SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2018

In 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded
The second-hottest year recorded at Earth’s surface was the hottest in its oceans
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/26/in-2017-the-oceans-were-by-far-the-hottest-ever-recorded

Congratulations to these people I missed yesterday:
Colin Creighton, QLD
Gay William Morgan, VIC
Warwick Arthur Norman, VIC
Donald James Henry, VIC

America’s first climate change refugees try to save their town
Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project is the only government-funded climate relocation in the country—and a test case for more to come.
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/01/how-to-save-a-town-from-rising-waters/547646/

At Davos, bosses paint climate change as $7 trillion opportunity
http://www.theage.com.au/business/at-davos-bosses-paint-climate-change-as-7-trillion-opportunity-20180126-h0owt1.html

Eucalypts: 10 things you may not know about an iconic Australian
Eucalypts dominate our landscapes from the bush to our backyards, paddocks, parks and pavements. They’re so common its easy to look past them, but there’s lots to learn about these extraordinary plants.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-01-26/eucalyptus-trees-an-iconic-australian/9330782

Safety risks stall nuclear role in Australia’s energy mix
http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/safety-risks-stall-nuclear-role-in-australia-s-energy-mix-20180125-p4yyvj.html

Our immigration madness: without a population policy and bursting
Crispin Hull
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/australias-immigration-madness-without-a-population-policy-and-bursting-20180125-h0oiy1.html

Electric cars stuck in first
Philip King
Australia needs a clear vision for its take-up of electric vehicles as there now seems very little demand among general car-buyers.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/electric-cars-still-stuck-in-first-gear-in-australia/news-story/d3c825447b9ea75a0342dd2c9dd54386

Grassfire near Rainbow Serpent Festival in Lexton, Victoria
AN out-of-control grassfire came within a few hundred meters of a popular musical festival this afternoon, with concert goers warned the fire was heading directly towards them.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/grassfire-near-rainbow-serpent-festival-in-lexton-victoria/news-story/c4c1ea5e25f7e4d2715917088b343475

Where are the bull sharks in Sydney?
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/where-are-the-bull-sharks-in-sydney-20180124-h0nf9n.html

The Battle of Taralga
At 9am, a crowd of Rural Fire Service volunteers in yellow overalls assemble at the Taralga fire station north of Goulburn.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/the-battle-of-taralga/news-story/f0840eb661d53092a2d4b2686bb323be

Mourning as NSW national parks run into the ground
Michael McFadyen
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/i-have-watched-and-mourned-as-nsw-national-parks-have-been-run-into-the-ground-20180126-h0or7c.html

A train service that exists on paper only is nothing more than a mirage
Jodi McKay
Industrial action or not, the problems that have plagued the Sydney train network this year and frustrated commuters in the process are not going to go away.
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/a-train-service-that-exists-on-paper-only-is-nothing-more-than-a-mirage-20180126-h0ot67.html

ACT’s plastic bag ban to be reviewed
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/environment-commissioner-to-review-acts-plastic-bag-ban-amid-concerns-20180126-h0onn5.html

Dam building cheapest way to secure water for Queensland, government told
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/dam-building-cheapest-way-to-secure-water-for-queensland-government-told/news-story/fda858442f16ec0f18dea0a6e9a9a24b

Support national power plan or perish in the poll
In the lead up to the March State Election, Business SA is calling for all political parties to commit to remaining at …
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sa-election/support-national-power-plan-or-perish-in-the-state-election-warns-business-sa/news-story/7c0e03ea2c4e91b20e9bd756554d9fbb

Arnie’s Kiosk owner Paul Harding green with anger after algae forces closure of Rymill Park lake
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/arnies-kiosk-owner-paul-harding-green-with-anger-after-algae-forces-closure-of-rymill-park-lake/news-story/182e63cc8a9a623578e6e3c673d699e8

States set to start round two of Murray Darling Basin Plan fight after Water Minister David Littleproud warning
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/states-set-to-start-round-two-of-water-battle/news-story/cd9c0814abb60a2126f5e3f010b5e027

Tasmania’s Lake Pedder a paradise lost
Simon Bevilacqua
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-tasmanias-lake-pedder-a-paradise-lost/news-story/7a5b74f208f614bb04651b4ab6b0eb99

Daly River locals prepare to flee as flood threatens hundreds
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/daly-river-locals-prepare-to-flee-as-flood-threatens-hundreds/news-story/bef9c796cf8d2cae1fe309ff23a94794

WA anglers could soon be catching sportfish in South West dams
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-anglers-could-soon-be-catching-sportfish-stocked-in-south-west-dams-20180124-h0nwjv.html

Outer Perth suburbs population set to double in decades
https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/outer-perth-suburbs-population-set-to-double-ng-b88722005z

Ozone is a problem around the world — but solutions exist
As sources of ozone-exacerbating pollutants increase, countries weigh costs and benefits of tightened regulation.
https://ensia.com/features/ozone/

Saving the earth with earth bricks
Kathmandu Valley’s air can be cleaner and its houses safer and cheaper to make with these new building blocks.
http://nepalitimes.com/article/nation/earth-bricks-for-cleaner-and-healthier-kathmandu,4161

France crimps debate on reducing reliance on nuclear
The French government is hampering discussion about how to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear energy by limiting debate about more radical alternatives, renewable energy advocates said on Thursday.
http://www.ehn.org/france-crimps-debate-on-reducing-reliance-on-nuclear-activists-say-2528687581.html

The people who would survive nuclear war
How an appendix to an obscure government report helped launch a blockbuster and push back the possibility of atomic war.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/that-time-the-government-commission-fiction-about-nuclear-war/551303/

The economics of dirty old men
Paul Krugman
The Trump administration makes war on solar power.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/opinion/solar-power-trump-administration.html

‘Eat less meat’ ignores the role of animals in the ecosystem
Ariel Greenwood
A grazier argues that this popular sentiment misses the point, and distracts us from the opportunity to adopt a diet that will restore ecosystems while nourishing people.
https://civileats.com/2018/01/26/eat-less-meat-ignores-the-role-of-animals-in-the-ecosystem/

Controversial insecticides pervasive in Great Lakes tributaries
U.S. scientists found neonicotinoid insecticides in about three-quarters of samples from 10 major Great Lakes tributaries.
http://www.ehn.org/pesticides-in-great-lakes-rivers-2528692370.html

Biofuel boost threatens even greater deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia: Study
Global demand for biofuels containing palm oil looks set to grow sixfold by 2030, potentially driving the destruction of Southeast Asian rainforests the size of the Netherlands, a new report warns.
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/biofuel-boost-threatens-even-greater-deforestation-in-indonesia-malaysia-study/

The ups and downs of marine protected areas: Examining the evidence
To find out if marine protected areas achieve their environmental and socioeconomic goals, we read 42 scientific studies and talked to seven experts.
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/the-ups-and-downs-of-marine-protected-areas-examining-the-evidence/

Harmless or vicious hunter? The uneasy return of Europe’s wolves
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/26/harmless-or-vicious-hunter-the-uneasy-return-of-europes-wolves

Andrew Bolt delays return after finding his inner ‘tree hugger’
Fans of Andrew Bolt’s column may have to wait a little longer for the News Corp commentator to return from his Christmas break. The prolific Sky News presenter and Herald Sun star blogger was expected back on board after Australia Day but has had to delay his return to work as he “fell out of a tree”.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/26/andrew-bolt-delays-return-after-finding-his-inner-tree-hugger