Daily Links Nov 22

For how many years have Europeans been on this continent and persisted with old world crops, livestock and farming methods? The damage we have wrought upon our landscape has been considerable. At last, new forms of agriculture and crops such as those that Bruce Pascoe is growing are appearing. We’re slow learners, but there are signs that we are learning. 

Post of the Day

New report projects severe coral bleaching globally in this century

The United Nations recently released a new report projecting future coral reef bleaching globally.


On This Day

November 22

Totensonntag (Sunday of the Dead) – Germany

Saint Cecilia’s Day – Mexico


Ecological Observance

Arbor Day – British Virgin Islands



War of the weedkiller: why environmentalists are concerned about moves to ban Roundup

Many say herbicide is an essential tool in preserving biodiversity but others say it’s a ‘delusion’ to think weed control is only possible with ‘poison’


Truffle munching wallabies shed new light on forest conservation

Scientists have studied how swamp wallabies spread truffle spores around the environment. Results of the research demonstrate the importance of these animals to the survival of the forest.


After a series of dramatic events, Morrison is facing a very different climate playing field in 2021

Michael Slezak

As the world strides ahead to try to stop global warming, Australia is risking becoming isolated and missing out on the opportunities the transition poses



Owners of electric vehicles to be taxed 2.5c for every kilometre they drive

The Victorian government says the new tax will make road charging “fairer” for all motorists.


Andrews defends decision to ditch airport rail tunnel

Premier Daniel Andrews has defended a decision to ditch a multibillion-dollar dedicated rail tunnel to Melbourne Airport, saying the chosen option will be cheaper and faster to build.


‘Renewables superhighway’ to ease grid limits, open way for Snowy 2.0

Transmission constraints between Victoria and NSW will be eased after the Andrews and Morrison governments struck a $200 million deal to underwrite a key grid project that will also spur more investment in wind and solar farms.


Bruce Pascoe’s native grasses

Indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe talks about the cultivation of native grasses at his property and the potential for them to be successful Australian crops.


New South Wales

A state of disarray as koala war continues to rage

Round two of the so-called koala wars erupted this week with political manoeuvering, legal wrangling and a sacking.


Stokes vows to strengthen koala protection, predicts ‘fraught’ talks

Planning Minister Rob Stokes remains determined to tighten koala protections despite being ordered by the Premier to reverse years of work after the latest flare-up with the Nationals.


In a pulse of brilliance, the Blue Mountains fireflies are back

To the delight of many, the Blue Mountains firefly seems to be recovering after good winter and spring rains spur the recovery of all creatures bright and dull after last summer’s bush blazes.


Time to act, Premier: our koalas, and farmers, deserve better

Peter FitzSimons

Sorry, what, Premier? “Our farmers deserve certainty,” you and your Deputy Premier John Barilaro said in statement after one of your own, Catherine Cusack, crossed the floor on Thursday afternoon to thwart what would have been yet more devastating land-clearing legislation hastening the extinction of koalas



The hot moral dilemma of keeping cool

Canberra Times editorial

We often know what the right thing to do is – but that doesn’t mean we do it. Our own comfort can dominate our decision-making.



Greens duo join protest forces [$]

South Brisbane Greens MP Amy MacMahon has committed to supporting protests that align with her party’s values, adding that she did not disagree with all tactics used by climate group Extinction Rebellion.


‘Their DNA takes over’: 150th green sea turtle released from privately owned rehab centre

A mostly volunteer-run centre off Gladstone celebrates a milestone 150th release, sending three green sea turtles on their way at Zilzie beach, on the Capricorn Coast.


South Australia

Native Vegetation Council slams draft Pastoral Lands Bill as conservation groups lobby against changes [$]

Proposed changes to the laws governing use of SA’s pastoral lands give greater power to graziers at the expense of the environment, conservationists say.



Blue Derby Wild has a vision of a green tourism mecca in the North-East of Tasmania [$]

In the middle of a forest two people stand hunched over the boot of their car staring at a laptop screen. For those that don’t know what they are doing there, it presents a rather perplexing sight.


‘We need to acknowledge these rivers are in danger’ [$]

Conservationist Todd Walsh has spent most of his life trying to protect the habitat of Tasmania’s giant freshwater crayfish. But he reckons there’s still a long way to go – like admitting Tassie’s “clean, green” status isn’t 100 per cent true.


Northern Territory

NT Government shaves $120 million off McArthur River Mine environmental security bond

The NT Government quietly reduces the environmental rehabilitation bond for a major Top End mine by more than $100 million after controversially approving a significant expansion of the site.


Miner pledges to protect Aboriginal sacred sites [$]

The Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) says it wants McArthur River Mine (MRM) to commit to properly engaging with custodians about its expansion plans 45km southwest of Borroloola.


NT government urged to reject ‘speculative’ licence for largest private water allocation in state

Aboriginal title holders are alarmed that Fortune Agribusiness is seeking to use more than 40,000 megalitres of water each year for irrigation


Gateway goes solar with thousands of new panels [$]

Palmerston’s biggest shopping centre is taking a major step towards energy efficiency



Researchers recommend more transparency for gene-edited crops

To gain trust, researchers recommend a wide-ranging coalition that would provide more transparency on the presence and use of gene editing in food supplies.


‘Oasis effect’ in urban parks could contribute to greenhouse gas emissions

Following a year of on-site analyses at a Phoenix-area park, hydrologists identified that the park showed what meteorologists call the ‘oasis effect,’ a microclimate that is cooler than a surrounding dry area due to the evaporation of a water source.


Nature Conservation

New report projects severe coral bleaching globally in this century

The United Nations recently released a new report projecting future coral reef bleaching globally.


Rare species of small cats inadequately protected

The Indian subcontinent is a hotspot for wild felines. A new study headed by Uppsala University now shows that only 6-11 per cent of the areas where three rare cat species have their habitat are protected. Lack of knowledge about these species has been an obstacle to understanding their needs for reserves.


Some Amazon rainforest regions more resistant to climate change than previously thought

Is the Amazon rainforest as sensitive to water stress as what the current models have been showing? Columbia Engineering researchers found that the models have been largely over-estimating water stress in tropical forests. While models show that increases in air dryness greatly diminish photosynthesis rates in certain regions of the Amazon rainforest, observational data results show the opposite: in certain very wet regions, the forests instead even increase photosynthesis rates in response to drier air.


Elephant genetics guide conservation

A large-scale study of African elephant genetics in Tanzania reveals the history of elephant populations, how they interact, and what areas may be critical to conserve in order to preserve genetic diversity of the species.


First map of bee species around the globe

There are over 20,000 species of bee, but accurate data about how these species are spread across the globe are sparse. However, researchers have now created a map of bee diversity by combining the most complete global checklist of known bee species with the almost 6 million additional public records of where individual species have appeared around the world.

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