Racial resentment may be fueling climate denial in US
New research finds a link between racial prejudice and climate change denial.
Meat and fish multinationals ‘jeopardising Paris climate goals’
New index finds many of the world’s largest protein producers failing to measure or report emissions, despite accounting for 14.5% of greenhouse gases
Turn up the heat, turn down the productivity
Global climate models predict a decline in ocean net primary production. This is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide that phytoplankton take in to photosynthesize and the amount that is released by the phytoplankton during metabolism.
Zambia is stepping up efforts for a climate-resilient future
Zambia is highly vulnerable to climate change mainly because the livelihoods of its people are very dependent on natural resources.
Is the Methane time bomb about to be released?
Global warming through our excessive use of fossil fuels is undeniably before us. Whilst drastic measures around some parts of the globe are being undertaken to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, the big threat to temperature rising in the near future will be the release of the earth’s stored methane deposits
Tesla leads charge against generators over market access
Incumbent generators led by Snowy Hydro oppose a push by Tesla and other new technology providers to make demand response more widely available and open avenue for more “virtual power plants”.
Renewables smash records in 2017, but 2018/19 will be bigger
CEC report details record-breaking year for solar, wind, batteries in Australia – and “just a glimpse” of unprecedented level activity expected in next two.
NEG target in crosshairs as CEC, SEC call for more ambition
Clean Energy Council and Smart Energy Council call for high emissions reduction targets, as Frydenberg promises no change to the party room.
AEMO, ARENA want to expand demand response trials
AEMO and ARENA want to expand trials to encourage use of demand response in wholesale markets and by networks.
Abbott wants another say on power policy
Former prime minister Tony Abbott wants any agreement with the states on energy policy to go through the coalition party room before it becomes law.
‘Green’ and ‘blue’ bonds tipped to boom, HSBC head says
HSBC Australia’s banking chief says sustainable financing is going to grow rapidly as companies and countries look for new ways to fund their environmental and conservation projects.
Carbon laws ‘drive cars away’ [PAYWALL]
The car industry warns that some of our most popular cars will be taken off the market under new carbon-emissions standards.
Is Snowy 2.0’s call to can coal an own-goal?
Increasingly, Australia’s total power supply is intermittent and either unreliable or more expensive, or both. We’ll pay more for power, not less.
Climate propaganda on ABC [PAYWALL]
How Four Corners skewed the facts to fit its global-warming catastrophe theme.
The utter insanity of a Fairfax warmist [PAYWALL]
The Fairfax Media tabloid duo — The Age in Melbourne and The Sydney Morning Herald — can be relied on to produce a piece of global warming hysteria just as regularly as the wind stops blowing in South Australia.
Toxic chemicals spread into water beyond Melbourne Airport site
Melbourne Airport confirms contamination caused by toxic chemicals, historically used in firefighting foams at the site, has spread beyond the airport boundaries with the pollution levels in surface water in some areas above Australian Government guidelines.
Paper giant wants to burn rubbish to produce power
Australian Paper wants to turn 650,000 tonnes of rubbish into electricity at a giant new plant in Gippsland.
Yarraville residents are set to lose the land under their feet
Land beneath hundreds of homes and businesses in Yarraville bought so a toll road can be built in the inner west.
‘No thought’: EPA boss slams oBike rollout amid new crackdown
Nial Finegan says penalties for problematic dockless share bikes will force the company to do “what it should have done in the first place”.
Safety, lack of proper lanes, turn many off cycling, says city council
Fears over safety, potential conflict with cars and pedestrians, and poorly planned bike lanes discourage many from getting on a bicycle, Melbourne City Council research has found.
Canningvale Timber Mill owner John Mavros in legal stoush with ex-senator Ricky Muir [PAYWALL]
Dumped federal senator turned-state political candidate Ricky Muir is locked in a legal stoush with the owner of a Gippsland timber mill.
Ride-on policies to encourage cycling commuters will be win for all
In 1995 I arrived in the Netherlands chasing the dream of one day riding the Tour de France. I left dreaming that one day it would be as safe to ride a bike in Melbourne as it is in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht.
New coastal eco-tourism venture planned near Cairns while island resorts remain in decay
The Queensland Government is devoting $1 million to prepare a business case for an eco-tourism venture on a coastal national park strip on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, north of Cairns, even as several resorts in northern Queensland remain in ruins.
