Daily Links Apr 6

I read the claim that the environment will benefit from a ‘streamlined major projects assessment’ and I straight to ‘Ignorance is strength’, ‘blackwhite’ and ‘doublethink’. Orwell was a prophet.

There’s been a noticeable drop in environment news over the past week. With media attention moving to how society will look after the lockdown, it’s probably a good time to start churning out media releases emphasising the ways in which environmental protection can contribute to the recovery. As you can see from the Akerman article and what’s happening in the US, the opposition has already started to attack.


Post of the Day

This is exactly the time to be talking about climate change

Joel Makower

If we have the chance to start anew, why would we want to rescue and lock in unsustainable systems and industries for another generation or more?


On This Day

April 6


Coronavirus Watch

Confirmed cases: 5,687. Deaths: 35


Why are we so worried about the spread of coronavirus? Think of rice on a chessboard

Some commentators claim the Government has put the economy at risk by overreacting to coronavirus, but there’s a reason health officials are so concerned — and a mathematical problem involving rice and a chessboard can explain it.


There’s no shortage of coronavirus questions right now. Here’s some answers you need to know

Who’s eligible for free child care? Is it safe to shop? We’ve answered some of the biggest ones for you.


Climate Change

Covid-19: Biggest drop in CO2 emissions since WWII but little impact on climate change

Though scientists expect carbon emissions to fall by 5% in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic is having very little impact on climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization.


This is exactly the time to be talking about climate change

Joel Makower

If we have the chance to start anew, why would we want to rescue and lock in unsustainable systems and industries for another generation or more?



Why Australia’s booming population growth is about to grind to a halt

As new population numbers show Australia’s big cities growing exponentially thanks to international migration, demographers predict pandemic boarder closes will have a lasting effect on our growth.


COVID-19 reminds us why we invest in Australian health and medical research

The sane, definitive way out of this crisis is an effective treatment for those infected and the development of a vaccine scaled up and produced en masse to protect the wider population.


Outbreak a chance to remake Australia’s economy [$]

Piers Akerman

If the pandemic has forced us to remove all the road blocks to progress and the ridiculous constraints on approvals, licences and permits, to keep the economy on life support, why don’t we make such moves permanent?


Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

John Hewson

The coronavirus slowdown provides an opportunity to reset the economy to address climate change.


Australia is doing well. Now we must manage the aftermath [$]

Alexander Downer

Social isolation can’t last for long without doing more harm than the virus itself. So it’s now time to start thinking about an exit plan.



Controversial Princes Park apartment plan rejected

Brunswick, Carlton and Parkville residents who launched a lengthy campaign against a $250 million apartment complex proposal at the edge of Princes Park are celebrating after it was rejected.


New South Wales

Project’s green light is a big step forward for Snowy 2.0

The next stage of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 expansion has been given the green light with approval for construction of the project’s Segment Factory.


‘Kakadu of the south’: 88,000 hectares of NSW wetland handed back to Nari Nari

Return of ecologically significant property Gayini to traditional custodians comes after more than 150 years of dispossession


Streamlined Environmental Assessments for NSW

Sussan Ley media release

The community, industry and environment will benefit from streamlined major projects assessments and improved environmental outcomes under a new bilateral agreement between the Federal and NSW Governments


Northern Territory

Bold ‘green army’ jobs and rates plan to go before Darwin council [$]

A proposal that includes rate cuts and would see the City of Darwin council open its coffers and fast-track repair and maintenance works, to hire international students and others who can’t access social security help, will go to council on Tuesday night.



Trump Administration is using a pandemic to hand out gifts to its favorite polluters

The Trump Administration is using COVID-19 to further its dismantling of environmental protection.


‘Ground to a halt.’ State closures put clean energy on ice

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed sessions in at least half of state legislatures, threatening solar booms, grid overhauls and 100% clean energy plans.


Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push through the Keystone XL pipeline

Bill McKibben

The oil industry saw its opening and moved with breathtaking speed to take advantage of this moment.


Renewable energy vital to reducing inequalities in Asia-Pacific

Kanni Wignaraja

In the remote corners of Sumatra and Papua in Indonesia, and in other isolated communities across Asia and the world, access to energy for all remains a huge development challenge. This, despite impressive economic growth over the last few decades.

Maelor Himbury

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