Monday 30 October 2017

Monsanto papers reveal company covered up cancer concerns
A release of internal emails has revealed that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto manipulated studies of the company’s herbicide, Roundup. Experts believe the product causes cancer – and the consequences for the company could be dire.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/monsanto-papers-reveal-company-covered-up-cancer-concerns-a-1174233.html

Cannon-Brookes hits out at energy politics
The Atlassian boss says the government’s contradictory response to Elon Musk and an unhelpful National Energy Guarantee could cost the country billions.
http://www.afr.com/technology/mike-cannonbrookes-hits-out-at-governments-energy-plan-and-ignorance-of-elon-musk-opportunity-20171027-gz9qfx

Australia needs to prepare for LNG contract volatility, S&P says
http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/australian-lng-needs-to-become-more-flexible-sp-says-20171027-gz9p59.html

Five ways to tackle Melbourne’s worsening peak-hour traffic
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/five-ways-to-tackle-melbournes-worsening-peakhour-traffic-20171029-gzaczd.html

Melbourne ranks poorly on transport efficiency amid call for congestion tax
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-ranks-poorly-on-transport-efficiency-amid-call-for-congestion-tax/news-story/e7d5f64f7ddc1d5b45a998d7ef1a2631

Male cyclists of Melbourne, what the hell is your problem?
Merie Polkamp
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/male-cyclists-of-melbourne-what-the-hell-is-your-problem-20171017-gz2igy.html

Electricity legal loophole leaves consumers vulnerable to ripoffs
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/electricity-legal-loophole-leaves-consumers-vulnerable-to-ripoffs/news-story/33320ee1f2de610eecaeeadaf657b45d?nk=00b0e15a9e78470fd64c65dfa84b3e59-1509308795

Concerns about housing proposal near contaminated old tip
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/concerns-about-red-hill-housing-proposal-near-contaminated-old-tip-at-section-66-20171029-gzac26.html

What do voters think are the top issues heading into the Queensland election?
Jobs and the environment seem to be at the tops of minds of Queensland voters as they react to news Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called an early election for November 25.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-29/queensland-election-what-are-voters-thinking-about/9097318

Palaszczuk cops Adani protest in poll call, Nicholls questioned about One Nation
An anti-Adani protester disrupts the Queensland Premier’s formal announcement of a state election on November 25, as LNP Leader Tim Nicholls again rules out forming a coalition with One Nation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-29/queensland-election-palaszczuk-nicholls-dogged-anti-coal-protest/9095036

Anti-Adani protests to dog Qld election
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/antiadani-protests-to-dog-qld-election/news-story/dac24aadf68cf243abcc115865b626c3

Queensland Election 2017: KAP vows to block coal-fired power station
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/state-election-2017/queensland-election-2017-kap-vows-to-block-coalfired-power-station/news-story/14e9fbc05123a5ddc59f534e1ea18dde

Queensland election 2017: Parties lay out plans to zap electricity bills
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/state-election-2017/queensland-election-2017-parties-lay-out-plans-to-zap-electricity-bills/news-story/dcc018d30ad7c6c3a7d0c61d88bca25a

Greens aim for first elected MP as power deal with Labor is left open
http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/greens-aim-for-first-elected-mp-as-power-deal-with-labor-is-left-open-20171029-p4ywpb.html

Burnside Council dumps plan to build designated bicycle routes into the CBD
A cycling plan designed to get cars off the road, reduce accidents and encourage children to ride to schools across Burnside has been scrapped — because it failed to meet any of those targets.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/east-hills/burnside-council-dumps-plan-to-build-designated-bicycle-routes-into-the-cbd/news-story/2f88667646a66a944f470517a1c2ab21

Grass fires fanned by up to 100km/h wind gust ahead of cool change
DOZENS of fires fanned by strong winds tested crews and threatened properties across the state on Sunday during the first serious event ahead of the fire danger season.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/crazy-south-australia-weather-100kmh-wind-gusts-hail-and-fire-bans-forecast/news-story/c92679dd2bbb032f3bcffd098ae6511b

Labor, Liberals keeping options open after rail trail delay
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5019533/labor-liberals-keeping-options-open-after-rail-trail-delay/?cs=95

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Hagley Farm Primary pupils take action
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5019253/reduce-reuse-recycle-hagley-farm-primary-pupils-take-action/?cs=95

Bellerive celebrates the water
THIS year’s Seafarers’ Festival at Bellerive was a chance to celebrate the water as well as learn how to help protect marine environments.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/festival-adds-ocean-science-and-conservation-activities-to-its-program/news-story/3355a1eecd5d7876856dc783d04768ea

