Daily Links May 20

We owe so much to protest movements, yet the state has always tried to contain non-violent protest. Remember the ‘political bikies packraping democracy’ and striking unionists who could ‘march up and down until they’re bloody well footsore’? Sanctions against protesting are now not just next level, but many levels after that. State Labor governments are doing this around the country and they should not.

Post of the Day

Fossil fuel firms owe climate reparations of $209bn a year, says study

Groundbreaking analysis by One Earth is first to quantify economic burden caused by individual companies


On This Day

May 20


Ecological Observance

World Bee Day


Climate Change

Heat insurance offers climate change lifeline to poor workers

A bright sun beat down on the sprawling Indian market where Kamlaben Ashokbhai Patni sat worrying about the brass jewellery on display in her wooden stall.


Georgia’s air polluted with fewer emissions as coal-fired electricity production winds down

A new report released this week offers a rare bit of positive climate news: Overall greenhouse emissions in Georgia declined 5% from 2017 to 2021, due largely to the state’s largest electric utility moving away from coal.


Markey to Biden: Invoke 14th Amendment to save climate agenda

Republican policy demands in the debt ceiling negotiations would allow “the oil, gas and coal industry to just detonate a carbon bomb over the United States,” the Massachusetts senator said.


Man attacks Just Stop Oil protesters obstructing London road – video

A man has been filmed pushing Just Stop Oil protesters to the ground as they marched down Mansell Street in east London.



Ministers agree to revamp energy security panel

A gas code of conduct will enforce fair prices and support the power supply as energy ministers back more resources for electricity grid connections.


How the Australian fashion industry plans to tackle its ‘big clothing waste problem’

Local designers have been showing off their work at Australian Fashion Week — but behind the scenes, a new scheme is being rolled out to make the fashion industry more sustainable.


Australia’s nuclear balancing act will set global standard: Wong

Australia will set a strong arms control precedent for other nations seeking nuclear-powered submarines, says Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong.


Gas is on the nose. Can we live without it?

Demand for gas has roared back to life as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor government has tightened the screws on producers.


Embattled gas industry to launch charm offensive [$]

Tired of being cast as the villain in the climate wars, the gas industry is determined to win the hearts and minds of the Australian public.


‘Thinking big’ the only thing standing between Australia and a green future

Australia has everything it needs to become a green superpower except big thinking, leading economist Ross Garnaut has told business leaders.


Electric trucks spark debate about road restrictions

Getting some of the world’s biggest electric vehicles onto Australian roads could be a long haul.


It’s World Bee Day and here’s why it’s important to buy Australian honey

On World Bee Day, honey lovers are being urged to reject cheaper imports and support a local industry fighting to stay ahead of varroa mite.


Climate change will hurt. Fortunately for us, we can still be the lucky country

Ross Gittins

Dealing with climate change has some upsides for Australia’s economy – but they won’t come cheap.


Ethical super: doing good and performing better than ‘standard’ funds

John Collett

A warm inner glow is not the only benefit of investing your superannuation with ethical funds. The returns can be rather glowing too, new research shows.

My future looks bleak, and Labor’s two-faced climate rhetoric achieves nothing [$]

Anjali Sharma

Anjali Sharma, a 19-year-old activist who led a class action against the Coalition for climate inaction, says Labor’s policies are no better.



Transurban eyes Victoria tolls monopoly with purchase of EastLink

CityLink owner Transurban’s plan to take over EastLink has raised concerns it will gain an inescapable stranglehold over Melbourne, freezing out potential rivals and giving the company undue influence to shape Victoria’s transport network.


The legal manoeuvre activists hope will trigger an early end to native forest logging

The Andrews government is obliged to supply pulpwood to Maryvale mill, but legal advice suggests the contract could be scrapped early.


New South Wales

Why Australia’s most flood-prone postcode isn’t a priority for improved flood warning systems

Lismore, the epicentre of Australia’s most expensive natural disaster, was not prioritised in this week’s federal announcement of $236 million to fund flood warning upgrades.


