Daily Links Jan 31

Off list with extremely sad news, the passing of two giants of science and valuable contributors to our understanding of earth’s functioning. Will Steffen was a tireless researcher, public communicator and policy-influencer on climate change. Peter Woodgate was a leader in geospatial imaging and big picture analyses at a landscape scale of the changes we are wreaking upon the earth. We need intellectual leaders of this calibre and we are all the poorer for their demise.https://iceds.anu.edu.au/people/academics/professor-will-steffenhttps://aurin.org.au/vale-peter-woodgate/

Daily Links Jan 30

Adani’s interests are Modi’s interests – and, only just a little removed, Australia’s interests. The Galilee Basin, the health of our aquifers and the Great Barrier Reef do not a …

Daily Links Jan 29

We know humans are changing the climate and that billionaire humans are particularly serious culprits. Michael Bloomberg, one of the offending billionaires, generated 1,800 tons of CO2 in 2018, but …

Daily Links Jan 28

To those arguing for nuclear energy in Australia and saying that protections against accidents are completely effective, just consider the current search for a capsule of the radioactive isotope Caesium 137 in WA. Yes, this involves the mining industry as is not energy generation. But, with a half life of 70 years and experience in damage to health from low-level exposure to the isotope from the Chernobyl explosion, nuclear is not a direction in which we want to go.https://www.aap.com.au/news/search-for-missing-radioactive-capsule/

Daily Links Jan 27

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s mate Gautam Adani seems to play fast and loose in his business dealings. And yet this is the character we have allowed into the Galilee Basin with his mega-mine, threatening groundwater and endangered species. Approval for the mine was given over the objections of some traditional owners groups, but they ‘found’ others to give it a green light. On how many counts can we find Adani wanting?https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/australia-s-involvement-in-the-largest-con-in-corporate-history-20230126-p5cfpp.html

Daily Links Jan 26

Off list again – do you think we can do business as usual? Our kids and grandkids will experience a horrible world when all of our chooks come home to roost.By 2070 (on current path) – 3 billion people will live in uninhabitable zones – Less than 50 years’ time. The migration levels will be beyond anything ever witnessed.Future of the human climate niche | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencespnas.orghttps://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1910114117

Daily Links Jan 25

So have I got this right? A company that doesn’t pay tax wants to increase coal mining, generatevfurther emissions and threaten groundwater and woodlands. The community suffers the loss and …

Daily Links Dec 24

Off list here and looking at Michael West’s article about the influence of the Dirty Digger. Whether Sky here, Fox in the US or his media holdings in the UK, Rupert Murdoch has been the enemy of progressive policy across much of the Anglosphere. It is to Jacinda Ardern’s and NZ’s credit that he was prevented from broadcasting his toxicity there.https://michaelwest.com.au/murdochs-wailing-old-white-man-scribes-get-jacinda-ardern-dead-wrong-again/

Daily Links Jan 23

When the decision-makers, the heads of corporations and leaders of governments, gather in Davos to plot and plan our future, they might have some reasons to be upbeat. Private jets, …

Daily Links Jan 22

I’d like to think we were making progress with these stories of breeding success for Tasmanian devils and the release of Andean condors but I can’t ignore the reality that …