Daily Links May 23

The despair is understandable, the 2 seat House majority indisputable, the crossbench in the Senate workable. If Albo is building for multiple terms in government, he has to neutralise the Newscorp media as he can’t afford to ignore them as he can afford to ignore the irrelevant LNP. We’d like to see some green shoots though. From strengthening the EPBC Act, stopping the Toondah Marina development in a Ramsar Wetland and putting the kybosh on the Betaloo Basin, there’re a few quick wins to gladden the progressive heart.

Post of the Day

Study finds 2 billion people will struggle to survive in a warming world – and these parts of Australia are most vulnerable

Annabelle Workman and Kathryn Bowen

Two billion people, including many Australians, will find themselves living in dangerously hot places this century if global warming reaches 2.7, research released today reveals.


On This Day

May 23


Ecological Observance

World Turtle Day


Climate Change

Global heating will push billions outside ‘human climate niche’

World is on track for 2.7C and ‘phenomenal’ human suffering, scientists warn


Big polluters’ share prices fall after climate lawsuits, study finds

Fossil fuel companies register drop in value after litigation or unfavourable judgments


Can ‘enhanced rock weathering’ help combat climate change?

‘Enhanced rock weathering’ uses tiny volcanic rocks to capture the greenhouse gas carbon from the atmosphere.


Heat waves are breaking records. Here’s what you need to know

Normally, heat records are broken by a few tenths of a degree. But last week in Canada near Hudson Bay–which is still covered in winter ice–a heat record was broken by a huge 7 degrees Celsius or more than 12 degrees Fahrenheit.


Why I stopped arguing about the climate emergency and tried the silent treatment instead

Helena Echlin

The sensible methods didn’t work, so I became a member of the Red Rebel Brigade. Now I feel I’m doing something useful


Is water the ‘forgotten piece’ of the climate puzzle?

Emilio Tenuta

Obviously, reducing carbon emissions will be key to a more sustainable future, but there are also other issues that will need to be dealt with – like water.



AEMO gets funding boost to fast-track key wind, solar and storage connections

AEMO given funding boost to fast-track connections for key wind, solar and battery projects as part of a trial to help reduce delays.


What’s behind the rise in timber prices and what does it mean for Australia’s building sector?

The lifting of China’s export restrictions, combined with rising interest rates and a housing shortage, could spell trouble for the housing industry


How big a deal is US and Australian cooperation on climate and energy?

Joe Biden and Anthony Albanese have flagged a joint push to boost action on the two issues but at this stage much of the work is yet to be fleshed out


Electricity bills to surge despite budget tipping modest rise

Power bills in at least three states will rise by more than double the amount estimated in the federal budget.


When it comes to beating pollution, we’re gradually getting there

Australians are being urged to hop on a bike, go for a walk, or catch trains and buses three times more often to cut transport pollution to a sustainable level.


With hundreds of call-outs every day, wildlife rescue services can help us understand the threats to our native animals

Elodie Camprasse and Adam Cardilini

Imagine coming across an injured kangaroo on the side of the road. Or a bat entangled in fruit tree netting. Would you know who to call to get help?


The year of wishful thinking

Rachel Withers

The Albanese government’s first year has extinguished much of the climate hope I had left

What role will neighbourhood batteries play in the electrification of everything?

Lloyd Heathfield

Think of a community battery like a bus stop. It is installed in a neighbourhood at no cost to the residents, but should provide benefits for all.


All hail our magnificent miners and their budget surplus machines

Dan Petrie

The much-heralded budget surplus was delivered by Australia’s iron ore and coal mining companies who suffer ongoing demonisation that is counter-productive to Australia’s prosperity.



Fisherman’s strange catch identified as new shrimp species

A new native “skeleton shrimp” species has been recognised by scientists after a fisherman caught thousands of the tiny invertebrates in the Gippsland Lakes.


New South Wales

Back-burn strategy ‘appropriate’ for containing Currowan blaze, inquiry hears

The NSW bushfire inquiry hears the use of back-burning was an appropriate fire containment strategy despite claims spotting from the fires may have destroyed homes and killed three people.


Backlog of 40,000 defects plaguing Sydney train network, report finds

An interim report finds a backlog of almost 40,000 defects plaguing Sydney’s “fragile” train network, and things are on track to get worse.


Salt harvesters keep 200 tonnes a day from leaching into Murray River system

Highly saline brine pumped from a deep aquifer on the Murray Darling Basin is being harvested for an essential mineral that has uses beyond the kitchen table.


The fight to save logging of koala habitat in Pine Creek State Forest

Local communities are fighting to stop New South Wales Forestry Corporation from logging an area critical for koala connectivity and habitat on the NSW mid-north coast.

“Savagely imperfect:” Forrest lets fly at coal, nuclear and ex-Snowy boss Paul Broad

Iron ore billionaire reminds those in NSW who “bitch and whinge” about power prices that 78% of the state’s power is still coming from coal.


