SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2018

Arctic wintertime sea ice extent is among lowest on record
Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/nsfc-aws032318.php

Emu farming is making a comeback
After a devastating crash in the mid-1990s, the emu farming industry is “finally coming to fruition” as scientists discover health benefits within the flightless bird’s oil.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-24/emu-farming-takes-off-in-australia/9564246

Victorian peat fires could smoulder for months, farmers fear
Peat fires burning in south-west Victoria could cause further evacuations — including the entire town of Cobden — if strong winds return.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-24/cobden-peat-fire-farmer-fears-could-smoulder-for-months/9583410

Medicine polluting our water systems
We take it, spill it, spit it and excrete it and it is making its way into the water system. Antidepressants, antibiotics, and a whole range of other pharmaceuticals are making their way into the environment and even drinking water.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/drinking-water-may-contain-pharmaceutical-residues-from-waste-treatment-plants/news-story/2e03509f2415132f010f5f18e9ec9c24

The heat is on fire crews to get prescribed burns just right
In the ACT and surrounds, the list of sites marked for prescribed burns is long and the window of opportunity is short.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-24/firefighters-capitalise-on-prescribed-burn-window-of-opportunity/9562732

Emergency crews battling Fyshwick grass fire
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/emergency-crews-battling-fyshwick-grass-fire-20180324-h0xwu3.html

Investment in ACT’s green spaces is necessary
Gay Williamson
Do development naysayers have a point? The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT head asks.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/investment-in-acts-green-spaces-is-necessary-20180301-h0wur8.html

Searching for alternative living solutions in Canberra
Rob Henry
We can’t afford to continue spreading, says head of the ACT Australian Institute of Architects.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/searching-for-alternative-living-solutions-in-canberra-20180314-h0xgzk.html

Queensland premier makes bid for Tesla batteries
The massive battery, linked to solar panels, was developed by billionaire Elon Musk for the South Australian Labor government last year.
https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/24/21/42/premier-tesla-power-play-queensland

Losing Nemo? The fish that can’t just swim away
Early signs suggest that the hammering taken by the Great Barrier Reef is not restricted to the corals.
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/losing-nemo-mass-great-barrier-reef-bleaching-20180323-p4z5zc.html

Adani activists’ cash lure for students 
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/adani-activists-offer-students-travel-subsidies-to-join-frontline-in-queensland/news-story/5fe226b48e9d084d51bd9f58783fe6eb

Deer, oh dear: wildlife venture in to suburbs
Wild Tasmanian deer should be off our roads and on our menus, says a leading meat processor with venison orders he cannot fill.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/calls-for-deer-on-the-menu-and-off-roads/news-story/dd27d06350bf47fce96c4ad8f939f01a

Toxic shellfish warning 
The public has been warned not to eat wild shellfish caught in Port Esperance near Dover due to a toxic algal bloom outbreak in the area.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/toxic-shellfish-warning-after-algal-bloom-detected-near-dover/news-story/812adc36fc34769168174f89ea093186

Now is the time to act
Since Saturday’s wild weather, two calls have been heard the loudest: one to rip out any potentially dangerous African mahogany trees; and another to bury powerlines in the Greater Darwin deep underground, away from cyclonic winds
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/the-remaining-legacy-of-cyclone-marcus/news-story/3fadbf7718a9a64ad265a9d663df0a3e

Indigenous group fights to save sacred site from mining giant’s railway
The Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC) will fight a Fortescue Metals Group plan to build a railway through a 23,000 year old sacred Pilbara site to facilitate its $1.5 billion Eliwana iron ore mine.
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/indigenous-group-fights-to-save-sacred-site-from-mining-giant-20180324-h0xwre.html

20-Year-Old Assumptions in Solar Cell Production Refuted
Researchers have investigated the manufacturing process of solar cells. The researchers proved that assumptions on chemical processes that were commonplace among researchers …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323104808.htm

Landfills: A Future Source of Raw Materials
Decontamination of landfills and open dumpsites could prove profitable – both financially and for …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323090958.htm

Better cities are not just about height
Karen Wright
How density is achieved is not simply through increasing height limits and creating taller and taller buildings.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/act/better-cities-are-not-just-about-height-20180301-h0wur1.html

Monitor climate change, not predators, to protect lake diversity: Study
Climate change and other environmental factors are more threatening to fish diversity than predators, according to new research from the University of Guelph. It is a surprising and important finding, as humans rely upon freshwater lakes for more than one-fifth of their protein needs worldwide, says lead author Prof. Andrew MacDougall in U of G’s Department of Integrative Biology.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uog-mcc032318.php

Jaguars and Well-Managed Logging Concessions Can Coexist, Say Conservationists
Logging activities in biodiverse forests can have a huge negative impact on wildlife, particularly large species such as big …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323104839.htm

Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn
Biodiversity — the essential variety of life forms on Earth — continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s ..
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180323093734.htm

Waterbirds Affected by Low Water, High Salt Levels in Lakes
A recent study shows food sources for migratory birds decline with low water levels and high salt content in …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180322181152.htm