Daily Links Aug 31

Biodiversity offsets are a boondoggle, anyone arguing for them doesn’t understand ecology and confuses causes and effects. If conditions are favourable, a species can live there. If they’re not, it won’t. We don’t create conditions, they just are – or aren’t. Telling a species we’ll find it a home elsewhere only works if we’re talking zoos.https://reneweconomy.com.au/failure-by-almost-every-measure-offsets-under-fire-again-after-damning-audit/

Daily Links Aug 30

Add this to thermal expansion of the oceans and the sea-changers will have more than they bargained for. And it’ll be none-too-flash for delta-dwellers and island nations. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/29/major-sea-level-rise-caused-by-melting-of-greenland-ice-cap-is-now-inevitable-27cm-climate From: Maelor …

Daily Links Aug 29

Rivers are drying up in the US, Europe and China, a glacier is melting in Peru, there are catastrophic floods in Pakistan. Suppose you formed an hypothesis, tested it with …

Daily Links Aug 28

Labor, your indefensible fossil-fuel decisions are NOT what Australia voted for – and you know it. Who is calling the shots here, Murdoch, donors, unions? Is sure isn’t the Australian …

Daily Links Aug 27

To win with only 18.11% of the vote shows it’s unlikely that we’re talking here of preferential voting. Either that or the preference whisperer worked a lot of overtime. Nonetheless, …

Daily Links Aug 26

Joelle Gergis quotes T S Eliot ‘Humankind cannot bear very much reality’ to paint the bleakest of futures. The Albanese Government is on track, with their exploration and mining approvals, …

Daily Links Aug 25

The first thing to do is reduce consumption, avoid unneeded energy use, insulate, change practice, etc, then replace with renewables what remains. Diesendorf makes sense. https://www.miragenews.com/itll-be-impossible-to-replace-fossil-fuels-with-842624/ From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;Date: …

Daily Links Aug 23

There is so much to dislike about the Hancock family, and mother/offspring relations are only a very small part of it. Failure to rehabilitate mine sites where dangerous asbestos waits to be mobilised, unwillingness to work in concert with traditional owners (it was Gina’s dad Lang Hancock who wanted to poison the ‘problem’ away) and wanting to cut costs by having the roads upgraded on the public purse are some of the reasons.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-22/gina-rinehart-hancock-prospecting-considered-mining-at-wittenoom/101353730

Daily Links Aug 22

And it was ever thus, corporations aren’t at fault, you’re just not doing enough. You’re meant to save the planet, one light-bulb at a time. We were sold the con and the failure of our leaders to do anything about it leaves people doing the little (and I’m not saying they shouldn’t) that they can. What a world we’d have if marketing was directed to social and environmental good.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-22/jeff-sparrow-big-ideas-corporations-environment-responsibility/101318704

Daily Links Aug 21

My apple-cheeked mater was wont to observe ‘there’re none so blind as those that will not see’. We were running on more solar than coal for a half hour on Friday, and that’s with a decade of deniers in government. The fossil-fuel shills who subsidised, thwarted and rorted their way to prop up coal and gas should be able to see that the future is renewable – it is happening despite them.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-20/solar-briefly-overtakes-coal-australia-number-one-source-power/101354054