Saturday 26 August 2017

How the religious right stall climate action
Mike Seccombe
While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.

Alarmism warps climate policy
Bjorn Lomborg
Predicting the apocalypse does not help build a realistic, sensible strategy.

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist
Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
A new study confirms what many already know: Exxon for years sowed uncertainty and doubt about climate change in the public. Should scientists reject certain funding sources?

Supply crunch casts shadow over Australian solar boom
China’s unexpected 2017 boom in solar PV installation could have an unfortunate impact on the ambitious plans of many in Australia’s surging solar sector – a bottleneck in module supplies and price rises that could impact the huge pipeline of project.

Australian firm unveils plan to convert carbon emissions into ‘green’ concrete
Initiative to convert CO2 into solid carbonates aims to produce building materials on commercial scale by 2020

Origin, AGL, Energy Australia’s profits under scrutiny

AFP examining miner over Africa bribery concerns

Our unhealthy power stations
James Norman
A new report into emissions limits applied to Australia’s power stations shows they are less strict than in the US, EU and China, and that state environmental protection agencies are too timid in enforcing them.

Sky rail goes green to deter graffiti
PING pong tables and vertical creeping plants should be built under Melbourne’s sky rail to draw people to the area and stop graffiti, according to a new report.

Could drones solve commuter crush?
THEY sound like something out of science fiction but two out of three Victorians believe they will soon be taking a drone to work in the future.

Trams ‘more dangerous, slower’ due to West Gate Tunnel

Road trains could become a reality in metropolitan Sydney
Metropolitan Sydney could see 36-metre long B-triple trucks on the roads for the first time, if a recommendation by a western Sydney council is accepted.

Building a carbon-neutral hemp house a ‘no-brainer’ for owner
A carbon-neutral, termite-proof and fire-resistant house is under construction in Canberra’s inner north — and it’s built with hemp.

Developer’s court fight over Manuka tree leads to proposed reforms

Conservation foundation loses appeal against Carmichael coal mine
Environmentalists who have lost another appeal against Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin say the decision is “just another step in the most significant environmental campaign of our generation”.

Spaniels coming to the rescue to save baby turtles
Two English springer spaniels are coming to the rescue of baby turtles by outfoxing their predators at Queensland’s most significant hatchery.

The crackdown on waste vouchers has opened a new black market

Chinese buy AGL gas assets
AGL Energy has finally offloaded its Queensland gas assets, selling to Chinese interests for an undisclosed sum.

Protesters ambush Labor politicians over cash-for-access fundraiser
ANTI-ADANI protesters have ambushed Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Federal Opposition frontbencher Anthony Albanese in Brisbane over Labor’s cash-for-access fundraiser.

100pc fly-in, fly-out workforces banned in major Queensland mines
Locals living in regional towns near mines are being given a leg up to get jobs in the mining industry in laws passed with bipartisan support in Queensland Parliament overnight.

Dispute is brewing over land
CANEGROWERS say they will make a stand to protect their homes and livelihoods from a State Government plan.

Can Monarto Zoo save the rhino?
MONARTO Zoo is stepping up its bid to help save one of the most hunted and endangered creatures on Earth, the southern white rhinoceros.

Crunch time: It’s us or the seals
COORONG fishermen are struggling to compete with large numbers of aggressive seals stealing their catch — nearly two years after the State Government committed to fix the problem.

Koala cull call as numbers surge again
THE Government is resisting calls to cull Kangaroo Island’s rising koala population, despite rapid growth of pesky marsupials camping in the island’s commercial blue gum plantations.

Final touches to Three Capes walk
THE Parks and Wildlife Service will this weekend begin calling for tenders that will help complete the final stage of the Three Capes Track.

Glencore document suggests mine site could revert to NT before rehabilitation complete
Risk assessment table indicates Glencore may have little or no involvement after McArthur River Mine’s life ends

Jabiru has a long future: Gunner
JABIRU has a future long beyond the 2021 expiration of Energy Resources Australia’s town lease, Chief Minister Michael Gunner will say today

Deadly snakes found in the post as reptile smuggling operation busted
Highly venomous snakes are among a horde of 100 native reptiles seized by wildlife officers in Western Australia’s Goldfields after a bid to send them interstate for sale on the black market is foiled.

Inside Beenyup’s wastewater treatment plant
How does turning huge volumes of Perth’s wastewater into a valuable drinking source happen? Take a look.

WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change
Rebecca Cassells et al

Flame retardant in couches, car seats, gym mats linked to ‘lower reproductive success’ for women.
Harvard researchers are sounding a precautionary warning for women hoping to get pregnant: curling up on your favourite couch might lower your likelihood of having a baby.

Nickel mining: The hidden environmental cost of electric cars.
As countries the world over legislate to phase out petrol and diesel cars, attention is turning to the environmental impact of mining the materials needed for electric vehicle batteries.

Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
LLNL scientists have developed carbon nanotube pores that can exclude salt from seawater.

Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institutethat examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds
While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers at Drexel University have developed a recipe that can turn electrolyte solution — a key component of most batteries — into a safeguard against the chemical process that leads to battery-related disasters.

Los Angeles is Painting Its Streets to Reduce Urban Heat
An estimated 10 percent of Los Angeles is covered in asphalt thanks to the city’s sprawling network of roads and parking lots. On sunny days, the heat retained by these paved surfaces can make neighborhoods feel far hotter than those in more rural areas — a phenomenon known as the “urban heat island effect.” Now, Los Angeles is experimenting with painting its pavement grey to help significantly lower temperatures.

NREL’s new look at generation costs: Wind and solar still cheapest
The US National Renewable Energy Lab is well known and respected for the work it produces, mainly on renewable energy. It has now produced its third annual edition of its generation technology and cost performance.

Thorium could power the next generation of nuclear reactors
A Dutch nuclear research institute has just fired up the first experiment on next-generation nuclear reactors based on thorium in nearly half a century.

Pakistan now fifth-most populous nation
Pakistan’s population now stands at 220 million people, making it the fifth-most populous nation, rising at the rate of 2.4 per cent per year for 20 years

Connecting—and protecting—the dots.
A new approach aims to help nature persist even as a city creeps outward.

Large non-native species like donkeys can boost biodiversity
Many large animals are now living far outside of their native ranges, and that may actually be helping conservation

How listening to trees can help reveal nature’s connections.
David George Haskell is nothing if not a patient observer.

Peter Thomson’s fight for the oceans
Fijian delegate Peter Thomson leaves the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly decrying the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and warning of climate-related threats to the world’s oceans.

Rhino horn sales: banking on extinction
The sale of rhino horn in South Africa won’t help save rhinos, but it will benefit organised crime