Daily Links Sep 14

This is the You tube URL for the Greta Thunberg film trailer. As a complement to researchers across the sciences and to the mainstream science communicators, she is the phenomenon we need in exploring every motivation for bringing about change. Congratulations on your courage and persistence, Greta. 

Post of the Day 

Why clouds are the missing piece in the climate change puzzle 

In order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and avoid dangerous levels of warming, governments need to know how much carbon they can emit, and over what timeframe. 

 

On This Day 

September 14 

Exaltation of the Cross – Western Christianity 

 

Coronavirus Watch 

Today’s Update 

 

Five errors coronavirus ‘armchair experts’ keep getting wrong 

Jacques Raubenheimer 

It’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context 

 

Climate Change 

Why clouds are the missing piece in the climate change puzzle 

In order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and avoid dangerous levels of warming, governments need to know how much carbon they can emit, and over what timeframe. 

 

Greta Thunberg warns of fallouts from climate change in powerful documentary trailer that gives goosebumps 

Sweden’s teen climate change activist, Greta Thunberg’s documentary trailer grabs over 1.3 million views, makes hair stand on the ends with climate emergency warnings ahead of cinematic release worldwide starting October 16 

 

The future has arrived. These explosive fires are our climate change wakeup call 

Peter Gleick 

Scientists have been warning of the growing threat of climate change, and now those projections are a reality 

 

National 

Foxes are living it up in Australian suburbs — and experts say we’d better get used to them 

Are you noticing more foxes in your area? They don’t just enjoy the rural life, they thrive in the city too. So here’s what you need to know to help you — and your chooks — co-exist with these little red creatures. 

 

Federal government open to making Australian motorists pay to keep fuel refineries open 

Angus Taylor says it is critical to ensure Australia has fuel stocks to survive global turbulence 

 

NAB see risk in coal and reward in renewables 

Gareth Hutchens 

National Australia Bank chief Ross McEwan was questioned about lending to Australian coal mines by Federal MP Craig Kelly. The answer is familiar to all in business — and it is something Mr Kelly knows about too 

 

Climate increases risks to animals, humans 

Andrew Turner 

The health of animals, humans and our environment is impossible to fully separate. Over the past few decades, 60 to 70 per cent of new diseases affecting people came from animals. 

 

Australia has a unique opportunity to capitalise on renewable energy 

Canberra Times editorial 

The numbers that are bandied about nowadays when it comes to debt, deficit and the post-pandemic economy are so large and beyond imagination as to be almost abstract. 

 

Murray Darling farmers subjected to false prophets of gloom [$] 

Andrew Bolt 

The Murray Darling Association is meant to help farmers in Australia’s great food bowl but will instead force them to suck up lectures from two false propehts — a global warming extremist and an “indigenous historian”. 

 

Victoria 

Rural council in standoff over West Gate Tunnel [$] 

Strathbogie Shire has declared war on a controversial plan to send West Gate Tunnel trucks through their local roads, with a new weight limit to effectively ban the movement of the project’s vital concrete segments in their area. 

 

New South Wales 

This orchid flower is a ‘one-in-50 year’ find — but you’ll likely never see it 

Researchers say in order to protect an underground orchid, which never usually emerges from the leaf litter, the safest thing to do is to keep its location top secret. 

 

Hundreds of millions lost on public transport during COVID-19 crisis 

Hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from public transport fares has been shaved from the NSW government budget since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, sparking warnings the impact will be felt for years. 

 

Promised WestConnex park site in Sydney’s inner west ‘highly contaminated’ 

The City of Sydney has warned that land the state government has earmarked for a new park at a motorway junction for the WestConnex is polluted and unsuitable as a recreation spot. 

 

‘Irreversible damage’: Is a tunnel under the Blue Mountains the solution to traffic woes? 

An upgrade of the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains has ignited opposition from local politicians and some residents. 

 

Coronavirus: energy industry wants reform, clarity [$] 

Australia’s oil and gas industry will deliver a five-year blueprint to Scott Morrison this week, calling on the federal government to ­deliver major tax, environmental and regulatory reforms and back the unlocking of investment and exploration across the gas sector. 

 

A man-made threat is killing our koalas [$] 

John Williams 

All Australians love koalas and we want them to thrive and survive. When my wife, Nancy, and I bought our farm near Inverell in 2013 we were amazed at the number of koalas on our property, even the way they spent so much time in trees in our frontyard, just metres from our house. 

 

South Australia 

Endangered species ‘looking at extinction’ on Kangaroo Island as feral cats roam 

Endangered species are being pushed to the brink of extinction on Kangaroo Island by feral cats, with the deadly summer bushfires making the problem much more serious, conservationists have warned. 

 

Screens to stop fish slaughter [$] 

Every year, millions of native fish are sucked into irrigation pumps, pipes and channels in the Murray-Darling Basin, clogging filters or ending up as fertiliser. But there is a solution: self-cleaning fish screens. 

 

Northern Territory 

Stop damaging the bins supplied just for us: Bart Irwin [$] 

Parks and Wildlife staff are feverishly getting our hunting reserves back in order in time for the Waterfowl Hunting Season but they’re having to deal with idiots 

 

Western Australia 

This hunter’s ancient skills could help control one of the nation’s most destructive killer 

Indigenous people have been hunting feral cats for food for more than a century and researchers say their ancient tracking skills could also help to control the destructive pests and save threatened species. 

 

Switch to renewables would create 8600 WA jobs 

Transitioning WA’s primary energy system to 90 per cent renewables before the end of the decade would slash emissions by 95 per cent and create thousands of jobs, a study has found. 

 

Support builds for ‘forensic’ probe into Rio Tinto’s deals 

Investors and Indigenous leaders want a review into the miner’s agreements after the destruction of ancient rock shelters. 

 

Rio Tinto will need to do more to rebuild its standing 

Age editorial 

The structural issues that led to the blasting of an ancient rock shelter in Western Australia appear to have been years in the making. 

 

Sustainability 

Building a library of American environmental classics: Part One 

Building best-of lists is, if nothing else, a wonderful way to start an argument. 

 

Nature Conservation 

Trump breaks silence on devastating wildfires, blaming them on bad forest management 

New York: US President Donald Trump has acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the wildfires ravaging America’s west coast, but has blamed the disaster on bad forest management. 

 

Sounds of the Forest 

We are collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world, creating a growing soundmap bringing together aural tones and textures from the world’s woodlands. The sounds form an open source library, to be used by anyone to listen to and create from. 

 

How pressuring corporations can save the Amazon from destruction 

As the Amazon undergoes another wave of deforestation, a blueprint for halting the runaway exploitation can be found in Southeast Asia. 

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