Daily Links Oct 24

You have to be on the prowl at night to see our mammals, you more often hear rather than see our amphibians, go underwater to see our fish or wait until summer to see reptiles but birds? They’re the vertebrate that’s always there. Flying, fighting, foraging, preening, perching – they’re colourful, they’re doing something, some are obvious, some only appear after you’ve searched. Their nests are there to be discovered, their calls range from melodic to raucous, birds enrich our lives. Sean Dooley’s not wrong!

Post of the Day 

Jane Goodall: ‘Unless we move together toward a new, greener economy… we’re doomed’ 

Jane Goodall launches a collection with Crate & Barrel to get children thinking about the environment as early as possible. Here, she talks to us about the collection, why capitalism is broken, and how young people can help save the planet. 


On This Day 

October 24 


Ecological Observance 

World Development Information Day 


Coronavirus Watch 

Today’s Update 


Climate Change 

How climate change is making the Alps more dangerous 

As the mountains thaw, rocks are coming loose from the ice, increasing the risk of injury or death for even the most experienced mountaineers. 


To save low-lying atolls, adaptive measures need to start now 

New research uses 5,000 years of geological data to understand how and when sea level rise will affect the livability of low-lying reef islands. 



Solar power a clean winner for homes but beware of shocks [$] 

Quality solar power networks installed by accredited experts help households cut electricity costs. But unscrupulous operators are ripping off many consumers with defective and dangerous systems. 


Doubts for plans to deliver 450GL [$] 

Less than four years from the deadline, there is no clear plan to deliver 450 gigalitres of water for River Murray. 


Basin authority fails on Indigenous role [$] 

An indigenous board member is yet to be appointed to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority ­espite the passing of laws last year to ensure Aboriginal representation, Senate estimates has heard. 


Two-faced Labor risks falling between stools  

Crispin Hull 

Labor in Australia had better watch out. The Greens are coming for them. The results of last weekend’s ACT and New Zealand elections illustrate the point which will likely be reinforced in next weekend’s Queensland election. 


Mathias Cormann wants to be a chameleon on climate change when we’ve got a bin fire instead of a plan 

Katharine Murphy 

Does a late conversion somehow void the finance minister’s previous statements and the Coalition’s decade of shame? 


Anthony Albanese coy on gas as Scott Morrison locks in Australia’s fossil fuel future 

Callum Foote  

Australia’s carbon-belching future is surely being sealed by the Coalition with the acquiescence of Labor.  



Murray-Darling Basin left without top cop as Keelty steps down 

The former federal police commissioner did not seek to extend his tenure as the interim inspector-general for the Basin when his term ended last month. 


I wondered how many birds I could count in my Melbourne backyard and asked others to do the same 

Sean Dooley 

The sight of pelicans and rainbow lorikeets became a bright spot in dark times for many 


New South Wales 

Transgrid to build Australia’s first Tesla Megapack big battery in western Sydney 

Transmission company Transgrid is to build the first big battery in Australia using Tesla’s recently introduced Megapack battery technology, and what is likely to the first of more than 10 big batteries to be built across NSW as it prepares for the retirement of its ageing coal fleet. 


IAG withdraws support for raising Warragamba dam wall 

Insurance Australia Group says ‘significant cultural heritage sites and important natural habitats’ could be damaged 


Sydney’s last wild river is at risk 

A $1 billion+plan to lift the Warragamba Dam Wall as much as 17m could lead to the flooding of the lower Kowmung and 6000 hectares of pristine wilderness. 


‘It was terrible work’: 20 years on, horses’ cull still a bitter political issue 

Two decades ago this Monday news broke of a horse cull, spurring a backlash that still reverberates in NSW politics. 



Canberra houses using more water again, as rainfall levels drop 

Less rain fell into ACT catchments over the past financial year while Canberra households used more water, new figures have shown. 



How COVID hit SEQ’s public transport usage – and how it could bounce back 

Will public transport usage ever bounce back to pre-COVID numbers, and if so, when? 


New technology to save the Great Barrier Reef [$] 

The world’s largest reef forecasting and monitoring project called eReefs has transformed the way the marine environment is managed. 


