Daily Links Jul 29

The phase-out will occur and it will require planning. The Hazelwood closure and the stimulus provided through the Latrobe Valley Authority is a pointer to how it can be done. Not that there aren’t still challenges, but since the days of Ned Ludd, change in technology brings disruption.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/governments-must-prepare-communities-for-inevitable-coal-phase-out-experts-warn-29138/

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 29 July 2020 at 9:00:18 am AEST
Subject: Daily Links Jul 29

Post of the Day 

Climate explained: are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030? 

Robert McLachlan 

To limit warming to 1.5 above pre-industrial levels, we’ll need to cut global emissions by 7.6% each year this decade. It’s difficult, but not impossible. 

 

On This Day 

Jul 29 

Saint Olaf’s Day 

 

Ecological Observance 

International Tiger Day 

Rain Day 

 

Coronavirus Watch 

Confirmed cases: 15,302. Deaths: 167 

 

What’s the state of your AGM? 

A new app is launching to help charities check the rules around their annual general meetings 

 

Climate Change 

Scientists record rapid carbon loss from warming peatlands 

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a direct relationship between climate warming and carbon loss in a peatland ecosystem. Their study published in AGU Advances provides a glimpse of potential futures where significant stores of carbon in peat bogs could be released into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. 

 

Anti-climate action statements get more visibility in US news coverage, study finds 

Analysis by assistant professor of environment and society and sociology at Brown found that press releases expressing opposition to climate action were twice as likely to receive news coverage as those supporting action. 

 

Climate explained: are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030? 

Robert McLachlan 

To limit warming to 1.5 above pre-industrial levels, we’ll need to cut global emissions by 7.6% each year this decade. It’s difficult, but not impossible. 

 

Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas but cutting methane emissions is crucial too 

Richard Dixon 

Quite rightly there is a lot of attention paid to reducing carbon dioxide emissions but we need to pay attention to methane as well if we are to avoid nasty surprises. 

 

National 

Taylor’s stalled UNGI and Snowy 2.0 included on watchdog’s audit hit list 

The Auditor General has included the stalled UNGI program, and the Snowy 2.0 expansion, on its priority list for audits in 2020-21. 

 

New platform to track momentum towards zero net emissions now online 

ClimateWorks Australia launches a centralised platform for tracking corporate and government climate change pledges as it hopes to raise ambition. 

 

‘Almost inconceivable’: 3 billion animals believed killed or displaced in Australia’s summer fires 

The study, commissioned by WWF Australia and conducted by researchers from several universities, revises up the previous estimate of 1 billion animals impacted by the fires but is still based on “lower bound estimates”. 

 

The Green Recovery: how to fix Australia’s energy-inefficient homes – video 

The Australian home has a big problem: it’s draughty, poorly insulated and costs a fortune to heat and cool. 

 

This builder used to be sceptical about green homes. Now he’s a convert 

Australia’s leaky homes are leaving millions of us vulnerable to extreme weather. In the first of a series of features on the Green Recovery, we look at how coronavirus stimulus could fix the problem 

 

Power bill relief sparks concern for retailers [$] 

The Morrison government’s move to extend relief for households unable to pay power bills due to COVID-19 economic shocks has sparked concern among retailers hit by bad debts, with EnergyAustralia the latest large operator signalling it will take a hit from the pandemic. 

 

Oil and gas reform blueprint amid fears sector struggling to recover from COVID-19 oil crash [$] 

Australia’s oil and gas industry will present a reform blueprint to Scott Morrison to kick-start an economic recovery amid fears the sector is struggling to recover from a COVID-19 oil crash while the nation’s big renewable players have warned the pandemic risks slashing investment and derailing the clean energy transition. 

 

Humans see just 4.7km into the distance. So how can we truly understand what the bushfires destroyed? 

Nanda Jarosz 

Many scientific concepts, including bushfires and climate change, happen at scales outside human perception. So how can we ever understand them? 

