NEWS – SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2016

Climate Change
Environmental justice plays key role in winning next generation of climate policies.
Strela Cervas Medium
To be successful, and to win on climate, we must address the impacts on communities of color. Environmental justice needs to be front and center.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698173449

National
Potential breakthrough in treatment for koalas with chlamydia
A team of scientists accidentally made a breakthrough in the treatment of koalas with chlamydia, a disease which effects up to 70 per cent of all koalas.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-26/potential-breakthrough-in-treatment-of-koalas-with-chlamydia/7786590

Senator demands no more water buybacks
NO MORE water buybacks and a full cost-benefit analysis of the Murray Darling Basin Plan remain among the top demands of Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm.
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/politics/leyonhjelm-demands-no-more-water-buybacks-in-basin-plan/news-story/fa0db1c2276c34f88481cb73ad5af7f5

Sorry Josh Frydenberg, gas is not the answer to the problem of coal
Blair Palese
Despite the government’s sudden conversion to gas as Australia’s panacea to climate change, the only real solution is 100% renewable energy
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/aug/26/sorry-josh-frydenberg-gas-is-not-the-cleaner-alternative-to-coal

EcoCheck: Australia’s vast, majestic northern savannas need more care
Euan Ritchie, Deakin University and Brett Murphy,Charles Darwin University
Australia’s Great Northern Savannas are the largest and most intact ecosystem of their kind on Earth. But they still face pressure from grazing, mining and agricultural expansion.
http://theconversation.com/ecocheck-australias-vast-majestic-northern-savannas-need-more-care-59897

Fuelling the fire: New coal technologies like UCG spell disaster for climate
Cam Walker
Given UCG’s disastrous history including Linc Energy’s irreversible environmental damage in Queensland, Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on …
https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/fuelling-the-fire-new-coal-technologies-like-ucg-spell-disaster-for-climate-,9393

Victoria
Meet the employees ditching the car and using a bicycle for work trips
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/meet-the-employees-ditching-the-car-and-using-a-bicycle-for-work-trips-20160826-gr1nhb.html

More park access for deer hunt
VICTORIA’S deer hunters have won greater access to the state’s national parks.
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/more-hunting-grounds-open-up-for-deer-hunters/news-story/543fbf8ebda2675d04e9f8ec25ba7c55

New South Wales
Wollemi pines face new threat to fragile existence
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/fungal-threat-secret-wollemi-pine-population-offers-hope-for-species-survival-20160823-gqyzju.html

The battle for control of the most lucrative land in NSW
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/the-battle-for-town-hall-the-candidates-for-the-city-of-sydney-elections-2016-20160826-gr1n43.html

Queensland
New contamination fears for Ipswich
THE Environment Minister fears Defence isn’t being open with residents near Australia’s largest military aircraft base, after it was revealed it was known to be riddled with deadly chemicals.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pfos-and-pfoa-contamination-raaf-amberley-known-to-be-riddled-with-chemicals-in-2012/news-story/ebaf1ac1026ee7afab5fad05d6316225

Tasmania
Legal win for Tasmanian anti-mining groups
Tasmanian conservations have a legal win allowing them to find out why two mining leases were granted in the Tarkine region.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-26/legal-win-for-tarkine-group-opposing-mines/7789080

Spring brings new focus on fuel reduction
THE Tasmania Fire Service has launched its spring fuel-reduction program.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/spring-brings-new-focus-on-fuelreduction-burns-in-tasmania/news-story/00d9f33f013be6c5b41715cd6dd37f6a

Fox fabrication hunt continues
A PRELIMINARY police investigation into allegations that evidence was fabricated within Tasmania’s Fox Eradication Program has wrapped up.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/fox-fabrication-hunt-continues-as-preliminary-police-inquiry-wraps-up/news-story/5e415bd84addc47ce704df874f23bc81

Police patrols to help prevent Tasmanian devils becoming roadkill
Police will patrol rural roads in Tasmania’s north to help prevent healthy Tasmanian devils from becoming  roadkill when they are released into the wild.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-26/police-enlisted-to-help-curb-tasmanian-devil-roadkill/7787764

Basslink report ‘on track’
The federal government will appoint appoint a new author for the second Basslink feasibility study next month after the former …
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4123870/basslink-report-on-track/?cs=5312

Dirty work for Tamar River’s clean future
Sea Shepherd Tasmania removes debris from the bank of the Tamar River at Royal Park
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4122303/dirty-work-for-tamar-rivers-clean-future/?cs=5312

