Saturday 30 September 2017

Graph of the Day: Australia’s surging fossil fuel emissions
Australia’s fossil fuel emissions have hit record levels, and there is no federal policy in place to address them.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/graph-day-australias-surging-fossil-fuel-emissions-68625/

One of the clearest signs of climate change in Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey was the rain.
Warmer temperatures are increasing the energy and moisture available to hurricanes
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-4057999804430503172

The state of Earth’s climate: Boulder-based atmospheric chemist gives quick diagnosis.
Boulder-based NOAA atmospheric chemist Thomas Ryerson and colleagues responded to Denver Postquestions.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-4057999804430503156

Costs of climate change: Early estimate for hurricanes, fires reaches $300 billion.
Sabrina Shankman InsideClimate News
A new report starts adding up the damage from the past few weeks of western wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. It sees climate costs rising.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-4057999804430503176

The Christian case for tackling climate change
Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Martin Lind
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.christian.case.for.tackling.climate.change/114897.htm

Graph of the Day: Australia’s surging fossil fuel emissions
Australia’s fossil fuel emissions have hit record levels, and there is no federal policy in place to address them.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/graph-day-australias-surging-fossil-fuel-emissions-68625/

Regulator cracks down on double dipping for replacing “dodgy” rooftop solar
Clean Energy Regulator says new rule will make replacement rooftop solar panels ineligible for the government rebate, in an effort to boost the standard of installs.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/regulator-cracks-double-dipping-replacing-dodgy-rooftop-solar-19579/

Name-calling in the energy debate
Paul Bongiorno
One minute into his Monday news conference to warn the nation that the looming energy crisis would be much worse than previously thought, Malcolm Turnbull launched into Bill Shorten
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2017/09/30/name-calling-the-energy-debate/15066936005280

Time for old coal to hang up the boots
Kane Thornton
At this time of year, football matters, but in the case of Australia’s energy system, the stakes are much higher and it affects us all.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/time-old-coal-hang-boots-97453/

The Pears Report: Summertime, and the living ain’t easy
Alan Pears
With summer approaching, there’s a flurry of activity to ensure reliable energy generation under peak loads.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/pears-report-summertime-living-aint-easy-59883/

Wonky policies behind gas crisis
Judith Sloan
An export ­industry and a well-supplied domestic market are not incompatible.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/no-shortage-of-wonky-energy-policies-behind-gas-crisis/news-story/09effc5386fae978b7f26cad3f3be564

How Australia left itself hungry for gas supplies
Tony Wright
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-australia-blew-its-future-gas-supplies-20170928-gyqg0f.html

Why we’re not cooking with gas
Graham Lloyd
A lack of respect for landholders got the CSG industry off to a bad start.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/why-australias-not-cooking-with-gas/news-story/ddf8747cc0da995eaa603abbd3e2037e

Privatisation of public assets can come at a cost — like higher power prices
Paul Syvret
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-privatisation-of-public-assets-can-come-at-a-cost-like-higher-power-prices/news-story/782d6b97cd7c75c42f9e60c8894ec4bb

UK solar fund buys up 110MW PV project that will power Melbourne trams
UK solar fund buys major stake in 110MW Bannerton solar farm as part of plan to grow investments in “attractive” geographies
http://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-solar-fund-buys-110mw-pv-project-will-power-melbourne-trams-79058/

Victoria to be penalised for outlawing fracking under new plan
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/victoria-nsw-to-be-penalised-for-outlawing-fracking-under-grants-commission-plan-20170929-gyrljh.html

How much more you are spending on power
FAMILIES in Melbourne are now paying $312 more to power and warm their homes each year than they did in 2010, according to new data.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-households-paying-312-more-for-electricity-than-in-2010-abs-study/news-story/e0121c20940fd5b6c0dfdfabe471fe9f

Bringing rental homes up to scratch
Environment Victoria
This report maps out how minimum efficiency standards for rental homes could tackle a long-standing problem, and create thousands of jobs in trades, services and manufacturing across Victoria
http://apo.org.au/node/112306

Pollies blind on energy crisis
David Speers
WHEN it comes to energy, and in particular the gas shortage, state politicians seem to be on a different planet
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/state-politicians-blind-to-ramifications-of-energy-crisis/news-story/580683052d3cf415f63755ece26c901d

Victoria’s amazing, unused gas
Robert Gottliebsen
A remarkable gas reserve in Gippsland could transform Australia’s energy outlook. But politics stands in the way.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/robert-gottliebsen/victorias-amazing-unused-gas-reserve/news-story/4a26fc468bdcbf31e3697a5e268276e6

Low-income households face gas bill ‘double whammy’
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberras-lowincome-households-face-gas-bill-double-whammy-as-debts-soar-20170929-gyrbxd.html

Canberrans optimistic about renewable energy storage
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberrans-more-optimistic-about-largescale-renewable-energy-storage-20170925-gyo869.html

Great Barrier Reef shows signs of recovery after coral bleaching
Severely bleached parts of the Great Barrier Reef along Queensland’s coast are starting to reproduce, research shows, raising hopes for the future of the iconic attraction.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/coral-regeneration-raises-hopes-for-great-barrier-reef-recovery/9001518

Queensland council saves $1.9m in grid costs from single Tesla Powerpack
A Queensland local government council has installed what is believed to be Australia’s first off-grid solar and battery storage system to use a Tesla Powerpack, to maintain local drinking water quality around the clock.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/queensland-council-saves-1-9m-grid-costs-single-tesla-powerpack-90623/

