Daily Links Sep 23

While ocean clean-ups are important to remove plastics from the environment, of much more importance is not putting plastics into the environment in the first place. This is very much a case of prevention being better than cure – reducing materials and energy in plastics production, in unnecessary use of plastics and in thoughtless disposal if plastics waste is unavoidable. The packaging industry likes to view this as a litter issue though.

Post of the Day

Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world — raising the risk of global extinction — due to the loss of suitable habitat.



Today’s Celebration

Independence Day – Armenia

National Day – Saudi Arabia

Shubun no Hi / Autumnal Equinox Day – Japan

Grito de Lares – Puerto Rico

Shubun no Hi / Autumnal Equinox Day – Shinto

Restless Legs Awareness Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/restless-legs-awareness-day/

Celebrate Bisexuality Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/celebrate-bisexuality-day/

More about Sep 23 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_23



The Melbourne creeks the EPA doesn’t want you to swim or fish in

Victoria’s environmental watchdog is warning Melbourne residents not to enter the waterways west of the city as it continues to investigate contamination from firefighting foam.



Budj Bim aerial seed bombing could see return of the tiger quoll

At 6,600 years old Budj Bim National Park pre-dates both the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge, but decades of western farming have turned parts of the ancient Aboriginal settlement into a shadow of its former self.



How fire could unlock suburbia’s ‘hidden treasure’ of wildflowers

Conservation workers say they have discovered a wildflower never before recorded in Melbourne’s suburbs – and predict it could be the tip of a botanical iceberg.



Council eyes fortnightly household waste collections

Bayside council is considering collecting residents’ household bins every fortnight and wants residents to dispose of food waste in green recycling bins to cut the amount of rubbish going into landfill.




Climate change vs Australia’s oldest-running flower festival

Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers kicks off this weekend in the middle of trying weather conditions.



Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority director quits over potential conflict of interest

Margie McKenzie’s diving company was subcontracted to perform crown-of-thorns starfish removal work



How to use Queensland’s new container recycling scheme

Queensland’s new container recycling scheme begins on November 1. Will it be ready? And how will you claim your 10-cent refund.



Green threat: ‘Change your business or we will break it’ [$]

Greenies have their sights set on a new target in a campaign of illegal direct action that threatens to disrupt Queensland’s multibillion-dollar coal exports.



Most powerful players in Aussie politics [$]

Peter Gleeson

Green activism has never been more powerful in Australia. It’s a force of nature, fuelled by rich-lister financial backing, much of it coming from overseas



Green warriors nothing more than lawless ratbags [$]

Courier Mail editorial

Greenies will today launch the next phase in their war against Queensland’s coal industry and it’s time to call this out for what it really is – industrial warfare. And it’s time to say enough is enough.



South Australia

Jumping warning as 500 trolleys found off Port Augusta wharf

So many shopping trolleys have been dumped off a wharf in a regional South Australian city that the local council warns of a “significant risk of injury” from jumping off it and into the sea.



Solar scammers zapped by the Minister

Sneaky solar companies are trying to cash in early on SA’s world-leading $100 million home battery scheme — prompting an official warning for householders to be wary of potential scams.


Northern Territory

Forget drones — this wedge-tailed eagle captures bird’s eye view with camera

A wedge-tailed eagle that previously featured in a Birds of Prey show is trained to carry a camera, with trainers saying he is helping to inspire the public about eagles and the environment.



Western Australia

Meerkit stolen from Perth Zoo found ‘very stressed’ but safe more than 100km away

A four-week-old meerkat is recovering after being found by WA Police at a house in the Wheatbelt town of Beverley, two days after it was taken from its enclosure at Perth Zoo on the eve of its public unveiling.




Experts unsure if Ocean Cleanup is going to rid the seas of plastic

Ocean Cleanup believes it can halve the Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years, but experts warn it could be a distraction from the true causes and cures of plastic pollution.



New battery gobbles up carbon dioxide

New technology developed at MIT could use carbon dioxide captured from power plants to make a new kind of lithium battery.



Cooking with wood or coal is linked to increased risk of respiratory illness and death

Burning wood or coal to cook food is associated with increased risk of hospitalization or dying from respiratory diseases.



Nature Conservation

Thousands march on Whitehall to call for end to ‘war on wildlife’

Protesters including Billy Bragg and Chris Packham take to central London to demand pro-wildlife policies



Ocean acidification may reduce sea scallop fisheries

Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model created by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, predicts that those fisheries may potentially be in danger.



Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world — raising the risk of global extinction — due to the loss of suitable habitat.




Maelor Himbury

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