Friday 1 September 2017

‘Surprising’ results from Antarctic ocean warming study
A single degree of warming in the shallow waters off the Antarctic Peninsula can produce massive changes in the seabed communities, the “most realistic ocean warming experiment to date” shows.

The Trump administration wants to bail out failed contrarian climate scientists
A climate “red team” is just a polite way to describe bailing out scientific losers

As major floods devastate across globe, warnings of bigger storms ‘on the way’
Andrea Germanos
Disastrous floods in the U.S. and South Asia again put the spotlight on climate change denial.,10670

Proposed charity changes a ‘torpedo’ to environmental groups, Bob Brown says
The Federal Government denies it is trying to silence environmental activists, as prominent voices in the environment and charities sectors speak out against a series of regulatory changes. that could “end environmental activism in Australia”.

Rooftop solar nears 6GW milestone in Australia
Australian homes and businesses have installed 6GW of small-scale renewables – 5.9GW of it rooftop solar.

Busting the solar ceiling: The fight for millions of Australians locked out of rooftop solar
New data has shown that in North Sydney, alone, 74% of residents can’t access solar because they are renters or live in apartment

Graph of the Day: States lead on renewables, but who leads the states?
Climate Council ranks state efforts on renewables and climate targets as they race to fill the federal government void.

Add nuclear to the clean energy mix: Minerals Council
Australia should develop a nuclear power industry to reduce its emissions, the Minerals Council says.

Coalition watering down Finkel review climate ambitions, leaked document reveals
Draft implementation plan lacks electricity emissions trajectory, Paris agreement alignment and low-income subsidies

The cost of going green: $60bn
Taxpayers will have paid more than $60 billion through federal renewable energy subsidies by 2030.

Labor knew gas prices would soar
Labor energy spokesman Mark Butler said ‘everyone knew’ in 2012 that domestic gas prices would soar.

Origin denies driving price rise
Origin Energy has denied accusations that NSW black coal power generators are driving electricity prices higher.

Power giants join Greensync to shore up summer

Road fees pass the beep test
AUSTRALIAN motorists are not over-tolled, Transurban chief executive Scott Charlton says. He has hit out at a small group of “recidivist” drivers who consistently use toll roads without paying.

Drivers on road to user-pays model
DRIVERS may be charged according to how many kilometres they travel as Australia searches for a new way of paying to build and maintain its road network.

Turnbull’s new energy target: Drop the “clean” and ignore climate
Giles Parkinson
Coalition reportedly drops links to emission trajectories in draft proposal for a Clean Energy Target. It comes as Turnbull changes tone again on new coal, and the Queensland LNP releases a renewables policy derided immediately as a “farce”.

How consumers got burned on electricity prices: It started with networks
Hugh Saddler
Policy responses to high electricity prices should pay more attention to how consumers can be helped to use less electricity

Lobbyists parading as charities can account to donors and taxpayers
Gary Johns
Why does one of the richest countries in the world want international charity?

Clean Energy Target: Labor should let them eat coal
Bernard Keane

We all know for whom tolls work
Graham Richardson
Voters are sick and tired of paying more to turn on the lights and heaters.

Speed bumps amid solar boom
Angela Macdonald-Smith

Photo-ops and Snowy River 2.0 won’t stop the blackouts
Michael Pascoe

Origin denies bidding up prices
Origin says the Hazelwood closure has meant a bigger call on NSW coal stockpiles, causing higher electricity prices.

Native title granted over ocean for first time in NSW
The Yaegl people of the lower Clarence region on the NSW coast are looking forward to fewer boundaries and restrictions after a historic decision grants them a native title over a stretch of ocean.

Native title claims: federal court delivers stinging criticism of NSW government
Claims first lodged in 1998 have still not been finalised due to ‘extraordinarily time consuming’ system

Shark nets deployed again to keep maneaters from our midst

Swimmers before sharks
Telegraph editorial

ACT trials electric buses on public transport route
Canberra’s public transport bus fleet will trial two pure electric buses and one electric-diesel hybrid, as it transitions away from ageing diesel fleet.

ACT energy target behind half of new renewable energy added in 2016

Murray Darling Basin plan a ‘failure’, farmers claim water backed up in Qld
Farmers on Queensland’s McIntyre River say the Federal Government’s $13 billion Murray Darling Basin plan has failed because it allows cotton irrigators to replace water sold back to the Commonwealth with extra floodwaters caught off the plains.

‘Adani coal project in Australia moving ahead but slowly’
The Adani Group’s $16.5 billion Carmichael coal project in Australia is moving ahead albeit at a slow pace, Australia’s Minister for Trade Steven Ciobo said on Wednesday.

Driven to frustration by long commutes
BRISBANE drivers already have the second worst commute in the country, behind Sydney. By 2030, local motorists could spend more than two hours a day commuting to and from work.

The toll that Brisbane needs
TRANSPORT experts say traffic congestion is only going to get worse – but a new type of toll road proving successful overseas could make all the difference on Brisbane’s roads.

