Saturday 15 July 2017

Support for Green Climate Fund puts America first.
Matthew Kotchen, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz Yale Environment 360
President Trump plans to end U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries finance climate-related projects and is a cost-effective global initiative that protects the strategic interests of the U.S.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2946413885455650325

AEMO boss Audrey Zibelman shocks jock with pro-wind and solar energy plan
The shift to renewables is happening, and politicians need to get on board.
http://www.afr.com/news/aemo-boss-audrey-zibelman-shocks-jock-with-prowind-and-solar-energy-plan-20170713-gxace5

States’ unilateral threat on CET
Labor states have ramped up pressure on the Turnbull government to adopt a clean energy target.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/states-harden-threat-to-got-it-alone-on-clean-energy-target/news-story/2cd2a87bd563c1e940aeeee83a831cc2

Environment’s future in the bag?
Shoppers at Woolworths and Coles will be forking out at least 15 cents per plastic bag when buying groceries next year.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/woolworths-and-coles-to-phase-out-plastic-shopping-bags/news-story/b98d4acc6c9e34e03367302e424eea88

Clean energy target: how the states might make it work
Victoria and South Australia have suggested a states-led initiative if the federal government continues to stall on a clean energy target. Could it work?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/14/clean-energy-target-how-the-states-might-make-it-work

Power price turmoil threatens agriculture
THE energy price crisis is jeopardising Australia’s capacity to provide affordable food and fibre, while also undermining our international competitiveness, the agriculture industry says.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/energy-price-crisis-hurting-agriculture-industry-says/news-story/a444e0604556a9fadab35beb0e52043a

Microplastic pollution of seafloor widespread along Australia’s south-east coast, study finds.
Marine biologists are shocked at the high levels of microplastic pollution in the ocean sediments of Australia’s south-east coast, with Bicheno in Tasmania being the worst
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-14/plastic-waste-on-east-coast-seafloor-mapped/8706302

What Elon Musk’s investment tells us about our energy crisis
Perry Williams and Jason Scott
Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal.
http://www.afr.com/business/energy/what-elon-musks-investment-tells-us-about-our-energy-crisis-20170713-gxazr5

Australia in search of a match to fire-up energy policy
Peter Hartcher
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/australia-in-search-of-a-match-to-fireup-energy-policy-20170714-gxbbp4.html

A brief history of Al Gore’s climate missions to Australia
Marc Hudson
http://theconversation.com/a-brief-history-of-al-gores-climate-missions-to-australia-81023

Price of electricity is rising, not sure about temperatures
Jennifer Marohasy
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has recently put in place strict limits on how cold a temperature can actually be recorded.
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19156

Clean Energy Target was MIA at COAG meeting
Mark Ludlow
Energy ministers should be applauded for the fast pace of approving the key recommendations from the landmark Finkel Review into energy security.
http://www.afr.com/news/politics/clean-energy-target-was-mia-at-coag-meeting-20170713-gxb2ti

The climate change scare campaign most politicians won’t go near
Jacqueline Maley
You can tell the coal-fanciers within the Coalition are panicked. Not content with scaremongering about rising electricity prices, they are now invoking the greatest carbon price of them all – death.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/the-climate-change-scare-campaign-most-politicians-wont-go-near-20170713-gxahjc.html

States should keep lights on
Australian editorial
Canberra must take a lead role in climate and energy policy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/states-want-to-save-planet-but-should-keep-lights-on/news-story/fce2a1a26384743d716541f629e7b194

Energy poverty poses new threat
Judith Sloan
Prices are rising and so is the confusion over policy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/energy-poverty-and-the-threat-to-frydenberg/news-story/37195469f4bd01f1be65999689091856

Memo to COAG: Australia is already awash with gas
Dylan McConnell
http://theconversation.com/memo-to-coag-australia-is-already-awash-with-gas-80960

The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership
Gerry Hueston
Absence of climate and energy policy has left Australia lagging dangerously behind, missing out on investment and facing major electricity disruptions.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/14/the-cynical-and-dishonest-denial-of-climate-change-has-to-end-its-time-for-leadership

