Sunday 23 July 2017

Self-evident – and still inconvenient – truths on climate change.
Robert C. Walter, Dorothy J. Merritts Philadelphia Daily News
When framers of the Declaration of Independence outlined those famous truths they believed self-evident, we can imagine they unanimously agreed that logic, wisdom, and knowledge are unassailable, rooted — as they wrote — in the “laws of nature and of nature’s god.”

Return of the ‘big dry’ points to active and early fire season across the south
Weather patterns delivering an exceptionally dry winter across south-eastern Australia show little sign of breaking up, heightening concerns the coming fire season will be an early and active one.

Drinking the warmist Kool-Aid will kill us
Piers Akerman
GLOBAL warming — now called climate change — is being served up to the Australian public by the Greens, Labor and now the Turnbull faux Liberal government

2028: The date Melbourne may run short of water

Coolaroo fire catches the state napping
Age editorial
There is much to be angry about in the wake of the fire at the SKM Recycling plant in Coolaroo.

NSW farmer says changing climate forcing him to move flock
A new climate change report is forecasting an almost 50 per cent reduction in rain by 2090, but one farmer in southern NSW says he has already seen things change over the past 30 years.

Our $20bn food waste shamed
EVERY day South Australian families are throwing perfectly good food into the garbage bin. Dianne Mattsson spoke with Adelaide food identity Bree May about how to turn our wasteful ways around.

Hero Yami’s nuke fight will go on
YANKUNYTJATJARA elder Yami Lester OAM, an Outback hero who opened the nation’s eyes to the human cost of nuclear tests committed on Australian soil, has died aged 75 in Alice Springs.

‘Almost done and dusted’: Mayor plays down salmon farming as Tasmania election issue
East coast mayor Michael Kent says he is confident salmon farming will not be an issue at Tasmania’s state election next year.

Energy probe report stalled: Labor
THE State Government has been accused of sitting on a crucial report meant to give Tasmanians insight into the energy crisis and the state a way forward on energy security.

Promise of sewage flow fix a welcome one
Imminent action on raw sewage in the Tamar River is music to the ears of Launceston residents.

NT native title compo win could trigger $1b in claims
A LANDMARK native title payout has been upheld in the Federal Court and is expected to trigger nationwide compensation claims exceeding $1 billion

Conservation Council and One Nation at one on fracking bans
They might seem like strange political bedfellows but both the Conservation Council and One Nation are calling for the WA Labor Government to legislate for — and extend — a ban on fracking.

Trump’s big plan for a tiny EPA is already dead.
Republicans are seeking cuts to science, environmental enforcement, clean water funds to states and other state grants, and cleanup programs for the Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay—though they aren’t as steep as those Trump had requested.

Half of all plastic that has ever existed was made in the past 13 years.
Now, for the first time, researchers have published a sweeping, public, and in-depth accounting of all plastic that has ever been made in the entire world. The number is so big as to defy human comprehension.

World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep.
Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

How conservation programs can be strengthened by meeting family planning needs.
A recent Population & Sustainability Network event in London highlighted why reproductive health and rights are not only critical for the health and empowerment of women and girls, but also how family planning can strengthen conservation efforts.

Burying the atom: Europe struggles to dispose of nuclear waste.
Political opposition, not technical hurdles, poses biggest challenge to finding permanent storage sites for deadly radioactive material.

The coal truth: How a major energy source lost its power in Britain.
Coal supplied just 2 percent of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College.

Water will be this century’s great urban design challenge.
By the end of the century, almost 700 communities in the U.S. will face chronic flooding.

UK threatens to return radioactive waste to EU without nuclear deal.
Britain has warned the EU that it could return boatloads of radioactive waste back to the continent if the Brexit talks fail to deliver an agreement on nuclear regulation.

China’s other big export: pollution.
Paulina Garzón, Leila Salazar López New York Times
While President Trump rolls back environmental protections and announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, China is trying to position itself as the world’s climate leader, pledging to cooperate with other countries to build an ‘eco-civilization.’ China has established the largest solar panel farm in the world, plans to close over 100 coal-fired power plants, and is committed to spending at least $361 billion on renewable energy by 2020.

How the modern world made cowards of us all.
Arthur C. Brooks New York Times
Perhaps it seems odd that this is my advice for young people heading out of school and into the world: Be prudent. Yes, it sounds boring, but it may turn out to be a more radical suggestion than most graduates hear.