Daily Links Oct 20

Those who disparaged ‘The Limits to Growth’, the Club of Rome’s seminal work on resource availability and use under a range of possible futures, might have to endure the taste of ‘umble pie’. As poet James Elroy Flecker observed, ‘men are unwise and curiously planned’. We might stay gender specific here, even Maggie Thatcher knew we needed to do something about curbing resource use.
And thanks to webmaster and web maestro Simon Darwent (see greghunt.net for the website he created for me – he could do one for you too) for forwarding the list during my central Asian odyssey.

Post of the Day

Gloomy 1970s predictions about Earth’s fate still hold true

Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic ‘Limits to Growth’ report.



Today’s Celebration

Belgrade Day – Serbia

Kenyatta Day – Kenya

Revolution Day – Guatemala

Birth of the Bab – Baha’i

World Osteoporosis Day

Garage Sale Trail

Community Media Day

International Chef Day

Information Overload Day

International Sloth Day

More about Oct 20


Climate Change

So what’s the climate change/asthma connection?

Warming temperatures worsen ozone pollution. Excess carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) causes plants to grow faster and release more pollen — extending the “allergy” season.



Could oil nation Norway help save the climate?

The world may not be able to make necessary changes in time to limit rapid global temperature rise, the UN climate panel has warned. Existing emissions must also be captured and stored. Norway thinks it has the answer.



Bioenergy carbon capture: climate snake oil or the 1.5-degree panacea?

Paul Behrens

Delays on climate action to reduce emissions means that we may have to consider technologies that strip carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But that will come at a cost.



Climate change: Dispelling the myth of the one-man-army

Simon Black

In terms of saving the world from environmental damage, it’s time to stop thinking individually



Dingo dinners: what’s on the menu for Australia’s top predator?

Tim Doherty et al

The dingo, Australia’s largest mammalian carnivore, has a broad diet that varies across the continent.



IPCC can’t ignore science crisis [$]

Judith Sloan

Many of the UN climate change findings released recently are based on data that cannot be supported.




Should Australia be turning its rubbish into electricity?

Harry van Moorst is a veteran community activist. In the 1960s, he protested against the Vietnam War. In the ’70s and early ’80s, he was active in the anti-uranium movement. In the ’90s, he helped lead a successful campaign against a toxic dump proposed for Werribee, in Melbourne’s outer-western suburbs. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/sustainability/should-australia-be-turning-its-rubbish-into-electricity-20181018-p50aih.html


Cream of the crop

Her critics say she’s risen far too quickly, but farmers’ federation president Fiona Simson insists she’s just telling it like it is.



Switch from coal ‘abominable’ [$]

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford has taken a parting swipe at the way governments have mismanaged the transition from coal.



Pacific nations aren’t cash-hungry, minister, they just want action on climate change

Katerina Teaiwa

Environment Minister Melissa Price has been trending on Twitter this week – and not for any good environmental reasons.



The power of one person taking action

Age editorial

As Clean Up Australia has grown over three decades, so has our awareness that reducing rubbish is as important as cleaning it up.



Libs to confront religion flashpoint

Paul Kelly

The Liberal Party faces a moment of truth about its deepest beliefs, with the Attorney-General pushing a Religious Discrimination Act.




Porsche dealer charged over Vic oil spill

A Melbourne Porsche dealer has been charged with polluting the Yarra River following investigations into an oil spill.



Does Melbourne have enough water for its growing population?

In the lead-up to the Victorian election on November 24, we wanted to get your thoughts on what we should be investigating. You responded with some great questions and we’ve answered a few of them here.



‘Melbourne’s bursting’: why the population boom is dictating Victoria’s election

Gay Alcorn

Population growth was barely an issue at the 2014 election. Now, it permeates almost every policy challenge



New South Wales

‘Bought us time’: Welcome rains but ‘green drought’ far from broken

Much-needed rains will sweep across NSW this weekend but farmers warn that significant falls are still needed before the state-wide drought can be declared over.



Howard and Sharma face a changing climate in Wentworth [$]

Kishor Napier-Raman

Climate change has run up the list of priorities for voters in Wentworth. Will a hail mary appearance by John Howard secure the Libs?



Dear Wentworth Voters: Here’s 123 Things Our Leaders Did To ‘Confront’ Climate Change

Liam McLoughlin

A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth – former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s old seat – tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Party’s action on climate change over the last five years.




Brisbane developer delivers inner-city West End park

The developer of a controversial West End housing project has delivered on its promise to create an inner-city public park the size of Brisbane’s Post Office Square.



Far North mining operations need major discoveries to survive

Long-term horizons for mining projects in the Far North may be dim, according to an expert from the Australian Geoscience Council. https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/major-discoveries-needed-to-keep-northern-mines-ticking-over/news-story/25722476c365017a9e81824e8f01c9aa


Toxic waste ‘shouldn’t leave base’

Construction giant Laing O’Rourke allowed tonnes of ­potentially contaminated sludge to leave a Queensland military base.



South Australia

Film blamed for reduced roo harvest

A South Australian MP is blaming a film for the kangaroo industry’s failure to process its commercial harvest quota.



Same monster, different master at power switch [$]

Daniel Wills

Energy has become probably the most divisive area of public policy in the state, and the most impossibly complicated. But all that really matters to the public are results.




Air Services Australia releases PFAS report into Hobart Airport contamination

An investigation into levels of perfluorinated compounds at Hobart Airport has found low levels of risk to the public.



Privatisation of Tasmania’s National Parks

Gordon Bradbury

A powerful cartel of business interests now controls National Parks policy in Tasmania.



New buses enter the Launceston fleet

Jeremy Rockliff

The first of 100 new buses has now entered the Metro fleet in Launceston as part of the single biggest public transport investment in Tasmania’s history.



Northern Territory

Central Australian phosphate mine gets ‘milestone’ EPA approval

The Ammaroo phosphate mine, slated to become one of the largest phosphate mines in Australia, receives approval from the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority.



Uluru climber ready for legal fight [$]

Australia could face divisive legal action over a decision by bureaucrats and traditional owners to close the Uluru climb.



Western Australia

WA environment minister talks tough on plastic ban, then votes it down

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has voted in Parliament against a ban on fruit and vegetable plastic bags despite telling reporters this week he was “ready to act” and shoppers should just stick their apples in baskets instead.




Gloomy 1970s predictions about Earth’s fate still hold true

Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic ‘Limits to Growth’ report.



Researchers use AI to predict outbreak of water wars in the future

There’s a prominent idea in political science known as the resource curse.



Airs and disgraces: how city pollution is killing residents

Dirty air accounts for the premature deaths of people in London, New York, Paris and Beijing.



Can a city’s water infrastructure produce hydropower?

Micro-hydropower technologies are beginning to harvest the energy from cities’ water networks using specially designed in-pipe turbines.



Plant-based diet: These are the benefits for you and the planet

Why a plant-based diet – or at least being “flexitarian” – is good for you and the planet.



Nature Conservation

Why Australia and southeast Asia’s coral reefs became so rich in species

The building of biodiversity of coral reefs has taken tens of millions of years to but could take only decades to be undone.



Four exciting dam-removal projects to watch

From California to Maryland, dams across the United States are being removed to help fish, improve safety and boost recreation.



Tropical deforestation now emits more CO2 than the EU

Analysis finds tropical forests could potentially provide 23 percent of the climate change mitigation needed to keep warming under 2 degrees by 2030 but political will is lacking





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