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 the shareholders reap the benefit while the miners can still get away with it. The Tragedy of the Commons is all too commonplace.

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;
Date: 25 January 2023 at 9:04:31 am AEDT
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Coal states miss out on benefits of cheap wind and solar, pay twice the price of power

States most dependent on fossil fuels hit by surging prices, despite lowest ever coal output, the lowest gas generation for 18 years, and record wind and solar.


On This Day

January 25

Saint Dwynwen’s Day – Wales


Climate Change

Scientists unveil least costly carbon capture system to date

Scientists carve a path to profit from carbon capture by creating a system that efficiently captures CO2 and converts it into one of the world’s most widely used chemicals: methanol.


Climate change spurs innovation at ski resorts adapting to a warmer world

Faced with the twin challenges of a long-range climate crisis and short-term weather that leaves bald spots on hills, ski resort owners and operators are struggling to adapt.


Can Extinction Rebellion’s new brand of climate protest win people over?  – video

In an attempt to gain popular support, Extinction Rebellion has promised to ‘quit’ public disruption as a primary tactic of its protests, focusing instead on the ‘perpetrators’ of climate destruction.



Spot power prices tumble as renewable share of energy mix reaches new highs

Embattled consumers are set for some welcome relief after sky-high wholesale electricity prices fell by more than half in the final three months of 2022, analysis shows.


Oregon plan to ban sale of kangaroo products is ‘emotive misinformation’, says industry

Proposed bill takes aim at ‘unconscionable’ trade mainly in football boots, but Australian producers say culling is needed to manage population


Record levels of renewable energy push demand for electricity to all-time low for December quarter

Increased output from renewables, with a near-zero fuel cost, also nudged more coal and gas out of the generation market


Australian councils told to cut emissions rather than spend millions on overseas carbon offsets

Critics say millions of dollars are being spent by local governments on offsetting when it should be the last resort

Bowen pushed Snowy to show “market leadership” on prices through energy crisis

FOI documents reveal tensions between Bowen’s office and Snowy Hydro, a call to the utility to be a model corporate citizen in midst of market crisis, and a new solar farm proposal.


Small manufacturers scramble for gas from Shell [$]

Small manufacturers are unlikely to source any of Shell’s promised gas supplies, which is likely to go to large-scale commercial users and gas peakers.


The influence of climate litigation on government

Lauren Croft

Amid the ongoing climate crisis, the onus has been placed on governments to make meaningful changes on behalf of their countries and states — as climate litigation continues to trend. Here’s what lawyers have to do with it.


Industrial Revolution-sized reform for our climate [$]

Pradeep Philip

Tax reform hurts, but it’s worse than the alternative. We have been short-changing ourselves for decades.



Grass fire fears growing for western Vic [$]

“Astronomical” grass growth in the Wimmera and Mallee has CFA chiefs on high alert for the rest of summer.

Small Victorian project tops performance rankings of Australian wind farms in 2022

The Kiata wind farm in Victoria may be small, but it is perfectly located, and has topped the rankings of best performing wind farms in 2022.


New South Wales

‘Human bug-zapper’: Wildfire fears over giant transmission towers [$]

Rural farmers and firefighters, scarred by bushfires, have raised concerns over large transmission towers as part of a $3bn energy project.


Coal miner accused of ‘overestimating’ economic value of plan to expand NSW mine

The Australia Institute says allowing another 40 million tonnes of coal to be mined in the NSW central west does not stack up economically or environmentally.



Paterson sounds alarm on gambling risks of club climate refuge scheme [$]

An ACT Labor backbencher will seek to amend a government bill to ban poker machines being used in community clubs when the venues are opened as climate refuges.



Money in the bank: Coal companies enter another league as prices surge again

Queensland-based coal companies were predicting the extraordinary price boom to continue in 2023 and have shrugged off the impacts of flooding and the hated hike in royalties.


South Australia

South Australia set to review duck hunting laws as pressure builds from animal rights advocates

After the Victorian government announced it would consider banning duck hunting, South Australia will also look at the future of the practice. 


They’re on our coat of arms but extinct in Tasmania. Rewilding with emus will be good for the island state’s ecosystems

Tristan Derham et al

The emu is iconically Australian, appearing on cans, coins, cricket bats and our national coat of arms, as well as that of the Tasmanian capital, Hobart. However, most people don’t realise emus once also roamed Tasmania but are now extinct there.


Northern Territory

Indigenous culture concerns again hit Santos’ $6.1b Barossa gas project

Santos’ flagship Barossa gas project north of Darwin has hit another serious snag after a regulator intervened to stop construction of an offshore pipeline until concerns there could be Indigenous heritage sites along the route are addressed.


Western Australia

Plan to legislate 2050 net zero target makes WA the state with the most work to do to cut emissions

WA’s environment minister concedes the government has set a high bar with its emissions reduction target, given the state’s heavy reliance on high-emitting industries like mining, resources and agriculture.


Million-dollar fish devices to attract new species to coast [$]

An extra $1.5 million is being injected to set up more popular fishing devices to help recreational fishers along the WA coast this year, including off Jurien Bay.



A small modular nuclear reactor just got US approval — a big milestone

Modular reactor pioneer NuScale finally got one of its designs certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but the company is still years away from a deployment.


What happens if the largest owner of oil and gas wells in the US goes bankrupt?

Diversified Energy’s liabilities exceed its assets, according to a new report, sparking concerns about whether taxpayers will wind up paying to plug its 70,000 wells.


Reducing steel corrosion vital to combating climate change

Every year, the United States spends nearly a trillion dollars fighting metallic corrosion, an electrochemical reaction that occurs when metals oxidize and begin to rust.


Traffic pollution impairs brain function

First-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain


Nuclear deterrence: a dangerous gamble we must not rely on

Marianne Hanson

Nuclear weapons are deadly, indiscriminate, and have the potential to wipe out life on earth. But they are still held by a handful of states who believe that they bring security and who are so wedded to them that they cannot see what is in front of their noses.

“Hard-to-abate” must not become code for delaying steel decarbonisation

Simon Nicholas

Many steel company decarbonisation efforts offer little more than tinkering with existing coal-based technology, and are giving lip service to net zero emissions.


Nature Conservation

Can elephants save the planet?

Researchers discover elephant extinction could have major impact on atmospheric carbon levels


Economics trump environment to save big cats, say ecologists

Our appetite to once again live alongside big cats is increasing


From Japan to Brazil: Reforesting the Amazon with the Miyawaki method

Reforestation using the Miyawaki method seeks to restore nature to its original state with results that can be seen in around six years.



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