Daily Links Aug 8

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Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees
Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say.

Today’s Celebration
Queen’s Name Day – Sweden
Father’s Day – Taiwan
Independence Day – Bhutan
Peace Day (End of the Iran/Iraq war) – Iraq
Peasants’ Day – Tanzania
Universal & International Infinity Day – International
Saint Mary MacKillop Day – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_MacKillop
Dying to Know Day – http://www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday/
Happiness Happens Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/happiness-happens-day/
International Cat Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-cat-day/
More about Aug 8 –
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August _8

Climate Change
Marine microbes could track climate change
The behaviour of tiny marine microbes, described as the ocean’s sentinels of change, may help predict changes in the climate, an Australian study has found.

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5
Your terrifying climate graphic of the day.

Scientists have uncovered a disturbing climate change precedent
During the rise of mammals, Earth’s temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.

Pacific Ocean’s effect on Arctic warming
New research, led by former Carnegie postdoctoral fellow Summer Praetorius, shows that changes in the heat flow of the northern Pacific Ocean may have a larger effect on the Arctic climate than previously thought.

Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees
Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say.

The carbon bubble
Yohann Koshy looks at the impending catastrophe linking the stock market to climate change.

Paper and packaging giant Amcor to shift to US after $9 billion deal
Packaging giant Amcor continues its global move to become a US-listed, UK-tax-paying business after buying out a Wisconsin-based rival in a $9.2 billion deal.

Australian cyclist deaths surge and road safety strategy ‘failing’
All states are on track to miss road safety targets amid a rise in driver, passenger and cycling deaths

Blackwater, algal bloom risk in River Murray [$]
The River Murray is at risk of acid drainage, blackwater events, and blue-green algal blooms over the next year, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has warned.

Fire makes forests likely to burn: study
A new study has found fires in the Australian Alps made the forests more likely to burn again, contradicting the belief that fires reduce the risk of blazes.

How does population growth impact the environment?
Australia’s population is set to hit the 25 million mark just after 11:00pm.

Investors call for tougher NEG targets
A group of investors with $2 trillion worth of assets is calling for the Turnbull government to increase emission reduction targets in its national energy plan.

Alinta boss calls for more transparency
The chief executive of Alinta Jeff Dimery says the energy industry needs to clean up its act when it comes to pricing.

Key points of the national energy policy
Households can expect to save $550 a year (relative to 2018) on their power bills through the 2020s under the government’s the National Energy Guarantee.

NEG priority was meant to be security not emissions [$]
Josh Frydenberg’s valiant attempt to lead Australia’s energy market to the promised land of security and reliability sits hostage to the fractured debate over present and future emissions targets.

Feds could compromise on NEG target review [$]
The government could compromise on how often or early the NEG’s emissions reduction target is reviewed, but not on how it’s implemented.

Politicians have destroyed the trust needed by the NEG [$]
Experience shows that investors can have no confidence in the stability or longevity of the National Energy Guarantee. That’s why this clever scheme will fail.

‘We’re praying for an outcome’ – industry chiefs call for energy fix
Industry leaders have dismissed as irrelevant the debate over the emissions reduction targets in the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) as the energy sector was already investing in renewable sources that would cut carbon output beyond the government’s proposed levels.

Greens to demand 90 per cent emissions cuts from future Labor government
Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says Labor fears dealing with the Greens over the electricity sector target if it wins office.

Australia’s risk of mortality from extreme heat set to rise
Hazards multiply when extreme heat and humidity join in lethal combination and Australia’s heat-related mortality risk is intensifying.

PM’s energy pledge as ALP goes green [$]
Malcolm Turnbull will commit to underwriting new dispatchable power generation in a bid to secure support for the NEG.

MP’s support for coal ‘spot on’ [$]
One of Australia’s largest coal producers praises a Labor MP for saying there could be a future for new coal-fired power stations.

Corporate renewable energy procurement breaks 2017 levels by mid-year
This year alone corporations around the world have purchased 7.2 GW worth of clean energy, surpassing 2017’s 5.4 GW, which is a record in itself.

Energy policy is up for grabs [$]
Jennifer Hewett
Complaining power prices are too high is easy. Just ask Tony Abbott. Explaining how the National Energy Guarantee will fix that problem is not easy. Just ask Josh Frydenberg.

The fictions that block a deal on climate and energy
David Crowe
The political dispute about energy and climate is clouded by three fictions that make progress on the National Energy Guarantee almost impossible – unless all sides agree on the facts.

Know your NEM: The ESB is becoming a laughing stock
David Leitch
Management at a speculative gold mining company would blush at some of the outrageous claims made in the modelling the ESB “leans heavily on” to justify the NEG.

Frydenberg’s fizzer
Paddy Manning
One thing is certain: the NEG is not up to the climate task

Infrastructure key to making larger population work
Canberra Times editorial
Australia’s population has increased five-fold to 25 million in the last 100 years. Is that such a bad thing?

