NEWS – THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2016                                                                                                                                               

Climate Change
Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change.
Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Tuesday “there’s no question” that human activity affects both the climate and the environment
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-718697387869780759

Paris climate targets to cost Asia $300 billion a year, but will help save lives: Research.
Developing economies in Asia will have to spend $300 billion a year until 2050 to meet targets set by the Paris climate deal, but can expect to save thousands of lives and avoid worsening poverty if they shift to low-carbon growth, research showed on Tuesday.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-718697387869780811

Climate change: Charting the extraordinary decoupling between GDP and carbon emissions.
Cassie Werber, Jason Karaian Quartz
Producing more stuff takes more energy. Using more energy means more pollution. That statement would once have seemed like common sense
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-718697387869780764

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently
Brian Kahn
In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/world-passes-400-ppm-threshold-permanently-20738

Record high to record low: what on earth is happening to Antarctica’s sea ice?
Nerilie Abram, Australian National University; Matthew England, UNSW Australia, and Tessa Vance, University of Tasmania
After record-breaking amounts of sea ice in Antartica, this year we’re seeing record lows.
https://theconversation.com/record-high-to-record-low-what-on-earth-is-happening-to-antarcticas-sea-ice-66114

National
Australia’s west, south losing rain as climate change shifts winds: study
Rising greenhouse gases and ozone depletion over the Antarctic are increasingly pushing rain-bearing storm fronts away from Australia’s west and south, according to a new international study.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/australia-loses-vital-rain-as-climate-change-shifts-winds/7886546

Lower-income neighbourhoods have bigger litter problems: CSIRO
Low socio-economic areas, highways, and carparks are Australia’s worst rubbish traps, research conducted by CSIRO scientists reveals.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/csiro-research-australia-worst-rubbish-traps/7885066

Ditching coal ‘to cause chaos’
AGL Energy says a hasty, disorderly transition away from coal-fired electricity will trigger ‘chaos’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/agl-energy-chair-warns-against-ditching-coal-in-haste/news-story/472c9c2a6f486769465f5b8a067efe54

AGL hit by backlash on carbon emissions and executive pay
http://www.theage.com.au/business/agl-announces-600m-buyback-and-dividend-payout-hike-20160927-grpe9m.html

Super funds accused of propping up fossil fuel ‘expansion’ bonuses
http://www.theage.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/super-funds-accused-of-propping-up-fossil-fuel-expansion-bonuses-20160927-grp7rl.html

Aust bushfire prevention needs new focus
Bushfire prevention should be more focused on encouraging communities to report suspected arsonists than controlling fuel levels, a leading academic says.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/bushfire-blueprint-to-be-released/news-story/cd40e659c5647cfaac44ace7d3a605f0

Saving the planet: A passionate plea from Ruby the Climate Kid
Ruby the Climate Kid
WHEN I THINK about our planet and wildlife, I get upset, because I know that the planet is sick and this means that animals are in danger of running out of food and dying.
https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/saving-the-planet-a-passionate-plea-from-ruby-the-climate-kid,9523

Density, sprawl, growth: how Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years
Neil Coffee, University of South Australia; Emma Baker, University of Adelaide, and Jarrod Lange, University of Adelaide
Many factors have influenced population density change in Australian cities over the past 30 years. Melbourne has led the way in inner-city rebirth as a way to help manage future growth.
https://theconversation.com/density-sprawl-growth-how-australian-cities-have-changed-in-the-last-30-years-65870

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report
Martin Rice and Will Steffen, Australian National University
Australia is pumping 6.5 times more carbon into the atmosphere than the land can absorb.
https://theconversation.com/putting-carbon-back-in-the-land-is-just-a-smokescreen-for-real-climate-action-climate-council-report-65475

Victoria
Hundreds of red gums at risk if trench is built at Rosanna rail crossing
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hundreds-of-red-gums-at-risk-if-trench-is-built-at-rosanna-rail-crossing-20160928-grqiqs.html

New South Wales
Dump transformed into new park oasis
A DUMP and an industrial wasteland will be transformed as part of Sydney’s largest infrastructure project, the WestConnex.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/west-connex-trees-pulled-down-at-sydney-park-as-dump-is-transformed-into-park-oasis/news-story/d3606fb3a936832073a7aca7c7f147a4

Feds will not stop NSW shark nets
THE federal minister responsible for sharks has emphatically declared human life is more important than shark life, and swimmers will be protected.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/shark-attack-federal-government-wont-stop-nsw-nets/news-story/3c1fe32f4cf3d0bacf47c04d14b9bc5c

Queensland’s culling program is not the solution to New South Wales’ shark problem
Jane Williamson
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered to extend the state’s shark netting and drum lines into New South Wales.
https://theconversation.com/queenslands-culling-program-is-not-the-solution-to-new-south-wales-shark-problem-66206

