Daily Links Apr 8

If we employ systems thinking based on a reductionist approach, we’ll see climate change and the pandemic as separate issues and treat each in isolation. If we see systems thinking based around synergies, we’ll look at our treatments as interrelated and look for restructuring our energy and economic systems in the post-pandemic era. This crisis is an opportunity not to be wasted.

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 8 April 2020 at 9:12:21 am AEST
Subject: Daily Links Apr 8

Post of the Day

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

Rod Lamberts and Will J Grant

We might need to ignore climate change right now if only to save our sanity, but it certainly hasn’t been ignoring us.

 

On This Day

April 8

Passover (Pesach) – Judaism

 

Ecological Observance

National Plitvice Lakes Day – Croatia

Draw A Bird Day

Zoo Lovers Day

 

Coronavirus Watch

Confirmed cases: 5,919. Deaths: 48

 

Virus ‘here to stay’ as experts outline Australia’s coronavirus future

The experts behind some of the modelling used to determine Australia’s coronavirus response say Australia is in a “lucky” position, but warn the virus will remain part of everyday life.

 

Here’s your cheat sheet to the latest coronavirus update from Scott Morrison

The Prime Minister has held another long press conference about the COVID-19 crisis — we’ve cut it down to the key moments for you.

 

How can coronavirus lockdowns end safely and effectively? – WHO briefing

The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Climate Change

Record-size hole opens in ozone layer above the Arctic

Rare hole is result of low temperatures in atmosphere and is expected to disappear

 

UN: Warming planet helps spread pandemics

Coronavirus has much in common with other viruses that have caused or threatened major pandemics, and climate change is playing a role in driving new health dangers and proliferating these viruses.

 

How world can still take climate action despite coronavirus

Dr Richard Dixon

It clearly makes sense to move Cop26 to next year, but this must not be allowed to quietly slide into creating a two-year gap between climate talks, instead 2021 must be a year of concerted international action on the climate crisis.

 

National

Royal Commission goes digital

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will commence its proceedings with an online Ceremonial Hearing from 8am on Thursday 16 April 2020. The e-hearing will be live-streamed to allow a wide audience to watch the proceedings while continuing to observe Coronavirus (COVID-19) related social distancing requirements. Additionally, to ensure the Commission maximises the opportunity for people to contribute to the Royal Commission in the current environment, the Commissioners have extended the public submissions period by a further two weeks until 28 April 2020.

 

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

Rod Lamberts and Will J Grant

We might need to ignore climate change right now if only to save our sanity, but it certainly hasn’t been ignoring us.

 

Is suburban sprawl the secret weapon against coronavirus? [$]

James Morrow

While inner-city elites sneer at the suburbs and long for a high-density, high-rise Australia, it turns out our urban sprawl may be the key to beating COVID-19.

 

Victoria

EPA prosecutes over Sunshine North waste stockpile

Failing to comply with a Clean Up Notice (CUN) from Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has cost a Burnside man a conviction in the Sunshine Magistrates Court.

 

New South Wales

NSW Developer allegedly dumps asbestos on own ‘idyllic’ site

Asbestos dumping Dubbo’s Southlakes appears like a clean-cut new estate but the NSW Environment Protection Authority has accused its developer of dumping asbestos from a Sydney construction site in its own backyard.

 

Berejiklian Government uses COVID-19 crisis to further environmental vandalism

Sue Arnold

The Berejiklian Government is boasting the creation of jobs in mining and land-clearing during the pandemic crisis

 

Queensland

Firies cleared for hazard reduction burns but with new hygiene rules

Queensland’s rural fire volunteers can continue to conduct hazard-reduction burns to reduce bushfire risks and manage vegetation despite stringent social-distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, fire authorities say.

 

Snow white coral of once vibrant Great Barrier Reef a sign urgent action must be taken

Adam Morton

Plan for net-zero emissions combined with a new diplomatic effort is Australia’s best chance at saving reef for future generations

 

Tasmania

Guy Barnett says Tasmania will keep up renewables push

Tasmania will keep working to grow its renewable energy sector in the “uncertain” coronavirus period, Energy Minister Guy Barnett says.

 

Western Australia

Bushfire south of Perth has been contained

A bushfire burning in the Mandurah area, south of Perth, has been downgraded to advice level, with residents told to remain alert as the situation may change.

 

Sustainability

Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds

Dirty air increases risk of respiratory problems that can be fatal for coronavirus patients

 

To save our planet we may need to build a ‘mini sun’

The promise is enticing — a safe form of nuclear power to end the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. But can it be done? Hundreds of scientists from around the globe are in a multi-billion-dollar race to find out.

 

Coronavirus: Can we still live sustainably?

With more than half the global population under some form of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainable habits can easily fall by the wayside. But we can still fight off the virus and keep our green habits.

 

Which trees should planners plant in cities to fight pollution?

Placing trees between roads and pedestrians can make life way healthier, but some trees perform their task better than others.

 

The Earth is telling us we must rethink our growth society

Why COVID-19 previews a larger crash. What we must do to save ourselves.

 

Nature Conservation

Africa: What happened to Africa’s ambitious green belt project?

The 15 kilometer (9.3 mile) wide Great Green Wall project stretches over 7,775 km from Senegal on the Atlantic to Eritrea on the Red Sea. The aim was to curb the Sahara Desert’s spread. But major challenges remain.

 

 

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