 

The local governments declaring a climate emergency 

Kathryn Davidson et al 

The rise in the number of local governments declaring a climate emergency is significant, but only a small proportion have developed action plans 

 

Liberals should follow Thatcher on environmental policy 

SMH editorial 

Liberals should be both pro-environment and pro-free market. 

 

Can Australia’s COVID-19 recovery spending also help combat climate concerns? 

Patrick Suckling 

As attention turns to rebuilding from the economic wreckage of COVID-19 and the biggest shock to the global economic system since the Great Depression, two things are clear. 

 

Conditions of entry – cartoon 

David Pope 

 

Victoria 

North East Link court challenge dead as fourth council pulls out 

The Supreme Court fight against the $16 billion North East Link project is over after Banyule Council withdraws. 

 

Logging under review after string of court losses [$] 

Forestry Victoria has launched a review of the forestry industry after a string of legal challenges from environmental groups have threatened planned logging and limited the abilities of VicForests. 

 

New South Wales 

Dust-up looms as NSW Nationals seek to cut environmental oversight 

The NSW Nationals are seeking greater control of major agricultural policies, setting in train a likely collision course with Liberal MPs. 

 

The chemical report Cotton Australia will not release 

The peak cotton industry body is refusing to release a report into the cause of trees losing their leaves in the central west of NSW, despite saying there was no evidence chemical sprays were to blame. 

 

Coal to power on ‘but Newcastle port must change’ [$] 

Port of Newcastle chair Roy Green has warned against an ­immediate shift away from coal and declared gas as a key transitionary fuel to support jobs and businesses in the NSW Hunter ­region as thermal coal volumes “flatten out” over the next 15 years. 

 

New Hope’s New Acland mine: No hope for health and environment 

David Shearman 

Communities continue the fight against the New Acland coal mine despite a “Hydra”, which includes the fossil fuel industry and state and Federal governments. 

 

Why ‘planned retreat’ is not an option for our urbanised coastline 

Garry Silk  

A Collaroy resident argues that much more is at stake than beachfront homes – and failing to protect them will put more properties in peril and force taxpayers to rebuild major roads. 

 

Queensland 

Fifteen per cent of Queensland recycling waste still being exported, ahead of ban 

About 15 per cent of the 2 billion cans, bottles and plastic containers collected in Queensland is still exported overseas for recycling, a year out from the export ban. 

 

South Australia 

Will Kimba’s nuclear jobs actually stay there? [$] 

A radioactive waste dump earmarked for remote SA has run into a host of potential problems – including a union’s concerns about double-handling the material, and whether the local industry will hold on to the benefits. 

 

Tasmania 

Camping ballots at Freycinet National Park closing July 31 

Those looking to camp at Freycinet National Park have until July 31 at 4pm to enter the ballot for summer. 

 

Malbena appeal to be test case for govt’s EOI process [$] 

A controversial development in the state’s wilderness is heading back to court in a test case for national park proposals, which, if successful will limit “inappropriate development”. 

 

Rebellion grannies to fight trespass charges in court [$] 

A trio of Hobart Knitting Nanna activists in their 60s and 70s will fight criminal allegations in court this October following the Extinction Rebellion protests last year. 

 

Northern Territory 

The mystery of the Top End’s vanishing wildlife, and the unexpected culprits 

Alyson Stobo-Wilson et al 

Small mammals in northern Australia have been rapidly vanishing for the last 30 years, and scientists weren’t sure why. Now, a major new study found feral livestock are largely to blame.. 

 

Western Australia 

West Australia’s first 100MW solar farm starts sending power to the grid 

The first 100MW solar farm in Western Australia begins sending power to the grid. 

 

Container scheme ops in $830k boost 

Refund point operators and processors taking part in Western Australia’s container deposit scheme will receive more than $830,000 to help with financial hardship caused by COVID-19. 

 

Power savers ClimateClever plan corporate sector launch [$] 

The company has designed an app that precisely measures an organisation’s carbon footprint and interactively maps how it can become carbon neutral. 

