Daily Links Jul 31

Just wait to hear the red-meat lobby start belittling the pallid and woke inner city ‘elites’ who extol the virtues of moving away from large-scale carnivory. Yet it seems for the sake of a liveable planet, this is one of the changes we need to make. A report in Nature Food states that meat production is responsible for 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions from food production.https://www.miragenews.com/plant-based-meat-healthier-and-more-sustainable-828639/

Daily Links Jul 30

CSIRO’s 7 global mega trends probably won’t surprise, digital and data, health etc, but the first among them is ‘Adapting to a changing climate’. If we don’t work that one out, the other 6 are barely relevant. Faffing around with 26-28% or 43% is just that, faffing, when the science tells us that even a 75% reduction in emissions will not be enough. Over to you politicians, scientists are doing what they must do.https://reneweconomy.com.au/csiro-reminds-our-leaders-that-its-the-climate-science-that-counts/#google_vignette

Daily Links Jul 29

We have to be optimists or else days/weeks/months … will be spent under the doona in foetal position. And that won’t help anyway. This van der chappy suggests that realistic optimism is still a defensible position – and that suits me. But meanwhile, we all do what is within our various capacities to ensure that optimism doesn’t become unrealistic, pessimism and expecting the worst makes it a bleak world.https://www.miragenews.com/climate-targets-collaboration-and-optimism-are-827767/

Daily Links Jul 28

Off list here but the article (URL below) relates to an article on the list about a claimed sustainable development that will dump nutrient and solids into a tributary of Birrarung. But there is a ‘Keeper’ on the job to advocate for the river – and every other waterway needs a keeper too. Otherwise, prefixes such as ‘eco’ and claims of ‘environmental best practice’ that don’t stand up to scrutiny will continue to sway the gullible.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-18/yarra-birrarung-riverkeeper-sterrett/100972836

Daily Links Jul 27

Albo, if you want to talk about devastating impacts on the Australian economy, reflect for a moment on the cost of bushfires or floods and how we might fare when the inability to get insurance affects all manner of enterprises. A ‘climate trigger’ might get you off the hook if one was inserted into development approvals processes – do it.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/26/anthony-albanese-rules-out-banning-fossil-fuel-projects-citing-risk-to-australian-economy

Daily Links Jul 26

The issue is not that the 43% target is ‘insultingly unambiguous’, it is that it too low to protect the planet. Yes, it is better than what else is on offer currently, and accepting that it is a floor rather than a ceiling does provide opportunity, the whole issue is still too important to talk of politicking and snookering, we have at last a chance of progress. But rather than subsidise new coal and gas, put government money into the transition, it has to occur and occur quickly.https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/25/greens-climate-snookered-by-albanese/

Daily Links Jul 25

The deliberate fight against limits on fossil fuels, all the while knowing the science but putting industry first, is unconscionable. If there was a hell that Christians talk about, there’d be space for quite a few of these PR types. As it is, there is a hell of fire and pestilence already here on earth, thanks to the deniers.https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62225696

Daily Links Jul 24

In an argument between the sandy beach-loving human owners of coastal real-estate and the mudflat-needing international migratory shorebirds, we can guess who gets the ear of decision-makers. But if the shorebirds can survive the short-term attempts to treat coasts as stable they will get the last laugh, coasts are anything but! And let’s send cheers to the 4 O’clock Club, I’ve enjoyed their birdwatching advice on a number of occasions.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-23/how-mudflat-march-could-spell-doom-for-cairns-beaches/101261038

Daily Links Jul 23

I like Tony Wright’s writing, whimsical, insightful and erudite, and this is my selected article. I read it in The Age today, attracted by the sub-heading ‘We are becoming strangers to nature’. On finding the article in Maelor’s list, I see the heading for the same article in the SMH is given in the URL below, ‘The natural world is casting us adrift. Get used to it.’ It is a thought-provoking article, and not just for wondering about possible differences between Melbourne and Sydney.https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-natural-world-is-casting-us-adrift-get-used-to-it-20220721-p5b3en.html

Daily Links Jul 22

Albo, Albo, Albo, you can’t do this. Australia, Pacific nations, the world is crying out for common sense let alone leadership and you’re talking nonsense. Greens, do your bit, Teals, get stuck into them, Labor Environment Action Network, spring into action. We didn’t vote out one lot in thrall to the fossil fools just to replace them with another lot, driven by donors and mining unions. Talk science and talk transition please.https://www.themonthly.com.au/the-politics/rachel-withers/2022/07/21/coalface?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Politics%20%20Thursday%2021%20July%202022&utm_content=The%20Politics%20%20Thursday%2021%20July%202022+CID_24e10aa40872f4cf5459d3fabf4e1941&utm_source=EDM&utm_term=Read%20on&cid=24e10aa40872f4cf5459d3fabf4e1941