The makeshift solution for Sydney’s other housing crisis: nesting boxes for wildlife

Recently planted trees will take 100 years to restore habitat lost through urbanisation. Ecologists are trying to fill the gap


Wade is on a mission to save tonnes of e-waste from landfill. In the digital age, it’s a massive job

Only 20 per cent of the world’s enormous amount of electronic waste is recycled, but NSW South Coast man Wade Cawley is trying to change that with his own two hands.


Minns has changed his tune on NIMBYism, but will his flock follow?

Michael Koziol

The new Labor premier says the only way is “up” when it comes to density. Tell that to his many caucus members who campaigned on stopping “overdevelopment”.



The ACT government should focus on looking after its parks [$]


We are a defence family that has moved around Australia and never lived in a place that is such an embarrassment with taking care of parks, paths and mowing.



$200m waste fight reveals lobbying tactics [$]

Des Houghton

The case surrounding a proposed $200 million South East Queensland recycling and waste disposal plant provides a fascinating dig into the entrails of the lobbying industry.


South Australia

Extinction Rebellion protestors spared jail after pleading guilty to damaging property

Three Extinction Rebellion activists have been fined and received good behaviour bonds after a protest outside the Santos building in Adelaide.


Boost to SA public obstruction fine — from $750 to $50,000 — slammed by human rights groups

In the wake of Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in the heart of Adelaide this week, proposed changes to a law relating to public protest are generating a chorus of opposition from unions and human rights groups.


The climate protester, a petrol acting job and claims of hypocrisy [$]

An anti-oil industry activist charged for sparking chaos after dangling over a busy city road earned thousands acting in a major petrol company’s TV commercial.


‘Catastrophic’: Salmon industry slammed over ‘rare’ fish decline [$]

Anti-salmon farming groups have skated in to save a “rare” fish from the brink of extinction, saying the species is comparable to the Thylacine.


Timber shortage threatens to rekindle state’s forest wars [$]

Tasmania faces a return to the forest wars, as sawmillers – facing a collapse in native timber log supply – push for access to forests protected under the landmark forests peace deal.


To eat or not to eat? The fight over Tasmanian salmon

This chef vows he’ll never serve it, while a local in a rural community says she is “sick of people coming from Hobart telling us we’re unhappy with fish farms” — why is the salmon industry so divisive in Tasmania?


Northern Territory

Bowen says Beetaloo emissions offsets will be found outside Northern Territory

The federal Climate Change Minister indicates other states and territories may be called upon to help the government meet Recommendation 9.8 of the NT’s Pepper Inquiry, ensuring no net increase in carbon emissions.


How is Australia trying to sell a major gas expansion? By badging it ‘sustainable’

Anne Davies

Before Labor invests $1.5bn in Darwin harbour’s Middle Arm precinct, it needs to look beyond the spin


Western Australia

Want to use your drone during the WA whale migration? Here’s what you should know

It’s the perfect time to spot the mammals from locations along WA’s south coast — and to send the drone up. But there are certain rules that must be followed.


Banned carcinogenic chemicals considered for use in WA fracking, draft report reveals

Documents have revealed low levels of the chemicals were being considered for use, despite the Department of Health ruling they be banned in any quantity.


TV chef Maestre celebrates WA’s first all-electric community

Celebrity chef Miguel Maestre has gotten his hands dirty cooking up a storm to celebrate the launch of WA’s first all-electric community



Greenpeace to shut down in Russia after being declared ‘undesirable organisation’

The Russian branch of environmental group Greenpeace on Friday said it would shut down after authorities declared the group an “undesirable organisation”, effectively banning it from operating.


In 50 years, will e-bikes have served their true purpose?

For the sake of our planet, let’s hope so.


Nature Conservation

More than half of the world’s lakes have shrunk in past 30 years, study finds

Lakes and reservoirs have lost 22 gigatonnes a year since 1992, driven by factors including global heating and human consumption


Could this shark’s blood help save the species? Scientists hope so

Leo the zebra shark may only be two-metres long, but he could hold the genetics needed to rescue his species.


Climate change destroys habitats. Relocation of the animals is tricky.

The big question is whether empowering wildlife officials to relocate endangered species like the Mexican gray wolf would help or hurt the environment.


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