Date: 24 December 2020 at 8:43:14 am AEDT
Subject: Daily Links Dec 24
This is the last Daily Links for 2020. All the best for the holidays. I’ll be back on Jan 4.
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The evidence to the contrary comes from the Morrison government’s own data
On This Day
Christmas Eve – Western Christianity
Plaintiffs in Juliana v United States are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights and asking for a recovery plan
President-elect Biden is set on making climate change a central part of his agenda. How do big oil and gas companies feel about that?
Suddenly, a couple of trillion dollars doesn’t sound like as much money as it used to.
A researcher from MIPT has proposed a new explanation for the Arctic’s rapid warming. In his recent paper in Geosciences, he suggests that the warming could have been triggered by a series of great earthquakes
Inasmuch as manmade climate change is a problem, who is responsible for it?
Cass R. Sunstein
Suppose we could adopt, soon or right now, a strategy that would substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while costing people very little, or possibly even nothing? Not only that, it would not require bans or mandates, new regulations or carbon taxes. Consumers would retain freedom of choice.
A new conservative think tank proposes an orderly and faster closure plan for coal generators. Can conservatives really get on board the energy transition?
For energy market analysts, it’s not so much about what happened in 2020, but what it means for 2021 and beyond that’s of interest.
It’s ironic that mainstream media should get so hot and bothered over the actions of the climate activists at Extinction Rebellion, who have developed a habit of parking a vehicle in the middle of a major thoroughfare, causing delays, frustration and a lot of bad language.
The evidence to the contrary comes from the Morrison government’s own data
Australia’s regulatory framework needs to catch up with the fact that climate change means that we can’t use the past to predict the future.
China’s ban on Australian coal is hurting its industries and citizens but opening up a highly profitable opportunity for commodity traders.
The 149MW Glenrowan West solar farm in Victoria’s north east becomes one of last large-scale renewables projects to join the grid for 2020.
Stonnington councillors reject officers’ advice to save four locally significant trees standing in the way of plans to build a mansion on St Georges Road.
Tim Breitbarth et al
Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment. But our research shows Victorians use a huge chunk of their “personal carbon budget” driving to and from sport events each year – either to watch or participate, or to transport children.
The incidence of El Nino and La Nina climate conditions in the Pacific is a phenomenon widely known to Australians due to El Nino years being associated with droughts in eastern Australia, and La Nina being associated with cooler and wetter summers.
New South Wales
NSW planning minister grants proposed Kurri Kurri gas power station ‘critical’ status, fast tracking Morrison’s latest energy market intervention.
Maxwell mine in Hunter region is fourth fossil fuel project to get the green light in five months
By national science, technology and environment reporter Michael Slezak
A controversial coal seam gas project in regional New South Wales faces a new legal challenge, after farmers file papers alleging the State Government’s approval didn’t properly consider the impacts the project would have on climate change.
The Berejiklian government’s headache over a controversial piece of land it bought for $38m more than it was worth has got a whole lot worse.
African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a perennial grassy weed that grows in clumps up to 1.2m tall. It is native to Southern Africa and while it is now the dominant pasture species in parts of NSW and the Snowy Monaro region, it is yet to establish in many areas. Significant resources are invested into protecting these areas from invasion.
Primary schools throughout the Snowy Mountains of NSW have partnered with the NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to bake Bogong moth biscuits
Raising the Warragamba Dam wall in Sydney’s west could threaten at least 330 sensitive Aboriginal sites discovered so far, according to a confidential Heritage NSW memo which describes environmental planning conducted by WaterNSW as “inadequate”.
Genex starts early works at Kidston pumped hydro project in anticipation of final sign off by key project partners.
A giant Beijing sovereign wealth fund has emerged as an investor in major Australian LNG infrastructure, with China Investment Corporation among backers of a deal to buy a stake in Shell’s Queensland gas infrastructure for $US2.5bn ($3.3bn).
The “legally and commercially abhorrent” structure of Taswater’s capital works contracts is simultaneously ripping off local contractors and losing potentially millions of dollars to mainland companies.
It’s hard to overstate how badly Tasmania is getting renewables wrong.
Media release – Bob Brown Foundation
Bob Brown Foundation’s application for an injunction to stop the logging of Swift Parrot habitat in Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers forests will be heard in the Federal Court on 11th January if an interim agreement is not reached with Forestry Tasmania trading as Sustainable Timber Tasmania pending the decision by the Full Court of the Federal Court in the Great Forest case.
More landowners in the Top End choose to muster buffalo for commercial gain, rather than reducing the population via aerial culling programs and it’s leading to a worrying spike in numbers.
A river bed in the heart of Australia that is dry 95 per cent of the time and can disappear for years on end has made a sudden comeback.
Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt has warned feuding Kakadu-based Aboriginal groups to follow the law as tension mounts ahead of the end of uranium mining operations early next year.
Exclusive: Ocean temperatures to peak at about 1C above average in April, according to forecast, threatening marine life and coral
Rio Tinto has begun work on building the trust of Indigenous communities following the Juukan Gorge cave disaster.
Analysis also found the lowest impact meat was still far more damaging than the worst plant foods
Against the odds, small-scale farmers are learning new ways to survive in an age of industrial-scale competition
The EU will ban the export of unsorted plastic waste to poorer countries as of January. Under new rules, trash importers and exporters will need to agree on how to handle hazardous shipments.
The consumption rose to 5.2 billion cubic meters (BCM) from 5.1 BCM last November, as per the official data. The demand for the April-November period is down nearly 5% from last year.
The global market for meat alternatives, which includes cultured and imitation meats, is currently at about $14 billion. But environmentalists doubt some of the claimed benefits.
“A couple of years ago, I would never have believed it,” one scientist said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
A massive improvement in speed could drive a surge in internet use that is accompanied by a surge in emissions, according to a report commissioned by the French Senate.
A zero-carbon-emissions energy system will rely mostly on low-cost solar electricity, experts say. About 100 giant solar panel factories must be built by 2025 for the world to defossilize its energy supply by 2035.
Scientists warn of threat of nuclear contamination from work on giant E40 waterway linking Baltic to the Black Sea
The discovery of microplastics in the air above the ocean reveals the spread of this hazardous pollution.
Dorceta E. Taylor
The future of environmental justice is true equality.
As the world warms due to greenhouse gas emissions, trees’ delicate flowering and leafing timings, calibrated over millennia, are now changing.
Agricultural expansion could destroy some of the habitat of almost 90 percent of terrestrial animal species, a new study has found, leading to a widespread biodiversity crisis.
Climate change is impacting not only the oceans, but also large inland lakes. As the world’s largest lake, the Caspian Sea is a perfect example of how a body of water can and will change.
A new study assembled an array of experts to highlight major trends that will impact the world’s forests, and the people living around them, in the decade ahead. These trends include drought, viral outbreaks and vast infrastructure expansions across the globe. According to the researchers, a global strategy for human-nature interaction must be developed if we intend on ensuring the survival of both.
Arthur Middleton, Justin Brashares
That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?
Anthony Bergin and Jeffrey Wall
It’s not in our strategic interest to have a major Chinese government resource exploration project right on our northern doorstep.
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