Daily Links Jan 21

The Doomsday Clock, 100 and counting.

Post of the Day

Doomsday Clock unchanged: scientists

The Doomsday Clock has remained at 100 seconds to midnight for a third year in a row as scientists said the world is “no safer” than it was this time last year.

 

On This Day

January 21

 

Climate Change

Giant canyon discovered underneath Antarctic glacier, adding to history of rising sea levels

Australian Antarctic expeditioners have discovered an enormous, two-kilometre-deep canyon underneath a glacier that may make it more vulnerable to warming oceans.

 

Greenland could melt for millennia if warming stopped today

The warming that humans cause today may have ripple effects far into the future, scientists warned in a study yesterday that finds the vast Greenland ice sheet could continue melting for centuries after greenhouse gases are stabilized.

 

‘Everything about the Gulf of St. Lawrence was warmer in 2021’: federal scientist

Warming ocean temperatures — especially in deep water — set more records in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2021, according to climate data released Tuesday by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

 

Five things that rang true for climate and energy experts in Don’t Look Up

For many of RMI’s climate solutions experts, this movie, while fictional, hit close to home as all good humor often does. Below they list five truths about the challenge of fighting climate change that resonated with them in the film.

 

2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again

Andrew King

Well, it’s official: 2021 was one of the planet’s seven hottest years since records began, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) declared this week. The year was about 1.11 above pre-industrial levels – the seventh year in a row that the average global temperature rise edged over 1.

 

National

A closer look at the Australian carbon market in 2021 – a year of records

We take a closer look at 2021 in the Australian carbon market “by the numbers,” and weigh the implications for 2022 – an election year.


Regulator outlines “solar tax” rules, says onus on networks to prove they need it

Australian Energy Regulator publishes draft guidelines for the introduction of solar export tariffs, setting strict rules for networks and safeguards for consumers – but leaving some things open to interpretation.

 

Forest industries welcome new opportunities to help Australia meet its climate goals

The peak body representing the major plantation companies of Australia, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), has welcomed just announced changes to the new plantation forestry method which will streamline opportunities for planting trees and retain current forest lands to help combat climate change.

 

Research shows planning for climate change will save billions

New research suggests the key to saving billions is planning ahead for climate-related natural disasters and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Labor has climate policy edge over Coalition, solid support for Greens

Asked to choose between a series of climate policies, a quarter chose the Greens’ plan. When narrowed to just the major parties, Labor had the edge in the survey.


An energy revolution is possible, but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it

Michael Grubb

If we want to solve climate change, we first need to transform our economic thinking. Relying on research and development to bring down costs is not an option.

 

There’s nothing radical about climate action in 2022

David Pocock

In 2014, hundreds of Australians, including myself, travelled to Leard State Forest, a critically endangered ecosystem and sacred place for Gomeroi/Gamilaraay people situated in northern NSW in one of Australia’s best farming regions. We were there to support a diverse coalition of farmers, First Nations leaders, environmental activists and local businesses all opposing a coal mine being developed in the middle of the forest.

 

Australia’s clean hydrogen industry has started sailing into the future [$]

Angus Taylor

The milestone shipment will prove the viability of the world’s first liquefied hydrogen energy supply chain right here at home.

 

Token taxes: the gas industry’s great royalties ripoff

Michael Mazengarb

LNG producers insist they bankroll crucial government services — but the royalties they pay are paltry and the jobs they create are relatively few.

 

Victoria

New year, new opportunities for Victoria’s climate transition

Stephen Minas

In Victoria, transitioning from our reliance on brown coal to renewables would amount to an energy revolution. But it would not be the state’s first.

 

New South Wales

Policy gaps on climate impact of fossil fuels, NSW planning authorities concede

NSW planning department recommends expansion of Narrabri coal mine can proceed, despite conceding it’s unclear how to assess its climate change impacts.

 

Cost of toll roads take Sydneysiders for a ride

Navishkar Ram

Road infrastructure is becoming less accessible, as market forces seek to monopolise a system that is intended on being available to all.

 

ACT

It’s banned everywhere else in Australia, but in Canberra feral cats are being released back onto the streets

A controversial method of managing feral cat populations is well underway in the ACT — despite being prohibited in every other Australian jurisdiction.

 

Should people in Canberra rummage through yellow bins to collect cans for the ACT Container Deposit Scheme?

Steve Evans Megan Doherty

The ACT government’s container deposit scheme is gaining momentum. However, as it grows in its success, it also reveals how strongly some feel about certain aspects of it.

 

Queensland

CEFC backs half cut solar cells in new drive to slash cost of PV

Federal government’s green bank makes 32nd solar farm investment, this time for a 200MW Queensland project that is using bifacial panels and half-cut solar cells.

