Friday 14 July 2017

Trump hints climate deal change of heart
After an awkward first handshake in May, President Emmanuel Macron has turned on the French charm to greet US President Donald Trump.

Turning the climate crisis into a TV love child of Jerry Springer and Judge Judy
Graham Readfearn
As a Trump appointee pushes for televised slanging match, a New York magazine cover story sparks a different debate – should we talk about how bad global warming could actually get?

Ministers consider state-based plan for clean energy target
State energy ministers threaten to lock the Federal Government out of a national plan for a clean energy target.

Finkel: Let’s not be railroaded into a bad deal on clean energy
It is particularly important that State and Federal Energy Ministers, meeting tomorrow, do not lock in poor climate change and energy outcomes.

Cutting Edge grid controls could kill need for coal
One of the fiercest defenders of brown coal generators now says they can be replaced with wide adoption of voltage regulation technologies that can make there grid more efficient.

Clean coal ‘key to target’
The Minerals Council of Australia has made a case for the construction of clean coal-fired power stations.

Activists ‘get $18m tax help’
The cost of tax-deductible donations to key environmental activist groups is $18m a year, new analysis says.

Gas producers’ investment warning
Gas producers have warned that the reputation of Australia is falling so quickly it could become an investment pariah.

Gas network ‘fails’ local users
The International Energy Agency has called Australia’s gas network a ‘market failure’

‘Sack Kelly for scaremongering’
Labor calls for Turnbull to sack his MP from heading his energy committee for saying ‘people will die’ because of renewables.

High power bills? There’s an app for that
An app that could cut households’ power bills, or even allow them to turn a profit, by trading their electricity usage on the energy market could be available in Australia within months.

Time to put the bite on sharks
HUNTING for great white sharks could start next year following a study to determine how many of the killer fish lurk in Australian waters.

Josh Frydenberg, the minister who could make or break the government

Barnaby Joyce: I’ll support a clean energy target – if coal is included
Deputy PM tells Guardian the Nationals are waiting on cabinet: ‘You tell me where the line is, and I’ll tell you what our position is’

Vehicle emissions standards: Why Australia needs them, and why they’re NOT a carbon tax
Scott Ferraro
Light vehicle emissions standards is good public policy that will deliver savings for motorists and cut Australia’s carbon emissions. No Elvis comeback required.

Are Australia’s native pigeons sitting ducks?
Andrew Peters

Why Australia needs to whip its coal dependence
Simon Black
In the same way people at the turn of the 20th Century wanted cars instead of horses, people today don’t want coal — they want renewables.,10499

Renewables slaughter pensioners in their beds, sell kids into slavery and worse!
Bernard Keane

No time for light bulb moments
Graham Richardson
How our energy is generated is the big issue, but the PM has more on his mind.

Energy fix needs hard heads
Australian editorial
Security and affordability must come first in consideration.

State partners Gore on renewables
The Victorian government has partnered with Al Gore to launch a renewable energy action plan.

Ash falls on city as a blaze engulfs recycling plant

Spike in blazes at recycling plants has industry concerned

Gore bans photos during eco speech
AUDIENCE members have been stopped from taking pictures during Al Gore’s eco speech in Melbourne today, as Victoria joins other states in signing a climate leadership declaration.

DELWP ‘spill and fill’ row looms
UP TO 300 staff responsible for managing Victoria’s public land could be forced to reapply for their jobs in a “spill and fill” process, according to the union that represents them.

Why our train network melted down yet again

Al Gore ignores tough reality
Herald Sun editorial
AL GORE was in Melbourne today, to talk up renewable energy, when an inconvenient truth emerged — Mr Gore peddled his views despite the existence of some inconvenient facts.

Shenhua defends mine compo
The head of Chinese coalminer Shenhua has defended the $262m extracted from the NSW government.

Artificial intelligence the smart way to boost NSW fishing
Al McGlashan says building homes for fish has been a huge success off Sydney and now more man-made reefs are to be created along NSW’s coast.

Cabinet told benefits from a Wollongong-to-Sydney rail upgrade would exceed costs

Adani ‘spinning the roulette wheel’ on survival of black-throated finch
Mining giant Adani’s strategy to ensure the survival of an endangered bird in the Galilee Basin is “grossly inadequate”, researchers say, and they have called on the Federal Environment Minister to intervene.

