Daily Links Sep 17

The Adani mine project might be on life-support, but it is still alive. Bill Shorten was worryingly evasive when asked about Labor’s position on Insiders yesterday. 

Post of the Day

Adani’s rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate

John Quiggin

The catastrophic prospect of 300m tonnes of carbon a year appears to have been averted, but even 25m poses a danger to the climate



Today’s Celebration

Citizenship Day – United States of America

Heroes’ Day – Angola

National Stepfamily Day – United States of America

Australian Citizenship Day – http://www.border.gov.au/AusCitzDay

World Revolution Day – http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/world-revolution-day.html

Herbal Medicine Week – http://www.nhaa.org.au/

International Country Music Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-country-music-day/

Locate An Old Friend Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/locate-an-old-friend-day/

More about Sep 17 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_17


Climate Change

More cracks in Paris pact [$]

Graham Lloyd

Money, power and trust sit at the heart of the divide between countries on the Paris agreement to tackle climate change.




Direct Action back on the agenda [$]

The Morrison government will refocus environment policies on the Abbott-era Direct Action plan.



Shorten accused of NEG politics [$]

The architect of the national energy guarantee has attacked Bill Shorten for considering the Coalition’s ‘dead’ energy policy.



Liberal Party had been taken over by climate denialists: Bill Shorten [$]

Bill Shorten has confirmed Labor is prepared to adopt the government’s junked national energy guarantee if it wins power, as he declared the Liberal Party had been taken over by “climate denialists”.



Origin ‘turns corner’ on prices [$]

One of Australia’s big three electricity retailers, Origin Energy, says it has ‘turned the corner’ on power prices.



We can meet Paris responsibly [$]

Melissa Price

Good environmental and economic outcomes are not mutually exclusive.




Station parking boost promised as consortium pitches airport rail link

As the Andrews government promises to spend $150 million building 11,000 new station car parks, a superannuation fund has offered $5 billion for airport rail.



AGL cranks up gas import plan [$]

AGL Energy has accelerated Victorian LNG import plans as it braces for an expected 2021 domestic supply crunch.



Melbourne’s population is growing too fast: poll [$]

Melbourne’s population has soared past 5 million, and two-thirds of Victorians say it is growing too fast, according to a new poll.



Why I can’t make any economic sense out of the battery subsidy plan

Paul Higgins

It looks like the state is subsidising people to lose money, with the Victorian government announcing a battery subsidy program for people on less than $180,000 household income.




Shorten’s new, dire message to miner [$]

Renee Viellaris

Adani must start construction by the next federal election, because if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister the mega mine planned for central Queensland will be toast



Adani’s rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate

John Quiggin

The catastrophic prospect of 300m tonnes of carbon a year appears to have been averted, but even 25m poses a danger to the climate



South Australia

Rubbish bins with rubbish truck in background lifting a bin [$]

Fortnightly rubbish collection is back on the agenda, as councils and the State Government sort through solutions to an international recycling crisis. https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/rubbish-collection-could-become-fortnightly-as-councils-seek-to-lower-costs-in-wake-of-china-recycling-ban/news-story/5841259721738b6927ed63462ceef5ee


Remote SA community stares down monster bushfire [$]

A remote indigenous community has withstood a massive fire front larger than Northern Ireland and three times the size of Kangaroo Island.



The bus rides that are costing taxpayers $100 a head [$]

Taxpayers are paying at least $100 a passenger on about 10 South Australian bus services as the State Government prepares to cut its least patronised routes.



Tasmanian timber enjoys resurgence as new markets sprout

From its festivals to food, arts and tourism, Tasmania is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and the state’s timber industry is also cashing in on a newfound popularity after years in the doldrums.



Wombats, the bulldozers of the bush cause havoc for farmers

Despite most of Tasmania’s wombat populations being on the increase, conservationists are alarmed at measures allowing farmers to protect property.



Northern Territory

Still in the dark on Territory power plan [$]

Six months since Cyclone Marcus hit and left 28,000 homes without power, Territorians are still being left in the dark on the Gunner Government’s plans to start undergrounding power



Western Australia

WA shakes in 5.6 magnitude earthquake

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has jolted southwest Western Australia with aftershocks to continue for weeks in the immediate area.




Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas

New research shows direct evidence that toxic air – already strongly linked to harm in unborn babies – travels through mothers’ bodies



Electric cars: who to bless and who to blame on the road ahead

Mike Hawes on industry action, Zofia Dymitr on charge points for electric cars, and Robin Morris on claims of ‘no toxic filth’ being emitted



100% renewable energy: the public wants it, and quick

The industry is groping for ways to talk the public down.



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