Blue skies ahead for Tassie parks
Vica Bayley
Protecting our wild nature has been shown to work, so let’s keep going.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-blue-skies-ahead-for-tasmanias-national-parks/news-story/2ad33a4eeaeb79c4859814172af356dd

Western Australia
Woodside revives Browse plan
Woodside Petroleum has revived plans to build a pipeline between its Browse gasfields and North West Shelf LNG plant.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/woodside-petroleums-browse-pipeline-plan-on-again/news-story/9e24507871a4b8b434fa3ae7e56421d0

No sharks caught, beaches open: Greens accuse Fisheries of shark panic
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/no-sharks-caught-beaches-open-greens-accuse-fisheries-of-shark-panic-20160826-gr1vcr.html

Sustainability
Smoke from Indonesian fires hits ‘unhealthy’ levels in Singapore
Air pollution in Singapore rises to the “unhealthy” level as acrid smoke drifts over the island from fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the city-state’s National Environment Agency says, in a repeat of an annual crisis.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-26/smoke-from-indonesian-fires-hits-unhealthy-level-in-singapore/7790370?section=environment

Native Americans take up a sacred fight against water pollution.
The Stillaguamish and other tribes want to preserve a healthy tradition of eating fish fresh from American rivers
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-1241197897698173438

Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: What you need to know.
Renewables are getting cheaper but there’s still a huge investment gap. Here’s what our expert panel said in a recent debate on clean energy.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698174712

50 reasons why everyone should want more walkable streets.
As more cities try to improve walkability—from car-free “superblocks” in Barcelona to heat-protected walkways in Dubai—a new report outlines the reasons behind the shift, the actions that cities can take to move away from a car-centric world, and why walkability matters.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698173431

A Texas startup’s big energy idea: Storing electricity underground.
Quidnet Energy wants to make solar and wind energy more accessible by turning abandoned oil and gas wells into energy storage vaults.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698173521

Chemists Develop Promising Cheap, Sustainable Battery for Grid Energy Storage
Chemists have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160826142023.htm

Predictive Tool Vital to Sustainable Environmental Futures
A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160826110740.htm

Enviros wage war with Interior over leasing’s climate impact.
Environmental groups launched a broad assault today on federal oil and gas leasing, accusing the Obama administration of ignoring the climate impacts from leasing on hundreds of thousands of acres since early 2015.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698173526

Wildlife hero Chris Packham: anti-conservationists will not win
Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2102620-wildlife-hero-chris-packham-anti-conservationists-will-not-win/

Australia’s stance on nuclear deterrence leaves it on the wrong side of history
Dimity Hawkins, Swinburne University of Technologyand Julie Kimber, Swinburne University of Technology
Is Australia’s reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
http://theconversation.com/australias-stance-on-nuclear-deterrence-leaves-it-on-the-wrong-side-of-history-64163

People’s tribunal finds Australia guilty over nuclear weapons
Hamish McDonald
Weasel words at UN working group; Turkish president moves to head off Kurds; Russia ‘shows off’.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/world/north-america/2016/08/27/peoples-tribunal-finds-australia-guilty-over-nuclear-weapons

Nature Conservation
Most sea turtles are swallowing ocean junk, scientists say
More than 50 per cent of sea turtles are ingesting marine debris, a huge amount of which is floating around the world’s oceans, scientists say.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-26/sea-turtles-ingesting-marine-debris-50-scientists/7789194?section=environment

Bill Nye on climate change in our national parks
Video
We caught up with Centennial Ambassador Bill Nye to discuss how climate change is affecting public lands and their inhabitants, and how to get the younger generation personally invested in our parks.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-1241197897698173467

Vintage posters of America’s national parks
Pictures
A collection of posters created to promote tourism to the national parks is part of the creative legacy of the New Deal developed by Franklin D Roosevelt.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2016/aug/26/us-national-parks-vintage-posters

Will our national parks survive the next 100 years?
Terry Tempest Williams  Los Angeles Times
Remove our national parks and wildlands from the United States and what remains? An intolerable and lonely self-constructed world without the wisdom and beauty of a landscape much older and wiser than we are.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-1241197897698173455

Now for something completely different …
Beyond burkinis: why science suggests ALL clothes should be banned
Dean Burnett
Scenes of French police enforcing a burkini ban have shocked many, but the anger is misplaced. The fact is that ALL clothes are awful and should be banned
https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2016/aug/25/beyond-burkinis-why-science-suggests-all-clothes-should-be-banned