 

Agency says energy transition ‘too slow’ despite new solar farm

A $215 million solar farm near Chinchilla has reached financial close, but a Federal Government agency that tipped in $37 million, believes the net zero transition is too slow.

 

Booming coal prices, China embargo to stay in 2022, says Coronado

Queensland was likely to benefit from continued bumper prices for coal this year but China’s trade embargo on Australian shipments was likely to continue throughout 2022, according to miner Coronado.

 

Novonix adds another tie to US energy giant

Novonix has stitched up a deal with its biggest shareholder Phillips66 that could lead to a significant jump in battery materials production.

 

24-hour Brisbane Airport faces night curfews if noise controls fail

Brisbane’s 24-hour airport faces night curfews if it does not adequately respond to noise complaints, which have increased since a new runway opened in July 2020.

 

South Australia

Santos hits the gas after a record 2021

Santos is bracing for a “very busy 2022” after today announcing a record year of production and sales in 2021 following last month’s merger with Oil Search.

 

Tasmania

Wings Wildlife Park open to releasing devils into Circular Head wild

Spurred to action by reports of rising devil deaths, Wings Wildlife Park manager Gena Cantwell has issued an offer of assistance to Circular Head Council.

 

Northern Territory

‘The most littered place in the NT’: CDU researcher calls for clean-up on Wessel Islands

It should be a pristine stretch of Northern Territory, but the Wessel Islands archipelago is being choked by plastic waste, and Charles Darwin University researchers and rangers say the problem is only worsening.

 

Western Australia

Bill shock as struggling WA households rack up record levels of debt to power providers

The increase came despite a $600 handout by the government to every residential electricity customer’s account and measures to shield consumers from the economic effects of the pandemic.

 

Perth on the cusp of heatwave record with city set to sweat through weekend

A heatwave is due to bake the Perth metropolitan area over the weekend, with temperatures on their way to smashing a record for the most days in a row to hit 40 degrees for the region.

 

Sustainability

Doomsday Clock unchanged: scientists

The Doomsday Clock has remained at 100 seconds to midnight for a third year in a row as scientists said the world is “no safer” than it was this time last year.

 

This Dutch construction innovation shows it’s possible to quickly retrofit every building

Energiesprong (‘energy jump’) is finding ways to make buildings more efficient without requiring major construction projects.

 

Serbia backs out of controversial Rio Tinto lithium mine

Serbia’s prime minister abandons plans to build a controversial lithium mine after weeks of protests against the project set to be built by Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto.

 

A disinfectant made from sawdust mows down deadly microbes

Antimicrobial molecules found in wood waste could be used to make more sustainable, greener disinfectants.

 

How to reap the benefits of being in nature without having to set foot outside

We know that contact with nature makes us feel better. But how does it do this, and does virtual contact have the same effect?

 

Predictions favored solar over wind power. What happened?

One lesson: Renewable technology benefits from early, consistent government support.

 

By 2050, a quarter of the world’s people will be African – this will shape our future

Edward Paice

Africa’s unprecedented population growth will impact geopolitics, global trade, migration and almost every aspect of life. It’s time for a reimagining of the continent

 

A car-free London is within our reach

Hirra Khan Adeogun

Sadiq Khan’s pledge to cut traffic by 27% is welcome, but more must be done – not least to protect residents’ health

 

Nature Conservation

Human-driven evolution threatens fish stocks

Warming oceans and overfishing is causing species to evolve in ways that threaten the sustainability of commercial fisheries

 

1 in 3 mouthfuls of food we eat relies on pollinators. Pollution could be putting that at risk

A study of the effects of common air pollutants at levels below national guidelines has found their presence significantly reduces the rate of pollination for bees and butterflies.

 

Pesticides released into Brazil’s Amazon to degrade rainforest and facilitate deforestation

Glyphosate and 2,4-D, among others, cause the trees to defoliate, and end up weakened or dead in a process that takes months. Next criminals remove the remaining trees more easily and drop grass seeds by aircraft, consolidating deforestation.

 

Peru says oil spill caused by Tonga eruption an ‘ecological disaster’ as dead birds and seals wash up on shore

Peru declares an environmental emergency as clean-up teams struggle to contain a huge oil spill at the country’s biggest refinery caused by waves from a volcanic eruption near Tonga that rocked a ship unloading crude.

 

Dumped fishing gear is killing marine life. Yet no governments seem to care

George Monbiot

One Scottish trawlerman is so incensed by the dumping of nets he’s come to me – a longstanding critic of his industry – with evidence

 

 

 



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