Sunday 27 August 2017

Staying below 2 degrees is “possible and practical” says RMI
The Rocky Mountain Institute’s new report Positive Disruption describes pathways for the global economy to mitigate serious global warming through accelerated adoption of renewable energy, the transformation of our energy and transportation system, and improved management of agriculture, forestry, and other land-uses. Staying below two degrees Celsius of warming is not just possible the report argues but practical given the accelerating declines in the cost of renewable energy.
https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/08/17/staying-below-2-degrees-is-possible-and-practical-says-rmi/

Why the IPA’s claim global warming is natural is ‘junk science’
Graham Readfearn
An Institute of Public Affairs-sponsored journal article has been seized on by conservative media outlets. But there are a few problems
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/aug/26/institute-of-public-affairs-paper-claim-global-warming-natural-junk-science

Animals suffer from political games
Annika Smethurst
ANIMAL testing ban doomed to fail as Labor and the Greens vow to block an imperfect bill to limit cruel and unpopular practice.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/greens-labor-blinded-to-the-greater-good-when-it-comes-to-animal-testing/news-story/7ce3543f1318a1ef663b12679b738526

Activists force halt to Epping kangaroo cull
WILDLIFE warriors have interrupted a government operation to cull 400 kangaroos in Epping, with government officers abandoning the plan after the activists arrived.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/activists-interrupt-planned-cull-of-400-kangaroos-at-vacant-land-in-epping/news-story/0a2726de5f13234145136592625d7cb8

Victoria’s closed mines risk being the pits for taxpayers
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victorias-19000-abandoned-mines-risk-being-the-pits-for-taxpayers-20170826-gy4qu3.html

Town of Numurkah tires of decade-old tyre dump
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/town-of-numurkah-tires-of-decadeold-tyre-dump-20170826-gy4rnq.html

ACT has most fuel-efficient vehicles, but we spend the most on our cars
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-has-most-fuelefficient-vehicles-but-we-spend-the-most-on-our-cars-20170823-gy2300.html

Canberra’s tree regulation needs to be changed
Canberra Times editorial
The rules around the removal of trees are excessive in the territory.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ct-editorial/canberras-tree-regulation-needs-to-be-changed-20170826-gy4w20.html

‘Cities shouldn’t be for vehicles’: Brisbane cyclist protest gears up
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/cities-shouldn-t-be-for-vehicles-pressure-for-brisbane-to-change-20170825-p4yvju.html

Thousands of giant cuttlefish back in SA
Giant cuttlefish are flocking back to the upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia to breed, reversing a worrying decline
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/thousands-of-giant-cuttlefish-back-in-sa/news-story/f859a1f7bd568fb213ae2fe4fe66b680

Walkers embrace our great outdoors
TASMANIA’S walking boom is set to continue with strong bookings for the Overland and Three Capes tracks for this summer.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/overland-and-three-capes-track-bookings-fuel-tasmanian-walking-boom/news-story/93f736a6de075a7d1a53b92612936859

Tasmanian seaweed industry ‘could be as big as salmon’
Tasmanian seaweed harvesters describe a new government plan to grow the industry sustainably as a good first step.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-26/hopes-for-seaweed-industry-expansion-in-tasmania/8844364

The Power of Microgrids in the Global Energy Transition
Electricity grids are the largest machines in human history, comprised of diverse equipment used to generate and transmit the power that enables our modern lifestyle.
https://rmi.org/news/power-microgrids-global-energy-transition/

EPA budget cuts threaten to slow uranium cleanup at Navajo Nation.
Dangerous remnants of the region’s Cold War boom, more than 500 uranium mines were abandoned on and near the Navajo reservation
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/2460133000469005497

Japan’s Tepco gets slapped with new US lawsuit over Fukushima.
Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said on Thursday it has been hit with another lawsuit filed in a U.S. court seeking $5 billion for compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a U.S. court.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322302134

Solar panel capacity to overtake nuclear energy next year in historic landmark.
The total capacity of nuclear power is currently about 391.5 gigawatts but the total capacity of photovoltaic cells is expected to hit 390 gigawatts by the end of this year.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322306158

Changes in the Power Sector Are an Opportunity, Not a Threat
Mark Dyson
The Department of Energy’s study on grid reliability and resilience offers an incomplete picture of our grid’s transformation
https://www.rmi.org/news/changes-power-sector-opportunity-not-threat/

Patagonia joins forces with activists to protect public lands from Trump
Native Americans and environmental advocates get help from outdoor retailers as they battle proposal to change monuments’ boundaries
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/26/public-lands-trump-patagonia-native-americans

Poor manure practices culprit in thousands of fish deaths.
Poor manure management has been blamed for about 66,000 fish deaths along three western Lake Erie tributaries this month, with a fourth site heavily polluted but narrowly averting disaster.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-3246038150322299908