Daily Links Sep 9

Post of the Day

Renewable energy’s booming, but still falling far short of climate goals

Power sector emissions would have been 15 percent higher in 2018 without the past decade’s renewable energy growth, a UNEP report shows.


Today’s Celebration

Independence Day – Tajikistan

Birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong – Malaysia

Independence Day – North Korea

Chrysanthemum Day – Japan

İzmir Independence Day – Turkey

Martyr’s Day – Afghanistan

Children’s Day – Costa Rica

Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence – Slovakia

International Beauty Day

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)

Memorial Day for the Victims of the Crimean War

Teddy Bear Day

Kids Teaching Kids Week

Include a Charity Week

National Organic Week

More about Sep 9


Climate Change

Marine heatwave hits Pacific, raising fears of a new hot ‘blob’

Phenomenon could be as damaging as ‘the blob’ that caused algae blooms and killed sea lions several years ago


Brexit is stalling Britain from taking vital action on climate crisis, says expert

Baroness Brown warns country’s world-class resources must be better used to cope with global heating


The problem with America’s climate debate is that only Democrats are showing up

While Democrats are getting ambitious on climate change, the GOP continues to derail the conversation from the sidelines.


What you need to know about carbon footprints

What is a carbon footprint, exactly? And how is it related to the climate crisis?


Record heat wave linked to climate change killed 1,500 people in France this summer

Multiple countries recorded exceptionally hot summer temperatures as scientists pointed to the growing global impact of climate change.



Weed killer linked to cancer: Could Australians die from using popular product?

Hundreds of users of Roundup in Australia are preparing legal cases against chemical giant Monsanto, the manufacturer of the weed killer. Their cases add to the already 17,000 cases launched in the United States.


I’d dreamed of going off-grid and it was perfect … until it wasn’t

Johanna Leggatt

I wished for a simpler life in the country, of veggie gardens and dawn meditations, but I ran back screaming to the city



The train lines struggling to cope with massive passenger surge [$]

For many Melburnians who catch the train during peak hour, it won’t come as a surprise that the city’s train network is struggling to handle the surge of millions of extra passengers.


Taxpayers cough up for annual waste crisis clean-up

Victorian taxpayers are forking out big money each year to clean up rubbish stockpile fires, abandoned waste sites and illegal dumps.


Pests reveal giant flaw in protest [$]

Andrew Bolt

The failure of Extinction Rebellion to get boots on the ground at a protest in Melbourne highlights the weakness of the rhetoric of disruptive online activists.


New South Wales

NSW firefighters battle major blazes

Multiple bushfires across NSW continue to burn out of control more than 36 hours after the emergency began, scorching tens of thousands of hectares and destroying or damaging property.


Minister’s $10m fish kill rescue mission

NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says stranded fish will be rescued from Menindee in a special two-week operation.


‘Silicon Valley of solar’: NSW to set interim carbon reduction targets

NSW will set interim carbon reduction targets to guide its economy to net-zero emissions by 2050 in the latest sign the Berejiklian government plans to beef up its climate change action.


Fewer cars in Sydney CBD opens way for cycleway, more pedestrian space

A large drop in motorists driving into Sydney’s CBD over the past four years during the building of a multibillion-dollar light rail line has opened the way for construction of a key cycleway and an expansion of permanent pedestrian-friendly space.


Stunning reason the Darling River is drying up [$]

Families on the lower Darling­ are helplessly watching the last puddles of river water dry up, as an upstream discovery delays the planned removal of dam walls.


Why your lights will stay on without Liddell’s coal power

Guy Dundas and Tony Wood

The market is coping with the shift to renewables and gas, but governments need to stay out of its way.



Queensland fires see 11 schools close as battle to contain blazes continues

Queensland is facing its worst bushfire threat in recorded history, with tough conditions to continue for at least one more day.


‘This is an omen’: Queensland firefighters battle worst start to season on record

More than 50 bushfires are burning with the most dangerous in the Gold Coast hinterland destroying the Binna Burra Lodge


Crackdown on Queensland fisheries sparks outrage from industry

Controversial changes enforcing quotas on Queensland fisheries have led to a critical breakdown in the relationship between industry and government.


New research to improve water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchment

Researchers have been working to improve the data gathered from cheap sensors, which would allow better monitoring of rivers feeding into the Great Barrier Reef.


‘A mind of its own’: Fire rips through heritage Binna Burra Lodge

A heritage-listed rainforest lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland has been destroyed after dangerous conditions prevented firefighters getting close enough to douse the flames.


New research to improve water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchment

Researchers have developed tools that could allow for real-time monitoring of Queensland’s waterways, in an effort to manage water quality and run-off to the Great Barrier Reef.


Energy: state may go it alone [$]

The Queensland government has called an urgent meeting to resolve a national policy vacuum.


Crowdfunds hit target for kelp project [$]

A crowdfunding project to help finance the restoration of giant kelp forests on Tasmania’s East Coast has been successful in raising $350,000 to save seaweed.


Tahune Airwalk to reopen ‘by end of year’ [$]

An engineering inspection shows the Tahune Airwalk structure does not need to be rebuilt after being caught in the Huon Valley summer bushfire.


Northern Territory

Whistleblower fears safety on NT mines [$]

A mining insider is calling on the NT Government to establish a dedicated mines department with highly experienced inspectors to carry out regular site inspections


Western Australia

The grim climate change future for WA

Heatwaves and extreme weather events as a result of climate change will put significant pressures on WA health services.



Renewable energy’s booming, but still falling far short of climate goals

Power sector emissions would have been 15 percent higher in 2018 without the past decade’s renewable energy growth, a UNEP report shows.


Nuclear power station could destroy wildlife haven I’ve loved since childhood

Naturalist Stephen Moss was 13 when he first saw the RSPB reserve in Minsmere, Suffolk. Now he fears plans for Sizewell C could wipe it out


Marine plastic pollution hides a neurological toxin in our food

In the mid-1950s, domesticated cats in Minamata, Japan mysteriously began to convulse and fall into the bay. The people of Minamata took on similar symptoms shortly after, losing their ability to speak, move, and think.


Nature Conservation

Thousands more badgers face cull as number of killing zones surges

Extermination gathers pace, even though new evidence suggests it fails to tackle rise in cases of bovine TB


Super corals can handle acid, heat and suffocation

Widely publicised marine heatwaves aren’t the only threat corals are facing: the seas are increasingly acidic, have less oxygen in them, and are gradually warming as a whole.


Now for something completely different …

Why you should cancel all your meetings [$]

Do you spend way too much time in pointless meetings? Sometimes even playing with your phone, or answering emails on your laptop while the meeting is going on around you? And are all those meetings stopping you actually getting your real work done?



Maelor Himbury

6 Florence St Niddrie 3042