Monday 4 September 2017

We don’t deny harvey, so why deny climate change?
Nicholas Kristof New York Times
Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212645919

Trump names climate science denier to run NASA.
Joe Romm Think Progress
NASA scientists have led the way in documenting the scientific reality of climate change. But in 2013, Jim Bridenstine not only gave a speech on the House floor filled with standard denier talking points, he actually ended his remarks with a demand that President Obama apologize for funding research into climate science.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212645924

Canberra, Dili reach gas deal
Australia has reached agreement with East Timor on a long-running revenue dispute over oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/canberra-dili-reach-broad-gas-deal/news-story/a6dbdcadd13ab0a9e3ee1b862b0eb21f

Plan to ramp up coal power
A federal plan is under way to ­encourage more capacity at the nation’s biggest coal-fired power stations.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/powering-australia/plan-to-ramp-up-coal-power-to-avoid-more-blackouts/news-story/fb89d4b8fa82ca888901b616fe50c9ee

Greens warn Labor not to do clean energy deal that protects coal power
Opposition told to be wary of doing a Finkel review deal with the Coalition that would prolong the life of coal plants
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/04/greens-warn-labor-not-to-do-clean-energy-deal-that-protects-coal-power

The gas tides turn south
Matthew Stevens
http://www.afr.com/business/the-gas-tides-turn-south-20170901-gy9623

Firing up on energy with ammo from AEMO
Jennifer Hewett
http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/firing-up-on-energy-with-ammo-from-aemo-20170903-gy9uz4

Shorten’s seven deadly sins equal an energy crisis
Josh Frydenberg
The Labor Party used to pride itself as the champion of the blue-collar worker. But today Labors climate policies leave it a mere shadow of its …
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/josh-frydenberg-shortens-seven-deadly-sins-equal-an-energy-crisis/news-story/dcf7fe713dae36d8abf5d6918bc32054

Taxpayers cop brunt of energy plan
VICTORIAN taxpayers will cough up hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for the Andrews government’s upcoming solar and wind farm auction.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/taxpayers-to-shell-out-up-to-350-million-for-andrews-energy-plan/news-story/e483f2848d79d975ee537cb6751599a0

Shake-up for one of Melbourne’s busiest roads to stop cars ‘sitting still’
Plans are underway to introduce 24-hour clearway zones along one of Melbourne’s busiest roads to try to ease traffic gridlock, the Victorian Government says.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/24-hour-clearways-for-hoddle-st-to-be-introduced/8867524

Volunteers fear safety standards jeopardise bushwalking groups
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/bushwalking-groups-say-new-rules-for-great-outdoors-will-snare-them-in-red-tape-20170901-gy99yl.html

Come clean on green cost
Herald Sun editorial
VICTORIANS won’t buy the Spring St money-go-round on energy and the hundreds of millions it will cost to hit an arbitrary renewable target.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-time-for-victorian-government-to-come-clean-on-green-cost/news-story/537bdd23fb21254f84d48d8937100b25

Fire destroys 50 hectares of bush in Kurnell
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/blaze-destroys-50-hectares-of-bush-in-kurnell-with-100-firefighters-on-the-scene-20170903-gya0qn.html

‘Low confidence’: Expert panel raises concerns about Santos coal seam gas impacts
A Santos plan to develop coal seam gas in northern NSW has been found by an independent expert panel to lack key data that potentially underestimates impacts on threatened ecosystems and ground and surface water.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/low-confidence-expert-panel-raises-concerns-about-santos-coal-seam-gas-impacts-20170829-gy6wgc.html

Greens MLA pushes for more natural burial sites
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/greens-mla-caroline-le-couteur-pushes-for-more-natural-burial-sites-20170830-gy71b5.html

Capital Recycling Solutions’ Canberra waste incinerator needs cost-benefit scrutiny
Leo Dobes
Is a giant incinerator really the best way to take out Canberra’s trash?
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/capital-recycling-solutions-canberra-waste-incinerator-needs-costbenefit-scrutiny-20170830-gy74nw.html

Conservationists eyes Cape York
A CONSERVATION group which has purchased more than three million acres of rainforest across the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is planning on buying up land in Cape York.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/global-conservation-group-to-buy-up-cape-york-land/news-story/01848e3a61916d86810e5911faa5abae

Resources call for dugong management
A TRADITIONAL owner says indigenous groups should keep stock of how many sea turtles and dugongs are taken from the wild, but they need more resources to do it.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/global-conservation-group-to-buy-up-cape-york-land/news-story/01848e3a61916d86810e5911faa5abae

Oil seepage into Tasmanian river ‘disgusts’ Burnie residents
Residents of Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west are “disgusted” and “frustrated” about an “oily sludge” seeping into the Blythe River.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/oil-seepage-in-tasmanias-blythe-river-disgusts-burnie-residents/8867472

Hunting season needs sustainability
ENVIRONMENT Minister Lauren Moss explains the controversial decision to decrease the magpie goose hunting season and bag limits for this year
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/lauren-moss-waterfowl-hunting-season-needs-sustainability/news-story/4c80d029eee123d5ac9625a4b14ee48e

Ocean Reef harbour to become ‘world-class waterfront precinct’
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/ocean-reef-boat-harbour-to-become-120m-worldclass-waterfront-precinct-20170903-gy9u18.html

Inside the US DOE grid study – an interview with Mark Dyson of RMI
Mark Dyson, a manager at Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, has some things to say about what the DOE grid study got right – and what it got wrong.
https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/08/24/inside-the-doe-grid-study-an-interview-with-mark-dyson-of-rmi/

Wildfire smoke chokes western US
Parts of the western US are covered in smoke following one of the worst forest fire seasons, and officials are rating the air quality as unhealthy.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/wildfire-smoke-chokes-western-us/news-story/e75c030837633d0ecfebdd98d38b5cdf

‘This is far larger than Sandy’: Harvey damage could climb to $225b, Texas Governor warns
Texas Governor Greg Abbott estimates the damage from Hurricane Harvey will reach up to $225 billion, calling it more costly than epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy while fuelling a debate over how to pay for the disaster.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/harvey-damage-could-climb-to-$225b,-texas-governor-says/8868482

The great salmon escape: Is there a better way to farm fish?
Amorina Kingdon Hakai Magazine
We’ve just seen how open-net fish farms can go wrong. It’s time to look at the alternatives.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2460133000469006787

How to stop North Korea’s nuclear program
Peter Layton
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/north-koreas-nuclear-ambitions-are-not-unstoppable-20170903-gy9okw.html

What’s warping the faces of monkeys in Uganda?
A plague of concave faces, missing nostrils, and cleft lips. Some researchers say pesticides are a possible culprit.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2460133000469005515