Monday 28 August 2017

Power firms told to cut prices
The nation’s electricity industry chiefs will be hauled in by Malcolm Turnbull for the second time in three weeks.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/power-chiefs-told-again-by-turnbull-to-ease-price-pressure-on-homes/news-story/9fcb2e138c4a136f0a6671e7a5b7ba15

Renewable energy generates enough power to run 70% of Australian homes
Renewable Energy Index shows sector will generate power to run 90% of homes once wind and solar projects being built in 2016-17 are completed
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/27/renewable-energy-generates-enough-power-to-run-70-of-australian-homes

Malcolm Turnbull to announce millions for Snowy Hydro project
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-to-announce-millions-in-funding-for-snowy-hydro-20-pet-project-20170827-gy5042.html

Renewable industry to bust without clean energy target: analysts
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/renewable-energy-booming-but-could-soon-turn-to-bust-analysts-warn-20170825-gy4egf.html

Power is PM’s big renewal hope
Simon Benson
Turnbull will go back and draw from the well he ­believes will help the government revive its political fortunes.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/power-policy-is-malcolm-turnbulls-big-hope-of-renewal/news-story/582cc59abb2b3de2bd9ca58ba8ef8e4a

Australia eclipsed in commercial solar uptake
Reece Turner
Australia is seeing a new boom in solar energy generation powered by nose-bleeding electricity and gas price rises. In fact, Australian households are approaching 25 per cent solar uptake, which is the highest in the world by a large margin. However, when it comes to businesses installing solar power, Australia’s doing far worse. Estimates are we’re not even in the top 20 countries for commercial solar.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4876719/australia-eclipsed-in-commercial-solar-uptake/?cs=97

Government losing its resistance to rent-seeking businesses
Ross Gittins
http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/government-losing-its-resistance-to-rentseeking-businesses-20170826-gy4u3c.html

Ex-state agronomists demand axing of Shenhua coal mine
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/ignorant-former-state-agronomists-demand-scrapping-of-shenhua-coal-mine-20170822-gy1iw1.html

Plan to burn rubbish to power Canberra faces uphill battle
An ambitious plan to build one of Australia’s first waste-to-energy plants in Canberra’s south is facing hurdles, including air quality concerns and questions around receiving tariffs for feeding excess energy into the grid.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-27/plant-to-burn-rubbish-for-energy-faces-uphill-battle/8846390

Does a plastic bag ban cause a spike in bin liner sales?
After plastic bags were banned in 2011, Canberrans are getting creative about their waste.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/curious-canberra/2017-08-28/does-a-plastic-bag-ban-cause-a-spike-in-the-use-of-bin-bags/8819504

Tonnes of rubbish collected from Whitsundays after Tropical Cyclone Debbie
A north Queensland environmental organisation picks up more than 15 tonnes of rubbish and marine debris from the Whitsundays after Cyclone Debbie.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-27/15-tonnes-rubbish-whitsunday-islands-cyclone-debbie/8841490

Remote technologies to watch for poachers
VESSEL monitoring technology will be used to regulate the Coral Sea rather than having more patrols, under the new management plan for the offshore reserve.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/remote-technology-to-be-used-to-regulate-coral-sea-to-protect-marine-reserve-from-illegal-activity/news-story/2a88bf39ff55fb09547466c89407faf7

Dwarf minkes an all-star cast for research
A JAMES Cook University research team has spent time diving with hundreds of dwarf minke whales on the remote northern Great Barrier Reef.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/port-douglas-to-cairns-dive-for-research-on-dwarf-minke-whales/news-story/6e3ecb9691fb27d1e8d93a0931ec46ec

Gloves are off in megamine fight
ADANI will chase activists and environmental groups for an estimated $1 million in court damages after receiving a slap on the wrist for coal dust spill.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/adani-plays-hardball-with-protesters-to-get-its-carmichael-mine-built/news-story/e9cffaf4f9a0fb631f80ca1fb3fd1336

Clear view of Brisbane’s future
BRISBANE is on the brink of becoming a major international centre underpinned by booming population growth and a “network of cities’’ unrivalled by any other Australian capital.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/future-brisbane/future-brisbane-bernard-salt-research-shows-how-city-is-headed-for-greatness/news-story/dd07527b43540cb443f3eeec2a35a6d8

NAB questions the secrecy of Turnbull government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
A $5 billion infrastructure loan facility derided as a secretive Turnbull government slush fund has weathered further criticism – this time from a major bank.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/nab-questions-the-secrecy-of-turnbull-governments-northern-australia-infrastructure-facility-20170824-gy332z.html

Four of ACT’s five largest dams not meeting safety code
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/safety-reviews-underway-as-four-of-acts-largest-dams-do-not-meet-code-20170824-gy3u7y.html

Old RAH radioactive waste headed ‘home’
RADIOACTIVE waste currently stored at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital is set to be sent back overseas as the site is cleared once health services shift to the other end of North Tce.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/royal-adelaide-hospital-waste-to-be-shipped-back-overseas-when-it-closes/news-story/a3cdebd7c500f00e67b7913b48e7d900

Dismay and despair as ‘dogs of the sea’ threaten fishing livelihoods in Tasmania
Far from being cute “dogs of the sea”, Tasmania’s fishing fraternity say relocated seals are harassing their boats, destroying nets, attacking other wildlife and are a threat to livelihoods.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-27/seals-in-north-west-tasmania-threatening-fishing-livelihood/8844066

Target set to reduce fire risk
The state government has set a new fire risk reduction goal ahead of the summer fire season.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4882045/target-set-to-reduce-fire-risk/?cs=95

Pulp mill permit expires in two days
The controversial Tamar Valley pulp mill is set to face a legal challenge.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4881659/pulp-mill-permit-expires-in-two-days/?cs=95

We won’t stop activism for animals
Kristy Alger
COUNTLESS investigations have uncovered filthy conditions that farmed animals endure.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/well-stop-protests-and-raids-when-farms-open-their-gates-to-the-truth/news-story/4ef009e979e32be36bd5c215e3c664d5

Property damaged in ‘serious’ bushfire
Property, including sheds and containers, have been destroyed in Batchelor and Tumbling Waters after a huge bush fire tore through the area today
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/property-damaged-in-bushfire-south-of-darwin/news-story/1771a5106c00e898933f915656119936

Warning to WA on power prices
Competition has not benefited electricity consumers in Victoria and WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt should proceed cautiously in reforming the State’s power market, a Perth conference has been told.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/warning-to-wa-on-power-prices-ng-b88580585z

The eco guide to zero wasters
The zero-waste revolution has been postponed, except on Instagram. But there are some constructive steps to be taken
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/27/the-eco-guide-to-zero-wasters

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year
A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/aug/07/fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-a-staggering-5-tn-per-year

How to offset Trump’s climate science ignorance – plant 10bn trees
An ambitious tree-planting campaign aims to counteract the CO2 released by Donald Trump’s climate policies
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/27/how-to-offset-trumps-climate-science-ignorance-plant-10bn-trees

Zinke’s plan for shrinking national monuments belongs in the recycling bin.
Los Angeles Times editorial
Thursday was Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s deadline for submitting recommendations to President Trump about what to do with more than two dozen national monuments — encompassing 553 million acres of protected public land and water, much of it environmentally sensitive.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322298607

Green for wellbeing – science tells us how to design urban spaces that heal us
Zoe Myers, University of Western Australia
Successful parks and urban green spaces encourage us to linger, to rest, to walk for longer. That, in turn, provides the time to maximise the restorative mental benefits.
http://theconversation.com/green-for-wellbeing-science-tells-us-how-to-design-urban-spaces-that-heal-us-82437