Sunday 3 September 2017

Yes, ExxonMobil misled the public.
Naomi Oreskes, Geoffrey Supran Los Angeles Times
In late August, we published the first academic analysis of ExxonMobil’s 40-year history of communications on climate change.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212646893

Nick Xenophon calls for royal commission into alleged Murray Darling water misuse
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she will write to auditor general to request review of Murray Darling Basin Authority
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/01/nick-xenophon-calls-for-royal-commission-into-alleged-murray-darling-water-misuse

Conservatives, conservation, corporates: Lobbyist couple energises debate
Beneath an enormous sperm whale skeleton suspended in the Australian Museum’s Wild Planet Gallery, politicians and corporate bosses mingled over canapes, discussing sea level rises.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/conservatives-conservation-corporates-lobbyist-couple-energises-debate-20170901-gy8oku.html

How I came to know that I am a closet climate denier
Joy Murray, University of Sydney
It would take a lifestyle upheaval to drop most Australians’ household emissions to a sustainable level. Even many of us who urge equitable action on climate change act as if this doesn’t apply to us.
https://theconversation.com/how-i-came-to-know-that-i-am-a-closet-climate-denier-83039

Australia’s record-breaking winter warmth linked to climate change
Andrew King
https://theconversation.com/australias-record-breaking-winter-warmth-linked-to-climate-change-83304

Energy policy needs perspective, not PR
Peta Credlin
TURNBULL must get serious about energy policy or he’s gone by Christmas. Hollow PR exercises don’t cut it anymore.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/rendezview/what-the-energy-policy-debate-needs-is-some-perspective/news-story/9539472626a46c21e858d958f97cc62e

In a power of pain
Sunday Herald Sun editorial
AS the Sunday Herald Sun reports today, skyrocketing power bills are a nightmare for too many Victorian families.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/in-a-power-of-pain/news-story/8ecf0df5aae0729ac071cfcc061838d3

Koalas potentially the next victims of city’s housing crisis
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/healthy-koala-colonies-potentially-the-next-victims-of-sydneys-housing-crisis-20170901-gy9bvd.html

Smoke haze set to clear from Sydney skies
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/smoke-haze-set-to-clear-from-sydney-skies-20170902-gy9mfi.html

For whom the road tolls
Melinda Pavey
THE Susa-Babylon Highway in the Middle East in the 7th century BC is believed to have been the world’s first toll road. In Sydney we have been paying tolls since a toll was put on the South Creek at Windsor in the early 1800s.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/melinda-pavey-for-whom-the-road-tolls/news-story/90c46db51b0fc4d0cde3eb8aeb1bc065

Tonnes of carp removed during ACT waterways cull
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/more-than-5-tonnes-of-carp-removed-from-act-waterways-during-cull-20170901-gy91z3.html

Smoke expected as burn-offs continue in Canberra
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/smoke-expected-around-canberra-due-to-burnoffs-in-acton-20170901-gy9em3.html

Canberra will never be overpopulated with all the space we have
Ian Warden
There are so many Canberra places where one seldom sees a soul.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/canberra-will-never-be-overpopulated-with-all-the-space-we-have-20170831-gy85lz.html

Political power play cuts energy
ELECTRICITY company bosses will have their bonuses scrapped unless they bring down power bills for Queenslanders, under an LNP plan to improve affordability.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/lnp-plan-to-link-boss-bonuses-to-electricity-price/news-story/91cf371c1f430334262560b73fccf31b

‘Destructive wealth and arrogance’: Bob Brown hits out at Adani group
Veteran conservationist compares situation to a nationwide action he led against the Franklin Dam in Tasmania in the 1980s
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/02/destructive-wealth-and-arrogance-bob-brown-hits-out-at-adani-group

The new Great Barrier Reef pollution plan is better, but still not good enough
Jon Brody et al
https://theconversation.com/the-new-great-barrier-reef-pollution-plan-is-better-but-still-not-good-enough-83233

Footage shrouded in secrecy
RECENT footage of what appears to be a thylacine in Tasmania is proving as elusive as the mysterious marsupial itself.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/footage-shrouded-in-secrecy/news-story/f268e8081ff7abe67a6fbae3c217ea9c

Tiger trail anything but cold
WHETHER its existence is real or imagined, the Tasmanian tiger is making a comeback across Australia.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tiger-trail-anything-but-cold/news-story/7cbf738787bd022c62598d22cb9326a8

Pulp mill is finally pulped
IT has been one of the most divisive and controversial issues of the past decade — and now it is over. Federal Political Editor Nick Clark looks back on the long-running pulp mill saga.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/pulp-mill-is-finally-pulped/news-story/3d95a42a019f1e1d92a7c60ff4ed8a55

2bil NT prawn farm moves step closer
THE man behind the plan to build a $2 billion prawn megafarm says he hopes a final investment will be made within the next six months
http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/2bil-nt-prawn-farm-moves-step-closer/news-story/6eb303f412b493744b30c311cbc3e6ad

New rules protect vulnerable black jewfish
COMMERCIAL fisheries will be required to use authentication tags on black jewfish swim bladders to identify legally caught product and protect licensed commercial operations.
http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/new-rules-protect-vulnerable-black-jewfish/news-story/dd36569c0c9798657beed434b74b318d

Indigenous weather knowledge helps us understand
”We call it arretherre. It’s the bad wind. People get irritable and cranky because of the west wind.”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-01/indigenous-knowledge-helping-to-understand-changing-weather/8861124

WA’s dibbler population edging back from extinction
Perth Zoo’s dibbler breeding program has seen 888 of the tiny, rare marsupials released into the wild since the program began in 1997.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-01/wa-dibbler-population-edging-back-from-extinction/8864676

Turnbull to offer mining sweetener in WA
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/turnbull-to-offer-mining-sweetener-in-wa-20170902-gy9ep1.html

No new pollution at Vermont Yankee.
A recent environmental assessment found no evidence of new or different non-radiological contamination at Vermont Yankee. But officials at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources say Entergy has not yet looked hard enough for contaminants like PCBs and oil.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212651525

Not just nice to have: nature in the workplace makes employees happier and healthier
Libby Sander
Bringing nature into the workplace can lead to a number of benefits, including reduced stress and increased creativity.
https://theconversation.com/not-just-nice-to-have-nature-in-the-workplace-makes-employees-happier-and-healthier-80077

‘Hear the cry of the earth,’ Pope and Patriarch urge in ecology message.
Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/-6766923627212646888

Buying rounds is deeply engrained in Aussie culture but widely disliked
Caitlin Fitzsimmons
There seems to be an inverse logic to buying drinks for your mates: the people who come under most pressure to take part in rounds are those that can least afford it.
http://www.smh.com.au/money/saving/buying-rounds-is-deeply-engrained-in-aussie-culture-but-widely-disliked-20170901-gy971p.html