Daily Links Apr 30

To those who might say there’s too much politics in the List lately, I can only bowdlerise Roy and H G and say that too much politics is never enough, particularly given the looming election. Here’s the latest ‘wisdom’ from Matteo Canavani, accountant, smudge-faced pretend miner and massive troglodyte.

Post of the Day

As animal seed dispersers go the way of the dodo, forest plants are at risk

Birds, bats, elephants, apes, rodents and many other animal species spread plant seeds throughout the world. But as those animal populations diminish, so do the plants that rely on wildlife to shift their range, especially as climate change worsens.

 

On This Day

April 30

Samhain (Summer’s End) – Celticism

 

Ecological Observance

Save The Frogs Day

 

Climate Change

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of another pandemic, researchers warn

Global warming is pushing species to find new geographic locations in which to live, causing interactions with humans and elevating the risk of zoonotic diseases.


Australia, US and China slammed for ignoring “real” climate threat in Pacific

Former Pacific Island leaders tell Australia, China and US that the biggest security threat in the Pacific is from climate change.

 

Study: Climate change is creating disease hotspots

“The coming decades will not only be hotter, but sicker.”

 

Cradle of transformation: The Mediterranean and climate change

The Mediterranean region is warming 20% faster than the world as a whole, raising concerns about the impacts that climate change and other environmental upheaval will have on ecosystems, agriculture and the region’s 542 million people.


2°C? It’s already nearly too lateEnergy Insiders Podcast

Climate scientist Andy Pitman says net zero needs to be reached by 2035 to have any chance of capping global warming at 2°C.

 

It’s time we admit that carbon offsetting isn’t working

Nina Siemiatkowski

If carbon offsetting is flawed, what else can be done? One efficient and sustainable approach companies can take to contribute to global net-zero is by implementing an internal carbon tax.

 

National

It’s green in the desert but dry in Tasmania. What is going on with the autumn break?

Anzac Day has come and gone and with it the deadline for the autumn break, the first big rains of winter. So who got the rain and who missed out?

 

Greens deal Scott Morrison another federal election blow

The Greens will run a candidate in all 151 lower house seats and say their how-to-vote cards will recommend a preference for Labor above the Liberals and Nationals and place other right-wing parties last.

 

New Murray-Darling Basin Authority boss fails to mention environment in all-staff memo

Staff raise concerns after incoming chief executive Andrew McConville emphasises agricultural outcomes in introductory letter

 

Coal price spike shows how renewables short circuit campaign climate wars

Coal prices are driving the price of power and undercutting election scare campaigns over the risks from renewable energy.

 

Climate 200 ‘picked candidates’ [$]

Independent candidates who sought funding from Climate 200, but missed out, dispute claims the group has no hierarchy, does not start campaigns and does not select candidates.

 

PM tries a power play on pricing [$]

Scott Morrison has played down soaring electricity prices, arguing that the Coalition’s policies have reduced household power bills by 9 per cent.

 

Fact check: Is Australia’s net zero emissions target actually binding?

Australia is unable to weaken its target under the Paris Agreement, however experts say the net zero pledge is not legally binding or enforceable.

 

Barnaby Joyce wrong – wind and solar create more jobs than coal

In the midst of a heated “climate war” raging in the lead-up to the federal election, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is adding fuel to the fire. Over the weekend he claimed that there are “no jobs in the energy transition” and transitioning from coal to cleaner energy “equals unemployment” in the coal community of Gladstone, Queensland. However, a new analysis from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) shows that his claims are simply not true.

 

Climate ‘independents’ show their true colours [$]

Rita Panahi

The homogenous group of women that make up the fake independents are privileged pretenders bereft of any real diversity.

 

Soaring energy prices are a gift for Albo [$]

Tony Boyd

The high energy prices in Europe triggered a national security response from the EU. Could a similar thing happen in Australia.

 

Net zero climate policy is not dead. It’s just pining for the fjords [$]

Rowan Dean

It’s off the twig! It’s kicked the bucket, it’s shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! Is it really an ex-policy?

 

Don’t mention the climate wars [$]

Dennis Shanahan

At the halfway mark of the campaign and on the eve of Anthony Albanese’s campaign launch, Labor’s B team is stumbling over party policy.

 

No, Mr Morrison – the safeguard mechanism is not a ‘sneaky carbon tax’

Samantha Hepburn

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week claimed Labor was planning a “sneaky carbon tax” should it win power, and Nationals senator Matt Canavan declared the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 was “dead”.

