Tuesday 22 August 2017

It’s time to start talking about “negative” carbon dioxide emissions.
The world’s nations have agreed, almost unanimously, to try to limit the rise of global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less over preindustrial levels
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322309752

The fundamentalists holding us back from a climate change solution.
The evangelical Christian movement has been at war with environmentalism for decades—but the stakes have never been higher.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322309074

New climate change report likely to be ignored to death.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial
The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322314594

Can electric cars go the distance on vast Aussie roads?
The ABC test drives an electric car from Perth to Augusta to see if it can go the distance on Australia’s vast regional roads without running out of juice.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/can-electric-cars-go-the-distance-on-aussie-roads/8827926

“Unaccredited” rooftop solar installer nabbed by Clean Energy Regulator
Clean Energy Regulator continues rooftop solar crack-down, this time taking action against “unaccredited” individual installer.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/unaccredited-rooftop-solar-installer-nabbed-by-clean-energy-regulator-40630/

By train or by ship, transporting coal causes trouble
Derailment of 30 coal wagons is just latest in long list of coal transport accidents which highlight risks from shipping fossil fuels long distances to …
http://reneweconomy.com.au/train-ship-transporting-coal-causes-trouble-37252/

Getting on board the lithium train
http://www.afr.com/personal-finance/shares/getting-on-board-the-lithium-train-20170817-gxyqqo

‘No frills’ power a profit cut for electricity retailers
Forcing electricity retailers to sell plans where the price is set by the government would wipe more than $130 million from the profits of heavyweight utilities AGL and Origin Energy, an analysis shows.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/no-frills-electricity-a-profit-cut-for-retailers-such-as-agl-and-origin-energy/news-story/493130d4b152b4d69ed5ffedaaba3857

Flicking the switch on carp control
STEP aside, electric eel — carp could be about to steal your, er, spark.
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/carp-scales-could-be-used-to-generate-energy/news-story/8f86ccf0d14c6d44a6a9f3fcac85bf84

BlueScope doubles profit but warns of rising energy costs, cartel investigation
Australian steel manufacturer BlueScope announces a surge in net profit, but also warns high and rising energy costs pose an ongoing challenge as does an ACCC investigation into alleged cartel conduct.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/bluescope-doubles-profit-but-warns-of-rising-energy-costs/8827752

Pay coal stations to fix ‘catastrophe’, says BlueScope boss
http://www.theage.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/bluescopes-power-price-shock-triggers-share-slide-20170821-gy0xqe.html

Minister should be red-faced
Judith Sloan
Little has changed — panic and chaos are the mark of the latest energy policies.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/judith-sloan/minister-should-be-redfaced-over-green-schemes/news-story/c4f01cca3621ea9270b937f63ba99d5e

Salta to divest riverside site to fund multi-family project
Salta Properties is looking to divest a prize riverside development site, with approval for almost 500 apartments in inner-city Melbourne, as it steps up plans elsewhere to develop one of the country’s first build-to-rent projects
http://www.afr.com/real-estate/salta-to-divest-riverside-site-to-fund-multifamily-project-20170817-gxypqc

Concerns from second expert emerge over justification for $5.5b West Gate Tunnel
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/concerns-from-second-expert-emerge-over-justification-for-55b-west-gate-tunnel-20170821-gy12cj.html

Environment watchdog swoops on illegal waste dumpers
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/companies-fined-for-illegal-dumping-of-waste-after-epa-swoop-20170821-gy0z5k.html

Can Sydney’s last healthy koalas be saved?
The koala population in Campbelltown is the largest and healthiest in the Sydney basin, but locals fear urban development and the risk of chlamydia infection are putting their native neighbours at risk.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/last-healthy-koala-colony-in-sydney-under-threat/8819786

Berrima pollution a warning for other mines: scientist
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/not-impressed-berrima-pollution-a-warning-for-other-mines-scientist-says-20170821-gy0qnj.html

Light rail stage two unlikely to go to Canberra Hospital due to technical constraints
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/light-rail-stage-two-unlikely-to-go-to-canberra-hospital-due-to-technical-constraints-20170821-gy0rl2.html

Fyshwick recycling plant faces public grilling
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/capital-recycling-solutions-faces-grilling-over-fyshwick-plant-20170820-gy0465.html

Bushfire threat ‘not worth our lives’, Sunshine Coast residents say, vowing to move
After bushfires on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over the weekend, residents in newly developed housing estates say they fear they could one day be trapped by flames.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-22/bushfire-threat-not-worth-our-life-sunshine-coast-residents-say/8828650

Waste industry biggest donor to Ipswich mayor-elect
Ipswich mayor-elect Andrew Antoniolli is challenged to stay true to his pre-election promise of transparency despite big donations from the waste industry during the mayoral campaign.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/ipswich-by-election-mayor-elect-andrew-antoniolli-waste-industry/8826494

Genetically-modified crops included in Queensland climate change plans
Queensland farmers could use genetically-modified plants to tackle the threat of climate change.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/geneticallymodified-crops-included-in-queensland-climate-change-plans-20170821-gy0wad.html

Experimental Environmental-Economic Accounts for the Great Barrier Reef, 2017
ABS
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4680.0?OpenDocument

Why solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets
More details emerge of the contract for the Port Augusta solar tower and storage project, and why it means huge change for energy markets, and a shift of focus from “base-load” fossil fuel to clean, flexible capacity built around “base-cost” renewables.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/why-solar-towers-and-storage-plants-will-reshape-energy-markets-73278/

