Date: 22 November 2019 at 8:34:41 am ACDT
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Subject: Daily Links Nov 22
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Scott Hamilton et al
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won’t get us there.
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Annual emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides on the continent are expected to double by 2030, compared to 2012 levels.
In the past two years, China has expanded its coal fleet by 43 gigawatts — roughly the entire coal-fired capacity of Germany.
Stockholm Environment Institute et al
Though coal, oil, and gas are the central drivers of climate change, they are rarely the subject of international climate policy and negotiations. This report aims to expand that discourse and provide a metric for assessing how far the world is from production levels that are consistent with global climate goals.
As soon as the words carbon footprint, emissions, pollution, and decarbonisation, climate emergency, extreme weather, unprecedented and extinction are used, I know I am being conned by ignorant activists, populist scaremongering, vote-chasing politicians and rent seekers.
A new set of rules on climate change is altering the way we eat, dress, travel and work.
In the same decade we are supposed to be cutting emissions under the Paris goals, our coal production is projected to increase by 34%.
Australia must stop burning coal by 2030 if it’s to help contain warming to 1.5-degree rise, a new report says.
Hot and windy conditions are plaguing South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, with catastrophic fire danger ratings in place for parts of the country.
One of Australia’s national icons has been hard-hit by the bushfires in NSW and Queensland.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison flags an overhaul of the environmental approval process for major projects, saying the current system is too complicated, lengthy and duplicative.
Marine species, including a deadly type of jellyfish, are being spotted far from their usual habitats, in a phenomena disrupting Australia’s ecosystems.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has again dismissed claims his government’s lack of action on climate change has heightened Australia’s bushfire risk.
The prime minister has flagged a one-stop digital portal for companies seeking environmental approval for major projects.
In a statement, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) has welcomed the release of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s, Climate Change Action Strategy and the elevation of climate change as a development priority.
The eight state and territory EDOs have joined forces to create a new, national not-for-profit legal watchdog for the Australian environment.
DHL’s plan to halve its carbon emissions by 2025 has received a boost, with Qantas Airways to offset the courier company’s carbon emissions for three years.
PM suggests Australia could increase emissions without worsening current fire season, and says government finalising plans to crack down on environmental protests
Experts have contradicted Scott Morrison’s claim that Australia’s level of greenhouse gas emissions could not have increased the current level of risk from bushfires.
The government is being urged to support an inquiry into a controversial East Timor gas project.
EnergyAustralia knew eight of its customers were facing financial hardship but disconnected their power anyway, the industry regulator will allege in the Federal Court.
The federal government is leading calls for greater harmony between the states on recycling.
Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott has urged states and industry to move on from demands for a national energy strategy and higher emissions targets and instead adapt to the Morrison government’s policy platform as a practical way to transition the power grid to renewable energy.
Our climate debate is not merely politicised, it is fractured such that a working majority against serious action is always ready to emerge.
If we were to believe Prime Minister Scott Morrison and some of his mates in the Nats, it seems that it is never a good time to discuss climate.
Recycling is a simple and effective way to help the environment. But negative headlines mean householders could be forgiven for being feeling discouraged. But the benefits – including for the hip-pocket – can’t be ignored.
Scott Hamilton et al
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won’t get us there.
Mark Maund et al
Land-use planning should give more weight to the increasing risks of natural hazards like bushfires as the first step in reducing the impacts.
While catastrophic fires eradicate habitats, it’s important to think of ways to integrate nature into our city environments.
So does that make him a denialism denialist?
Record-breaking temperatures and high speeds winds have firefighters trying to contain more that 60 blazes all across Victoria.
Arsonists may have lit grass fires that threatened towns and forced families to evacuate on Victoria’s first Code Red fire warning day in a decade, as more than 140,000 homes and businesses lost power.
Earth Resources Regulation continues to ensure Latrobe Valley’s coal mine operators comply with their fire safety obligations ahead of the summer high fire danger season.
Scale of killings so great that long-term-impact on eagle population is unknown, conservation groups say
Residents say such storms now occur on a weekly basis, as topsoil from drought-ravaged farms is blown through the town
Research conducted at Monash University shows antidepressants in waterways changes the social foraging behaviour and escape capabilities of fish.
