Daily Links May 26

“The Liberal campaign was a fairly empty, negative campaign with not much substance and Mickey Mouse announcements”. Then there was the porky about the death tax and the dodgy purple corflute in Chisholm purporting to be from the Australian Electoral Commission, the handout that wasn’t a tax,  a uranium mine approval one day before calling the election, verballing CSIRO and GeoScience Australia on Adani’s water plan and  ….  . And they won. 

Post of the Day

Why environmentalists don’t talk much about population

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

It’s important to reverse the global population growth, but it doesn’t let us off the hook for reducing consumption.


Today’s Celebration

Independence Day – Georgia

Independence Day – Guyana

Battle of Sardarabad Day – Armenia

Mother’s Day – Poland

Mother’s Day – France, Sweden

Prince Fredrik’s Birthday – Denmark

Turkmen Carpet Day – Turkmenistan

Martyrdom of Imam Ali – Iran

Children’s Day – Hungary

National Arbor Day – Venezuela

National Paper Airplane Day – USA

Sorry Day

More about May 26


Climate Change

Greta Thunberg: Is a future too much to ask for?

Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg along with thousands of children, teenagers and adults in Stockholm joined a global protest demanding climate action from leaders.


Marching for climate change may sway people’s beliefs and actions

Americans have a long tradition of taking to the streets to protest or to advocate for things they believe in. New research suggests that when it comes to climate change, these marches may indeed have a positive effect on the public.


Climate change may make the arctic tundra a drier landscape

With climate change, the Arctic tundra is likely to become drier. Lakes may shrink in size and smaller lakes may even disappear according to a new Dartmouth study. In western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq experienced a 28% decrease in the number of smaller lakes (those less than 10,000 square meters) and a 20% decrease in total area from 1969 to 2017. Many of the lakes that had disappeared in 1969 have since become vegetated.



Survival of the fattest: why the country birds are coming to town

Treating our feathered friends has had a major effect on the variety and numbers in our gardens. But not all species feel the benefit


Josh Frydenberg: low-emissions future is inevitable and a huge opportunity

Treasurer signals new infrastructure for renewable zones, and says Coalition will pursue climate policy it took to the election


Bob Brown didn’t lose the election for Labor — Shorten did

James Norman

Blaming Bob Brown for Labor’s election loss isn’t just wrong, it would be a sad indictment on the state of our democracy.


Election lessons from regional Australia: why Labor got the push in the bush

Gabrielle Chan

There were stark differences between the messages of the two main parties, and as it turns out, only one hit the right buttons


Election heartbreak: voters begged to be duped

Elizabeth Farrelly

We’ll remember it as the election that put the coal back into Coalition.


War on wind and renewable energy must end

Andrew Bray

Six years ago Australia’s climate policy went from global leader to laughing stock.


Climate propaganda campaign was no match for Morrison [$]

Miranda Devine

Labor and the Greens drunk their own Kool-Aid when they told us this was the climate change election, writes Miranda Devine. Thankfully the Coalition knows what Australians really want.



By gum, Victoria’s Tree of Year won by a eucalyptus facing hard road

Could a beloved River Red Gum in Bulleen put the brakes on the North East Link after it was voted our favourite tree?


Farmers blame investors on water [$]

Enraged farmers say investors are forcing them to pay big prices for precious water, with prices skyrocketing as resource firms pocket huge windfalls.


New South Wales

National parks volunteers make a wild difference

This year NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) volunteers have made a world of difference in our own back yard.


Opening day for Sydney’s new metro trains to be free for passengers

Thousands are expected to converge on Sydney’s first metro line on Sunday after the state government decided to make the opening day free for passengers.


‘Low-hanging fruit have gone’: Big dry could trigger desal expansion

The Berejiklian government is facing calls to accelerate the shift to water restrictions to slow the decline in Sydney’s dam levels rather than flicking the switch to expand the city’s $2.3 billion desalination plant.



The small Queensland town banking on approval for Adani’s Carmichael mine

If approved, Adani’s Carmichael Mine will add paypackets to the streets of the little town of Clermont, the closest town to the mine. Or will it see one of Australia’s ancient artesian springs run dry?


Adani royalty deal to be settled next month as key dates announced

Adani chief executive Lucas Dow said Adani would settle its long-running royalties dispute after the Coordinator General releases further project details on Friday.


South Australia

Potentially life-changing discovery made in outback valley

Outback drillers find water 90 metres below the surface of SA’s APY Lands in an underground valley millions of years old and remote communities are hoping it will provide a much-needed economic boost.


Down the gurgler: RecFish SA’s funding pulled [$]

The State Government has finally made good on its promise to spear recreational fishing body RecFish SA by pulling its funding.


Tasmanian Tourism Conference hears of climate change concerns

The state’s tourism industry has been warned not to become complacent about climate change.


LGAT call for waste management funds, welcome reform funding

The local government sector was disappointed there was no new funding to support waste management and resource recovery in the state budget announced on Thursday.


A new cable car foe emerges [$]

One of Hobart’s driving forces has pitched himself firmly against the cable car, saying there are no tests or studies that will convince him of the merits of developing Mt Wellington/kunanyi.


Northern Territory

From guiding safaris in Zambia to managing land in arid Central Australia

Rangers at Watarrka National Park have come from all over to look after the remote Central Australian country — and they really love their jobs.



100% renewables doesn’t equal zero-carbon energy, and the difference is growing

While 160 companies around the world have committed to use ‘100% renewable energy,’ that does not mean ‘100% carbon-free energy.’ The difference will grow as power grids become less reliant on fossil power, according to a new Stanford study. Entities committed to fighting climate change can and should measure the environmental benefits of their renewable strategies accurately, the authors write.


Why environmentalists don’t talk much about population

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

It’s important to reverse the global population growth, but it doesn’t let us off the hook for reducing consumption.


Nature Conservation

Soil communities threatened by destruction, instability of Amazon forests

A meta-analysis of nearly 300 studies of soil biodiversity in Amazonian forests found that the abundance, biomass, richness and diversity of soil fauna and microbes were reduced following deforestation.


How to prevent mosquitofish from spreading in water ecosystems

Preventing the introduction of the mosquitofish and removing its population are the most effective actions to control the dispersal of this exotic fish in ponds and lakes, according to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.


Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species

What effects does climate change have on the genetic diversity of living organisms? In a new study, researchers studied the genome of the alpine marmot. Results were unexpected: the species was found to be the least genetically diverse of any wild mammal studied to date. The alpine marmot has lost its genetic diversity during ice-age related climate events and been unable to recover its diversity since.




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