Daily Links May 31

It could well read ‘The losers of the future will be those countries stranded with ‘old’ and worthless …  . Do you think the Pentecostal PM and Angus ‘Fantastic’ Taylor think about such things? Perhaps ‘the future’ is beyond the next election so doesn’t count or perhaps there is no future when you’re ‘raptured up?

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>
Date: 31 May 2021 at 8:39:07 am AEST
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Can removing highways fix America’s cities?

Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down.


On This Day

May 31

Reconciliation Day – ACT


Climate Change

Seoul climate summit kicks off with call for cleaner planet

The 2021 Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 summit has begun in Seoul. World leaders and other participants are calling for concrete climate actions.


Four seismic climate wins show Big Oil, Gas and Coal are running out of places to hide

Jacqueline Peel et al

Three global fossil fuel giants have just suffered embarrassing rebukes over their inadequate action on climate change. Collectively, the developments show how courts, and frustrated investors, are increasingly willing to force companies to reduce their carbon dioxide pollution quickly.


Climate change burns ‘big oil’

John Berry

For energy, industrial and transportation companies, business as usual is over. The losers of the future will be those companies stranded with ‘old’ and worthless carbon intensive assets and technologies.



Global car giant says Australia is ‘missing out’ on new, cheap electric car models

Electric vehicle experts say Australia is a “backwater” for global car manufacturers and is missing out on the latest EV technology. 


‘Going to get worse’: CSIRO predicts more droughts as Murray-Darling inflows crash

Scientists and irrigators unite to warn about the “real challenges” producers and communities face with water available to the system cut by half in the past 20 years.


Working around the legacy of lead: how safe is your veggie patch?

A third of Australian inner-city vegetable patches have unsafe lead levels. Here’s a guide to carry on gardening


The fish and bird species at risk from Australia’s failure to manage wetlands

Australia risks breaching its international commitments to preserving critical wetlands, with many fish and bird species facing extinction.


‘Toxic timebombs’: The problem with the plan to stop the mouse plague

A highly toxic poison being released to control the mouse plague could have serious effects on farm animals and wildlife but do little to curb the rodent explosion.


Arnott’s draws sustainability lines in the sand [$]

The iconic biscuit maker’s new transformation and sustainability boss says it’s important to set goals that stretch but are achievable.


Australian carbon emissions fell 5pc in 2020 on energy advances [$]

The Morrison government says emissions are down 20.1 per cent since 2005, the benchmark year for Australia’s 26-28 per cent 2030 Paris promise.


Big tech chooses climate for a fight with the Coalition [$]

Mike Cannon-Brookes is leading a push by big business to adopt a climate change policy that the government deeply resents.


Aussies oppose wilderness tourism development: polling [$]

New polling suggests concerns about state governments pushing tourism developments inside national parks are broadly held across the political spectrum.


Court’s finding gives us all hope for the future


Age readers discuss the recent court case mounted by eight students again federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.


Has Australia’s gas-fired recovery run out of steam before it even began?

Ian Verrender

Gas always has always been considered a transition fuel between coal and renewables. Now, with three major multinationals under pressure to exit or at least scale back production, the transition may have become far more transitory


Investors, courts say the transition to renewables is no longer optional

Age editorial

Australia has the natural resources and technological knowhow to become a global leader in sustainable energy and to leave our fossil fuels in the ground forever.

Top economists think much further ahead than Morrison and Frydenberg

Ross Gittins

Australia’s leading economists are pleased to see the government abandon the debt and deficit mantra but are critical of its narrow definition of what constitutes infrastructure.


Failed former PMs on wrong side of the science and media on climate change [$]

Chris Mitchell

Failed former prime minsters Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull blame the Murdoch media for spreading “climate denial”, yet many major news organisations not owned by News Corp also publish criticism of badly planned climate strategies.


‘Conditional commitments’: the diplomatic strategy that could make Australia do its fair share on climate change

Katie Steele


New South Wales

A section of the old seawall at South Newcastle Beach collapses due to high tides

A seawall has collapsed on a beach at Newcastle in the New South Wales Hunter region.


‘A monstrous issue’: What is killing the trees in the cotton belt?

The sudden defoliation of hundreds of plants west of Dubbo has raised fresh concerns about chemical spray drift from local cotton farms and stoked tensions between landowners and the aerial operator.



Belconnen green waste facility facing closure, calls to relocate

West Belconnen’s green waste disposal facility is set to close by the end of June, but the facility’s operators have urged the government to help move the site to a nearby location.


Orroral fire scenarios used to train ESA for future bushfires

Members from across the ACT’s Emergency Services Agency will relive scenarios from the Orroral Valley bushfire as part of training exercises to prepare firefighters for future bushfire seasons.



Wild bilby boom a boon for Charleville’s visitors

When the Charleville Bilby Experience closed its doors during COVID lockdown, the resident bilbies made the most of their newfound privacy.


Kangaroo Point residents protest public transport ‘failure’ [$]

More than 100 residents were joined by Cr Jonathan Sri to protest the “unexplained” closure of a ferry stop in Kangaroo Point and the “systemic failure” of the suburb’s public transport network.


Four commuters to win free public transport for a year in bid to boost usage

The Queensland government is offering four “Golden Go Cards” to southeast Queensland commuters, as it tries to drive up passenger numbers on public transport in the wake of the pandemic.



At least 20 people hospitalised after gas leak at salmon giant Tassal’s facility

More than 20 people are sent to hospital after being exposed to gas at Tasmanian salmon giant Tassal’s Strathblane facility near Dover.


Greens Beach Golf animal cull provokes community anger and petition

Community members have banded together to voice their anger at Greens Beach Golf Club announcement they will begin culling wild animals in the coming weeks.


We must avoid a ‘war’ over salmon farming [$]

Greg Barns

Talking Point Before entering yet another battleground in Tasmania, we must first head off entrenched conflict, find common ground and work with First Nations people.



Burning container ship carrying tiny plastic granules floods Sri Lanka with ‘worst beach pollution in our history’

Tonnes of plastic granules from the smouldering Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl are washing up on Sri Lanka’s famed beaches.


UN chief calls for a global partnership to address COVID, climate change and achieve SDG’s

Speaking in a key international partnerships summit, António Guterres said that if governments embrace together the goals of phasing out coal, enhancing climate commitments, and investing in the Global Goals, there is an opportunity to rise to ‘the biggest challenge of our lives’.


Can removing highways fix America’s cities?

Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down.


Indonesia’s rice paddy expansion raises climate concerns

Indonesia’s plan to convert peatland for food crops has raised doubts about sustainability, since past rice conversion projects sparked catastrophic forest fires.


The $3bn bargain: how China dominates Pacific mining, logging and fishing

China received more than half of all seafood, wood, and minerals exported from the region in 2019. Experts warn this is creating ‘enormous challenges for sustainable development’


Meet the woman turning Kenya’s plastic waste problem into a building solution: Plastic bricks

Floating in the middle of world’s largest ocean, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a man-made mess of plastic waste covering twice as much area as the state of Texas. Kenya is one of many countries contributing to the pollution.


Nature Conservation

Drugs, fire, settlers poised to wipe out one of Paraguay’s most biodiverse forests

San Rafael National Park/Proposed National Reserve encompasses one of the most unique, biodiverse and threatened forests in Paraguay.


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