Blowout risk for ALP power deal
Power supplied to SA from a US company will be more expensive if $110m in federal funds is shared among projects.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/blowout-risk-for-sa-alp-power-deal/news-story/2de4506fb8f003f60241429a8c28f61e

Business chases sun in push to save on power
THERE’S been a massive jump in the number of SA businesses installing solar power over the past year, as owners struggle under rising energy costs.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/huge-increase-in-number-of-sa-businesses-installing-solar-power-to-save-on-electricity-bills/news-story/dfa1f76231adf1b203f6d38cf082c900

Environment Dept just spent $80k on pot plants
The Environment Department may own millions of trees but somehow it managed to run up a bill of $80,000 for indoor pot plants — despite its budget for the real environment being cut.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-environment-department-spent-80000-on-pot-plants/news-story/0ab5881a8d479cec59f5492dad568cfa

Aurora: What you should know about Port Augusta’s solar power-tower
Simon Holmes à Court
Much has been written about the $650m Aurora project, and I set out here to collect together what is known and fill in some of the gaps.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/aurora-what-you-should-know-about-port-augustas-solar-power-tower-86715/

TasWater’s fighting fund shelved
A PROPOSED $200,000-plus fighting fund to campaign against the intended takeover of TasWater has been shelved after less than half of local councils contributed.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/taswaters-antitakeover-fighting-fund-shelved-with-the-focus-to-return-to-the-takeovers-legality/news-story/f198e81258e71f3705e66da7582291cd

It’s goodbye dry as parts of the NT experience record temperatures
The heart of the Northern Territory’s dry season is probably over, a weather forecaster says, with some towns experiencing record temperatures on the weekend.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/2017-dry-season-disappearing-fast-in-the-northern-territory/8828174

Why hasn’t Darwin embraced solar power to help locals reduce power bills?
The NT is lagging behind other states in terms of solar power uptake, and one Curious Darwinian wants to know why.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-22/why-hasnt-darwin-embraced-solar-power-to-help-reduce-power-bills/8824690

Taking care of business: McGowan confident PM’s rail funding pledge
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/taking-care-of-business-mcgowan-confident-pms-rail-funding-pledge-20170821-gy14ak.html

State government announces new rail links
The program is designed to pull more people onto public transport
https://thewest.com.au/news/transport/state-government-announces-new-rail-links-bc-5546798897001

Families feel pain of power price surge
The State Government is set to oversee the second highest electricity charges in the country after warnings its sharp increase in power access fees were hurting struggling families.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/families-feel-pain-of-power-price-surge-ng-b88570716z

Parking or public spaces: We need to agree on Perth’s changing face
Mark Ames
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/parking-or-public-spaces-we-need-to-agree-on-perths-changing-face-20170821-gy0l0v.html

Energy dilemma weighs on Vietnam.
State planners say more than 50 percent of national power will be coal-fired by 2030, a big boost in the fossil fuel’s use that will worsen pollution and undercut climate change goals.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322309731

The world eyes yet another unconventional source of fossil fuels.
Vast quantities of methane hydrates — frozen deposits of natural gas on the sea floor — exist worldwide. But as experimental drilling moves forward, many experts question the wisdom of exploiting a costly, environmentally risky trove of fossil fuels that will accelerate global warming.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322308109

Biofuels from Bacteria
Scientists are working toward a better understand whether cyanobacteria can be grown for biofuels on a …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170821135052.htm

Solar eclipse tests power grid in renewable era
http://www.afr.com/news/world/north-america/solar-eclipse-tests-power-grid-in-renewable-era-20170820-gy03ht

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement
Rackel San Nicolas
https://theconversation.com/greening-the-concrete-jungle-how-to-make-environmentally-friendly-cement-82686

Environmentalists are victors, not victims
Fran Lambrick
While it is getting more and more dangerous to defend the environment, those who have lost their lives continue to inspire generations. And meanwhile, important fights are being won
https://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2017/08/15/environmentalists-deaths-fight

Is your sunscreen poisoning the ocean?
Even in minute doses, a common sunscreen ingredient rapidly bleaches coral and slows new growth: A single drop in 4.3 million gallons of water — about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools — is enough to be deadly.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322309754

Mangrove-planting drones on a mission to restore Myanmar delta.
Drones could plant trees 10 times faster and cut costs by half.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322309076

Researchers look to nanomaterials to clean air, water and land.
First explored for applications in microscopy and computing, nanomaterials — materials made up of units that are each thousands of times smaller than the thickness of a human hair — are emerging as useful for tackling threats to our planet’s well-being
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322308112

Post-whaling recovery of Southern Hemisphere
By 2100 some Southern Hemisphere whale species will not have reached half their pre-whaling numbers, while other species are expected to recover by 2050.The findings are part of new CSIRO and UQ research, which looks at the interaction of historical whaling, food availability and future climate changes to predict whale numbers to 2100.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/ca-pro082117.php

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air
Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uobc-wwf081817.php

Whenever anything goes wrong blame the hideous influence of the left
Peter Fitzsimons
From now on, I invite you to observe, at least briefly, how after just about any negative event in the public domain, you will see a good 75 per cent of the Australian coverage make, in the first paragraphs, first utterances, first response, some version of, “It is the left wot done it …”
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/whenever-anything-goes-wrong-blame-the-hideous-influence-of-the-left-20170820-gy0dni.html