Date: 12 February 2019 at 09:00:10 AEDT
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Subject: Daily Links Feb 12
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Thirteen nations listed a warming planet as the number one threat.
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America’s problems with solving our climate crisis predate President Trump and go deeper than petty snark.
Thirteen nations listed a warming planet as the number one threat.
The world’s driest desert is flooding and some of the planet’s wettest woodlands are burning.
Global warming in the recent years has comparatively become a larger threat to the world.
Kale Sniderman et al
As the planet warms, subtropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere, including parts of southern Australia and southern Africa, are drying. These trends include major drought events such as Cape Town’s “Day Zero” in 2018.
The coalition will announce further climate change and energy policy ahead of the federal election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.
Reserve Bank board member says forced divestitures would likely be harmful
Cooper Energy chief executive David Maxwell is still finding “robust” demand for gas at $9-$11 a gigajoule, despite LNG spot prices being at 17-month lows.
Electricity company EnergyAustralia is launching a $15 million program to help charities slash their power bills by installing free solar panels and battery systems, turning them into mini-power plants.
The circular economy in Australia is starting to gain traction as more consumers and businesses try to use fewer resources and minimise their environmental footprint.
Chances are all your photos and videos are being stored on cloud servers that burn a lot of power. Now, data centres are joining the wave of Australian companies going carbon neutral.
The boom is small-scale rooftop solar installations has continued into 2019, with total installs at record level for January.
R Keller Kopf
As extreme climate events happen around the world, Australian communities are running out of water
The Prime Minister now admits climate change is hurting. Now he needs policies.
Ian Wright and Jason Reynolds
The largest desalination plant in Australia, Victoria’s A$3.5 billion ‘water factory’ can supply nearly a third of Melbourne’s needs.
Victoria is pushing for a national ban on the import of building materials implicated in the Grenfell Tower fire
Maggie Coggan, Monday, 11th February 2019 – A remote Victorian town is closer than ever to its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2022, after hitting the major milestone of generating enough solar to power over 170 homes for a year.
New South Wales
The entire state of NSW will be under a fire ban as hot and windy conditions push bushfire danger ratings into the extreme and severe categories on Tuesday.
The bidding war among NSW political parties over solar panels has been joined by the Greens who want photovoltaics and batteries to be made compulsory for all new dwellings.
Public transport in Sydney’s west is shaping up as a key battleground in the state election campaign after Labor leader Michael Daley vowed to spend $8 billion to “fast-track” a new metro train line between Parramatta and the central city.
The Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court who blocked a coal mine due to factors including climate change founded the group of activist lawyers for whom he last week ruled in favour. Farmers say the region is going under and the mine would have injected millions into the economy.
The reasons the mine was rejected have made international news. So how did we get here?
The major political parties in NSW have answered calls to get serious about renewable energy and climate policy in the state, with both the incumbent Coalition government and opposition Labor Party unveiling plans over the weekend aimed at boosting solar and battery storage uptake.
Rachael Anderson’s western Queensland cattle station is strewn with the bodies of thousands of cattle that died in flooded water a week after sweltering in drought.
Indian energy giant Adani has launched an advertising blitz calling on the Palaszczuk government to give the company a “fair go” and approve its controversial $2 billion Carmichael mine – a campaign it is willing to run until the federal election in May.
With about $300 million worth of cattle washed away or euthanised as a result of flooding, farmers in the state’s northwest will have to resort to renting out their land to make ends meet.
Southeast Queensland looks set to be awarded the biggest City Deal in the country, with Scott Morrison revealing support for an ambitious plan to modernise the region.
Seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight will go ahead this year, and drilling for oil the next, but environmentalists say it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Electricity poles and wires company Spark Infrastructure has taken a $270 million bath, writing down its South Australian electricity distribution assets and dropping dividends after a new court decision will force it to pay tax.
A vulnerable malleefowl chick is the first to be discovered in a South Australian wildlife refuge and comes after the last cats and foxes were removed from the exclosure.
South Australia’s $2.2 billion desalination plant would be used to help River Murray flows, under a plan the State Government will consider.
South Australia could be set for more big batteries that would add to the Tesla unit at Jamestown, after more than 50 bids were received for a new State Government storage scheme.
Disgraced former mining minister Adam Brooks has resigned from Parliament, the State Government confirms, just months after a damning Integrity Commission report.
The Tasmania Fire Service says crews have made steady progress on containment lines at bushfires across the state, with more cool weather expected in the coming days.
The thousands of free campers who come to Tasmania each year will go elsewhere if they are forced into caravan parks, a yearly camper visitor says.
Planned walking track upgrades on the Tasman Peninsula will make one of the state’s most spectacular hidden gems more accessible.
Students, workers and families have gathered at a packed public meeting to discuss the “havoc” resulting from a recent shake-up in public transport.
Shell tipped to deepen ties with battery storage maker Sonnen as it accelerates its push into green technology.
A new study argues that “universal car access” could lift more Americans out of poverty.
The U.S. has been slow to embrace the technology, even though Japan and China are zooming ahead.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science highlights the achievements of female scientists.
Kids exposed to phthalates prenatally and as 3-year-olds have decreased motor skills later in their childhood, according to a new study.
Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points.
New research finds that aquaculture, or fish farming, does not help conserve wild fisheries.
A microbiologist has identified groups of bacteria in Lake Erie that degrade microcystin and can be used to naturally purify water.
Our species has ‘disproportionate effect’ on others, scientists say
Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.
A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years.
Now for something completely different …
Australians are becoming more trustful of charities and expect NGOs to work with other sectors to drive social change, according to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer.
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