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.

Post of the Day

This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planet


Today’s Celebration

FAO Day – Iraq

Independence Day – Cambodia

Evacuation Day – Syria

Youth Day – Iran

Women’s Day – Gabon

Flag Day – American Samoa

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD)

World Haemophilia Day

Haiku Poetry Day

Bat Appreciation Day

Nature Play Week

More about Apr 17


Climate Change

More than 200 people arrested in London climate change protests

British police arrest 209 people after climate change activists block some of London’s most famous roads in an attempt to force the Government to do more to tackle climate change.


Extinction Rebellion: The activists risking prison to save the planet

In the face of runaway climate chaos, governments around the world are in denial, say the activists hoping to land themselves in jail in defence of our planet — and the survival of our species.


How inland waters ‘breathe’ carbon — and what it means for global systems

Study reveals key relationship between storm events, ecology, and topography in carbon ‘evasion’


Potential effects of large-scale projects designed to offset Earth’s changing climate

Climate engineering research is too focused on specific aspects of individual projects, argues an expert. She believes broader studies about the impacts of these efforts will have on other Earth system variables.


What Earth’s gravity reveals about climate change

On March 17, 2002, the satellite duo GRACE was launched to map the Earth’s gravity field more precisely than ever before. The measurements make it possible to monitor the terrestrial water cycle, the mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers or changes in sea levels. This helps to better understand important trends in the global climate system.


This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planet



Confusion, uncertainty grips market as marginal loss factors changed again

More confusion and uncertainty for wind and solar farms as AEMO admits errors and makes revisions to key marginal loss factors.


Senator Rice details Australia’s faunal extinction emergency

Sue Arnold talks to Senator Janet Rice about the Senate Inquiry into Faunal Extinction’s Interim Report and the catastrophic and irreversible ramifications if its recommendations are ignored.


What are the main issues dividing voters? Our Vote Compass survey gives a clue

Labor and Greens voters regard the environment as their number one concern, whereas Coalition voters nominate the economy as the single most important issue to them, the ABC’s Vote Compass survey reveals.


Shorten ducks questions on emission target

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has refused to answers questions about Labor’s climate policies while campaigning in South Australia.


Green bonds are a little grey say investors [$]

Not every investor is buying into the green bond revolution that is sweeping fixed income markets.


Greens propose supporting Labor climate policy in environment deal

Sarah Hanson-Young says party is not afraid to use its numbers in the Senate to push Bill Shorten to back key parts of its plans


Questions over companies chosen for $200m of Murray-Darling water buybacks

Water buyback criticised over the lack of open tender and the low reliability of water licence purchased


‘Snowy Hydro of gas’ needed to stave off disaster: energy users

The east-coast gas crisis needs to be elevated to the level of electricity, with government intervention to drive new supply, the energy users’ group


Chinese firms lift Australian coal orders, as curbs tipped to end

Chinese private power companies have started to buy contracts for Australian thermal coal, which could signal an end to China’s import restrictions that have sent prices plummeting.


Greens founder has faith in election boost

Former Greens’ leader Bob Brown expects the party will pick up votes at the upcoming election amid community concern about climate change.


Why climate change will dull autumn leaf displays

Matthew Brookhouse

Autumnal displays may be dimmed in the future.


Why the Coalition is misleading on meeting Australia’s Kyoto 2020 target

Josh Gordon

Power plant shutdowns, renewable energy targets and accounting assumptions have helped Australia meet its target “in a canter”


Let’s not get hysterical over climate change [$]

Caleb Bond

If people are going to advocate up turning our lifestyles and economy to tackle global warming, the least they could do is make sure they had a handle on the facts.


Bill Shorten dodges question on emissions plan cost [$]

Miranda Devine

It wasn’t a good look for Bill Shorten on the campaign trail in Melbourne on Tuesday when he refused to answer a question from a journalist about the cost to the economy of his emissions reduction policy.


Morrison and Shorten’s Big Australia: The overpopulation problem

Stephen Saunders

Ignoring environmental and urban congestion objections, the Morrison Government is committed to a Big Australia — a policy unchallenged by the ALP



Latrobe Valley electric truck maker gets multiple orders from US

Victoria-based SEA Electric will soon have its Australian designed electric trucks in use from Detroit to San Francisco.


Bushfire near Ballarat under control

An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire in Victoria’s west, which has claimed a shed.


Possum surge locks up forest [$]

Victoria’s 4000 timber workers and their communities are demanding an immediate review of logging bans around Leadbeater’s possum colonies, following a massive surge in sightings of the marsupial.


Changes to solar scheme subsidies slammed [$]

Victorian solar installers say the sector has been thrown into turmoil by the Andrews Government’s sudden decision to introduce new caps for its rooftop subsidy scheme.


Hazelwood market analysis stacks up – consumers were well and truly “done over”

Bruce Mountain

As more coal generators don their cloaks and ride into the sunset we must make sure their owners do not keep making off with the family silver.


New South Wales

‘Stuff the bike riders’: WestConnex downgrades bike path to part-time

A city-bound bike path that was to have offered a separated route toward the central business district along the WestConnex motorway will be closed to cyclists when Sydney Olympic Park is busy.


Mining companies feel heat on climate change

A landmark decision in the NSW Land and Environment Court to knock back a proposed open-cut coalmine based on its contribution to climate change is looming over other projects in the state.


Climate change debate and the empty chair

Charlie Lewis

As the campaign proper gears up, climate change is being pushed as a front and centre issue by almost every candidate. But where’s Tony?


