Daily Links Jul 23

Hey, Angus ‘Fantastic’ Taylor and Matteo Canavani, check the performance of renewables and their price with this data.https://reneweconomy.com.au/electricity-prices-across-the-grid-fall-to-zero-as-renewables-reach-44-share-77635/

Daily Links Jul 22

While it is what we do as individuals that contributes to plastics being the problem, legislation and regulation informed by research is essential and can hasten change. The last line in the article says what has to be done, ‘hold our political leaders accountable to ensure we do better’.https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/plastic-ban-1.5180532

Daily Links Jul 21

Uh oh! How’s the future for Black-throated finches with land clearing for Adani getting underway? Here’s the problem with vegetation offsets writ large. If the little blighters could live in the alternative area that Adani has apparently identified, they’d be there now. They’re birds, they vote with their wings.https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/sustainability/major-land-clearing-about-to-begin-at-adani-mine-site-opponents-say-20190720-p5292o.html

Daily Links Jul 20

‘Decarbonise electricity and then electrify everything’ is the answer and the technology is there, the political will isn’t. The moon quest had the political will and so they had the support to develop the technology. So we know what we need, eh?https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/climate/moon-shot-climate-change.html

Daily Links Jul 19

We need to stop spitting out carbon, not conducting uncontrolled experiments on the atmosphere or the oceans. Geoengineering of anything is pandering to the fossil fools and allowing them to keep doing what they are doing.Cleantechnica.com/

Daily Links Jul 18

Going off-list today with something that is sure to get you thinking. It’s your call as to whether they’re positive or negative thoughts but what if the new imperial power came out of the private sector?https://www.moneymorning.com.au/20190717/who-leads-the-new-empire-when-the-us-falls.html

Daily Links Jul 17

Ironic to be reading this article and the potential disadvantage fast rail poses for Geelong as I’m on my to the John Cain Foundation lunch featuring G21 (Geelong’s very successful business development agency) CEO Elaine Carbines speaking on the topic Geelong: from Gloom to Boom. We have to do settlement planning better in this country. Turning regional cities into capital city dormitories isn’t the answer.https://theconversation.com/regional-cities-beware-fast-rail-might-lead-to-disadvantaged-dormitories-not-booming-economies-119090

Daily Links Jul 16

Yes, talking to your friends about the climate crisis and enlisting them into action is very important, as long as the action includes badgering politicians and goading them into legislative responses. While there is a role for individuals, there’s a huge role for politicians. We can faff around with our green bling as much as we like, they can bring about major change In one legislative swoop, so don’t let them say it’s an individual’s problem.https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-massively-important-action-you-can-take-for-climate-change-today

Daily Links Jul 15

‘Doomism’ might well promote curling up in foetal position under the doona while playing at Pollyanna won’t promote the urgent action we need. What was that one in the middle?https://buffalonews.com/2019/07/13/climate-crisis-is-upon-us-but-doomism-doesnt-help/

Daily Links Jul 14

We need an Australian version of ‘Rhenish capitalism’ here if we are to close down our coal sector without closing down their communities. With a foolish belief in the oxymoron ‘clean ‘coal’ and a government that sees unions as the enemy, don’t hold your breath waiting for Australia to move to sound energy policy.https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-germany-closed-its-coal-industry-without-sacking-a-single-miner-20190711-p526ez.html