Major parties fight it out on energy credentials

Queensland beach battered with 7 tonnes of rubbish in a year
Volunteers expecting to find only 2 tonnes of rubbish on a far north Queensland beach are “blown away” when they discover more than 7 tonnes, including thousands of cigarette lighters, bleach bottles and toothbrushes scattered along 7 kilometres of Chilli Beach.

Great Barrier Reef: plan to improve water quality ignores scientific advice
Australian government’s draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan provides new water quality targets, but has very few other concrete changes

Brits can support our Reef Citizens
YOUR environmental crusader mate from across the pond could be in line for the journey of a lifetime.

Teenagers and Indigenous rangers battling Queensland’s feral pig scourge
The students from disadvantaged backgrounds are being taught to construct feral pig fences, as part of their alternative school’s official curriculum.

Bid to restock Murray crayfish in South Australia
Once abundant in the River Murray, freshwater crayfish are now non-existent in South Australia, but an aquatic ecologist hopes to change that.

Wind output hits record in July, wind and solar 59% in S.A.
Wind output in Australia hits record highs in August, with wind and rooftop solar combining to provide 59 per cent of South Australia’s consumption.

BHP scraps OZ power deal
OZ Minerals says costs at its Prominent Hill copper mine in South Australia could rise by up to 5 per cent from 2020.

Beached wail over costly seaside visits
Advertiser editorial
AUSTRALIANS have a special affinity with our beaches, entwined with the popular image of an egalitarian, sun-drenched nation.

Scallop fishers’ salmon issues
TASMANIA’S scallop fishers will call on the State Government to rethink its draft sustainable salmon industry growth plan to ensure the state’s scallop industry is better protected.

Push to delay fracking decision
A NEW push has emerged within Territory Labor to delay any decision on hydraulic fracturing by the Gunner government

‘Walkabout’ protesters get their day in court to fight uranium mining in WA

This tiny country feeds the world.
The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

It’s time to ditch the concept of ‘100-year floods.’
The concept of the “100-year flood” is one of the most misunderstood terms in disaster preparedness.

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.

Study reveals ways collegiate sports venues can achieve ‘zero waste’
Officials at collegiate sporting venues have been leading efforts toward zero-waste events with many professional and collegiate leagues adopting energy and water conservation efforts as well as increased recycling and composting.

Making data centers more energy efficient
Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most sites also maintain so-called cache servers, which list the results of common queries for faster access. A data center for a major web service such as Google or Facebook might have as many as 1,000 servers dedicated just to caching.

The power of society: Scientists propose new area of study in energy generation
A collaborative team of scientists believe the next spurt of advancement is upon us, and it will be defined by energy production and consumption and the inherent human involvement.

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source
A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source.

Mass Production of Biodegradable Plastic
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, …

Indian Auditor-General finds public banks have US$1.8bn at risk on dud coal plants
Two of India’s leading public sector banks at risk of losing a “significant proportion” of US$7.4 billion loaned over three years to private power producers

Adani says India still needs coal imported from Australia
Adani chairman Gautam Adani has told an Australian business forum in India his country still needs imported resources, contradicting the Indian Government’s policy of coal self-sufficiency.

Immigrant protections have halved kids’ mental health problems
US legislation that protects some immigrants from deportation has been good for the mental health of their children. But the programme is under threat, with president Donald Trump expected to announce whether he will scrap it next week.

How an Illinois utility used wind, solar and storage to power a microgrid for 24 hours.
Ameren, in partnership with a Chicago-based smart-grid engineering firm, successfully completed a 24-hour “islanding” test earlier this month using wind, solar and battery storage.

Romanian Unesco site proposal may be halted to allow gold mining
Protests planned after prime minister says Rosia Montana’s Unesco application may be withdrawn, allowing mine to go ahead

In pursuit of environmental justice, new California law maps disadvantaged communities.
A new mapping tool, CalEnviroScreen, examines every census tract in the state and calculates scores based on environmental, health and socioeconomic information

Closure of US coal study marks an alarming precedent.
Nature editorial
The Trump administration has stepped up its assault on environmental protections by halting a US$1-million study on the health risks of coal mining — casting a pall on academic freedom.

The ‘crony capitalist’: Understanding Adani — an Indian perspective
Gaurav Tyagi
Freelance Indian journalist Gaurav Tyagi charts the rise of Adani, its finances, its links to corruption and its proposed coal mines in Australia.,10671

The gorillas Dian Fossey saved are facing new challenges.
Three decades after the groundbreaking researcher was killed in Rwanda, the ape population is growing—but is under rising pressure

Arc of desperation.
Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.

PNG promises to shut down illegal logging leases
Illegal logging leases that have enriched foreign companies and dispossessed traditional landowners in Papua New Guinea will finally be shut down, according to the Government.

Global warming doubles growth rates of Antarctic seabed’s marine fauna – study
Experiment in the Bellingshuan Sea reveals temperature rise has more alarming implications for biodiversity in polar waters than previously thought

Up against the wall.
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands contain some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in either country. Trump’s wall would imperil all of it

The people, the mine and the World Bank
Demonstrations blocked a gold mining project in Rosia Montana, Romania – now the company is suing the country for billions

Guam’s forests are being slowly killed off – by a snake
Elizabeth Wandrag, Haldre Rogers