Broken promise on WestConnex undermines trust in planning [$]

SMH editorial

The Berejiklian government has been returned to office promising to restore trust. But its failure to deliver on a key promise does not inspire confidence.



Adani confident Labor will honour environmental approvals for its coal mine

The head of Adani Australia has said he does not believe a Shorten government poses a risk to the company’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.


Microsoft carbon price funds Reef project

Microsoft has stopped short of calling on Australia reintroducing a carbon price but its own internal carbon scheme will fund new Great Barrier Reef research.


James Cook University professor Peter Ridd’s sacking ruled unlawful

Physics head dismissed after criticising scientific research about climate change impact on the Great Barrier Reef


Adani is hurting us: ALP [$]

Labor figures warn the handling of Adani is damaging hopes of winning marginal LNP seats.


Plibersek’s Adani race card is mind-boggling [$]

Mike O’Connor

As Tanya Plibersek has so keenly reminded us, Adani is not like other foreign-owned companies sure to bring in jobs and boost the economy, it’s an Indian-owned company. Which is apparently an issue.


A coup for free speech [$]

Graham Lloyd

Peter Ridd’s unfair dismissal win shows an open mind can still trump bureaucratic intrusion.


No rest in free speech fight [$]

Tim Dodd

Peter Ridd has won his case against wrongful dismissal, but an incident at Griffith raises further questions.


South Australia

AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro plant in South Australia as replacement for gas

AGL wins tender to use an old copper mine near Adelaide to provide 250MW of pumped hydro capacity and eight hours of storage, and help the shift from fossil…


Challenge to protect our ailing Murray [$]

Advertiser editorial

Little more than 10 years ago, desperate Riverland irrigators were being forced to burn hundreds of decade-old trees as one-third of growers prepared to walk off their blocks.


Salmon industry ‘paying pittance’ for marine debris fines

Tasmania’s major salmon farmers have paid just a few thousand dollars in fines since the State Government introduced a “zero tolerance” approach to marine debris.


Activists rail against marine farm waste [$]

Existing laws are insufficient to deal with the large amount of marine debris from Tasmanian fish farms washing up on shores as far away as New Zealand, activists say.


Libs take poll position in battle for Bass [$]

Labor is trailing the Liberals in the key marginal seat of Bass, according to polling the Australian Forest Products Association will release today.


Northern Territory

New NT gas well could bring big benefits [$]

A significant gas well has been found in the Carnarvon Basin, north of Darwin within a petroleum permit owned wholly by Australian Energy company Santos


Western Australia

McMansion expansion is leaving Perth ‘full of terrible houses’

Architects say it’s time to rethink the suburban dream, with data revealing that around a fifth of new homes built in WA don’t meet six-star energy standards, costing their owners dearly in running costs.


Santos makes major gas find off WA [$]

CEO Kevin Gallagher has described the Corvus-2 well gas discovery, which lies close to existing pipelines and is bigger than anticipated, as “fantastic”.



Tesla solar production twice its EV charging, claims huge emissions savings

Electric vehicle pioneer and energy group Tesla says its fleet of more than 550,000 EVs has already delivered savings of more than 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases and their equivalent, and the output of its solar products is also twice that of energy consumed by all those electric cars.


Your chocolate egg might be more unethical than you think

As Easter approaches, the rush to stock up on chocolate eggs begins. But where exactly are they coming from? Humanitarian groups and ethical trade watchdogs are calling on shoppers to think about what makes a “good egg”.


Plastic technology for natural recycling

Michael Stephen of the says Europe and the US should follow the lead of countries that have embraced oxo-biodegradation


Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water

A self-cleaning device made of wood aims to make small-scale desalination more practical


Could wave power be the next boom in renewable energy?

Several devices that generate electricity from the movement of waves are about to begin large-scale testing in Hawaii.


When it comes to learning, what’s better: The carrot or the stick?

Does the potential to win or lose money influence the confidence one has in one’s own decisions? Researchers (UNIGE) investigated confidence bias in a learning context through a system of monetary punishment and reward. They demonstrated that we become more confident in our choices when learning to seek rewards. However, this confidence evolves into over-confidence. Moreover, the monetary gains makes us less flexible, while the fear of losing money preserves our ability to adapt.


Explainer: Some say the Green New Deal will destroy hamburgers and end air travel. Let’s take a look

America’s new climate policy proposal aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions and create millions of jobs. Here s why it is become a lightning rod for criticism.


Oil will be the lifeblood of the global economy for years to come

Andy Critchlow

We have just been given more proof that the age of oil won’t end soon.


Electric cars can clean up the mining industry – here’s how

Elsa Dominish and Nick Florin

Electric vehicles and renewable energy must mine more responsibly. 


Nature Conservation

Six-decade plankton study charts rise of ocean plastic waste

Handwritten journals from 50s show how plastic problem has grown to global emergency


Palm oil, logging firms the usual suspects as Indonesia fires flare anew

Oil palm and logging companies in Indonesia have come into public glare once again as another season of forest fires flares up in Sumatra.


Plastic pollution reaches new heights in the Pyrenees

A new study shows microplastic fragments can be carried long distances from cities, covering even the most remote areas with a ‘blanket’ of waste


Climate change threatens endangered sparrows

A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that some sparrow species will go extinct within the century due to climate change.


Elizabeth Warren lays out ‘Climate Solution’ vision for public lands

The proposal includes a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.


Deforested habitats leave migratory birds ill-prepared for journey north

Migratory birds are experiencing precipitous population declines due to land-use change in Central and South America.



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