Feral pigs decimating cassowaries in world heritage-listed Daintree, filmmaker says
A documentary maker filming cassowaries in the world-heritage listed Daintree Rainforest says feral pig numbers are “out of control”.
Queensland researchers hope sea turtles, birds will benefit from plastic ban
The effects of Queensland’s plastic bag ban on endangered sea creatures will be closely monitored by scientists from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Living eco-friendly with household products [PAYWALL]
Sustainable living in the home is the name of the game at the 2018 Cairns ECOFiesta.
Council on course for greenhouse gas goal [PAYWALL]
Cairns Regional Council is within a hair’s breadth of its target to halve greenhouse emissions by 2020 after notching up a 48.9?per cent reduction over nine years.
‘Frenzy’ of land clearing [PAYWALL]
The emotional slugfest over land clearing in the Far North has entered a new round after activists called approved clearances “a deforestation frenzy.”
Premier pledges coal to Japan [PAYWALL]
Queensland’s Premier has guaranteed ‘continuity of supply’ to coal-hungry Japan as freight monopoly Aurizon cuts exports.
Japanese keen to restart coalmine [PAYWALL]
Japan’s Sojitz plans to restart BHP’s mothballed Gregory Crinum coking coal mine in Queensland as quickly as it can.
New Hope ‘mined area outside its Acland parameters’ [PAYWALL]
One of Australia’s most contentious coalmines is under investigation amid allegations it noisily expanded its existing mining operation without seeking permission from Queensland regulators.
Use ‘white elephant’ desal plant to help Murray: Farmers [PAYWALL]
Adelaide’s “white elephant” $1.8b desalination plant could be used to save the Murray, irrigators say.
UTAS research shows that climate change could affect regeneration after bushfires
Regeneration after bushfires could be compromised by climate change, according to research from the University of Tasmania.
Bombshell revelations about Cable Car Company and Tourism Tasmania
What is the truth of Head of Tourism Tasmania Mr James Cretan’s investment in the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company … ?
Archer Must Explain Decision not to Exit Macquarie Harbour
The Liberals in government have overseen dead zones, damage to World Heritage values, and close to zero dissolved oxygen levels in the harbour. It’s a marine ecosystem in crisis.
350 year-old celery-top pine logged in Tarkine
Bob Brown Foundation is calling for an immediate end to logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests after independently and scientifically dating a logged celery top pine from the same area at 350 years old.
Cyclists face calls for road restrictions
Almost 100,000 people have supported a petition calling for cyclists to be forced to ride in single file on Australian roads.
Global and Australian food companies failing to deal with climate, health issues
Study reveals that majority of meat, fish, and dairy suppliers, including some big Australian names, are considered “high risk” and are failing to manage climate and health issues.
Oil and car companies are suddenly investing in electric vehicles – why?
A steady rise in gasoline prices has made the environment better for such investments, but that’s not the primary driver.
Self-driving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to stay on the roads
The race is on for companies to present their driverless cars to the public, but recent collisions involving autonomous vehicles developed by Uber Technologies Inc. and Tesla Inc. have led consumers to questions whether these vehicles can alleviate traffic issues and increase safety. A new study published in Risk Analysis examined the question ‘How safe is safe enough for self-driving vehicles (SDVs)?’
Germany’s waste problem: Recycling isn’t enough
The EU wants to outlaw single-use plastic items. But Germany’s Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze thinks recycling efforts need improving. So what will actually help keep the environment clean?
Subsidies helped wind and solar mature in Europe. Now they’re thriving on their own
New renewable energy projects are counting on turning a profit without governments subsidizing their output.
We know plastic is harming marine life. What about us?
There often are tiny bits of plastic in the fish and shellfish we eat. Scientists are racing to figure out what that means for our health.
Paris plans to cut pollution
Could the French capital provide a template for cutting pollution in other cities?
Kicking the car(bon) habit better for air pollution than technology revolution
Changing our lifestyles and the way we travel could have as big – if not more of an impact on CO2 transport emissions, as electric vehicles and the transport technology revolution, according to new Oxford University research. Published in Energy Efficiency, the study uses Scotland as an example and suggests that, radical lifestyle change can show quicker results than the gradual transition to Electric Vehicles and phasing out of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles.
Magic in metal could help put excess carbon dioxide to good use
A University of Delaware researcher has identified a kind of magic in a metal that may be just what the doctor ordered for Planet Earth. He says the colorful metal, known as bismuth, could help reduce rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and provide sustainable routes to making fuels.
