Daily Links May 21

Oh no, batteries pose danger to gas plants. You do get good news from time to time, eh?

From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au&gt;
Date: 21 May 2023 at 8:19:25 am AEST
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New high risk, high reward studies will tackle key unanswered questions about our planet

 NERC has invested £25 million in a host of high risk, high reward research projects to tackle critical environment challenges. The 44 projects cover the full spectrum of environmental science including geology, atmospheric science, biodiversity and ecology.


On This Day

May 21


Climate Change

How is climate change affecting El Niño and La Niña?

A new study has helped solve a 30-year-old puzzle.

New study reveals possible future health impacts related to climate mitigation

 Reduce fossil fuel use and air quality will improve, right? It might not be as straightforward as it appears, according to a Penn State-led research team. They explored almost 30,000 simulated future scenarios and found that some climate mitigation efforts could lead to harmful health impacts in certain geographic areas.


Climate change: A fast-growing India has the world’s fate in its hands

India is taking the initiative, fueled by the growing self-confidence of a country

that’s the world’s most populous and seeing the fastest economic growth this year among the Group of 20 major economies.


Cooling in an era of climate diplomacy

Bhuvan Ravindran & Sonal Kumar

Sustainable cooling is an unmissable strategy of the nations’ net-zero and energy transition roadmaps, and its inclusion in the G20 and COP negotiations is likely to mobilise global cooperation via financial support and technology co-development and deployment.



After coal-keeper and solar-stopper, energy ministers disband Energy Security Board

Energy ministers agree to disband ESB and replace it with an “advisory panel” as they seek to fast track the connection process for wind, solar and storage.


Without enough recycling facilities in Australia, some are getting creative with plastic solutions

As a nationwide plastic export ban is temporarily lifted, there’s concern about a lack of onshore recycling facilities in Australia. But it’s inspiring some businesses to find solutions, turning plastic bottle lids into designer products.

Big batteries “cannibalising” gas plants, says AGL, as Torrens BESS charges up

AGL says big batteries are eating its own gas generator profits, but they are also being saddled with unnecessary and expensive kit by AEMO and transmission companies.


Joe Biden and Anthony Albanese meet as Volodymyr Zelenskyy lands in Japan for G7

The US president apologises to the Prime Minister Australian for cancelling his trip to Sydney next week, as they sign an agreement on clean energy and climate action.


Timber trade with China is resuming. So why is this woodchip exporter’s share price falling?

China’s paper stocks are piling up, putting pressure on Australia’s woodchip exporters despite a much celebrated ban on timber exports being lifted this week. 


Simple tips to save money on your power bill, while staying warm this winter

When it comes to making the most of your money, where better to start than with one of the most persistent and pesky cost-of-living issues: power bills.

Are we too focused on big energy?  Energy Insiders podcast

Transmission links are front and centre of the energy debate, but Enphase co-founder Raghu Belur says more focus should be on what is consumed and produced at home.


Is it too late to save an Aussie icon from extinction? I asked ‘Dr Koala’

Peter FitzSimons

Koalas are up against the formidable foes of logging and climate change, but solutions exist if we want to grasp them.


Scientist defects as CSIRO is co-opted in controversial deep sea mining venture

Suzanne Arnold

A defecting CSIRO scientist has labelled the agency an “extravagant consulting company” due to its involvement in a controversial deep sea mining project.



Derailed again, the decades-long quest for a Melbourne airport train feels like a mirage

Anna Spargo-Ryan

Talk of a rail line has existed longer than the airport, but broken promises and stalled construction make you wonder if it will ever materialise


New South Wales

‘Absolutely fascinating’ moths follow stars, smell and magnetic fields on epic journey

With a brain smaller than a 10th of a grain of rice, bogong moths are born with exceptional navigation skills. Scientists are starting to understand how.

NSW to open second gigawatt scale wind, solar and storage tender on Monday

NSW to open second gigawatt scale tender for new wind and solar capacity and long duration storage. Will eight-hour batteries win the day again?


‘Short window for major reform’: Minns faces test on redevelopment

“Sydney can’t grow by adding another street on the western fringe every other week,” Premier Chris Minns said.


When is it reasonable to obscure a neighbour’s harbour views?

In a decision this week, the Land and Environment Court ruled in a developer’s favour and granted consent for a proposed four-storey residential apartment complex in High Street, North Sydney, which had been knocked back by the council.



‘You don’t come this far then call it quits’: Residents prepare for round three in battle against floodplain development

Sunshine Coast residents who have spent 14 years fighting property giant Stockland over its plans to build a housing estate on a floodplain are preparing to do battle once again.

Queensland details plan to turn regions into green industrial hubs

Queensland unveils plan to grow the renewable energy and green industrial manufacturing and supply chain capabilities of Queensland’s regions.


Coral reefs are dying. Desperate scientists are turning to high-risk strategies

Nearly all tropical reefs will become extinct even if global warming is kept to 1.5 degrees. That urgency has prompted a new effort to save the Great Barrier Reef – with probiotics.


Hundreds of Qld jobs could go in multibillion-dollar Inland Rail mess

Hundreds of workers, most of them in Brisbane, could soon be made redundant because of Queensland project delays and executive-level blunders.


The Isaac coal mine approval is a betrayal of our future

David Shearman

The decision to approve the Isaac coal mine is a betrayal of Australians and indeed people worldwide and as a medical doctor I am justifiably angry.


South Australia

Locals baffled by gigantic mushrooms mysteriously popping up. But what are they?

The Limestone Coast in regional South Australia is well known for its magic-like ghost mushrooms, but massive fungi is sparking the curiosity of locals.


Bachelorette pads, cuddle puddles and solar-powered pests: The secret life of Tasmania’s tiny bees

Tasmania’s native bees aren’t as notorious as the Tassie devil or the swift parrot. But these tiny, unassuming and strangely beguiling bugs are incredibly important to the state’s forests and fields.


Fight for Hobart’s passenger rail ramps up [$]

A group of Hobart rail enthusiasts campaigning against the conversion of the Northern suburbs railway into a busway have taken the next step in their fight. 


Western Australia

The surprisingly simple discovery that’s bringing dying trees back from the brink

Twenty years ago, scientists noticed many trees in Perth’s Kings Park were dying. Now two decades of testing and research are finally paying off, and the solution could help revive trees around the world. 


Indigenous knowledge key to night parrot’s survival

Indigenous rangers could be critical to the survival of one of the world’s most elusive and endangered birds, the night parrot.

Push to ban shark fishing on beaches to prevent fatalities [$]

Fisheries Minister Don Punch has moved to ban shark fishing at metropolitan beaches.



How US school buses are going electric, in four charts

EVs now make up about 1% of the nation’s school bus fleet, but that figure is rising fast thanks in large part to $5 billion in federal funding.


Why we need transparency in metals recycling to reach climate goals

Post-consumer recycling needs to increase significantly by 2050; better disclosures can speed up that process.


Gautam Adani stocks lose $10 billion in value as MSCI exclusion weighs

“If the shares are priced too low in a QIP issue, it could be seen as a sign of  weakness or desperation,” Arpit Shah, a fund manager at Care Portfolio Managers said by email


Environment: Developing a better relationship with Nature

Peter Sainsbury

Jurisdictions are increasingly introducing Rights of Nature provisions into their legal systems.


Nature Conservation

Forest regeneration scheme has created area smaller than Regent’s Park

Just 192 hectares of ‘natural colonisation’ have been established in England under woodland creation offer


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