Date: 6 November 2019 at 8:00:56 am AEDT
Subject: Daily Links Nov 6
Post of the Day
A global coalition of scientists led by William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.
Green March Day in Morocco
Constitution Day in Tajikistan
Constitution Day in the Dominican Republic
Feast of Saint Nuno of Saint Mary in Portugal
Malaria Day in the Americas
Finnish Swedish Heritage Day in Finland
Gustavus Adolphus Day in Sweden
Kanakadasa Jayanthi – India
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have come together to declare a climate emergency and create a six-step plan to help humanity mitigate the effects of man-made global warming.
International Energy Agency says global primary energy intensity improved by only 1.2% in 2018 – the slowest rate since the start of the decade.
The Trump administration formally notifies the United Nations that it will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change.
France’s Macron has underlined the importance of China and the EU cooperating to reduce emissions as the US begins pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
It hands a ready talking point to the Democrats running to replace him, all of whom have pledged to rejoin the agreement if Trump pulls out.
Rising CO2 levels and a warmer earth means plants will grow bigger and have longer to suck the land dry. That’s bad news for human water supplies.
US and Brazil unlikely to meet Paris agreement pledges – while Russia has not even made one
“If we get this right, it doesn’t have to be partisan.”
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that current forecasts call for the US electric power sector to meet the 2020 and 2025 CO2 reduction requirements in the Paris Agreement–even though the US has announced its withdrawal–and also meet the 2030 CO2 reduction requirements contemplated by the Clean Power Plan–even though it has been repealed.
New research confirms that what the world pumps into the atmosphere today has grave long-term consequences. Governments – especially Australia’s – must urgently ramp up efforts to reduce emissions.
Our changing climate allows no time to fiddle. Franklin Roosevelt offers a great example of how to act.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s pledge to outlaw the “indulgent” practice of activists driving boycott campaigns against businesses is dividing supporters and opponents.
These creatures can make some strange sounds and the Australian Museum wants you to record them to help monitor populations.
First Nations peoples’ world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is enacted, Australian researchers say. Incorporating the spirit and principles of Aboriginal people’s appreciation and deep understanding of the landscape and its features has been overlooked or sidelined in the past – to the detriment of the environment, the report says.
There is no national strategic plan for the difficult future we face
Environmental extremists have lifted the template of hardcore religious cults.
The proposals would be taking away a fundamental right in a free society.
Share of wind and solar jumps to 18.7%, while share of coal falls an incredible 8% over 12 months.
Eminent economist Ross Garnaut says if climate action fails, he fears the consequences ‘would be beyond contemporary Australia’. But zero-emissions iron and aluminium could be the way forward.
Wendy Steele and Michelle Maloney
Laws in other countries recognise ‘rights of nature’. But even trees sacred to Indigenous Australian communities have no special protection.
The PM’s plan to outlaw boycotts of businesses that support the resource industry smacks of desperation. The last thing the left should do is give it more credit than it deserves.
Vulnerable species like the koala – and the environment in general – are the losers, while developers reign supreme in Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s environmental law “review”.
In our robust democracy, protest and civil disobedience are nothing new.
Long simmering tensions between the reliability and the affordability of the electricity grid will face one of their biggest tests as a decision approaches on the $1.5bn interconnector proposed to be built between NSW and South Australia.
As calls for an Uluru-style climb ban to be introduced to Mt Warning gains momentum, the fear of those who are used to having all the power is being laid bare.
Victoria’s ban on onshore gas exploration threatens the viability of the state’s manufacturing base already struggling under depleting output from the once-prolific Bass Strait, gas wholesaler Weston Energy has warned.
Residents in Williamstown have raised concerns over suspected oil slick in a local creek, saying the situation is “potential disaster” for wildlife and locals.
New South Wales
Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine is being investigated for allegedly unlawfully taking water, after farmers say their groundwater is drying up. The company has already been found to have allegedly unlawfully taken surface water by the NSW regulator.
The NSW Labor Opposition has urged the government to act immediately to repeal the laws in the CBD.
Retired NSW Land and Environment Court judge Paul Reid says changes to the government’s planning laws around mining are alarming.
