Daily Links Aug 24

The meeting at high noon today is a momentous one with not much joy, whatever the result. The choice is between no mitigation (remember Hillsong ScoMo’s black rock he gleefully brandished in Parliament), no adaptation (recall the Qld Walloper’s  ‘joke’ about rising sea-levels swamping Pacific island states) or the globetrotting fashionista (Glorious Jewellery, who at least understands international views on global climate response, even as she has done little to contribute to our national response).

Post of the Day

Research identifies all the different ways the sea supports human wellbeing

A study led by the University of Liverpool that catalogued all of the links between marine biodiversity and the different ways we rely on the sea found more than 30 ways it supports well-being including providing a source of nutrition, supplying raw materials and supporting recreational activities.



Today’s Celebration

Constitution Day – Georgia

Independence Day – Ukraine

National Flag Day – Kazakhstan, Liberia

More about Aug 24 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_24



Renewable hydrogen could match gas, battery storage on cost by 2025: CSIRO

CSIRO report says Australia has “urgent” opportunity to establish national renewable hydrogen industry, with cost competitiveness “firmly on the horizon.”



Put pollies in the dock: APA [$]

APA chief Mick McCormack said politicians should be questioned if a royal commission on energy companies was ever called.



MPs push for Paris climate exit under Dutton

Conservative MPs would ramp up the pressure on a Dutton government to exit the Paris climate agreement, opening up Australia to the risk of trade sanctions, stalling negotiations with the European Union and critically endangering relationships with the Pacific.



Perhaps the worst policy botch ever

Don Aitkin

Ahead of all consumers is a series of higher prices for both gas and electricity, whatever the politicians say now.



Australia’s fossil fuel export trilemma

Alex Lenferna

It’s long past time Australia joined other countries and committed to no new coal mines or oil and gas wells.



Absolutely daft’: How did we end up getting climate policy so wrong?

Peter Hannam

With the combustion of the Turnbull government on Thursday, the parallels with Emperor Nero supposedly playing his lyre as Rome blazed around him are unmistakable.



Australia’s great power failure [$]

Warren Mundine

Where power policies fail, governments follow. It’s time politicians stopped lying about what is possible, and embraced what’s achievable.




Action urged as Victoria faces summer blackouts

The electricity grid operator says there is a one in three chance of power failure this summer unless action is taken.



New South Wales

Police issue warning after truckloads of waste containing asbestos goes missing

A NSW man faces criminal charges after about 17,000 tonnes of asbestos-filled material disappears from a major Sydney development site.



Dial-A-Dump sold to Bingo Industries for $577.5m

NSW-based recycling and waste management business Dial-A-Dump Industries has been sold to ASX-listed company Bingo Industries.



Marine park plan stinks like rotten fish [$]

Al McGlashan is angry. The State government has sucker-punched anglers with plans to ban fishing in many Sydney spots.




Queensland pumps money into $2 billion battery “gigafactory” study

Queensland government to provide up to $3.1m for feasibility study into proposed $2bn lithium-ion battery “giga-factory” in Townsville.



South Australia

Aboriginal group ‘just want to be included’ in vote on proposed nuclear waste dump in SA

The Human Rights Commission is asked to decide whether an Aboriginal group should have a say on the location of a proposed nuclear waste dump in regional South Australia.



Green thinking starts with us [$]

Kara Jung

An Adelaide Council has shirked its responsibility to ban single-use plastics at events, putting the plan in the too-hard basket. But it’s decisions like these we need to rally against if we are going to reverse the damage of plastics in our oceans.



Tassie devils facing deadly new threat [$]

A new study has found the second type of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease is becoming invisible to the animal’s immune system and could spread rapidly.



Western Australia

Alinta plans big solar farm to help power Fortescue mines

Alinta plans a big solar farm to help power the Christmas Creek iron ore mine in the Pilbara, and other Fortescue mining operations.




Air pollution reduces global life expectancy by more than one year, study finds

Air pollution shortens human lives by more than a year, according to researchers from UT Austin.



Monsanto faces a surge in lawsuits following cancer ruling

The number of legal cases against the firm has soared after a court ruled its products had caused cancer.



We know the wrong way to deal with e-waste. But what should we do instead?

A handful of firms around the world are working to develop environmentally responsible recycling and disposal strategies. Here’s what they have to teach the rest of us.



3M knew! Toxic Teflon cover-up was decades long

The EPA has delayed releasing study results showing that 3M knew it was producing toxic chemicals.



Oil’s surge clouds clean-air quest in emerging economies

Oil’s rebound from the biggest price crash in a generation is sparking another revival: the use of cheaper, dirtier fuel in Southeast Asia’s two most-populous nations.



Cruise ships: A dirty kind of luxury

The results of a new survey on cruise ship pollution don’t exactly inspire confidence.



Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

Chemists from the University of Waterloo have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100 per cent coulombic efficiency.



Report confirms wind technology advancements continue to drive down wind energy prices

Wind energy pricing remains attractive, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). At an average of around 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are being driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.



Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDs



Ban diesel cars from cities, say half of UK drivers in poll

Almost three-quarters of motorists also think toxic air in their area is damaging their health



Landslides triggered by human activity on the rise

More than 50,000 people were killed by landslides around the world between 2004 and 2016, according to a new study by researchers at UK’s Sheffield University.



Nature Conservation

Bird feared extinct rediscovered in the Bahamas

One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, has been rediscovered by research teams searching the island of Grand Bahama.



Murky lakes now surpass clear, blue lakes in US

New research reveals that many lakes in the continental United States are becoming murkier, with potentially negative consequences for water quality and aquatic life.



Research identifies all the different ways the sea supports human wellbeing

A study led by the University of Liverpool that catalogued all of the links between marine biodiversity and the different ways we rely on the sea found more than 30 ways it supports well-being including providing a source of nutrition, supplying raw materials and supporting recreational activities.



Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts

To offset CO2 emissions, China is reforesting. If a mixture of tree species instead of monocultures were planted, much more carbon could be stored. An international team has shown that species-rich forest ecosystems take up more CO2 from the atmosphere and store more carbon in biomass and soil, making them more effective against climate change.



Nearly 40,000 giraffe parts have been imported to the US in last 10 years

Researchers from the Humane Society found 52 US locations in which giraffe products continue to be sold



Police seize 1,100 turtles from Europe’s biggest illegal farm

Spanish police cooperating with other European countries shut down a farm in Mallorca selling endangered species of turtles for up to $16,000 each.



‘They are taking out a generation of tuna’: overfishing causes crisis in Philippines

Men like Raul Gomez have been catching tuna for 40 years, but as fisheries in the region edge closer to collapse, he spends longer at sea to catch ever smaller tuna



Mexico’s natural wonders are under threat. Can a poet save them?

Mexico’s environmental marvels are on borrowed time, but poet Homero Aridjis is fighting to change that



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