Sunday 17 September 2017

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing
Andrew Klekociuk, University of Tasmania and Paul Krummel, CSIRO
The treaty to limit the destruction of the ozone layer is hailed as the most successful environmental agreement of all time. Three decades on, the ozone layer is slowly but surely returning to health.
http://theconversation.com/after-30-years-of-the-montreal-protocol-the-ozone-layer-is-gradually-healing-84051

New climate risk classification created to account for potential ‘existential’ threats
Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/uoc–ncr091417.php

Black Sea Water Temperatures May Buck Global Trend
Scientists have successfully simulated the Black Sea’s long term currents, salt water content and temperature for the first ..
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170915162954.htm

World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war
After falling for over a decade, the number of people going hungry has risen again – and climate change and war are to blame
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2147570-world-hunger-is-on-the-rise-again-due-to-climate-change-and-war/

Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape.
Elizabeth Rush
You can find evidence of a changing climate everywhere on Earth. But nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in the Arctic.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212624783

Harvey and Irma are the new normal. It’s time to move away from the coasts.
When Hurricane Irma made landfall in the United States last weekend, it first brought its fury to the Florida Keys
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212625271

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing
Andrew Klekociuk, University of Tasmania and Paul Krummel, CSIRO
The treaty to limit the destruction of the ozone layer is hailed as the most successful environmental agreement of all time. Three decades on, the ozone layer is slowly but surely returning to health.
http://theconversation.com/after-30-years-of-the-montreal-protocol-the-ozone-layer-is-gradually-healing-84051

We should name hurricanes after the climate change deniers
Peter FitzSimons
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-should-name-hurricanes-after-the-climate-change-deniers-20170915-gyi7f2.html

Coalition MPs giggle, cackle, smirk and laugh in Parliament over climate change
Simon Black
Many of our current crop of conservative politicians laugh like naughty children whenever climate change is brought up.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/this-is-how-the-world-ends–not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-chuckle,10722

Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell
Giles Parkinson
AEMO, like Finkel, provided Turnbull with a launch pad to push for a cleaner, smarter, cheaper and more reliable grid. Instead, the Coalition pined for traditional and outdated technologies. It’s time to bust a few myths about baseload and blackouts.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/blackouts-baseload-debunking-myths-aemo-reports-liddell-16700/

How can we overcome Australia’s renewable energy policy deadlock?
Genevieve Simpson
It has now been three months since the release of the Finkel Review Report and its recommendation for a Clean Energy Target – and the federal government seems no closer to deciding what the renewable energy policy landscape will look like after 2020.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/can-overcome-australias-renewable-energy-policy-deadlock-79122/

Coalition’s pro-coal policy likely a vote loser
Adrian Beaumont
https://theconversation.com/coalitions-pro-coal-policy-likely-a-vote-loser-optional-voting-in-plebiscite-helps-yes-83787

Turnbull’s lose-lose electric car farce
Peta Credlin
IT was all so much easier a decade or so ago when you could tick the climate change box and the only cost was empathy.
Now it’s billions of dollars every year to shut down baseload power and support renewable energy to end up with more expensive and far less reliable electricity. It hardly seems believable yet this is Australia’s energy policy at work.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/turnbulls-loselose-electric-car-farce/news-story/02d463990cfc6c4cbf8657c44349fd23

Chill out. Electricity prices are really not that expensive
Peter Martin
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/household-expenditure-survey-get-real-electricity-isnt-that-expensive-20170915-gyi1w0.html

Madafferi’s green wedge push
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antonio-madafferi-in-keysborough-green-wedge-push-20170916-gyirua.html

Regrowing reef: corals say ‘I do’
Material used to make wedding veils is the key to combating “the international reef crisis”, a northern NSW coral researcher says.
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/regrowing-reef-corals-say-i-do/news-story/5dcdcc906b5bafa573ad073120740dff

Coal battles to escape the inevitable
SMH editorial
When is a water catchment not a water catchment? The answer, to judge by this week’s news, is: when it sits on a coal mine.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/coal-battles-to-escape-the-inevitable-20170915-gyif5y.html

Urban renewal remains a challenge
Canberra Times editorial
Not everyone will be excited to hear about plans to redevelop land along the Woden light rail route.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ct-editorial/act-governments-new-urban-renewal-precinct-warrants-further-attention-20170916-gyiwks.html

Queensland election: One Nation aiming for balance of power
ONE Nation state leader Steve Dickson has a “balance of power’’ election timetable to bury Labor’s Cross River Rail and LNP’s fast train to Bundaberg.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/queensland-election-one-nation-aiming-for-balance-of-power/news-story/871038415eb6d8c65b6df2dc4463f62c

Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-adani-protesters-promise-week-long-action-20170916-p4yvy9.html

Event shows sustainable technology
Launceston’s shift to a sustainable future is gathering momentum with the success of an energy event.
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4928085/event-shows-sustainable-technology/?cs=95

NT researchers battling to save far eastern curlew from extinction
Researchers are observing the far eastern curlew, netting them and attaching GPS trackers to the birds in a bid to protect their preferred feeding and roosting sites so they don’t die out.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-16/darwin-researchers-fight-save-far-eastern-curlew-from-extinction/8941626

Perth asbestos removal company worker caught dumping ‘do not puncture’ bag
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/perth-asbestos-removal-company-worker-caught-dumping-do-not-puncture-bag-20170915-gyi449.html

Scientists Question Study About Plastic-Eating Caterpillars
Do the larvae of the wax moth really solve the world’s plastic problem? Sensational report of biochemical degradation of polyethylene by caterpillars ..
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170915144156.htm

UK power firm plans world’s largest battery storage project
Drax, a UK power company, has announced that it is seeking planning permission to continue the reinvention of its North Yorkshire coal plant by installing a 200MW battery onsite.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-power-firm-plans-worlds-largest-battery-storage-project-76544/

Green schoolyards offer physical and mental health benefits for children
Research to be presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition finds that green schoolyards bring families and communities together in a healthy environment
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/aaop-gso090817.php

Three Mile Island fights once again for its nuclear survival.
This could be the last time fuel is ever loaded into Three Mile Island’s Unit 1, whose neighboring twin reactor shut down in 1979 after the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-4057999804430504288

People-friendly furniture in public places matters more than ever in today’s city
Christian Tietz, UNSW
With cities becoming more dense and housing more crowded, people rely more than ever on well-designed public spaces, so why hasn’t the furniture changed with the times?
http://theconversation.com/people-friendly-furniture-in-public-places-matters-more-than-ever-in-todays-city-83568

Disposables flush us down the plughole
Terry Sweetman
THE drudgery has been relieved by flushable wipes and disposable nappies, but the price is high as they clog our pipes with fatbergs
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/act-now-on-disposable-items-that-clog-pipes-and-waterways-with-filthy-fatbergs/news-story/59a6a1c3b565163ccca444ecf62225a5

Downsize your living space to maximise life
Zona Black
How much space do you really need to live in?
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4927728/downsize-your-living-space-to-maximise-life/?cs=97

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster didn’t affect fish, humans in B.C., scientist says.
A chemical oceanographer says researchers are “confident” the contamination from the nuclear power-plant disaster after the devastating 2011 quake never reached the north Pacific.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212627051