Daily Links May 21

The environment is the big loser (apart from the detainees on Manus and Nauru) just as the Pentecostal PM has been the big winner. Black-throated finches mightn’t be able to the mine going ahead, but surely the unlimited volumes of ground-water that the Palaszczuk government has gifted Gautam Adani, water that should not be spared, can. Anna, don’t do it!https://www.sbs.com.au/news/qld-govt-under-pressure-to-make-adani-call

Daily Links May 20

I was in Nambour many years ago trying to enlist a local river manager as a Riverkeeper for Waterkeepers Australia. He leant back in his chair, all beetroot-headed and pot-bellied, and he sneered “so what’s a bloke from down south know that we don’t already know?” The Adani convoy wasn’t helpful, I reckon.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/20/after-the-climate-election-shellshocked-green-groups-remain-resolute

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.

Daily Links May 18

Repeat nonsense often enough and enough of the gulllible will accept it as gospel. Here’s the data on which party is the best economic manager. The relentless demonising of the Greens has had a similar result.https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-election-2019/climate-crisis-demands-war-footing-but-we-won-t-even-vote-for-the-greens-20190516-p51o38.html

Daily Links May 17

Is climate change the most important issue? Well yes, if you want a habitable planet.https://earth911.com/business-policy/millennial-politics-climate-change/

Daily Links May 16

There’s Adani and there’re the other mines in the Galilee Basin. Start with this explainer and then think about Clive’s mine, Gina’s mine and all the rest that be clamouring for the green light if Adani gets going.https://theconversation.com/interactive-everything-you-need-to-know-about-adani-from-cost-environmental-impact-and-jobs-to-its-possible-future-116901

Daily Links May 15

I’ve just come from the luncheon meeting of the John Cain Foundation, this month addressed by water policy adviser, water bureaucrat and now academic David Lewis. The data he presented suggests that not just irrigators but Australians generally ought to take out a class action against many many players involved in management of the Murray Darling Basin and its declining water flows. His presentation will appear on www.johncainfoundation.org.au shortly. Meanwhile, bring on a Royal Commission into the murky goings-on.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-14/murray-river-irrigators-launch-750m-class-action-against-mdba/11111996

Daily Links May 14

Who is surprised? Gas is carbon- based. Until we get serious about renewables, we’re just having a loan of ourselves.https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-s-1-5b-plan-to-unlock-gas-would-create-more-emissions-than-adani-coal-mine-experts-say-20190513-p51mwa.html

Daily Links May 13

Over to you, folks, get ready for Saturday. That is if you haven’t already gone to a pre-polling booth in your enthusiasm to make your views known. Then again, we could cast a vote that does little and try to deal with +4 degrees.https://theconversation.com/australias-major-parties-climate-policies-side-by-side-116896

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.http://theconversation.com/why-australia-needs-to-kill-cats-116654?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20May%2010%202019%20-%201305912182&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20May%2010%202019%20-%201305912182+CID_98de90ec1966906a69a6444e760e5967&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Why%20Australia%20needs%20to%20kill%20cats