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, sumptuous hotel suites, stratospheric levels of remuneration and ego stroking all round would lead them to smugness. Meanwhile, those in the real world who suffer their decisions are responding to climate change, natural disasters, poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. They could reconsider the WEF 2024 venue. For example, try the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows rather than Davos next year.

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;
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Air quality can affect health. Climate change is worsening both

While heat is well-understood as a consequence of climate change, air quality is both cause and effect when it comes to the nexus with climate change.


On This Day

January 23


Climate Change

Greta Thunberg in Davos: It’s absurd we listen to those causing climate crisis – video

Greta Thunberg joined a panel of climate activists in Davos to debate the environmental crisis with the executive director of the International Energy Agency.



Australia must play an active role in ending nuclear arms race, cross-party MPs urge

Statement calls for Albanese government to join landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons


‘Everyone wants a piece’: Are electric vehicles Australia’s opportunity of a lifetime?

Australia’s wealth of raw materials used for batteries puts it in a unique position in the electric vehicle revolution. But time is running out to capture an even greater part of the value chain, such as manufacturing battery cells or even the cars of the future.


Labor’s pre-election promise means it can’t win on energy [$]

Clare Armstrong

Energy prices won’t go up as much as first feared due to the unprecedented interventions in the market – but it will be hard to sell that as a win to the public.


Exploding carp numbers are ‘like a house of horrors’ for our rivers. Is it time to unleash carp herpes?

Ivor Stuart et al

With widespread La Niña flooding in the Murray-Darling Basin, common carp (Cyprinus carpio) populations are having a boom year. Videos of writhing masses of both adult and young fish illustrate that all is not well in our rivers. Carp now account for up to 90% of live fish mass in some rivers.


La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Matthew England et al

Climate change is slowing down the conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics up to the North Atlantic.


Looming downturn can’t be an excuse to dump net zero [$]

Skipp Williamson

As we enter 2023, impending economic slowdown is front of mind for many business leaders.


Australia imports its gas policy from Equatorial Guinea [$]

Graeme Bethune

The Albanese government has created a less resilient gas market ahead of any cold winter that might be coming.



Feral deer a dire cost to the environment and economy

Feral deer are spreading into outer-urban areas where they damage fragile ecosystems and even cause vehicle collisions.


Complete ban on duck hunting looms [$]

Duck shooting could be banned ahead of the 2023 season after sources say the Andrews government put the decision off last year due to the election.


New South Wales

Ryan Gosling stops Sydney traffic but real fall guy goes to prison

Margot Saville

When it comes to Harbour Bridge closures, there are different rules for Hollywood actors and climate protesters.


South Australia

Native plants flourishing as Karoonda farmer dedicates retirement to drought-proofing dusty land

Brian Teakle may have retired from his role as an engineer in 1990, but that was just the start of his lifelong plan to regenerate soils while farming sheep in South Australia’s mallee, and the native plants are flourishing.


Fisheries blitz nets dodgy anglers, with one fined $1900 [$]

Random inspections across SA over the festive break netted 66 anglers ignoring limits or fishing in illegal areas – including one fined $1900 for breaching bag limits.


Spider experts visit Tasmania to collect specimens for research [$]

Two Brazilian spider experts spent nine days scouring Tasmania collecting orb-weaving spiders as part of their research.


Multiple fires at the Gorge treated as ‘suspicious’ [$]

Several fires broke out at the Cataract Gorge on Thursday night, and Tasmania Police are treating them as suspicious, with a spokesperson urging anyone with information to step forward.


Recycling plant caused 140,000 litres of water contamination [$]

A metal recycling firm is under EPA orders after its waste material combusted, sending plumes of smoke across the city and leading to the contamination of 140,000 litres of water.


Northern Territory

400+ jobs: Green tick for $250m Singleton Farm horticulture project [$]

The potential economic benefits of a controversial Northern Territory horticulture project have been revealed.


Sun Cable’s demise suggests dawn yet to break on the age of green energy mega-projects

The collapse of billionaires’ plans to export solar power from northern Australia to Singapore highlights the challenges facing mega renewable energy projects, experts say.


Western Australia

Alcoa wears $240m mining approval delay to keep ‘critical’ WA onside

The US aluminium giant is confident it can mine the WA jarrah forests critical to its business for decades despite a short-term environmental approval delay.


Gates-led climate fund backs Aussie start-up to save cattle industry [$]

Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures is backing technology developed by a Perth-based start-up to help take the global cattle industry into an emissions-free future.



Pollution: Complaint lodged over plastic microbeads on French coast

The French Ecology Ministry has lodged a complaint after industrial plastic microbeads have been found washed up on several beaches on the French Atlantic coast, polluting the shoreline.


Venezuela’s oil spill crisis reached new heights in 2022: report

There were 86 oil spills and gas leaks in Venezuela last year, according to a report published by the Observatory of Political Ecology of Venezuela.


What we learned at Davos: signs of hope emerge from the pessimism

Larry Elliott

Prospects for artificial intelligence and green transition fuel sense that the only way is up for the global economy


The myth of progress on restoring Florida’s waters

John Cassani

It is becoming obvious that Florida’s water restoration programs cannot keep pace with the pollution generated from poorly planned growth and development that has skyrocketed in Florida over the past decade.


Nature Conservation

View to a krill: food for thought on whale breeding

Humpback whale pregnancies plummet after krill stocks are reduced, landmark new research has revealed, sparking global calls for tighter regulation of rapidly-expanding Antarctic krill fishing.


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