Queensland’s door would be open to Elon Musk: Trad

‘Barry White’ mating calls could sound end of cane toad populations, study finds

Stop trying to save the planet, Matthew Canavan tells Queensland government
Federal minister attracts ridicule after he says state should ‘concentrate on saving jobs today’ instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050

Renewable energy target not a priority for Queensland
Mike O’Connor
OUR Deputy Premier joined a gabfest with Al Gore this week. Remember him? He’s the climate change alarmist who warned us a decade ago the world’s ice caps would be gone by now.

How exposing bettongs to predators is improving their chances
Tiny marsupials in South Australia’s Arid Lands defy the odds and adapting to live alongside their predators.

Biggest battery rates, if it works
Moody’s says the construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in SA will be ‘credit positive’ for the state.

Council eyes taxing wind farms to save rates
A REGIONAL council has a bold vision on how to lower rates for its residents, by cashing-in on the clean energy in its area.

State’s power play over Finkel’s energy pricing
SOUTH Australia will declare war on the Federal Government if it refuses to adopt the chief scientist’s proposed clean energy target.

Plea for roo cull as road risks jump
KANGAROOS are causing serious dangers for motorists according to new figures, but despite the new evidence one region is repeatedly ignored when it comes to a cull of its population.

Battery deal needs to be dissected
Matthew Warren
HOW about we take a good hard look at the Tesla deal and what it means for South Australian consumers, electricity prices and reliability,

Should we keep adding fluoride to our drinking water?
Most Australian towns have fluoride added to the water — but one council in northern Tasmania is pushing to give towns a vote on whether or not to have it added.

Concern for Bruny penguins
THE penguin colony at the Bruny Island Neck could suffer devastating long-term damage

Bicheno shock hot spot for plastic pollution
  BICHENO on Tasmania’s East Coast has been identified as a marine microplastic black spot in new national research.

Regions versus city fight for proposed WA lithium refinery
Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and Perth have been short-listed for a proposed multi-million-dollar lithium refinery, predicted to provide jobs and investment for the next 50 years.

Trump’s environment and energy policies trigger storm of lawsuits.
In just six months, Trump’s policies have resulted in a surge in employment – for environmental lawyers.

Guerrilla gardeners fight hopelessness in Greece.
As Greece flounders under debt and austerity, green-fingered activists are overtaking unused spaces to feed those in need – and build a more sustainable future

Green groups call for overhaul of repeal bill to safeguard environment after Brexit.
Environmental campaigners with 8 million members between them are putting forward key amendments to the repeal bill to be published on Thursday to tackle the threat of Brexit leaving huge gaps in environmental protection in the UK

Study suggests route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries
Smooth surfaces may prevent harmful deposits from working their way into a solid electrolyte.

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children.
The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

Why a single nuke’s impact shouldn’t only be measured in megatons
Study: Even ‘limited’ nuclear strike could cause widespread drought, famine

How people can best make the transition to cool future cities
Abby Mellick Lopes

Hilariously, the world is going to end much sooner than we thought
First Dog on the Moon
The other night I tried out some of my new material about how the world might end at a comedy event especially for cynical people

Paris dreams as India stays real
Gary Johns
Fossil fuels are the future for any country trying to meet significant demand.

Want real power? Stay out of politics
Rachel Corbett
POLITICS is paralysed. If you want to effect real change, do it from the outside. Just look at Al Gore and Elon Musk.

In Poland, a battle for the fate of Europe’s last ancient forest.
Environmentalists are fighting to prevent logging in Bialowieza forest, a Unesco world heritage site, but the Polish government has dismissed their concerns.

Toxic Mercury Is Accumulating in the Arctic Tundra, Study Finds
Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a scientist …

Why Japan’s coastal zones might be disappearing due to climate change
Projections of future beach loss in Japan due to sea-level rise and uncertainties in projected beach loss

Publish and don’t perish – how to keep rare species’ data away from poachers
Andrew Lowe, University of Adelaide; Anita Smyth,University of Adelaide; Ben Sparrow, University of Adelaide, and Glenda Wardle, University of Sydney
With the right approach to data security, scientists’ discoveries of the locations of rare and sought-after species needn’t leave a trail for poachers to follow.

Elderly yoginis have greater cortical thickness
Elderly female yoga practitioners have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, suggesting that yoga may protect against cognitive decline.