Daily Links Jul 6

Top Post
Red list research finds 26,000 global species under extinction threat
IUCN fears planet is entering sixth wave of extinctions with research from Australia revealing more risks to reptiles

Today’s Celebration
Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas – Lithuania
Independence Day – Comoros
John Huss Day – Czech Republic
Republic Day – Malawi
Eino Leino Day – Finland
International Day of Cooperatives – http://www.un.org/en/events/cooperativesday/
More about Jul 6 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_6

Climate Change
Global temperature rises could be double those predicted by climate modelling
Researchers say sea levels could also rise by six metres or more even if 2 degree target of Paris accord met

All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week
From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland and Scotland to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations had their hottest weather ever recorded last week.

Expansion of agricultural land reduces CO2 absorption
Plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But increasing deforestation and other changes in land use will reduce the CO2 absorption capacity of these areas in the future. This is what a study by climate researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) suggests.

What does global climate have to do with erosion rates?
Geoscientists have been intrigued by a potential link between erosion rates at the Earth’s surface and changes in global climate. A new study now calls into question this link. A team of researchers re-examined 30 locations with reported accelerated erosion after the onset of glacial-interglacial cycles a few million years ago. In nearly all of the locations, the proposed link between erosion and global climate could not be confirmed.

Higher Ambition Needed to Meet Paris Climate Targets
The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, contributes to a growing body of evidence showing the need for ramped up climate action to limit global …

Paris not binding but our word is [$]
Graham Lloyd
Peer pressure is the only mechanism to police that Paris Agreement promises are kept.

The changing shape of wind and solar in Australia’s grid
As more and more wind and solar is added to the grid, the shape of their output is also changing, and in a way that should give confidence about a clean energy future based around a high level of variable renewable energy sources.

Rooftop solar clocks second-best month ever, buoyed by commercial boom
Small and medium businesses installing rooftop solar to cut costs and gain more independence from the grid have helped to deliver another bumper month for rooftop solar in Australia, with a total of 126MW installed across June.

Hidden in plain sight: what the recycling crisis really looks like
The recycling industry is in crisis, yet for most Australians it’s out of mind beyond the rattle of the recycling bin pickups each week. So what does this crisis really look like? Guardian Australia visited three processing sites to find out what happens to bins once they leave the kerb

Screws tighten on thermal coal as Swiss Re pulls plug [$]
If followed by others it could be a blow to local pure or majority thermal coal companies such as Whitehaven Coal, as well as AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia

Renewables already 19pc of grid, overtaking NEG [$]
Renewable energy generated nearly 19 per cent of national grid power in the year to June 30, and will exceed emissions targets without the NEG.

Fishermen and scientists raise concerns over herpes-based carp control plan
Scientists and commercial fishermen say Australia’s rollout of a carp virus is being rushed through, risking relationships with international trading partners.

Lead levels prompt bubbler shut-off, but the bigger concern is closer to home
Brass fittings and taps found to cause elevated levels of lead in drinking water continue to be installed in homes, businesses and schools, experts say.

Hottest financial year on record says BOM
Bureau of Meteorology data shows maximum temperatures were nearly 1.5 degrees above the long-term average over the last 12 months.

Senator ‘wary’ of intervention [$]
As the Nats call for a $5bn investment, James Paterson says he’s “very wary” of further intervention in the energy market.

Australia’s Charity Sector Needs A Rebrand
Emma Lang
Mobilising public support on a confused sector brand, will not serve your cause. Particularly as conservative politics comes at advocacy.

It’s Groundhog Day: climate science and charities under attack
Tim Flannery
 I’m often asked if it gets tiring standing up to the naysayers. And while there are days when I contemplate with tired resignation facing yet another attack on climate science or democracy, the truth is, it’s a privilege to do so.

Power issues are fuelling Liberal division [$]
Sharri Markson
The Nationals want a revised national energy policy and Tony Abbott has seized on regional unrest to remind us that Turnbull once sided with Labor on an ETS.

Stop flogging the dead horse of nuclear power [$]
Terry Sweetman
Nuclear power is not a viable option in the Australian political landscape, and every party knows it. Bringing it up is just a waste of time.

Why do we indulge windfarms? [$]
Maurice Newman
Our politicians are in the thrall of an industry based on convenient “experts’’.

The price of greasing squeaky wheels ahead of the election
Michelle Grattan
To make a concession to the coal lobby would flout the technology-neutral foundation of the NEG and have much more serious implications than throwing in some money to boost the GST pool.

Monash University signs off-take deal with Victorian wind farm
Monash commits to wind offtake deal that brings the university into powerful consortium of corporate buyers, and closer to target of 100% renewables.

Matthew Guy’s new vision for East West link moves tunnel entrance
Victoria’s Opposition Leader reveals his new plan for the East West Link, which would see the tunnel entrance moved to the Eastern Freeway median strip, saving homes from compulsory acquisition.

Energy projects to power all Vic homes
There are enough clean energy projects, including those under construction, to power all Victorian homes, new data suggests.

Guy pledges to expand outer suburbs by thousands of homes, all at once
Former planning minister makes dramatic promise to expand housing within Melbourne’s urban growth boundary – by 290,000 homes.

New South Wales
200 sites damaged by original Snowy scheme lie neglected, scientists say
Feral horses trampling through the Alps are also limiting water available for hydro power, according to experts.

Frogwatching – charting climate change’s impact in the here and now
Saskia Beudel
Whistling tree frogs, Litoria verreauxii, are one of the species monitored around Canberra for their response to climate change.
Queensland coal push grows as Turnbull tries to land energy guarantee
LNP conference to hear calls for new coal power station and end to renewable subsidies

Plastic fantastic as group turns junk into treasure [$]
Creative and enterprising South Australians are collecting waste plastic and making new products using homemade machines in a backyard shed.

