Daily Links Jun 12

If only …  the LNP were the money-managers they claimed to be we would have a sovereign wealth fund to rival that of Norway’s. Instead, largely foreign investors have waxed fat on our natural resources, the dig-it-up and ship-it-out brigands have paid next to no tax and they whinge like stuck pigs if anything or anyone suggests that there should be anything different. Ah, a second-rate people indeed, the LNP for their incompetence and the Australian public for believing their nonsense.

Post of the Day

Question mark over ‘integrity’ of Australia’s carbon offset scheme as tree nurseries inundated with orders

Demand for native trees is soaring as Australia heads to net zero but there are lingering doubts over some types of carbon offset schemes, as industry insiders call for an urgent review. 

 

On This Day

June 12

Pentecost – Eastern Christianity

Trinity Sunday – Western Christianity

International Shia Day – Islam

 

Ecological Observance

Canadian Rivers Day

 

Climate Change

Malala Yousafzai says climate change robs girls of access to education

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai joined climate activists Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate outside Sweden’s parliament. She said events like droughts and floods in Afghanistan have disrupted the education of girls with many unlikely to return.

 

How ‘viral dark matter’ may help mitigate climate change

A deep dive into the 5,500 marine RNA virus species scientists recently identified has found that several may help drive carbon absorbed from the atmosphere to permanent storage on the ocean floor.

 

 Why bankers close their ears to the ‘climate nut jobs’ talking about the end of the world

Nick Cohen

An investor’s rant gives an insight into the City’s short-termist view of the environment crisis

 

National

‘Stupid’ gas policies led to energy crisis in eastern states, say former premiers

With WA’s policy of quarantining 15 per cent of gas for its local market bearing fruit, former rivals and premiers Alan Carpenter and Colin Barnett say the east coast gas crisis was avoidable.

 

Question mark over ‘integrity’ of Australia’s carbon offset scheme as tree nurseries inundated with orders

Demand for native trees is soaring as Australia heads to net zero but there are lingering doubts over some types of carbon offset schemes, as industry insiders call for an urgent review. 

 

Australia’s biggest biosecurity threat is on our doorstep. So how can we keep it out?

If foot-and-mouth disease reaches Australia, it will send a wrecking ball through the economy, as it did in the UK 20 years ago. So what is the plan to keep it out? And how would an outbreak be contained?

 

Albanese needs to keep Australia nuclear-free

Helen Caldicott

The election of Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister heralds a new era in Australia’s approach to nuclear disarmament.

 

If only…..Australia

Noel Turnbull

It would be easy to develop a history of recent Australian history around the theme of if only.

 

Victoria

Melbourne engineers find new ways to tackle waste created by disposable cup coffee culture

Breaking the disposable coffee cup habits of Australians has proven difficult through the pandemic. But a group of Melbourne engineers may have found a new way to tackle the waste generated by our fast coffee culture.

 

Sparkies to upskill ahead of the ‘decade’ of electric vehicles

Five hundred electricians will take part in a new free pilot program to install and fix charging stations for electric vehicles.

 

Bass Strait gas output ramps up as demand and prices soar

A pipeline has been rerouted in the Bass Strait as ExxonMobil seeks to ramp up output to meet soaring demand.

 

Government bans hunters from sharing game meat

Victorian hunters will be banned from sharing their kills with friends and neighbours, with one MP saying “these city centric people haven’t thought this through”.

 

New South Wales

NSW government commits to $1b plan for faster train services

A budget pledge by the NSW government will be matched with Commonwealth funding for preliminary work on faster train services to the Central Coast.

 

$598m boost to national park firefighters, radio networks after Black Summer bushfires

A further $93.7 million in the state budget will go towards a climate change adaptation strategy embedding risk assessments and planning for floods, drought and bushfires across government.

 

No jobs, no trees: The suburbs where urban sprawl is hurting Sydney

Sydney’s urban sprawl is growing as developers turn green space into suburbia, amid concerns about the environmental, health and economic costs of the city’s expanding footprint.

 

Private landowners in $8.9m deal to beat extinction crisis

More than 31,000 hectares of land featuring nationally significant wetlands – among the top 20 sites for waterbirds in Australia – is the latest site to secure permanent protection.

 

Seed hunters hit the highlands in search of bushfire survivors

Collectors have found small populations of five rare plants in Australia’s alpine region – a huge relief after the devastating Black Summer bushfires.

 

‘Worst decision I ever made’: Sewerage delays push land owners to verge of losing everything

The roads are paved, the lamp posts are installed but this estate in south west Sydney has no homes built, as land owners wait three years for sewerage connections. And they could soon lose everything.

 

‘Like a horror film’: Marion’s walls are covered in oil after Lismore floods ruptured disused Boral tanks

Months after the deadly floods that inundated large parts of New South Wales, people in South Lismore are left with homes covered in a sticky oily residue from a decommissioned construction site.

 

ACT

‘We decided there was something we needed to do’: How a group of farmers is embracing sustainability and community

After the 2019 drought and Black Summer bushfires, a group of farmers in the Canberra region decided to do things differently. And they have formed a community along the way. 

 

Works starts on Belconnen’s second bikeway link

Construction has started on stage two of the bikeway along Battye Street in Bruce to connect Belconnen Town Centre to the University of Canberra, Radford College and the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Bruce campus.

 

Kangaroo defenders argue count gets cull target wrong [$]

A push for more transparency around the ACT kangaroo management plan is gaining traction with calls for a moratorium on the cull while this year’s program is under way.

 

South Australia

Could hydrogen be the solution to the gas crisis?

The SA government has committed to building a “hydrogen hub” on the state’s Eyre Peninsula. So what is being proposed, and how could it be used to help our energy-hungry world?


Tasmania

Sam is building a raft with ocean debris to raise awareness — and he wants to sail it across the Bass Strait

Sick of ocean debris washing up near his home on the Tasman Peninsula, Sam McLennan has an ambitious plan — build a raft made entirely out of the materials and sail it across the Bass Strait to kickstart conversations about protecting the marine environment.

 

Cash splash for Liberal-connected clubs blasted for ‘appalling transparency’

Tasmanian Liberal MPs were patrons or members of at least seven organisations that won taxpayer-funded grants after pre-election promises — but the government is adamant the local community does not expect organisations to be ineligible “simply because a candidate is a patron”.

 

Northern Territory

‘Secretive, adorable weirdos’: rare possum caught in the Northern Territory for first time

Ecologists say discovery of scaly-tailed possum at Bullo River Station is a sign of positive benefit of private land conservation

 

Western Australia

Ningaloo corals are ill-equipped to handle future climate change

The relatively pristine coral populations of WA’s inshore Kimberley region are better equipped to survive ocean warming than the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park, according to a new study.

 

Sustainability

Air pollution gets worse during winter at airports

Researchers found that airports situated in colder climates accumulated more pollutants like PM2.5 in the fall and winter, compared to airports in milder climates.

 

 New York has a chance to generate all its electricity from clean energy by 2030

Ross Barkan

If Democrats act, New Yorkers will begin to get the government they deserve. With climate cataclysms here, the political system can’t afford more delays

 

Nature Conservation

Studying grassland from space

Utilizing satellite data and artificial intelligence to determine land-use intensity of meadows and pastures

 



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