Daily Links Oct 10

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 10 October 2019 at 8:39:48 am ACDT
Subject: Daily Links Oct 10


Post of the Day

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers


Today’s Celebration

War of Independence Anniversary – Cuba

Curaçao Day

Fiji Day

Party Foundation Day – North Korea

Maroon Day – Suriname

National Day (Double Ten Day) – Taiwan

World Mental Health Day

National Hat Day

World Day Against the Death Penalty

World Homeless Day

World Sight Day

Hug A Drummer Day

More about Oct 10


Climate Change

‘I wear that badge with pride’: Boris Johnson’s dad joins ranks of climate protesting ‘crusties’

The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins climate protesters in London, after his son urged the demonstrators to pack up their “hemp-smelling” tents and leave.


Police fear ‘unknown’ climate protests about to hit Melbourne

Police say they have “dragged” officers away from investigating crime and into the CBD due to climate activists no longer communicating with them about planned disruptions for Wednesday afternoon, but activists say that is not true.


Moderate Liberal MPs sign on to crossbench-led climate action group

Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action aims to serve as a safe place for climate policy, away from ‘partisan politics’


From the Archives 1994: Climate study finds warming real

25 years ago, the Herald reported on a comprehensive climate change study that found “the warming is real” and more dramatic than previous estimates.


Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers


Secretive national oil companies hold our climate in their hands

State-owned firms such as Saudi Aramco and Gazprom have 90% of known reserves


Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s


What do we know about the top 20 global polluters?

Compare details about the fossil fuel firms behind a third of carbon emissions since 1965


Climate emergency: what the oil, coal and gas giants say

Fossil fuel companies respond to data revealing their responsibility for global emissions


The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me

George Monbiot

Fossil fuel giants have known the harm they do for decades. But they created a system that absolves them of responsibility


‘The problem is capitalism’: Extinction Rebellion is about more than just climate change

Michael Collett

Workers have been getting to work late because of protesters bearing an image of an hourglass in a circle. So what’s it all about?


There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

Iain Walker and Zoe Leviston

It’s easy to spot outright rejection of the facts on climate change. But it’s far harder to see our own biases and excuses that lead us to delay or deny the need for real action.


Climate explained: why some people still think climate change isn’t real

David Hall

People are more likely to deny climate change if they’re inclined toward hierarchy, have lower levels of education or are more religious. But the strongest predictor of denial is a person’s politics.



Bushfires continue burning across Australia, destroying homes

Police capture footage of residents being forced to evacuate their homes as bushfires sweep across NSW and Queensland.


This Labor frontbencher has fuelled a climate policy war by pushing to wind back carbon emissions

A push from Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon for his party to drop its carbon emissions target to match the Coalition has re-ignited climate change policy divides.


Another Labor MP wants low climate targets

Federal Labor frontbencher Matt Keogh has joined Joel Fitzgibbon in calling for the party to lower its carbon emissions reduction target.


Communities tell government the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is destroying their future

Basin communities share experiences of life under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, in what they say is the 37th review into the water management scheme.


Flying foxes struggling in dry weather

As the weather heats up Byron Shire residents are being asked to keep a look out for flying foxes which are already showing signs of struggling with the drought and warmer temperatures.


Where to donate or recycle almost every household item

We’re all familiar with the idea that the items in our home need to “spark joy” in order for them to remain but as we eliminate these less emotionally evocative items, we can still put a smile on our faces – and importantly, help those in need – by donating.


It’s only October, so what’s with all these bushfires? New research explains it

Chris Lucas and Sarah Harris

Bureau of Meteorology researchers painstakingly analysed more than 40 years of data to work out exactly what is causing Australia’s spring bushfire phenomenon.


A national drought policy should be an easy, bipartisan fix. So why has it taken so long to enact a new one?

Linda Botterill

Australia’s initial drought policy was plagued with problems and gutted in 2009. Since then, there has been no further attempt at developing a comprehensive national approach to the problem.



Warning over Vic land sale ahead of treaty

Large plots of public land across Victoria should not be sold in case it can be given to indigenous people as part of treaty negotiations, a group has warned.


Cleanaway pays $66m for SKM waste assets

Cleanaway Waste Management has agreed to pay $66 million to acquire the assets of collapsed recycling group SKM.


