Daily Links Jan 28

To those arguing for nuclear energy in Australia and saying that protections against accidents are completely effective, just consider the current search for a capsule of the radioactive isotope Caesium 137 in WA. Yes, this involves the mining industry as is not energy generation. But, with a half life of 70 years and experience in damage to health from low-level exposure to the isotope from the Chernobyl explosion, nuclear is not a direction in which we want to go.https://www.aap.com.au/news/search-for-missing-radioactive-capsule/

Daily Links Jan 27

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s mate Gautam Adani seems to play fast and loose in his business dealings. And yet this is the character we have allowed into the Galilee Basin with his mega-mine, threatening groundwater and endangered species. Approval for the mine was given over the objections of some traditional owners groups, but they ‘found’ others to give it a green light. On how many counts can we find Adani wanting?https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/australia-s-involvement-in-the-largest-con-in-corporate-history-20230126-p5cfpp.html

Daily Links Jan 26

Off list again – do you think we can do business as usual? Our kids and grandkids will experience a horrible world when all of our chooks come home to roost.By 2070 (on current path) – 3 billion people will live in uninhabitable zones – Less than 50 years’ time. The migration levels will be beyond anything ever witnessed.Future of the human climate niche | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencespnas.orghttps://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1910114117

Daily Links Jan 25

So have I got this right? A company that doesn’t pay tax wants to increase coal mining, generatevfurther emissions and threaten groundwater and woodlands. The community suffers the loss and …

Daily Links Dec 24

Off list here and looking at Michael West’s article about the influence of the Dirty Digger. Whether Sky here, Fox in the US or his media holdings in the UK, Rupert Murdoch has been the enemy of progressive policy across much of the Anglosphere. It is to Jacinda Ardern’s and NZ’s credit that he was prevented from broadcasting his toxicity there.https://michaelwest.com.au/murdochs-wailing-old-white-man-scribes-get-jacinda-ardern-dead-wrong-again/

Daily Links Jan 23

When the decision-makers, the heads of corporations and leaders of governments, gather in Davos to plot and plan our future, they might have some reasons to be upbeat. Private jets, …

Daily Links Jan 22

I’d like to think we were making progress with these stories of breeding success for Tasmanian devils and the release of Andean condors but I can’t ignore the reality that …

Daily Links Jan 21

It is not surprising that the consequences for us all of the higher temperatures now and, frighteningly, of those to come should span the range of issues in our lives. Physiologically, economically and sociologically, climate affects all that we do, from suffering kidney stones, being unable to work outdoors and dictating where we live. Of course, we could decarbonise across the economy and in great measure to our collective advantage – and to that of other species.https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-hotter-planet-takes-another-toll-on-human-health

Daily Links Jan 20

Not for nothing is economics, as it is mostly practised, known as ‘the dismal science’. Among the many follies that characterise our chosen system of distributing goods and services pointed out in this article is this one: “Mainstream economists are ecology-blind”. And the later we wake up to this reality the fewer choices we will have left to us.https://johnmenadue.com/economics-the-top-10-mistakes/

Daily Links Jan 19

We’ve wrecked almost every other environment on and around Earth, so why not include one, the deep seabed, that has been overlooked thus far. There’s money to be made, in …