Daily Links Apr 27

Here’s yet another example of the maladaptation of the human brain for the world that we are managing. Who in their right mind would agree that storing and providing active management of many many tonnes of ‘encapsulated’ salt in a river catchment forever is a good idea? The fracking company will have made their money and they’re out of there. What bond has been lodged to pay for the forever  ‘active management’ and will this cover the costs of remediation when encapsulation fails, as it inevitably will in the lifetime of ‘forever’?

Post of the Day

Australians reluctant to go electric or change behaviour for climate change

Australians amongst the least likely to change behaviours to reduce climate impact.

 

On This Day

April 27

 

Ecological Observance

World Tapir Day

Stop Food Waste Day

Marine Mammal Rescue Day

 

Climate Change

Humanity is stuck in a ‘spiral of self-destruction’, UN warns in new report

Between 350 and 500 medium to large-scale disasters took place globally every year over the past two decades, a new report says.

 

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes

Number of new plants planned fell last year, but coal-generated electricity rose by 9% to record high

 

Dam accounting: taking stock of methane emissions from reservoirs

Mounting studies highlight greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs, and now a coalition of environmental groups has called for regulatory action.

 

Tents to castles: building energy efficient, cost-saving Aussie homes

Climate Council

The energy efficiency of Australian homes is put to the test during our blistering summer heat, chilly winter nights and increasing extreme weather events. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing work habits, more than ever we’re spending increased time in our homes to notice and more people are questioning if their home’s performance is adequate.

 

4 ways we can change our behaviour to adapt to the climate crisis

Stefan Kaufman

Only four months into 2022, and Australians have already watched several climate disasters unfold across the continent, from coral bleaching to devastating floods and bushfires. These are stark reminders of how climate change can wreak havoc on communities – destroying homes, lives and ecosystems.

 

Earth Day still focussed on immoral climate crusade

Tom Harris

For the almost 10 million people who voted in the UN’s own ‘My World’ poll ‘Action on climate change’ ranked dead last.

 

National

How countries like Singapore have turned to nature to minimise flood damage

Nature-based solutions to protect from the ravages of climate change are being trialed around the world. Could they help here in Australia?

 

If waste coal seam gas salt needs ‘active management forever’, who’s going to pay for it?

A leading environmental engineer says the issue of waste salt from the coal seam gas industry has been underestimated and the current plan put forward by the gas industry would require indefinite monitoring.

 

Climate divisions reopen as Coalition Senator says net-zero commitment ‘all over’

Government disunity is deepening on the question of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s stated commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with a prominent Liberal-National Senator calling the plan “all sorts of dead” and “all over”.

 

Net zero commitment non-negotiable: Treasurer [$]

Josh Frydenberg reiterates the Coalition’s 2050 target of net zero emissions is non-negotiable amid renewed dissent within the Nationals.


Fossil fuel companies to be sued for climate damage under Greens proposal

Climate-impacted communities could be allowed to sue fossil fuel companies for compensation, under a Greens policy proposal.

 

Federal Labor must ensure that our sustainable pulp and paper manufacturing jobs are not driven offs

As the major national industry group representing the pulp, paper, tissue and packaging sector, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is insisting that an incoming Albanese Government not sacrifice these vital regional manufacturing jobs through blunt changes to the Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism.

 

Review finds packaging regulation fails to drive change

Time is ticking to resolve the serious flaws that exist in the regime for managing packaging waste, a review of the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for Used Packaging Materials (UPM), released by the Federal Government, has found.


Graph of the Day: Smashing Barnaby’s coal versus renewable jobs myth

Wind and solar projects will create significantly more jobs than new coal or gas plants, new analysis shows.

 

Query on Coles’ offsets for carbon-neutral beef [$]

Coles said last week it will use ACCUs to offer a carbon-neutral beef line, but a prominent critic and designer of the offsets scheme says the instruments are flawed.

 

Power play switching to back-up capacity [$]

The new focus of Australia’s chief energy industry bodies is building back-up capacity for renewables, says the woman now in charge.


Australians reluctant to go electric or change behaviour for climate change

Australians amongst the least likely to change behaviours to reduce climate impact.

 

Scott Morrison is setting up another fake fight on a carbon ‘tax’

Katharine Murphy

With Australia’s lived experience of global heating, you would think we’d have moved past grown men staging hyperbolic encounters with invisible things


How to control invasive rats and mice at home without harming native wildlife

Robert Davis

Not all rodent control devices are safe and appropriate for use in and around your home.

 

Are well-intentioned billionaires holding back climate action?

Charlotte Grieve

Simon Holmes à Court, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Sir Christopher Hohn are three billionaires using their money and clout to agitate for greater climate action.

 

A year of hunger: how the Russia-Ukraine war is worsening climate-linked food shortages

Rob McFarlane et al

Global wheat prices have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The two nations account for 30% of the world’s wheat production.

 

As the world burns: climate crisis turns the heat up on Labor and the Coalition

Kishor Napier-Raman

The world is sleepwalking into a catastrophe but the major parties would rather end the climate wars than seriously reduce emissions.

 

Victoria

Lib hopeful says climate emergency warnings border on child abuse

The Liberal Party’s candidate for the Melbourne seat of Macnamara, Colleen Harkin, has said that describing global warming as a climate emergency is almost child abuse, and defended the views on trans women of controversial Warringah candidate Katherine Deves.

