Monday 6 November 2017

In the wake of disaster, we must keep nature in mind
Anita Von Breda
To minimize future harm, protecting nature and the services it provides should be at the top of our post-disaster to-do list.
https://ensia.com/voices/disaster-recovery/

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters
Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/05/the-cop23-climate-change-summit-in-bonn-and-why-it-matters

Now they say the New York Marathon is at risk of climate change
Tim Blair
Of all the terrifying warnings we’ve been given about the effects of climate change, this is the most terrifying yet.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/now-they-say-the-new-york-marathon-is-at-risk-of-climate-change/news-story/9411084b595083414315135ae3e0f092

‘I’m kind of flabbergasted’: What it’s like to preside over the Doomsday Clock
The man who presides over the Doomsday Clock says we’ve fallen victim to the sort of thinking that could bring on the end of the world.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/im-kind-of-flabbergasted-what-its-like-to-preside-over-the-doomsday-clock/news-story/a7fc24454f7b376f1d192a70af47b64c

ANZ tells coal miners to clean up their act
ANZ is sharpening its scrutiny of thermal coal producers’ climate risks and becoming pickier about those it will support.
http://www.afr.com/news/anz-banking-group-to-coal-miners-clean-up-your-act-20171103-gzep04

Glencore’s Australian arm moved billions through Bermuda
Paradise Papers reveal use of cross-currency interest rate swaps, which are under investigation by the tax office
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/glencore-australian-arm-moved-billions-through-bermuda

National Energy Guarantee’s ability to cut energy costs divides analysts
http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/negs-ability-to-cut-energy-costs-divides-analysts-20171102-gzdoo8.html

Why Macquarie Group is turning green
Tony Boyd
Combine the typical Macquarie banker’s smarts with where the best money-making opportunities are and it’s reasonable to conclude the bank will turn green.
http://www.afr.com/brand/chanticleer/macquarie-group-sees-big-dollars-in-renewables-20171103-gzef1a

Our size is up for debate
Dick Smith
Australia’s population growth has exceeded the country’s ability to cope with the needs of all its citizenry.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/australia-is-full-to-bursting-and-must-rethink-immigration/news-story/1611f29517fe65530b55d96737b1fe99

Villawood Properties claims Lyndhurst’s Aquavero project a green winner
A proposed housing estate in Melbourne’s outer southeast is being touted as the nation’s most sustainable residential development.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/villawood-properties-claims-lyndhursts-aquavero-project-a-green-winner/news-story/7d7aac1b62e11e3ccf4fb07ba3666854

Goulburn residents take solar power into their own hands
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/energy-smart/goulburn-residents-take-renewable-energy-into-their-own-hands-with-solar-farm-20171103-gzed41.html

From front line to Question Time: environmental lawyer’s bid for Greens preselection
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/from-front-line-to-question-time-environmental-lawyers-bid-for-greens-preselection-20171105-gzf27k.html

From environmental ruin came a grand vision for Dresden Optics
A tangled mess of ghost nets lurk in the Gulf of Carpentaria, trapping fish, mammals and turtles.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/from-environmental-ruin-came-a-grand-vision-for-dresden-optics-20171101-gzcnh6.html

Choir will help us stay in tune with our environment
Tracy Bourne
Singing isn’t the obvious response to tackling climate change.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5034506/choir-will-help-us-stay-in-tune-with-our-environment/?cs=97

Power bills to jump $10 after tree trim transfer
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-power-bills-to-jump-10-after-tree-trim-transfer-to-actewagl-20171027-gz9lnk.html

Palaszczuk promises M1 upgrade, says election is about trust
After fielding more questions about her decision to step back from supporting the NAIF loan sought by Adani, in the wake of revelations her partner was involved in the application, the Premier said the election boils down to integrity.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-05/palaszczuk-promises-alternative-m1-upgrade-proposal/9120340

LNP pledges power bill savings of $160, scraps renewable energy subsidies
Queensland’s publicly owned generators would be de-amalgamated, power company assets would be written down and renewable energy subsidies scrapped as the LNP aims to cut household electricity bills by $160 next year.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-05/lnp-power-prices-election-promise-cost-of-living/9119994

