Daily Links Jan 18

“It won’t tow your trailer. It’s not going to tow your boat”, he said. The high torque output means most electric vehicles have plenty of pulling power. They could tow just as they can replace conventional delivery  trucks. But why let the facts get in the way of deriding a political opponent, eh? 

Post of the Day

Nearly half of GDP in cities at risk of disruption from nature loss

Loss of biodiversity and nature could put up to $31 trillion of cities’ gross domestic product at risk, according to research by the World Economic Forum.


On This Day

January 18

Mahayana New Year – Buddhism


Climate Change

Tongan blast was violent and vast, but may not disrupt global warming

While Tonga’s neighbours struggled to access information about what was happening on the ground, scientists, equipped with modern monitoring technology, saw the blast in real time.


Looking for climate optimism? Meet the Science Moms.

Amid climate “doomerism,” what can be done to fight global warming? A lot, it turns out. And female scientists are at the forefront.



International measurement standards for electric vehicle charging stations electric vehicle charging stations

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is seeking feedback on the new international standard for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS).


Make trucks electric to lift suburban curfews and ease congestion: Trucking industry

The trucking industry is pushing for a plan to make delivery vehicles electric, which it says will allow suburban noise curfews to be lifted and companies to save money.


Disaster funding flows the wrong way in Australia: report

Almost all taxpayers’ money for natural disasters in Australia goes to the recovery phase, with only 3 per cent invested in preparation and mitigation, as a new report finds hundreds of billions of dollars would be saved with better planning.


Sportswashing: how mining and energy companies sponsor your favourite sports to help clean up their image

Robin Canniford and Tim Hill

Fossil fuel and carbon-intensive industries have an image problem. As awareness of their environmental impact grows, energy and mining companies in particular are desperate to maintain control over spiralling levels of public esteem.


What’s going on with Australia’s “sun tax”?

Mark Byrne

What’s been happening since the final determination on rule change requests over access, pricing and incentive arrangements for rooftop solar. Short answer: lots.


New South Wales

3 local solutions to replace coal jobs and ensure a just transition for mining communities

Liam Phelan and Kimberley Crofts

As the world shifts to renewable energy, helping the communities that have depended on fossil fuels for jobs is becoming ever more pressing.



NQ a green powerhouse as hydrogen industry follows the sun

North Queensland could be the home of Australia’s green hydrogen industry with the cheapest cost of production by next year, according to a research report by the Victorian Hydrogen Hub.


Not a single fine issued over Queensland’s plastics ban [$]

Queensland’s single-use plastics ban has been in place for more than four months, but not a single fine has yet been issued. This is why.


South Australia

‘Build it and they will come’: First fast charger for EVs represents new field of dreams on Nullarbor

The charger, powered by vegetable oil, plugs a 720-kilometre gap between proposed fast chargers in WA and SA, described as “one of the final frontiers” for Australia’s growing number of battery-powered vehicles.



Nyrstar vows to deal with safety issues in upgrade to 100-year-old smelter

While Nyrstar is promising a $285-million upgrade to its Hobart zinc smelter will address safety and environmental concerns at the century-old site, jobs will be lost, according to the union representing workers.


King Island mayor says region ‘targeted’ by recommendation to stay away

The King Island Council will seek a targeted financial support package for small businesses after the significant hit its economy has taken in recent weeks.


Western Australia

New national park a win for the critically endangered numbat

The park is created in the heart of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, providing greater security for the future of some of the state’s most endangered animals.


Offshore oil and gas may finally have to cough up for its $56b clean-up bill

A WA oil and gas giant’s attempt to save cash on an ageing vessel has proved eye-wateringly costly for it and fellow players – a classic shot in the foot.


Eastern Shore beachgoers disgusted by NYE fireworks debris [$]

Howrah beachgoers were disgusted at the mounds of plastic rubbish washing ashore in the aftermath of Hobart’s New Year’s Eve firework displays.


Fortescue strikes green hydrogen deal with German polymer producer

Fortescue Future Industries signs MoU with German polymer producer Covestro to supply up to 100,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually from 2024.



China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021

In blow to climate campaigners, state encourages miners to ramp up output to avert winter gas crisis


How renewable hydrogen could shake up the geopolitics of energy

The emergence of a green hydrogen economy could lead to a fundamental shake-up of global energy powers – who will come out on top?


Big brands including Coca Cola call for ‘global pact to combat plastic pollution’

A proposed pact claims that a circular economy for plastics will add to efforts ‘to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, while bringing positive social and economic impacts’.


This is what ‘cutting red tape’ gets you: rivers polluted without consequence

John Vidal

England’s water is bad and getting worse, with regulators too poor or politically cowed to do anything about it


Nature Conservation

Entangled humpback whale’s sad fate has researchers calling for action on fishing nets

Animal lacking dorsal fin last seen in Antarctic labouring to swim and considered unlikely to survive


Using genetics to conserve wildlife

Conserving wildlife with breeding programs doesn’t help threatened species to adapt, but synthetic biology may be able to bring protection by adapting genetics


Nearly half of GDP in cities at risk of disruption from nature loss

Loss of biodiversity and nature could put up to $31 trillion of cities’ gross domestic product at risk, according to research by the World Economic Forum.


Ecuador expands protections around Galápagos, creating ‘a new highway’ for sea life

The South American government will curb fishing in more than 20,000 square miles of ocean next to the archipelago.


In the Atlantic Forest, the lowland tapir is at risk of extinction

Lowland tapir populations in the Atlantic Forest in South America are at risk of almost complete disappearance, scientists have estimated.


Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope

Philip Hoare

Whales still face many threats, mostly from us, so let us savour this rare congregation of them in the Antarctic Peninsula


Sponges can survive low oxygen and warming waters. They could be the main reef organisms in the future

James Bell et al

Sponges are ancient marine animals, very common throughout the world’s oceans and seem less affected by ocean warming and acidification.

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