Daily Links Jun 16

I’m doing a special on poetry this weekend, inspired by Paul Kelly and Thirteen ways to look at birds, at Friday night’s performance at the Recital Centre of poems he has set to music. Simply brilliant. Then I read this article and thought of the WBYeats poem ‘The Stolen Child’ which carries the line ‘For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand’. We’re fast running out of understanding time, if understanding can be an adjective.


Post of the Day

Australia’s oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency

Jeff Sparrow

They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive us


Today’s Celebration

Youth Day – South Africa

Blooms Day – Ireland

Pentecost – Eastern Christianity

Trinity Sunday – Western Christianity

International Day of the African Child

International Day of Family Remittances

Father’s Day

More about Jun 16



Australia’s oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency

Jeff Sparrow

They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive us



Melbourne councils join forces to fight North East Link

Three Melbourne councils have joined forces to fight the $15.8 billion North East Link project in its current form, saying it poses unacceptable ecological risks and will have a disastrous impact on homes, local roads and community facilities.


New South Wales

Is it time to give Mount Kosciuszko a dual name?

While plans are afoot to assign an Indigenous dual name to Australia’s highest mainland peak, there is disagreement over the one currently under consideration.


Council defends free worm farms as opponents label smart bins a waste

The Northern Beaches mayor said the roll out of 330,000 smart bins will save money and improve waste services.



‘Stop-Adani’ protest to go global: Brown

Despite the Carmichael mine being given its final approvals, anti-Adani protesters are continuing to highlight their concerns with the coal project.


‘This is a culture’: Hundreds fight fishing hut removal plan

Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on Queensland MPs to stop a departmental plan to remove ‘historic’ fishing huts in and around a national park in the state’s north.


‘Gearing up’: ‘A couple of hundred people’ preparing to block Adani construction

More protests like the one in Brisbane on June 7 are likely to spread and expand in the wake of last week’s approval of the Adani mine by the Queensland government,, green groups say.

Activist groups are alreading training and preparing for waves of arrests as they protest in Brisbane and regional Queensland.


Protests to ramp up after mine approval [$]

An anti-Adani vigil outside India’s High Commission in Canberra today is expected to mark the beginnings of more protests after the final green light for the central Queensland coal mine.


Left-wing activists fail to see the light on Adani [$]

Peta Credlin

Funny how left-wing activists claim to support the underprivileged, yet by protesting the Adani mine, they’re denying a bright future for many poor people.. I want to tell their story.


South Australia

Fur flies over koala numbers

Koalas are at risk of extinction if we cannot reverse the effects of long-term climate change, new research has found.


EPA teams up on PFAS found at Launceston Airport

Levels of chemicals found at Launceston airport at firefighting sites are not yet a cause for alarm.


Northern Territory

Aboriginal rangers join global effort to understand impacts of atmospheric pollution in the tropics

Atmospheric pollution monitoring sites are underrepresented in the tropics, as most are located in Western Europe or southern latitudes of the southern hemisphere. A new programs hopes to improve the quality of results at one tropical station — by involving First Nation’s people.


There’s a fracking free-for-all on Katherine’s doorstep

Chris McLennan

Officialdom has a wicked sense of humour when it comes to the remote town of Katherine in the Northern Territory.


Western Australia

Cattle at more than a dozen stations at ‘high risk’ of starvation

A review of WA’s cattle stations finds at least a dozen are at risk of animal welfare issues in coming months because of a lack of food and water.



Explainer: Is textile recycling the answer to fashion’s waste problem?

You’ve bought well, then made do and mended, but that favourite old shirt, skirt or pair of shoes is now beyond repair and in no condition to be foisted upon the volunteers of your local second-hand shop. So what can we do with used clothes?


The current Norwegian Barents Sea risk governance frame­work would need considerable

A recent case study from the University of Helsinki examines different ways of framing oil spill risks with regard to the Norwegian Barents Sea where new areas have been recently opened for oil exploration and exploitation.


Researchers take two steps toward green fuel

An international collaboration led by scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT),Japan, has developed a two-step method to more efficiently break down carbohydrates into their single sugar components, a critical process in producing green fuel.


Nature Conservation

Despite being larger than Switzerland, one wildlife park is making poaching extinct

One of Africa’s largest wildlife preserves marks a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts label an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years.


A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming

A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to an analysis by ecologists at a dozen institutions.


The surprising reason why some lemurs may be more sensitive to forest loss

The microbial mix inside some lemurs’ guts is dictated by what species they are and where they live


Scientists investigate climate and vegetation drivers of terrestrial carbon fluxes

A better understanding of terrestrial flux dynamics will come from elucidating the integrated effects of climate and vegetation constraints on gross primary productivity, ecosystem respiration, and net ecosystem productivity.



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