Daily Links Mar 19

I’ve gone off the Maelor menu here with this Guardian article by George Monbiot. It is very much worth a read. I’d say ‘enjoy’ but that is hardly appropriate.

Post of the Day

Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like covid-19 to emerge

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics


On This Day

Mar 19

Saint Joseph’s Day – Western Christianity


Ecological Observance

Poultry Day – USA


Climate Change

President of reeling anti-climate science group forced out

The Heartland Institute is undergoing its second leadership change in less than a year. The group, which rejects climate science, is ousting its president, Frank Lasée, after being buffeted by financial turbulence that led to significant layoffs, according to two sources close to Heartland.


Rich people most to blame for climate change, international study finds

The lifestyles of the world’s richest could be to blame for the climate crisis, according to researchers.


Element25 lands finance to pursue Australia’s first “green metals” export project

Element25 lands finance to advance plans to develop Australia’s first “green metals” export project, drawing on the lower costs of wind and solar power.


Seed sales surge as shoppers move towards more self-sufficiency

While panicked shoppers have so far targeted supermarket shelves amid coronavirus fears, some are now starting their own vegetable patches as a way of becoming more self-sufficient.


Cop26: Boris Johnson urged to resist calls to postpone climate talks

Expert says early cancellation due to coronavirus would damage hopes of progress


Now isn’t the time to forget about our climate change efforts

Emily Farra

Our response to the coronavirus shows the power of individual action – and how quickly you can make a difference when you come together for the greater good. Reversing climate change will require a similarly unified, all-in-this-together effort.



Mining giants BHP, Anglo and Fortescue join forces for “green hydrogen”

Anglo American, BHP, Fortescue and Hatch join forces to “de-risk and accelerate” production of renewable hydrogen, in bid to help decarbonise mining sector operations.


Contingency plans for power grid to keep the lights on [$]

Federal and state ministers will discuss contingency plans at Friday’s COAG energy council meeting to ensure the grid does not fail over the next six months.


Carbon farmers find money grows on trees [$]

Farmers have been the biggest winners from Tony Abbott’s ­“direct action” climate change plan, receiving $100m a year mostly for letting bush grow back.


So far, legislation and reviews have failed to protect environment

Sue Arnold

Australia needs stronger laws, reviews and policies to safeguard the environment from irreparable harm


Academic over-reach lies at the heart of this summer’s fire blackened landscapes

Mark Poynter

At the heart of the consequently weakened fire management capability, is a lack of practical experience of fire amongst the most vocal and influential conservation academics and eco-activists.


As economy stalls, the government should remap Australia’s energy landscape

Tim Buckley

Australia should use energy transition to re-boot economy as energy markets pause, oil prices crash, and a virus without a vaccine stalls human activity around the world.


Save virus-hit economy from green stupidity [$]

Andrew Bolt

We can’t stop the economy getting sick from the coronavirus, but we can at least save it from the green stupidity blocking big projects and thousands of new jobs.



Farmers label decision to lift gas moratorium during coronavirus emergency ‘sneaky’

Victorian farmers have been quick to express frustration at the State Government’s decision to reinstate onshore conventional gas exploration during a state of emergency.


Victoria seizes power to speed-up network investments, skip RIT-T assessments

Victorian parliament passes legislation granting the state’s energy minister new powers to exempt network investments from RIT-T assessments.


Victoria slammed for using misleading data to justify lifting of gas moratorium

The Australia Institute slams the Victorian government for using misleading jobs and emissions figures to justify lifting of gas moratorium.


Report slams ‘deficient’ government agencies for half-finished Murray Basin rail upgrade

Victoria’s Auditor-General has slammed the state’s handling of a half-finished western rail freight upgrade as “deficient” and “inadequate”.


New South Wales

‘I’m outraged’: Secrecy over plan to dig up Sydney Harbour’s toxic sludge

Thousands of tonnes of sludge containing cancer-causing chemicals will be dug up to build the Western Harbour Tunnel, sparking fears for fishermen and harbour


Wildlife survey of dam flood zone found wanting, leaked report says

A government biodiversity survey of a World Heritage zone to be flooded if the Warragamba Dam wall is raised was so rushed its koala component involved peering into just 90 trees.



How to save our mining jobs [$]

Queensland’s biggest construction companies and most influential infrastructure experts say they know how to save 32,000 mining and energy jobs.


