Daily Links Dec 4

We can expect more of these snow jobs on nuclear energy as the realisation that we have to get out of fossils becomes even more prevalent. And when there’s an increasing call for transparency and integrity in our political system, this LNP shill for the nuclear industry does his party no favours in his duplicity. 

Post of the Day

Big floods rejuvenate our landscape, but they also have a ‘sting in the tail’ for nature

Floods are critically important for many plant and animal species, but scientists fear back-to-back extremes of flood, fire and drought are causing significant environmental damage — and say we don’t know the full picture.

 

On This Day

December 4

Second Sunday of Advent – Christianity

Presentation of Mary – Eastern Christianity

Eid il-Burbara (Saint Barbara’s Day) – Middle Eastern Christianity

 

Ecological Observance

International Cheetah Day

Thai Environment Day – Thailand

Wildlife Conservation Day

 

Climate Change

Reliable planning tool for the emissions path to achieving the Paris temperature goal

Researchers at the University of Bern have developed a new method for the successive calculation of the emission reductions which are necessary for achieving temperature targets, such as the 2°C goal. The calculation method is based solely on observation rather than models and scenarios. According to the study, international climate policy has to become even more ambitious.

 

National

PM’s climate pledge: Baby, we’ll keep it cool outside

As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese toured flood-affected parts of South Australia, he managed to catch a little ray of sunshine. He met six-month old Mia Roper in Renmark, a town along the border with Victoria, which is bracing for a surge of water.

 

Government calls for unity to lower energy prices

The federal government wants the states to pull their weight in the war against soaring energy prices as it rushes to find a solution to the impending energy crisis.

 

Coalition MP’s ‘grassroots’ nuclear power survey linked to consulting firm

Ted O’Brien’s Time to Talk Nuclear website was registered by business that helps US reactor company

 

Albanese asks states to recall parliaments to put price caps on coal

Amid growing pressure from the public to lower the price of power bills, the federal government is considering “temporary and meaningful” measures to intervene in the energy market.

 

Trip on road to renewables ‘could send costs soaring’ [$]

The $200bn fund manager IFM Investors has warned energy ­prices will increase and security of supply will worsen if Australia botches a rocky path from coal to renewable energy.

 

Why more Australians will share a Tesla

What if you didn’t need to own a car? What if you could just pop downstairs and borrow one whenever you need a ride?

 

Dutton concedes Liberals in ‘identity crisis’, willing to deal with teals

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton outlined an ambitious strategy to return the Coalition to power, which included reducing emissions endorsing Josh Frydenberg.

 

High cost of electric vehicles leaving Australian families behind [$]

Romilly Madew

Why does Australia remain in the slow lane when it comes to electric vehicle uptake and infrastructure?

 

Modular nuclear reactors: snake oil from the nuclear lobby propagandists

Richard Broinowski

Nuclear lobby propaganda in favour of small modular reactors ignores Australia’s terrible nuclear history and plays fast and loose with the facts. Many forensic enquiries have already recommended against the introduction of nuclear power into Australia on the grounds of proliferation risk, cost, safety, and the environment.

 

Victoria

Future Docklands? Fishermans Bend ‘Miyawaki’ forest a promising step for green space

While there are fears that the redevelopment of Fishermans Bend will result in another barren Docklands-style area, one developer is planning a unique park.

 

Mowed under: Grass in city’s parks and roadsides out of control

The La Nina summer is causing major headaches for councils and residents, while mowing services are run off their feet.

 

Just when you thought it was warm enough to go back in the water …

Victoria is experiencing its warmest weekend in months, but those planning on heading to the beach are being warned about water quality.

 

New South Wales

Fixing Sydney’s pothole crisis to cost millions, and councils can’t afford it

Sydney local councils are begging the state government for more cash to fix pothole-ridden roads, after the city’s year of rain brought a 50 per cent increase in damaged tyres.

 

Opponents lament tree ‘massacre’ after Sydney’s ritziest golf club reno approved

One of the city’s most expensive renovation jobs – the $17 million redevelopment of Royal Sydney Golf Club – will finally go ahead, with the club and Woollahra Council agreeing on revised plans to save a portion of the 600 trees slated for demolition.

 

Floods will soon cost NSW more than bushfires did

New figures show that the combined cost of this year’s devastating NSW floods surpasses the horrifying Black Summer fires in recovery funding and property damage.

 

ACT

Curious power play within ACT’s electric car deals [$]

Car dealers in the ACT have expressed their annoyance at being forced to compete for electric vehicle sales with a part government-owned local electricity provider, in a move which has sparked the ire of the national dealer representative body.

