Daily Links Jun 29

Woodside’s Scarborough gas development and Origin’s fracking plans for the Betaloo Basin can not go ahead if Australia is to meet emission reduction targets. The dig-it-up, ship-it-out WA state government in league with Minister King, a cash-strapped federal government and a currently inadequate EPBC Act don’t provide much confidence for anyone worried about human health and the health of the planet.

Post of the Day

No miracle tech needed: How to switch to renewables now and lower costs doing it

Mark Z. Jacobson

The world is experiencing unprecedented fuel price increases, energy blackmail between countries, up to 7 million air pollution deaths per year worldwide and one climate-related disaster after another. Critics contend that a switch to renewable energy to solve these problems will create unstable electricity grids and drive prices up further. However, a new study from my research group at Stanford University concludes that these problems can be solved in each of the 145 countries we examined — without blackouts and at low cost using almost all existing technologies.

 

On This Day

June 29

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul – Western Christianity

 

Ecological Observance

International Mud Day

International Day of the Tropics

 

Climate Change

How climate change is impacting the world’s cyclones

Cyclone numbers have dropped around the world, according to new research from an Australian-led team of scientists who say the storms are becoming more intense.

 

National

Blockade Australia intends to take climate action protests nationwide

The climate activists responsible for bringing large parts of Sydney to a complete standstill in recent days intend to take their protests nationwide

Could a storage target or a capacity incentive provide a lifeline for solar thermal?

The renewed focus on dispatchable power and long-term energy storage could help jumpstart an Australian solar thermal industry.

“Unreliable and dirty:” CEC urges storage target over capacity mechanism

Clean Energy Council joins growing chorus rejecting capacity mechanism in favour of an energy storage target.

 

The green banking trend that could save you $6000

Charlotte Grieve

Worried about rising interest rates, record energy prices and worsening climate change? This loan product might help.

 

‘Nothing to see here’: ASX-listed companies under-report climate risk

John Collett

A study of ASX-listed companies on their sustainability reporting finds many are understating their climate change or other ESG risks, claiming there is ‘nothing to see here.’

 

Ethical fund ‘transparency and trust paramount’

John Collett

The financial regulator is stepping up efforts to rid the superannuation and fund management industries of so-called “greenwashing”, where claims to invest in an environmentally responsible manner often cannot be substantiated.

 

Beware existential angst of the climate alarmists [$]

Richard Alston

Weaponising words such as ‘existential’ to drive an emotional response is part of the catastrophists’ armoury.

 

How the government can unlock the electric car market [$]

Monique Ryan

There is no shortage of demand for electric vehicles. The key in Australia is to improve the supply.

How offshore wind could influence AEMO’s 20-year green energy blueprint

David Leitch

The ISP will go down as the pivotal model for the energy transition, the one that irreversibly moved the dial. Here’s how it might accommodate offshore wind.

 

Victoria

Is a cultural management plan for a Victorian highway duplication project a ‘win’?

Marjorie Thorpe, the woman behind the fight to protect culturally significant trees along the route of the Western Highway duplication project, hopes the new plan will protect the community’s rights and “remains of this precious heritage”.

 

Cheap power, net-zero emissions: with a commonsense plan we can have both

Matthew Guy

The truth is that the current energy crisis gripping Victoria is the result of years of mismanagement and politically motivated policy under the Andrews Labor government.

 

New South Wales

As Snowy Hydro ramps up production amid power crisis, nearby farmers fear discharge flooding

Further water releases from the Snowy Hydro and the Tumut River channel already at capacity have farmers downstream concerned, one saying there should have been better planning before now.

 

Climate protesters target Sydney streets for second day

Twelve climate protesters have been arrested after a radical activist group resumed its mass disruption campaign in Sydney’s central business district.

 

Renewable gas can satisfy our energy hunger

Right now, at this very instant, NSW produces enough waste biomass every year to provide the entire state with all the carbon-neutral gas we need to cater for our eight million residents.

 

Why Blockade protesters are taking today off [$]

They promised to wreak havoc on Sydney’s streets this week, but climate activists have run out of steam two days in, calling on supporters to skip today’s planned mayhem.

 

Blockade activists are alienating the rest of us [$]

Letters

If anyone is going to create violence and mayhem for a worthy cause, it should be the opponents of the cause, not the adherents

 

Blockade a city and open the door to the right: zealots do Dutton a favour

Mark Sawyer

The Blockade protests have been an exercise in bloodymindedness. Ironically, most of their commuter victims on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the morning peak are likely to be voters who supported climate-action candidates in North Sydney, Mackellar and Warringah.

 

Queensland

Deadly varroa mite outbreak raises concerns for Queensland’s native bee population

Authorities are closely monitoring any impact on Queensland’s bee populations amid a “worrying” interstate detection of the deadly honey bee parasite, varroa destructor.