Sports fans are being urged to bring their own coffee cups to the MCG this summer as the iconic stadium aims for an environmental reboot.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened the federal coffers to fund early works for the North East Link— Victoria’s most ambitious roads project.
Failures at Victoria’s coal-fired power stations have seen the generators deliver the least amount of energy in a quarter in two decades, sparking fears about the grid’s reliability for summer.
New South Wales
Households will save $40 per year on their electricity bills and NSW will have one of the highest reliability targets in the world under a new state electricity strategy.
Put away the hose and reach for the watering can. The new rules will take effect from December 10 for the city’s residents as dam levels continue to fall.
As dam levels fall below 45 per cent, level-two water restrictions will be imposed across Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra on December 10.
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has “bought off” troublesome NSW ahead of a showdown in Perth over national energy policy.
While leaky old pipes lose 110 million litres a day, the NSW government will slug households rather than invest its huge dividend from Sydney Water.
A recent anti-Greens hatchet job in The Australian has raised a few questions.
Angus Taylor wants support for $2.55bn rebadged fund and roll out of new generation and transmission projects
The Extinction Rebellion subgroup Grey Power meet in a Brisbane library meeting room in October despite a ban on bookings made by the group.
Brisbane Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner put the ban through council in October, preventing Extinction Rebellion from booking library rooms in libraries or other pre-booked public spaces.
Bushfires are threatening another south-east Queensland mountain resort, this time in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest near Mount Barney.
Record numbers of native animals are being treated at Queensland wildlife hospitals as a result of the drought and bushfire crisis gripping the state.
Queensland would be a ‘clean energy superpower’ under Labor, as Leader Anthony Albanese moves away from his party’s pre-election tax and spend agenda.
Only a fraction of money allocated to tackling a longstanding bat problem in a north Queensland community has been spent, with a government program now being extended.
The Inspector for Queensland Fire and Emergency has said we have never “in recorded history” seen such extreme fire danger ratings at this time of year. Is he right?
A remote Aboriginal community on South Australia’s west coast is handed a lifeline, after its water reserves completely ran dry.
Authorities say electrical infrastructure caused the bushfire on South Australia’s Lower Yorke Peninsula that damaged 11 properties. The CFS says there were 69 fires throughout the state on Wednesday amid catastrophic conditions.
Authorities say it is “remarkable” no one has died from an out-of-control bushfire burning on the lower Yorke Peninsula, with 11 properties destroyed or impacted and 33 people injured during “unprecedented” conditions.
The chairman of Leigh Creek Energy has complained about the national media’s lack of interest in the South Australian gas company’s achievements, but conceded that it has a “credibility gap” to overcome.
Cooling technology that uses solar energy, thermal storage, smart technology and non-toxic refrigerants will be used to reduce energy costs and emissions at major commercial sites in the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
An Advertiser survey of almost 1400 people on drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight has revealed some emphatic results. Three out of four South Australians would not support drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, even if it would drive down their fuel prices.
Despite bearing the brunt of climate change and the blame, farmers are embracing new ways to think about carbon.
The State Government is pushing ahead with its election promise to reopen 4WD tracks in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.
They destroy wetlands and spread weeds, but they’re also a sought-after export. As buffalo numbers rise in the NT, authorities and industry are trying to work together to combat the problem.
Chief executive Peter Coleman says the company sees plenty of opportunity for solar-powered energy exports to Asia.
The study found Indonesians eating just one egg from villages near rubbish dumps can end up with dioxin levels 70 times higher than what’s considered safe.
The creation of an international carbon market – which many economists argue is the best way to bring emissions under control – would require good trade relations between major powers.
Objections to your neighbor’s solar panels, or the solar farm next door, can go beyond aesthetics.
Deljana Iossifova et al
In the rush to become ‘open defecation free’, cities are taking quick fixes that are making matters worse.
One way to help the planet is not to buy new tech, especially stuff the planet never needed.
Queen Elizabeth presented broadcaster David Attenborough with an award for his hit BBC nature series Blue Planet II, which raised public awareness around the world of the danger of plastic pollution in oceans.
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