 

Critics slam Coalition’s ‘vote grabbing’ logging plan

Nicholas Bugeja

In the lead-up to May’s Federal Election poll, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a multi-million funding pledge to support Tasmania’s forestry industry.

 

Coal canoodling Canavan says net zero is ‘all over’

Binoy Kampmark

Matt Canavan has stirred controversy by declaring that coal has won priority over net-zero emissions targets.


Will clean green hydrogen ever replace gas in Australian homes?

Ron Ben-David

There is much talk about “clean green” hydrogen and how it can replace gas for heating and cooking. But something doesn’t add up.


It’s time we stopped kidding ourselves that coal is “cheap and reliable”

Giles Parkinson

AEMO blames coal generators for big spike in wholesale electricity prices, and the increasing divide between coal dependent north and greener south.

 

Victoria

What’s a ‘green ban’, and why could it halt redevelopment of this historic Melbourne pub?

Victorian unions say they won’t work on any project at the Curtin Hotel that doesn’t respect the hotel’s history in a throwback to the 1970s “green bans” that halted dozens of projects.

 

Toxic sludge dumping site in limbo after tunnel plan backflip [$]

Uncertainty continues to linger over the Beaches Link project as transport officials look to find a new site to dump thousands of cubic metres of contaminated waste from major tunnelling works.

 

‘Need a rethink’: Bike lanes create new hurdles as city gradually refills

About 19 km of bike lanes have been installed on roads in the CBD in the past two years, and more are on the way.

 

New South Wales

Why political hopeful may hand back Climate 200 donation [$]

A north shore independent candidate has amassed more than $1 million in a bid to flip a safe Liberal seat from blue to teal as other local candidates reveal how much their campaigns are costing:

 

Wombat bald spots reduce as mange treatment shows promise

While car strikes remain a major threat to wombat numbers, a skin infection introduced to Australia by animals belonging to European settlers is still killing them.

 

Queensland

‘We’ve met our commitments’: PM all but rules out cash for Qld power station [$]

Despite promising $3.3 million in the lead up to the 2019 election to complete a feasibility study for a controversial Queensland coal-fired power station, the Prime Minister has all but ruled out providing more federal funds.

 

South Australia

Laser fusion firm in energy ‘dream’ [$]

An Adelaide company’s work into fusion power using lasers has the theoretical potential to provide limitless cheap electricity free of harmful radiation.


Vast Solar reboots Port August solar thermal plans, with $110m federal funds

Plans to build a solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta are back on the table, after Vast Solar wins federal funding of $110 million.

 

Tasmania

TCT takes legal action against Tucker & FPA over native forest clearing

On the 2 and 3 May 2022 the Tasmanian Supreme Court will hear a case brought by the Tasmanian Conservation Trust challenging a landowner’s permission to clear more than 1800 hectares of native forest in north-east Tasmania.

 

‘We’re drinking that water’: Bacterial mats and brown sludge found downstream of salmon farm

Upstream of the salmon hatchery, this river water is pristine, but downstream — on its way to the drinking water catchment for Hobart — the water has been described as “absolutely disgusting”.


Nyrstar turns to new electrolysis plant for “green zinc” at Hobart smelter

Nyrstar lands funding to turn to electrolysis for it Hobart smelter and create green zinc, which may also save Port Pirie smelter.

 

Western Australia

Bottlenose dolphins being caught and killed in WA trawl nets at ‘unsustainable’ levels

Between 11 and 17 dolphins killed each year, government says, though independent observers put rate as high as 50 a year

 

Sustainability

A toxic mixture of industrial waste and household detergents has created clouds of toxic foam in Colombia

An immense layer of toxic foam has spilled over from a contaminated river into the Colombian city of Mosquera, often breaking into cloudlike chunks that drift with the wind along streets and into yards.

 

California accuses Exxon Mobil of deceiving public, perpetuating ‘myth’ of plastics recycling

California’s attorney general has announced a first-of-its kind investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for their alleged role in causing and exacerbating a global crisis in plastic waste pollution.

 

Nature Conservation

Who owns the Arctic and should they drill for oil and gas?

Environmental campaigners are taking Norway to court over drilling in the Arctic.

 

As animal seed dispersers go the way of the dodo, forest plants are at risk

Birds, bats, elephants, apes, rodents and many other animal species spread plant seeds throughout the world. But as those animal populations diminish, so do the plants that rely on wildlife to shift their range, especially as climate change worsens.

 

Reframing trophy hunting’s socio-economic benefits in Namibia

Frown Becker

With the relatively recent proposal in the British parliament to ban the import of wildlife trophies, the issue has once again taken center stage among factions of the global conservation community.

 



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