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.

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.

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

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.,-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.

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.

Climate policy ‘good enough’
The government ­believes its existing clean energy policies are good enough without imposing new burdens on consumers.

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.

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.

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

AGL has become Australia’s most monstered company
Elizabeth Knight

Dump green folly to secure future
Chris Kenny
The renewable energy target is proving to be the largest single contributor to the power crisis.

Turnbull searches for narrative
Australian editorial
Energy policy stands out as the threat and opportunity.

Energy option none dare name
Graham Lloyd
Australia lags many countries in adopting this viable technology.

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.

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.

Heyfield timber mill saved in extraordinary government buyout

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.

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.

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

Planned burns delayed ahead of ‘next big hit’ of fire danger

Reality short-circuits Canberra
AGL’s heavy-hitting board will almost certainly reject Malcolm Turnbull’s call to extend the Liddell power station.

Revealing the dark side of Liddell: from power failures to brain-eating viruses
Peter Hannam

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.

Babinda bets on biorefinery push
A SMALL Far North town is crying out for a biorefinery at a demolished sugar mill site.

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.

NT lobbies for better roads funding
THE Gunner Government is lobbying the Commonwealth for greater certainty around roads funding

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.

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

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.

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.

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.