Daily Links Dec 7

Two countries that became powerhouses after the devastation they suffered from WW2 were Germany and Japan, and I reckon that this was they almost had a clean slate on which to work. The damage to existing economies due to COVID19 provides a similar clean slate and we have a chance to recover without the strictures of current ways of working. In the sloganeering that is the go these days,  we must ‘build back better’.

Post of the Day

What could a good green recovery plan actually look like?

What does a green recovery look like? That is the question governments around the world are considering as they decide how to align their $12tn worth of economic rescue packages for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic with their obligations under the Paris climate accord.

 

On This Day

December 7

Eve of the Immaculate Conception

 

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.

 

World pushes ahead with climate action as U.S. remains in limbo

The Biden administration will confront new global climate politics while stuck on sidelines of a Dec. 12 global summit.

 

Hurricane Eta devastates indigenous communities in Central America

As often happens, the populations that least contribute to climate change are bearing the brunt of its impacts.

 

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.

 

Young people want to do something about climate change. Biden may have an answer

His climate plan proposes putting youths to work safeguarding the country against climate change.

 

National

Cutting waste: how a salon recycles 67 bags of hair

Australia’s hairdressers are getting serious about recycling, using clippings for compost, turning bottles into eyewear, and keeping bleach out of the drain.

 

‘Devastating’: more than 61,000 koalas among 3 billion animals affected by bushfire crisis

A new report says 143 million mammals were affected in the 2019-20 blazes, one of the ‘worst wildlife disasters in modern history’

 

‘Strongest signals for 10 years’ point to a wet, flood-hit summer

The stalled La Nina event is likely to return with a vengeance over summer, lifting risks of flooding and storms over much of Australia, the country’s largest general insurer says.

 

Outdated bushfire smoke alerts ‘put Australians in danger’

Respiratory admissions to emergency departments increased by 70 per cent in some areas during last summer’s deadly bushfires, a new Grattan Institute climate change report reveals.

 

Health leaders can use ‘new visibility’ to fix unprepared health system for climate crisis

Chief health officers pushed to the fore during the pandemic should use their elevated visibility to prepare the health system which has “totally neglected” climate change.

 

Eco warriors join Bob Brown’s crusade for Antarctic campaign [$]

Bob Brown has hired two swashbuckling ecowarriors to head his new Antarctic campaign, and the battle-hardened recruits are flagging an ambitious protection agenda and potential on-water direct action.

 

Climate change is here and hurting Australians now [$]

Stephen Duckett and Will Mackey

Last week a record-breaking heatwave scorched swathes of eastern Australia – and it wasn’t even summer. Australia has just had its hottest November on record. The heat and accompanying fire risk were an ominous reminder of the devastating bushfires that burned a fifth of Australia’s forest last summer.

 

Michael McCormack gets down to earth? [$]

Alice Workman

In his role as co-chair of the newly formed Parliamentary Friends of Soil, the Deputy Prime Minister threw a lush breakfast on Thursday at Old Parliament House’s Hoi Polloi restaurant to celebrate World Soil Day.

 

This isn’t progress. It’s a symptom of rot

Ketan Joshi

It’s never easy to explain the sheer horror of where Australia’s government sits on climate. We’ve become badly desensitised, but please, let me try.

 

Victoria

Controversial contaminated soil dump proposed for Bacchus Marsh may be blocked

After a fierce community backlash, a plan to dump millions of tonnes of contaminated soil west of Melbourne is expected to come down to the wire in State Parliament this week.

 

New South Wales

Music could be key in finding rare bird species

In the middle of NSW there’s a cryptic bird so elusive that the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program has turned to music to detect it.

 

Matt Kean is right: Coal is no help in the fight against heatwaves

Matt Edwards

The fossil fuel interests were out in force last week in the usual places, following NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean’s promotion of his new energy policy, which passed Parliament late last month.

 

ACT

Googong now recycles 60 per cent of its water — why can’t Canberra do the same?

As the community of Googong launches its water recycling plant — now using 60 per cent recycled water — further scrutiny has been applied to the ACT’s approach to water sustainability just over the border.

 

Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef breeding bonanza has kicked off with a bang, but bleaching legacy could make it a bust

The second most severe bleaching event on record in early 2020 will stunt the size and success of the mass-spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef, which kicked off in earnest this weekend, scientists fear.

 

Fraser Island residents told to leave immediately as bushfire approaches Happy Valley

Fires sparked by illegal campfire on 14 October have destroyed 82,500 hectares of national park on world heritage listed island

 

Victoria Park vision finalised, with sprawling lake to be built first

The final plan, released on Sunday, includes a large lake, a high-ropes course, a canopy walk, and much more vegetation.