 

Queensland

Female Indigenous rangers of the Great Barrier Reef win Prince William’s Earthshot Prize

The Queensland Indigenous Womens Ranger Network is awarded 1 million pounds ($1.8 million) with the prize, which aims to encourage people to solve the world’s environmental problems.

 

Brisbane skyline to keep changing as developers push up and out

Another new tower has been proposed for one of the most popular stretches of the Brisbane River, while a 29-storey skyscraper is on the agenda for Spring Hill.

 

Beloved koala dies as trees make way for controversial project [$]

Community members have been left in tears by the death of a koala north of Brisbane, after trees were cleared for a controversial $19 million pedestrian overpass.

 

Are we really prepared to lose this natural wonder?

Jodie Rummer

Like so many others, I thought we had more time to save the Great Barrier Reef. I was wrong.

 

Northern Territory

ERA given more time to rehabilitate uranium mine site in Kakadu

Traditional owners in Kakadu National Park welcome an amendment to the Atomic Energy Act that gives a mining company more time to rehabilitate the Ranger mine.

 

The facts: Fertiliser, explosives, paper, plastics and chemicals production promoted for Middle Arm

The Territory Government is still promoting the production of fertilisers, explosives, paper, plastics and chemicals – energy intensive industries – at the proposed Middle Arm industrial precinct to investors, despite the Chief Minister repeatedly saying there will be no petrochemicals produced at the site, offical records show.

 

Western Australia

Parts of this WA tourist town could be under water within a century

Climate change and coastal erosion could leave parts of Busselton’s beachfront, including schools and businesses, under water within 100 years. So which properties get protected and which ones are abandoned?

 

WA students light the way in fight to save endangered turtles

Students from Christmas Island have created an invention to help endangered turtles. Their teacher says it is an example of the benefits of getting kids involved in grassroots changes

 

Dud deal: Coal imported to WA five times more expensive [$]

The coal being imported to WA to keep the lights on over summer is five times more expensive and cannot be used without being blended with already scarce local supplies.

 

Sustainability

Adults living in areas with high air pollution are more likely to have multiple long-term health conditions

Exposure to traffic related air pollution is associated with an increased likelihood of having multiple long-term physical and mental health conditions according to a new study of more than 364,000 people in England.

 

New and more detailed world map of antimicrobial resistance

There are large geographical differences in both how frequently resistant genes occur and in which types of bacteria the genes are found. This is shown by analyses of sewage from throughout the globe, thus underlining the importance of combating antimicrobial resistance based on data on local conditions.

 

Experts present strategies to mitigate methane emissions in dairy cattle

Methane mitigation has been identified as essential for addressing climate change. Intensive research in the past decade has resulted in a better understanding of factors driving enteric methane emissions in dairy cattle. Researchers recently found that dietary changes could decrease emissions with no negative effect on milk production.

 

Environment: COP’s over but climate change is like ‘ol man river …’,

Peter Sainsbury

‘… he just keeps rolling along’, destroying homes, communities, health and farming.

 

Nature Conservation

‘Mix of Avatar and Jurassic Park’: Unrest at auction of 100 untouched islands

An uninhabited, pristine archipelago in far eastern Indonesia is the subject of an auction in New York this week.

 

The Amazon has lost an ‘irreversible’ amount of vegetation, roughly the size of NT, in 36 years

The Amazon region has lost a tenth of its native vegetation since 1985 ‘with no expectation of a turnaround’ for its deforested area reaching 1.25 million square kilometres, according to a report.

 

Spoonbills rebound as UK farmers bolster tree cover and wetlands

Once common in England and Wales, the species was hunted to local extinction about 300 years ago

 

To save nature, focus on populations, not species

New research shows that marine species may be more tolerant to warming than previously thought

 

Old-growth trees more drought tolerant than younger ones, providing a buffer against climate change

A new analysis of more than 20,000 trees on five continents shows that old-growth trees are more drought tolerant than younger trees in the forest canopy and may be better able to withstand future climate extremes. The findings highlight the importance of preserving the world’s remaining old-growth forests, which are biodiversity strongholds that store vast amounts of planet-warming carbon, according to forest ecologists.

 

Biodiversity unbalanced as ice-free Antarctic areas grow

A study into the impact of global warming on the biodiversity of the Antarctic has identified how predicted expansion of ice-free areas will impact native animals and plants, paving the way for the invasion of non-native species in Antarctica.

 

Is China ready to lead on protecting nature? At the upcoming UN biodiversity conference, it will preside and set the tone.

China has rich natural resources and is seeking to play a leadership role in global conservation, but its economic goals often take priority over protecting lands and wildlife.

 



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