MONDAY 21 MAY 2018

Rep. Mo Brooks suggests rocks falling into oceans causing seas to rise
“Because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up,” Rep. Mo Brooks said during the science committee hearing.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/05/17/mo-brooks-rocks-causing-sea-levels-rise/621389002/

Wall Street Journal commentary grossly misleads readers about science of sea level rise
“The article has almost nothing to do with the modern state of sea-level science. The author (Fred Singer) tries to call into question that global warming causes sea-level rise, and does so by cherry-picking a short segment of data from 1915-1945, a time when data quality is poor and the warming signal small.”
https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/wall-street-journal-commentary-grossly-misleads-readers-about-science-of-sea-level-rise-fred-singer/

Energy focus in Senate estimates [PAYWALL]
Lower house MPs are sitting this week while Senate estimates will be running, the environment portfolio to be scrutinised.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/politicsnow-live-federal-politics-coverage-from-parliament-house/news-story/02d0c88f6b88a97503efd17dd59ae38e

‘Significant pollution event’ leaves Melbourne creek covered in foam
An environment group in Melbourne’s east calls for a crackdown on polluters after a creek near a walking path is covered in white foam that looks and smells like “laundry water”.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/pollution-in-dandenong-creek/9780794

Green roofs for our cities are a ‘no brainer’, but not much progress has been made
Green roofs have the potential to improve city living, a study from Melbourne researchers shows, but there are still roadblocks in the way of our cities having a green future.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/why-australia-needs-more-rooftop-gardens/9775464

Victorian Government proposes wildlife carer ban
Victoria Pressler
A new proposal looks set to determine a bleak future for wildlife in need of human care
https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/victorian-government-proposes-wildlife-carer-ban,11504

Kosciuszko National Park brumbies cull banned to protect ‘national icons’
A controversial proposed cull of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park is being scrapped and any future culling will be outlawed under plans from the New South Wales Government.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/culling-kosciousko-brumbies-banned-under-plan-national-icon/9780558

1 million fewer public transport trips during Brisbane’s bus strikes
Commuters flocked to their cars, with people abandoning public transport in droves during last year’s bus strike.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/1-million-fewer-public-transport-trips-during-brisbane-s-bus-strikes-20180518-p4zg67.html

Pressure builds over Aurizon delays  [PAYWALL]
The Government is under pressure to intervene in the ­increasingly heated $4 billion Aurizon dispute after Japan’s steel mills raised questions over the reliability of the state’s coal sector.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pressure-builds-on-palaszczuk-government-to-act-over-aurizon-coal-delays/news-story/a264c837d24ed4e27e33e804d1758966

LNP hangs on to Queensland dam promises
More than $200 million could be poured into dam projects in central and north Queensland, with the LNP moving to keep its dam election pledge as a policy in the lead-up to the next election.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/lnp-hangs-on-to-queensland-dam-promises/news-story/de76a451799edd8528f8b1d2d6684a0e

Greens claim Tasmanian Government put tourism ahead of wilderness values
The Greens claim leaked documents show the Tasmanian Government changed the World Heritage management plan to accommodate tourism developments, including on Hall’s Island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/world-heritage-document-leak/9780912

Natural leader for Land Conservancy’s next step  [PAYWALL]
With a passion for the community, incoming Tasmanian Land Conservancy chief James Hattam will lead the not-for-profit into its next chapter
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/james-hattam-is-the-natural-leader-for-the-tasmanian-land-conservancy-in-its-next-chapter/news-story/ab36a5179a5474172ccf5c858b4d9411

Energy legislation tops state government agenda
The state government’s proposed energy policy may sacrifice long-term stability for short-term gain, according to a leading energy expert.
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5413057/energy-legislation-questioned-in-lead-up-to-parliament-sitting/?cs=95

Strategy must target health of planet and its population
Sinead Boylan
The recent flooding in Tasmania has proven to be one of the worst storms the state has seen in recent decades. The damage bill has already hit over $20 million dollars and insurance claims are continuing to mount. But financial strain isn’t the only thing locals need to be concerned about
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5409759/strategy-must-target-health-of-planet-and-its-population/?cs=97

Rooftop solar poses blackout threat to WA’s main power grid
Extraordinary powers designed for emergencies such major power plant failures or bushfires are being triggered to protect WA’s main grid from soaring output generated by rooftop solar panels.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/rooftop-solar-poses-blackout-threat-to-was-main-power-grid-ng-b88841322z

This Japanese town has 45 different recycling bins
If you think working out whether your rubbish should go into recycling or non-recycling is hard, spare a thought for the residents of this Japanese town who sort their waste into 45 different categories in their quest to reach a zero-waste goal by 2020.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/kamikatsu-the-japanese-town-with-45-different-recycling-bins/9776560

The Japanese rubbish incinerator that looks like a theme park
It’s been mistaken for a theme park, attracts thousands of tourists every year and even has its own TripAdvisor page, but the Maishima Incineration Plant is critical for managing waste in Osaka.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-21/the-japanese-waste-incinerator-that-has-its-own-tripadvisor-page/9780872

The green Father of the Groom
It’s quite easy to write off Prince Charles as a well-meaning son, and father, of privilege. But he’s been at this green thing for longer than many of you, dear readers, have been alive.
http://www.ehn.org/weekend-reader-the-green-father-of-the-groom-2569943802.html

Bees are being ‘driven to the edge’ as humans and climate change destroy their havens
A third of Irish bee species are threatened with extinction with bumblebee populations falling year-on-year due to removal of hedgerows and ditches, use of pesticides and insecticides and climate change.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/bees-are-being-driven-to-the-edge-as-humans-and-climate-change-destroy-their-havens-36922804.html