NEWS – TUESDAY 17 JANUARY 2017                                                                                                             

Climate Change
Trump’s climate sceptism alarms Antarctic scientists.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905859324

Davos elite focus on climate change, ignoring Trump’s skepticism.
Despite the shift in political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change — and how to make money from it.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905859330

An ice shelf is cracking in Antarctica, but not for the reason you think.
This is not just another sad climate change story. It’s more complicated
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905860738

Lunatics won’t improve asylum
Peter Boyer
Ignoring climate change doesn’t mean it will go away.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-lunatics-wont-improve-asylum/news-story/9b25729262667bada5b6a6222b607544

New studies show Rex Tillerson is wrong about climate risks
Dana Nuccitelli
The remaining climate change uncertainties point toward higher risks and greater urgency for action
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/jan/16/new-studies-show-rex-tillerson-is-wrong-about-climate-risks

We need a Ladybird book of climate change deniers
Patrick Barkham
Prince Charles has been signed up by the publishers to write an expert’s book. But maybe readers nowadays prefer spoofs
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2017/jan/16/ladybird-book-climate-change-deniers-prince-charles

National
Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ by resumption of Japanese whaling
The Environment Minister criticises Japan for whaling in Antarctic waters, saying the Government is opposed to “so-called ‘scientific’ whaling”. His comments follow a weekend meeting between Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/japanese-whaling-criticised-by-government-sea-shepherd-footage/8184640

Coal tech ‘to cut emissions’
Australia could reach carbon reduction targets by replacing generators with the latest power station technology.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/matt-canavan-backs-technology-to-cut-our-carbon-emissions/news-story/54c389f4553adbaf42c9f043f7518f0a

Exports fuel gas price shock
East coast households face gas bill hikes of more than 50 per cent as Gladstone’s new export plants suck up gas.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/exports-fuel-gas-price-shock/news-story/6a908595c1050ac5a16dec849ae4ab18

Woodside, Santos output peaks
Oil prices may have bottomed but there are signs production among local oil and gas firms may have peaked.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/woodside-santos-hit-production-peaks-for-oil-and-gas/news-story/be6550ab2bf629c900bbc5c1836924a6

Coal buyers changing tactics, says Whitehaven
http://www.afr.com/business/mining/coal-customers-changing-tactics-as-price-slides-whitehaven-ceo-20170116-gts4im

‘Think nuclear’ to fix crisis
Ron Walker and Hugh Morgan plan to lobby federal and state governments to reconsider their opposition to nuclear energy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/businessmen-urge-government-to-think-nuclear-to-solve-power-crisis/news-story/b72dff6a293bc75f824b4a10da33c05e

Hazelwood owner ENGIE seeks large scale solar power stations in Australia
Engie to invest in new large scale solar farms as it prepares to close Hazelwood, confirming the rapid shift from coal fired power to solar in Australia. Still, conservatives and fossil fuel lobbyists are continuing to attack renewables.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/hazelwood-owner-engie-seeks-large-scale-solar-power-stations-in-australia-56820/

Off-the-grid insanity
Judith Sloan
A 50 per cent renewable target by 2030 is fantasy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/judith-sloan/paluszczuks-power-play-offthegrid-insanity/news-story/edacd7c383bcaf57b9e5bb7f451624ec

Australia must make the environment integral to economic decision-making
Carl Obst, University of Melbourne
When we don’t factor in the environment in our economic decision making, we aren’t getting an acurate picture of what’s happening. Australia needs to adopt more environmental economics.
http://theconversation.com/australia-must-make-the-environment-integral-to-economic-decision-making-69037

Lessons for Australia from Finland’s schools in the forests
WIlliam Doyle
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/secrets-of-the-worlds-best-schools-fifteen-minutes-of-play-every-hour-20170115-gtrztp.html

Victoria
Portland power deal near
AGL is on the verge of a cheap electricity deal with Alcoa that will keep the Portland aluminium smelter open.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/portland-smelter-power-deal-with-agl-near-2000-jobs-safe/news-story/45fba2c06ef4a307c58916f76684ebd2