Coolaroo factory stockpile ‘illegal’
A GIANT stockpile of recycling that caught alight at a Coolaroo factory and forced residents to evacuate would be illegal in neighbouring states, a peak industry council says.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/coolaroo-blaze-industry-expert-calls-giant-recycling-stockpile-an-absolute-disgrace/news-story/f06e10a8f260c043a8e2243d5fc20d78

Ever wondered what happens after you flush? Here’s where you find out
The workers at Melbourne’s second-biggest sewage plant have a message for you: stop flushing baby wipes and tampons down the toilet.
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/ever-wondered-what-happens-after-you-flush-heres-where-you-find-out-20170713-gxagai

Why Melbourne’s train network melted down … yet again
Adam Carey
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/why-melbournes-trains-melted-down-yet-again-20170713-gxatxp.html

Recycling plant fire raises many questions
Age editorial
Few things are more important than public safety; the risks of more fires can be mitigated.
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/fire-at-coolaroo-recycling-plant-raises-many-questions-20170714-gxbg6g.html

Deadly clash between farmers and conservation
A coronial inquest into the murder of NSW environment officer Glen Turner will raise critical questions of government regulation where biodiversity conservation clashes with farmers’ rights.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/environment/2017/07/15/deadly-clash-between-farmers-and-conservation/15000408004925

Coal’s future is on familiar ground
http://www.afr.com/business/mining/coal/far-from-adani-and-shenhuas-struggles-miners-are-developing-new-coal-mines-on-familiar-turf-20170713-gxacv8

Skyrocketing power bills under scrutiny
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is examining how the concentration of power in only a few energy companies in NSW may be pushing up the price of household electricity bills.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/accc-examining-nsw-energy-companies-pushing-up-price-of-household-electricity-bills/news-story/6804e1b1f688d6042002c2c98ac0de3a

Record fine for 200 tonne coal spill in Blue Mountains river
Coal miner Clarence Colliery is fined more than $1 million for a major spill, in which more than 200 tones of coal material had to be cleaned up from a Blue Mountains river.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-14/clarence-colliery-fined-one-million-for-blue-mountains-spill/8709834

Designer duo Spunky Bruiser turning fast fashion on its head
Designers Bex Frost and Christian Olea turn discarded tapestries and other recycled materials into stylish, tailored streetwear for their sustainable clothing label Spunky Bruiser
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-14/designer-duo-spunky-bruiser-turning-fast-fashion-on-its-head/8710260

Artificial reef the way to boost NSW fishing
Al McGlashan says building homes for fish has been a huge success off Sydney and now more man-made reefs are to be created along NSW’s coast.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/biggest-artificial-reef-yet-for-port-hacking-as-fishing-scheme-expanded-along-nsw-coast/news-story/13a5ac63522cefc829e7ea916d92a073

Wee Waa fears water loss will inflict ‘death by a thousand cuts’
The New South Wales town of Wee Waa is worried that the loss of 20 gigalitres of water will result in their small community becoming a ghost town.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-15/wee-waa-wants-to-see-the-science-behind-mdbas-demand-for-water/8693290

Greens fail on sexual assault allegation
Martin McKenzie-Murray
The mishandling of a sexual assault allegation is part of a series of concerns about the culture and conduct of the progressive party.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2017/07/15/greens-fail-sexual-assault-allegation/15000408004927

Power duopoly ‘upping prices’
ACCC chairman Rod Sims says the dominance of Queensland’s two state-owned generators has pushed up electricity prices.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/queensland-power-duopoly-is-upping-prices-says-rod-sims/news-story/fa2ccbd5a861589e88fbd8e3306c3eb7

Queensland LNP pledges to promote coal and ‘resist environmental groups’
Proposals before LNP state convention include pulling out of Paris climate agreement and banning migrants from nations that recognise sharia
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/14/queensland-lnp-pledges-to-promote-coal-and-resist-environmental-groups

Healy switches stance on Adani
LABOR candidate for Cairns Micheal Healy has performed an ideological backflip after initially opposing the proposed Adani coal mine.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/labor-candidate-switches-stance-on-adani-after-facebook-revelations/news-story/420dfbf32927a52002637d7978037571

