Daily Links May 19

Australia could have voted for a fair dinkum response to climate change, but we didn’t. These climate refugees from Fairbourne in north Wales will join those from submerging Pacific Island nations and the flooding Ganges delta in Bangla Desh as collateral damage from our refusal to give up our complacent lifestyles. 

The first leg of the double is down. If Trump gets up next year it’s all over. Goes to show, in a two horse race put your money on Fear And Loathing.


Post of the Day

Give a quiet thanks to nature’s busiest workers

Nicola Philp

Monday is World Bee Day, in case you weren’t aware – a day to celebrate and reflect on the role this tiny insect takes in our food production cycle and our wider ecosystems.


Today’s Celebration

Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday – Vietnam

Holiday of Poetry – Turkmenistan

Mother’s Day – Kyrgyzstan

Father’s Day – Tonga

Malcolm X Day – United States of America

Youth & Sports Day – Turkey

Remembrance Day – Sri Lanka

Genocide Remembrance Day – Greece

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions – Ukraine

Memorial Day for the War Dead – Finland

Vesak (Buddha’s Day) – Buddhism

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

More about May 19


Climate Change

The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work

Experts agree that global heating of 4C by 2100 is a real possibility. The effects of such a rise will be extreme and require a drastic shift in the way we live


‘This is a wake-up call’: the villagers who could be Britain’s first climate refugees

As sea levels rise, Fairbourne, sandwiched between mountains and the beach, is being returned to the waves. But where will its residents go?


Nearly a quarter of West Antarctic ice is now unstable

In only 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across West Antarctica so rapidly that a quarter of its glacier ice is now affected, according to a new study.



Shorten’s class war and climate change cost Labor: John Howard

John Howard says Bill Shorten was wrong to run a “class warfare” campaign and Labor lost big in Queensland because it didn’t support the Adani coalmine.


Greens still hopeful of winning more seats

The Greens say their candidate Adam Bandt has been returned in the seat of Melbourne he has held since 2010.


Liberals have pulled off election miracle [$]

Andrew Bolt

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has become an instant Liberal hero tonight. But Labor and the Greens said this was a global warming election, and they’ve been humiliated.



Step right up to a smart CBD plan

Age editorial

There is a pressing mismatch between space and use in central Melbourne.Traffic policy needs to be reformed, not merely adjusted.


New South Wales

Darling River’s health likely to be downgraded in next audit

Farmers along the Darling River are resorting to using sulphuric acid to counter high salt levels as attention turns to the quality of the water that remains in the drought-hit system.


Call for Sydney to be managed as an ‘urban forest’

Sydney needs an ambitious tree-planting program in suburban areas to boost human health and provide wildlife habitat, as part of a shift to manage cities as “urban forests”.


Sydney’s endless autumn is curbing bushfire prevention

Sydney’s burst of unusually balmy late-autumn weather is almost too good, with remarkably still air forcing fire authorities to curb prescribed burning activities to avoid cloaking the city’s basin in smoke.


High density living is no place for low standards

SMH editorial

It is a blessing that a tragedy similar to London’s Grenfell fire hasn’t befallen Sydney.



Queensland turns kingmaker in ‘miracle’ election victory for Morrison

Labor has lost at least two Queensland seats, leaving the party with no federal representation north of Brisbane.


Palaszczuk must act on Adani or suffer in Qld [$]

Sarah Vogler

Inaction on the Adani stalemate is playing into the LNP’s hands and will hurt Labor ahead of both of the upcoming council and state elections.


South Australia

Searching for hidden treasure under the Bight [$]

Without coral and clownfish, can environmentalists make us care about the many species they say are at risk from oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight?



Ethiopia starts rationing electricity

A drop in water levels at a major hydro-electric project has prompted the Ethiopian government to limit supply of electricity to homes and industry.


Bio-inspired material targets oceans’ uranium stores for sustainable nuclear energy

Scientists have demonstrated a new bio-inspired material for an eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to recovering uranium from seawater. The low-cost polymer adsorbent could help push past bottlenecks in the cost and efficiency of extracting uranium resources from oceans for sustainable energy production.


Mapping global impervious surface area and green space within urban environments

What the spatial pattern of global urban surface area that human depends on is the important issue, which is widely concerned at present. A recent study has developed the datasets of global intro-urban impervious surface and green space fraction, effectively characterizing the spatial pattern of global urban surface area.


Electric car switch on for health benefits

Could the health benefits and reduced costs to healthcare systems be enough to justify subsidizing charging infrastructure to allow society to switch from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles faster than current trends predict?


We all smell the smoke, we all feel the heat. This environmental catastrophe is global

Alexis Wright

Governments of the world need to act. It’s time to speak to our planet with kindness before it’s too late


Nature Conservation

Research brief: Protecting rare species can benefit human life

Preserving rare species for the sake of global biodiversity has long been the primary focus for conservationists. To better protect rare animals, insects and plants, and to prepare for an uncertain future influenced by climate change, a team of researchers is aiming to merge this conventional wisdom with a new way of thinking: arguing researchers needs to better understand how rare species benefit people outside of their existence value.


Scientists propose rethinking ‘endangered species’ definition to save slow-breeding giants

Conservation decisions based on population counts may fail to protect large, slow-breeding animals from irrevocable decline, according to new research.


Changes in subsistence hunting threaten local food security

Modern weapons, commercial hunting, fragmented landscapes impacting local subsistence hunters in Neotropical rain forests


Opposite pathways in forest recovery

Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change, with consequences for forest restoration and biodiversity.


Creating a bee friendly garden in your home to help sustain crucial insect life

Bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem but their numbers are declining globally.


As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too

Fewer plants cause developmental delays for prolific produce pollinators


Give a quiet thanks to nature’s busiest workers

Nicola Philp

Monday is World Bee Day, in case you weren’t aware – a day to celebrate and reflect on the role this tiny insect takes in our food production cycle and our wider ecosystems.



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