Daily Links Sep 24

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;
Date: 24 September 2022 at 6:41:43 am AWST
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Post of the Day

How to make buildings green and efficient Energy Insiders podcast

Green Building Council’s Davina Rooney on low carbon concrete, microgrids, and taking emissions out of the built environment.

 

On This Day

September 24

Our Lady of Mercy Day – Dominican Republic

Feast of Saint Rupert – Austria

 

Ecological Observance

International Rabbit Day

European Mushroom Day

 

Climate Change

UN: Girls, women worst climate victims in Bangladesh

The impacts of climate change are not gender-neutral as they affect women and girls most because of societal norms, systematic inequalities and distinctive reproductive obligations in Bangladesh, says a new study.

 

World Bank leader, accused of climate denial, offers a new response

David Malpass touched off a furor, including calls for his removal, when he refused to acknowledge that fossil fuels are warming the planet.

Vanuatu makes historic call for global treaty end fossil fuel era

Pacific Island nation makes world-first call to halt the expansion of new fossil fuel projects through the establishment of an international treaty.

 

Minister Wilkinson positions Canada as clean energy supplier of choice and leader on climate action

Global energy markets have undergone radical shifts in the past six months, largely as result of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. In response to price volatility and energy security concerns, Canada and its international partners have doubled-down on the global energy transition.

 

Feeling heat: Climate change and kidney disease mystery

In Sri Lanka, a rash of kidney disease is affecting farmers who grow rice in marshy parts of the island. Professor Nishad Jayasundara of the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute. (DGHI) is working with an interdisciplinary team of environmental and health researchers to unravel how climate change and water contamination may be driving the rise in kidney problems.

 

Thousands call for ‘climate reparations and justice’ in global protests

Fridays for Future ‘strikes’ in about 450 places demanded rich countries pay for damage from global heating

 

Climate models ‘a global bank risk’ [$]

Bank regulators could cause ‘major systemic risk to the global financial system’ if they continue to use climate models with little understanding of their uncertainty, climate scientists say.

 

Climate-smart idea: Don’t cut down older forests

Mike Dombeck and Chris Wood

A new initiative to plant 1 billion trees on public lands is welcome news. Forests play a huge role in our lives — as sources of clean water, wood for our homes, fish and wildlife habitat, as well as awe-inspiring recreational settings. Forests are also vital to stemming climate change, absorbing significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. The trees we plant today will yield big dividends in decades to come. Another climate smart idea would be to stop cutting old-growth forests.

 

New abnormal: 2022 should be a cooler year — but keeps breaking heat records

Yangyangy Xu et al

It’s been another record-breaking summer of punishing heatwaves, droughts and fires around the world. The UK broke through heat ceilings, exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time on record. In the past four months, over 7,000 daily temperature records have been broken in places across the United States.

 

Global warning on climate [$]

John Hewson

The most significant failure of global leadership by governments in recent times is the failure to act decisively and as a matter of urgency on climate change. Surely we have moved beyond the ignorant and irresponsible mumbling of the climate deniers with mounting evidence from across the world of the effects of climate change. The unprecedented heatwave in Europe. The unprecedented drought in China. The megadrought in the United States. Greenland’s collapsing icecap. Near-famine in several parts of Africa.

 

National

Australia’s climate change inaction violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights, UN finds

The Australian government had called for the case to be dismissed, saying there was insufficient evidence that the consequences of climate change would affect the islanders’ enjoyment of their rights.


Bowen inks deal to bring big corporate bucks to Australian renewables

US and Australia sign deal to allow major US corporations including Amazon, Google and Unilever to invest more easily in Australian renewables projects.

 

Communities on front line of energy transition concerned they’ll be left behind

The transition to net zero will be one of Australia’s biggest transformations, and many believe we need a national body to coordinate and plan the change.

 

Chinese solar a key risk to Australia’s 2030 climate goal: Bowen [$]

Energy Minister Chris Bowen will warn Australia faces an ‘enormous task’ in meeting its newly legislated carbon emissions targets, with the heavy reliance on Chinese solar panels a key energy security risk.

 

Old uni mates driving PM’s climate, economic agenda [$]

Veteran operatives, with links to Anthony Albanese dating back to the 1980s and 1990s, have effectively become the most powerful political unit in the country.

 

Origin’s low-carbon, high-stakes gamble [$]

John Durie

Origin’s Frank Calabria is pragmatic about the need for environmental credentials which is why he’s joined a consortium bidding $4bn-plus for CWP Renew­ables.

 

Australia will soon have electric utes The Driven Podcast

Australian startup plans to convert Toyota Hiluxes and other utes into EVs on a commercial scale, and then create Australia’s first home-made electric ute.

 

The most important climate policy you’ve never heard of [$]

Mike Seccombe

Changes to the safeguard mechanism are expected to finally establish a model that effectively cuts Australia’s emissions, although there is a ‘shit fight’ ahead as baselines are set for each industry.

 

Want noisy miners to be less despotic?

Jade Fountain and Paul McDonald

Think twice before filling your garden with nectar-rich flowers

 

Victoria

Government to spend stacks buying land for Twelve Apostles tourism development

The state government is preparing to compulsorily acquire farmland opposite the Twelve Apostles to make way for a $108 million tourism development that will include a new visitor centre, car park and walking trails.

