Daily Links Mar 31

Here’re a few clues as to the price the rehabilitated Joyce of the Mining  Party (previously known as the National Party) managed to exact from the Pentecostal PM (rather than the government as hardly anyone apart from the PM seems to know much) for propping up the Coalition. We all, and the environment on which everything depends, are paying.

Post of the Day

The unsustainable secret of almost half of Australia’s ‘sustainable’ funds

Charlotte Grieve

Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels? Turns out almost half of Australia’s sustainable fund managers think so.

 

On This Day

March 31

 

Climate Change

Facebook algorithm ‘pushes conspiracy theories at climate change sceptics’

Facebook’s automated algorithms push climate change sceptics to read increasingly extreme conspiracy theories and misinformation about global warming, a study has found.

 

How bad is the Ukraine war for climate change?

Russia’s brutal invasion may hasten the West’s clean-energy transition, but its short-term effects on the planet will be damaging.

 

National

What do young Australians worry about? Too much, it seems

Climate change and discrimination are the things young Australians are most concerned about, and they are on top of getting a job and buying their first home.

 

Morrison Government’s climate record deemed ‘a catastrophic failure’: one in four Australians give zero rating

A new report by the Climate Council finds the Federal Liberal-National Government has overwhelmingly failed on climate action over its three terms of government.

 

Alternative waste treatment method variation: have your say

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is seeking feedback on a draft variation to the alternative waste treatment method under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). We are also seeking feedback on changes to supporting legislation.

 

Voters rate government’s failure to act on climate change

Voters have given the Australian government a failing grade for its action on climate change in a survey ahead of the election. Not a single group – by age, voting preference or location – rated the Government above 50 per cent, or 4.8 out of 10, for its performance.

 

Barnaby Joyce abolishes body set up to advise on major water projects after dam announcements

Letter from member to colleagues questioned whether government’s funding promises on dams made for ‘political purposes’, after body not consulted

 

David Karoly, former CSIRO climate science head, accuses government of gagging criticism [$]

A former senior government scientist has revealed he was gagged from publicly discussing the role Coalition policy played in contributing to global greenhouse emissions.

 

Electric vehicle owners irked by cut to fuel excise [$]

The decision to cut the fuel excise will reduce pain at the bowser, but electric vehicle drivers and climate groups warn the policy is short-sighted.

 

Budget backs fossil fuels, shuns First Nations equality: Dorinda Cox

The Federal Government’s pre-election budget has been derided for backing fossil fuels amid myriad natural disasters by WA Greens senator and Yamatji-Noongar woman Dorinda Cox.


Some households lose 20 per cent of their solar output from grid curtailment

New study shines a light on the problem of rooftop solar curtailment and how some households are being affected by it much more than others.

Australia gets a fail-grade for climate action, falls behind G20 peers

Australia given a fail-grade for climate policies in new BloombergNEF assessment, after being one of the few G20 countries actually going backwards in the last year.

 

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells gave Scott Morrison a budget night shock — but he has his own surprise to come

David Speers

It’s understood the big announcement to come in the campaign is a whole new Darwin port.

 

Payback for net zero: Gas, coal, dam and green funds flow for Nationals

Mike Foley

More than $20 billion is promised in the federal budget to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s pet projects, with funding for dams, gas, and mining as payback for the Nationals supporting Australia’s pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

 

If Frydenberg is serious about resilience, he needs to address the root causes of climate change

Bill Hare

Treasurer’s 2022 budget sees our government sleepwalking into more climate disasters

 

The unsustainable secret of almost half of Australia’s ‘sustainable’ funds

Charlotte Grieve

Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels? Turns out almost half of Australia’s sustainable fund managers think so.

 

Despite the climate crisis, the budget does more for gas than emissions

Nick O’Malley

Many of those engaged in climate science and activism are disappointed by how little the Treasurer had to say about climate in his budget speech.

 

Poor policy and short-sightedness: how the budget treats climate change and energy in the wake of disasters

Tony Wood

This year’s federal budget is characterised by an avalanche of immediate handouts in response to cost-of-living pressures, some sound initiatives and deferral of more fundamental decisions. This is precisely reflected in how the budget treats energy and climate change.

 

Federal budget: $160 million for nature may deliver only pork and a fudge

Peter Burnett

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s cash-splash budget has a firm eye on the upcoming federal election. In the environment portfolio, two spending measures are worth scrutinising closely.

 

How good is being prime minister? It’s one of the main themes of the budget, along with making climate change worse – cartoon

First Dog on the Moon

WINNERS? (not you) AND LOSERS? (you and all your friends)

 

Victoria

New riverfront campsites on Crown land open up for fishers

The Victorian government has opened the gate on six new camping and fishing areas on riverfront Crown land

 

Delburn wind farm gets the green light despite fire risk concerns

Gippsland is set to have another wind farm after the Victorian Planning Minister approved a proposal to erect 33 turbines in the Strezlecki ranges.

 

Driving towards clean energy future

The biggest display of electric vehicles in Nillumbik will be held at the Clean Energy Expo on Sunday 3 April.

Victoria approves first pine plantation wind farm, but big battery will need to wait

A Victorian wind farm, proposed to be built in a pine plantation gets planning green light, but without a planned battery component.

 

Plan to hunt feral deer on Melbourne’s outskirts as animals edge closer to city

Hunters will target the feral deer – already sighted in suburbs including Fitzroy, Ivanhoe and Kew – in an effort to prevent them from destroying the environment.