Activists claim they were ‘run over’ at protest
POLICE are investigating after anti-Adani activists claim they were run over at a protest in Brisbane.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/adani-protest-activists-claim-they-were-nudged-by-driver-in-brisbane/news-story/00070bf6a988fda2927b7083852d488f

The uncomfortable truth: The Great Barrier Reef is doomed
Geoff Davies
The Great Barrier Reef is unlikely to survive as more than a small, sad remnant of its past glory.
https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/the-great-barrier-reef-is-doomed,10501

Political ‘solutions’ simply shift profits, problems elsewhere
Richard Denniss
Just as Barnaby Joyce spent tens of millions of taxpayers’ money to shift public sector jobs from Canberra to his electorate, his former chief of staff, Minister for North Queensland Matt Canavan, is planning to spend $1 billion of taxpayers’ money to shift mining jobs from the Hunter Valley and Bowen Basin to North Queensland
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/political-solutions-simply-shift-profits-problems-elsewhere-20170714-gxba3q.html

Alinta Energy drafting plans for 300MW power plant north of Adelaide
Alinta Energy is seeking a permit for a 300-megawatt gas-fired power station to be built about one hour north of Adelaide at a cost of $450 million, just over a a year after closing coal-fired stations at Port Augusta.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-14/alinta-energy-seeking-permit-for-300mw-power-plant/8709748

Can Tesla launch on own steam?
Graham Lloyd
Elon Musk says it’s his winning technology that brings him to South Australia.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/can-south-australia-battery-power-elon-musks-tesla-dreams/news-story/e422409f4114b868767b6c203ddd56c4

Penguins protected during works
Penguins and shearwaters at the Bruny Island Neck will be protected during upgrades at the site, the Department of State Growth says, amid community concerns about how tourists are treating the island’s wildlife.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/penguins-protected-during-works/news-story/ad80760211792b3ddf2b7d559e123b67

Probe into risk facing rare species
AN endangered species at the centre of a court battle between fish farm companies and government will be tagged to assess its vulnerability to degraded environmental conditions.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/probe-into-fish-farms-risk-to-the-endangered-maugean-skate/news-story/3c643c3e325b2dd82c9faa89f876ead9

Gas contract ‘crisis’ persists
As Energy Minister Matthew Groom attended the COAG Energy Council, Labor energy spokesman Scott Bacon called for an …
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4791931/gas-contract-crisis-persists/?cs=5312

Loving a tourism gem half to death
Rosemary Sandford
Bruny Island residents and the environment are suffering as tourist numbers soar.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-loving-a-tourism-gem-half-to-death/news-story/bc8abf80f3478b56f6689c9bdb09a2db

Fracking inquiry shows risks
The NT’s inquiry into hydraulic fracturing looks set to recommend changes to regulatory and legislative frameworks.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/nt-fracking-inquiry-identifies-risks-and-potential-benefits/news-story/df2575bb3dc0a0355d104d20117285b7

Inpex will pay nothing to extract oil and gas
The Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project will export $195 billion of LNG, LPG and condensate from Darwin over the next three decades but will not pay Canberra anything for the gas it extracts from its field 450km north of Broome.
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/inpex-will-pay-nothing-to-extract-oil-and-gas-ng-b88537261z

What type of nature is best for your head?
Will any old green space do?
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2460133000468999792

Billions lack safe drinking water and sanitation at home.
Some 2.1 billion people lack water at home that is free of bacterial contamination and is available when needed, according to a World Health Organization/UNICEF report.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2460133000468999298

Why the ecocity needs to be a just city
Stephen Healy
http://theconversation.com/why-the-ecocity-needs-to-be-a-just-city-80676

These ‘missing charts’ may change the way you think about fossil fuel addiction.
Barry Saxifrage National Observer
How much fossil fuel is the world burning each year? Are we turning the corner yet? Here are the missing charts.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2946413885455650369

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals.
Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions.’
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2946413885455650311

Have-a-go heroes: The women saving elephants in their free time.
With one elephant killed every 25 minutes, the poaching crisis continues. But with the commitment and activism of a growing global network – dominated by women – laws and attitudes around the world are changing.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2946413885455650314