‘Betrayal’: Residents’ fury as ferries cancelled, terminal closed [$] 

Hundreds of cars will be funnelled onto one of Brisbane’s busiest roads and a three-minute journey will become an hour-long commute after a shock decision to close two Brisbane ferry terminals. 


LNP chips in $80m to expand national parks [$] 

A Liberal National Party government would dedicate $80m to expand national parks and private reserves, almost tripling the commitment by Labor. 


Adani mine faces new legal challenge [$] 

Anna Krien  

Two teens have lodged a legal request for the Environment minister to revoke approval for the Carmichael mine, citing research linking its associated emissions with damage to up to 18,000 square kilometres of the World Heritage site. 


South Australia 

Four years and $4 billion – Minister says SA will still get its water 

Federal Water Minister Keith Pitt says any court action is unlikely in the Murray water dispute – because there’s still plenty of time and money to deliver. 


Northern Territory 

Renewable energy a ‘great hoax’, says NT senator 

Territory Senator Sam McMahon has labelled renewable energy a “great hoax” and the “dole bludgers” of the energy sector 


Western Australia 

Solar plus storage better than grid connection for remote households 

Dozens of WA households taken off the grid and given stand alone solar and storage power systems, cutting costs and improving reliability. 


Job-creating energy hub given Major Status backing 

The Morrison Government is helping fast-track the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility, which is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in Western Australia. 



The case for carbon offsets to reach net zero emissions 

Carbon offsets are often dismissed as a “fig leaf”, but they ensure money is directed to sustainable projects and they provide an economic incentive to continue reform. 


Campaigners criticise global deal on carbon emissions from shipping 

Green groups say agreement will allow emissions to continue to rise in the next decade 


Biden echoes Morrison on carbon capture [$] 

In one of the most tense moments of Friday’s (AEDT) debate between Donald Trump and Mr Biden, the former vice president reiterated that he would not ban fracking. 


Good environmental policy requires understanding people 

A healthy forest can link to community well-being in multiple ways, including through deep ancestral and spiritual connections to place, increasing groundwater recharge for drinking or providing lei materials and medicinal products. 


Even with coal, strict air pollution control can prevent early deaths 

Enforcing air pollution controls can prevent premature deaths from air pollution exposure, even in a future that uses coal, finds a study. 


Bill proposes harnessing ocean’s power to help reverse climate change 

The legislation would prohibit oil and gas leasing in all areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, promote offshore wind energy and restore 30% of the nation’s oceans by 2030. 


Jane Goodall: ‘Unless we move together toward a new, greener economy… we’re doomed’ 

Jane Goodall launches a collection with Crate & Barrel to get children thinking about the environment as early as possible. Here, she talks to us about the collection, why capitalism is broken, and how young people can help save the planet. 


Climate-protected citadels, virtual worlds only for the privileged: is this the future of inequality? 

Matthew Finch and Marie Mahon 

Imagine visiting the Europe of 2048. The cities are strangely silent. Desperate communities in Paris, London and Berlin struggle in the shadow of hollowed-out buildings. The once-popular coastal resorts have also been abandoned, as rises in sea level have taken their toll. 


Why ‘eco-tourism’ makes me want to puke [$] 

Amanda Ducker. 

Throwaway terms like ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-tourism’ are greenwashing the cold hard facts – we need to change the way we travel.  


Nature Conservation 

Danish research shows “almost no birds” die in collisions with wind turbines 

A multi-year scientific study in Denmark has concluded that birds are quite good at avoiding wind turbine blades, and so “almost no birds die in collisions.” 


Roar deal: wildlife reserves cop a hammering as COVID bites 

With tourism and safaris stalled, national parks in poor African and South American countries are under serious threat. 


Alexandra Cousteau wants to restore the oceans by 2050 

Through her organization Oceans 2050, Alexandra Cousteau wants to shift our history of ocean loss into a tale of restoration – starting with kelp. 


Climate change isn’t the only environmental crisis Biden wants to confront 

The Democratic nominee’s platform calls on the United States to set aside 30 percent of its land and water for conservation by the end of the decade. 


How small-scale loggers can help save Africa’s tropical forests 

Small-time loggers providing timber to local villages have long been seen as a threat to forests in Africa. But that view is changing. 


My urban nature gem 

Peter Dykstra 

If you live and work within cities or suburbs, urban nature enclaves are something special. 

Maelor Himbury

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