Daily Links Apr 8

It seems that the Pentecostal PM is way ahead of us. I hadn’t realised that electric vehicles would end the weekend or that we’d have to buy really really long extension cords. The Chinese have over 2 million EVs, the US over 1 million. Now they probably don’t have weekends but I wonder how long extension cords are in those countries?

Post of the Day

Fed Researcher Warns Climate Change Could Spur Financial Crisis

Climate change is becoming increasingly relevant to central bankers because losses from natural disasters that are magnified by higher temperatures and elevated sea levels could spark a financial crisis, a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco researcher found.


Today’s Celebration

Birthday of the Sultan of Johor  Malaysia

Flower Festival – Japan

ASPCA Day – United States of America 

National Health Day – Kiribati

National Plitvice Lakes Day – Croatia

Zoo Lovers Day

International Day of the Roma

Draw A Bird Day

Meet Us On the Street: Anti-Street Harassment Week

Kidney Health Week

More about Apr 8


Climate Change

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole

Pliocene beech fossils in Antarctica when CO2 was at similar level to today point to planet’s future


Fed Researcher Warns Climate Change Could Spur Financial Crisis

Climate change is becoming increasingly relevant to central bankers because losses from natural disasters that are magnified by higher temperatures and elevated sea levels could spark a financial crisis, a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco researcher found.


We need an environmental revolution

John Scales Avery

The time for action on climate change is now. Only widespread change can save us now.



Voters prefer Labor on climate change [$]

Labor will enter the federal election campaign with better credentials than the Coalition when it comes to tackling climate change.


‘Shorten wants to end the weekend’: Morrison attacks Labor’s electric vehicle policy

Labor leader says PM has run out of steam on ‘scare campaigns’ and resorted to ‘scaring you about their own policies’


‘The perfect storm’: hydrogen gains ground on LNG as alternative fuel

With demand set to rise across the world, Australia is set to become a global primary producer of hydrogen


Cheap and mobile filter makes wastewater drinkable in droughts and natural disasters

Scientists at QUT develop a water filtration system that could be a game-changer for properties in drought and communities hit by natural disasters.


‘They are so bad at this’: Why the tech sector keeps getting rolled in Canberra

John McDuling

For the local tech community, its latest policy defeat was a particularly bitter pill to swallow.


$500m for station car parks? Other transport solutions could do much more for the money

Nathan Pittman et al

With more than a million Australians using public transport to get to work each day, demand for car parking at the station is virtually insatiable


Bill comes up short on specifics of running an electric car [$]

Tim Blair

He doesn’t know how long electric cars take to charge or where the power is coming from, but Bill Shorten wants to be a high-voltage version of Ben Chifley’


Don’t trust this dodgy electric car sales team [$]

Peta Credlin

Labor has been caught out approaching policy from the perspective of green ideology rather than the practicalities of Australian life, writes Peta Credlin. Just look at Bill Shorten’s electric car promise.


Labor’s green car gamble [$]

Nick Cater

Like Bob Dylan before him, Shorten can go electric but it won’t please everyone.


Put cost on climate change [$]

Alan Kohler

We need a baseline set of agreed facts about climate change’s impact and how to deal with it.



Victorians rally for toxic waste crackdown

As residents in Melbourne’s north prepare to rally for a hazardous waste industry crackdown, the state government has flagged an electronic monitoring system.


Despite toxic fire, EPA laws still a year away [$]

New laws aimed at averting environ­mental disasters will not be enforced for more than a year despite Friday’s toxic Campbellfield factory fire, the third similar incident in two years.


Energy retailers sting Victorians over heatwave meltdown [$]

Victorians will be charged $32 million for drastic measures deployed to try to keep the lights on during January’s blistering heatwave. The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal households and businesses will foot the bill racked up when big energy users were paid to power down to avoid widespread blackouts.


New South Wales

Proposed ‘immediate’ brumby reduction put on hold

A promised immediate 50 per cent reduction in Kosciuszko’s feral horses population has been put on hold.


Millionaires swoop on coal mine [$]

Coal barons Trevor St Baker and Brian Flannery have swooped on the mine supplying their Vales Point power station.



