Daily Links Apr 30

John Connor was ACF’s Campaigns Director some years ago before leading the Climate Institute. He brings a solid background to the Carbon Markets Institute which could lead to the much-needed No Carbon rather than Low Carbon Future.https://reneweconomy.com.au/john-connor-re-enters-policy-wars-as-head-of-carbon-markets-institute-59428/

Daily Links Apr 29

It can take an outsider to see the sum that we don’t see as we’re too enmeshed in the detail of the parts. The Erlichs are friends of Australia and are informed observers and what they see is troubling.https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/on-australias-major-environmental-crises,12622

Daily Links Apr 28

We absolutely must have an independent publicly-visible national anti-corruption agency, we must have real-time disclosure on political donations which are capped at a modest amount and we must have years-long cooling off periods before Ministers can be appointed to jobs relating to their previous portfolios. And while we’re at it, how about reviewing tax-exemptions for opaque ‘think tanks’ masquerading as policy research institutes. Think on these things when you have that pencil in your hand.https://www.smh.com.au/national/all-hell-broke-loose-the-strange-story-behind-joyce-taylor-and-watergate-20190426-p51hjm.html

Daily Links Apr 27

There’s a lot to be said for the aims of Extinction Rebellion and not much for Business as Usual.https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/4/24/18511491/climate-change-protests-london-extinction-rebellion

Daily Links Apr 26

Read this article – it is important!”What do we value more: an economic system which privileges profit above all other considerations, or the continued existence of human civilisation as we recognise it?”https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/25/climate-change-oil-companies-extinction-rebellion

Daily Links Apr 24

Time to freak out about climate change, says Bill McKibben. Climate change is not my top priority, says the head of the US EPA. I’m with Bill.http://time.com/5575658/bill-mckibben-climate-change-falter/

Daily Links Apr 19-22

Australia gets a mention just on raw numbers alone. When you think that we were reducing emissions through a very successful mechanism (the Gillard carbon price) and then we dumped it, we know about ugly pies. And rather than just a ballpark, we have a veritable sports complex of shame.https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/07/the-us-is-responsible-for-26-of-global-warming-emissions-is-morally-responsible-to-help-solve-it/

Daily Links Apr 18

There have been significant demonstrations, the Extinction Rebellion protests, in the U.K. over these last three days, not that you’d know anything about them from the Australian media (the Guardian excepted). I’d want to rebel against extinction too – but I also want to rebel against media that decides what we’re to know about.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/17/extinction-rebellion-halt-london-docklands-trains-carriage

Daily Links Apr 17

In this part of the world birds face the same challenge, same cause but different. Land reclamation in China and Korea robs migratory birds using the East Asian Australasian Flyway of resource-rich mudflats on which to refuel to continue their migration to Siberian breeding grounds. The Western Port Biosphere Foundation (my day job) is looking to raise awareness of this problem in passage countries. It won’t come easy but we must try.https://news.mongabay.com/2019/04/deforested-habitats-leave-migratory-birds-ill-prepared-for-journey-north/

Daily Links Apr 16

I’ll say it again, Monbiot is someone to whom attention must be given. ” … systems look immutable until they suddenly disintegrate. As soon as they do, the disintegration retrospectively looks inevitable.” This is what gives me hope.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/15/rebellion-prevent-ecological-apocalypse-civil-disobedience