Daily Links Aug 9

Top Post
To help drought-affected farmers, we need to support them in good times as well as bad
Jacki Schirmer et al
Farmers need help to plan for droughts, not just to respond to them when things get desperate.

Today’s Celebration
National Day – Sierra Leone, Singapore
Women’s Day -South Africa
Smokey Bear`s Birthday – United States of America
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
Book Lovers Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/book-lovers-day/
More about Aug 9 –
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August _9

Climate Change
Reflecting sun’s rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn
Research shows geoengineering method intended to combat climate change would have adverse effect on agriculture

A business-as-usual approach to climate change
Keith Antonysen
Previously, whenever climate scientists have talked about the ills created by climate change they have spoken about the end of the century as being a time when bigger tribulations can be expected such as sea level rise, acidification of Oceans, and higher temperatures.  Unfortunately, the time scale has moved towards contemporary times

RBA governor backs immigration growth to drive economy
Philip Lowe says Australia’s immigration-driven population growth are what has kept the economy stronger than most other developed nations.

‘Bad policy’: Tony Abbott contradicts PM on national energy guarantee
Former prime minister says it’s not true that the Coalition party room has given the policy the green light

Shorten calls for states, feds to do deal on NEG
Federal Labor is urging the states and the Commonwealth to reach agreement on the National Energy Guarantee.

NEG failure on Friday could push reform back by a year, industry warns
If the states fail to agree on the National Energy Guarantee, upcoming state and federal elections could significantly delay or postpone energy reform.

1080 ban push by activists [$]
Animal rights groups have mounted a national campaign to ban Australia’s most widely used feral pest poison — 1080.

Banker link to reef foundation [$]
A former director of the PM’s old bank who was on the board of a reef foundation when it got a huge grant calls for “zero emissions’’.

CSIRO cracks barrier to export hydrogen fuel to power cars
CSIRO developed breakthrough method to transport hydrogen in form of ammonia hailed as watershed moment for energy, and big new opportunity for Australia.

Climate change tussle debate another missed opportunity
Canberra Times editorial
Climate change is not a debate; it’s an established fact and we need to start planning and acting accordingly.

NEG advocates want surrender to denialists, not an end to the climate wars [$]
Bernard Keane
The National Energy Guarantee in the form proposed by the government would lock in the policies of a climate denialist. The states have every right to fight back.

NEG: An abject failure of principled political leadership
Ian Dunlop
The investment certainty business craves will be non-existent until climate action is accepted as the absolute priority in determining energy policy. But achieving this will require political leadership.

Our emissions policies are absurd [$]
Greg Sheridan
Our efforts to reduce emissions in Australia may have actually increased global emissions.

Farmers thirst for NEG certainty [$]
Fiona Simson
A 26 per cent emissions reduction target can be pursued in parallel with supplying affordable energy.

NEG to test our political centre [$]
Paul Kelly
Australia’s energy policy test is whether the political centre will fall apart yet again and succumb to the ideology of Green power.

25 million reasons to smile – and plan well
Age editorial
Immigration has been of huge benefit to Australia. It has driven economic growth and has created a marvellous vibrancy and cultural diversity.

How we lit the fuse of the population bomb
Ross Elliott
Why concentrate population growth in mega-cities already under strain while smaller cities and regions stagnate?

Australia’s 25 million is nothing compared to the coming boom [$]
Guy Rundle
Our population has skyrocketed, and city planning refuses to keep up, but the most recent milestone won’t be impressive for long.

Let’s keep it simple: just don’t kill cyclists
Ben Langford
You’d struggle to find an arena of human activity where killing a fellow participant is talked about in such a casual fashion as this.

Our workplaces are filthy and it’s costing us all
Libby Sander
Many of our offices are filthy, which doesn’t just trigger a sense of disgust but can make us sick.

To help drought-affected farmers, we need to support them in good times as well as bad
Jacki Schirmer et al
Farmers need help to plan for droughts, not just to respond to them when things get desperate.