 

Goulburn Valley farmers to discuss climate opportunities

Farmers in Goulburn Valley are coming together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents for regional communities.

 

Melbourne’s population plummets as overseas students and city dwellers depart

Melbourne’s population dropped 1.2 per cent last year, more than any other Australian capital, as international students went home and city dwellers relocated to the regions.

 

Vegetation levy hike adds to cost of new homes [$]

New home buyers in Melbourne’s outer growth corridors will be slugged environmental levies to offset the impact of clearing native vegetation.

 

New South Wales

Byron Bay’s CBD under water for many hours as destructive flash flooding hits northern NSW

The district received 300mm of rain in the last 24 hours, leading to flash flooding of an intensity locals say they’ve never seen before.

 

Legislation to empower Wreck Bay Aboriginal community

The Morrison Government has today introduced a Bill to give members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council (WBACC) in the Jervis Bay Territory more control over their land, leadership and community investments.

 

Big success for little terns thanks to local volunteers

At least 43 little tern fledglings were observed at Shoalhaven Heads this season, the highest number seen at the site since records began 20 years ago.

 

Giant turtle found on NSW beach may have been killed by pollution linked to heavy rain

Sightings of the leatherback turtle are rare in NSW and the species is considered endangered in the state


Pilliga custodians reject gas project as Santos seeks to bypass Traditional Owners

Gomeroi Traditional Owners voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal for coal seam gas exploitation in the Pilliga forest at a meeting on Friday.

NSW puts out call for wind farms to be located in pine plantations

NSW seeks expressions for interest from wind developers to build renewable energy stations in state forests.

 

ACT

Federal Budget 2022: What’s in the budget for the ACT? [$]

Scrivener Dam is set for a $38.5 million upgrade after money for the project was contained in a federal budget which forecasts funding for health in the ACT will be cut next year – before rising again.

 

Canberrans have to pay more for a worse waste service

Letters

I was unsettled by Saturday’s story of plans to slash Canberra garbage collections in half. In return, they will collect green waste and food scraps once a week.

 

Queensland

‘Next Uluru’: ‘Temporary’ Mount Warning closure extended again [$]

Hikers fear Wollumbin/Mount Warning is the “next Uluru” and may never reopen, after its “temporary” closure was extended for the fourth time.

Queensland to build 200MWh big battery next to country’s biggest coal unit

Queensland announces another big battery, this time a 200MWh installation next to the Kogan Creek coal generator, the biggest in the country.

 

South Australia

Earthquake activity shakes Adelaide, again — and it’s because Australia’s edging northwards

Adelaide last night was shaken by its second notable earth tremor this month. One senior seismologist has referred to a “cluster of events” and says there are several factors at play.

 

Tree change as KI firm reveals ‘global’ sheep plan

The company seeking to bulldoze 14,000 hectares of plantation forest on Kangaroo Island and convert it into grazing land for up to 270,000 sheep has launched a $32 million capital raise to fund the project.

 

Fears budget fuel fumble will leave SA households poorer [$]

A budget measure designed to immediately slash petrol prices is going to push the price of other critical supplies through the roof, a key industry is warning.

 

‘Let’s drill The Bight’: Senator’s plea to ignore ‘green activists’

SA Senator Alex Antic has revived the controversial Great Australian Bight drilling debate, saying companies should be given “every opportunity” to search for oil.

 

Santos revises emissions target before crucial climate vote

Santos has increased its ambitions to cut emissions ahead of a vote on its climate credentials at its May annual general meeting, but the revised target is unlikely to satisfy campaigners seeking meaningful cuts in production to go with lower emissions.

 

Tasmania

Tasmanian Government has started process to investigate governance model for Tamar

A new governance model for the Tamar Estuary is being investigated by the state government, but discussions over what model should be best for the future is also being considered by the existing authority – the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce.

 

Tasmania misses out on budget allocations for Marinus Link, Battery of the Nation

The 2022-23 federal budget includes no mention of funding for two key renewable energy projects and appears to have ignored the state’s hydrogen aspirations.

 

Politics aside, invading workplaces isn’t peaceful protest

Examiner editorial

Cheered on by industry, Tasmania’s Liberal government has announced it will have another crack at cracking down on “workplace invasions”.

 

Western Australia

Fears over Northern Jarrah Forest exploration permit

The WA Forest Alliance is urging people to object to a proposal for 10 exploration permits that would give mining giant Rio Tinto access to one of the State’s last surviving forests.

 

ANZ, Qantas in WA carbon farming push for biofuels [$]

ANZ, Qantas and Inpex have signed an MoU for carbon farming in WA to produce renewable biofuels, a deal that Alan Joyce says ‘ticks a lot of boxes’.

 

Sustainability

How to move Europe from gas heat to heat pumps — fast

As the European Union tries to free itself from Russian gas, it should offer subsidies and policy supports to boost heat-pump adoption, a new report says.

 

EU wants to force fashion firms to make clothes more durable and recyclable

New design rules would also force firms to reveal how much unsold product they send to landfill

 

Nature Conservation

Biopiracy row at UN talks in Geneva threatens global deal to save nature

More talks needed on targets to protect wildlife as developing countries call for payment for finds based on their biodiversity

 

Britain’s butterflies bolstered by conservation efforts

Heath fritillary among species helped by habitat restoration – but concerns over future remain

 

Hope for coral reefs

A new book tracks scientific research and restoration efforts around the world that are focused on saving this critical ocean ecosystem.

 

 



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