Daily Links Jun 26

Katharine Murphy lays bare the LNP’s culpability for our current climate change and energy predicament. And sadly, for us all, she sees little likelihood that the Big Sebago, with Three ‘S’ Sussan riding shotgun, will lead his rag-tag mob to a more sound policy position. She’s an entertaining writer too.

Post of the Day

Revealed: Australia’s true emissions concealed, corporates “double-count” household rooftop solar

Callum Foote

The government has admitted almost all rooftop solar energy in Australia may be double-counted – a massive emission reduction free ride for Australia’s largest corporations.


On This Day

June 26


Climate Change

Climate damage caused by growing space tourism needs urgent mitigation

Published today in the journal Earth’s Future, researchers from UCL, the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used a 3D model to explore the impact of rocket launches and re-entry in 2019, and the impact of projected space tourism scenarios based on the recent billionaire space race.


Climate change could lead to a dramatic temperature-linked decrease in essential omega-3 fatty acids, according to new study

The effects of global climate change already are resulting in the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise, and longer and more intense heat waves, among other threats. Now, a survey of planktonic lipids in the global ocean predicts a temperature-linked decrease in the production of essential omega-3 fatty acids, an important subset of lipid molecules.


Residents of Fiji island Kioa work to get home ‘climate ready’Pacific Beat podcast

Tuvaluans living on Kioa, a small island in the Pacific, have been working hard on making their home climate ready and future proof.



Human Rights Watch concerned over diminished right to protest in Australia

The authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) are disproportionately punishing climate protesters in violation of their basic rights to peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today. New anti-protest laws currently before parliament in the states of Victoria and Tasmania would also invoke harsh penalties for non-violent protest.


Cold weather and power prices prompt record interest in batteries and solar

Frigid weather and the upheaval in the energy market has whetted consumer appetite for renewable technologies like home batteries and rooftop solar.


Support for developing countries to tackle environment and climate change challenges

Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek

Ahead of next week’s United Nations Ocean Conference, the Australian Government is joining an international effort to help developing countries tackle urgent environment pressures and reduce the impacts of climate change.


A good-bye letter to HESTA

Richard Barnes

Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Barnes decided to put his superannuation with HESTA because of the fund’s proactive stance on avoiding tobacco companies. Barnes recently joined more than 130 health and community services professionals in withdrawing their funds from HESTA to protest the fund’s investment in companies that are expanding fossil fuel projects.


Australian voters have sent Peter Dutton a clear message; he would be silly to miss the cue

Katharine Murphy

Dutton’s choice to continue a policy of wrecking in energy highlights the challenge Albanese has in seeking to end the destructive decade


‘If you want to change the world, answer your phone’: Simon Chapman on public advocacy

Peter FitzSimons

Professor Simon Chapman is a powerful advocate for anti-smoking legislation, gun control and the virtues of renewable energy.


Greens must remember why they hold balance of power

SMH editorial

After snaring three new lower house seats at the federal election and seizing the balance of power in the Senate, the Australian Greens find themselves wielding more power and influence than ever before.


Hubristic Greens

Noel Turnbull

There is one area in which the Greens are out in a class of their own – hubris.


Revealed: Australia’s true emissions concealed, corporates “double-count” household rooftop solar

Callum Foote

The government has admitted almost all rooftop solar energy in Australia may be double-counted – a massive emission reduction free ride for Australia’s largest corporations.


New South Wales

How bringing back the light rail could save Oxford Street

Business groups have backed calls for light rail to replace buses on Oxford Street as lockouts, lockdowns, large shopping centres and heavy traffic get the blame for the busy thoroughfare’s ailing nightlife and empty shopfronts.


Forestry Corporation hit with maximum possible fine on NSW South Coast

Forestry Corporation of NSW has been fined for breaching a post-bushfire logging condition but residents and local conservationists say the punishment does not go far enough. 



ANU modelling to power climate change predictions [$]

As the climate warms, making accurate predictions of how the weather and other earth systems are changing is essential for humanity to prepare and adapt for the future.



Parks the place to be as Queenslanders embrace great outdoors [$]

Queenslanders have flocked to the state’s national parks in droves amid a slowdown in global tourism, with close to 100,000 camping permits issued in the Sunshine State in the first five months of this year.