Why are Labor and the Coalition fighting over marine parks? [$]
Chris Woods
Like the depths of the parks themselves, the debate is murky. Luckily, Crikey is on the case.

What’s with the weirdly warm windy weather whacking Melbourne?
Forecaster Ben Matson explains the two factors combining to create Victoria’s recent windy weather — and they’re not as perplexing as they might sound.

Vic lists demands for energy guarantee
Victoria wants a federal commitment to that emission reduction targets will only ever increase under the National Energy Guarantee.

Victoria suggests federal government should legislate on emissions while NEG talks continue
Victoria has again shifted the goal posts in the battle over the NEG suggesting parliament should pass the federal government’s emissions reduction legislation ahead of states signing onto the NEG.

Power play blast over energy plan [$]
Victorian companies and Australia’s biggest manufacturers have banded together to urge Premier Daniel Andrews to back the National Energy Guarantee, saying high power bills will remain and jobs lost unless he signs up to the plan.

New South Wales
‘People are not stupid’: Architect of first state bag ban says companies need to show courage
He’s the man who implemented the nation’s first statewide bag ban in 2009 — now Mike Rann is calling on companies and the New South Wales Government to show some courage and ban all single-use plastic bags.

Kangaroo protections relaxed by NSW as state declared 100pc drought affected
As drought across the whole state is officially declared, the NSW Government has implemented its relaxation of laws around kangaroo culling first announced in June.

Is Taronga Zoo responsible for Sydney’s prolific bin chicken population?
In the 1970s, Taronga Zoo ran an experimental breeding program for white ibis, but over subsequent decades the much-maligned bird has gone through an enormous perception change.

Premier yet to endorse Turnbull’s power plan [$]
Malcolm Turnbull’s crucial energy deal that will reduce power prices is yet to be endorsed by the Berejiklian government. On the eve of the decision on the National Energy Guarantee, NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin has refused to commit.

Vultures feeding on drought disaster [$]
Andrew Bolt
THE drought in New South Wales has been terrible, and here they come — flap, flap, flap — the global warming vultures to feed on the disaster.

Federal reef grant to foundation ‘unthinkable, mind-blowing’: ex-board member
Myer dynasty philanthropist and former Great Barrier Reef Foundation board member Michael Myer condemns a $444 million federal grant to the foundation as “shocking” and showing “really poor judgement”.

Reef grant decision broke Government’s own rules, Senate told
The Turnbull Government’s $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation contravened its own guidelines for the allocation of such funds, according to environmental lawyers and governance experts.

Auditor considers inquiry into “surprise” Barrier Reef money
The Auditor-General is considering investigating the Turnbull government’s controversial $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Turnbull’s $444m donation shines a spotlight on Great Barrier Reef politics [$]
A good deal of mystery surrounds the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which was started in an airport lounge by Queensland public servant Sir Sydney Schubert and a group of businessmen with links to shale oil and asbestos.

Drones trialled as part of annual turtle count
Rangers involved in a massive population survey of endangered turtles in remote Queensland trial drones to help them locate vulnerable nests faster, to ensure protection from predators.

Rare bird ‘one step from extinction’ sighted in Queensland
It’s a species more threatened than pandas and tigers, but multiple sightings of the regent honeyeater has Australian birdwatchers both excited and concerned.

Tonnes of car batteries pile up on outback cattle stations with nowhere to go
Expensive transport licenses are being blamed for tonnes of used car batteries piling up on outback Queensland cattle stations.

High speed rail could be fast tracked [$]
A plan to build a high-speed rail connection between Brisbane and the rest of the southeast Queensland region could soon become reality.

Remote partnership to harvest employment [$]
Aboriginal people on Cape York are branching into the timber business as Rio Tinto expands its bauxite operations in Qld.

Origin to install 4MWh battery at north Queensland peaking plant
Origin Energy inks deal with South Korean consortium to install 4MWh battery at its 414MW Mt Stuart open cycle gas power plant, to use for emergency starts and to…

The bigger questions about reef foundation’s $444 million windfall
Kate Mackenzie
There is no guarantee that spending on making the Great Barrier Reef more “resilient” will succeed.