NEG won’t give certainty to climate policy
SMH editorial
Business is deluding itself if it thinks this is a final step.

Explain why NEG is right response [$]
Henry Ergas
A series of untested assumptions does not make it a marketable energy policy.

We’re 25 million and counting [$]
Greg Sheridan
Hooray! I now live in a nation of 25 million people. This is good news for Australia and good news for the world.

Simple reason to stop arguing over bag ban [$]
Dennis Atkins
If you’re a seafood lover, the ban on single-use plastic bags should be a no-brainer.

Victoria toughens negotiating stance on national energy guarantee
ACT offers compromise on emissions target in bid to end standoff with Turnbull government

Short timber supply stokes Vic job worries
Victoria’s timber workers say rural businesses and thousands of jobs are at risk if the industry is left to languish, signing a petition to state parliament.

Transurban’s profits double and it wants more
The toll road giant’s growth has been strongest in Melbourne, but not everyone happy about its rapid rise.

Shooters, Fishers Party pushes to enshrine hunting and fishing rights into law
Hunters’ and anglers’ rights for access to land and water will be enshrined in legislation if the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party gets its way after the Victorian election in November.

Criticism of controversial interview prompts email to 3AW from Andrew Bolt
The president of Liberty Victoria has called Sky News Australia into question over its decision to interview far-right extremist Blair Cottrell, prompting a swift response from Andrew Bolt.

Shameless, petty politics [$]
Geoff Chambers
Daniel Andrews’s 11th-hour list of demands is playing shameless, petty politics with Australia’s energy future.

Only one Guy can stop CityLink gouge [$]
Terry McCrann
The Andrews state Labor government refuses to even check whether Victorian motorists can and should be saved from paying at least $8 billion in tolls on CityLink to Transurban,

New South Wales
Shopping trolleys are being dumped across the suburbs due to the plastic bag ban [$]
Across the city, the wheels are falling off the green bandwagon being ridden by the big supermarket chains with shopping trolleys trundled down suburban streets and dumped for others to deal with.

Is this the worst address in Australia?
This Australian town used to be “heaven”, with rich locals spending their days waterskiing or golfing. Now it’s dead.

ACT toughens position on energy deal ahead of meeting
A national deal on energy security is hanging by a thread as Labor state governments issue new demands.

Authorities revoke approval for recycling plant’s rail siding
ACT planning authorities have made the “unprecedented” decision to revoke a development application approval they gave more than a year ago, after an internal review found it should never have been given the green light in the first place.

Karumba Port dredging to allow the live export of 6,000 head of cattle this year
A new company has purchased Century Mine and taken up the maintenance of the shipping channel’s dredging, reopening the export of thousands of cattle.

Water haulers working seven days to keep acreage water tanks full
Water haulers come to the rescue keeping supplies topped up as water tanks run dry on Queensland properties — and it is not just farmers that are affected.

Savannah Guides: the answer to adjusting your ‘nature deficit disorder’
Savannah Guides are helping travellers in northern parts of Australia enjoy a more immersive, eco-friendly experience.

‘Carbon-free fuel’: Australian hydrogen car breakthrough to go global
CSIRO researchers in Queensland have developed a game-changing technology that produces hydrogen from ammonia, allowing the fuel to be shipped safely around the world.

Half of the Great Barrier Reef is dead
See where coral in the world’s largest coral reef system has been bleached to death.

Labor calls for reef foundation to return $444m grant
Money was awarded at a meeting with Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg, with no tender process

Head of reef foundation says $444m grant was ‘complete surprise’
Anna Marsden tells ABC’s 7.30 the foundation is ‘uniquely placed’ to deliver government objectives

Queensland’s investment in planned projects is the highest in the nation
About $130 billion worth of projects are planned for Queensland, but only $40 billion* of these are under construction or committed, according to a new report.

PM’s fast $444m reef deal [$]
Just 11 days elapsed between the expenditure green light for a Great Barrier reef plan and approval of a $444m grant.

Reefgate part two: the plot (and the water) thickens, starring Brenda the Antifa Penguin
First Dog on the Moon
It is the largest donation of taxpayers’ money to a private foundation in history and appears to have been done by the flying seat of Malcolm’s velvet pants

#ReefGate: The latest dubious Turnbull ‘foundation’
 Michelle Pini
The current #ReefGate fiasco is only the latest in a long list of scandals and non-achievements

South Australia
Crops and livestock ‘polluted’ by plastic’ along major SA highway
Farmers are considering their legal options after rubbish associated with trucks offloading at a dump in Adelaide’s north is blamed for polluting grain and potentially causing the death of livestock.

Work begins on new SA irrigation pipeline
The first 10 kilometres of an underground pipeline to feed water to the new Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme will be laid this month.

