Sunday 1 October 2017

The high price of Australian gas: is low supply really to blame?
Contrary to popular belief we are awash with gas, and it’s being exported for less than local markets would pay. Confused?
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/29/the-high-price-of-australian-gas-is-low-supply-really-to-blame

Water bills more stressful than power bills
HUNDREDS of Victorian households are struggling to pay their water bills as the state’s major suppliers pocket millions in operating profits.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/water-bills-more-stressful-than-power-bills-for-victorian-families/news-story/abd07d2ae2b36fd7afd7631aed6affc3

Canberra Greens commitment to emissions targets turns 21
Kerrie Tucker
Many Australians are despairing at the state of energy politics in our country today. The federal government’s continued failure to acknowledge the reality of the need to act on climate change leaves a dangerous legacy and shows that when it comes to climate action, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/canberra-greens-commitment-to-emissions-targets-turns-21-20170928-gyqncg.html

Adventure park wins four-year war with greenies
FOUR years after its battle with environmentalists began, a multimillion-dollar eco-adventure park has finally been given the green light to open, much to the delight of adrenaline junkies.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/guanaba-experience-at-tamborine-mount-to-open-next-year/news-story/94ea41153aa2fa10bde10403dbcb8e51

Immigration, reef watchdog use phone-hacking tech
The marine watchdog is using the tool to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4958669/immigration-reef-watchdog-use-phone-hacking-tech/?cs=7

Renewables opportunity in Puerto Rico
Politicians and investors say they have a golden opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Maria to re-invent Puerto Rico’s power grid as a storm-resistant network.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/renewables-opportunity-in-puerto-rico/news-story/57d9cb7b5a3617c38a07732dcf300071

U.S. offers Vogtle nuclear plant $3.7 billion in loan guarantees.
An additional loan guarantee of up to $3.7 billion to companies building two nuclear reactors in Georgia.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1251925125133571203

Rick Perry just proposed a massive change in electricity policy to help coal and nuclear plants.
The Energy Department announced new loan guarantees for a struggling nuclear plant — and a controversial new policy that could pay coal and nuclear plants for keeping the grid stable.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4057999804430503150

Fukushima nuclear disaster: Radioactive water may have been leaking from reactors for months.
The Japanese company in charge of cleaning up one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters said Friday its latest error may have caused contaminated water to leak into the ground for nearly half a year
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4057999804430503148

A new shock doctrine: In a world of crisis, morality can still win.
Naomi Klein
From heads of state tweeting threats of nuclear annihilation, to whole regions rocked by climate chaos, to thousands of migrants drowning off the coasts of Europe, to openly racist parties gaining ground: it feels like there are a lot of reasons to be pessimistic about our collective future
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/28/labour-shock-doctrine-moral-strategy-naomi-klein

How plastic is damaging planet Earth.
There are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1251925125133569732

Everyone’s mad about fugitive salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
When farmed Atlantic salmon began to bust out of their net pens, anglers and commercial fishers hit the water in pursuits.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4057999804430503149

The key to happiness, according to eight Aussie celebs
What really matters and what makes people happy? Eight influential women tell us.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4958487/the-key-to-happiness-according-to-eight-aussie-celebs/?cs=3861