Daily Links Apr 11

‘Developed wilderness’ is an oxymoron. Tasmania is one of the few places on this planet where there are genuine wilderness experiences available to other than than the very well-heeled. Taking a helicopter into an upmarket ‘Eco-lodge’ in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area of the Walls of Jerusalem Is not a genuine wilderness experience.

Post of the Day

We found methane-eating bacteria living in a common Australian tree. It could be a game changer for curbing greenhouse gases

Luke Jeffrey et al

Trees are the Earth’s lungs – it’s well understood they drawdown and lock up vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But emerging research is showing trees can also emit methane, and it’s currently unknown just how much.

 

On This Day

April 11

 

Climate Change

We need to go back to wisdom of the Middle Ages [$]

Piers Akerman

On the same day as our national health officials were readjusting their vaccine delivery guidelines, another set of scientists announced a major rethink about the global climate.

 

Mountain growth influences greenhouse effect

A group of researchers led by Aaron Bufe and Niels Hovius of GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences has taken advantage of different erosion rates and investigated how uplift and erosion of rocks determine the balance of carbon emissions and uptake. The surprising result: at high erosion rates, weathering processes release carbon dioxide; at low erosion rates, they sequester carbon from the atmosphere

 

Serenity [$]

Martin McKenzie-Murray

Give us not serenity but a sense of urgency in the face of catastrophic climate change

 

National

Bees bounce back after Australia’s black summer: ‘Any life is good life’

Australia’s bushfires were devastating for bee populations. But steady rain and community efforts are seeing the return of the pollinators

 

We found methane-eating bacteria living in a common Australian tree. It could be a game changer for curbing greenhouse gases

Luke Jeffrey et al

Trees are the Earth’s lungs – it’s well understood they drawdown and lock up vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But emerging research is showing trees can also emit methane, and it’s currently unknown just how much.

 

Plight of the platypus

James Bradley

Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways

 

Queensland

Is carbon farming destroying small communities while fighting global warming?

It has been touted as a way to combat climate change on a vast scale, but for one small south-west Queensland community carbon farming is irreparably eroding its foundations.

 

South Australia

After the fire: Leaked council letter details recycling plans [$]

A massive fire at a Wingfield recycling plant has severely hampered SA’s waste processing – but a leaked letter reveals what will happen next.

 

Growing mystery as now backyard trees die at St Kilda [$]

First withering mangroves and tidal saltmarsh, now trees are dying in the streets, parks and backyard gardens at St Kilda.

 

Emergency trash talk as recycling piles up [$]

Authorities are racing to find a place to send recycling after a fire at a processing plant. The LGA warned of no yellow bin collection if no solution was found.

 

There’s a long and devastating history behind the proposal for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia

Katherine Aigner

On Saturday at the Adelaide Festival there will a public showing of Australian Atomic Confessions, a documentary I co-directed about the tragic and long-lasting effects of the atomic weapons testing carried out by Britain in South Australia in the 1950s.

 

Tasmania

Privatising the wilderness: the Tasmanian project that could become a national park test case

Conservationists say newly released documents call into question the government’s policy of backing tourism developments on protected public land

 

Peter Gutwein promises a dredging program for kanamaluka/Tamar estuary if re-elected

The community has shared its concerns over the health of kanamaluka/Tamar estuary – and it appears the Liberal party have listened.

 

WRAP calls on Minister Barnett to explain ‘Tim Baker’ prison site

Documents recently produced under Right to Information by the Department of Justice (DoJ) indicate that the nature reserve near Westbury was identified for the Northern Regional Prison (NRP) by a single person – Mr Tim Baker, the Secretary of the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE).

 

Where do Derwent LegCo candidates stand on Lake Malbena?

The Wilderness Society Tasmania has asked the three current candidates standing in the Legislative Council division of Derwent where they stand on the issue of parks privatisation and, specifically, whether they support or oppose the push to privatise Halls Island on Lake Malbena.

 

BBF says ‘Vote environment’

Bob Brown Foundation is embarking on a Vote Environment campaign in this state election to achieve major change in Tasmania, as the assault on its environment and wildlife has worsened.

 

Why we need to accelerate plans for cyclist-friendly city [$]

Tasmania needs more wide paths, separated cycleways and connections that help people to walk, ride, scoot or skate to get around, cutting congestion, Bicycle Network Tasmania says.

 

Northern Territory

Get the Ghan in the city: Proposal to bring iconic train into Darwin CBD [$]

A local industry leader has a vision to bring The Ghan into Darwin City, as a way to further capitalise on the iconic train and give passengers the welcome and send-off they deserve.

 

Too hot, heading south: how climate change may drive one-third of doctors out of the NT

Simon Quilty and Catherine Pendrey

A sizeable chunk of Northern Territory’s doctors are thinking about leaving the territory because of climate change, our new research shows.

 

Sustainability

Solar and wind power could mitigate conflict in northeast Africa

A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa’s largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region.

 

Pulp mill waste hits the road instead of the landfill

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill. Now, researchers are developing guidelines to use this waste for road construction in an environmentally friendly manner.

 

Could Mario Kart teach us how to reduce world poverty and improve sustainability?

Environmental expert says the Nintendo racing game has important lessons for social and economic programs that could benefit the world’s developing regions

 



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