Daily Links May 16

Here’s someone’s heartbreak, they didn’t take George Goyder’s advice how to farm in northern SA. The farmer confused weather (a run good rains) with climate and climate won.

From: Maelor Himbury <M.Himbury@acfonline.org.au&gt;
Date: 16 May 2024 at 8:14:59 AM GMT+9:30
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Subject: Daily Links May 16

Post of the Day
 Jaana Dielenberg
Australians have more pet cats than ever before – more than 5 million in total. With the growing number, expectations on pet owners are shifting.
 
On This Day
 
Climate Change
A new study analyzing ancient tree rings reveals that last summer was the hottest in the past 2,000 years, with unprecedented warmth across the Northern Hemisphere.
 
In Iowa, a state typically seen as low-risk for insurers, companies are withdrawing due to increased losses caused by climate change.
 
Even the most optimistic projections for the rapid build-out of solar, wind, and other low-carbon resources acknowledge that coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels will dominate the world’s energy mix for decades to come. If the vast greenhouse gas emissions from burning these fossil fuels continue to enter the planet’s atmosphere, global warming will not be limited to sustainable levels. The capture and geologic sequestration of carbon emissions (CCS) offer a promising solution to the world’s carbon conundrum.
 
New survey shows belief in human-caused climate change surges among Independents, slips among Republicans
 Raven Cretney
Adaptation to climate change will challenge New Zealand politically and economically. As such, it becomes a problem of imagination. We will need to fund things differently, build differently, restructure aspects of our economy, and develop innovative new policies.
 
National
Financially vulnerable Australians stand to miss out on the full value of the budget’s $300 energy bill relief, because the policy will slash the indexation of their welfare payments.
 
The government’s proposed $7-billion tax break for nickel and lithium projects has drawn the ire of Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, but the measure has broad support in Western Australia, including from one Liberal MP.
 
The federal government says Australia’s intake of migrants will fall sharply — halving in two years — as it overhauls the migration system and moves to reduce pressures caused by population growth.
 
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton says the Coalition will support new budget measures — energy relief for every household, Commonwealth rent relief, cheaper medicines and HECS debt help.
Billions of dollars in subsidies for clean energy projects face an uncertain future as the coalition prepares to deliver its judgment on Labor’s federal budget.
 Millions of households will get a $300 energy bill rebate. But not everyone needs it, according to one charity, who says they should pay it forward.
 
The Greens say the $50 million levy amounts to an “unfair” tax on farmers, who have flagged that the move could drive up food prices. 
 
The government won’t contemplate means testing $300 energy rebates under its $3.5bn budget package.
 
The government has offered billions of dollars to develop a domestic hydrogen industry, but experts say those reaping the rewards must be self sustainable within a decade.
 
Some of the nation’s wealthiest people have banded together to say they don’t need the Albanese government’s $300 cash handout to pay their energy bill.
 
A new regulator will check the emissions of vehicles sold in Australia from next year and ensure automakers are complying with Australia’s fuel-efficiency standard.
 
The federal government is putting a finger on the scale of Australia’s net zero transition, spending billions to back hydrogen and critical minerals. But some experts say some clever design means the government isn’t technically “picking a winner”.
 Around 50 per cent of Australia’s GDP relies on natural systems, but critics say they’ve been neglected.
 
Conservoltaics uses the land under solar panels as a home for biodiversity-boosting native flora and fauna, while improving farm efficiency.
 
Hundreds of thousands of Sydney households with solar panels but no home batteries will be penalised for exporting electricity to the network during the day.
 
Andrew Bolt
The biggest winner from the green-crazed Albanese government’s budget is billionaire Andrew Forrest, which is terrible news for everyone else.
 
Elizabeth Knight
The likes of Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart’s companies will receive an indirect boost to mine and process critical minerals or develop green hydrogen.
 
Michelle Pini
Australia has entered into a toxic agreement that can only leave us – and the planet – worse off than the sum of our greatest fears.
 
Victoria
The spot price for Victorian energy efficiency certificates has surged from $70 to $110 in the past year — an impost which is being added to Victorians’ power bills
 
A new taxpayer-funded environmental hub in St Kilda will host a group linked to the Extinction Rebellion group responsible for the West Gate Bridge blockade.
 
The company charged with rolling out the controversial VNI West powerlines is in the midst of lodging an application to gain statutory powers to compulsorily acquire and access hundreds of regional properties.
 
Conservationists are furious after they warned the government about the presence of greater gliders and Leadbeater’s possums in trees identified for removal.
 
For almost a century, two sections of Melbourne’s sprawling tram network have passed tantalisingly close together outside Queen Victoria Market, but never joined. That is to change.
 
New South Wales
 Belinda Smaill and Kate Fitch
In 2017, then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull alighted from a helicopter to announce a grand plan: Snowy Hydro 2.0. It would turn the famous hydroelectric scheme into a giant battery, ready to power the green transition.
 
Queensland
Anglo American owns five mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin — Moranbah North, Capcoal, Dawson, Aquila and Grosvenor. 
 
Chanticleer
It’s three years since Queensland power station Callide C blew up, and the fallout hasn’t stopped. Now, a secret deal for the government to buy a 50 per cent stake is in doubt.
 
South Australia
Sanjeev Gupta’s Whyalla steelworks won’t be producing steel from a new electric arc furnace until 2027 at the earliest, after earlier claims the project would be finished next year.
Tasmania
Feral cats outnumber two endangered bird species on King Island six to one — but conservationists are hopeful AI-powered poison traps will help keep the birds going.
 
Northern Territory
A recent win in the Northern Territory Supreme Court has provided optimism for individuals who have lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, with the case set to provide hope for “all asbestos victims”.
 
Sustainability
A primate research center in California provides insights into the lifelong health consequences of early exposure to wildfire smoke.
 
Switching to cold water for household chores can significantly cut energy use and utility bills, as well as reduce environmental impact.
 
Instead of burning fossil fuels to smelt steel and cook cement, researchers in Switzerland want to use heat from the sun.
 
Mining asteroids could offer potential relief for Earth’s resource strain.
 
A single wind turbine produces enough energy to offset that required to make, install and decommission it in just 6 months.
 
Giles Parkinson
It seems remarkable, given that it is less than seven years since the world’s first really big battery – the so-called Tesla big battery at Hornsdale – was built, that the capacity of battery storage around the world is expected to soon overtake that of the much more established pumped hydro technology.
 
Nature Conservation
Eleven EU countries, spearheaded by Ireland, advocate for the ratification of pivotal biodiversity restoration laws, aiming for legislative success within the month.
 
Scientists are one step closer to combating coral-destroying crown-of-thorns starfish, following a study into the pest’s genetics.
 
Free-roaming animals reintroduced in Romania’s Țarcu mountains are stimulating plant growth and securing carbon stored in the soil while grazing
 
Grassland provides many services for humans, animals and nature, such as feed production, carbon storage and recreation. Researchers spent two years investigating permanent grassland, its utilization, soils and plant communities in order to quantify the resulting ecosystem services. Grassland performs best when different types of use such as meadows, pastures and unfertilized extensive grassland exist together in a mosaic landscape.

Maelor Himbury | Library Volunteer

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