South Australia

Flush anything but toilet paper and you could end up with faeces on the floor

Social media advice about what to use instead of toilet paper prompts SA Water to issue a warning not to block sewers with newspaper, wet wipes and tissues.



Hydro Tas to defend dam build queries

Inquiry Hydro Tasmania dam builders grilled at inquiry into issues with the beleaguered Paradise Dam in Queensland.


Western Australia

Traditional owners voice coronavirus concerns over mining visits [$]

Pilbara Aboriginal groups have demanded that mining companies stop sending in staff to carry out heritage surveys for proposed mining tenements, saying it is leading to risky exposure for remote communities trying to limit outsider contact due to possible coronavirus infection.



Could our energy come from giant seaweed farms in the ocean?

A U.S. agency is funding projects to help create a bioenergy industry based on macroalgae.


Even a Limited India-Pakistan Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine, Says Study

A new multinational study incorporating the latest models of global climate, crop production and trade examines the possible …


Urban land could grow fruit and veg for 15 per cent of the population

Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’, according to new research.


Ancient hornwort genomes could lead to crop improvement

An international research team illuminates the origin of land plants by analyzing the first hornwort genomes. In this ancient group of land plants, they discovered genes that could help crops grow more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.


Comparisons of organic and conventional agriculture need to be better, say researchers

The environmental effects of agriculture and food are hotly debated. But the most widely used method of analysis often tends to overlook vital factors, such as biodiversity, soil quality, pesticide impacts and societal shifts. These oversights can lead to wrong conclusions on the merits of intensive and organic agriculture, according to a trio of researchers in the journal Nature Sustainability.


2.2 million people in the U.S. could die if coronavirus goes unchecked

Exposure to air pollution could make the virus particularly deadly for poor Americans.


LEGO bricks could linger in the ocean for 1,300 years, study finds

LEGO has acknowledged the environmental impact of its products, and has launched a goal to make its bricks from more sustainable sources by 2030.


Wind and solar are cheaper than new coal plants in major markets

In every one of the world’s energy markets, it’s cheaper to invest in renewables than coal.


Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like covid-19 to emerge

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics


Factbox: What Africa is doing to fight coronavirus

The World Health Organization has warned of the risk that COVID-19 could overwhelm strained public health systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Here is a selection of measures countries are taking to prepare for the virus and limit its spread.


The world is confronting some radical notions: firstly, that society does exist… [$]

Guy Rundle

World responses to economic slowdown have demonstrated how the real nature of production is inherently social — and how most classical-liberal justifications are fantasies about how the world works.


Why working families need parks and playgrounds more than ever

Tracy Lynn Washington et al

Working long hours and want to make the most of time with your children? Your local park is an ideal place for sharing experiences that benefit the whole family.


Nature Conservation

Dominican Republic: Saving coral reefs from tourism, climate change and overfishing

An estimated 90% of the nation’s coral reefs have been destroyed, creating a knock-on effect for the entire coastal ecosystem. Local businesses and conservationists are now working to reverse this damage.


Overheated reefs are caught in a vicious carbon cycle

A mediterranean reef is turning tropical and could contribute to global warming.


Fishing for fun? It has a bigger environmental impact than we thought

New research shows that recreational fishing can sometimes be a huge problem — especially for threatened species of marine fish.


Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading

Move will hopefully curb vast wildlife trade from farm, street markets, and online traders


Huge knowledge gap over health of soil

A vital knowledge gap about England’s environment has been uncovered by soil campaigners.


Seagulls are stealing your chips because they are starving to death

Threatened seabirds are starving to death in many parts of New Zealand, a marine biologist warns.


Bargain-hunting for biodiversity

The best bargains for conserving some of the world’s most vulnerable salamanders and other vertebrate species can be found in Central Texas and the Appalachians, according to new conservation tools.


Costa Rica caterpillar decline spells trouble for ecosystems

Researchers examined data from 1997 to 2018 to identify long-term patterns of extreme weather events and the impact these have on insect diversity.


‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?

John Vidal

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics


Now for something completely different
Social distancing can make you lonely. Here’s how to stay connected when you’re in lockdown

Michelle H Lim and Johanna Badcock

We know positive social support can improve our capacity to cope with stress. But right now we’re being asked to keep our distance from others to minimise the spread of the virus.



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