NEWS – SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016


This page is published every day with a new set of articles usually before 10 am Australian Eastern Standard Time.
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Climate Change
Fires and drought cook Tennessee – a state represented by climate deniers
Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/dec/02/fires-and-drought-cook-tennessee-a-state-represented-by-climate-deniers

Quitting UN climate change body could be Trump’s quickest exit from Paris deal
Lawyer on president-elect’s transition team says leaving UNFCCC is ‘most practical way’ way to quit agreement, a process that normally takes four years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/trump-break-from-paris-climate-deal-unfccc-exit

Climate scientists condemn article claiming global temperatures are falling
A Republican-led panel promoted a misleading tabloid story alleging earth may not be warming, relying on data that leaves out important points of context
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/03/climate-change-scientists-house-panel-global-temperatures-misleading

A dreaded carbon time bomb lurks beneath your feet.
Andrew Freedman Mashable
There are many uncertainties when it comes to global warming, from how quickly the planet’s ice sheets will melt to how global leaders will enact rapid emissions cuts. One nagging scientific uncertainty concerns a rather unsexy topic: the soil. As in, the ground beneath your feet.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/685015678436851721

Raise your voice in defense of creation.
National Catholic Reporter editorial
“The climate,” wrote Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” “is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.”
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/685015678436851720

National
Protesters are rebels without a cause
Chris Kenny
GREENIES today are rebels without a real cause
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/chris-kenny-todays-greenies-are-anarchists-who-embarrass-those-who-went-before-them/news-story/eeadeb927a01eaca90e7dedb0707f2be

New South Wales
The $10m bid to save koalas
Private landowners whose properties are deemed critical koala habitat will be made an offer to sell as part of a proposed $10 million strategy to save the species.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/koalas-landowners-with-land-deemed-critical-koala-habitat-will-be-made-an-offer-in-a-bid-to-save-koalas/news-story/b72086aa164610cc457dcf46fe27e54b

ACT
Nature’s ‘guardians of the future’ join effort to save migratory snipe
Canberran conservationists, including wildlife rangers as young as 10, join Victoria and Japan in a global conservation project to protect the Latham’s snipe, a migratory shorebird feared to be in decline.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/latham’s-snipe-project-welcomes-natures-guardians-of-the-future/8089706

Canberra’s renewable energy facilities host open day
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/canberras-renewable-energy-facilities-host-open-day-20161203-gt39xt.html

Queensland
Adani’s $2 billion Queensland rail line closer to federal loan
A rail line that will link Adani’s $21 billion Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point port is one step closer, after passing its first assessment hurdle for a Federal Government loan.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/adani-carmichael-rail-line-closer-to-federal-loan/8089790

Queensland warning over heat-affected bats
Queensland Health is warning people not to go near bats which have succumbed to the heatwave hitting Queensland due to the risk of Lyssavirus
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/queensland-warning-over-heataffected-bats/news-story/555d49a6e274a29431467f50d3a1595f

Geothermal windfall for Outback
OUTBACK councils are on the verge of a potential renewable energy windfall as plans to save up to $150 million through geothermal power start to become a reality.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/great-artesian-basin-geothermal-energy-boosts-coffers-for-outback-councils/news-story/9443d227e585660a4dc77115ed3446e0

South Australia
SA farmers turn to generators for ‘electricity stability’
Irrigators and farmers are buying diesel generators to secure their power supply, as price and stability issues continue to plague South Australia’s energy grid, industry experts say.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/sa-farmers-turn-to-generators-for-electricity-stability/8089996

Total fire ban for much of SA
Total fire bans have been issued for much of South Australia, with severe conditions expected on Sunday.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/total-fire-ban-for-much-of-sa/news-story/6c1728915e47bf64d42baaac5ad823e7

Murray’s back – and black
BLACKWATER flooding the River Murray might look ugly, but it is not a health hazard and experts say there is no reason to abandon plans for a holiday in the region.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/blackwater-floods-the-river-murray-but-theres-no-danger-to-health-says-department-of-environment-water-and-natural-resources/news-story/47277a61cecc6226ec69aba89e63a2ce

Tasmania
Diet probe reveals real devilish menu
WHETHER it is a moth or a marsupial three times its size, the Tasmanian devil will eat it.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmanian-devils-found-to-eat-any-source-of-protein-dead-or-alive/news-story/a6c7df93dda8857243530b4a51f1096b

Wildlife worries on logging plan
LARGE areas of forestry coupes proposed for logging could be home to endangered species or be subject to other conservation concerns, the Wilderness Society says.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/concerns-over-forest-plans-impact-on-endangered-species/news-story/cecc430e2ff06888c639edd3a3b5d49e

Heaven in the Highlands
PROVIDING the perfect base to unwind or take a walk through other-worldly wilderness, there’s plenty to like at the newly opened Thousand Lakes Lodge.
http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/tasweekend-travel-heaven-in-the-highlands/news-story/fd0017a3b9be25af78da1f1d0a8bcc86

