Saturday 22 July 2017

‘US will revisit Paris deal’
The Australian tasked with making American manufacturing great for Donald Trump has broken with him on climate policy.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/andrew-liveris-adamant-us-will-revisit-paris-climate-deal/news-story/d4b0e75cb50c717220f4b13543157a67

Climate change and geoengineering: Artificially cooling planet earth by thinning cirrus clouds.
A risky geoengineering plan could tackle global warming without reducing emissions.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322365828

This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change.
Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the damages they say they will incur due to rising seas
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322367149

Fossil fuel industry should pay for rising sea level.
Serge Dedina San Diego Union-Tribune
The hard-working, taxpaying residents and businesses in our communities should not have to foot the bill for the very real costs of sea level rise caused by the fossil fuel companies’ pollution
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322367130

‘End bans on gas exploration’
Australian states must end their bans and restrictions on gas to inject wealth into local communities, an expert says.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/energy-expert-fatih-birol-urges-states-to-end-gas-bans/news-story/c518505f9f3bfdb956c195ce4418cae6

Australia’s marine parks face cuts to protected areas
Big reductions in no-take marine protected areas are being considered, going beyond those recommended by an earlier federal government review
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/21/turnbull-government-plans-further-cuts-to-fishing-protection-zones

Toxic plant fire fuels reviews
VICTORIAN recycling facilities will be audited amid concerns there could be dangerous stockpiles of waste which made the Coolaroo fire so deadly.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/coolaroo-fire-recycling-plant-blaze-fuels-audits-amid-dangerous-stockpile-fears/news-story/e2945ed2894819613db80e600f35a78c

Hundreds of residents set to join class action against SKM Recycling after Coolaroo fire
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/they-took-one-look-at-me-and-said-i-had-to-go-hospital-hundreds-of-residents-set-to-join-class-action-against-recycling-plant-20170720-gxfj5y.html

High country residents look for ways to tackle rising deer population
A community project in Harrietville looking at ways to deal with an increasing number of deer in Victoria’s high country could provide solutions to be used in other regions.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-21/harrietville-project-looks-at-how-to-deal-with-deer/8732414

Leaked documents reveal Victoria Road bus plan
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/rapid-bus-system-for-victoria-road-and-malabar-trams-also-considered-by-tnsw-20170721-gxg3aa.html

Waste-to-power plant may lead to ‘feed the furnace’ mentality
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-election-2016/wastetopower-plant-may-lead-to-feed-the-furnace-mentality-20170721-gxg6tu.html

Government seeks environmental exemption for Molonglo 3
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-government-seeks-to-bypass-environmental-process-for-new-molonglo-suburb-20170719-gxefox.html

New technology deployed in race to save south-east Qld koalas
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/experts-outline-plan-to-save-southeast-queensland-koalas-20170721-gxgb55.html

Getting to the root of felling
RECENT works on Shields?St has been slammed by activists who suspect it is part of a wider plot to change the city-centre into a boring, sterile environment.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/12-mature-barringtonia-trees-to-be-replaced-due-to-interfering-roots/news-story/b542e6780bf724d84434d38f663aedd0

More locals join push to stop oil drilling in Great Australian Bight.
Holdfast Bay council wants moratorium on oil and gas exploration in bight over fears of ‘devastating impacts’ of oil spill.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/20/more-locals-join-push-to-stop-oil-drilling-in-great-australian-bight

Beauty in island’s familiar sights
RARITY can become the be-all and end-all for collectors and spotters, but it does not always equate to what is best.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/beauty-and-comfort-in-islands-familiar-sights/news-story/c2b069c2cb4fe366d65111a51e6202d4

Energy probe report stalled: Labor
THE State Government has been accused of sitting on a crucial report meant to give Tasmanians insight into the energy crisis and the state a way forward on energy security.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/state-government-in-no-hurry-to-release-final-report-of-the-energy-security-taskforce/news-story/651ed9bbe43f3d3b88428d16039a4eec

Boost in the fight for our wombats
RESEARCHERS leading the fight against deadly wombat manage in Tasmania are shifting their focus.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/bid-to-determine-if-physical-or-immunological-barriers-can-stop-spread-of-mange-in-wombats/news-story/9aa76ab2a4f604cd658dce5cfaf4633b

TasWater takeover unnecessary: LGAT
LGAT has hit back at the government’s proposed TasWater takeover, saying it was “unnecessary”.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4804892/taswater-takeover-unnecessary-lgat/?cs=5312

Rising power prices a ballot box shocker
Paul Murray
Soaring power prices mean certain electoral defeat.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-rising-power-prices-a-ballot-box-shocker/news-story/0a41c6659c98911fb7e8e60703c32c4e

Saving our wombats
Mercury editorial
THERE are few Australian native animals more beloved than the wombat. There’s something so appealing about the unique, rotund, furry creatures that are such a feature of our bush.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-saving-our-wombats/news-story/94c94e05446f5d6686592fc651b13efd

Yunupingus to enter space race
From oldest civilisation to newest industry, Aborigines are preparing to enter the space race.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/plans-to-establish-australian-satellite-launch-site-on-yunupingu-land/news-story/d4f718680563ec5cdcd7b74211cdf39c

Fortescue CEO Nev Power says likely to appeal native title decision
Fortescue Metal Group’s signal that it will appeal a judgment granting native title is “disappointing” say the local people who won the landmark case.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/fortescue-ceo-nev-power-says-likely-to-appeal-native-title-decision-20170721-gxg8ge.html

Where are our next-gen batteries?
‘Battery breakthrough offers 30 times more power!’ — We’ve been promised better batteries in our devices for years, take a look at what researchers think it’s actually worth getting excited about.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-22/lithium-ion-battery-tech-where-is-our-next-gen-energy-storage/8722670

India’s power pollution cap goal set at least 6 years too early.
India wanted to cap toxic emissions from power plants by December. It’s now discovering that target is at least 6 years from its reach.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322367113

India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new ‘smart’ cities to be sustainable
Plans to create 100 new ‘smart’ cities in India to support the country’s rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uol-imr072117.php

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think
In-car air study of commuting cars finds dangers to human health
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/du-rhp072117.php

Sparkling Springs Aid Quest for Underground Heat Energy Sources
Studies of naturally carbonated mineral water have given scientists insight on how to locate hot water springs — potential sources of sustainable geothermal …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170721095421.htm

Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks.’
The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322367139

Feminism and the birth rate
Paul McFadyen
The key factor in studying the birth rate, an obvious factor sometimes overlooked by men, is that it is women, not men, who decide.
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19173

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/21/pepsico-unilever-and-nestle-accused-of-complicity-in-illegal-rainforest-destruction

Cold-water corals: Tough times ahead in a warming climate.
We tend to associate corals with warm, tropical regions. But there are also species that live in cold, dark, deep waters. What happens to these creatures as climate change warms the ocean and makes the water more acidic?
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-3246038150322365842

Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba May Survive Global Warming, New Study Finds
Coral reefs in the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba can resist rising water temperatures.
http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/51937