 

Will rising sea levels sink $75m Margs resort plan? [$] 

Critics of a proposed beachfront development at Margaret River are in a dispute with the developer over where the shoreline will sit in 100 years time. 

 

From rust to gold: Rio Tinto strikes riches [$] 

Rio Tinto has unveiled its long-awaited first resource at its Winu discovery in WA’s Pilbara region, pulling the covers back on a low-grade deposit and saying it has hit promising gold results not far away. 

 

‘Spine-tingling’ Indigenous rock art saved from destruction 

Researchers working with traditional owners have managed to preserve a rock art site in WA’s Pilbara region in the same area as a similar site which was destroyed. 

 

White heritage key to Indigenous sites [$] 

The West Australian government has been urged to look to its own laws protecting European built heritage as a model to reform the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which has failed to protect Indigenous cultural sites. 

 

We need a thorough investigation into the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves. A mere apology will not cut it 

Marcia Langton 

The future relationship with traditional owners, who trusted that Rio Tinto’s leadership was sincere in their policy, is at risk 

 

Sustainability 

Make your own greenhouse gas logger 

Researchers have developed a simple logger for greenhouse gas flows. It is built using inexpensive and easily available parts, and provides data on levels of methane, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity. 

 

Governments must prepare communities for inevitable coal phase out, experts warn 

Energy and climate policy experts warn governments must prepare for impacts of inevitable coal phase out on workers and communities. 

 

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates 

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect – according to a new study. 

 

New study offers roadmap for coal phase-out 

Coal will need to be phased out of the world’s economy to meet the climate change challenge, but this can work properly only if social objectives and local stakeholders are involved in the process, an international group of researchers argue in a paper published today. 

 

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit? 

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips. 

 

Fostering a sustainable use of phosphorus 

Phosphorus is critical to food security, ecosystem functioning and human activities. Urbanization and dietary changes, and in particular industrial use of P for chemical fertilizer production, have determined a declining trend especially in the last decades. A study recently published on Nature food realized with the contribution of the CMCC Foundation provides some suggestions on how to address this critical issue while protecting food security. 

 

World’s largest solar power plant moves forward with world’s lowest price 

Emirates utility awards contract to build 2GW Al Dhafra solar project at a record-low tariff for solar power of $0.0135/kWh. 

 

Airbus envisions green hydrogen-powered flights by early 2030s 

Senior executive from aerospace industry giant Airbus says company may launch a commercial airliner running on green hydrogen by the early 2030s. 

 

Era of subsidy-free offshore wind turbines has arrived, researchers say 

New research finds that the costs of offshore wind projects is now so low, they are delivering ‘negative subsidies’ to the benefit of energy users. 

 

World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly in France 

Project aims to show clean fusion power can be generated at commercial scale 

 

“The World After Coronavirus”— a conversation with Paul R. Ehrlich 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt across the planet for a long time. 

 

Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn’t need to be partisan 

Todd Newman 

When you ask Americans what the word ‘science’ brings to mind, a majority respond ‘hope.’ Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages. 

 

Nature Conservation 

More than 100 forest fires continue in Russia 

Sweltering heat and dry weather have helped wildfires spread across many regions of Russia. The high temperatures over northern Russia have set normally moist peat bogs ablaze and thawed permafrost, adding to worry over the potential impact on the global climate of rapid shifts in the Arctic. 

 

Migratory river fish populations plunge 76% in past 50 years 

Decline in species such as salmon harms entire ecosystems and livelihoods, say researchers 

 

Scientists launch ambitious conservation project to save the Amazon 

The new Science Panel for the Amazon – modeled on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – aims to consolidate knowledge on the Amazon rainforest and guide future public policies to conserve it. 

 

Carbon dioxide threatens life in the Gulf of Mexico 

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Gulf of Mexico are becoming harmful to marine life and the commercial fishing industry, researchers warn. 

 

What’s really behind dwindling numbers of woodland caribou? 

Wolves often get the blame for killing caribou in Canada’s boreal forests, but the real threat is human activity, new research finds. 

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