Daily Links May 10

Off list again and I was saddened by this article. I travelled a lot in my 20s and 30s, US, Asia, Europe – and I was always felt a bit proud to answer ‘Australia’ when posed the question ‘Where are you from?’ I think I’d try to say ‘Kiwi, bro’ these days. We are a pariah nation now. 

Post of the Day

The allure of regenerative agriculture

Let’s lend our ears to Abbey Smith, network coordinator at the Savory Network, and Jesse McDougall, co-owner of Studio Hill Farm, as they take us into the world of regenerative agriculture.


On This Day

May 10


Ecological Observance

Mother Ocean Day


Climate Change

One of Canada’s biggest carbon sinks is circling the drain

Canada’s managed forests used to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the air each year. Now they emit CO2 — and that’s before accounting for logging. Barry Saxifrage shows what’s happening and what it means for climate change.



$10 billion on road and rail upgrades spearheads budget spending

Tuesday’s federal budget will include $10 billion allocated over 10 years for major infrastructure projects aimed at boosting both jobs and productivity in the COVID-affected national economy.


Scientists have sent a robot down a wombat burrow to delve into deadly mange

The mites that cause the distressing wombat mange are likely to persist longer in burrows in cooler, wetter months, research suggests.


Floods flush away years of drought along Darling River

Australia’s third-longest river is full to the brim once more as floodwaters from March storms bring its first major flush after years of devastating drought


‘Like the anti-climate change brigade’: Water scientists under attack

A large group of water researchers has been accused of acting like a consulting consortium in its support of the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a stance that they and the federal agency overseeing the scheme reject.


Funding boost to manage impact of wild dogs

Australian Government commits an additional $214,500 to support implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan


Coalition government spent just 16 cents on climate crisis out of every $100, analysis shows

Australian Conservation Foundation calls for reform to tackle Australia’s declining environment funding ahead of this year’s budget


Investing in coal power would be an expensive mistake

Trent Zimmerman and Philip Dunne

The UK has enormous capacity to increase its energy supply from offshore wind. Australia too has vast potential for wind and solar power


Lack of a carbon price exposes our industries


Age readers discuss carbon pricing, renewable energy and federal government subsidies for gas projects.


Youth must question climate change fraud [$]

Andrew Bolt

Climate change will continue to be used as a political football and young Aussies must remain sceptical of the fraud.



Radical plan to ease eastern suburbs gridlock [$]

A decades-long battle to build a rail line to Rowville and ease traffic congestion in Melbourne’s east may have found an unconventional solution.


$3b blitz on Melbourne gridlock [$]

Train station carparks, a super-highway and outer suburban freight terminal feature in a $3b plan to ease city’s traffic woes.


Ancient volcano secrets revealed by old Tower Hill quarry could be reburied

Plans to refill an old quarry site at an ancient volcano in south-west Victoria have sparked fears about the loss of an important geological resource.


A great start, but still not enough: why Victoria’s new climate target isn’t as ambitious as it sounds

Anita Foerster et al

In a great start towards net zero emissions by 2050, the Victorian Government recently released their Climate Change Strategy, committing to halving greenhouse emissions by 2030.


New South Wales

Excitement builds over planned Blue Mountains tunnel, but how much travel time would it save?

Farmers welcome the possibility of Australia’s longest tunnel being built under the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, but a transport academic has serious reservations.


Goldminer in talks to convert 192-megalitre water licence for new pit

The proponent of a new gold mine in the state’s Central West is pressing the NSW government to hand over a large water licence that opponents say would damage the environment and farming.


Congestion-busting upgrades set for NSW roads [$]

More than $3 billion worth of NSW road upgrades will be announced in this week’s budget, supporting more than 6,500 jobs.



Stanley Marks: A stalwart of Canberra bushwalking

Tom Gosling

After Stan Marks moved into St Andrews Nursing Home in Hughes in March, the constant stream of visitors prompted staff to ask whether he was somebody famous – and in Canberra he certainly was. Having led some 820 walks for the Canberra Bushwalking Club, he touched the lives of thousands of Canberrans, many of whom were new to the experience, and they came back for more.



Toondah harbour wetlands: developer accused of not being honest about its plans

FOI documents show Walker Corporation assured an international environment group it would do no harm to the protected site while lobbying the Coalition with plans to build on it


Protesters demand 3600-unit wetlands project be sent back to drawing board

Conservationists and residents say the Toondah Harbour development above Cleveland wetlands should be called in as it now varies markedly from the initial plan.


South Australia

Lock up your chooks! Foxes prowl the suburbs [$]

Fox sightings are on the increase in Adelaide’s inner suburbs and residents are being shocked by their brazen behaviour.


Management of mangroves a ‘clear breach of the Act’ [$]

Local scientists have lodged a formal complaint with the federal government alleging a breach of the Environment Protection Act caused devastation in the St Kilda Mangroves.



Inside the battle to save Tasmania’s giant kelp forests

Kelp forests along the state’s east coast were once so dense, they were marked on shipping maps. But climate change has warmed the ocean, causing a 95 per cent decline.


Northern Territory

NT Government terminates Beetaloo Basin contract

The Northern Territory Government has backed out of a lucrative contract with the consulting firm tasked with undertaking key research before fracking could begin in the Beetaloo Basin.


Top wet season triggers perfect breeding conditions for magpie geese [$]

Bart Irwin

The result of a perfect wet season will be prolific breeding by magpie geese on the Top End flood plains.


Western Australia

Kado Muir says Rio Tinto hasn’t done enough in aftermath of Juukan Gorge destruction

Kado Muir is the chairman of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance and the National Native Title Council, and said he believed Rio Tinto hadn’t done enough in the aftermath of the destruction of the ancient caves.



California proposal embraces all-electric buildings but stops short of gas ban

California officials have decided not to propose a ban on natural gas in new construction, disappointing environmental advocates who had hoped for a much more decisive move against fossil fuels.


We can 3D-print wood now

The quest for rare wood is endangering forests. Now we can just 3D-print replicas made from wood waste instead.


The allure of regenerative agriculture

Let’s lend our ears to Abbey Smith, network coordinator at the Savory Network, and Jesse McDougall, co-owner of Studio Hill Farm, as they take us into the world of regenerative agriculture.


Audubon fostered toxic work culture for women and people of color, probe confirms

An audit of the National Audubon Society confirmed the findings of a POLITICO investigation that the environmental organization fostered a culture of harassment.


Nature Conservation

Biden’s historic 30 by 30 conservation plan, explained

The Biden administration is about to embark on a historic mission: to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s land and water by 2030.


London earns official status as “bird-friendly” city

Bird populations in North America have declined by three billion over the past 50 years – nearly the population of China and India combined.


Microplastics in fish has been rising since the 1950s

Just as in saltwater, dissected museum specimens reveal particles of plastic have been increasing in the ecosystem since the 1950s.


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