What Makes Us Human Podcast: Cities matter
Stephan Schmidt, associate professor of city and regional planning, asks whether cities can have a positive impact on climate change.
Brazil: Lunch with the ruralists
A group of wealthy agribiz owners get to make self-enriching policy affecting millions because they backed the overthrow of Dilma Rousseff.
International coral study links pollution to decline in coral health
Sewage, runoff from mining, agriculture, pesticides and other pollutants can create conditions lethal to even the most robust corals.
Can the world’s largest rewilding project restore Patagonia’s beauty?
Purchasing huge tracts of land in Chile and Argentina, former clothing tycoons Doug and Kristine Tompkins have led a quarter century-long effort to reintroduce threatened and locally extinct species to the wilds of South America
Getting conservationists and fishers on the same page
Historically, fisheries and the conservation community have struggled to find common ground. Now, a new online tool provides daily computer-generated maps to help fishermen target productive fishing spots while alerting them to areas likely to harbor protected species.
All life on Earth, in one staggering chart
Scientists estimated the mass of all life. It’s mind boggling.
Volcanic study finds coral changes in high CO2
Scientists have been growing coral next to volcanic vents to test the effects of increased levels of marine carbon dioxide, and the results don’t look good.
Can this bird adapt to a warmer climate? Read the genes to find out
As the climate warms, some species will not be able to evolve fast enough to adapt to the new conditions. Rachael Bay examined DNA for clues as to which yellow warblers were most vulnerable.
Ants provide clues to why biodiversity is higher in the tropics
New global data of invertebrate distributions suggests time holds key to species diversity.
Oil and gas wastewater on the road could mean health and environment woes
A truck kicking up dust as it speeds down a dirt road is a typical image in country music videos. But this dust from unpaved roads is also an environmental and health hazard. To prevent dust clouds, some states treat dirt motorways with oil and gas wastewater. Now one group reports inEnvironmental Science & Technology that this wastewater contains harmful pollutants that have the potential to do more harm than good.
Crowdfunded campaigns are conserving the Earth’s environment
Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao et al
While the health of the environment continues to decline globally, in most regions government funding falls short of what is required to stem the losses. Crowdfunding plays an important and under-appreciated role for biodiversity conservation.
Explainer: No, it’s not a good idea to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents. Here’s why
It’s the advice you thought you’d never need, but the United States Geological Survey has gone on the record to say it’s probably not a good idea to roast marshmallows over lava. Here’s why.
How fast are glaciers melting? Just listen to them
Underwater microphones can glean valuable data from the burbles and pops of thawing glaciers and icebergs.
Can these bold plans keep the world’s ice sheets from melting?
Scientist says giant walls and cooling tunnels may be the best ways to save polar ice.
Friends of the Earth says to sue Shell over climate change
Friends of the Earth plans to file a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell, accusing the oil company of failing to act on climate change, the environmental activist group said on Tuesday.
Climate change course aims to persuade evangelicals to go green
A new climate change course is targeting evangelical Christians, hoping to persuade the notoriously skeptical group to go green.
Trump administration refuses to consider that 97% of climate scientists could be right
Even though smart climate policies could save tens of trillions of dollars
Why blowing the 1.5C global warming goal will leave poor tropical nations sweating most of all
Andrew King, University of Melbourne and Luke Harrington, University of Oxford
Global warming will be most noticeable where the weather doesn’t normally vary much, such as the tropics. But these places are also home to many of the world’s poorest and least culpable nations.
Global warming blame hits babies [PAYWALL]
We can do more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions but beware the alarmists who spread fear.
Hydro, wind equal for Aust renewable power
Wind and hydro provided near identical amounts of power to the electricity system for the first time last year.
Ceasefire urged in Coalition’s climate and energy wars
2017 was a standout year for renewables, the Clean Energy Council says as it calls for ‘policy certainty’ in 2018
Frydenberg and Abbott bump heads over energy policy
Minister rebuffs former PM’s call to bring plan back to Coalition party room
Flat battery: Why Australian investors are shorting Elon Musk’s Tesla
A large Australian hedge fund manager has cast doubt on Tesla’s plans to ramp-up battery manufacturing, saying the market is overconfident about the technology darling’s plans to emulate established car makers such as Toyota.
Snowy Hydro seeks 800MW of wind and solar capacity
Snowy Hydro tenders for 800MW of wind and solar capacity, hoping for prices in $40/MWh range, and sub $80/MWh “firming” contracts, and underline case that renewables plus storage beats coal.
