Sunday 9 July 2017

G20 communique agreed apart from climate
The G20 leaders have reached agreement on a communique after their two-day summit on most points but climate remains a thorny issue.

Thousands of bulging methane bubbles could explode in Siberia.
Siberia’s frozen landscape, locked in time for thousands of years, may be coming back to life in violent fashion.

A brief history of fake climate news in the mainstream media.
Last year, the New York Times called climate change “the most important story in the world.” So the Trump administration raised some eyebrows at a recent White House briefing when it turned to the newspaper of record for support in its effort to defend the president’s deeply unpopular decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Short answers to hard questions about climate change.
We’ve put together a list of quick answers to often-asked questions about climate change. This should give you a running start on understanding the problem.

I’m a climate scientist. And I’m not letting trickle-down ignorance win.
Ben Santer Washington Post
How to fight the Trump administration’s darkness.

If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change?
Richard B. Rood University of Michigan
Setting aside the politics, how much warming are we already locked into?

Dishwasher tablets: Campaign to eradicate products that aren’t squeaky clean
In a move to protect Australia’s waterways and wildlife from algal blooms, the environment pressure group DoSomething today launchs a campaign to ban phosphates in automatic dishwasher detergents.

Forget Abbott, climate change is Turnbull’s problem
Peta Credlin
CLIMATE change is Malcolm Turnbull’s kryptonite, not Tony Abbott. Get it wrong, and he’ll deliver a Bill Shorten government.

Would you eat food produced from fly larvae?
A Melbourne biotech company uses its software development skills to breed black soldier flies whose larvae turns organic waste into animal feed.

Western Sydney’s $80m of lost parks
WESTERN Sydney has missed out on $80 million of parks and other amenities because two councils — including the former Auburn authority — bungled their levies.

Energy debate has been hijacked
Tim Nicholls
TWO decades of poor public policy from all levels of government has resulted in today’s energy pressure-cooker of high costs and shaky reliability.

Sheep graziers given one day to decide in favour of the world’s largest battery
Sheep graziers Paul and Bill Stacey had just 24 hours to decide whether they wanted the world’s largest battery to be built on their land near Jamestown in South Australia’s mid-north.

Hidden cost of world’s biggest battery
THE world’s biggest battery will cost the South Australian taxpayer much less than a $150 million fund set aside for renewable energy, but the government today refused to say how much.

Tesla battery deal ‘just the spark for local business’
SOUTH Australian businesses stand benefit directly from global auto and power giant Tesla, as part of a deal to secure the state’ electricity future.

Is this a Tassie tiger in South Australia?
A SOUTH Australian schoolteacher has filmed what he believes could be a thylacine.

Crazy brave or crazy visionary?
Advertiser editorial
The world’s biggest battery project is looking less like the desperate act of a government facing an extremely challenging election, and more like a forward-thinking strategy that will put SA ahead of the curve.

Musk mob’s deal with SA sidesteps craven coal politics
Peter FitzSimons

Deer hunting in World Heritage Area could stem damage: inquiry
Tasmania’s government should consider allowing recreational shooters to hunt deer in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area and other conservation lands, a parliamentary inquiry says.

Dear prices for deer damage
The research in Tasmania on the environmental impacts of the deer is ‘surprisingly limited’.

Conservation group helping nature reclaim WA’s oldest mine site
Nature is reclaiming parts of Western Australia’s longest continuous mining lease, with a not-for-profit group “turbo-charging” the process by transplanting reed beds and other species into the more than 20 abandoned pits and dams of the Talison lithium mine.

Wind energy has officially become cheaper than fossil fuels.
Industry leaders have estimated that the cost of producing energy using wind farms has dropped to around $100 per megawatt hour, making the energy source as cost effective as coal and nuclear energy.

Hinkley Point C: UK censured for failing to consult German public.
The UK has been censured by an international committee for its failure to notify the German public of the potential environmental impacts of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station being built in Somerset, south-west England.

Russia begins cleaning up the Soviets’ top-secret nuclear waste dump.
When the Soviet Union collapsed a vast store of spent nuclear fuel was abandoned in the Russian Arctic – an environmental disaster waiting to happen. Decades later an international clean-up has finally begun.

Emperor penguins may disappear by the end of this century.
New model suggests their numbers could climb until 2050—before falling off a cliff.

Activists protest UNESCO heritage status decision in Tibetan area
Tibetan rights groups criticise a United Nations cultural organisation’s decision to extend world heritage status to an extensive plateau in a heavily Tibetan area, saying it reinforces Chinese control in the region.

The seven secrets to happiness from the ‘dismal science’