Saturday 16 September 2017

How the law could save the planet
Elizabeth Farrelly
The fight to save the planet will turn on law, as much as politics, and in that fight – as in the fight to make decent cities – the best laws place the simplest possible protections around what we value most.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/how-the-law-could-save-the-planet-20170914-gyhn34.html

Glacial melt will wreck ecosystems.
The alarming rate of glacial shrinkage worldwide threatens our current way of life, from biodiversity to tourism, hydropower to clean water supply.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212627038

The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots
Graham Readfearn
Author and academic Nancy MacLean says cynicism about the motives of public servants, including government-backed climate scientists, can be traced to a group of neoliberals and their ‘toxic’ ideas
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/sep/15/the-idea-that-climate-scientists-are-in-it-for-the-cash-has-deep-ideological-roots

Turnbull ends week on a high, but it might not last long
This has been one of Malcolm Turnbull’s best Parliamentary sessions in many months, but he now owns a big and complex problem.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/malcolm-turnbull-ends-week-on-a-high,-but-it-might-not-last-long/8949144

Australia’s water report card: Could do better
Australia’s reputation as a world leader in water management is well-deserved but there’s more to be done, says the Productivity Commission.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-15/productivity-commission-draft-water-report-more-to-be-done/8946344

The power-grid fix you’ve never heard of
“Demand response” is being relied on to keep the lights on this summer. But it’s being ignored by Malcolm Turnbull.
http://www.afr.com/news/demand-response-the-energy-fix-malcolm-turnbull-is-ignoring-20170914-gyhqrd

Climate policy ‘good enough’
The government ­believes its existing clean energy policies are good enough without imposing new burdens on consumers.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/climate-policy-good-enough-without-clean-energy-target/news-story/5226621ffffff7b5e80aac9e904fa17c

Turnbull turns Chifley on energy
Paul Bongiorno
In a sure sign the Turnbull government is thrashing about in its death throes, this week it resembled the Labor Party of Ben Chifley in 1949 more than anything else.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2017/09/16/turnbull-turns-chifley-energy/15054840005212

Climate action stalling here and in America
Mike Seccombe
The federal government is ignoring the realities of climate change – mirroring trends towards inaction in American politics.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/environment/2017/09/16/climate-action-stalling-here-and-america/15054840005223

Turnbull needs to get energised
David Speers
IF the Prime Minister wants to land some blows on Labor over power bills, he must come up with an energy policy
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/malcolm-turnbull-needs-to-get-an-energy-policy-sorted/news-story/42dcf73acae3d1982f9e7af87de57b9c

AGL has become Australia’s most monstered company
Elizabeth Knight
http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/agl-turns-into-australias-most-monstered-company-as-turnbull-needs-scapegoats-20170915-gyi7wd.html

Dump green folly to secure future
Chris Kenny
The renewable energy target is proving to be the largest single contributor to the power crisis.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/chris-kenny/dumping-green-folly-will-secure-energy-future-reboot-economy/news-story/208464e2609f85cc8ed7e27d84b6d7a0

Turnbull searches for narrative
Australian editorial
Energy policy stands out as the threat and opportunity.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/two-years-on-turnbull-searches-for-his-narrative/news-story/dbd3efac2fd33b8a4f68a3a18806d1e8

Energy option none dare name
Graham Lloyd
Australia lags many countries in adopting this viable technology.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/nuclear-the-energy-alternative-for-australia-none-dare-name/news-story/34bb25412a576fbb343ae02d4365b0c2

We need to talk about immigration
Peter Van Onselen
I’m not wedded to Dick Smith’s campaign but the issue is too important to ignore.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/dick-smiths-immigration-campaign-is-flawed-but-issue-is-critical/news-story/b5dc471fe211a58fe1c57ce474ae8585

City impounds discarded hire oBikes
UNSIGHTLY oBikes scattered around Melbourne CBD have been confiscated by city council officers — with more to be taken off the streets unless the share scheme improves.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/council-impounds-20-hire-obikes-dumped-on-melbournes-streets/news-story/335f0cc0bdcb2437bb416f7fce91bb93

