Daily Links Nov 18

There’s a huge amount to like in this proposal, a pest-free Prom with development outside of the park.

Post of the Day

1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study

Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” who represent just 1% of the world’s population caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018, according to a study.


On This Day

November 18


Ecological Observance



Climate Change

The world’s leading universities join the climate fight

Frustrated by gulf between the scientific facts of the climate crises and the response of world governments, leading universities have formed a new alliance.


Reducing aerosol pollution without cutting carbon dioxide could make the planet hotter

Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean’s ability to keep the planet cool, new research shows.


5 legal tactics environmentalists are using to fight climate change

Activists are increasingly using litigation as a tool to influence climate action worldwide. Here’s a look at some of the main tactics they’re wielding to force change on fossil fuel firms and weak government policies.


Could Germany be charged with ecocide?

In award-winning director Andres Veiel’s film “Ecocide,” Germany stands trial at the International Court of Justice for its destructive climate policies.


Jeff Bezos gives $791 million to 16 groups fighting climate change

The Amazon chief executive unveiled the first $791 million in donations from his $10 billion Earth Fund devoted to slowing down climate change.


Biden plans to move fast with a ‘climate administration.’ Here’s how

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., eager to elevate climate change throughout his administration, is already drafting orders to reduce planet-warming pollution and seeking nominees who will embed climate policy not only in environmental agencies but in departments from Defense to Treasury to Transportation.


Climate activist Vanessa Nakate wants to hold Joe Biden accountable to his climate change plan

For 24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, climate change is not an abstract concept — it’s personal. She witnesses the impact of it on her country every day.



ISPT to go net-carbon positive by 2025 with rooftop solar, PPAs, offsets

Industry superannuation-backed property funds manager sets carbon positive target for 2025 after being certified 100% carbon neutral for its base operations this year.


2050 climate targets not ‘radical’, says Albanese [$]

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has denied the party is extreme on climate change, saying its policy on zero net carbon emissions by 2050 is doable.


Malcolm Turnbull claims ScoMo is quiet on climate change because he wants to keep job

Malcolm Turnbull claims Scott Morrison is failing to act on climate change because he wants to hang onto his job.


This couple is on a mission to spend $40 million in the next 10 years

These Australian philanthropists don’t see the point in holding on to a big stash of money beyond the next decade. Instead they’re spending it all on projects aimed at avoiding catastrophic climate change.

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Should the ADF take a bigger role in bushfires and other domestic emergencies? The answer isn’t so easy

Susan Harris Rimmer

The Commonwealth and state governments are responsible for keeping people safe, and the role of the ADF is to protect the nation. But how these two roles fit together is not always so clear.


The dangerous folly of ignoring carbon emissions

Peter Boyer

Scott Morrison’s climate policy paralysis sets a dishonourable example for the world


On coal and gas, Australia is becoming more isolated

John Quiggin

Following the pattern of Australian political commentary, the resignation of Labor’s resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has been discussed almost entirely in terms of domestic politics. As its name implies, though, global warming is fundamentally about our relationship with the world as a whole. As in all matters of foreign policy, little scope exists for unilateral action, or inaction.


We’ve just signed the world’s biggest trade deal, but what exactly is the RCEP?

Patricia Ranald

The giant Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership between Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the ten members of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) was signed online on Sunday, November 15.


When supermarket goes renewable, you know it means business

Lindsay Soutar

In towns and cities across the country, a quiet revolution is taking place as Australia’s businesses shift to 100 per cent renewable energy.


Deloitte climate report more a fearmongering manifesto [$]

Adam Creighton

Just when you thought you’d had enough scary and ridiculous predictions for one year, along comes Deloitte Access Economics with claims Australia will lose $3.4 trillion in income and 880,000 jobs by 2070 unless it takes drastic action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


San Francisco just banned gas in all new buildings. Could it ever happen in Australia?

Madeline Taylor and Susan M Park

Last week San Francisco became the latest city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The legislation will see all new construction, other than restaurants, use electric power only from June 2021, to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


Scott Morrison in Japan: Historic deal … and a climate boogie dance [$]

Greg Sheridan

Mr Morrison’s one-day stop was very full, and rightly so. He spent Tuesday morning talking to Japanese businesses and also discussing climate change.



Gariwerd management plan to ‘balance’ cultural heritage and recreational use of park

A new draft management plan for Gariwerd (Grampians) sets out 66 areas where rock climbing has been ruled ‘incompatible’, but the sport will still be permitted in 89 areas of the park.


Victoria fast-tracks rooftop solar and battery rollout, part of $800m energy savings package

Victoria commits nearly $800m to kick gas appliances out of homes, improve efficiency and fast-track roll out of household solar and battery storage.


$6m fence to keep foxes, cats, deer out of Wilsons Prom

Wilsons Promontory will get a new visitor centre, accommodation and a predator-proof fence in the budget.


Repeat offender fined $82,000 for illegal dumping in Diggers Rest

A waste disposal operator has been fined $82,610 for illegally dumping building materials and household rubbish on a rental property in Diggers Rest, before blaming the landlord for the mess.


How one felled tree can say so much

Melanie Whelan

One felled tree in a district called Dobie captured international attention and shock about a fortnight ago. A holding pattern over this area, a little out of Ballarat, Victoria, on the highway to Adelaide, will break this week when a Victorian Supreme Court injunction for road works lapses.