 

Victoria’s timber shortage to worsen [$]

Victoria’s timber shortage is set to nosedive as native forestry ends and the Andrews Government’s $110m plantations scheme fails to deliver.

 

Election 2022: Greens’ vote dives in Kooyong as voters back independent [$]

The Greens vote has collapsed in the federal seat of Kooyong, threatening to reshape the way the party campaigns in Melbourne’s inner east.

 

New South Wales

What do you love about our southern estuaries?

MidCoast Council is partnering with the community to develop a coastal management program to protect the health of its southern estuaries.

 

Liberals at odds over funding for Parramatta light rail extension

A NSW Liberal minister has warned that the Morrison government’s reluctance to fund a western Sydney transport project could jeopardise two key seats at next month’s federal election.

 

$1.8b green sustainability-linked loan will keep Sydney’s trademark Waratahs on sustainability track

A $1.8 billion green and sustainability-linked loan to fund Sydney’s largest electric passenger train fleet represents a significant advancement in the financing of operating public private partnerships.

 

Queensland

Poos you can use: Human waste turned into renewable energy at Australia’s first biosolids gasification plant

A council in Australia opens the first biosolids gasification plant in the Southern Hemisphere, which turns human waste into renewable energy, at Logan, south of Brisbane.

 

Queensland education boss in corruption crackdown

Queensland education department employees and state school teachers and staff are being urged to report alleged corruption through a new anonymous online portal.

 

Queensland emissions reduction efforts boosted with $65m new funding

Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of new funding for technologies that will have a significant impact on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from heavy industry and establishing clean industries of the future.


Galilee Basin: First Nations group fights Clive Palmer mine on the grounds of climate and human rights

Clive Palmer’s fight for a Senate spot is running concurrently with a landmark human rights challenge to one of his proposed mining projects.

 

Community groups angered as Queensland government proposes logging in state forest

Plan would see selected hardwood natives in area dubbed ‘Ferny Forest’ cut down this year

 

Coalition holds ground in Queensland amid coal fight, poll shows [$]

Queensland is the best-performing state for the Morrison government at this stage, boosting a Coalition belief that it will hold all its seats there.

 

‘Bush University’ on Bunya Mountain to resurrect old traditions

An ancient gathering place in Queensland’s spectacular Bunya mountains is back in Aboriginal hands and has become a new place of learning for all people.

 

No one’s a winner as climate wars reignite in Qld battlegrounds [$]

Matthew Killoran

Anthony Albanese has succeeded in repositioning his party on coal, after a bruising in Queensland in 2019, while Scott Morrison has secured a once-unthinkable commitment to net zero by 2050. But these moves are set to hurt them both.

 

Tasmania

BBF: JBS ‘has record of corruption and bribery’

Media release – Bob Brown Foundation

Governments and Members of Parliament who knowingly usher corrupt companies into Australia should be voted out, Bob Brown Foundation’s Marine Campaigners warn voters, after a damning story about JBS meat and salmon company went to air tonight.

 

Northern Territory

Labor pledges $260m to Kakadu National Park under Albanese government

One of the most remote and beautiful parts of our country is set to get a fast-tracked cash boost of $200 million under a new promise.

 

Major Kakadu tourist attraction to remain closed as sacred sites fallout continues

Gunlom Falls, one of Kakadu’s most spectacular and popular tourist spots, will remain closed into NT’s peak tourism season, as a dispute between traditional custodians and Parks Australia continues.

 

NT government referred to ICAC over blind shrimp [$]

A two centimetre blind shrimp could become the centre of an ICAC investigation involving a NT government fracking contract.

 

Western Australia

Chinese company hit with ‘letter of warning’ over illegal clearing on Yakka Munga Station

The West Australian government’s three-year investigation has ended in a letter of warning for Zenith Australia Investment Holdings, accused of illegal clearing in 2019.


Peel Harvey Estuary focus of ocean stewardship funding

Two local fisheries have been awarded the Ocean Stewardship Fund that will support research projects to help the State’s sustainability within fisheries and the environment.

 

Forrest’s company sued by ex-leader over bullying claims [$]

A former Perth-based leader of Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries is suing the mining billionaire’s green hydrogen arm for unfair dismissal.

 

Young rangers find their feet as ambitions emerge on Murujuga ngurra

Working on country in one of Australia’s most significant historic sites has allowed Ngarluma woman Sarah Hicks invaluable insight into her own culture, insight she now wants to share far and wide.

 

Sustainability

Supporting sustainable agriculture in Peruvian Amazon

Regenerative livestock farming promotes forest conservation and the family economy in the Peruvian Amazon.

 

50bn tonnes of sand and gravel extracted each year, finds UN study

Calls for international standard on extraction and better monitoring of most-exploited resource after water

 

Russia suspending gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria

The suspensions would be the first since Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that “unfriendly” foreign buyers would have to pay the state-owned Gazprom in roubles.


Researchers iron out key cost barrier to hydrogen fuel cells

Team of European researchers develop and test a hydrogen fuel cell that uses iron instead of rare and costly platinum.

 

Nature Conservation

Global warming causing great tit birds to hatch a month earlier

Global warming is causing great tits to hatch a month earlier than they did 75 years ago, a long-running study revealed.

 



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