 

New South Wales

Most regional NSW dams are above capacity. Here’s what that means with more rain on the way

Authorities say regional NSW dams are at their fullest since the 1990s ahead of a third La Nina is hanging around this spring.

 

$9 million to turbocharge plastic recycling

More plastic will be recycled and turned into new products in NSW thanks to $9 million funding to support businesses transform their operations and access the latest plastic recycling technology.

 

ACT

Making clever climate choices is child’s play

The 2022 Climate Choices Business Awards were handed out by the ACT Government earlier this week and among the winners was the Woden Valley Early Learning Centre, which won Sustainable Business of the Year.

 

The ACT Greens are starting to challenge Labor. Here’s why [$]

Lucy Bladen

It’s taken two years but the ACT Greens finally seem prepared to publicly flex their hydrogen-powered muscles to their Labor government counterparts.

 

Queensland

Seafood prices to spike if no-fish zones expand in marine park, industry warns

The Queensland government has proposed a nine per cent increase to green zone areas in the Great Sandy Marine Park in a bid to protect threatened species.

 

As spring descends on Queensland, so do large swarms of European bees

Swarms of European honey bees are taking over trees, outdoor patios, children’s play equipment and letterboxes as they migrate for spring in wetter, warmer weather.  

 

Lobbyists with deep pockets are coming after Annastacia Palaszczuk. How she responds may define her premiership

Ben Smee

The way Queensland Labor reacts to rising pressure from landlords and coalminers will determine if it is a government of principle or politics

 

South Australia

OZ Minerals green lights $1.7 billion nickel and copper mine

OZ Minerals is investing $1.7 billion into unlocking one of the largest nickel and copper mines in the world, and the South Australian-based company intends to also make it one of the most sustainable.

 

The energy company selling cheap electric cars [$]

If you’ve been thinking about swapping your petrol car for an electric vehicle, an energy retailer is offering discounted models.


Tasmania

Realising potential of our sustainable forests

Felix Ellis, Minister for Resources

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network’s Vision 2050: Realising Our Potential forum and dinner. The forum centred around four key industry themes – Growth, Innovation, Investment and People – and saw the launch of the Network’s industry-led Diversity Action Plan 2022-2025. The Tasmanian Government is committed to investing in the forestry industry’s people and that is why we have provided $300,000 towards implementing the Action Plan.

 

Western Australia

Woodside aims for near zero methane emissions by 2030 [$]

Woodside has become the first Australian company to pledge to strive for near zero methane emissions by 2030 as environmental pressure grows.

 

Why a WA electricity regulator issued a blackout warning [$]

Paul Murray

South32’s ‘critical shortage’ has alerted WA to an emerging crisis being exacerbated by the McGowan Government’s moves to accelerate the shutdown of Collie’s pits and its associated power stations by 2030.

 

Sustainability

No, vegan leather is not greenwashing

Despite what you may have read in a few viral Twitter threads, animal leather is not more sustainable than vegan leather.

 

It’s common to charge electric vehicles at night. That will be a problem

As EV owners plug in their cars, there is a looming problem: pressures on the electricity grid if most drivers continue to charge their electric cars at night.

 

UK’s nuclear waste cleanup operation could cost £260bn

Cost of safely clearing waste from ageing power stations is soaring, say experts

 

Activists subvert poster sites to shame aviation and ad industries

Art activists have filled more than 500 advertising sites across Europe with satirical artworks highlighting how flying is fuelling the climate crisis – and the role of the advertising industry in helping cover it up.

 

Water supply ‘red alert’ for China’s biggest freshwater lake as long drought lingers

The central Chinese province of Jiangxi has declared a water supply “red alert” for the first time after the Poyang freshwater lake, the country’s biggest, dwindled to a record low.

 

‘Forever chemicals’ detected in all umbilical cord blood in 40 studies

Studies collectively examined nearly 30,000 samples over the past five years in ‘disturbing’ findings

 

If we want a global treaty to actually prevent plastic pollution give companies and investors seats at the table

Rob Kaplan

We need business, governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and, yes, corporations, working together alongside institutional capital – so critical to scaling climate solutions – if we have any hope of quickly stemming the tide.

 

Quit Big Oil – our health is at stake

William S. Becker

What do cigarettes and oil have in common? The answer: Both are deadly, but the industries that produce them covered up the risks to continue profiting from Americans’ addiction to their products.

 

Nature Conservation

Climate change: Spike in Amazon emissions linked to law enforcement

Scientists say a huge increase in deforestation in the Amazon is linked to lax law enforcement.

 

Call for global research into reef fish as climate change bites

As ocean temperatures continue to rise, scientists are calling for a global approach to climate-related reef research.

 

Healthy Forest Project launched to protect Mongolia forests for future generations

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia (MET), Rio Tinto Mongolia, and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) have today signed a comprehensive three-year partnership agreement which aims to tackle and reverse the erosion of Mongolia’s forests caused by the rapid spread of forest defoliators – insects and other pests which feed on plant matter and can cause widespread and significant tree mortality.



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