New South Wales

NSW to transform Hunter coal region into state’s next renewable energy zone

The New South Wales has made a new commitment to transform the now coal-dependent Hunter Region as a hub of new renewable energy and storage projects as part of its broad and ground-breaking plans to transition the state’s grid from coal to renewables.


NSW budget delivers $50m to accelerate pumped hydro storage projects

NSW government locks in $50 million in recoverable grants to accelerate the construction of new pumped-hydro energy storage projects across the state.


Victoria to spend $20 million on three-year trial for zero emissions bus fleet

Victoria to spend $20 million to kick off three-year trial of electric and other zero emissions buses.


‘Much weaker outlook’ for coal slashed expected NSW mining royalties

Treasury predicted six months ago mining royalties would be $1.869 billion for the 2020-21 year, but the “much weaker outlook for coal” since then had prompted it to cut the forecast to $1.4 billion.


Narrabri’s gas-fired liability

Patrick Lau

Locals fear coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga will destroy the forest, the water and the tourism industry



Lake Burley Griffin rubbish clean out reveals what Canberrans threw away

The big clean up of Lake Burley Griffin has revealed …. just how dirty we can be.


South Australia

Le Cornu magnate fined thousands for illegal dredging [$]

Furniture magnate Barry Le Cornu has been fined thousands of dollars for illegally dredging at his beachside mansion for a boat ramp.


Can a new mine save BHP’s loss-making Olympic Dam? [$]

It has considered bulldozers and brownfield expansions, but now BHP’s hopes of fixing its Olympic Dam mine rest on a copper discovery at nearby Oak Dam.



Origin, Fortescue look at massive renewable hydrogen projects in Tasmania

Origin and Fortescue look at huge green hydrogen projects in Tasmania, using hydro and wind resources to produce both ammonia and hydrogen.


Lake Malbena tourism proposal could have ‘adverse impact’ on wedge-tailed eagles and wilderness quality, Environment Minister finds

The federal Environment Minister has found that the proposal to use a helicopter to fly visitors to Lake Malbena would result in “wilderness quality” to be reduced in about 4200 hectares.


State Labor distributing anti-Greens flyers to 30,000 households [$]

More than 30,000 households across Tasmania will receive “pledge cards” from state Labor vowing that the party will never again govern with the Greens – a move described by one political analyst as “outdated” and a “posturing exercise”.


Studies on renewable energy projects for Bell Bay announced

The state government will conduct feasibility studies on three hydrogen projects in Tasmania, including two at Bell Bay.


Western Australia

Fortescue regrets causing offence with threat of legal action during bid to destroy Aboriginal sites in Pilbara

CEO tells inquiry letter did not reflect miner’s ‘close consultative approach’ to Indigenous people



Graph of the day: As EU demand recovers, zero carbon takes the lions share

Fossil fuels keep losing out in Europe, even as energy demand returns to normal.


The town that went feral

When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in.


After 12 months and 1.3m deaths, what do we know about the origins of coronavirus?

November likely marks 12 months of life with the pandemic, but the most fundamental questions, like where it came from and who its first victim was, remain unanswered


1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study

Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” who represent just 1% of the world’s population caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018, according to a study.


In retrospect, the burning of wood in district heating plants has resulted in climate saving

A new report shows that the burning of wood is significantly more climate friendly than coal and slightly more climate friendly than natural gas over the long run. For the first time, researchers quantified what the conversion of 10 Danish cogeneration plants from coal or natural gas to biomass has meant for their greenhouse gas emissions.


Turn up the aircon this summer to save heaps of cash

Joel Gibson

Every degree increase on your thermostat saves about $100 on a typical household bill over the hot months.


Nature Conservation

Abundance of prey species is key to bird diversity in cities

A team of scientists collaborated to analyze breeding bird data gathered by citizen scientists. They found that the abundance of invertebrates such as insects or spiders as prey is a key factor affecting bird diversity in the city. The more prey is available, the more diverse the urban bird communities are.


Some sport fish are caught repeatedly, which may throw off population count

A new study reports that, for several species of oceanic sport fish, individual fish that are caught, released and recaught are more likely to be caught again than scientists anticipated. The findings raise some interesting questions for policy makers tasked with preserving sustainable fisheries.


Tropical peatland conservation could protect humans from new diseases

Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers say.


Court questions environmental impact of GMO salmon

US FDA must evaluate risks of genetically engineered fish escaping.


Dead fish carry toxic mercury to the deep ocean, contaminating crustaceans

Fish carcasses sinking to the deepest parts of the ocean carry toxic mercury pollution that ends up contaminating bottom-dwelling sea creatures, according to a new study.


B.C. just cut back logging limits on Haida Gwaii. But is it enough to protect these ancient, carbon-rich forests?

Critics call for a moratorium on clearcutting on ‘Galapagos of the North’ to protect ‘monumental’ cedars and animals not found anywhere else.


Climate Explained: what would happen if we cut down the Amazon rainforest?

Sebastian Leuzinger

What would happen if we cut down the entire Amazon rainforest? Could it be replaced by an equal amount of reforestation elsewhere?


Brazil’s Bem Querer dam: An impending Amazon disaster

Philip M. Fearnside

The planned 650 MW dam on the Rio Branco in Brazil’s Roraima state is scheduled to become operational in 2028; it could do extraordinary socio-environmental harm.

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