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

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.

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.

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.

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

Malcolm Turnbull should lighten Barnaby Joyce’s load
Phillip Coorey
On water, there is no leeway whatsoever.

Britain and France forge a path on renewables, while Australia drools over coal
Bernard Keane

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!

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.

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.

Developer and political donor makes rail line pitch

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.

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.

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.

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

Qantas to ban toxic foam nationally after Brisbane River spill

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.

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.

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.

Cripps calls for Tully Millstream update
CALLS to revive a long-abandoned idea for a hydroelectric plant on the Tully River are gaining momentum.

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.

Weatherill in self-inflicted dark
Chris Kenny
The Premier’s energy policies have crippled South Australia and made it a laughing-stock.

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.

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.

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

No Aboriginal ceremony for WA mining forum

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.

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

The Guardian view on antibiotics: Don’t keep taking the tablets.
Guardian editorial
When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors give.

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.

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.

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.

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