“More trouble than the early settlers”: Tram plan delayed as problems continue
Premier Steven Marshall has conceded an election pledge to build a right-hand turn for trams onto North Terrace will not meet its stated 12-month deadline, while his Transport Minister says he won’t know how – or even if – the project will proceed until a departmental review is completed in October.

New plan to increase our suburban tree cover [$]
Councils would work with landowners and the State Government to increase Adelaide’s tree canopy, under a new plan.

Why it’s a bad idea to ramp up Adelaide’s desalination plant
Sarah Ann Wheeler.
Ramping up South Australia’s desalination plant in response to the upstream drought would be an expensive mistake.

Company spruiks eco benefits of cable car [$]
The project manager behind the cable car project says Hobart’s environmental reputation will be enhanced if the proposal is given the green light.

TCCI talks up benefits of NEG for Tasmania [$]
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is backing the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee as a critical initiative for Tasmania’s energy consumers.

Widespread praise for ‘exciting’ CSIRO vision [$]
The vision for Hobart’s waterfront has earned praise from both sides of politics but the year-round swimming pool on the edge of the River Derwent has raised eyebrows.

Northern Territory
Scientists disagree how boab trees got to Australia
They are striking, fat-trunked trees unique to parts of the Kimberley and a small section of the Top End, but the two scientists studying how they came from Africa or Madagascar have widely different explanations.

Western Australia
Volunteers help farmer plant 30,000 trees in salinity, erosion fight
Flanked by a mobile DJ and loud speakers, volunteers have braved wind and rain to help a WA farmer plant 30,000 trees.

Bigger fines call for river-rule breaches
People caught littering or involved in illegal works on the Swan River will be hit with bigger fines under a proposed overhaul of environmental laws.

Seaside town cautious about what Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s $100m might mean
It is not often people turn their backs on $100 million, but the WA seaside town of Exmouth may do just that — questioning the motives behind a pledge by the mining magnate to protect the oceans.

What Ballina can teach WA about shark management
Gary Adshead
There really is something counterintuitive about a shark threat reduction strategy that offers the predators whole fish to snack on as they swim about 300m from where surfers straddle their boards waiting for the next decent wave.

Are ‘eco’ bath and cleaning products really environmentally friendly?
Many of us choose to buy “eco-friendly” household products to minimise our environmental footprint. But are brands labelled “green” or “eco-friendly” really more sustainable than others?

UK should support mini nuclear reactor projects, says official review
Subsidies similar to those for offshore wind could help meet emissions targets and boost exports, experts say

Mass timber: Thinking big about sustainable construction
The Longhouse, a prototype ‘mass timber’ building designed by an MIT class, demonstrates that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood.

Top-performing soil microbes could be key to sustainable agriculture
Research will help agronomists breed plants that attract their own growth-promoting microbes

Dominica to implement one of world’s most comprehensive plastic bans
Dominica plans to become the world’s first climate resilient nation, and banning single-use containers is one step they’re taking to get there.

Designing the death of a plastic
Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.

What’s the best way to get Americans to actually recycle?
Increasingly, it seems like it’s supporting expanding bottle deposit programs. But big beverage companies want any solution but that.

Can vegetarians save the planet? Why campaigns to ban meat send the wrong message on climate change
Now more then ever, it’s vital that we continue holding transportation’s feet to the fire.

Nature Conservation
Birds on Prozac are not as sexy to potential partners: Study
Male starlings were less attracted­­­—and more aggressive—to females given antidepressants. Study is the latest to suggest drug-tainted wastewater is messing with wildlife.

Study finds managed waterways are not isolated from effects of climate change
A study led by researchers at Indiana University has found that human changes to rivers and streams in the United States and Canada do not isolate these natural resources from the effects of climate change.

Capturing elephants from the wild shortens their lives
Humans have captured wild Asian elephants for different purposes for more than 3,000 years. This still continues today despite the fact that the populations are declining. An international team of researchers has now analysed records of timber elephants in Myanmar to understand the effects of capture on the survival of the animals.

Tropical birds benefit from more forest by rivers in oil palm areas
Protected riverbank habitats within areas of oil palm cultivation can play a key role in reducing the negative impacts on tropical bird numbers but need to be increased in size, new research from the University of Kent has shown.

Corals are becoming more tolerant of rising ocean temperatures
Scientists replicate landmark study to determine changes in coral sea temperature tolerance over time. In the three species of Hawaiian corals retested, bleaching occurred later, with higher survivorship and growth rates than the same species of corals in 1970. However, scientists warn that temperatures are rising faster than corals can change.

Indian scientists race to map Ganges river in 3D
Topographical maps of the river and surrounding settlements will help authorities to track and reduce waste.

Now for something completely different …
What a ‘typical’ Aussie looks like
Australia’s population will surpass 25 million tonight — but who will be the milestone resident?

Maelor Himbury