Daily Links Sep 11

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;
Date: 11 September 2022 at 6:01:04 am AWST
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Post of the Day

Planting trees not always an effective way of binding carbon dioxide

Tree-planting has been widely seen as an effective way of binding carbon as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere. But now researchers are warning that forests on nutrient-poor land won’t be an additional carbon sink in the long term.

 

On This Day

September 11

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Armenia

Our Lady of Coromoto Day – Venezuela

 

Ecological Observance

National Bilby Day

 

Climate Change

In Louisiana, the first US climate refugees find new safe haven

Native Americans forced from their homes as the island they were built on gradually sinks into the Gulf of Mexico are now settling into new homes thanks to a federal resettlement grant.

 

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan

Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday reiterated that the needs in flood-ravaged Pakistan are enormous and called for massive and urgent financial support, as he wrapped up a two-day trip aimed at raising awareness of the climate-driven disaster with flights over some of the hardest hit areas.

 

Cli­mate change threat­ens ice caves in Aus­tria

A team of geologists has comprehensively documented the loss and gain of ice in Alpine ice caves over the last 2000 years for the first time.

 

China’s drought raises spectre of a new threat from climate change

First COVID hit supply chains for automobiles, electronics and other goods – now climate is emerging as a disruptor.

 

Longer, hotter and more frequent heat waves in cities

Hot days followed by sweltering nights without any temperature relief in between might become a new norm towards the end of the 21st century. Researchers have analyzed the frequency, intensity and length of such extreme events for five Swiss cities. Lugano and Geneva would be most affected.

 

As a grim winter looms, the UK has lost its soother-in-chief. The new King is about to be tested

Philip Williams

From a looming energy crisis to climate change, Britain’s woes are set to get worse, and no change from Queen to King is going to change that

 

National

Charge your engines: electric vehicles are on the rise [$]

The Good Car Company is helping Aussies find affordable electric vehicles.

 

New South Wales

Ten days to plant 6000 native orchids? Easy for army of volunteers

More than 6000 native orchids were driven 300 kilometres and planted over 10 days to save them from the brink of extinction. 


Tasmania

Shorebirds at greater risk of death during breeding season

Shorebird breeding season has begun and scientists are urging the public to be more cautious of bird wildlife on beaches.

 

Managing Tasmania’s Rock Lobster Fishery for future generations

Jo Palmer, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

The Tasmanian Government is dedicated to keeping our Rock Lobster Fishery sustainable for future generations.

 

Northern Territory

Decision to re-grant Australia’s largest water licence was ‘rational’, court told

A Northern Territory minister showed “intelligible justification” when she re-granted a record-breaking water licence in 2021 amid local opposition, the Supreme Court is told.

 

Timor Leste’s challenge to secure Greater Sunrise gas plant

A 20-year dispute over a lucrative gas field north of Darwin has taken another twist, with the Timor Leste president outlining his country’s case for the project while touring Australia.

 

Western Australia

Could WA be at the centre of world’s wind farm revolution? [$]

WA is entering a new dawn of renewable energy. James Salmon investigates how that will alter our view of how to power our State.

 

Labor approves removal of sacred rock art on the Burrup Peninsula [$]

Jesse Noakes

As Tanya Plibersek grants final approval for a fertiliser plant on the Burrup Peninsula, Woodside has quietly begun expansion of its enormous Pluto gas project.

 

Sustainability

Researchers discover how air pollution may trigger lung cancer in never-smokers

A new mechanism has been identified through which very small pollutant particles in the air may trigger lung cancer in people who have never smoked, paving the way to new prevention approaches and development of therapies, according to late-breaking data [to be] reported at the ESMO Congress 2022 by scientists of the Francis Crick Institute and University College London

 

Breakthrough discovery in carbon capture conversion for ethylene production

A team of researchers led by Meenesh Singh at University of Illinois Chicago has discovered a way to convert 100% of carbon dioxide captured from industrial exhaust into ethylene, a key building block for plastic products.

 

Black pigs, green tea, and pink orchids – preserving China’s natural resources

China has a dizzying range of rich natural resources. The country is home to 10 per cent of all known plant species, and 14 per cent of all known fauna. The UN, with the Chinese authorities, is working to ensure that the benefits from these resources are shared in a fair and equitable way.

 

Weedy rice has become herbicide resistant through rapid evolution

Aggressive, herbicide-resistant weed is a threat in nation’s largest rice production region

 

Green hydrogen: Short-term scarcity, long-term uncertainty

However, historic analogues suggest that emergency-like policy measures could foster substantially higher growth rates

 

Nature Conservation

Climate change is affecting drinking water quality

The disappearance of forests will have consequences for water quality in reservoirs

 

Soil microbiota can boost the growth of invasive plant species and provide defense against herbivores

Soil microbes can have a great impact on the spread of harmful invasive species as they can either hinder or facilitate the plant’s growth. Researchers studied the role of soil microbiota in the success of garden lupine, which is an invasive species in the Finnish nature.

 

Bee it known: Biodiversity is critical to ecosystems

A study on bees shows how different species pollinate the same plants over time

 

Agriculture drives more than 90% of tropical deforestation

Agriculture drives more than 90 percent of tropical deforestation. Halting deforestation will require a step-change in approach and to be effective measures must address underlying and indirect roles of agriculture, says a new study.



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