Video of the day: Superb take-down of Coalition’s energy policy
A quick wrap of what the Turnbull government has been doing for Australia’s energy sector – “Authorised by the Department of Transitioning to the Dark Ages.”
Endangered hawksbill turtles tracked in marine park to be opened to fishing
Data confirms that reptiles use Coral Sea as a highway between their nesting beaches and feeding grounds
Lyon teams with Fluence, JERA to pursue big solar and battery storage
Ambitious solar and storage project developer Lyon Infrastructure has teamed up with two major international energy and battery storage groups to pursue its portfolio of projects in Australia, and others overseas.
Tesla plans 18 new EV supercharger stations for Australia, in major global roll-out
US electric vehicle maker Tesla has released a progress report on its rollout of EV supercharger stations, with an updated global map revealing thousands of new stations either already being built or in the pipeline for construction.
The biggest mistake we’ve made on climate change
Global warming used not to be, shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to stay a right-versus-left issue.
Vic power station to go out with a bang
A defunct power station on Victoria’s surf coast is set to go out with a bang as part of demolition works by aluminium giant Alcoa.
Just $3 million spent planning route for $10b-plus airport rail link
More than a year after Canberra and the Andrews government agreed to work together on a $10-billion-plus rail link to Melbourne Airport, just $3 million has been spent on a business case that will dictate where it will run.
Could the answer to Australia’s recycling crisis lie in road building?
A new synthetic additive made up of the dreaded plastic bag, old printer cartridges and glass bottles is helping to build better roads in Melbourne.
Food sharing with a 21st-century twist – and Melbourne’s a world leader
Ferne Edwards, RMIT University and Anna R. Davies, Trinity College Dublin
Research into food sharing in Melbourne shows these networks are highly productive and produce many benefits. But policy and the law have yet to catch up.
Saving a wetland, reclaiming country: Murrumbidgee to be restored by new partnership
Once on the verge of environmental and cultural destruction, the wetlands of the Murrumbidgee River in the New South Wales Riverina region will be restored by several conservation, Aboriginal and scientific groups, the State Government announces.
‘We could not go outside for two months’: The pollution hot spots that have it worse than Sydney
Despite Sydney trumping many of the world’s biggest cities yesterday for air pollution levels, days like those are rare and staying inside for days at a time or having air pollution apps dictate our lives is still a foreign concept.
Parramatta Light Rail full steam ahead [PAYWALL]
Parramatta’s $1 billion light rail project is full steam ahead with planning approvals ticked off and construction set to begin by the end of this year.
ACT government to install 50 EV charging stations
ACT to install 50 EV charging stations on government sites across Canberra as part of nation-leading effort to decarbonise city’s transport sector.
Hopes Brisbane Airport can be declared fire ant-free
A long-running red imported fire ant infestation at Brisbane Airport could be announced as officially clear within the next few months.
Council to stop developers building on privately owned sporting land
Brisbane City Council has backtracked on its controversial plan to allow aged care and retirement developers to build on sport and recreation zones.
Island resort bid ‘watched’ [PAYWALL]
Conservationists say they are watching “with interest” a eco-retreat planned for Hinchinbrook Island.
Simon’s down-to-earth solution [PAYWALL]
Climate change could be reversed in a decade if everyone practised regenerative agriculture, Simon Mattsson says.
Japan threat could cost ‘billions’ [PAYWALL]
Japan’s biggest steelmaker has threatened to slash its demand for Queensland coal and find other suppliers.
Gladstone approves 350MW solar farm – another for Queensland coal centre
Eco Energy World wins council approval for 350MW solar farm in Raglan – another major PV project for Queensland’s Gladstone Region.
Coal freight battle could cost Queensland dearly [PAYWALL]
Courier Mail editorial
The cost of a dispute between a regulator and a coal freight company has substantial consequences for Queensland.
Queensland’s new land-clearing laws are all stick and no carrot (but it’s time to do better)
Philippa England, Griffith University
Queensland’s new land-clearing laws are a huge missed opportunity.
Port dredging to go ahead despite environmental concerns
The SA Government approves a plan to widen the Port Adelaide shipping channel and dump the dredged waste in Gulf St Vincent.
Hopes dumped for fortnightly green bin collection [PAYWALL]
Pleas to have green bins emptied more frequently have been rejected, with Onkaparinga Council dumping local hopes for a fortnightly collection.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg warns of power price cut delay to hit SA [PAYWALL]
South Australians will likely be denied power bill relief in the coming year while the Turnbull Government’s energy policy remains up in the air.