 

South Australia

SA wind farms, big Tesla battery fined more than $4 million over separate breaches

The owners of four wind farms in South Australia and the state’s big Tesla battery have been fined more than $4 million over two separate market breaches identified during major grid disturbances.

 

How to turn your roof into a power plant – and earn money [$]

It’s not all bad news for solar. With a little time, you can set your home up as a virtual power plant – here we compare which operators pay back the most.

 

SA Power Networks embroiled in $19m lawsuit [$]

As SA’s electricity provider is in court over $19m worth of allegedly faulty parts it says rusted, melted and failed.


Tasmania

Canadian seafood giant fishing for Tasmania’s last locally-owned salmon producer

Hot on the heels of Brazilians snapping up a Tasmanian salmon company, the last locally owned producer is in the sights of a Canadian seafood giant, news that has been welcomed by the island state’s Premier, Jeremy Rockliff.

 

Does Australia need Tasmania to become a multi-billion-dollar ‘Battery of the Nation’?

As coal-fired power stations close down, there is a push for the renewables-rich state of Tasmania to become the “Battery of the Nation”. The problem is, no one knows who will foot the multi-billion-dollar bill. 

 

Tassie town wants to build country’s largest passive solar greenhouse [$]

The Great Lake Community Centre in Miena, central Tasmania, has raised nearly $1 million to build the country’s largest passive solar greenhouse to help feed their community.

 

Mining Company ‘spying’ facilitated by LegCo

Media release – Bob Brown Foundation

The covert but apparently facilitated listening-in to Legislative Council hearings on the anti-protester legislation by mining company MMG, without witnesses being told of the arrangement, requires a public explanation, former Tasmanian parliamentarian Bob Brown said today.

 

Northern Territory

Traditional Owners say sacred sites damaged by fracking operations

A gas company is accused of damaging sacred sites as it begins clearing land for fracking operations in the gas-rich Beetaloo basin.

 

Western Australia

Where to watch whales along WA’s south coast this winter

Western Australia’s southern coastline offers some of the country’s best whale watching each winter as humpbacks, southern rights and blue whales travel to warmer waters.

 

Gas plants expand while ancient Murujuga art waits on modern science

The creation of the engravings on Murujuga – known today as the Burrup Peninsula – was art, but their survival is a question of commerce and science.

 

When public opinion overrules science: the case of the 200 doomed Baldivis kangaroos

Perth’s rapid urban sprawl means more refugee ’roos, but the next council to face the problem says one translocation failure does not make culling the answer.

WA targets more than 1,000 standalone power systems, with $37m funding boost

WA tips another $37m to deploy 180 standalone power systems across the state, as it aims for 1,000 over four years.

 

Grand turtle rescue plans

A citizen science project has received funding in an effort to save the declining population of the south-western snake-necked turtle.

 

How Indigenous farmers are combining traditional land management with regenerative agriculture to meet demand for native seedlings

Native tree seeds are desperately needed to regrow bushland and offset emissions, and Aboriginal farmers want to fill the void.

 

The true cost of Woodside’s climate bomb

Peter Boyer

Most informed people have long accepted the science that says human use of fossil fuels is destabilising Earth’s climate. Many who once said this was rubbish now seem to have caught on too.

 

Sustainability

Sustainable blue economy critical to small countries and coastal populations

With the livelihoods of about 40 per cent of the world’s population living at or near a coast, the second day of the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon focused on strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, managing coastal ecosystems.

 

BHP vows to tackle biodiversity loss in ‘social value’ push

Mining giant BHP has made a new pledge to conserve or rehabilitate 30 per cent of the land it owns or manages around the globe by 2030 and gain greater feedback from Indigenous groups as part of a strategy designed to strengthen its “social value” credentials.

Bigger and better wind turbines to overcome climate caused wind droughts

A shift to bigger and better wind turbines could significantly boost capacity factors, overcoming climate change driven reductions in wind availability.

 

Court finds France negligent in Caribbean pesticide case

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday.

 

Strategies beyond recycling to bolster circular economy for solar and battery technologies

In a new comprehensive literature review, researchers have discovered that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery technologies.

 

No miracle tech needed: How to switch to renewables now and lower costs doing it

Mark Z. Jacobson

The world is experiencing unprecedented fuel price increases, energy blackmail between countries, up to 7 million air pollution deaths per year worldwide and one climate-related disaster after another. Critics contend that a switch to renewable energy to solve these problems will create unstable electricity grids and drive prices up further. However, a new study from my research group at Stanford University concludes that these problems can be solved in each of the 145 countries we examined — without blackouts and at low cost using almost all existing technologies.

 

Nature Conservation

United Nations chief says ‘egoism’ preventing global deal to protect oceans

Some countries will not accept the world’s oceans belong to everyone and are holding up a global agreement to protect them, according to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

 

Cop15: lack of political leadership leaves crucial nature summit ‘in peril’, warn NGOs

Nairobi biodiversity talks end in stalemate, prompting open letter to world leaders calling for action before Montreal conference

 



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