Daily Links May 21

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From: Maelor Himbury <M.Himbury@acfonline.org.au&gt;
Date: 21 May 2024 at 8:04:10 AM GMT+9:30
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Subject: Daily Links May 21

Post of the Day
Scientists say discovery may be linked to decades-long decline in sperm counts in men around the world
On This Day
Climate Change
As India’s general elections approach, voters are facing climate-related hardships that politicians largely ignore.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to continue his aggressive climate policies in the face of political resistance and criticism.
Flowers, honey and plenty of produce: bees play a vital role in nature’s ecosystem, and without them, we wouldn’t have any of these things. 
Electricity users face a heightened risk of blackouts during peak ­demand in NSW and Victoria this summer, with the energy market operator forced to bid for ­emergency supplies.
The latest AEMO report paints a picture of a low emissions transition that is being planned belatedly and on the run.
The fruits of Labor’s budget efforts are emerging, with one company already locking in a green steel plan in central Queensland, that could be up and running in years.
Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer
Odd that Peter Dutton hasn’t mentioned the commencement of the latest nuclear reactor in the US — or the big price hike it has caused consumers.
Jonathan O’Brien
Guy Rundle recently threw a stone at the YIMBY movement. But while we actually agree on many points, where we differ is prioritising aesthetics over actual houses for actual people.
David McEwen
If governments won’t ban new gas connections for fear of limiting consumer choice, they must ensure all new gas connected homes can be easily and cheaply electrified.
Sam McKeith
Draft planning changes will force developers of projects like coal mines to provide “robust and consistent information” on potential greenhouse gas emissions.
Paul Farrow
The opposition’s current nuclear proposal is an unserious political wedge being used to pry open a climate war Pandora’s box. A new round of the climate wars would be catastrophic.
One of the most significant upgrades to Australia’s outdated power grid is facing fresh delays, intensifying concerns about the pace of the clean energy shift.
 David Lindenmayer et al
Victoria’s native forest logging industry ended on January 1 this year. The news was met with jubilation from conservationists.
New South Wales
Extreme weather linked to climate change risks negatively affecting coastal property market values, as storm-related damage and erosion takes its toll and insurance premiums soar.
States must roll out batteries, solar and wind energy more quickly to ease risk of blackouts, energy operator says
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has thrown its hefty investment weight behind ambitious plans to convert Queensland magnetite ore into green iron, using the state’s vast wind and solar resources and and one biggest renewable hydrogen projects under development in Australia.
South Australia
CH4 Global is developing greenhouse gas mitigation solutions in an attempt to impact climate change on a global scale, and 40 Under 40 alumni and Young South Australian of the Year Tiahni Adamnson is helping it come to life.
South Australia bailing on gas production could plunge Victoria into blackouts, and a delay in a new interconnector to NSW will put pressure on energy supplies there this summer.
Northern Territory
Traditional owners northeast of Alice Springs will be celebrating with cake Wednesday when a verdict by the Federal Court will grant them ‘exclusive possession’.
Jim Gregory, 59, loves to cycle. More than a decade before the work-from-home revolution, the Iowa business owner was grappling with a conundrum now faced by many: how to stay active while spending so much of his day at the computer.
Nature Conservation
Marking World Bee Day 2024, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) QU Dongyu today urged young people to learn more about bees and pollinators, including traditional and high-tech beekeeping, and thus help to safeguard the vital role these small creatures play in agriculture, ecological balance, and biodiversity preservation.
A study from a French infertility clinic discovered high levels of glyphosate in over 55% of sperm samples, raising concerns about the weedkiller’s impact on fertility and DNA.
Vulnerable birds deviating from migratory routes by up to 155 miles, which could affect breeding
More than 216,000 fish died in 2022-2023, when England recorded a 54% increase in sewage spills
‘Critical slowing down’ of recovery raises concern over forest’s resilience to ecosystem collapse
A deadly strain of avian influenza has breached the world’s most remote continent. Scientists say it’s only a matter of time before it reaches Australia. 
Theo Evans and Qian Tang
German cockroaches thrive in buildings all over the world. They’re one of the most common cockroach species, causing trouble for people both here and overseas. But in nature, they’re nowhere to be found. Just how this urban pest evolved and populated our dwellings was unknown – until now.

Maelor Himbury | Library Volunteer

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