Saturday 29 July 2017

Campaign to hush climate change debate
Simon Breheny
BULLYING officials and academia are misusing their authority to silence private citizens on global warming
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/simon-breheny-scientific-debate-about-climate-change-has-been-silenced/news-story/22dbe325bcc00f75acac3ff106991b12

Murray-Darling: testing times expected as extended dry period approaches
Farmers and nature have been at odds in the Murray-Darling Basin ever since the first European settlers, desperate for water, found that river flows were unreliable and out of sync with their needs.
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/murraydarling-testing-times-expected-as-extended-dry-period-approaches-20170727-gxk0s9.html

Federal Auditor-General to investigate Murray-Darling allegations
Allegations of water theft and meter tampering in NSW prompt the Commonwealth Auditor-General to expand an investigation into the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/federal-auditor-general-to-investigate-four-corners-allegations/8753010

Australian bird more at risk of extinction than giant panda
An Australian bird, the regent honeyeater, is at more risk of extinction than the giant panda or the Sumatran rhino according to a top environment researcher.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/australian-bird-more-at-risk-of-extinction-than-giant-panda-20170727-gxkfqw.html

The Murray-Darling basin scandal: a symptom of how we fail to protect our environment
Suzanne Milthorpe
Only an independent watchdog can sort out the current impenetrable soup of federal, state and local bodies that make up environmental governance
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/29/the-murray-darling-basin-scandal-a-symptom-of-how-we-fail-to-protect-our-environment

Malcolm Turnbull should lighten Barnaby Joyce’s load
Phillip Coorey
On water, there is no leeway whatsoever.
http://www.afr.com/news/politics/malcolm-turnbull-should-lighten-barnaby-joyces-load-20170727-gxjp4k

Britain and France forge a path on renewables, while Australia drools over coal
Bernard Keane
https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/07/28/failing-to-take-the-lead-on-renewables-has-hurt-the-australian-economy/

Alright everyone I’m ready to give my findings on this water cotton thingy
First Dog on the Moon
I watched the extremely boring 4 Corners story, I drank a glass of water and I am wearing cotton underpants. So I’m as qualified to form a view on the issue as the next potato!
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/28/alright-everyone-im-ready-to-give-my-findings-on-this-water-cotton-thingy

No summer break for Turnbull government’s energy policy failure
Richard Denniss
The failure of the federal government on energy policy is driving up emissions, driving up energy prices, stalling investment and harming consumers.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/opinion-no-summer-break-for-turnbull-governments-energy-policy-failure-20170728-gxkohn.html

Toxic site compo case heading back to court
THE City of Yarra’s fight against an order to pay the fire brigade $17 million to compensate it for cleaning up toxic waste is headed back to the Supreme Court.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/yarra-council-toxic-site-compo-case-heading-back-to-supreme-court/news-story/4a55e29a87eff8b3c9c4c9c0da62b420

Developer and political donor makes rail line pitch
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/developer-and-political-donor-bill-mcnee-makes-south-yarra-rail-project-pitch-20170727-gxk1il.html

Calls for population debate growing
MELBOURNE’S population is booming and the State Opposition wants a national debate on growth. See which suburbs are growing the quickest.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/state-coalition-calls-for-population-debate-as-figures-show-huge-growth-in-melbourne/news-story/df5d0779985368fddd4c0a1ff346a6d9

Australian recycling plants have no incentive to improve
Trevor Thornton, Deakin University
The Victorian government is auditing every recycling facility in the state after a disastrous fire at Coolaroo. It raises a bigger issue: we don’t know how many plants Australia has or where they are.
http://theconversation.com/australian-recycling-plants-have-no-incentive-to-improve-81336

NSW on alert for ‘unusual’ fire season
The NSW bushfire season could be brought forward by two months after a dry winter and an unusually dangerous summer approaching.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-on-alert-for-unusual-fire-season/news-story/7d073cb70f5bad8496794a22f8998bf7

Mater hospital pulls logo from Queensland coalmine ad campaign
Chair of its board, mining magnate Brian Flannery, says it ‘regrets’ use of logo in ads pushing for approval of controversial Acland mine expansion
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/28/mater-hospital-pulls-logo-regrets-queensland-acland-coalmine-ad-campaign-new-hope

Qantas to ban toxic foam nationally after Brisbane River spill
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-to-ban-toxic-foam-nationally-after-brisbane-river-spill-20170728-gxki2a.html

