Daily Links Aug 16

The photo says it all really – grim determination versus vacuous gormlessness. The Clapper is trying to ‘save’ (arguable in the extreme – how many jobs in a renewable energy-leading country?) the economy, the leader in the photo is trying to save his people.

Post of the Day

It’s snowing plastic in the Arctic, research suggests

Scientists find an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried to some of the most remote corners of the planet.


Today’s Celebration

Pacific leaders agree to disagree about action on climate change, as Tuvalu Declaration fails

“We tried our best,” says Tuvalu’s Prime Minister after the hopes of smaller Pacific nations to get fully endorsed on their declaration for climate change are dashed.


Climate Change

Pacific nations borrowing from China ‘on backs of coal-fired everything’, NZ says

Pacific island nations need to remember they are receiving coal-powered Chinese loans amid criticisms of Australia’s approach to climate change, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister warns.


As seas rise, so does Tuvalu [$]

Shock news — the ABC’s fact checker has found in favour of a Coalition climate sceptic.


The U.S. left a hole in leadership on climate. China is filling it

Often considered the bogeyman of global climate diplomacy, China is making greater and faster strides than expected away from fossil fuels – becoming the world’s largest investor in solar and wind technology and boasting more jobs in solar energy than in coal-mining.


RBA issues another warning to companies to take climate risks seriously

RBA deputy governor Guy Debelle issues fresh climate warning, telling risk managers to use their skills to account for climate change financial risks.


Opportunistic cash grab [$]

Judith Sloan

The Pacific Islands’ whinge about Australia’s climate policies is just a dressed-up cash grab.


Virtue signalling no answer to energy needs [$]

Australian editorial

Ms Ardern’s opportunistic climate lecture is based in fantasy.



Adapting fisheries management to impacts of climate change is making waves this National Science Week

Science plays a vital role in maintaining sustainable fisheries, so this National Science Week the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is highlighting its progress on investigating how Commonwealth fisheries can adapt to the effects of climate change.


Skills and resources shortage risks crippling infrastructure boom

Planned new roads and other major projects are in danger of cost blowouts and long delays amid a deepening skills shortage and increasing competition for construction resources.


Ooshies: the natural habitat for these plastic Lion King figures is landfill – in pictures

The Future Landfill project is designed to make an environmental statement about Woolworths’ Lion King ooshies.


‘Dumbfounded’: Cleanaway boss defiant as share price plummets

The head of Australia’s largest waste disposer has defended his company’s results after investors punished Cleanaway Waste Management’s downgrading of expectations for the coming year.


New Greens book takes on the tussle at the core of a movement [$]

Charlie Lewis

At the very foundation of the Greens are many of the maladies that afflict them today. Paddy Manning’s new book lays them bare.


How we get ourselves out of energy chaos [$]

Colin Long

Enough time has been wasted. The transition to a zero-carbon energy system is not simple, but what we need to do is very clear.


Wasting Australia’s resources [$]

Viv Forbes

History shows that a much smaller population could indeed survive in Australia without using mineral hydrocarbons, but life with zero man-made emissions would be grim.



Don’t post about your trip home: Lessons learned from ‘shocking’ privacy breach

Public Transport Victoria breached privacy laws in 2018 by publicly releasing “de-identified” data, which researchers were able to use to identify a Victorian MP by linking travel data to some of his tweets.


Renewed call for major NSW inland highway to be named after Wiradjuri nation

The death of one of the fiercest advocates for changing the name of the Mid Western Highway to Wiradjuri Way prompts renewed calls for change.


Laverton North waste to energy proposal – community information

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) will hold a community information session on the proposed waste to energy plant at Laverton North, on Monday, 19 August 2019.


$11 Million down drain? Let’s save Stony Creek

Brimbank Council continues to fight to save Stony Creek in Sunshine North.


Environment minister told of SKM plan to warehouse waste two years ago

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio was told two years ago by recycling company SKM that it was already storing thousands of tonnes of waste in warehouses across outer Melbourne.


