Sunday 15 October 2017

Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000
‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/12/penguin-catastrophe-leads-to-demands-for-protection-in-east-antarctic

How many more cities must burn before the climate-change deniers give up?
The human cost, including the mounting deaths, is immeasurable.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911790835

Geoengineering is not a quick fix for climate change, experts warn Trump
Leading researchers and campaigners express concern that geoengineering research could be used as an excuse not to reduce CO2 emissions
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/14/geoengineering-is-not-a-quick-fix-for-climate-change-experts-warn-trump

Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change
Sarah Gill
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-has-lost-touch-with-reality-on-climate-change-20171011-gyyuv1.html

Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell in song on climate change
David Penberthy
UNTIL last week the most curious intervention on the question of climate change had come from that noted man of science, Cardinal George Pell, who in 2006 took time out from conversing with God to argue for a reason-based approach.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/tony-abbott-and-cardinal-george-pell-in-song-on-climate-change/news-story/ed425409927c86e4812febc13852f590

Australia lagging on electric cars and tax breaks needed to drive demand – report
Australia Institute wants free access to bus lanes after electric cars accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/13/australia-lagging-on-electric-cars-and-tax-breaks-needed-to-drive-demand-report

Failure to act now on energy policy will only trigger Groundhog Day
Katharine Murphy
There are several good reasons to adopt the Finkel proposals – unless the Coalition just wants more zero sum bouts with Labor
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/14/failure-to-act-now-on-energy-policy-will-only-trigger-groundhog-day

‘The government should invest in coal-powered electricity generation’
Piers Akerman
THE absolute ineptitude of Malcolm Turnbull’s government has been epitomised by its latest energy policy thought bubble — the offer to pay consumers NOT to use electricity this summer.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/piers-akerman-the-government-should-invest-in-coalpowered-electricity-generation/news-story/626ff9a894ff92e28f2cb9b08ad1ec0e

There’s a gas crisis – but who’s to blame?
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/gas-wars-fire-up-in-victoria-as-consumers-feel-the-heat-20171013-gz0q8n.html

Does Melbourne hold the key to nuclear peace?
Maher Mughrabi
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/could-a-melbourne-student-hold-the-key-to-peace-on-the-korean-peninsula-20171009-gywz9u.html

Graziers told not to eat beef but allowed to sell it, amid contamination fears
Potentially harmful chemicals from firefighting foam entering the environment hits the beef industry, with cattle farmers near the Oakey and Williamtown Defence bases worried they might be selling contaminated beef.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/cattle-farmers-oakey-williamtown-defence-bases-pfas-fears/9049952

Bumper season of baby quolls, with 80 born at Mulligans Flat
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/rare-video-of-extinct-baby-quolls-born-at-mulligans-flat-in-canberras-north-20171014-gz12jn.html

Waste expansion plan for Queanbeyan dumped
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/waste-management-company-suez-withdraws-proposal-for-expanded-queanbeyan-site-20171014-gz0zyr.html

LNP to give consumers voice in energy strategy
IN A bid to cut power costs the LNP will give consumers a voice in the boardrooms of electricity network distributors.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/queensland-energy-consumers-to-have-a-voice-in-the-lnps-new-power-plan/news-story/b2871436bd3f7e5bb4533682648889f1

Activist moles to infiltrate Adani
ACTIVISTS are trying to recruit professional moles to infiltrate key jobs in the construction of Adani’s mega-mine in Queensland.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/activist-moles-vie-for-jobs-to-scupper-adani-queensland-megamine/news-story/870e3baa356c55c8215021d12c0d467b

Electricity grid faces first big test
THE first serious test of Queensland’s energy security could come as soon as next month.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-power-november-could-bring-first-test-of-power-grid/news-story/692a4373f7316cdadf075f0e315138c6

Kangaroo massacre
Mareeba wildlife carers are shocked and outraged at the discovery of more than 40 dead and trapped wallabies, kangaroos and joeys.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/wallaby-massacre-at-mareeba-sparks-investigation/news-story/33ccc084ce4fcc7fd30d57045bb93e5f

SA Labor pledges to protect state-owned water and electricity assets from privatisation
Premier Jay Weatherill goes back to the future with Labor’s first election campaign pledge — a promise to “decorporatise” SA Water to ensure state-owned assets remain in public hands.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/sa-labor-first-election-campaign-pledge/9050082

Wombat warriors in bitter legal dispute
FROZEN dead wombats and allegations of trespass, theft and threatening behaviour by a banished member are at the centre of a bitter court dispute engulfing a volunteer conservation group.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/law-order/volunteer-conservation-group-wombats-sa-in-bitter-court-dispute-with-former-life-member/news-story/e94508415dd9705e3165975b11416c23

What a waste of energy and opportunity
Lainie Anderson
Opposition Leader Steven Marshall’s “Liberal Energy Solution” is one of the most stupid and devious policy announcements of recent times
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/lainie-anderson-steven-marshalls-liberal-energy-solution-is-a-stupid-and-devious-policy-announcement/news-story/b4533d4158809a972d4f8fd3eaeefc6d

High hopes for wilderness walk
Award-winning tourism operator operator Ian Johnstone has been given the green light to progress plans for a South East Cape guided walk.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tourism-operator-gets-goahead-for-south-east-cape-guided-walk-project-to-move-forward/news-story/92885105d0db190d2418ed9627547795

New evidence of night parrot’s survival emerges
Thought to be extinct, they were re-discovered in 2013 to great excitement. Now a second night parrot siting in Western Australia has expanded the range of one of the world’s most elusive birds.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/night-parrot-found-sandy-desert/9047462

Drones and propellers: State Government’s tech spending spree
$36,526 was spent by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, which bought seven drones, including one valued at close to $8400. Standard drones sell for about $1000 to $1500. The department said drones were used to determine forest inventory and conditions, and monitor bilby populations in the Pilbara and fauna on Dirk Hartog Island.
https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-politics/drones-and-propellers-state-governments-tech-spending-spree-ng-b88626543z

Activists break into French nuclear site to highlight risks.
Greenpeace activists broke through two security barriers and launched fireworks inside the grounds of a French nuclear plant on Thursday to highlight the vulnerability of the plants to attacks.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4566925153911792128

Thousands more flee California wildfires
Thousands more Californians have evacuated their homes with constantly shifting winds pushing the fierce wildfires as officials expected the official death toll of 35 from the week of fires to rise.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/gusty-winds-fan-california-wildfires-again/news-story/d62030d8cff22dff6f1b4df52d0d2f7e

Poo DNA test could help save the snow leopard
Strange as it may sound, big cat poo sitting in the high-altitude dust of the Himalayas could be the key to better snow leopard conservation.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/snow-leopard-poo-dna-test-could-solve-conservation-riddle/9043102

Trump’s sellout of American heritage.
The U.S.A. has the greatest home for sockeye salmon on the planet. The Trump administration is putting it at risk to aid a foreign mining conglomerate
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/1195107355338417188

Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000
‘Catastrophic breeding event’ leads to demands for a marine protected area to be set up in East Antarctica
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/12/penguin-catastrophe-leads-to-demands-for-protection-in-east-antarctica

Is the end of the world on October 15 and what is David Meade’s Planet X conspiracy theory?
A seven-year series of catastrophic events including earthquakes, hurricanes, nuclear attacks and volcanic eruptions is set to begin in a few days, according to a Christian conspiracy theorist
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4523791/end-of-the-world-october-2017-planet-x-nibiru-david-meade/