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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ditching coal ‘to cause chaos’
AGL Energy says a hasty, disorderly transition away from coal-fired electricity will trigger ‘chaos’

AGL hit by backlash on carbon emissions and executive pay

Super funds accused of propping up fossil fuel ‘expansion’ bonuses

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.

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.,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.

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.

Hundreds of red gums at risk if trench is built at Rosanna rail crossing

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.

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.

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.

Land Development Agency to be split, scope narrowed: Labor

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Southport Spit light rail ‘viable future option’: report

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.

South Australia
SA power outage: why and how?
Has the state’s focus on renewables impacted today’s blackout?

A wrench in BP’s drilling plan
The oil and gas regulator has requested more information about how BP will manage environmental risks.

Slippery debate on Bight oil
THE shadow of the Gulf of Mexico disaster has loomed large over plans for Bight oil and gas exploration.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Cataract Gorge funding focus
The council had intended to roll the Gorge project out in three stages.

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.

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

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.

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”.

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.

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”.

Stirling ‘shames’ tree vandals as residents plead for better policy

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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