Daily Links Jul 13

This is why we need transparent political donation laws and a federal integrity commission. Why shouldn’t we know why a Minister rejects departmental advice in favour of a donating developer?


Post of the Day

How to develop a national green taxonomy for emerging markets – a new World Bank guide

The World Bank today published a guide outlining the processes that financial regulators can use to develop a green taxonomy. The publication Developing a National Green Taxonomy: A World Bank Guide will help regulators in emerging economies who seek to “green” their countries’ financial systems.


On This Day

Jul 13


Coronavirus Watch

Confirmed cases: 9,796. Deaths: 108


Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record daily rise in infections with 230,000 new global cases

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report


As permafrost thaws under intense heat, Russia’s Siberia burns — again

It’s hotter than ever in northern Russia and the implications for the earth’s climate are significant.


Climate Change

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest drop in greenhouse emissions in human history

Global greenhouse gas emissions fell by five per cent as the tourism and aviation industries were shut down by the virus.


Campaign 2020: Biden has a new climate road map. Here’s what’s missing

Climate investment goals, green job targets and key decarbonization deadlines were missing from an environmental platform published yesterday by a joint team of Joe Biden backers and Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters.



Federal Government pledges $233 million to boost tourism in national parks post-coronavirus

The money will fund tourism and infrastructure projects in Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks; Booderee on the NSW south coast; Christmas Island and Canberra’s Australian National Botanic Gardens.


Shark attack deaths in Australia at 10-year high [$]

Shark attacks have doubled over the past two decades and 2020 is shaping up as a horror year with five fatalities so far, including Mani Hart-Deville, 15, who died after being bitten by a shark while surfing on Saturday.


$5b drought fund only part of the solution

Peter Holding

Recently, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced up to $5 billion for a new, 10-year Future Drought Fund. I’ve lost count of all the inquiries, plans, and promises to deal with drought. None ever amounted to much. No one in power had the courage to ditch the ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-the-cliff approach.


A Biden win would change our climate policy

Alan Mitchell

If a Biden White House imposes a US carbon border tax, Australia would finally be forced to put a price on emissions.


Summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? We mapped their recovery

Wes Mountain et al: Last summer, Australia’s wildlife burned in one of our country’s worst bushfires. So what’s become of animal and plant survivors in the months since?


New South Wales

Hunter Valley ponders a future of dwindling coal

Hunter Valley councils and unions are preparing for a future without coal but say curbs on the Port of Newcastle imposed after the privatisation of ports near Sydney and Wollongong will hold back the transition.


Sydney office workers walk to work to avoid public transport

City workers are avoiding Sydney public transport and putting on their walking shoes for an hour-long schlep from home into the office to reduce their risk of coronavirus infection.


Can the koala survive in Berejiklian’s NSW?

Sue Arnold

The NSW Government says koalas will be extinct by 2050, but relaxed environmental protections and ongoing destruction of habitat are causing their extinction right now.



‘Death by irony’: The mystery of the mouse that died of smoke inhalation, but went nowhere near a fire

Andrew Peters

One vet suggested bushfire smoke had killed the smoky mouse – and asked, in a nod to the species’ name, if this was a case of “death by irony”.


The federal government should take responsibility for helping restore Namadgi National Park

Canberra Times editorial

We’re all still, one way or another, in the deeply unsettling grip of the coronavirus crisis.



Australian government faces legal action over secret details of donor meetings

Australian Conservation Foundation escalates FOI battle over Toondah Harbour development


Anthony Chisholm breaks Labor ranks to back New Acland coal mine

The architect of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s election as Queensland Premier has called on her government to show “boldness” and approve the stalled extension of the New Acland coalmine or face further job losses.


$28m assault on Reef predator [$]

A $28 million plan to ramp up an assault against one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef will be announced today.


Rude shock if Greens get their way [$]

Peter Gleeson.

After a good performance at Brisbane’s city council voite, the Greens are boasting they could nab as many as seven seats at the state election in October. Here’s why that would be a disaster.


South Australia

Power bill hope as price plunges [$]

Power bills in SA have finally started to come down and there’s a good chance of even more savings to come, according to analysis released by the State Government.



Elderly couple at wits’ end over feral cats on property  [$]

An elderly Glengarry couple with at least 13 feral cats on their property want them removed, but due to legislation cat organisations can not catch them on private property in Tasmania.


No progress on key development in years, says Labor [$]

It was spruiked as a catalyst for urban renewal and busting Hobart’s traffic congestion, but development of the northern suburbs rail corridor remains stuck at the station, says the Opposition.


Western Australia

The hidden tourism gems that could help keep WA’s economy pumping

WA’s quirkiest tourism destinations could be the key to breathe life back into the state’s ailing economy.



How to develop a national green taxonomy for emerging markets – a new World Bank guide

The World Bank today published a guide outlining the processes that financial regulators can use to develop a green taxonomy. The publication Developing a National Green Taxonomy: A World Bank Guide will help regulators in emerging economies who seek to “green” their countries’ financial systems.


From Covid-19 to climate: what’s next after the global oil and gas industry crash?

While oil and gas are not alone in struggling in the economic slump, the reality of the climate crisis is starting to bite, analysts say.


Raging against the dying of the light … striking British coal miners in 1985.

British coal’s last stand [$]

Three companies, including two Australian-owned miners, are battling to keep the industry alive.


This week’s pipeline wins were decades in the making

Three court decisions are a sign of the power of protest.


Pandemic’s greenhouse gas cut comes with high cost

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 18 percent from March 15 to June 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers at Rhodium Group. But there’s a cost.


In the US there are ordinary people, and then there are corporate people

Bob Marshall

It’s easy to see there are now two levels of citizenship in this country. The top level is for corporations and those who run them. The lower level is for human citizens. This is especially evident in the area of environmental regulations.


Nature Conservation

Making a beeline: wildflower paths across UK could save species

Conservation charity aims to help restore 150,000 hectares of bee-friendly corridors to save the insects from extinction


One key solution to the world’s climate woes? Canada’s natural landscapes

It’s with no irony that the world’s foremost scientific institutions are now recommending that to save nature what needs to be done is, well, save nature.

Maelor Himbury

6 Florence St Niddrie 3042



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