Daily Links Mar 20

How can Adani still be a live project? On so many grounds it’s a stupid idea.

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From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 20 March 2020 at 8:44:29 am AEDT
Subject: Daily Links Mar 20

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The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming

It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall.

 

On This Day

March 20

Naw Ruz – Baha’i

 

Ecological Observance

World Sparrow Day

International Day Without Meat

 

Climate Change

Coronavirus halts street protests, but climate activists have a plan

With elections in the United States and key summit talks this year, organizers are working to keep climate change on the public agenda.

 

The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming

It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall.

 

Vietnam introduces law aimed at fighting climate change

Vietnam has introduced legislation to advance its greenhouse gas reduction goals as per the Paris climate accord, decreasing worries the fast-growing nation’s reliance on coal would stymie those efforts.

 

The global victory over ozone-killing chemicals is coming undone

Mysterious emissions have been slowing the atmosphere’s healing. Scientists think they’ve finally discovered the source.

 

Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb

Tropical forest ecosystems are an important part of the global carbon cycle as they take up and store large amounts of CO2. It is however uncertain how much these forests’ ability to take up and store carbon differ between forests with high versus low species richness. New IIASA research sheds light on this question aiming to enhance our ability to predict tropical ecosystems’ strength as global carbon sinks.

 

COVID-19: The learning playground for climate change

Claudia Perry-Beltrame

It’s possible to adapt the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic into other areas such as climate change

 

The coronavirus and the climate movement

Bill McKibben

One frustration of the pandemic is that it’s temporarily interrupting the movement-building that is necessary to beat the fossil-fuel industry.

 

National

SGS rejects fake coal claims, as authorities open probe

Laboratory services outfit SGS has rejected claims of falsifying Australian coal analysis results, saying a “technical review” of an alleged tampered test showed there had been no wrongdoing.

 

Australian agricultural scientists’ map pinpointing the global ‘hotspots’ of Roundup use

Australian scientists find weedkiller chemical, glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup— has contaminated soil around the globe.

 

Exports top $300b but coal, gas producers looking at leaner times

The value of Australian resources exports is expected to reach almost $300 billion this financial year but coal and gas producers are looking at much leaner futures, according to a report from the Department of Industry’s chief economist.

 

Coronavirus: Cafes no longer accepting reusable coffee cups

Single-use products have faced the ire of companies and individuals in recent times but in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak many have been forced to resort to old ways.

 

Health chiefs say halting long-haul buses, trains is best route to take

Long-distance train and bus services could be halted to curb the spread of the coronavirus if the government follows the advice of the nation’s top health officials.

 

States asked for fuel stocktake amid panic buying fears [$]

The Council of Australian Governments energy council moves to confront the challenges posed by coronavirus.

 

The carbon capture con

Viv Forbes

The quantities of gases that CCS would need to handle are enormous and capital and operating costs will be horrendous.

 

How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires

Adam Frew et al

Most fungi go unseen, but they play a vital role in ecosystems.

 

Victoria

World first “solar hydro” plant in Victoria gets backing from ARENA, AGL

RayGen locks in funding for pilot 4MW/50MWh concentrated solar and storage plant that uses mostly mirrors and water for fully dispatchable power.

 

New South Wales

Prominent irrigators found guilty of breaching water-take regulations

Prominent New South Wales irrigators are found guilty of illegally taking water for use on their farm near Brewarrina.

 

Queensland

Two solar farms, one wind farm in Queensland hit by “system strength” issues

Two solar farms and one wind farm in north Queensland face major constraints due to newly discovered “system strength” issues and their output could be curtailed to zero under certain conditions.

 

‘Sorry, are you recording that?’: Leaked video shows Adani executive Lucas Dow talking up bigger coal mine

Leaked documents and video suggest Adani is planning a bigger mine and wants to combine with other miners to export up to 100 million tonnes (MT) of coal a year from Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

 

No changes yet to buses, trains and CityCats but small ferries may stop

Buses, trains and CityCats will continue to run to normal timetables amid tight restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, Brisbane City Council and TransLink have confirmed.

 

South Australia

Total fire bans across SA, firebugs on notice [$]

Several parts of the state are facing the possibility of bushfires today, prompting police to step up their patrols of wannabe firebugs.

 

State bushfire review to go ahead despite virus [$]

Public hearings as part of the State Government’s independent bushfire review will go ahead with strict controls to mitigate the risk of coronavirus.

 

Western Australia

Rio Tinto stops heritage surveys for mining in Pilbara [$]

Mining giant Rio Tinto has stopped its heritage surveys for proposed mining tenements in the Pilbara in response to concerns by Aboriginal communities of their potential exposure to the coronavirus.

 

Sustainability

Energy Insiders Podcast: How to waste $1 trillion on coal

New analysis from Carbon Tracker finds governments and investors risk losing $1 trillion through investments in new coal generation, because it can’t compete with wind and solar.

 

Renewable fuels could soon be cost competitive with petrol, gasoline

Key technology breakthroughs could see renewable fuels become cost competitive with petrol, diesel and jet fuels within the next two years.

 

Venice canals run clear as coronavirus lockdown eases pollution

Residents of Venice say the abrupt reduction in the number of tourists coming to the city because of the coronavirus lockdown is seeing a positive impact, with the famous canals cleaner than they have been for years.

 

Advances in genetic, geospatial techniques aid efforts to fend off invasive insects

In the fight to protect native ecosystems from invasive insects and related arthropod species, promising new tools are arising from rapid advances on a pair of research fronts: genetic analysis and geospatial technology

 

20 pledges for 2020: It took coronavirus to show us how much we hurt the environment and sport is a big part of that

Mainstream sport has a hugely negative impact on the world around us, yet extreme sports aim to bring us together as one with nature. It’s time to start asking what the sporting world can do to prevent global warming.

 

Genecis turns food waste into compostable plastic

Food waste from a restaurant or cafeteria could be turned into compostable foodware for those same restaurants or cafeterias.

 

Nature-inspired green energy technology clears important development hurdle

A new material design has put the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach

 

As climate impacts grow, Afghan clerics offer green guidance

As it looks for ways to spread environmental messages, Afghanistan has turned to the country’s influential imams.

 

After another hot summer, here are 6 ways to cool our cities in future

Komali Yenneti

Half-a-dozen strategies are effective for cooling urban areas. Used in combination, these strategies can drop the temperature even more.

 

Nature Conservation

Can we blame bats for coronavirus? What about pangolins?

We’re all talking about the coronavirus, but what are we really talking about when we use the term COVID-19?

 

Win for conservation as African black rhino numbers rise

Slow recovery due to relocating groups and stronger protection through law enforcement

 

Improving success of giraffe translocations

In two new studies, an international team of researchers identifies the ideal composition of a group of giraffes to be translocated for conservation purposes and provides guidelines for all aspects of the translocation process.

 

We’re getting better at wildlife conservation, AI study of scientific abstracts suggests

Researchers are using a kind of machine learning known as sentiment analysis to assess the successes and failures of wildlife conservation over time. In their study, the researchers assessed the abstracts of more than 4,000 studies of species reintroduction across four decades and found that, generally speaking, we’re getting better and better at reintroducing species to the wild.

 

Now for something completely different
Lessons from London’s Great Plague of 1665

Lucy Sussex

The past is a different country, they do things differently there. In the 1660s in England, they had no police detectives nor forensics – as I found when writing a book about a real-life female sleuth.

 

 

 

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