City streets to shut for five years
ROADS in Melbourne’s CBD will be closed for up to five years, while the $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro rail tunnel is built.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-metro-rail-tunnel-build-to-shut-city-roads-for-up-to-five-years/news-story/86159786f02ec1073e175021e142279e

Nine fin facts about sharks in Victoria
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/nine-fin-facts-about-sharks-in-victoria–and-some-terrifying-close-encounters-20170115-gts0hi.html

Letting Alcoa’s Portland smelter go under is no longer a political option
Josh Gordon
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/letting-alcoas-portland-smelter-go-under-no-longer-a-political-option-20170116-gtsibl.html

New South Wales
Trash ‘scavengers’ clean-up Bondi Beach
Glass bottles, cigarettes, a shoe innersole, car bumpers and 500 metres of fishing line are just some of the items volunteer ‘scavengers’ picked up on the ocean floor and at Bondi Beach at the weekend.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/seaside-scavenge-clean-up-bondi-beach/8184898

NSW grass fire contained
A FIRE, which is now contained, has ripped through 2730ha of grass and scrub at Wuuluman in Central West NSW.
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/nsw-grass-fire-contained-with-water-bombing-aircraft/news-story/2897fafce1c7bd26f013a21aec907b9f

Sharking eco-idiots should be jailed
DUMB “ecowarriors” are putting lives at risk by sabotaging shark nets off Sydney’s busiest beaches, leaving surfers and swimmers unprotected.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sharks-in-sydney-idiot-ecowarriors-putting-lives-at-risk-by-sabotaging-next/news-story/a8e6bf7e57f1dac2b522208708bc6424

Elevated lead levels in Sydney backyards: here’s what you can do
Marek Rouillon et al
Lead contamination remains a persistent issue in urban soils.
http://theconversation.com/elevated-lead-levels-in-sydney-backyards-heres-what-you-can-do-68499

Euthanasia debate must respect all views
SMH editorial
Euthanasia is once again up for debate. The subject can arise for families anywhere, whenever relatives watch someone they care for suffer a lingering, painful death. Surely some means can be devised, the thinking goes, to shorten this suffering by earlier termination of life.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/euthanasia-debate-must-respect-all-views-20170116-gtsg8h.html

ACT
Canberra to experience more days above 35 degrees than average
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-weather-capital-to-experience-five-days-above-35-degrees-20170116-gts8bw.html

Queensland
Queensland Rail’s latest timetable a case of back to the future
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-rails-latest-timetable-to-revert-back-to-november-7-services-20170116-gtslc3.html

Attack campaign goes after Adani allies
NOT satisfied with taking on the controversial project itself, a former lord mayoral candidate will lead a campaign attacking any companies that associate with the Adani megamine.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/adani-megamine-and-companies-that-associate-with-it-to-be-targeted-by-attack-campaign/news-story/4ae75ebe501c097b738138f69d54ff51

Forces join to tackle illegal fishing gangs
A GLOBAL network of maritime police is cracking down on foreign illegal fishing syndicates that are targeting Queensland reefs for the first time.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/forces-join-to-tackle-illegal-fishing-gangs/news-story/6d313035acf28966b6285e7dc75228a2

South Australia
Edwards’ nuclear stance downplayed by SA Liberals leader
Nuclear power advocate and former Liberal senator Sean Edwards’ possible move into state politics will not create a rift, SA party leader Steven Marshall says.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/nuclear-differences-between-edwards-and-marshall/8184546

Tasmania
Questions on C-Cell plan
SERIOUS questions remain over the economic viability and environmental impact of the hazardous waste facility being built at Copping, opponents say.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/epas-approval-of-the-copping-ccell-stinks-denison-mp-andrew-wilkie-says/news-story/d4b0ff8a543ac37c3a7238363cd1b6a9

Councils count cost of reforms
Tony Foster
Ratepayers are bearing the burden of water reforms.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-councils-count-cost-of-reforms/news-story/e8b00026b04d7be07f421c5eb3104ac7

