Saturday 19 August 2017

Pacific Islanders forced to leave
The world’s first relocations due to climate change are under way in the inundated Carteret Islands, amid calls for Australia to increase migration from threatened Pacific islands.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/immigration/2017/08/19/pacific-islanders-forced-leave/15030648005088

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?
Olive Heffernan New Scientist
It’s an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump’s policies, but it may not be so easy in reality.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322313289

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet.
Susanna Rustin The Guardian
Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322314272

New climate change report likely to be ignored to death.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial
The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322314594

Australia’s public purse wins $10 billion as oil giant folds
http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/multibillion-dollar-tax-windfall-after-chevron-abandons-appeal-20170818-gxz718.html

Nuclear medicine production in Australia at risk if dump site can’t be found
Australia may have to stop producing nuclear medicine if it cannot find a central site to dump all of the radioactive rubbish made in the process in the next decade.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-19/nuclear-medicine-production-in-australia-at-risk:-industry-head/8815902

Australian wind delivers more record low prices, as private sector piles in
AGL Energy secures PPA of below $60/MWh for 453MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm, to be built in Queensland by 2019 after reaching financial close Thursday. AGL chief says deal signals private sector’s readiness to invest in Australian renewables – but warns policy certainty still vital.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/australian-wind-delivers-more-record-low-prices-as-private-sector-piles-in-33804/

Clean energy wave now an $11b tsunami
http://www.afr.com/news/agl-energy-wind-farm-helps-turn-clean-energy-wave-into-tsunami-20170818-gxzbmm

Nobbling the charities
Mike Seccombe
The government is waging a multifaceted campaign to reduce the influence of charities, requiring disclosure of how donations are spent, seeking to ban electoral campaigning if overseas funds are received, and choosing not to renew the tenure of the respected head of the sector’s regulatory body.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2017/08/19/nobbling-the-charities/15030648005086

VNPA seeks details of beach horse training licences
THE state government is being pressed to release documents about the deal it has done with the Warrnambool Racing Club (WRC) over horse training on two Moyne Shire beaches.
http://www.standard.net.au/story/4864506/details-of-horse-training-licences-sought/

Murdered environment officer’s family says land-clearing law change would diminish his life
Alison McKenzie, whose husband Glen Turner was killed by a farmer, is ‘horrified’ broadscale tree clearing could return in NSW
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/18/murdered-environment-officers-family-says-land-clearing-law-change-would-diminish-his-life

A shorter, cheaper trip from west to CBD if M4-M5 link built: EIS
The $7 billion tunnel linking the M4 and M5, if approved, would make a trip from western Sydney to the CBD $13 cheaper and 15 kilometres shorter, according to the environmental impact statement.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/sydney-m4-and-m5-link-will-reduce-tolls-and-distance/8820322

Custom-made playgrounds bringing the bush to kids
Three new natural playgrounds are opening in Canberra to give kids who would otherwise have little access to nature the freedom to explore and play.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/transforming-playgrounds-to-go-back-to-nature/8816114

Marbled frogmouth back from the brink on Blackall Range
A rare native night bird once feared extinct in Australia makes a remarkable comeback in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/marbled-frogmouth-back-from-brink-blackall-range/8817494

Genex solar + pumped hydro project clears another hurdle
Genex signs agreement to connect its Kidston Renewable Energy Hub to the grid, taking the project one step closer to completion.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/genex-solar-pumped-hydro-project-clears-another-hurdle-65079/

Windlab’s 1200MW Kennedy Energy Park set for construction, after IPO windfall
CSIRO spin-off raises $50m in IPO, taking its world-leading wind, solar, storage project in Queensland closer to financial close
http://reneweconomy.com.au/windlabs-1200mw-kennedy-energy-park-set-for-construction-after-ipo-windfall-60563/

Firefighters to backburn overnight
Sunshine Coast residents have been told they can now return to their homes as the threat level of the bush fire is downgraded
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/brisbane-traffic-incidents-on-m1-bruce-highway/news-story/468850207cc0c8d3a4b4d97889986d0f

Three words mine protesters can’t use
PROTESTING workers have been banned from using three particular words outside a contentious Queensland mine.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/oaky-north-creek-miners-banned-from-using-scabs-maggots-grubs/news-story/5972b4dc4dac277e331d44c85d3aaef9

Premier supports plan for battery factory
QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thrown her support behind a proposal to build a Tesla-style battery factory in Townsville.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/premier-annastacia-palaszczuk-throws-support-behind-plan-for-teslastyle-battery-factory-in-townsville/news-story/c6eaa199bf090f87ab4ac6554cb00ed9

Graph of the Day: Higher SA wind output, lower wholesale power prices
Unlike yesterday’s chart on gas, today’s graph shows wind has the opposite effect – more output takes power prices lower.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/graph-of-the-day-higher-sa-wind-output-lower-wholesale-power-prices-94372/

Extending Regional Forest Agreement ‘a great day’ for Tasmania: Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signs a 20-year extension of Tasmania’s Regional Forest Agreement in Launceston, proclaiming it a “fantastic” outcome for the industry.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/tasmanian-regional-forest-agreements-to-be-extended/8818838

Plenty left with the glass half full
Steve Davy
Steve Davy explains the thinking behind Hydro dam storages.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-plenty-left-with-the-glass-half-full/news-story/620252a41470df1d48bba2c350e3fad0

$100m battery factory a step closer
AN agreement between the NT Government and Energy Renaissance to build a $100 million giga factory to manufacture lithium batteries has moved step closer
http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/nt-government-signs-memorandum-of-understanding-to-build-lithium-battery-plant-in-darwin/news-story/76b546d9bbdc4d65565655e13c6a8515

Twiggy stands up against mining — wait, what!?
Guy Rundle
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has successfully fought off a mining lease from a rival miner on his land. However, in doing so he may have set a precedent that can work against him.
https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/08/18/rundle-twiggy-defends-property-against-mining-lease/

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money.
Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322313298

Right Kind of Collaboration Is Key to Solving Environmental Problems
Society’s ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170818092136.htm

The power of perovskite
OIST researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/oios-tpo081817.php

Breakthrough could help predict a catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen.
The ocean has lost 2 percent of its oxygen in just 50 years. Now scientists have for the first time measured a devastating loss of oxygen in ancient oceans, which could help them quantify future losses.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322314091

Destruction of small wetlands directly linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes
Canada’s current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo have found.
http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/52217

Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
Trends from Costa Rican tropical bird study could help focus conservation efforts
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoc–cca080917.php

This coral reef now has its own innovative insurance policy.
Because the reef protects the businesses on the shore in Mexico, it offers an incredible amount of economic value. Now, when it’s damaged, repairing it will be paid for.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322313294