ACT
Land Development Agency to be split, scope narrowed: Labor
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-election-2016/land-development-agency-to-be-split-scope-narrowed-significantly-labor-20160928-grqgac.html

Queensland
Mackay votes to stop adding fluoride to drinking water
Townsville will be the only major Queensland regional centre outside the south-east to fluoridate its water, after Mackay voted narrowly today to stop adding fluoride to its drinking supply, following the same decision by Gladstone in July.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/mackay-council-vote-stop-adding-fluoride-drinking-water/7885584

Rare Indigenous ‘library of rock art’ under threat by gold mine, traditional owners say
Indigenous traditional owners from Queensland’s Cape York are warning a proposed gold mine would potentially damage one of the world’s oldest and most important collections of rock art.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/rare-indigenous-library-of-rock-art-under-threat/7867386

State heading for potential $1bn payday
AFTER three years of dire conditions, the mining industry is back and prices for Queensland’s No.1 export have more than doubled in just a few months.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-heading-for-a-potential-1-billion-payday-as-coal-price-picks-up/news-story/c33c855fac439a220a5c2ce382064cae

Resort town marina set for makeover
IT manages to be both a high-roller playground and a family-friendly resort town all at once. Now this Far North Queensland destination is set to be transformed by an $85 million waterfront development.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/port-douglas-85-million-marina-development-a-boost-for-far-north-tourism/news-story/78488ef9bc5377ec34208fea20506959

Call for State to control fluoride in water
DENTISTS are demanding the State Government take over responsibility for the fluoridation of public water after another council opted to stop adding it to drinking water.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/call-for-state-government-to-control-fluoride-in-water-following-mackay-regional-council-ban/news-story/04661f32aeb6679f7399c530f3a34aac

Southport Spit light rail ‘viable future option’: report
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/southport-spit-light-rail-viable-future-option-report-20160928-grqqpp.html

Reef 2050 plan: Annual report and implementation strategy 2016
Government of Australia, Government of Queensland
We are making progress in implementing the 151 actions under the Reef 2050 Plan. The first annual report shows that 19% of the actions are completed or in place and over 65% are underway.
http://apo.org.au/resource/reef-2050-plan-annual-report-and-implementation-strategy-2016

South Australia
SA power outage: why and how?
Has the state’s focus on renewables impacted today’s blackout?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/sa-power-outage-explainer/7886090

A wrench in BP’s drilling plan
The oil and gas regulator has requested more information about how BP will manage environmental risks.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/regulator-throws-a-wrench-in-bps-drilling-plans/news-story/7374b8fafb803b009605ced17063afe0

Slippery debate on Bight oil
THE shadow of the Gulf of Mexico disaster has loomed large over plans for Bight oil and gas exploration.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/parallels-drawn-to-gulf-of-mexico-disaster-in-slippery-debate-on-bight-oil/news-story/c8d824112220611e08bef6eb63b3cbfa

Councillors blow stack over interstate carbon credits
BUYING carbon credits interstate has been all but abandoned as the Adelaide City Council moves to explore options closer to home.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/adelaide-city-council-all-but-abandons-buying-interstate-carbon-credits-looks-to-local-options/news-story/de2f3926d8fd1088f7e9b3bdb6b874ce

Black Mist Burnt Country asks: what remains after the mushroom cloud?
Joanna Mendelssohn, UNSW Australia
The Maralinga atomic tests were devastating to life and land in Central Australia. Black Mist Burnt Country brings together dozens of artistic responses in a powerful, but somewhat incoherent memorial.
https://theconversation.com/black-mist-burnt-country-asks-what-remains-after-the-mushroom-cloud-66135

SA shows the world why no one should invest there
Andrew Bolt
This astonishing blackout in South Australia raises a big question for any manufacturer or investor: if you wanted to start a new business that needed lot of electricity, would you start it in the state with the most expensive and least reliable power in Australia?
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/sa-shows-the-world-why-no-one-should-invest-there/news-story/e61f127e7ad9303dd8304b4d89d2d45f

Tasmania
Hydro Tasmania to fire up Tamar power station
Hydro Tasmania will fire up the Tamar Valley Power Station next month, as it moves to build up its water storages.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/hydro-tasmania-told-to-store-power-to-prevent-energy-crisis/7884744

Council tick for marine farm shore facility
THE Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has approved a development application for a marine farming shore facility near Triabunna.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/council-tick-for-marine-farming-shore-facility-development-application/news-story/3fb780d716b284f85350babb44fc0e65

Cataract Gorge funding focus
The council had intended to roll the Gorge project out in three stages.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4194992/cataract-gorge-funding-focus/?cs=5312

Eastern quolls edge closer to extinction – but it’s not too late to save them
Bronwyn Fancourt, University of Tasmania
Half of Tasmania’s eastern quolls – Australia’s last population – have disappeared in the past 10 years.
https://theconversation.com/eastern-quolls-edge-closer-to-extinction-but-its-not-too-late-to-save-them-65882

