Date: 22 September 2023 at 8:56:21 am AEST
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Subject: Daily Links Sep 22
Martine Maron et al
Have you heard the phrase “nature positive”? It’s suddenly everywhere.
The idea is simple: rather than continually erode the natural world, nature positive envisions a future with more nature than we have now.
On This Day
National Arbor Day – Barbados
Sunday is World Rivers Day
‘My patience ran out,’ said Christiana Figueres, who for years had advocated oil companies should be involved in policymaking talks
The UN secretary-general developed the summit as a forum to discuss climate action, with only “movers and doers” invited to speak. Australia did not make the cut.
Move has drawn comparisons to UK, where Rishi Sunak has U-turned on environmental commitments
While billionaire mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has developed quite the global messiah complex, it’s been a turbulent few months on the home front.
Heads of climate-vulnerable nations gathered on the sidelines of a United Nations climate summit to call for new policies and agreements to manage the millions of people who are being forced from their homes by extreme weather.
The world needs to get realistic about what it’s going to take to combat global warming, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday. And that means recognizing fossil fuel emissions are the primary source of the problem.
Australia is among countries denied a speaking spot at the Climate Ambition Summit in New York. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has previously criticised Australia saying it lacks “ambitious” climate policies. Climate scientist Bill Hare from Climate Analytics is attending the summit. He spoke with Biwa Kwan.
King Charles has said climate change is ‘our most existential challenge’ during a speech in the French senate, which came the day after Rishi Sunak announced the UK government would delay imposing some of its environmental policies
Sandra Laville et al
We assess five claims used by the prime minister to try to justify his U-turn on green policies
Inherent in the nature of insanity is the fact that those inflicted by it are unaware of their mental state.
As threats to Australia’s bee population increase, including from varroa mite, a fly is emerging as a top alternative pollinator for crops.
For the first time in three years, Australians face the risk of significant bushfires. Are we any better prepared for big fires than we were before Black Summer?
Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong says Australia is working to bring the United Nations treaty “into force as soon as possible”.
World leaders are told “the future is not fixed” and urged to “make up time lost to foot dragging” on reducing emissions, at the UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York.
Former economics professor says biggest dangers humans face are ‘the ones that our technologies’ have wreaked
G20 scorecard says Australia also needs to close off “major loopholes” in emissions reduction policies and stop exporting emissions via coal.
Coal prices are booming again with increases of 20 per cent since June, setting up both coal producers and the Queensland Government for a better pay day.
The debate still rages about dealing with climate change and, close to home, Australia’s energy transition, which is under way but accompanied by increasing pain and problems.
The number is 454,400, and it is deeply troubling news for Australia because it sums up the enormous strain on the country from a surge in migrants after the pandemic.
Advocating nuclear power these days is about as passe as a politician admitting they once smoked pot.
Mark Howden et al
This year’s heightened drumbeat of extreme weather shows us how little time we actually have to slash emissions.
Managing editor Michelle Pini details why Peter Dutton’s latest nuclear energy push is actually “unhinged”.
A state parliamentary inquiry is warned of the dangers faced by vulnerable road users at a hearing in country Victoria, as the state’s devastating road toll continues to climb.
There are growing safety concerns at Yallourn Power Station in Victoria, one of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plants. Experts say that could be bad news heading into a long, hot summer.
New South Wales
Plans to establish an offshore wind zone along the NSW south coast divide residents, with some claiming it will destroy the outlook while others believe it will create clean jobs for future generations.
Plans to build more homes near the Illawarra’s Macquarie Rivulet were rejected in 2021, and conservationists say a local platypus population will be threatened if the decision is overturned.
A proposed gold, lead, zinc and silver mine near Blayney in Central West NSW is a step closer to becoming a reality, but a nearby community says it is not being included in the conversation.
NSW Treasurer Daniel Mookhey ignored pleas for further funding for the Natural Resources Commission, putting at risk the monitoring of deforestation and the protection of the koalas and other endangered species.
National Zoo and Aquarium are celebrating World Rhino Day on Friday September 22 with Canberra’s two 13-year-old rhinos Eco and Ubuntu
Flasher wrasse are popular aquarium fish known for their eye-catching courtship performances but an Australian Museum taxonomist says surprisingly little is known about those living in Australian waters.
Australia’s bushfire season is heating up, but in Queensland the vegetation growth fuelled by La Nina has residents concerned.
The Opposition’s calls for a new dam to be built in southeast Queensland has raised the ire of the Water Minister, who’s demanding to know where.
Getting rid of e-scooters would be a missed opportunity. Let’s explore ways to make them safer before banning them.
An ecologist warns pet owners to keep predatory animals secure, after a cat is spotted on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia posing a threat to recently reintroduced brush-tailed bettongs.
Have you ever wondered what the Adelaide CBD might look like without cars for a day? World Car-Free Day is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which the Adelaide City Council will recognise for the first time on Friday.
They say timing is everything. With less than a week to go until the public comment period ends for the proposed St Patricks Plains wind farm there’s been a timely reminder about the horrific deaths many of our iconic wedge-tailed eagles experience.
The traditional owners say the practice of gillnetting is having an unacceptable impact on the environment and are pushing to establish a joint management agreement with the NT government.
Rio Tinto has been plunged into a fresh Aboriginal heritage controversy after blasting at a Pilbara mine disturbed an ancient rock shelter.
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group has teamed with a local developer to roll out 2.4GW of new onshore wind projects in Western Australia.
This weekend marks the start of the school holidays and for some businesses along the coast, there is a lot riding on the next two weeks.
The European Commission is recommending that the controversial herbicide glyphosate be renewed, subject to conditions, when its current licence expires in December.
In the United States, smoke from wildfires is undoing progress from the Clean Air Act. In poorer countries, the situation is even worse.
Soaring carbon emissions, hidden health impacts and a stranglehold on markets: the plastics industry’s far-reaching impact demands scrutiny.
More water company regulations and improvements at treatment plants needed to protect rivers, say authors
Anemones, sponges, and jellyfish are bleaching throughout the Everglades amid record temperatures. It’s a troubling sign for Florida Bay and beyond.
Marine scientists say some areas in the Gulf of Thailand have more than 10 times the normal amount of plankton, turning the water a bright green and killing off marine life.
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