How and why of high power prices
WITH power prices doubling in a decade, many consumers are confused as to why so we’ve come up with a guide to understanding the electricity market.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/a-guide-to-why-electricity-prices-have-soared/news-story/9f432f26ff9a7a8b2fe550a6f8790728

Labor dumps Barron’s anti-Adani motion
AN anti-Adani motion from members of Labor’s Barron River branch has been scrapped before the party’s State Conference today.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/labor-state-conference-dumps-barron-river-branch-antiadani-motion-at-last-minute/news-story/de67ccd746bf5af3770802f50cabfa45

Prepare yards for bushfires
BUSHFIRE season is officially on its way and experts are warning Far Northerners to clear their yards before the worst of the season hits.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/queensland-fire-warns-residents-to-be-ready-for-far-northern-bushfires-this-season/news-story/6460a6ded5fb00c6ed5533de1facb96e

Cripps calls for Tully Millstream update
CALLS to revive a long-abandoned idea for a hydroelectric plant on the Tully River are gaining momentum.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/calls-to-revive-tully-hydroelectric-plant-plan-as-a-major-alternative-energy-project-for-far-north/news-story/61a5c3a5ab7d950d0f8d8efaa603b45f

Demand over-estimate won’t stop rail push
Steven Wardill
INFRASTRUCTURE Australia’s passenger forecast revision won’t temper Jackie Trad’s determination to get Cross River Rail across the line.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/trad-will-trudge-on-with-crr-plans-despite-overestimate-of-demand/news-story/ef1acfc63b115da24b5cc316db085061

Weatherill in self-inflicted dark
Chris Kenny
The Premier’s energy policies have crippled South Australia and made it a laughing-stock.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/jay-weatherill-is-forever-groping-around-in-selfinflicted-dark/news-story/602ef93dfbe79cd2093e78846de94d53

Forestry on track but not out of the woods
A RESTRUCTURE of Tasmania’s state-owned forestry company will deliver a $30 million improvement to the company’s bottom line, but it is unclear when it is expected to return to profit.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/forestry-tasmania-restructure-tipped-to-deliver-30m-improvement-to-stateowned-companys-budget/news-story/c307b7f5449dfb2ce36ecbf2fab312ac

New-look Forestry Tasmania still subsidy-dependent: Environmentalists
While the State Government claims it has stemmed the bleeding of the new-look Forestry Tasmania, environmentalists say it is clever financial juggling at the taxpayers’ expense.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/forestry-tasmania-restructure/8753926

Kakadu’s Twin Falls closed until August
ONE of Kakadu’s most popular tourist attractions, Twin Falls, will remain closed until the end of July
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/kakadus-twin-falls-closed-until-august/news-story/16c79a3a15197806a10778860c69ea27

No Aboriginal ceremony for WA mining forum
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/no-aboriginal-ceremony-for-wa-mining-forum-20170728-gxl1rn.html

Anti-uranium group ‘misrepresenting’ support of traditional owners7
An Aboriginal group says environmentalists are falsely claiming traditional owners oppose a uranium mine in a remote stretch of WA.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/traditional-owners-hit-out-wa-conservation-council-on-uranium/8751926

Chemical giants see growth in green, clean tech.
Chemical companies Dow Chemical Co and DuPont are seeing increased benefits in building sustainable “green” products, as they look for newer avenues of growth and build a stronger connection with millenials
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322353602

The Guardian view on antibiotics: Don’t keep taking the tablets.
Guardian editorial
When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors give.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322353620

Rare bird numbers persisting in PNG despite palm oil plantations
Perth researchers battle tropical conditions in the wilds of Papua New Guinea of to understand how logging and palm oil plantations are affecting rare bird numbers there — and the results might surprise you.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/impacts-of-logging-and-palm-oil-on-png-rare-birds/8750680

First ‘intrusions’ into unbroken forests drive pulses of biodiversity loss.
The first bursts of deforestation in tropical areas can push a lot of species – more so than previously though – closer to extinction due to the loss of habitat, as well as activities that often follow such as hunting, farming, and mining.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322352589

In Kenya, a conservation transformation in shades of REDD.
Communities near the Rukinga Sanctuary once seemed locked on a path of resource decimation. But here, at least, a global conservation plan is working.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322352582

At this rate the only whales left for us to wonder at will be in museums.
Philip Hoare The Guardian
When great whales are dying in numbers not seen since hunting’s heyday, naming the Natural History Museum’s new exhibit Hope seems a forlorn gesture
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322353609