Green energy surplus ‘little use’
A renewable energy “hub” for North Queensland will produce far more power than needed, with little prospect of sending it south, an expert warns.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/north-queensland-green-energy-surplus-of-little-use/news-story/15849b47c4cee2d46b337ba2c5b7daf9

Greens squeeze ALP on Eyre gas
There are fears the Palaszczuk governnment could revive the Wild Rivers policy and ban future gas fields.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/premier-silent-on-industry-fears-for-future-gas-fields/news-story/2048a12731673f3bdbec1bc9300dbcdf

Chinese are buying up the farm
FIGURES released by the Foreign Ownership of Land Register reveal just how much Chinese buyers have forked out to snap up 7600 parcels of Queensland land in the past 12 months.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/overseas-chinese-bought-7600-land-parcels-here-over-past-12-months/news-story/67ea563271305ce86589920b09b66c83

Dredging at head of list
THIS former schoolteacher says she will fight political correctness and the judiciary’s soft-on-crime attitude as One Nation’s candidate for Mulgrave.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/crime-crocs-and-burqas-top-list-for-one-nations-newest-fnq-candidate/news-story/567f1df31700377c01895cf96e45ff7c

‘World’s biggest’ battery halfway complete, Musk says
Tesla boss Elon Musk announces construction on the “world’s biggest” lithium ion battery, taking shape in South Australia, has reached its halfway point, putting the company on track to meet its summer deadline.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/elon-musk-tesla-world-biggest-battery-reaches-halfway-mark/9001542

Musk gets connection deal for Tesla big battery, and then switches it on
Tesla signs connection agreement for world’s biggest lithium battery” in South Australia, triggering 100-day countdown. But much of it is already in place and was providing the power for a night-time launch party at the Hornsdale wind farm.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/musk-gets-connection-deal-for-tesla-big-battery-and-then-switches-it-on-92664/

South Australia leads again as saltwater pumped hydro storage takes shape
South Australia is ready to lead again, this time with saltwater pumped hydro storage. Here’s an inside look at what is planned.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-leads-again-as-saltwater-pumped-hydro-storage-takes-shape-92608/

Native bushland at axed multi-billion dollar byway makes surprise recovery
Native plant species are making a surprise recovery in banksia woodlands bulldozed for the multibillion dollar Perth Freight Link project which was axed when the WA Government changed hands in March.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/green-shoots-at-roe-8-site-as-native-bushland-begins-recovery/8992362

Cottesloe council bans smoking, helium balloons in public spaces
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/cottesloe-council-bans-smoking-helium-balloons-in-public-spaces-20170929-gyrby1.html

WA government slammed over mining ‘boom’ declaration
The state opposition says they’ve overblown the reality.
https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-politics/wa-government-slammed-over-mining-boom-declaration-bc-5592955403001

Careful with those helium balloons — a Perth council has just banned them
Cottesloe Council becomes the first in Western Australia to outlaw the release of gas-filled balloons into the sky, saying they end up harming marine life.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/helium-balloon-release-ban-for-cottesloe-council/8998678

Musk says you could soon travel anywhere on Earth in under an hour
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to just half an hour.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/elon-musks-bfr-rocket-fleet-talk-in-adelaide/9000460

From algae to yeast: The quest to find an alternative to palm oil.
The race is on to develop an eco-friendly substitute for palm oil but, as Ecover discovered, the path can be bumpy
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1251925125133570237

‘Our desire for goods is at the heart of this’: Why Bruce Parry wants us all to live more sustainably
In his new documentary, the explorer joins Borneo’s Penan tribe to see what the world’s indigenous people can teach us about our own survival and that of the planet
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/29/bruce-parry-interview-borneo-penan-documentary

Trump: The climate regulator?
President George W. Bush punted on the issue. President Obama’s team tried but failed. President Trump might be the first chief executive to regulate power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/1251925125133568274

Why James Dyson could steal Elon Musk’s electric car throne.
The British inventor described his vision for “something quite unique and better” than the status quo in a company-wide email this week.
http://www.dailyclimate.org/t/-4057999804430503164

Helium in coal seams may aid safe gas extraction
Natural deposits of helium gas – best known for its use in party balloons – could help aid the safe production of shale or coal gas, research suggests.
http://www.enn.com/energy/article/52705

Peak contamination levels from Fukushima off North America now known
For the first time since 2011, peak contamination levels in Pacific Canadian waters from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are known, says a University of Victoria scientist who has been monitoring levels since the meltdown of three reactors at the plant.
http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/52701

An open mind on privately-owned open space
Natalie Rayment
There is the very real possibility that privately owned open space created from recent development may be more beneficial to the community than publicly owned space.
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19318

Trump officials have no clue how to rebuild Puerto Rico’s grid. But we do.
Joe Romm
Florida and Japan show clean energy is fastest, cheapest way to restore power. Too bad Trump’s administration hates it.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/trump-officials-no-clue-rebuild-puerto-ricos-grid-66781/

Climate’s Effects on Flowers Critical for Bumble Bees
In a study that shows the importance of climate change on critical pollinators, North Carolina State University researchers found that earlier and longer flowering seasons can have poor effects on the bumble bees that rely on these flowers to live and thrive.
http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/52708

Banning shark fin soup in the US is bad for shark conservation
A proposed US ban on the sale of shark fins could backfire and make life worse for some of the planet’s most imperilled species, says Lesley Evans Ogden
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2148774-banning-shark-fin-soup-in-the-us-is-bad-for-shark-conservation/