Daily Links May 30

There’s many a one who has written of Piers Ackerman’s alleged drug use, but you’d be forgiven for suspecting, if his Daily Telegraph article is anything to go by (pay wall so who knows), he’s still using. The laughable notion of the ‘Morrison government’s deep green-left credentials’ is suggestive of an addled mind.

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 30 May 2021 at 8:09:11 am AEST
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One click to offset car emissions

Software engineer Casey Whitelaw would love to drive an electric car but doesn’t have anywhere to charge it. Like so many people, he can’t make the cutting-edge technology work for him just yet.

 

On This Day

May 30

 

Climate Change

Lessening the cost of strategies to reach the Paris Agreement

A team of researchers offer new insight on conversion factors of greenhouse gases into their CO2 equivalent. The publication puts forward the economic benefits of reassessing periodically conversion factors according to scenarios of global warming.

 

Climate change makes West Nile virus outbreaks ‘plausible’ in UK

Climate change will make outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK within the next 20-30 years, a new study has found. A new scientific model shows the risk of the mosquito-borne pathogen spreading to the country will increase as temperatures rise.

 

National

‘We’ll all pay the price’: Climate change inaction is already costing Australia, experts warn

Australia is already paying more for the federal government’s inaction on climate than fossil fuels bring in, analysts warn as missed economic opportunities mount.

 

Electric vehicle vacuum leads to confusion between states and territories

Campaigners are dismayed that Australian governments are ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ over EV policies

 

One click to offset car emissions

Software engineer Casey Whitelaw would love to drive an electric car but doesn’t have anywhere to charge it. Like so many people, he can’t make the cutting-edge technology work for him just yet.

 

Pitting jobs against the environment is a Liberal Party mind trick

How good are oil refineries?

 

False prophets and snake oil will fail coal communities

Patrick Suckling

The likes of Joel Fitzgibbon will tell voters that coal can have a bright future. It can’t, but the people who’ve relied on it can.

 

Morrison government must challenge climate change judgment [$]

Piers Akerman

Any doubts that may have existed about the Morrison government’s deep green-left credentials may have finally been removed.

 

Victoria

Save Peninsula’s giant spider crabs

Mornington Peninsula Shire is calling on the State Government to protect thousands of spider crabs during their annual moulting event in southern Port Phillip Bay.

 

Notorious wheel cactus weed infestations spreading ‘like a plague’ in Victoria

An invasive cactus weed that is “almost impossible to kill” is spreading across properties in regional Victoria, with experts claiming the growing infestations are the worst they’ve seen.

 

ACT

Cat containment set to boom as felines look to life on the inside

Eight-month-old Mabel lives a very good life. With water views and a balcony to explore, she’s one very well catered for cat.

 

ACT must recast relationship with cats carefully

Canberra Times editorial

Canberrans will soon be compelled to significantly shift their relationships with cats. Newly acquired cats will no longer be allowed to prowl the suburbs, with containment requirements to be introduced for the entire ACT.

 

ACT electric vehicle incentives: what you need to know

Peter Brewer

Should you buy an electric vehicle now, or keep waiting?

 

Queensland

‘A fabulous idea’: Ministers, Bulimba residents get behind green bridge

Two Queensland cabinet ministers have told Brisbane City Council to stop playing politics and investigate building a green bridge west of the Story Bridge. And the people of Bulimba agree.

 

Don’t fooled by lush lawns, drought will return [$]

Dan Petrie

Water must be back on the policitcal agenda urgently if Queensland agriculture — and economy are to thrive.

 

South Australia

Leaving a legacy of a greener, healthier island

A former mayor, who became an unlikely environmental warrior, is set to retire from farming his South Australian island in two weeks, aged 80. 

 

Tasmania

Bob Brown speaks out against the remand of Tarkine Forest protester Billy Rodwell

Bob Brown and his supporters have denounced the continued remand of activist Billy Rodwell.

 

UTAS and IMAS researcher Jennifer Lavers is one of the worlds leading plastics researchers

Dr Jennifer Lavers was just a young girl in Canada when she knew she needed to commit herself to conservation.

 

Will salmon expose spark another Tasmanian eco-battle?

Danielle Wood

Given Tasmanians are famous for fighting for the environment and anything that makes us unique, there’s a good chance Richard Flanagan’s new book Toxic could be the catalyst for our next big clash.

 

Northern Territory

Environmental watchdog lashes mining company over ASX statements

The Northern Territory’s environmental watchdog says mining company TNG has published “incorrect and potentially misleading” statements to the ASX.

 

 Plans for $1 billion NT mine facing delay due to new EPA request [$]

Plans for a $1 billion world-class Territory strategic metals mine have been put in a serious spin after the NT Environment Protection Authority asked the company behind the mine to justify building its processing facility at Middle Arm.

 

Western Australia

Seeing snubfin dolphins in Western Australia: Broome’s best-kept secret

This Dampier Peninsula is home to the Australian snubfin dolphin, a species largely unknown – even among those who live here.

 

Sustainability

Cheap alloy rivals expensive platinum to boost fuel cells

Researchers designed a alloy comprised of cheap and earth-abundant metal element with better efficiency than traditional platinum-based anode and time endurance to boost the commercialization of hydrogen energy.

 

Non-fungible tokens aren’t a harmless digital fad – they’re a disaster for our planet

Adam Greenfield

Artists are harnessing NFTs to sell their work but ignoring the vast amount of fossil fuels needed to power them

 

A clean, prosperous future is achieveable if we work together

Kate Gallego

Australia and the US share democratic values, legacies of agriculture and mining, and cultural affinities.

 

Nature Conservation

Climate change-resistant corals could provide lifeline to battered reefs

Corals that withstood a severe bleaching event and were transplanted to a different reef maintained their resilient qualities, according to a new study.

 

Starting local

Corals are in trouble. All across the globe the diverse and dynamic ecosystems are taking huge hits year after year. The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral since 1995. Scientists are seeing similar declines in reefs from Hawai’i to the Florida Keys and across the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Declining biodiversity in wild Amazon fisheries threatens human diet

A new study of dozens of wild fish species commonly consumed in the Peruvian Amazon says that people there could suffer major nutritional shortages if ongoing losses in fish biodiversity continue. Furthermore, the increasing use of aquaculture and other substitutes may not compensate.

 

Pollen-sized technology protects bees from deadly insecticides

New technology provides beekeepers, consumers and farmers with an antidote for deadly pesticides, which kill wild bees and cause beekeepers to lose around a third of their hives every year on average.

 

Research: Countries in violation of Baltic Sea Convention, polluting marine environment

The countries around the Baltic Sea do not respect their binding international agreement to reduce agricultural pollution of the marine environment. Despite farming activities being the single most important source of nutrient pollution to the Baltic Sea.



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