Daily Links Nov 15

So why isn’t the CFMMEU part of the Hunter Jobs Alliance? Which bit of the world-wide movement away from coal can’t they see? They do their members a real disservice.


From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 15 November 2020 at 8:34:51 am AEDT
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Where are the jobs? NSW coal towns cling to the past until a better future emerges

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from Labor’s frontbench has concentrated minds on transition in the Hunter region, but solid plans remain elusive


On This Day

November 15


Ecological Observance

National Tree Planting Day – Sri Lanka

America Recycles Day

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Australian Food Safety Week



Suing for climate action: can the courts save us from the black hole of political inaction?

Climate litigator David Barnden had a landmark win this month against a major superannuation fund. He tells Guardian Australia he is just getting started


The US just voted out a climate denier — and that means Australia should prepare for change

Richard Holden

Australia faces a carbon tax being imposed on it by its trading partners. It’s time to get ahead of the curve.


5 things big energy retailers don’t want you to know about your bills

Jessica Irvine

If you haven’t changed energy retailers for a few years, you are sitting on their back books. That’s not a good thing.


Population growth and the economy: Challenging the dogma

Hamish Burns

News of a fall in net overseas migration has been greeted with doom and gloom from politicians, media and most economists.



Inside the plan for second Metro Tunnel [$]

More frequent services, high-capacity trains and a second Metro Tunnel are central to the Greens’ transport wishlist ahead of the ahead of the State Budget.


Cut course to six holes to solve golf versus park battle: Labor MP

The extreme popularity of an inner-city golf course as a park while golfing was banned in Melbourne’s lockdown has prompted the local Labor MP to call for a third of its fairways to be turned permanently into public open space.


Why restricting climbing in Gariwerd is short sighted

Peter Reynolds

Co-existence is an option for the future of the Grampians: a rock climber’s perpective.


New South Wales

Where are the jobs? NSW coal towns cling to the past until a better future emerges

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from Labor’s frontbench has concentrated minds on transition in the Hunter region, but solid plans remain elusive


Celebs join koala fight as Lib casts doubt on law [$]

Working class man Jimmy Barnes and Aussie sweetheart Olivia Newton-John have weighed into the ongoing fight between Liberals and Nationals MPs over koala habitat.


‘Absolutely huge’ levels of toxic chemicals found after resident tests suspicious waterway

Alarming levels of contamination have been discovered in an Illawarra waterway by a member of the public, sparking an investigation by authorities into the cocktail of dangerous pollutants.


Nats held back

Peter FitzSimons

Here’s to – and I mean this – the heroes in the Liberal Party in the NSW upper house who this week have managed to hold off the outrageous attempted amendment to the Land Services Act being driven by John Barilaro’s National Party to make land-clearing easier in this state.



Fifty shades of coral: How a world-first IVF program is trying to repopulate the Barrier Reef

Just once a year, the sex life of coral on the Great Barrier Reef is on display — this time, it has more spectators than usual.


Fraser Island bushfire threat

Residents and tourists have been forced to evacuate Fraser Island after a bushfire burnt through more than 40 kilometres squared of land.


Why has the Queensland Government created a department of hydrogen?

Peter McCutcheon

Hydrogen is being hailed as the fuel of the future and it’s more politically palatable in regional areas than solar power, but it’s still a decade away from being viable.


South Australia

AGL announces giant new battery for Adelaide’s Torrens Island

The electricity company plans to build a grid-scale battery on Adelaide’s Torrens Island that would be bigger than the giant Tesla batter in the state’s Mid North.


New catch in snapper fishing limits [$]

New bag and boat limits will be introduced for the 2021 snapper season in the southeast after a failed catch tag trial.


We’re already buried under debt so just keep digging [$]

Matthew Abraham

What if we’d taken a different route and let private business take the North-South Corridor



The state government is encouraging submissions towards deer management

The state government is welcoming submissions from the public towards a state-wide Wild Fallow Deer Management Program.


Northern Territory

Ghost ship off Darwin costing taxpayers $5m a month to keep safe

A rusting oil production ghost ship off the coast of Darwin is costing taxpayers almost $5 million a month to keep safe



‘We are staring at a catastrophe’: New Delhi’s next five days could seal its coronavirus fate

A deadly combination of surging coronavirus cases and toxic pollution has pushed intensive care units in the Indian capital to the brink, and doctors say major festivals including Diwali may tip the scales.


Bury your used tea bags in your garden and THIS is what can happen! Amazing!

Do you have a green thumb and do you like to spend your afternoons working in the garden? Then this is the perfect tip for you. We usually throw out our used tea bags immediately after making tea. That’s a huge waste, though, because there are a couple of reasons why a used tea bag can make a big difference for your garden!


Pollution and pandemics: A dangerous mix

Pollution may bear part of the blame for the rapid proliferation in the United States of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the spread of COVID-19, according to new research.


Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

A study reveals the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances through soil and other porous media, with implications for preventing the spread and accumulation of contaminants in food and water sources.


New green materials could power smart devices using ambient light

Researchers have developed environmentally friendly materials that could harvest enough energy from indoor light to power wireless smart devices.


How air pollution affects homeless populations

When air quality worsens, either from the smoke and ozone of summer or the inversion of winter, most of us stay indoors. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, that’s not always an option. Researchers document the effect of air pollution on people experiencing homelessness, finding that nearly all notice and are impacted by air pollution, whether or not they reside in shelters.


India: A comprehensive energy policy is the need of the hour

Priyavrat Bhati

In the light of recent developments in clean technologies, a fundamental rethink of an integrated energy policy is essential.


Christians can no longer stand back and leave nuclear disarmament to the politicians

Russell Whiting

While the Church has been mobilised effectively to work on limiting the damaging effects of climate change, nuclear weapons have been seen by some as an issue best left to the politicians. This can no longer be the case though.


Nature Conservation

Tiny Atlantic island takes giant leap towards protecting world’s oceans

UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha’s new marine protected area will be fourth largest sanctuary of its kind


What type of forest to choose for better CO2 storage?

An international team has studied which types of forest are the most effective in storing carbon. Inventory data from natural forests on five continents show that species diversity is optimal for equatorial and tropical rainforests, and that, conversely, in forests located in cold or dry regions, it is the abundance of trees and not their diversity that favours the recapture of CO2.


Measuring the true cost of conservation

BU Professor created the first high-resolution map of land value in the United states.


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