Nicholls exploits Palaszczuk’s Adani ‘overkill’
Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has put Adani’s $16.5 billion Carmichael mine at the front and centre of the November 25 election.
http://www.afr.com/news/politics/tim-nicholls-puts-adani-mine-front-and-centre-of-qld-campaign-20171104-gzf02y

Premier denies contravening Integrity Commissioner advice
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied she went against the Integrity Commissioner’s advice in announcing a veto on the potential for an almost $1 billion concessional loan for the Adani mine.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/premier-denies-contravening-integrity-commissioner-advice-20171105-p4ywu2.html

Manning says focus on energy
The Cairns Regional Council is determined any changes made to the Adani Carmichael coal mine’s future won’t have an effect on Cairns.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/adani-veto-decision-doesnt-directly-affect-us-in-cairns/news-story/7e387c35ae59ea0f39f16a7136b4c399

RACQ urges massive funding on roads and public transport to prevent choking congestion
Motoring group RACQ has added pressure to the Government for a massive overhaul of roads and public transport claiming the southeast was facing choking congestion unless funding was allocated.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/racq-urges-massive-funding-on-roads-and-public-transport-to-prevent-choking-congestion/news-story/502a64073c8eea07a88dfb3ff2530f6b

Sunshine Coast bushfire contained, warning downgraded
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/sunshine-coast-bushfire-contained-warning-downgraded-20171105-p4ywu7.html

Moss in $2bn battery plant push
A group backed by Bill Moss is planning a $US1.6 billion ($2bn) lithium-ion battery plant in Townsville.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/mossbacked-imperium3-to-set-up-battery-plant-in-townsville/news-story/f56909f56ae91df7c44a5e55a3c722b4

Adani disaster the biggest own goal in an election in decades
Renee Viellaris
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-adani-disaster-the-biggest-own-goal-in-an-election-in-decades/news-story/be9511070148e89e06a89d6ef141c5fa

Liberals reveal plan to fix South Australia’s ‘broken’ Natural Resources Management scheme
THE Liberal Party will appeal to ratepayers slugged millions of dollars in increased land taxes when it unveils a plan today to cap the Natural Resources Management Levy.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/liberals-reveal-plan-to-fix-south-australias-broken-natural-resources-management-scheme/news-story/4b4ee868e9b3a1d950640ccfd78eca2d

Flinders Island farewells dirty diesel with renewable energy hub
Tasmania’s Flinders Island wants to rely on 100 per cent renewable energy and is about to flick the switch on the first step.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-05/flinders-island-farewells-dirty-diesel-with-renewable-energy-hub/9117108

Farmers sow agroforestry seeds as demand for timber rises
Tasmanian farmers jump on the ever-growing demand for timber, establishing private plantations on their properties.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-05/tasmania-farmers-sow-agroforestry-seeds-as-demand-for-wood-rises/9109216

Fairy terns to make new Mandurah sanctuary home
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/fairy-terns-to-make-new-mandurah-sanctuary-home-20171105-gzf65p.html

WA gardeners turn their back on big lawns
The Water Minister denies telling homeowners to rip out their lawns.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/wa-gardeners-turn-their-back-on-big-lawns-bc-5635986667001

Sunrise hopes rise as talks begin
A maritime deal between Timor Leste and Australia has revived hopes for Woodside’s Greater Sunrise gas project.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/woodside-timor-leste-revive-stalled-greater-sunrise-gas-talks/news-story/eedce0b564135b7595216fd78c56f3b3

The eco guide to big ethics
Is it good news or bad when environment-friendly brands are bought out by major industry players?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/05/the-eco-guide-to-big-ethics

One step beyond organic or free-range: Dutch farmer’s chickens lay carbon-neutral eggs
Poultry owner claims his new approach has the highest welfare standards and lowest cost to environment
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/05/carbon-neutral-eggs-dutch-farmer-organic-free-range-welfare-environmnt

In the wake of disaster, we must keep nature in mind
Anita Von Breda
To minimize future harm, protecting nature and the services it provides should be at the top of our post-disaster to-do list.
https://ensia.com/voices/disaster-recovery/

Smuggled, beaten and drugged: The illicit global ape trade
The New York Times tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok. Here is what unfolded.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/04/world/africa/ape-trafficking-bonobos-orangutans.html?_r=0