A think tank is launching a commercial urging NSW parliament to “stand-up to the coal lobby”, as the government tries to pass laws prohibiting planning authorities from considering overseas emissions when examining local mining projects.
The NSW government wants to make it easier for people to lawfully dispose of asbestos waste by removing the levy on up to 250kg of wrapped asbestos waste.
Renewables developer Enernet Global to use the Alion Energy solar tracking technology for 62MW Vales Point coal ash dam solar farm in NSW.
A failed irrigation dam restricting precious water from flowing into the crippled Darling River has been removed by the Berejiklian government.
Forty odd years ago, rangers in Canberra’s high country couldn’t hear each other speak over the loud croak of northern corroboree frogs. Today, fewer than 200 of the amphibians are estimated to survive in the wild.
One of the most eroded stretches of the Mary River at Kenilworth has been transformed in an effort to stop valuable farmland washing away and polluting the Great Barrier Reef.
Communities, harvesters and AgForce are shocked by a decision to cease the 2020 kangaroo harvest as millions of the animals starve during drought.
A fast moving bushfire, whipped along by windy conditions, has broken out on Tuesday afternoon near Lake Manchester, west of Brisbane and south-west of Mt Nebo.
Rather than actually tackling climate change, our governments have chosen to invest in some truly hare-brained schemes to rescue the reef.
Birdwatchers are spotting crimson and rare orange chats in southern Australia, refugees of the drought in the inland.
Lake Bonney battery in South Australia charges up for the first time as it prepares for final commissioning.
These giant trees, removed to make room for a sporting complex, will have a new life after death – their trunks will remain as animal habitat.
The eyes of the energy world are upon it, but the renewable energy transition in South Australia is probably one of the misunderstood, misreported and under-appreciated achievements of our time.
Using cameras and wind disturbance, a Tasmanian wind farm will be the first in Australia to deter wedge-tailed eagles from flying into the turbine blades.
More needs to be done to inform people just how many Tasmanian species of flora and fauna are at risk of extinction, a wildlife expert says.
Edible insects are praised as a sustainable form of snack, but that is not their only drawcard, with some Territorians reporting that they are ‘crunchy and full of flavour’.
One week after the end of the Uluru climb, Parks Australia has flagged the first fee increase at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in more than a decade — and tourism operators could be the big losers.
Scientists are about to get cracking on the creation of a brand new species of meat oyster specifically designed for cultivation in Northern Australia
A little shire south of Perth has won a big victory in a community fight to stop an overseas-listed company building a 300-berth marina in the heart of the Mandurah Estuary.
In a bid to provide an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, Washington has announced its ‘Blue Dot Network’ designed to fund Asian infrastructure “sustainably”.
As cremation becomes more common, people around the world are seeking greener end-of-life options.
It’s no Amsterdam, but the City of Light is catching up.
Solar cells make electricity directly from sunlight, but how do they do it?
Rice University materials scientists find inorganic compounds quench defects in perovskite-based solar cells and expand their tolerance of light, humidity and heat.
Cities are testing new systems to reduce the pollution and congestion caused by of the final leg of a package’s journey from warehouse to doorstep.
Amnesty International’s annual global letter-writing campaign is taking aim at the mercury crisis youth in Asubpeeschoseewagong have been fighting to end.
Does individual action matter when it comes to climate change? It’s an age-old debate.
The world’s biggest uranium company says it cannot see any case for construction of new uranium mines, despite signs the sector is on the cusp of a long-awaited recovery.
During the Cold War, nuclear conflict felt imminent, and it seemed impossible that anything could change. But it did — and the way that change came about has a lot to teach us.
Anitra Nelson and Brian Coffey
Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development rather than efficiency and growth. Cities, as home to 70-80% of economic activity, are at the heart of the challenge of being sustainable.
Indigenous people and illegal miners are engaged in a fight that may help decide the future of the planet.
Press and environmental activists agree that the murders heighten concerns about the state of the free press and activism in the country.
Red deer on a Scottish island are providing scientists with some of the first evidence that wild animals are evolving to give birth earlier in the year as the climate warms.
Now for something completely different …
If hastening the economy’s growth is intended to increase our happiness, why don’t we do more to increase it directly?