Date: 25 January 2023 at 9:04:31 am AEDT
Subject: Daily Links Jan 25
Post of the Day
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
Saint Dwynwen’s Day – Wales
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proposed bill takes aim at ‘unconscionable’ trade mainly in football boots, but Australian producers say culling is needed to manage population
Increased output from renewables, with a near-zero fuel cost, also nudged more coal and gas out of the generation market
Critics say millions of dollars are being spent by local governments on offsetting when it should be the last resort
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 are unlikely to source any of Shell’s promised gas supplies, which is likely to go to large-scale commercial users and gas peakers.
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.
Tax reform hurts, but it’s worse than the alternative. We have been short-changing ourselves for decades.
“Astronomical” grass growth in the Wimmera and Mallee has CFA chiefs on high alert for the rest of summer.
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
Rural farmers and firefighters, scarred by bushfires, have raised concerns over large transmission towers as part of a $3bn energy project.
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.
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.
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.
After the Victorian government announced it would consider banning duck hunting, South Australia will also look at the future of the practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain
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.
Many steel company decarbonisation efforts offer little more than tinkering with existing coal-based technology, and are giving lip service to net zero emissions.
Researchers discover elephant extinction could have major impact on atmospheric carbon levels
Our appetite to once again live alongside big cats is increasing
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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