New waste-management hub planned for Fyshwick

A new large-scale waste and recycling plant, which would receive up to one million tonnes of materials a year, is planned for Fyshwick.



Queensland will fine farm invaders

An escalation of animal activism in Queensland has prompted the government to draft laws to fine activists who risk the lives of farmers, workers and animals.


Adani mine in minister’s hands: treasurer

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the final approvals for the Adani coal mine are in the environment minister’s hands, defending an apparent delay on the project.


Adani approval unlikely before federal poll [$]

Hopes are fading for the Indian company Adani to receive final approvals for its Carmichael mine before the caretaker period begins.


Senator’s blunt warning for Minister on Adani [$]

A federal Senator has warned Environment Minister Melissa Price that he will publicly call for her resignation if she fails to treat the Adani project fairly.


Solar battery use to grow but many wait for ‘financial tipping point’

The latest Queensland Household Energy Survey has shown an increasing uptake in renewable energy options for homes, including home batteries and electric cars.


Brisbane roundabout upgrade promised in budget could spill onto bridge

The federal election in May could decide the immediate future of one of Brisbane’s busiest roundabouts and one of its most congested bridges.


Brisbane’s new lord mayor says Mount Coot-tha zipline will be first focus

Incoming lord mayor Adrian Schrinner will take a “close look” at the controversial Mount Coot-tha zipline development, as one of his first priorities.


Legal protections urged as science gears up to aid Great Barrier Reef

Early-stage research into ways to limit the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef is being approved in a ”policy vacuum”, potentially limiting risk assessments and undermining public support, researchers say.


Anger over Adani could split LNP [$]

Renee Viellaris

So angry are some LNP Federal parliamentarians with their interstate colleagues that they have flagged sitting as a separate party after the next election.


South Australia

Pandas to stay in SA

South Australian wildlife sanctuary Monarto Zoo is set to be transformed into a world class facility with a $15m investment from federal and state governments.


Time for climate crusaders to warm up to chilling reality [$]

Andrew Bolt

South Australia’s massive solar farm project is just another wild green scheme to fail — and just proves these dud plans pushed by the warming crusaders are a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.


Meander Valley Council to make submission after TWWHA bushfire

Meander Valley Council is expected to make a submission to the state government as a result of the bushfire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area earlier this year.


Wind farm on Tasmanian beef property to send renewable energy to national grid

male in hi-vis stands in lush paddock with cows grazing behind him

For more than half a century, Royce Smith’s family has produced premium grass-fed beef at blustery Granville Harbour — the perfect place to diversify with a wind farm.


Sands of grime come clean [$]

Fishing debris and small plastics dominated a huge haul of waste collected from Bruny Island beaches by volunteers from the tourism and travel industry.


Sunrise vigil by cable car protesters [$]

Opponents of the proposed cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington have held an early morning protest at the planned drilling locations near the mountain’s summit.


Mercury pollution from decades past may have been re-released by Tasmania’s bushfires

Larissa Schneider et al

Tasmania’s fires may have released mercury previously absorbed by trees.


Northern Territory

Why doesn’t the world’s oldest living culture attract more tourists?

Only 15 per cent of domestic tourists to the Northern Territory experience Aboriginal culture, compared to 69 per cent of international visitors.


Western Australia

Hundreds of Kimberley brumbies are shot from helicopters — is there a better solution?

Hundreds of them are culled across Western Australia’s northern rangelands every year, yet the feral horses of the Kimberley fail to attract the same interest as the brumbies of the eastern states.



Bishops and campaigners want Westminster Abbey to cancel nuclear deterrent service

Westminster Abbey is being urged to cancel a forthcoming service to mark 50 years of nuclear deterrents in British waters.


‘Historic breakthrough’: Norway’s giant oil fund dives into renewables

Experts say even nations that got rich on fossil fuels are seeing the future is green


Skyscrapers are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US, scientists estimate

New report ranks deadliest cities for feathered travelers, who often collide with glass-covered or illuminated buildings


Monsanto spent $17 million in one year to discredit international cancer agency over glyphosate classification

How badly did Monsanto want to discredit international cancer scientists who found the company’s glyphosate herbicide to be a probable human carcinogen



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