Two handfish species on endangered list
The red handfish and Ziebell’s handfish are now listed on the Endangered Species List
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4333349/two-handfish-species-on-endangered-list/?cs=5312

Public transport a ‘barrier’
The impact of poor public transport on young people seeking work has been described as ‘soul destroying’
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4333254/public-transport-a-barrier/?cs=5312

Northern Territory
Concerns mining industry over-represented on Government-appointed board
The NT Environmental Defenders Office raises concerns miners are over-represented on the board set up and appointed by the former Government to monitor the industry.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/makeup-of-nt-mining-board-questioned/8089756

New jewel in Territory tourism crown
FOR years Kakadu has been considered one of the brightest jewels in the Territory’s crown of major tourist attractions, but there’s one gem currently outshining it — Nitmiluk National Park
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/katherines-nitmiluk-national-park-has-recordbreaking-year-for-visitor-numbers/news-story/a41e0fbf161f6fedac0c05146b416e90

Western Australia
Two remote island beaches off WA coast ranked among Australia’s top 10
Cossie’s Beach in the Cocos Islands is ranked number one in Australia, while Dolly Beach on Christmas Island comes in seventh.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/two-remote-island-beaches-off-wa-coast-ranked-in-top-10/8088270

Sustainability
After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver?
It’s been a long time coming, but the world’s top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/after-60-years-is-nuclear-fusion-finally-poised-to-deliver

The $40m ‘magic pipe’: Princess Cruises given record fine for dumping oil at sea
Caribbean Princess discharged thousands of gallons of polluted bilge waste along British coast, while other ships used rigged sensors to hide contamination
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/the-40m-magic-pipe-princess-cruises-given-record-fine-for-dumping-oil-at-sea

New blow for Hinkley Point contractor EDF after French safety checks
Safety issues force many reactors offline with warnings of power cuts across France, higher energy prices and a rise in emissions
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/hinkley-point-edf-new-crisis-safety-checks-french-nuclear-plants

US military veterans back North Dakota pipeline protests
US military veterans plan to build a barracks at a protest camp in North Dakota to support activists in frigid conditions opposing a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project near the Standing Rock Native American reservation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/us-military-veterans-back-north-dakota-pipeline-protests/8089562

Four world capitals are banning diesel vehicles from 2025.
The mayors of four major cities – Mexico City, Madrid, Paris and Athens – have pledged to ban diesel vehicles from their streets by 2025.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/685015678436851718

Coal keeps firm grip on Germany even as renewables flourish.
The gaping brown pit is like open sore on the earth, and every day, it’s getting bigger.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/1426159339294686593

Nuking hurricanes: The surprising history of a really bad idea.
When nature declares war, who says that humanity shouldn’t fight back?
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1426159339294693082

Officials set to repackage radioactive waste in New Mexico.
Isolated in a temperature-controlled storage area at one of the nation’s premiere nuclear weapons laboratories, dozens of containers of radioactive waste similar to one that ruptured in 2014 remain under 24-hour surveillance.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1426159339294692758

The worst environmental policy in U.S. history.
Emily Cassidy Medium
Yesterday Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at the Government Accountability Office testified before the Senate to discuss the results of a study just released by the agency. The study found the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires corn ethanol to be blended into gasoline, is unlikely to meet its targets to reduce carbon emissions.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/8508557863668662625

Nature Conservation
Boris Johnson makes ‘save African elephant’ plea
Foreign secretary, who backs ban on ivory trade, breaks off London speech to make plea for ‘magnificent’ vulnerable animal
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/boris-johnson-makes-save-african-elephant-plea

New anti-whaling ship a game changer: Sea Shepherd
Conservation group Sea Shepherd unveils the latest addition to its anti-whaling arsenal, a $12 million custom-designed ship it will send to confront the Japanese fleet in the Southern Ocean.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-03/anti-whaling-ship-ocean-warrior-to-set-sail-for-southern-ocean/8089752

Destruction of the Amazon was supposed to be slowing down. Instead, it’s speeding back up.
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, or INPE, released new data on the ongoing deforestation of the country’s portion of the Amazon rainforest this week, based on satellite measurements. And the news is very bad.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/8508557863668662618

Salting the Earth: The environmental impact of oil and gas wastewater spills.
Researchers are beginning to assess the potential impacts of wastewater releases on the health of humans and the environment. “We know very little about the cumulative effects of these releases on the environment.”
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/1426159339294691031

“Mother Nature Is brought to you by …-
This year, several state parks, including those in Idaho and Washington, and the National Park Service, will be blazing a new trail, figuratively at least, as they begin offering opportunities to advertisers within their borders.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/8508557863668662623

Burning less coal isn’t just making air cleaner. It’s making your tuna safer.
Studies of tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine between 2004 and 2012 revealed that levels of methylmercury in their bodies decreased at a rate of 2 percent per year, or nearly 20 percent over a decade.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1426159339294686648

How big banks are putting rain forests in peril.
Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times
Some of the world’s biggest backs have helped agricultural powerhouses in Indonesia to expand their plantation empires
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/8508557863668662627