Friday 7 July 2017

Climate change might stir up dangerous dust microbiome.
Just like your gastrointestinal tract, and the soil we walk on — a dust storm has a collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses all its own called a “dust microbiome.” If climate change accelerates, managing the microbiome and impacts of dust storms may prove a bigger challenge in the future.

2 new studies undermine climate denial arguments.
Two new studies published this month are helping resolve lingering differences between what climate models have predicted and what actual measurements have recorded.

Scientists are starting to clear up one of the biggest controversies in climate science.
A study, out Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, joins a growing body of literature that suggests the models are on track after all.

Why carbon pricing is losing popularity.
Ask people if they’re in favor of a recession to lower emissions and you’ll get very different answers than if you ask whether they favor a carbon tax to fight man-made climate change.

Climate change could see Africa’s Sahel turn lush and green in our lifetimes.
The abrupt transition to a tropical climate would bring its own challenges for Sahel societies.

Delhi could become as hot as Sharjah by 2100.
The average summer highs in major Indian cities could rise by 3-5 °Celcius by end of the century, leading to the Indian peninsula witnessing extreme heat waves associated with the arid climate of the Middle-East , estimates new research.

A landmark climate lawsuit against Trump is scheduled for trial next year. Here’s what to expect.
The case is set for trial in February 2018, and there’s not much left that can derail it.

This is how climate change will shift the world’s cities.
To illustrate just how hot cities’ future could be and the choices they face, Climate Central created an interactive in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization.

Why the climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than weather records suggest
Andrew Glikson
One of the key questions about climate change is the strength of the greenhouse effect. In scientific terms this is described as ‘climate sensitivity’. It’s defined as the amount Earth’s average temperature will ultimately rise in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Don’t worry about the huge Antarctic iceberg – worry about the glaciers behind it
Chen Zhao et al
Icebergs breaking off Antarctica, even massive ones, do not typically concern glaciologists. But the impending birth of a new massive iceberg could be more than business as usual for the frozen continent.

A new approach to emissions trading in a post-Paris climate
Suzi Kerr
Despite the US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, other countries, including New Zealand, remain committed to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.

Sonnen battery storage plan to take utilities ‘out of business’
Sonnen offers grid power for homes with solar and battery storage for a fixed annual fee as low as $360. It says the mobile phone-style plan – that merges peer-to-peer trading and virtual power plants – is designed to take traditional utilities out of business.

One-quarter of Australian homes now have solar
Roy Morgan research shows almost one in four Australian households own solar panels – almost one-third in South Australia.

Energy consumers paying more than they think, and what regulator admits
New data shows that energy consumers are paying more than they think in their bills, and more than what the regulator admits.

Energy Locals calls out ‘gen-tailers’ for driving up prices, hurting customers
Energy Locals becomes second market player in week to hit out at fossil fuel generators for ‘deliberately’ driving up electricity bills.

Third of seabirds found dead on NZ and Australian shores had eaten plastic.
More than a third of seabirds found dead on New Zealand and Australia’s beaches have plastic in their stomachs.

Lithium firms ride battery boom
Australian developers of lithium and cobalt deposits are enjoying a “second commodity boom” thanks to the battery storage boom.

Consumers question value for money on energy bills
Electricity is rated behind banking, mobile phone and internet services in terms of value for money, a national survey of energy consumers finds, as households face double-digit price rises.

Act now on high-speed rail or pay heavy price later

Pacific Bauxite accused of tricking Solomon Islanders over mining rights
The Australian mining company denies any impropriety and says landowners are keen to find out if there are mineral resources on their land

Australian paleo: What’s it like to eat native animals?
Jillian Garvey, La Trobe University
If Australians are to eat healthy, unprocessed meats while making sustainable choices, native animals would be an obvious choice

Don’t pick this piece of Finkel
Graham Richardson
Turnbull should ignore clean energy target and fire up government role in power from coal

Energy prices are only going one way
Jennifer Hewett

Radical plan to turn waste into power
A PLAN to turn hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste into power could be operational within four years, creating hundreds of jobs in the struggling Latrobe Valley.

We can lead on urban change
Brendan Gleeson
NEXT Tuesday evening some of Melbourne’s famous landmarks will be bathed in emerald light to welcome some of the world’s experts in ecocities

State’s timber bailout has bad whiff of pork
Age editorial
How can anyone assess this use of scarce public funds? The government has a duty of full disclosure to the community.

Impending traffic chaos? Beware the problematic West Gate Tunnel forecasts
Nathan Pittman et al

Houses may block fast rail between Canberra and Sydney
Great Barrier Reef avoids ‘in danger’ status
Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef avoids being placed on UNESCO’s danger list after a decision at the annual meeting of its World Heritage Committee, but concerns about water quality targets and land clearing laws remain.

Reef relief for tourism operators
GREAT Barrier Reef tourism operators hope UNESCO’s decision not to list the living wonder “in danger” will reverse a drop in visitor numbers.

Premier wants power station scrapped
PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has renewed her call for the Federal Government to scrap its plans for a new coal-fired power station in North Queensland, arguing it will hurt the Great Barrier Reef.

Gupta to turn Whyalla steel plant ‘green’ with renewables and pumped hydro
Arrium buyer Sanjeev Gupta says key to future of Whyalla steel works is renewables energy, looking at pumped hydro, wind, solar and co-gen.

No excuses for turning off tap on information
David Downie
Government secrecy on water policy must not be tolerated.

Volvo goes electric, ditches cars powered solely by internal combustion engine
Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting from 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine.,-ditches-cars-powered-solely-by-gas/8683850

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced

New material may help cut battery costs for electric cars, cellphones
In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.

Three Gorges Dam alters downstream schistosomiasis rates
The Three Gorges Dam is a massive hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River in central China and became fully operational in 2010. Ecological changes caused by the dam have altered the distribution of snails — including those that carry the Schistosoma parasites — researchers now report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Changes in Conservation Planning Can Benefit Vulnerable Mammals
New research underscores the viewing of global conservation priority areas through three lenses: taxonomy, traits and ..

Climate Change Threatens Domestic Bee Species
There are around 550 different bee species in Germany. Most of them are solitary bees. They don’t live in large beehives like the honeybee, but each female bee often builds …

‘Weedy’ fish species to take over our future oceans
University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments.

Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals
Right now, a prairie dog in Colorado is busy increasing soil carbon retention, increasing water infiltration, and clipping vegetation that will help maintain local grasslands and provide nutritious forage for large herbivores like cattle and bison. And, somewhere in Mexico, a pollinating bat is ensuring agave plants make good tequila.

Hong Kong authorities seize ‘record’ ivory haul
World’s ‘largest ever’ seizure of 7.2 tonnes of ivory has street value of £7m, officials say

If you want to save a whale, first save its food.
David Suzuki National Observer
The fate of two of British Columbia’s most iconic animals and the ecosystems and economies that depend on them rests in our hands.