents to Sydney to learn about nuclear waste, new figures reveal.

Energy companies warned Liberals against electricity de-linking before Tasmanian poll
Tasmania’s key energy bodies warned about risks associated with changing the state’s wholesale energy market, just weeks before the Government decided to de-link from the national energy market.

‘We had a red-hot go’: Timber stalwart retires from Tasmania’s forest wars
Terry Edwards, the public face of Tasmania’s timber industry, reflects on 16 years of forest conflicts and peace talks as he steps down from the role and into retirement.

Tasmania’s Granville Harbour wind farm reaches financial close
A 112MW wind farm that will deliver a one-third increase to Tasmania’s wind power capacity has reached financial close, after an investment from the CEFC.

Western Australia
Hello possums! Perth Zoo welcomes endangered duo
WA is the only place these bright-eyed western ringtails can be found, critically endangered with around 8000 left.

Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels
Bill passed by parliament means more than €300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold ‘as soon as practicable’

Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency
Researchers have demonstrated nanomaterial-based white-light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that exhibit a record luminous efficiency of 105 lumens per watt.

Using Coal Waste to Create Sustainable Concrete
Researchers have created a sustainable alternative to traditional concrete using coal fly ash, a waste product of coal-based ..

Roundup under the gun in the US
Philip White looks at developments in the US relating to the favourite weed killer of Australia’s wine and beer industries.

Locals face long delays but companies win land rights with ease – report
The lack of legal claim to property means communities worldwide are being pushed out by large companies.

Air pollution is triggering diabetes in 3.2 million people each year
A new study quantifies the link between smoggy air and diabetes.

Three revolutions and the future of cars: An interview with Dr. Dan Sperling
Abby Figueroa sat down with Dr. Sperling to discuss the future of transportation and his book Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.

How to break up with plastics (using behavioural science)
Kim Borg
Single-use plastics are convenient, but it’s time to phase them out.

Carbon monoxide exposure in homes is a risk – here’s how to protect yourself
Christine Cowie
Faulty or unflued gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide, which is potentially fatal in high concentrations.

If we cherry-pick data, use discredited projections, and ignore CO2 … then EVs are bad!
Lynn Daniels & Edward J. Klock-McCook
Another report that ignores the positive carbon benefits of EVs; misrepresents EV infrastructure investments; and fails to provide adequate context to compare EV subsidies, costs, and impacts. We set the facts straight.

Nature Conservation
Enormous blue whale killed by Icelandic company, anti-whaling group says
Icelandic whalers are shown clambering over the corpse of a gigantic whale harpooned in the North Atlantic, with Sea Shepherd claiming it’s the first blue whale to be deliberately killed since 1978.

Thought plastic was bad enough? Here’s another reason to worry
We knew marine plastic strangles birds and poisons fish. But it can also pick up some deadly hitch-hikers – with even more profound consequences.

From stinky seaweed to sick fish, world’s warming oceans threaten livelihoods
Climate change will reduce the productivity of fisheries in the world’s exclusive economic zones by up to 12 percent by 2050.

Plastic and cigarettes make up bulk of Swiss beach litter
According to a litter study, plastic is the most common waste material found in Swiss rivers and lakes, with non-biodegradable cigarette butts second.

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream, experts say
As more plastic trash makes its way from city and town storm water drains to the ocean, a movement grows to focus on where the garbage is coming from.

England’s marshes may start to retreat and disappear in just 20 years
Marshlands in the south east of England could start to disappear in a little over 20 years due to rapid rises in sea levels, scientists have warned

Invasive Plants Adapt to New Environments
Invasive plants have the ability to adapt to new environments — and even behave like a native species, according to …

Japan wants to restructure IWC to make it easier for it to start commercial whaling again
Japan wants to start commercial whaling again, and it’s hoping a sweeping restructure of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will help it do just that.

New research: Financial incentives create critical waterbird habitat in extreme drought
New research from scientists at Point Blue Conservation Science and The Nature Conservancy shows how financial incentive programs can create vital habitat for waterbirds, filling a critical need in drought years.

Climate change-induced march of treelines halted by unsuitable soils: study
University of Guelph researchers have discovered unsuitable soil at higher altitudes may be halting the advancement of treelines.

Study finds room for improvement in South Korea’s polluted river basin
A new Portland State University study shows that even though water quality has improved in South Korea’s Han River basin since the 1990s, there are still higher-than-acceptable levels of pollutants in some of the more urbanized regions in and around the capital Seoul.

Now for something completely different …
When to trust (and not to trust) peer reviewed science
Merlin Crossley
There’s peer review – and then there’s peer review. With more knowledge you can dive in a little deeper and make a call about how reliable a science paper really is.

Maelor Himbury