Northern Territory
Inpex project hits big milestone
The Territory’s multi-billion-dollar Inpex project has hit a major milestone. The massive 133,000-tonne subsea infrastructure network forming part of the $34 billion Ichthys LNG Project has been completed
http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/inpex-project-subsea-network-completed/news-story/dde0d798087eb76791eda7724fc1a3e0

Western Australia
WA Government approves uranium project despite environmental concerns
The WA Government grants environmental approval for Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium mine, which was knocked back by the state’s environmental watchdog last year.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/wa-government-approves-cameco-uranium-mine/8186514

Poll reveals support is growing for Roe Hwy extension
More than fifty per cent of people support the project.
https://thewest.com.au/news/7-news/poll-reveals-support-is-growing-for-roe-hwy-extension-bc-5283239044001

Preserving traditional lands: Australia’s Standing Rocks
Nick Rodway
The Standing Rock victory may help draw attention to First Nations-led battles in the Kimberley
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/preserving-traditional-lands-australias-standing-rocks,9925

Sustainability
World’s first custom-built floating city to rise off Pacific waters
The world’s first floating city could be built off the waters of French Polynesia after the signing of an agreement for a pilot project.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/world-first-floating-city-could-rise-in-french-polynesia/8184828

It can power a small nation. But this wind farm in China is mostly idle.
China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has pointed to its embrace of wind and solar power and other alternatives to coal to position itself at the forefront of the global effort to combat climate change.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905859326

UK wave power far too costly, warns energy research body.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) says the technology is 10 times dearer than other low carbon power sources and UK should prioritise tidal stream.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905860722

Nanoscale view of energy storage
In a lab 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/su-nvo011217.php

Oslo temporarily bans diesel cars to combat pollution
Norway’s two-day city centre ban angers motorists who were encouraged to buy diesel vehicles in 2006
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/16/oslo-temporarily-bans-diesel-cars-combat-pollution

Will the US really be a major energy exporter?
Richard Heinberg Post Carbon Institute
The analytical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy now says the United States will become a major energy exporter in a few years. Will this eventually prove to have been an accurate prediction?
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/685015678436858486

A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
Matthew Hole, Australian National University
Fusion power, if it works, offers vast amounts of clean energy and almost zero carbon emissions. A new experimental fusion reactor has come online, and it uses a curious twisted stellarator design.
http://theconversation.com/a-new-twist-on-fusion-power-could-help-bring-limitless-clean-energy-70324

What we can all learn from the VW emissions saga
Andrew Linden, RMIT University
The Volkswagen emissions scandal highlights the benefits of the German corporate governance system, as well as the worst of lobbying around the world.
http://theconversation.com/what-we-can-all-learn-from-the-vw-emissions-saga-71264

Thinking about a sustainable retrofit? Here are three things to consider
Trivess Moore, RMIT University; Andrew Carre, RMIT University, and Ralph Horne, RMIT University
Before you spend up on heating and cooling, here are a few simple retrofits to try first.
http://theconversation.com/thinking-about-a-sustainable-retrofit-here-are-three-things-to-consider-70038

Nature Conservation
Call of the wild: Can America’s national parks survive?
America’s national parks are facing multiple threats, despite being central to the frontier nation’s sense of itself.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2895475914905858558

Development has affected 7 percent of virgin forests since 2000: Study.
A new study shows that the world has lost 7 percent of its intact forests in the past 16 years, with implications for biodiversity, climate change, and human life.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/2895475914905859333

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170116092933.htm

How China is poised for marine fisheries reform
As global fish stocks continue sinking to alarmingly low levels, a joint study by marine fisheries experts from within and outside of China concluded that the country’s most recent fisheries conservation plan can achieve a true paradigm shift in marine fisheries management – but only if the Chinese government embraces major institutional reform.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/ssoe-hci011317.php

Now for something completely different …
Top 10 Tips to Help Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Participants Raise More
Career fundraisers understand the importance of “The Ask” and Dr Steve Francis, managing director of FrontStream wants to make sure you support your supporters so they can too. Here are his top tips.
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2017/01/top-10-tips-help-peer-peer-fundraising-participants-raise/