Daily Links Nov 28

The post-politics careers of our one-time leaders take many directions. Malcolm Fraser became rehabilitated, certainly on social issues, Malcolm Turnbull has rediscovered his leather-jacketed mojo, Mark Latham festers in his very own cess-pit. And what of Dr Gary Johns, Minister in Paul Keating’s government? He’s moved from a position with the regressive IPA to head the National Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, which is now trying to bully the ACF into silence on Angus ‘Fantastic’ Taylor’s incompetent performance as Minister for Emissions Reduction.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/28/charities-commission-warns-australian-conservation-foundation-over-angus-taylor-open-letter

Daily Links Nov 26

So, we’re paying more than four grand an hour for our airforce plane to fly to OECD countries and the salaries of a campaign team of eight people for Mathias Cormann to wind a job at the OECD. And what is he giving as his pitch, that “effective global action on climate change is a must”. Hypocrisy be thy name!https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/25/mathias-cormann-continues-to-talk-up-collective-green-recovery-in-vision-statement-for-top-oecd-job

Daily Links Nov 25

So tell me please, when the use of groundwater is found to be unsustainable, what is the likelihood of Santos agreeing ‘fair cop, we’ll take all of our plant,  restore …

Daily Links Nov 24

Scott Morrison says that ‘world leaders should join together to safeguard the planet’. Would that the tautology was his only crime. How about the audacious hypocrisy of every act of …

Daily Links Nov 23

Do you remember, Australia had a carbon tax until 2013? We don’t now. When the EU puts a tax on carbon in production processes and materials and does deals that advantage trading partners that also have carbon taxes, we will be more on the outer than we are now.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-eu-tax/eu-eyes-tax-as-tool-in-climate-change-fight-idUSKBN27W1TI

Daily Links Nov 22

For how many years have Europeans been on this continent and persisted with old world crops, livestock and farming methods? The damage we have wrought upon our landscape has been considerable. At last, new forms of agriculture and crops such as those that Bruce Pascoe is growing are appearing. We’re slow learners, but there are signs that we are learning.https://www.smh.com.au/environment/bruce-pascoes-native-grasses-20201121-p56go4.html

Daily Links Nov 21

Never doubt the impact a committed, evidence-based advocate can have. Peter Rawlinson was my Honours supervisor and I attended his memorial service following his tragic and untimely death on a field trip in Indonesia. At the service was a significant proportion of Australia’s environment movement, so many were influenced by him. Congratulations to Steve Meacher and Carolyn Ingvarson on their awards in his memory, he is influencing still.https://www.miragenews.com/possum-and-climate-defenders-win-top-conservation-award/

Daily Links Nov 20

I’ve been re-sending my self-indulgent version of Maelor’s Daily Links for 16 or 17 years now. To make my selection, I’m prompted to look through all the current articles that he includes and so I reckon I have, albeit subjective, an idea of where to find the core of climate denialism in this country. From Matthew Warren’s days as its environment reporter to today where the legion of hard-core deniers still infest the pages, one could count on The Oz to deny climate reality. So I say, pull the other one, Rupert!https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/we-are-not-climate-change-deniers-rupert-murdoch-addresses-son-s-exit-from-board-20201119-p56fy3.html

Daily Links Nov 19

Not much else has worked to prompt a serious response to climate change, perhaps direct challenges to self-interest might. There are many climate impacts that render properties uninsurable, will threats to one’s private property be the impetus?https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-18/insurance-costs-rise-amid-climate-change-fire-and-flood-risk/12882084

Daily Links Nov 18

There’s a huge amount to like in this proposal, a pest-free Prom with development outside of the park.https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wilsons-prom-to-get-6m-fence-to-keep-foxes-cats-and-deer-at-bay-20201117-p56fcq.html