Daily Links Jan 5

In questioning whether cotton should be grown on the ‘driest continent’, we should agree that water availability is not one of our natural advantages. It is unlikely that growing cotton would be banned, but if we were serious about the real question, which is how much water (cotton growers are) given in the first place, the ban takes care of itself.


Post of the Day

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report

Even radical climate change action won’t save glaciers, endangering 2 billion people


Today’s Celebration

Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day – Tanzania

Constitution Day – Mexico

Liberation of the Republic from the Alberoni Occupation – San Marino

Presidents Day – Congo (Republic of)

St. Agatha’s Day – San Marino

Unity Day – Burundi

Kashmir Solidarity Day – Pakistan

Safer Internet Day

UnitingCare Pancake Day

Chinese New Year

Tinnitus Awareness Week

More about Feb 5


Climate Change

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report

Even radical climate change action won’t save glaciers, endangering 2 billion people


Rising temperatures to make oceans bluer and greener

Scientists say effects of global warming on ‘phytoplankton’ will intensify the colours


The Best Data Viz and Infographics on Climate Change Facts

We’ve scoured the Web to find the best visualizations on climate change facts from the last few years.


Climate change policy: governors show what happens when you campaign on climate action and win

There’s a flurry of green political news at the state level.


Will these massive geoengineering projects fix the earth—or break it?

Researchers have begun proposing, testing, and in some cases implementing large-scale projects to radically transform the planet.


Think your country is fighting climate change? You may want to think again…

“Governments are cheating people and nature on their desire for safe planet and for protecting ecosystem,” says Stephan Singer from Climate Action Network.


‘The Human Element’ makes the impacts of climate change feel real

Climate change, extreme weather events and debates over climate mitigation strategies dominated the news for much of the last year.


ISGP’s “The Forum” Podcast: Under pressure

One possible solution to climate change is carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), whereby CO2 is collected and then sequestered underground. How does this process work, where is it already occurring, and how did the U.S. government recently encourage its expansion?


Sick, smashed, systemic and confusing — what’s really doing damage

Simon Black

When it comes to taking action against climate change, we need to start thinking in terms of direct causation.



Energy efficient homes could save households $1,000-plus a year on bills

Government mandated energy efficiency standards could deliver more than $1000 a year in electricity bill savings for average Australian households, a new report has found.


State by state – solar records fell across Australia in 2018

There has never been a sustained boom of this magnitude occurring concurrently in every major state.


Senator questions whether ‘driest continent on the planet’ should grow, export cotton

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick has thrown down the gauntlet to the cotton industry, challenging them to justify its use of water and its right to farm.


Energy users could be paid to reduce use

The Australian energy market is considering a rule change where consumers could be compensated for reducing electricity use to help the grid during peak demand.


Energy regulator proposes safety net for households struggling with high power bills

The energy regulator plans to roll out new guidelines electricity retailers must follow when dealing with vulnerable customers as an increasing number of households struggle to pay rising power bills.


‘Unworkable and over-reach’: Origin slams energy break-up bill

Energy giant Origin says the government’s proposed energy company breakup bill “will have a detrimental impact” on the electricity sector.


Lizard evolution highlights power of climate change

The fragmentation of lizard habitat across Australia brought about by Ice Age aridification millions of years ago could lead to smaller current populations having a reduced ability to cope with continued climate change.


A warming world increases air pollution

The UC Riverside-led study shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea warming contrast, drives an increased concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution.


Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent

A UW-led team has found that early spring rainfall warms up a thawing permafrost bog in Alaska and promotes the growth of plants and methane-producing microbes.


How did wind and solar perform in the recent heat-wave?

Peter Farley

In spite of the commentary you have heard about renewables failing during the power crisis, the opposite was true.


Know your NEM: Gas and hydro creamed the market as brown coal failed

David Leitch

Gas and hydro plants were the big beneficiaries as the unreliability of brown coal generation hit home in the January heatwave.


Murray-Darling report shows public authorities must take climate change risk seriously

Arjuna Dibley

Mass fish deaths in the Darling River highlight the issue of climate risk.



Wind and lightning cause Vic fire concern

Firefighters have managed to control several blazes across Victoria but strong winds in the southeast and lightning strikes in the northeast are fresh threats.


New South Wales

New NSW national park with koala habitat

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a new national park which includes prime koala habitat will be created in the NSW Southern Highlands.


Astounded’: former fire chief unloads on politicians over climate change

Former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins says climate change is leading to bushfires so horrendous that homes and lives cannot be protected


NSW river to get gigalitres of water

Gigalitres of environmental water will be released into NSW’s lower Murrumbidgee to help prevent fish deaths as conditions in the river system worsen.


Yass residents are drinking dirty water and some say it’s making them sick

Smelly, dirty water in the rural NSW town of Yass is an unsolved $11 million problem — sparking a Facebook complaint group, a crowdfunding account and now, a song.



Tips to help prevent koala drownings

There are calls for people to leave flotation devices in their backyard pools to save wildlife, after a koala drowned on the Gold Coast.


Push to ban all coal mines in the Galilee Basin does not go far enough

Greens MP Michael Berkman has introduced a private member’s bill to ban mining in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.


The conservationist who stopped mining on Fraser Island dies at 79

John Sinclair, the conservationist who halted sand mining on Fraser Island, has passed away.