Inquiry launched into wombat hunting by Chinese high rollers

The reported hunting of Victorian wombats by Chinese high rollers has prompted an investigation into the animal’s protection.


Victoria parliament decides to hold its own nuclear power inquiry

Liberal Democrats motion to hold a 12-month inquiry into nuclear power for Victoria has passed the state Parliament’s upper house.


New South Wales

Premier signals fast rail would be built in NSW by the private sector

Gladys Berejiklian’s trade mission to Europe has seen her sign five agreements.


Sydney dams set to drop below half capacity for first time since 2004

The dams serving metropolitan Sydney will sink below 50 per cent full for the first time in 15 years by the weekend, with long-range weather forecasts suggesting the slide could accelerate.


Whitehaven digs record result [$]

Whitehaven Coal will issue a special dividend after notching up a record full-year profit.



ACT Environmental Protection Agency data: Two years, nearly 6000 complaints, only six fines

The capital’s environmental watchdog issued six fines and made one prosecution between July 2017 and June 2019, despite receiving nearly 6000 complaints.



Kinkuna south of Bundaberg – vegetation fire

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are currently on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Dr Mays Crossing Road and Palm Springs Drive, Kinkuna. This fire broke out earlier today and is posing no threat to property at this time


Queensland govt fights for shark culls to ‘protect human safety’

The Queensland government has a back-up option if its shark control program appeal tanks.


Tourists are flocking to this coastal hotspot, but the sewers ‘clog up’

A new revamp of a boutique eco-resort is just the latest in a slew of projects in the development pipeline for the region surrounding Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park, home to Wineglass Bay — but locals fear the area is already buckling under the weight of the tourism boom.


Northern Territory

Kakadu’s Traditional Owners enter first carbon farming agreement

A carbon farming agreement with Traditional Owners at Kakadu ensures that ancient land management practices will help underwrite the future of Kakadu park tourism and provide a sustainable post mining transition for Traditional Owners.


How we learned Inpex was boiling PFAS

The fine paid by Inpex for boiling of PFAS-contaminated wastewater in Darwin came to light through an Australian Conservation Foundation investigation, it has now been revealed.


Western Australia

Extinction Rebellion protesters halt WA Parliament, demanding climate action

Climate change protesters halt proceedings in the Legislative Assembly by chanting and throwing materials from the public gallery, as more than 200 rally outside Parliament.



It’s snowing plastic in the Arctic, research suggests

Scientists find an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried to some of the most remote corners of the planet.


Lynas hit with toxic tax, wins reprieve on radioactive waste

The Malaysian government has confirmed that Lynas Corp will not be required to export more than 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste to keep its licence to operate in Malaysia, but the company will need to pay a levy while it continues to process the waste there.


Russia’s mysterious ‘new’ nuclear weapon a ‘flying Chernobyl’

Gregg Herken

Russia’s “new” missiles are a throwback to the early days of the Cold War. And back then, it was the US that developed a nuclear-powered cruise missile.


This gym habit is what’s wrong with the world right now

David Mills

The sight of grown men opting for hair-dryers rather than towels at the gym says a lot about where we are with environmental complacency, and why climate shaming isn’t such a bad idea.


It’ll be hard, but we can feed the world with plant protein

Richard Trethowan

Shifting agriculture away from low-protein cereal crops towards legumes is essential.


Nature Conservation

What is the ‘salmon cannon’ and how do the fish feel about it?

A video showing a cannon shooting fish over a dam went viral – but how does it work? CEO and inventor of cannon has answers


EPA walks back use of ‘cyanide bombs’ to protect livestock from wild animals

The Environmental Protection Agency is backtracking on a controversial proposal to allow the use of cyanide bombs to kill wild animals in an effort to protect livestock.


Now for something completely different …

We lost our tail millions of years ago, but researchers want to put it back

Dubbed Arque, the grey 1-metre device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and other animals used to keep their balance while running and climbing, and could be used to keep Japan’s ageing population mobile.



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