Heyfield timber mill saved in extraordinary government buyout
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/heyfield-timber-mill-saved-in-extraordinary-government-buyout-20170915-gyij5w.html

How to avoid power bills for 21 years
THE last time this Brunswick West man paid an electricity bill, John Howard was the newly-elected Prime Minister of Australia. Now he’s ready to share his secrets to help families save big on power bills.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/family-avoids-energy-bills-for-21-years-after-converting-to-energy-efficient-house/news-story/6a20e2e858af956eb4443b19d4bc7c9c

NSW’s most senior water bureaucrat resigns over corruption allegations
Less than two months after he was the subject of corruption allegations in an ABC Four Corners report on the Murray-Darling Basin, Gavin Hanlon resigns as deputy director-general of water at the NSW Department of Industry.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/murray-darling-basin-nsw-top-water-bureaucrat-resigns/8951258

Miner supplying Mt Piper power station seeks urgent hearing over invalid licence
Centennial Coal, whose licence was ruled invalid after its Springvale mine was found to be polluting Sydney’s water, wants matter resolved in two weeks
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/15/miner-supplying-mt-piper-power-station-seeks-urgent-hearing-over-invalid-licence

Planned burns delayed ahead of ‘next big hit’ of fire danger
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-weather-dry-warm-times-prompt-hazard-reduction-burn-delays-20170915-gyib5v.html

Reality short-circuits Canberra
AGL’s heavy-hitting board will almost certainly reject Malcolm Turnbull’s call to extend the Liddell power station.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/reality-shortcircuits-canberra-power-politics/news-story/a78bb3509494c46355020a20bdabfb07

Revealing the dark side of Liddell: from power failures to brain-eating viruses
Peter Hannam
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/revealing-the-dark-side-of-liddell-from-power-failures-to-braineating-viruses-20170913-gygzz6.html

Share Shed: Where you can borrow, not buy, what you need
Imagine a shed filled with everyday items that you can borrow anytime you need them. It will soon become a reality in Brisbane.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/share-shed-stops-wastes-and-creates-community-in-brisbane/8940510

Babinda bets on biorefinery push
A SMALL Far North town is crying out for a biorefinery at a demolished sugar mill site.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/old-babinda-mill-site-not-sutiable-for-biorefinery-says-sugar-miller/news-story/252f6c385cfc358a13d438c47fa4f41a

Saving a super-rare fish before it’s too late
Tasmanian biologists are haunted by the thylacine — and they don’t want the critically endangered spotted handfish to become the next to become extinct.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/spotted-handfish-captive-breeding-program-csiro/8948636

NT lobbies for better roads funding
THE Gunner Government is lobbying the Commonwealth for greater certainty around roads funding
http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/nt-lobbies-for-better-roads-funding/news-story/3bb70e17fac71b41bc5ee6a7a2b69877

It’s a small world after all, say scientists warning of sand scarcity.
Out of the complexity of the global sand trade has emerged something of a butterfly effect, in which an economic decision in one place can wreak social and environmental havoc on the other side of the world.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4057999804430504300

The entrepreneurs turning carbon dioxide into fuels.
The race is on to prove that CO2 can be taken from the air and recycled into profitable, carbon neutral fuels. But cost and investment obstacles remain
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212627057

How the law could save the planet
Elizabeth Farrelly
The fight to save the planet will turn on law, as much as politics, and in that fight – as in the fight to make decent cities – the best laws place the simplest possible protections around what we value most.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/how-the-law-could-save-the-planet-20170914-gyhn34.html

New study shows banning shark fin in the U.S. won’t help save sharks
A new study published today in the scientific journal Marine Policy shows that banning the sale of shark fins within the United States can actually harm ongoing shark conservation efforts.
http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/52520

Farewelling coral reefs
The director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, talks about the grim realities of climate change and how we must choose which reefs to save.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/environment/2017/09/16/farewelling-coral-reefs/15054840005215