‘How dare you do this’: How Defence’s river of poison put thousands of years of culture in jeopardy

Part two of the Poisoned Paradise investigation into the contamination of water supplies around Wreck Bay from a Defence base reveals the shocking impact on local culture.



ACT calls for ‘streamlined’ approval system to speed up light rail [$]

Canberra’s light rail project risks being held up by Australia’s most complex approvals process, which instead should be streamlined, the ACT has said.



Bigger spending means Queensland retains lead in carbon farming

Queensland has been named as the national leader in carbon farming on the back of Government policy and the promise of $50 million carbon reduction and abatement projects.


New walkway to link Story Bridge to city heart

Openings have been cut into the 83-year-old concrete walls of the Story Bridge to build a walkway under part of the city’s history with its emerging future.


South Australia

Abbott hangover? Iberdrola further delays wind farm first sidelined by 2013 RET review

Ten years after being sidelined by Tony Abbott’s renewables investment freeze, construction of Woakwine wind farm in South Australia has again been delayed.


Hydrogen plant to suck up River Murray water [$]

SA’s hydrogen plant may use River Murray water, it’s been revealed by the project’s CEO, who has also confirmed energy storage plans have changed.


Funding cloud over ‘megalith’ park lands sport hub

Plans for two-storey sports clubrooms on the southern park lands – described by the Lord Mayor as “colossal” – are in doubt after Adelaide City Council flagged withdrawing around $5m in funding for the project.


The community impact of kneejerk lawmaking

Sarah Moulds

 Rushed state parliament legislation to counter climate protesters should raise serious concerns about the lack of debate.


Rabbit dumpling soup and hearty venison stroganoff: Hunters cook creatively with invasive species

Hobbyist hunter Shauna Pickin loves using her culinary skills to prepare meat from invasive species for her family.


Doubts over Cradle Mountain cableway future after funding deadline missed

The Cradle Mountain Cableway is in serious doubt after the Commonwealth withdraws $30 million in funding from the project because the Tasmanian government missed a deadline.


Stadium project needs light rail, Darklab director says [$]

Leigh Carmichael says the Mona offshoot’s support for the Macquarie Point stadium is “contingent” on the establishment of a light rail service.

Question mark hangs over Marinus Link under Tasmania minority government

Bob Burton

A deal between the Tasmanian government and two renegade Liberal MPs does not address concerns over the $3.8bn Marinus transmission link.


Northern Territory

Traditional owners challenge Supreme Court decision on McArthur River Mine

Lawyers lodging the appeal on behalf of traditional owners and environment groups say the recent Supreme Court decision is serious, and if left unchallenged “could set a dangerous precedent”.


NT chief minister in tears after confrontation with protesters during outback race

Police were called after dozens of protesters stormed the finish line in protest of the NT government’s green-lighting of fracking in the Beetaloo Basin.


NT government knew it could not reduce climate risk when it green lit ‘carbon bomb’ gas production in Beetaloo Basin

New documents also reveal federal government admitted Australia did not have policies to ensure project would meet key recommendation in full


Late Yunupingu wins final court battle in landmark native title case [$]

The court win could expose the federal government to a slew of compensation cases over land it acquired in the NT, with this claim alone estimated up to $700 million.


Western Australia

Tjiwarl Native Title holders reach historic settlement with WA Government

The Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation and Western Australian government have reached a historic settlement for three native title compensation claims in the northern Goldfields region.


In the old fossil fuel heartlands of Australia, a new kind of industry is being built

Batteries could shape Australia’s future from mining to assembly. But industry leaders say we need to act quickly to capitalise on the renewables boom.



Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant cut off from grid

The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has been cut off from its external power supply and is relying on emergency generators to cool nuclear fuel and prevent a disaster.


America’s big shift to green energy has a woolly mammoth problem

Transmission lines in the US need to be increased threefold, but faces pushback from fossil conservation and green groups


Microsoft deal shows carbon removal credit market firing up [$]

The software giant founded by Bill Gates is moving at pace to retrospectively atone for all of its carbon emissions since it started up


As peak oil looms, Exxon wades into lithium mining

Eyeing a future of waning oil demand and rising sales of electric cars, Exxon Mobil is set to begin mining lithium, a key ingredient in EV batteries.


Growing number of sports bras, shirts and leggings brands found with high levels of toxic chemical, watchdog warns

In adults, exposure to BPA has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity and erectile dysfunction.


Nature Conservation

Scientists take a look into the deep with online mapping tool revealing marine life on ocean floors

A first-of-its-kind data portal being unveiled today will allow marine and armchair scientists to take an in-depth look at what lives on the sea floor around Australia. 


Cocoa planting is destroying protected forests in west Africa, study finds

Wilma Hart

Global trade in chocolate, worth more than $1tn a year, is leading to widespread deforestation in Ivory Coast and Ghana


From mangroves to fjords, coastal ecosystems can take up or emit greenhouse gases. But globally, they’re a vital sink

Judith Rosentreter and Bradley Eyre

Coastal ecosystems can absorb or emit the three main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

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