Monday 23 October 2017

‘Destroying’ the plan to save Australia’s most important rivers
A $13 billion plan to rescue Australia’s most important rivers is being “actively destroyed” by the NSW and Victorian governments, which refuse to ensure water flows high enough to keep floodplains and forests alive, leading scientists say.
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/state-governments-destroying-plan-to-save-australias-most-important-rivers-20171020-gz4x0s.html

Christian leaders demand implementation of Paris Agreement ahead of climate conference.
Christian leaders from various countries have signed a letter demanding action on the Parish Agreement in 2015 as the next phase of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, draws nearer
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-6303715699622894374

Geostorm is a very silly movie that raises some very serious questions.
Jane A. Flegal, Andrew Maynard Popular Science
Let’s talk about hacking the climate.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6303715699622894689

Back the wind and we’ll be ruined
Ian Plimer
Humans don’t change the climate much — just the laws.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/misguided-renewable-energy-policies-will-ruin-the-nation/news-story/1f0ad93fa98a37fbf6ddd6c8eb425231

Wind energy backing for NEG pressures Labor states
http://www.afr.com/news/wind-energy-backing-for-neg-pressures-labor-states-20171020-gz59b7

Call for vehicle testing overhaul as Australia’s emissions fight moves to roads
AAA says motorists are being misled by lab tests of emissions and fuel efficiency but green groups accuse it of delaying tactic
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/23/call-for-vehicle-testing-overhaul-as-australias-emissions-fight-moves-to-roads

Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott’s electorates back 50% renewables target
ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/22/turnbull-frydenberg-and-abbotts-electorates-back-50-renewables-target

Frydenberg ‘absolutely confident’ energy prices will fall but gives no guarantee
Energy minister says he believes Labor and Coalition can agree on reliability obligations but differ on emissions targets
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/22/frydenberg-absolutely-confident-energy-prices-will-fall-but-gives-no-guarantee

Rudd upped power bills $7.5bn
Consumers face an extra $7.5bn in power bills thanks ­to the Rudd government.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/rudd-renewables-extension-upped-power-bills-75bn/news-story/a595b5570863ffed1bee440e72956325

Oil’s not well: $4.5bn loss
Australia’s oil and gas industry logged a combined 2015-16 underlying net loss of $4.5 billion, a survey shows.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/45bn-loss-for-oil-and-gas-industry/news-story/b7f41ccf2b5071a8f3ed58255c15d663

‘Destroying’ the plan to save Australia’s most important rivers
A $13 billion plan to rescue Australia’s most important rivers is being “actively destroyed” by the NSW and Victorian governments, which refuse to ensure water flows high enough to keep floodplains and forests alive, leading scientists say.
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/state-governments-destroying-plan-to-save-australias-most-important-rivers-20171020-gz4x0s.html

Capture carbon or miss Paris target
Matthew Stevens
The roll-out of carbon capture projects is miles behind where the Paris Agreement suggests it should be.
http://www.afr.com/business/capture-carbon-or-miss-paris-climate-agreement-target-report-20171022-gz5uge

High court proves we have free speech against environmental wreckers
Bob Brown
Adani and the loggers should watch out – we have a right to peaceful protest to protect our environment
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2017/oct/22/high-court-proves-we-have-free-speech-against-environmental-wreckers

Business solar projects pay for themselves from day one
Nathan Henkes
Right now, you’re paying more money than you need to be for energy. Why? Because of the widely-held misconception that traditional energy is still cheaper than solar. It’s not!
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4999405/business-solar-projects-pay-for-themselves-from-day-one/?cs=97

Climate numbers don’t add up
Maurice Newman
The Bureau of Meteorology’s defenders won’t like it, but we need some answers.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/make-the-bureau-of-meteorology-accountable-for-climate-numbers/news-story/cc2f60972ae973abff41de281f1ad8a1

Finally, an energy lever for market
Chris Mitchell
The Prime Minister’s National Energy Guarantee is a return to market disciplines.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/opinion/at-last-an-energy-policy-for-the-market-not-the-carbon-doomsayers/news-story/eeb94e0c7b30d8348f1e35e057726412

Malcolm Turnbull’s power plan will cost him election
Andrew Bolt
It’s the kiss of death. Labor is now hinting it could back Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new scheme to — allegedly — cut your power bills.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/malcolm-turnbulls-power-plan-will-cost-him-election/news-story/6a1b046b8025659e9a3eb73483cda90a

Charity responds to criticism over dingo adoption program
Sydney Dingo Rescue responds to criticism its program to rehome abandoned dingoes is “unsuitable”, saying while it would like to see more of the animals in the wild some are domesticated and need to be rehomed.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-22/charity-responds-to-criticism-over-dingo-adoption-program/9073202

How taxpayers cough up for NSW shooters
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/government-accused-of-spending-big-to-keep-nsw-shooters-on-side-20171022-gz5sqy.html

Lucy Turnbull unveils plan for three Sydneys
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/lucy-turnbull-unveils-plan-for-three-sydneys-20171022-gz5un4.html

Bradfield Oration: Density is fine but where is the infrastructure
Luke Foley
Our city has got so much going for it, but we need to protect what makes it so good.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/projectsydney/luke-foley-density-is-fine-but-where-is-the-infrastructure/news-story/851b4854fca61db05f181604cf81efd2