Koalas are being left to die slow painful deaths during drought
Sue Arnold
Koalas are struggling to survive as their habitat is being destroyed — which means every other species is also endangered.

South Australia
Adelaide reservoirs receive inflows but dry times are ahead
Despite recent inflows, storage levels at Adelaide Hills reservoirs are down from a year ago, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a dry spring.

Power bill cut on the way for SA consumers
South Australian power users can expect a cut in their power bills from 2020 under a new distribution plan.

Is the State Govt trying to damage the Murray royal commission?
In today’s Notes on Adelaide column, the State Government shoots a torpedo at the “bipartisan” royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and state Labor leader Peter Malinauskas promises to fix his party’s neglect of an important part of the community.

Spill would take a huge Bight out of tuna industry [$]
The projection of more than 1000 jobs and billions in revenue from oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight is “irresponsible” as a potential spill will decimate the state’s world-renowned fishing industry.

State Government backs National Energy Guarantee [$]
SA Premier Steven Marshall has given unequivocal support to the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee ahead of Friday’s COAG meeting.

Save dolphins from a ‘slaughterhouse’, Burke pleads [$]
Former federal environment minister Tony Burke says he’s “completely stunned” by the number of dolphin deaths in the Port River and is backing the Messenger Community News Protect Our Dolphins campaign.

Mount Wellington cable car road proposal runs through endangered trees: expert
Plans for a cable car on kunanyi/Mount Wellington may have hit another hurdle, with a proposed road near a threatened tree species.

Cable car plant study on council agenda [$]
The Mount Wellington Cableway Company will request permission to carry out a flora and fauna study of the route for the proposed new road off McRobies Rd in South Hobart.

‘Stop politicking’ on energy [$]
Tasmania urges Labor states to stop “politicking” and back the NEG, as it will see the state become the “battery of the nation”.

‘Ecotourism’ … the new greenwash term
Geoff Holloway
‘Ecotourism’ is a term that is misused across the world – as all international bodies agree; but it is particularly abused/misused by the Tasmanian Government and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT).

Western Australia
Cotton makes a comeback as historic harvest begins in WA’s Ord
History is being made in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley as the first commercial wet season cotton crop is picked in the Ord Valley since the collapse of the industry in the 1970s.

A Big Country: Rangers benefit from being on country
A new ranger program in Western Australia is helping local indigenous people connect not only with their country, but their families as well. The Tjaltjraak Ranger scheme is being run as a trial program with funding from the state government.

How to throw plastic-free birthday party without being the fun police
Organising a party is hard enough — forgoing a quick clean-up may seem like a big ask. But parents say plastic-free parties are easier than you think.

Images show China’s staggering waste problem
Foreign Correspondent reporter Bill Birtles stands in one of China’s bicycle dumping grounds outside Beijing. THE extent of China’s huge waste problem has been highlighted in extraordinary images of a bicycle dumping ground.

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

What are coastal nuclear power plants doing to address climate threats?
As shorelines creep inland and storms worsen, nuclear reactors around the world face new challenges.

Palm oil: Too much of a good thing?
Palm oil can be used in everything from cosmetics to fuel, and is cheap and efficient to produce. But this versatile crop has a dark side.

Button batteries kill. Here’s how we can prevent needless child deaths from battery ingestion
Ruth Barker
More needs to be done to prevent deaths from button batteries.

Nature Conservation
Orca mother grieving for dead calf inspires push to save dying pods
Headlines on mother who carried baby for days fuel concern over Seattle population that is stressed and starving

The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next
Three scientists explain the unprecedented danger facing the western US and call for new solutions to a growing threat

Madagascar proposes paying illegal loggers to audit or buy their rosewood
Nobody knows just how much rosewood Madagascar’s timber barons have hidden away in caches throughout the country.

Now for something completely different …
Our workplaces are filthy and it’s costing us all
Libby Sander
Many of our offices are filthy, which doesn’t just trigger a sense of disgust but can make us sick.

Maelor Himbury