Date: 30 November 2022 at 9:05:17 am AEDT
Subject: Daily Links Nov 30
Post of the Day
Hamish Clarke et al
Without strong climate action, forests on every continent will be highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year by the end of the century – and this fire threat is far greater for some forests including the Amazon, according to our new study.
On This Day
St. Andrew Day – Romania
Free allowances ‘in direct contradiction with the polluter pays principle’, WWF report says
The International Fund for Agricultural Development says crippling spikes in food and energy prices continue to hit East and Southern Africa, coupled by the devastating impact of climate change is having a negative impact on the productive capacity of small-scale farmers.
Environmentalists say the country’s strict Covid restrictions are cutting off international collaborations and stymieing climate projects.
A string of social media posts claim water vapour is responsible for rising global temperatures.
The climate activists claim to have targeted 4×4 owners in eight European and US cities
Magistrate reportedly speaks of using Jan Goodey’s case as a ‘deterrent’ during court proceedings
Anthony Albanese and his cabinet are set to endorse a multi-pronged strategy to curb sky-high power prices, as pressure mounts on the government to urgently intervene in the market.
Harsh new biosecurity laws have been introduced in response to a surge in people trying to bring meat into the country illegally.
A new report finds that business leaders estimate a transition to net zero could significantly improve annual growth, yet there is concern about sustainability plans being actualised.
A ‘certificate of origin’ scheme could counter concerns about renewables supply chains, says Clean Energy Council
Some of Australia’s most popular chocolate bars – including Mars Bars and Snickers – are getting an environmentally friendly makeover in a move that is expected to inspire its competitors to follow suit.
A change in the tax treatment of electric vehicles and hybrids is expected to see many more employees salary package low emission cars.
Tanya Plibersek has a plan to save the Great Barrier Reef from being listed as “in danger” by the World Heritage Council. But there’s a big reason why it may not work.
Saltmarsh ecosystems provided protection to more than 88,000 homes from potential storm surge damage, according to 2021 data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
With summer about to kick off, firefighters are warning Australians to be prepared. Experts say a wet winter has actually has actually made some regions of the country more at risk of bushfires.
The Federal Government has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations that the Great Barrier Reef be added to its ‘in danger’ list. The report found serious risks from climate change, coral bleaching, and water quality, are increasing threats to the World Heritage Site. It says Commonwealth and Queensland governments must take ‘ambitious, rapid and sustainable action’.
UNESCO singled Australia’s World Heritage site out for a stern warning and the Albanese government rejected the special treatment.
For years we have seen many examples of communities that are overwhelmingly opposed to destructive projects, but those projects go ahead anyway because corporations have an overpowering voice in our system of environmental decision-making.
Anthony Albanese knows that whatever lever he pulls to solve the energy crisis, there could be unintended consequences.
The Minerals Council of Australia has duped Energy Minister Madeleine King into repeating its highly inflated claims of how much taxes its mostly foreign multinationals members pay. Callum Foote reports on an $85b PR scam.
Boosting supply is key to powering the nation at an affordable price.
Replacing asphalt with trees would bring people back to the city and kick-start its post-COVID recovery, while delivering enough tree canopy to cover 30 MCGs would also help protect the city from floods and heatwaves, researchers say.
Unknown liquids are leaking from an old landfill into agricultural blocks in Mildura as the Murray River floods.
The innovative project structure has drawn support from Australia’s green bank as well as from lenders from China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Australia.
The Nyagaroon property has been formally transferred by the Victorian government to its Traditional Owners, the Taungurung people.
While Labor has adapted to a changing population and urban growth over recent decades, it should be careful not to ignore its traditional base.
New South Wales
Have the candles ready if ‘net-zero leader’ Origin sticks with its new plan for closing Eraring — in the view of its main coal provider — because renewables won’t be able to keep the lights on.
Sydney is lucky to have some of the best water in the world, but the system has been under pressure due to consecutive natural disasters.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she won’t jeopardise state’s ability to give profits from state-owned power generators back to public
The brawling between the Palaszczuk Government and the mining sector stepped up on Tuesday as the Premier called for new leadership of the Queensland Resources Council.
Queensland may be aiming for net-zero but there is a looming problem – and no one is quite sure how to tackle it.
The coal sector’s very survival in Queensland has been dealt some serious blows in recent times but the Land Court’s judgement on Clive Palmer’s Alpha project in the Galilee Basin is a huge wake up call.
Jon C. Day
You might be forgiven for thinking it’s Groundhog Day reading headlines about the Great Barrier Reef potentially being listed on the World Heritage “in danger” list. After all, there have been similar calls in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Australia must push back as a matter of principle and sovereignty.
The South Australian government says updated modelling shows 1,086 primary residences will be flooded if River Murray inflows peak at 250 gigalitres a day.
Members of an advisory committee commissioned to inform the federal government on the management of the Lake Eyre Basin say the proposed management strategy is a “box-ticking” exercise.
The South Australian Greens plan to introduce legislation that would require tech companies to brand their products with a minimum life expectancy.
Work is underway on a more than $50 million stage two expansion of the Mannum Solar Farm as Epic Energy banks on the South Australian region’s constant sunlight to help deliver green energy to a glass factory.
Media release – Wilderness Society (Tasmania)
In another legal case that sought to shine a public Right-To-Know light into murky logging operations, Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) has again asked to settle at the last minute instead of going to court.
A powerful Aboriginal land council has accused the NT government of treating traditional owners with contempt over its plans to legislate changes that allow companies to sell gas fracked during the “appraisal phase”.
Energy Minister Bill Johnston says a gas leak at a pipeline off the coast of Western Australia’s Pilbara region, which has reduced output at the Santos-operated Varanus Island facility, will not impact the state’s gas supply.
The independent energy umpire finds the government-owned West Australian power provider unlawfully overcharged customers tens of millions of dollars by artificially inflating its prices between 2016 and 2017.
Independent reporter Alison Stone is investigating the balance between heritage and industry along the Burrup Peninsula on behalf of the federal government.
One of the world’s largest producers of ammonia – a vital fertiliser ingredient in short supply – has shut down due to a lack of gas in WA.
A remote Kimberley community is hoping to benefit from new federal funding commitments by establishing an Indigenous Protected Area to support land management on their Country.
A Facebook video claims that an EV charging station in the Nullarbor is powered by diesel fuel.
Thick smog has engulfed India’s capital New Delhi as air pollution worsened with the setting in of winter, shooting up concentrations of fine particles in the air three times above the acceptable limits.
First global analysis follows discovery of toxic pollution particles in lungs and brains of foetuses
Laundry can be the most significant thing that you do when it comes to reducing your clothes’ environmental impact, experts say.
Countries have begun to discuss a future global plastics treaty which would cut pollution, some hope entirely by 2040, at U.N. talks in Uruguay this week, with many states calling for curbs on plastic production as a way to reach that goal.
Another day, another “confirmation” that the government plans to build the Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk – surely the “most announced” project in UK infrastructure history. The latest update, though, contained a genuine sign of seriousness: the Chinese are being paid to go away.
The outlook for the world economy is on a knife’s edge as Europe debates a price cap for Russian oil and OPEC considers production cuts.
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