 

Safety fears threaten public transport services [$]

The majority of commuters want mandatory masks on trains and buses before they’ll hop back onto public transport, as a new report suggests services could be cut in the wake of the pandemic.

 

Green push can’t be at coal’s expense: Labor Senator [$]

Labor needs to reassure coal workers its policies won’t take away their jobs while creating future industries for regional communities, Queensland Senator Anthony Chisholm has warned.

 

Why the Dalrymple Bay float says coal ain’t coal [$]

Chanticleer

The year’s second-biggest IPO hasn’t been an easy sell, but the firm behind the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal says investors worried about ESG need to dig deep.

 

South Australia

Tiny possum discovered on Kangaroo Island after fears bushfires had wiped them out

A little pygmy possum is found on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island for the first time since its habitat was mostly destroyed in bushfires that burnt almost half the island.

 

Santos may import carbon dioxide waste to Moomba [$]

Analysis that Santos’ carbon capture and storage project in South Australia’s north can dispose of CO2 at the world’s lowest prices has drawn keen overseas interest.

 

Marion ramps up fight to block urban infill [$]

Hot, noisy and congested suburbs will be created under new planning laws, one of SA’s biggest councils says.

 

Tasmania

Silver Sands at Bicheno faces demolition in eco-tourism proposal with penguin safety in mind

After years in a disused state, the former Silver Sands hotel at Bicheno is facing demolition to be replaced by 12 two-storey accommodation units as part of a $5 million eco-tourism development.

 

Scientists study impacts of salmon escapes [$]

Scientists are studying the potential impacts Atlantic salmon could have on our waterways following two recent escapes from Huon Aquaculture pens.

 

Government’s electric vehicle fleet timeline [$]

The Tasmanian Government has set in motion a 100 per cent electric vehicle and zero emissions strategy — but what’s in store for the rest of the community?

 

Northern Territory

Territory pastoralist Gina Rinehart warning to Government over red, green tape threats

Territory pastoralist Gina Rinehart has warned that government interference is hampering Australia’s productivity, investment and future.

 

How our country is telling us that it’s hurt

Nicholas Fitzpatrick

My job is important, rewarding and shouldn’t exist. As a proud Yanyuwa and Garawa man from Borroloola, about 600km south-east from Darwin, I am no stranger to the impacts of climate change, or the unanswered calls for climate justice.

 

Sustainability

At least 23 people killed in carbon monoxide leak at coal mine in south-western China

The death toll from an accident at a coal mine in Chongqing has rise to 23.

 

What could a good green recovery plan actually look like?

What does a green recovery look like? That is the question governments around the world are considering as they decide how to align their $12tn worth of economic rescue packages for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic with their obligations under the Paris climate accord.

 

U.S. cities urged to focus tree planting in areas most at risk

A new tool helps urban leaders see where more trees are needed to help vulnerable communities tackle pollution and rising heat.

 

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.

 

Can healthcare adapt to a world of tightening ecological constraints? Challenges on the road to a post-growth future

Healthcare has been an integral part of the rapid growth in economic output, population, and use of resources seen in recent decades. Martin Hensher and Katharine Zywert examine some of the difficult changes that healthcare systems will need to make in the Anthropocene epoch.

 

If we can grow cruelty-free meat in a lab, what is there to beef about?

Barbara Ellen

Science is forcing vegans and vegetarians who demand others join them to think again

 

Cities can lead a green revolution after Covid. In Barcelona, we’re showing how

Ada Colau

From non-polluting transport to sustainable industries, urban areas are perfect for testing radical solutions to global problems

 

Nature Conservation

Botswana to send ‘refugee’ elephants home to ancestral lands

Thousands of elephant families, many of them refugees from decades of warfare, will be encouraged to trek north to their ancestral homelands in Angola.

 

At sea and in court, the fight to save right whales intensifies

As numbers of North Atlantic right whales continue to decline, conservationists are waging an escalating legal battle to force fishermen to take even more aggressive measures to protect the world’s rarest cetacean.

 

10 good-news stories for wildlife in 2020

From ‘Tiger King’ prosecutions to new pangolin protections, not everything in 2020 has been doom and gloom.

 

What will 2021 bring in the world of conservation?

If it did nothing else, the emergence of COVID-19 a year ago underscored for all of us the importance of anticipating and preparing for — and, as appropriate, steering the course of — things that might happen in the future.

 

It might be the world’s biggest ocean, but the mighty Pacific is in peril

Jodie L Rummer et al

The Pacific Ocean produces oxygen, helps regulates the weather, provides food and livelihoods. It’s a place of fun, solace and spiritual connection. But its delicate ecology is under threat.



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