Daily Links Mar 11

With Michael McCormack’s claim that renewables will kill night sport, have we reached peak stupid or do the Gnats still have more to give?


Post of the Day

To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws

Martine Maron et al

Without significant tree cover, dry and dusty landscapes can result. 


Today’s Celebration

Commonwealth Day – Tuvalu

Restoration of Lithuania’s Statehood – Lithuania

King Moshoeshoe I’s Anniversary – Lesotho

Johnny Appleseed Day – USA

Canberra Day

Commonwealth Day

National Ground Water Awareness Week

Napping Day

World Plumbing Day

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film

More about Mar 15


Climate Change

It’s raining on Greenland’s ice sheet. That’s a big problem.

Rainstorms are now driving nearly one-third of the frozen island’s rapid melt.



Nationals MPs won’t rule out move against leader over coal issue

Nervous Nationals MPs are not ruling out a move on their leader, Michael McCormack, before the next election unless he significantly hardens his calls for a taxpayer underwrite of a coal-fired power station.


Greens demand documents on ‘dodgy’ carry-over credits for Paris target

Bid to keep the spotlight on the Coalition and on Labor which is yet to decide if it will follow suit


Nats leader links emissions to night footy

Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has made the extraordinary claim that night-time football and cricket may face extinction under a future Labor government.


Minister struggles to define coal policy

Cabinet minister Linda Reynolds has struggled to define the federal government’s position on investing in coal energy.


Joyce: fight poll on coal [$]

Barnaby Joyce has demanded Scott Morrison to go to the election promising support for a new coal-fired power station.


ALP plan to cut half coal plants [$]

Coal-fired power generation would fall by 60 per cent in the next decade to meet Labor’s 45 per cent emissions reduction target.


Coal cuts go on in China clean-up [$]

Australia’s coal exports to China face a prolonged slowdown as China steps up its campaign to improve the environment.


Why I’m encouraging my daughter to wag school

Kasey Edwards

On Friday 15 March our kids are likely to learn more outside the classroom than in it.


The one thing we have to fear is fear itself

Toni Hassan

The government’s trying to scare us, which is odd because the one thing that is truly frightening it keeps trying to tell us isn’t a problem – calamitous climate change.


To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws

Martine Maron et al

Without significant tree cover, dry and dusty landscapes can result. 



Victoria can, and should, lead the country on climate change

Jonathan La Nauze

Some of Scott Morrison’s recent climate change offerings have merit but overall they fail to limit pollution from coal and gas power stations.


New South Wales

Crabs in popular NSW fishing spot contaminated with ‘unhealthy’ levels of cadmium

Crabs dwelling in Lake Macquarie, a popular fishing spot north of Sydney, are absorbing concerning levels of cadmium from sediment, an EPA report reveals, but locals say the public has not been warned.


Teacher and Greens hopeful probed over climate ‘strike’ [$]

A Bega teacher – who is also the Greens candidate for the seat – is facing a departmental investigation after urging students­ to sign up for an activist­-promoted “climate change strike”.


The Great River Run: Murray Darling crisis [$]

When the Darling River is in full flow it is a spectacular, life-giving resource for inland NSW. When hit by one of the worst droughts ever, farms and businesses are brought to their knees. This special investigation reveals the gripping battle for natural and economic survival taking place along the Darling’s entire length. Part 1 of an essential Australian story.


Janet Laurence: After Nature sounds an exquisite warning bell for extinction

Prudence Gibson

Artist Janet Laurence is ferocious and uncompromising in her work.



Simon cut his power bills by 12% doing just one thing

Most Canberrans are robbing themselves of the chance to save up to $1016 on energy bills by not shopping around.


Canberra electorates won’t see a ‘winter’ by 2050: report

The Australian Conservation Foundation has partnered with the Australian National University to show voters how their electorate will be hit by climate change.



Using baby bats as bait to move on inner-city flying fox colony

The days of a flying fox colony nestled among the high-rise buildings and bustling traffic in the centre of Cairns could be numbered, with plans to move them on.


New plan for The Spit includes cruise ship terminal and light rail

An ocean cruise ship terminal remains an option for the Gold Coast Spit in the Queensland Government’s latest blueprint for the area, despite “significant concerns” it could result in ships washing up on the beach.


The Liberal-held Qld electorate with the most to lose from climate change

Five seats where climate change is set to hit hardest are held by Nationals MPs whose party colleagues want the government to finance new coal-fired power plants.


Queensland’s southeast swelters through Autumn heatwave

Temperatures in Queensland’s southeast are rising about eight degrees above average in an unusual Autumn heatwave.


Surging water use, falling dam levels, spark warning to cut down

South-east Queensland’s drinking water usage has reached the highest level since before the 2000s drought, as authorities predict combined dam levels will fall below 70 per cent in the coming days


Draft protest law consultation should be extended: Labor

Labor have joined calls for the state government to extend public consultation for its draft protest law amendments, after the month-long period closed to submissions last weekend.


Northern Territory

Darwin residents failing on recycling [$]

Recycling waste is not such a healthy habit in Darwin, with up to 50 per cent of all recycling loads contaminated and unable to be reused


Western Australia

Carbon speedbump for Woodside dealmaking [$]

A carbon ruling in Western Australia has come at an awkward time for the country’s biggest home-grown LNG exporter.


Coleman readies for carbon wars [$]

Matthew Stevens

Woodside boss Peter Coleman says the West Australian EPA agency has overstepped its remit and blindsided the sector.



World’s biggest fund to dump Woodside, Santos [$]

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund announces plans to sell off holdings of oil and gas producers with few exceptions.


Nature Conservation

China growing crops for wild elephants

China will grow crops for wild elephants to graze on in a bid to stop them raiding the crops of farmers from villages in the area.



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