Western Australia
Gorgon ‘on track after problems’
The head of Chevron says the massive Gorgon liquefied natural gas plant is shaking off its early teething problems
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/gorgon-on-track-after-teething-problems-chevron/news-story/c9723394a105045dd1146fc8c3a5dc9f

Artificial abalone reef expansion on menu
An Augusta-based company using a revolutionary artificial reef system to grow abalone wants to expand operations to Bremer Bay, Esperance and Port Lincoln in South Australia.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32755091/artificial-abalone-reef-expansion-on-menu/

People before sharks
Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has reignited the debate on shark nets, saying he is open to the idea of them being used on WA beaches and governments need to “put humans first”.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32755597/nets-and-cull-on-agenda-for-new-shark-strategy/

What is the difference between shark nets and shark barriers?
Shark netting and shark barriers sound similar, so they must be the same thing, right? Wrong.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32755361/shark-nets-not-the-same-as-barriers/

WA power firm to integrate solar, wave and batteries
WA-based Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to integrate wave and solar power with batteries to create what it says is the world’s first “wave-integrated renewable energy microgrid”.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32755148/wa-power-firm-to-integrate-solar-wave-and-batteries/

Stirling ‘shames’ tree vandals as residents plead for better policy
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/council-punishes-tree-vandals-as-residents-plead-for-better-policy-20160927-grpro4.html

Sustainability
SA faces much more serious problem of indoor air pollution.
The South African population faces a far more serious problem of indoor pollution compared to outdoor pollution‚ according to a new study by the Institute of Race Relations.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780731

As drought grips Iran, farmers lament loss of a way of life.
Environmental mismanagement, water overuse, the pressures of population growth and a government more concerned with security and economic challenges have exacerbated Iran’s agricultural problems.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780732

Solar on the steppe: Ukraine embraces renewables revolution.
With fears about Russian hegemony at a peak, the former Soviet republic is ready to join the renewables revolution
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-718697387869780786

Your laundry is worse for the environment than you think.
New research shows that as many as 700,000 microscopic fibres are released into the environment each time we do the laundry.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780771

At last, the destruction of heritage has been recognised as a weapon of war
The imprisonment of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for helping to vandalise shrines in Timbuktu marks a key moment for justice and reflects the wider value of culture
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/sep/28/destruction-of-heritage-weapon-of-war-timbuktu-shrines-irina-bokova

A revolution disguised as organic gardening: in memory of Bill Mollison
Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne
Bill Mollison co-created permaculture – an ambitious alternative to industrial agriculture.
https://theconversation.com/a-revolution-disguised-as-organic-gardening-in-memory-of-bill-mollison-66137

It’s in the best interest of the rich to help reverse extreme inequality.
By Chuck Collins The Nation
All of humanity is now wound together, our fate linked to our ability to respond to a planetary challenge bigger than anything we’ve faced before
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780793

Banning nuclear weapons is crucial for global health
Ira Helfand et al
Less than 1% of the nuclear weapons in the world today could put two billion people at risk of starvation. World-leading health experts have called on the UN to introduce a ban treaty as a global health priority
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/28/banning-nuclear-weapons-is-crucial-for-global-health

Nature Conservation
The Deepwater Horizon spill may have caused ‘irreversible’ damage to Gulf Coast marshes.
A new study suggests the spill may have permanently marred one of the Gulf shore’s most important ecosystems
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780791

Peru’s new president summoned to Amazon by indigenous protestors.
Indigenous peoples are part blockading one of the main tributaries of the River Amazon and demanding that Peru’s new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visit them – with no positive response to date.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-718697387869780809

Studies link biofuel demand, habitat loss.
Researchers with N.C. State and the U.S. Geological Survey say increasing demand for renewable energy, such as biomass or wood pellets as a fuel source, comes with trade-offs, including loss of wildlife habitat.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-718697387869780752

Pangolins thrown a lifeline at global wildlife summit with total trade ban
World’s most illegally trafficked mammal wins total ban on international trade in all species under the strictest Cites protection possible
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/28/pangolins-thrown-a-lifeline-at-global-wildlife-summit-with-total-trade-ban

Subdivision or wildlife reserve?
Thirty-seven hectares of native bush and wetlands are up for grabs in Bethell’s Valley west of Auckland, and local environmentalists are keen to buy it and connect Matuku Reserve, the Habitat Tahini project and the Ark in the Park.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11718280

Soil isn’t sexy but we need to dig in and help conserve it
Molly Scott Cato
The dirt beneath our feet, vital to food production and biodiversity, is under threat like never before. We need new laws to save it
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2107462-soil-isnt-sexy-but-we-need-to-dig-in-and-help-conserve-it/