Government to front cost of dodgy solar panel checks

The Andrews government will send out inspectors to double-check solar panels installed by a dodgy operator under the rebate program.


Climate activists to again disrupt morning peak-hour

Extinction Rebellion climate activists are again set to disrupt peak-hour traffic on the fourth day of planned week-long demonstrations in Melbourne.


Climate activists use bikes to block morning traffic

Police are preparing for the possibility that climate protesters may target rail lines and even the airport as their activity escalates during the week.


New South Wales

Police suspicious that NSW bushfire was deliberately lit in ‘a bastard act’

People are unaccounted for in the northern NSW bushfires with police still unable to access the fire-grounds.


Extinction Rebellion protesters subject to bail conditions ‘designed for bikie gangs’

Protesters arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion have been told not to attend any further demonstrations organised by the group and have been ordered not to go within 2.5 kilometres radius of the Sydney CBD.


While I live with three-minute showers in this drought, I know people in the cities are wasting precious water

Stephanie Gardiner

Growing up being constantly reminded that water is finite and rain is unreliable is in the back of my mind wherever I go



Queensland fast-tracking laws to increase penalties for protesters caught using ‘attachment’ devices

Bamboo tripods will be among the ‘dangerous devices’ to be banned under anti-protest laws set to be fast-tracked through Queensland’s Parliament.


Climate protesters lock themselves to pink vessel in Brisbane CBD

Ten climate activists have locked themselves to a pink catamaran in Brisbane’s CBD on day four of rolling protests by Extinction Rebellion.


11,500 reasons for mine safety inquiry [$]

Thousands of potentially dangerous incidents have taken place at Queensland mines in recent years with new figures also revealing there were hundreds of serious accidents.


MP’s call for referendum on dams [$]

Voters would be forced to a referendum to give the Commonwealth the power to build more dams in states, under a plan touted by a Federal MP.


South Australia

Potential train and tram operator accused of “coaching” Govt on privatisation spin

A potential contender to win the state’s rail contracts will be referred to the Auditor-General over claims it “inappropriately” tried to coach Transport Minister Stephan Knoll’s office on how to sell its privatisation message.


New SA Water chief named

The head of a Melbourne water company has been announced as the new chief executive of SA Water.


’Arrestable action’: Climate rebels pledge to turn up heat [$]

Adelaide’s law-abiding climate protesters have avoided arrest so far in this week. But some of them aren’t happy about that and plan to force police to step in against more “dramatic” stunts.


Climate rebels ‘die’ in Rundle Mall [$]

Adelaide’s climate change rebels have descended on the CBD again for Day 3 of a global protest campaign in a macabre but peaceful statement about the consequences of inaction.


More e-scooters planned to hit roads on both sides of town [$]

Electronic scooters will be free to roam through Adelaide’s inner eastern suburbs if a council’s proposed trial is approved. Meanwhile on the western beaches a tender has been put out for more scooter operators.


Tamar River estuary raking called off by City of Launceston council

Raking of the Tamar River estuary has stopped due to it being less effective than predicted, the City of Launceston council says.


Northern Territory

Revealed: northern Australia’s fossil fuel plans push climate goals beyond reach

A wave of planned fossil fuel developments by major companies across northern Australia would significantly increase the amount of coal and gas the country plans to sell into Asia and push the Paris climate agreement goals further beyond reach, a Guardian analysis reveals.


Oil and gas giant snaps up NT solar projects [$]

The firm behind Australia’s largest construction-ready solar farm near Katherine has acquired two new NT solar projects


Western Australia

Perth is one of Australia’s most affordable cities, it just doesn’t feel like it

Perth feels like one of the most expensive cities in Australia, but it might actually be getting more affordable.


Extinction Rebellion protest empty Parliament House [$]

The fight against government inaction on climate change took a musical turn yesterday, with a group of activists choosing to spread their message through live renditions of AD/DC’s top tracks.


Now for something completely different …

Quiz: Does destiny shape your decisions? Your answer could affect your marriage satisfaction

This quiz will measure your ‘locus of control’ – a psychological term referring to the extent you believe you have control over the outcomes of your decisions.



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