Nature legend talks up state ‘of surprises’ [PAYWALL]
Tasmania is unlike anywhere else on earth — a land of mountains, ancient forests and pristine rivers, with a coastline that’s both wild and beautiful.
Biomass limit slashed after huge fish losses [PAYWALL]
The Environment Protection Authority has dramatically reduced the amount of fish that can be farmed in Macquarie Harbour after the death of nearly 1.4 million fish.
Andrew shares the limelight [PAYWALL]
The final week of Andrew Hughes’ quest to count Tasmania’s wedge-tailed eagles saw hundreds of volunteers join in around the state … and he discovered a classroom rival
Has Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service lost the plot big time?
Most Tasmanians are fully aware that our National Parks are rapidly becoming tourist development venues, and easily accessible commodities for insensitive developers to financially exploit. Though now it seems the managing authority themselves are also going off the rails big time … !
Renewable energy on agenda for new group [PAYWALL]
A new industry group has been established to drive the uptake of renewable energy in the Northern Territory
Energy delays concern NT businesses [PAYWALL]
NT businesses have been left frustrated waiting to push excess energy generated by renewables back into the grid, raising concerns they may be left thousands of dollars out of pocket
Researchers predict materials to stabilize record-high capacity lithium-ion battery
A Northwestern University research team has found ways to stabilize a new battery with a record-high charge capacity. By adding chromium or vanadium to the lithium-manganese-oxide cathode, the battery could enable smart phones and battery-powered automobiles to last more than twice as long between charges.
Waste heat: Innovators turn to an overlooked renewable resource
Large businesses, high-tech operations such as data centers, and governments are exploring innovative technologies to capture and reuse this vast renewable energy source.
South Africa aims for ‘zero carbon’ buildings in green push
From LED lights to rooftop solar and better insulation, South Africa’s cities are working to cut emissions – and costs for building owners.
The quest for magma
Drilling directly into magma may help humanity harness a vast new source of clean energy.
Solar might soon be the ‘main game’ in the energy field. This man made it happen
Arno Harris helped bring solar energy mainstream. Now he’s turned his attention to making motorcycles electric.
Solar plus storage is giving conventional fuels a run for their money
The increasingly competitive dynamic duo of solar photovoltaic plus battery storage is taking energy markets by storm.
Farmers unable to cope with shocks induced by climate change
Ijaz Ahmed Rao has just finished sowing cotton on his 60 acres in Bahawalnagar. He is now worried that an unusual heatwave, which has gripped the country for several days, may have devastating effect on his crop.
How bad are small generators for the urban environment?
Summer in the city means food-truck rallies, outdoor concerts, and street fairs. It also means the loud and polluting generators that power them. But alternatives are on the horizon.
What happens to the plastic we throw out
How a piece of trash can travel from land to Henderson Island, an uninhabited, remote island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
Preliminary report on Uber’s driverless car fatality shows the need for tougher regulatory controls
Robert Merkel, Monash University
A damning report lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to greatly increase the risks of a crash.
Antibiotics in meat could be damaging our guts
William D. Cohan
There is wide agreement that antibiotic overuse in both livestock and in people is destroying our ability to fight certain diseases and infections.
Biking in dirty air
A PhD student studying toxicology considers whether the benefits of bike commuting outweigh the risks from breathing polluted air
122 pregnant whales killed for ‘research’ [PAYWALL]
Japanese whalers harpooned 122 pregnant whales in Antarctica this summer
Whale burgers at music festivals, whale protein supplements and facial cream — only in Norway
A government-backed marketing campaign spruiks whale meat as a delicacy in Norway, with whale protein pills, whale energy drinks and whale oil skin creams also on the market.
Scientists advise Europeans to start eating jellyfish to control its population
Marine scientists propose that the organism be made more palatable to Europeans so that they could eat the problem away.
Tree species vital to restoring disturbed tropical forests
A family of trees with high drought tolerance could be crucial in restoring the world’s deforested and degraded tropical lands, according to new research involving the University of Stirling.
Climate Change Forced Zombie Ant Fungi to Adapt
Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the …
No offsets, no problem as Army Corps OKs wetland projects
The Army Corps of Engineers is greenlighting development in thousands of acres of Alaskan wetlands without requiring companies to offset resource damage, according to an E&E News analysis of five years of Clean Water Act permits.