Electrical system claims wedge-tailed eagles
Seven wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by Tasmanian electricity infrastructure in just four months this financial year, new figures show.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmanian-electrical-system-claims-wedgetailed-eagles/news-story/d7cac79c3d58587f88d6e3f0b6597203

Rock lobster fishers give thumbs up
ROCK lobster fishers have welcomed a review into the rules and regulations that govern Tasmania’s commercial fishery.
http://www.themercury.com.au/business/rock-lobster-commercial-fishers-welcome-review-into-regulations-governing-the-industry/news-story/b8d8f708d981869a3055939c3c00a334

Firefighters winning the battle
Firefighters are getting on top of a bushfire that has been burning in difficult terrain on Tasmania’s east coast for more than a week
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/bushfire-battle-on-tasmanias-east-coast-bearing-fruit/news-story/136c35c13ba8e6d339a64996bc025682

Heatwave a no go this summer
A marine heatwave will not occur in waters off Tasmania’s East Coast this year, advanced forecasting by the CSIRO has shown.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/csiro-forecasting-shows-tasmania-waters-to-escape-last-summers-marine-heatwave/news-story/21d51bbcd82bb8c76ba2cbf6c5c484f7

We must walk united on river bid
Mercury editorial
IT was a project first mooted in 2002, but 15 years later the Hobart community is still unable to come to agreement on a Battery Point walkway.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/its-time-for-the-hobart-community-to-come-to-an-agreement-for-the-battery-point-walkway/news-story/7d3cece88c8829994ed6add427ba0d9d

Introduce incentives to boost electric car sales or risk being left behind
WA is being urged to provide subsidies and incentives to fast-charge the uptake of electric cars as part of efforts to cut vehicle emissions and tap into a looming jobs bonanza.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/introduce-incentives-to-boost-electric-car-sales-or-risk-being-left-behind-ng-b88641012z

Electric cars to rule inside Oxford zero-emissions zone by 2035
Oxford’s lush lawns and picturesque spires belie a toxic problem in the university city, but locals have turned to what they believe is a world-first solution.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-29/electric-cars-to-rule-at-oxford-zero-emissions-zone/9085092

The eco guide to sanitary products
Menstrual pads are hard to talk about, and also an eco disaster on our beaches – but we need to change our ways
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/29/the-eco-guide-to-period-dramas

African nation has power over battery boom supply chain
http://www.theage.com.au/business/in-battery-boom-cobaltsupply-chain-democratic-republic-of-congo-has-the-power-20171029-gzae9m.html

New tech could turn windows into solar panels
http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/new-tech-could-turn-windows-into-solar-panels-20171027-gz9goq.html

Farming sector aims to cut antibiotics use to help tackle human resistance
Taskforce from UK’s pig, dairy and poultry farming sectors will aim to bring down use seen as major cause of increasing antibiotic resistance
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/27/farming-sector-aims-to-cut-antibiotics-use-to-help-tackle-human-resistance

Monsanto papers reveal company covered up cancer concerns
A release of internal emails has revealed that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto manipulated studies of the company’s herbicide, Roundup. Experts believe the product causes cancer – and the consequences for the company could be dire.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/monsanto-papers-reveal-company-covered-up-cancer-concerns-a-1174233.html

More plants in our lives make us happier, healthier
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/plants-make-you-happier-and-healthier/news-story/0fdc9d5d5dae2a7169d997e4dcd6ff73?nk=e84e013ce48fa79d4f7fb638355fbe33-1509308684

Kristof on Trump’s Legacy: Damaged Brains
This is what a common pesticide does to a child’s brain.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/28/opinion/sunday/chlorpyrifos-dow-environmental-protection-agency.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion-columnists&_r=0

Battle for the mother land: indigenous people of Colombia fighting for their lands
The 50-year civil war is over but, in the Cauca Valley, indigenous communities are on frontline of fight against drug gangs, riot police and deforestation
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/28/nasa-colombia-cauca-valley-battle-mother-land

Trump to shrink two national monuments following Zinke’s proposal
President will reverse protections established by two Democratic presidents on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, sparking fury from environmentalists
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/27/trump-to-shrink-two-national-monuments-following-zinkes-proposal

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat
Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all alive, an official said this week, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/indonesia-seizes-101-pangolins-on-fishing-boat/news-story/df344c397664ffe1a182fd967819c795