Dredging plans solidify [$]
There is finally a start date for the dredging of Cairns’ shipping channel to allow larger cruise ships to dock in port.

Legal action wins favour [$]
Cairns AFL has backed conservationists in tackling the Queensland Government over relocating wallabies away from Trinity Beach.

Lethal consequences: climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef
Climate Council of Australia
This report shows how the Great Barrier Reef could be hit with repeat coral bleaching events every two years by 2034, under current greenhouse gas pollution rates.

South Australia
Basin authority’s ‘science, not science’
South Australia’s Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin has been told the basin authority’s science on the river system is “not science”.

Image of salmon kill bin from South-East leaks, causing POMV fear
Tasmania’s peak environment body is restating its calls for public reporting of mass fish kills in the state’s waters, after an image of a “morts” bin was leaked.

Document reveals mill’s proposed truck traffic [$]
A $42 million woodchip export facility proposed at Dover would generate at least 1600 truck movements a week on Southern Tasmanian roads, it has been revealed.

Tasmanian woodchip proposal raises questions over truck routes, forestry deals
A draft development application for a woodchip export facility near Dover reveals there would be truck movements every five minutes between Judbury and Strathblane 10 hours a day, six days a week.

Northern Territory
$1.5bn NT prawn farm inches closer [$]
Seafarms, the company planning to build the biggest tiger prawn farm in the world on the Northern Territory’s Legune Station, may have found a buyer for the the property

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste
Scientists looking to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic are harnessing everything from wood-eating bugs to chicory

EPA leader Scott Pruitt resigns after scandals engulf agency
US Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who pleased US President Donald Trump by rolling back environmental regulations but came under fire for a variety of ethics accusations, resigns.

Urban greenways can reduce neighborhood carbon emissions
A new study from the University of British Columbia provides some of the first direct proof that urban greenways reduce carbon emissions.

New world record for direct solar water-splitting efficiency
An international team of researchers has now succeeded in raising the efficiency of producing hydrogen from direct solar water-splitting to a record 19 percent. They did so by combining a tandem solar cell of III-V semiconductors with a catalyst of rhodium nanoparticles and a crystalline titanium dioxide coating.

A frightening new reason to worry about air pollution
A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes.

Why cities are warmer than the countryside – and why that should be a cause for concern
Heatwaves can be deadly, and with global warming around the corner, it’s crucial we find ways to cool down our cities.

Decarbonizing Transport: Sell Electric Vehicles to Untapped Market of Women, Researchers Suggest
 Highly educated women are an untapped but potentially lucrative market for electric vehicle sales because they have greater environmental and fuel efficiency awareness than men, says a new ..

Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies
UBC researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light. This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption of solar power in places like British Columbia and parts of northern Europe where overcast skies are common.

Trump effort to lift US offshore wind sector sparks interest — from Europe
The Trump administration wants to fire up development of the US offshore wind industry by streamlining permitting and carving out vast areas off the coast for leasing — part of its ‘America First’ policy to boost domestic energy production and jobs.

Nature Conservation
Red list research finds 26,000 global species under extinction threat
IUCN fears planet is entering sixth wave of extinctions with research from Australia revealing more risks to reptiles

Baltic Sea oxygen levels at ‘1,500-year low due to human activity’
Nutrient run-off from agriculture and urban sewage are likely to be to blame, scientists say

When rabbits and hares are introduced to new areas: Factors to consider
Throughout history, humans have deliberately translocated rabbits and hares (leporids) around the world, so they now occupy every continent (except Antarctica). A new Mammal Review article examines studies on the 12 leporid species that have been introduced by humans to areas beyond their native ranges, highlighting the animals’ effects on the ecosystem at different levels.

Invaluable to the Medical Industry, the Horseshoe Crab Is Under Threat
The biomedical industry depends on blood from horseshoe crabs for drug and environmental safety testing — but this commercial demand, together with capture for bait, climate change and habitat …

Exposure of Hummingbirds and Bumble Bees to Pesticides
New research reveals that hummingbirds and bumble bees are being exposed to neonicotinoid and other pesticides through routes that are widespread and …

India’s ‘worst water crisis in history’ leaves millions thirsty
From the northern Himalayas to the sandy, palm-fringed beaches in the south, 600 million people – nearly half India’s population – face acute water shortage, with close to 200,000 dying each year from polluted water.

Some of the world’s poorest people are bearing the costs of tropical forest conservation
Researchers from Bangor University in the UK and the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar show that new conservation restrictions in Madagascar bring very significant costs to local people (representing up to 85 percent of local annual incomes). The researchers estimate that 27,000 people have been negatively impacted by the conservation project.

Satellite images show how a blue Ganga turns disgustingly brown over 2,500 km
Images of the Ganga at six key locations show how the river deteriorates, turning from blue to green to muddy, thanks to pollution.

Can bird watching help save Colombia’s forests?
Former war zones are fast becoming bird-watching hotspots. And that could help preserve them.

Hybrid embryos raise hope of resurrecting northern white rhino – but what’s the point?
Jason Gilchrist
Scientists have for the first time created hybrid embryos with DNA from the nearly-extinct northern white rhinoceros, an advance that could ultimately lead to the first resurrection of a mega-mammal.

Now for something completely different …
How Not for Profits Can Build Trust and Boost Donations
Andrew Cairns
Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns offers three things not for profits can do to build trust and donations.

Maelor Himbury