Daily Links May 22

Post of the Day

Sick of the election? Go for a walk and let nature heal your soul

Warwick McFadyen

Let posters be folded, let corflutes be stacked away. The campaign is over.

 

On This Day

Arbor Day – Guatemala and Ecuador

 

Ecological Observance

International Day for Biological Diversity

 

Climate Change

Global heating is cutting sleep across the world, study finds

Data shows people finding it harder to sleep, especially women and older people, with serious health impacts

 

Climate change likely to reduce the amount of sleep that people get per year

Most research looking at the impact of climate change on human life has focused on how extreme weather events affect economic and societal health outcomes on a broad scale. Yet climate change may also have a strong influence on fundamental daily human activities — including a host of behavioral, psychological, and physiological outcomes that are essential to wellbeing. Investigators now report that increasing ambient temperatures negatively impact human sleep around the globe.

 

 New Zealand’s promised action on climate is nothing more than a tottering baby’s first steps

Sue Bradford

Instead of taking on vested interests in the agriculture and corporate sectors, the government continues to take the line of least resistance

 

National

Missed out on election night? Here’s five quick questions to catch you up

Good morning Australia — the country looks very different today after the results of the federal election. If you went to bed early, or didn’t bother tuning in, here are the answers to five quick questions to catch you up.

 

The ‘teal bath’ of independents heading to parliament

Several well-funded independents ran against established Liberals on a promise of climate action and government integrity. Here’s how the night has turned out for them.

 

Here are the policies Labor campaigned on to win the election

After winning the 2022 federal election, here are some of the changes the Labor party have promised Australia.

 

Climate dinosaurs declared extinct at Federal Election

Greenpeace Australia Pacific has declared the Morrison Government’s decisive loss in the polls is “the only time you’ll ever see us celebrating an extinction event”, adding that Australians have voted for the climate in giving the Coalition the boot.

 

Senate may have a progressive majority as Greens and David Pocock make election gains

If Saturday’s count points to the final result, Anthony Albanese’s government will not face a hostile upper house

 

This election was the most transformative you can imagine — and it goes beyond Albanese’s win

Laura Tingle

It is the end of the Morrison Government in an election which — while it might not have resulted in a landslide for the Opposition — has seen the conservative party decimated and shattered

 

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have emptied the Liberals’ broad church

Katharine Murphy

When Tony Abbott invented a carbon tax to win an election in 2013 – an act of political bastardry that poisoned our politics for a decade – I doubt he understood the climate wars he ignited would recast the electoral map and engineer a new progressive consensus in Australia.

 

Thank God for compulsory voting

Ian Warden

If I still believed in God (and I am thinking of giving Him another chance) one of the things I would always be thanking Him for in my prayers would be His gift to Australia of compulsory voting.

 

Sick of the election? Go for a walk and let nature heal your soul

Warwick McFadyen

Let posters be folded, let corflutes be stacked away. The campaign is over.

 

The class of 2022 will be the voters of 2025 – and they’ll have plenty of reasons to cast their ballots

Daisy Turnbull

If you’re under 18, don’t think you can’t become engaged in our democracy.

 

Victoria

Passionate environmental campaigner

The environmental movement lost a passionate advocate last month when educator and marine biologist Trent Williams passed away while scuba diving at the age of 48.

 

New South Wales

Meet the plant detective helping gardeners and fighting crime

Cataloguing biodiversity is just one part of the job for the scientists at the National Herbarium of NSW, whose forensic skills are putting Australia’s plants under the microscope

 

How to foil climate change: Hairdressers tackling curly topic with clients

Paddington stylist Paloma Rose Garcia organised training for hairdressers in talking about climate change with clients during their time in the chair.

 

Queensland

Queensland gets greener, but remains a political wasteland for Federal ALP

Dennis Atkins

Queenslanders can throw up election surprises even if the state outcome doesn’t change the parliamentary numbers.While nothing was final late on Saturday night, the scene in Queensland looked clearer than most other states (with noted and contrary exceptions in Tasmania and Western Australia).

 

More dam releases as flood-weary south east braces for next deluge

Southeast Queensland residents are on flood watch after intense rainfall hit soaked catchments with some dams releasing water ahead of another forecast drenching.

 

South Australia

The ‘bag ladies’ who have upcycled donated fabric into nearly 19,000 bags

Determined to stop the use of plastic bags in their small seaside town, the “bag ladies” have devoted thousands of hours to making recyclable bags out of donated fabric. Old tea towels and curtains are made into beautiful bags for the community to take free of charge.

 

Sustainability

What goes around: 100 firms are making plastics a global problem

As international and regional organisations seem to be getting more ambitious in curtailing plastic pollution, the corporate sector looks to be lagging.


Increasing urban greenery could have prevented at least 34,000 US deaths over two decades

A US nationwide study found that increasing green vegetation in large, metropolitan areas could have prevented between 34,000-38,000 deaths, based on data from 2000-2019.

 

PFAS chemicals do not last forever

The use of sulfite and iodide under ultraviolet light can destroy PFAS in water in a few hours

 

Environment scientists close in on ‘golden spike’ to define Anthropocene

Researchers searching for a ‘golden spike’ to formally define humanity’s current geological period — and acknowledge human impact on our planet — have announced a major step in their analysis.

 

Nature Conservation

Organic farming or flower strips: Which is better for bees?

How effective environmental measures in agriculture are for biodiversity and wild bee populations depends on various factors and your perspective.


Past events reveal how future warming could harm cold-water corals

Food supply and oxygen levels appear to play major roles in life and death of a common coral species

 



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