Explainer: How Queensland is being soaked by an ‘unprecedented monsoonal burst’

The north Queensland coast hasn’t seen anything like it before. Homes are flooding, dams are overflowing and still the rain keeps pouring down. What’s going on?


UN to be told: stop fighting Adani

Australia will formally reject the United Nations’ intervention over the Adani coalmine.


Townsville, ravaged by economic woes and now Mother Nature, needs all the help it can get

Courier-Mail editorial

If there was a single Queensland city or town that most deserved respite from the elements over summer, it was Townsville.


South Australia

Indonesia’s Terregra to build another 5MW solar farm in South Australia

Indonesia’s Terregra Renewables has announced plans to build a second 5MW solar farm in South Australia.


South Australia’s second big solar farm gets generation licence, to start production

Vena gets generation licence for the second big solar farm in South Australia, with commissioning to begin in a few weeks.


Last day of Adelaide’s Big Dry

Adelaide is set to experience its 48th consecutive day without rain, becoming the fourth-driest spell in history, but Wednesday’s forecast suggests its coming to an end


New alert over toxic chemical [$]

Contamination from a firefighting foam continues to be found across Adelaide, with the latest pollution being detected near Parafield Airport.


Weather key as bushfires consume nearly 200,000ha

Hopes for an end to Tasmania’s fire crisis lie in the lap of the weather gods, with the possibility of rain across the state on Thursday. A total of 19 fires continue to burn, with an emergency warning in place for Brandum on the Central Plateau.


‘It’s just a disaster’: Fires deal massive blow to honey industry

Tasmanian honey prices are expected to soar, after dry conditions and fires across the state conspire to deliver the industry’s worst season in 35 years.


Green light for $3.5m recycled water pipeline [$]

A pipeline to pump recycled water from Blackmans Bay to a South Arm development is set to go ahead.


Tasmania is burning. The climate disaster future has arrived while those in power laugh at us

Richard Flanagan

Scott Morrison is trying to scare people about franking credits but seems blithely unaware people are already scared – about climate change


Tasmanian tree ferns… an Indicator of corruption ?

John Hawkins

The man fern – possibly several centuries old – comes from native forests destroyed by a logging industry that was recently found to be illegal by the Federal Court of Australia.


The Burning of the Tahune Airwalk

Gordon Bradbury

The destruction of the Tahune Airwalk and the burning of the southern forests is a classic case of the risks of building commercial tourism assets within fire dependent/prone native vegetation.


Western Australia

W.A. unveils plan to lead global lithium-ion battery boom

Western Australia government launches plan to unlock lithium-ion battery value chain, including vast reserves of lithium and other high value metals.


Planning Minister approves ‘fire-prone’ subdivision

Rita Saffioti has ignored advice from DFES warning of a “catastrophic” fire risk.


One backyard at a time: how Perth gardeners can lead the planet back to health

Trevor Cochrane

You hope something happens soon, but think you personally can’t make a real difference. This feeling of disempowerment is possibly our greatest challenge.



Solar powered batteries on wheels will change the grid forever

Tritium co-founder says the mobile battery storage in electric vehicles will have a major impact on the way consumers use electricity, and the grid.


Tesla Model Y could see double demand of Model 3: Musk

Elon Musk predicts Tesla’s upcoming all-electric SUV, the Model Y, could be twice as popular as its current best-selling electric sedan.


Europe’s most deprived areas ‘hit hardest by air pollution’

Exposure to particulate matter and ozone highest in poor eastern European states, says study


A new approach for the fast estimation of the solar energy potential in urban environments

Researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment. The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs.


Study: Environmental regulations may have unintended consequences in energy production

Many countries have passed environmental laws to preserve natural ecosystems. Although the regulations seem to have improved preservation efforts, they may have had unintended consequences in energy production, leading to more greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the conclusion of a new study by a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University that appears in the journal PLOS ONE.


Which countries eat the most meat?

Many in the West say they are trying to cut down on meat, but the reality is a different story.


The pervasiveness of microplastics

Plastic particles are showing up in our food and in our bodies. Is that a problem?


Advocating for social issues at work more likely to succeed linking morality and mission, study says

When convincing management to consider advocating for a particular social issue, employees may think it is wise to focus on the benefits to the bottom line but making a moral argument may be a better strategy, as long as it aligns with the company’s values, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.


Nature Conservation

Plastics glued in ocean by bacteria

Tiny particles of plastic are being glued together by bacteria in the ocean, with scientists fearing the clumps could be mistaken for food by marine mammals.


England’s national parks out of reach for poorer people – study

Protected countryside is more than 15 miles away from almost half of the most deprived areas


Seabirds on British island decline by 80% after overfishing and climate change cut off food source

A population crash in a massive seabird colony on Ascension Island has been attributed to a poor diet after their normal food sources dried up.


Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Introduced and invasive species can present big problems, particularly when those species are charismatic.


Hong Kong’s wild boar dilemma

Global hub Hong Kong is grappling with a wild boar problem, with some residents calling for a cull, while others welcome the animals as a sign of good fortune.


There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs

Terry Hughes

Keep slip slop slapping this summer. 


Now for something completely different …

Time away from Facebook may improve your wellbeing

Despite the scandals of recent years, billions of people still log on to Facebook each month to catch up with the news and see what their friends and family are up to. But some time away from the social media platform could do us all some good, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford and NYU.




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