Epic ACT border circumnavigation no walk in the park
In a moment of self-declared madness, ACT Region Conservation Council president Rod Griffiths decided to turn his passion for bushwalking into a 21-day mammoth charity fundraiser.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-23/act-border-circumnavigation-no-walk-in-the-park/9074082

Palaszczuk invokes power play
Record dividends being reaped from Queensland’s high-priced power will be reinvested by the Palaszczuk Government to reduce power bills.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/rebates-will-be-offered-to-soften-the-blow-of-high-electricity-bills/news-story/cfc8d1f5abd85b689826ec259d73083e

Lucky shot confirms mouse’s presence
A mangrove mouse with the remarkable ability to keep its fur free of mud has been found for the first time in Cairns, 500km away from the nearest population of the native species.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/mangrove-mouse-discovered-for-first-time-in-cairns/news-story/332a700085729aae9ba216fa9e90c410

Queensland’s Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro expands
http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/queenslands-snowy-20-pumped-hydro-expands-20171020-gz56nq.html

Greens stuck in the same old sit-in-uation
Tim Blair
If you ever doubt that Greens see the world in very different terms to normal people, just remember this: they believe the party’s relative success under Bob Brown was due to his irresistibly captivating charisma.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/tim-blair-greens-stuck-in-the-same-old-sitinuation/news-story/b4bbd2d6a3e65a74ab78450ee0b53034

Five blackouts in six weeks avoided, just
Gas generators in South Australia have been forced to turn on or stay on five times in the past six weeks to prevent blackouts.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/gas-generators-forced-to-turn-on-in-south-australia-to-prevent-five-blackouts-in-six-weeks/news-story/eb955ca1ac6b2861ebf8c82e7e8997b4

USA fire nightmare will happen here, eventually
Rex Jory
The tragedy of Santa Rosa will one day be repeated in the Adelaide Hills because of greed and stupidity
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/rex-jory-tragedy-of-santa-rosa-will-be-repeated-in-the-adelaide-hills-because-of-greed-and-stupidity/news-story/f8b16a7d384a5632ade8ddf42de7c5b6

TasCOSS calls on government energy cash handout to be extended to all
Tasmania’s peak welfare body describes the government’s “one-off bonus” payment to help cover energy bills as “inequitable”, but a pensioner says it will help alleviate the trepidation of opening bills.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-22/tascoss-concerns-over-special-energy-bonus-govt-payment/9074262

Clock ticking for lobsters ‘as big as a small dog’
Known as the Lobster Man, Todd Walsh grew up hunting the animals for his dinner. But he and others have since turned their attention to preservation and are worried the species is in deep trouble.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-22/tas-giant-freshwater-lobster-fears-for-iconic-species/9072950

Sword project finds a mixed bag
Tasmanian researcher Sean Tracey will continue his broadbill swordfish tagging project in Victoria during the New Year, with a report expected on the program this month.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/swordfish-researcher-sean-tracey-moves-tasmania-project-to-victoria-in-bid-to-understand-the-species-movements/news-story/fbef8e2800f55036db6152ac0fdfdcb7

Fuel cell vehicle visits Tasmania
A hydrogen-powered car — the first of its kind to visit Tasmania — has been tipped to revolutionise green vehicle technology across Australia over the coming years.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/hydrogenpowered-car-is-the-first-of-its-kind-to-visit-tasmania/news-story/1bc917e055c875e17a6766b26e522773

Going back to the beginning
THE return to the Aboriginal community of hundreds of hectares in the state’s North-West is a small yet momentous step.
http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/tasweekend-going-back-to-the-beginning/news-story/685e50568f29634eee7b43f9b8d5316a

Victory for freedom of speech
Greg Barns
When the Hodgman Government introduced its anti-protest laws shortly after the 2014 election it must surely have known the constitutionality of parts of the laws was in doubt.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/decision-on-antiprotest-laws-a-victory-for-freedom-of-speech/news-story/279f8437b391c200dc032cb800ed4997

Company says it can remove chems from NT waterways
Scientists have developed technology which claims it can remove 99 per cent of PFAS chemicals from groundwater within minutes of initiation
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/company-says-it-can-remove-pfas-chemicals-from-nt-waterways/news-story/35855ac04a27e5c67562a36ecdebfcac

Coleman rejects gas price concerns
Woodside Petroleum chief Peter Coleman has rejected analyst concerns around upcoming Pluto LNG contract pricing talks.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/woodsides-coleman-rejects-pluto-gas-price-concerns/news-story/eef2e0b62f85b513d69fdb07ef19ccb5

Fracking protesters vow to ‘put their lives on line’ after scaling rig
Invasion of site in North Yorkshire comes as campaigners say they have seen letter stating exploration is due to start
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/22/fracking-protesters-vow-to-put-their-lives-on-line-after-scaling-rig

The eco guide to new mindful activism
Placard-bearing angry activists have their place, but their are other, gentler ways to make a difference
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/22/the-eco-guide-to-the-new-mindful-activism

Biochar, the once and future agricultural mainstay.
Could an anaerobic charcoal offer a way to reduce fertiliser use and bump up carbon capture?
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6303715699622894378

The E.P.A.’s top 10 toxic threats, and industry’s pushback.
The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6303715699622894692

Why are you wasting my time?
HOW annoying is it, when you have a routine repeat prescription – such as a contraceptive pill – and you have to make an appointment for a doctor and sit idle in a waiting room?
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-why-are-you-wasting-my-time-making-me-wait-to-get-routine-repeat-prescriptions/news-story/20f9c337e80cd97ec59781db013d39fe