The palm cockatoo should be Brisbane Olympics mascot – imagine a stadium full of big crested hats and drumming on seats

Andrew Stafford

Games recognition could spur conservation action for the birds lovingly known as ‘rockatoos’ for their punk mohawks, vocal dexterity and percussive talents


South Australia

SA opposition slams decision to scrap plans for mountain bike path, as government says money needs to be spent on health

The previous Liberal government had fully funded a $5.25 million development, but works were yet to begin. But Labor says it needs to prioritise spending in areas of health, education and infrastructure.


Unswimmable: NZ’s poisoned rivers a cautionary tale for Tasmania [$]

A few short years ago, New Zealand locals in the Canterbury region knew that it was not safe to swim in the rivers; they cautioned their children who grew up not knowing the excitement of splashing in a freshwater river, or kayaking down crystal-clear waters.


‘Iconic’ Tasmanian species killed among millions of native animals [$]

Data has revealed millions of native animals – including wombats, swans and Kangaroos – were killed in the name of crop protection in the last three years. 


Indefensible native wildlife culling is ‘business as usual’ practice in Tasmania

Media release – BirdLife Tasmania

The latest release of wildlife culled in Tasmania under Property Protection Permits (formerly Crop Protection Permits) shows indefensible levels of native wildlife being culled each year.


Protest against Antarctic longliner

Media release – Bob Brown Foundation, 23 June 2022

This morning, a group of activists climbed onto the mooring line of the Antarctic toothfish plunderer, Antarctic Discovery and hung a banner on the vessel revealing its true nature as an Antarctic destroyer, not an Antarctic discoverer.


Anti-protest laws: how they work, and will they work? [$]

Adam Holmes

Bob Brown has confirmed protests will continue apace, while another constitutional challenge in the High Court looms as a possibility.


Western Australia

Environmental, Aboriginal heritage concerns halt $40m Midland bridge work

Construction of a bridge creating a southern gateway to Midland has been put on hold while an alternative design that avoids wetlands and heritage sites is contemplated.


How a ‘patch of weeds’ turned into a haven for native bees [$]

Surrounding the raised beds, lining the perimeter of the whole front yard, is a garden designed, planted and grown with Australian native insects in mind.


John McColl’s boat is whisper quiet, costs next to nothing to run and has zero emissions. So what’s the catch?

The cost of running and maintaining John McColl’s boat is next to nothing — it also produces zero emissions and is whisper quiet. It may sound like a boat-owner’s dream, but it’s not for everyone. 



‘It keeps on going’: driving the world’s first production-ready solar car

Makers of the €250,000 Lightyear 0 hope to convince drivers it can be a viable climate-friendly alternative


Action Today for Tomorrow Series: An alliance for a better future

We hear from leaders of the Alliance for Future Generations, a Fijian youth activist organisation, on championing inclusive, intersectional and democratic action for a sustainable future.

Action Today for Tomorrow Series: A journey to climate activism

Action Today for Tomorrow Series: Without a root, a tree cannot stand – a call for global unity on climate action


ICYMI…the latest news on climate, global health, mental health, sustainable healthcare and much more

This week, we feature climate champions, and the latest news on heatwave health, global health governance, public health, the health and wellbeing of First Nations peoples, and mental health.


How a household favourite sank from clean and green to public enemy No. 1

As the world struggles to access enough natural gas to keep prices down, scientists are turning on the energy source once embraced as safe and clean.


New data reveals nuclear the cheaper energy route [$]

New data on the corrected costs of nuclear power, renewable wind and solar, gas and coal show that nuclear energy is cheaper than the other power sources.


Germany is finding it’s not easy being green

Rob Harris

The road to ambitious emission reductions targets might be paved with good intentions, but Europe seemingly didn’t factor in Vladimir Putin’s capacity to completely derail the path.


We can protect consumers from high energy costs and mitigate the climate crisis

Robert Taylor And Craig B. Smith

Drivers are furious about the huge spike in gasoline prices, but blaming President Biden is ill-informed and short-sighted.


Electric cars are unaffordable for many Americans. Biden is trying to impose them anyway

Justin Haskins

On June 17, President Biden hosted a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), the third such meeting held by Biden during his presidency.


Why we must nationalize Big Oil

William S. Becker

During the financial crisis in 2008, the federal government protected the economy by bailing out companies it considered “too big to fail.”


Nature Conservation

Modeling historical biomass could be key to buffering climate change

Forests of American Midwest mapped to monitor carbon storage over millennia


Rewilding the Galápagos can be a model for a new way to coexist with nature

Danny Rueda Córdova and Leonardo DiCaprio

We must work with local communities to restore key species on a global scale if we are to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises gripping the world

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