Daily Links May 12

Off list again for a headline close to my heart – and not just because I’m a birder. I like mammals and reptiles too, we just do not want feral cats roaming this wide brown land.

Post of the Day

The UN says we’re destroying the world. This should change everything

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

We can’t afford business as usual. We need action, optimism and relentless focus.


Today’s Celebration

State Flag and State Emblem Day – Belarus

Environmental Education Day – Russia

Day of the Finnish Identity – Finland

Father’s Day – Romania

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day   United States of America

Saint Andrew the First-Called Day – Georgia

Buddha’s Birthday – East Asia

Mangers pour divers loas         Voudon

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day

Nurse’s Day

Mother’s Day

World Migratory Bird Day

More about May 12


Climate Change

Comparison of global climatologies confirms warming of the global ocean

A report describes the main features of the recently published World Ocean Experiment-Argo Global Hydrographic Climatology. This climatology is based on profile data from ships, Argo floats, and sensors attached to marine mammals. As an important deviation from the widely used climatologies produced previously by the National Oceanographic Data Center, the spatial interpolation was performed on local potential density surfaces, so that no ‘artificial water masses’ were created.



Climate change still key in election social media

Australians were keen to talk about climate change and civil rights on social media in the fourth week of the election campaign.


Climate, not Greens, the threat: Di Natale

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says climate change is the biggest threat to Australia, not his party, as the prime minister suggests.


‘Missing in action’: hunt goes on for Coalition’s invisible environment minister

It’s supposed to be the climate change election, and the UN says the planet’s ecosystem is under existential threat. But Melissa Price is nowhere to be seen


‘Five little killers’: He used a knife to cut their heads off

The fight is on to rid Australia of millions of cunning killers hurting native wildlife.


Why philosopher wants Aussies to stop helping farmers [$]

Australians should stop sending money to drought-stricken farmers who have access to support and won’t die of starvation, says a world-renowned philosopher.


A letter to my fellow evangelicals about the environment

Mick Pope

Dear fellow evangelicals, I write to you at this hour born of a sense of frustration, of fear, and of hope. I felt compelled to write this.


Australians can’t afford a reckless pursuit of utopia [$]

Sunday Mail editorial

When Aussies vote next Saturday they face the starkest choice in decades – a Coalition with a conviction that a strong, growing economy benefits everyone, or an ALP big on expensive promises and raising taxes.


The election comes down to this: Who do you trust? Time to end the worst period of political instability and cynicism sin [$]

Sunday Telegraph editorial

Saturday’s election must mark a turning point in Australian life — not just the change or re-election of a government, but the end of the worst period of instability and political cynicism since Federation.



PM, Shorten pledge Melbourne rail funding

Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are expected to pledge multibillion dollar funding boosts to Melbourne rail projects as the election race enters its last week.


New rules on e-waste pending – East Gippsland

New laws on e-waste are being introduced to protect our environment and recover more precious resources. The Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019, e-waste will no longer be accepted in any household bin.


We’ll fund East West link, says PM [$]

The East West link would get a $4 billion cash injection from a re-elected Coalition government — and the resurrected project would see commuters skip 23 sets of lights and cut travel time from the Eastern Freeway to CityLink by 20 minutes.


Whatever the election result, we must tackle climate emergency

Age editorial

To do nothing abrogates our and every government’s responsibility to future generations.


Ten good reasons why the LNP has to go

David Donovan

IA Managing editor Dave Donovan shares ten good reasons why the LNP needs to be voted out.


New South Wales

Libs, Labor urged to reveal dam wall plans

Ex-Greens leader Bob Brown has called on federal coalition and Labor to declare their position on the raising of NSW’s Warragamba Dam wall before the election.


Putting the gloss back on a wildlife corridor for a threatened cockatoo

Trees are being grown on a stretch of land from the Blue Mountains to the NSW Southern Tablelands to protect the threatened glossy black cockatoo, delivering positive results.



Frogs, birds and orchids added to list of critically endangered ACT species

A frog species whose habitat was decimated by the 2003 bushfires has been added to the list of critically endangered species in the ACT, along with two types of birds and two species of rare orchids.



Overhaul of Brisbane vegetation protection sent to state for approval

A major overhaul of Brisbane’s biodiversity mapping, which influences property development, has been sent by Brisbane City Council to the state government for approval.


South Australia

What am I looking at exactly? We explain those Lake Eyre photos

For natural history buffs, the flooding of the Lake Eyre Basin is something very important to document. For a photographer, it’s a dream assignment.


The highs and lows of summer power costs [$]

Soaring summer temperatures smashed records in the SA electricity market — with new highs in spot prices. Interestingly, a new low in seasonal demand was also experienced.


Crustacean key to saving fisheries [$]

A sea urchin crisis that threatens the future of critical fisheries has led to calls for greater protection of one of the urchin’s only predators.


Winds of change for Tassie’s centre [$]

Energy Minister Guy Barnett has labelled the Cattle Hill Wind Farm a “game changer” for the Central Highlands as the first wind turbine was unveiled last week.


Baby mutton bird migration landed [$]

A record number of baby shearwaters have been rescued after their attempt to migrate to the North Pacific was cut short soon after setting off.


Lake Malbena rally [$]

Crowds gathered and placards raised in a rally against helicopter access at Lake Malbena on Hobart’s parliament lawns.


Hunt begins for new wildlife warriors [$]

The 24-hour animal rescue service at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is on the hunt for new volunteers, running a free wildlife rescue course in Hobart.



When no experts would help their kids, these mums built a lab of their own

What do you do when your children live in a nuclear fallout zone? These mums in Fukushima put on lab coats, taught themselves to be radiation experts, and opened up their own clinic.


Ask Fuzzy: Riding a wave of ocean power

What is Tidal Energy?


Army discovery opens path to safer batteries

In the latest issue of the journal Nature, Army researchers and the University of Maryland demonstrate a transformative step in battery technology with the identification of a new cathode chemistry.


The end is nigh: what extinction has to do with our evangelism

David Robertson 

Did you hear the news? In 12 years time the world could come to an end. Rising sea levels, coastal flooding, crop failures, carbon in the atmosphere will cause the earths temperature to rise by up to 7 degrees with all the problems arising from that.


Nature Conservation

Vets perform world-first brain surgery on endangered NZ parrot chick

Surgeons take inspiration from human medicine to save the life of kakapo chick Espy 1B, one of just 144 of the flightless native New Zealand parrots left in existence.


Native plants regenerate on their own after invasive shrubs are removed

Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America — often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound.


Birds outside their comfort zone are more vulnerable to deforestation

Members of the same bird species can have dramatically different responses to deforestation depending on where they live, finds a new study.


Climate change responsible for severe infectious disease in UK frogs

Climate change has already increased the spread and severity of a fatal disease caused by Ranavirus that infects common frogs (Rana temporaria) in the UK, according to research led by ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, UCL and Queen Mary University of London published today in Global Change Biology.


Hundreds of Himalayan yaks starve to death

Hundreds of dead Himalayan yaks have been discovered in northeast India months after their passage to the nearest village became blocked by snow.


The UN says we’re destroying the world. This should change everything

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

We can’t afford business as usual. We need action, optimism and relentless focus.