Thursday 5 October 2017

The overwhelming value of trees

US interfaith group addresses climate change.
Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit organization represented in 40 states, including North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., has become a leading nationwide faith-based player in the climate change debate.

China will meet 2020 carbon reduction target, Xie Zhenhua says.
China is on track to fulfil or possibly surpass its commitment of cutting its carbon intensity by 40 to 45 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, the country’s chief negotiator at the Paris Agreement has said.

The most powerful evidence climate scientists have of global warming.

Climate change creating food shortages across the Pacific, says support agency.
Food shortages and eroding coastlines are an increasingly urgent problem across the Pacific, thanks to climate change.

To Predict How Climate Change Will Affect Disease, Researchers Must Fuse Climate Science and Biology
Predicting how climate change will affect the incidence of infectious diseases would have great public health benefits

Mid-air turbulence set to triple due to climate change, scientists warn.
Commercial airliners will be buffeted by up to three times more turbulence in future decades, according to a new report.

Murray-Darling efficiencies could free up 605GL, MDBA says
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is confident efficiencies can deliver more than 600 gigalitres of water back to consumptive use, as SA Water Minister Ian Hunter refuses to sign-off until environmental water is delivered.

Consumers ‘gouged’ by gas companies, ACCC launches price crackdown
The competition watchdog will attempt to avert an ‘energy crisis’ by cracking down on the prices that gas companies are charging customers.

NSW, Vic to raise gas threat at COAG
Gladys Berejiklian may use the COAG meeting to take on Malcolm Turnbull over threats to dock NSW GST revenue over gas development.

Call for funds to replenish native fish
The Australian Conservation Foundation and the Murray-Darling Basin Recreational Fishing Council will today condemn the sudden culling of the Native Fish Strategy and call on Canberra to fund a replacement.

Questions over Snowy Hydro 2.0 as firm banned over corruption allegations
An arm of the company tasked with advising the Turnbull government on its signature infrastructure project, Snowy Hydro ..

Australia’s politics only barrier to clean energy system, report finds
Climate Council finds agreement among experts and authorities that there are no technological or economic obstacles to a grid powered by renewables

The oil and gas sector needs to diversify if it wants to prosper
Jerad A Ford

Turnbull, Frydenberg can still weave a coherent energy policy
Tony Wood
Australian governments need to set clear, stable energy and climate-change policy. Australia’s energy industry needs to invest efficiently and s

Time for some leadership on renewables
Lauren Peterson
POLITICIANS need to stop point-scoring and fix this mess

A lack of action on climate change is putting people’s lives at risk
Mark Monaghan
In the 2014 Melbourne heatwave, 167 people died. Emergency departments can’t deal with this problem alone

GST fairness smothered in coal seam gas
SMH editorial
There are good reasons why some states and territories have clamped down on fracking.

PFAS contamination found in east Victoria wetland animals, Defence says
EPA Victoria is warning people not to eat animals caught in a Gippsland wetland due to elevated levels of a toxic chemical once used in firefighting foam.

Fight over cull plan for 400 trapped roos
“WILDLIFE warriors” have taken their kangaroo cull fight to the Supreme Court after unveiling plans to shoot hundreds of kangaroos trapped in a fenced-in Epping site.

Dumped oBikes turned to scrap metal
THIRTY of Melbourne’s controversial share bikes that were dumped around the city have been carted away for recycling.

Pressure rises on power bills
Victoria’s biggest electricity distributors are planning to hit customers with further price rises next year.

Talk of ecotourism riches just an empty promise
Ed Gannon
PROMISES of ecotourism riches are usually made by governments who want to close an industry but still look caring.

Fears Snowy River could be put back on ‘life support’
About 13,000 megalitres of water will rush into the Snowy River today for its annual environmental flush, but without an independent monitor the waterway is still at risk of regressing to sludge, one group warns.

Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears
Plant’s operator seeks approval for a phased development in the face of residents’ opposition and concerns over air quality

Reptile enthusiasts hunt for rare lizards at Googong

State’s super-charged future
QUEENSLAND is positioning itself to become the national leader for electric vehicles.

Anglo keen to bulk up on coal
Anglo chief Mark Cutifani says the miner is looking to invest more money into its Queensland coking coal mines.

Don’t help Adani: Cutifani
AngloAmerican CEO Mark Cutifani says Adani shouldn’t get government assistance unless its competitors also do.

One Nation fires up on power fix
Steve Dickson
ONE Nation wants a state-of-the-art coal fired power station built in Queensland so we can benefit from our abundant high quality fossil fuels

Australia’s $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge
Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania
The proposed loan of Commonwealth money to Adani is on shaky constitutional ground, potentially paving the way for High Court challenge which could change the dynamics of federal-state funding.

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?
Michael West, University of Sydney
Following the ABC’s Four Corners program ‘Digging into Adani’, the question that remains is: why is the project still being pursued at all?

Adani Carmichael Mine: The numbers don’t stack up
Arthur Marusevich
The proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine has been touted as the economic saviour of North Queensland but the numbers say otherwise.,10787

Bailing out Adani with $900m loan is the definition of absurd
Julien Vincent

Fishos up in arms as Army takes aim
A HUGE increase in ammunition will be fired into the ocean off Port Wakefield, forcing the closure of large parts of Gulf St Vincent and threatening the local fishing industry.

New minister’s pledge
New Energy Minister Guy Barnett claims he’s not like the other guy.

Tasmania to be first in new energy policy
THE State Government will pursue a “Tasmania-first” energy policy to keep prices down and secure reliable power supplies, says new Energy Minister Guy Barnett.

Green city living
THE first carbon-positive apartment complex in Australia — to be built in Hobart — will hit the market later this month.

Minister taking fire from hunters
Max Congdon is 78 and has done 60 duck seasons. He says he would back his knowledge of water fowl ahead of the Environment Minister Lauren Moss on any day of the week

Islamic State occupation wrecks Iraq environment and infrastructure.
UNEP report provides initial tally of contaminated sites and destroyed water systems

A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Osaka University-led researchers develop new metal-free photocatalyst and show visible and near infrared light-driven production of hydrogen from water.

Milwaukee is showing how urban gardening can heal a city.
The city is taking on hunger, poverty, and blight through a vibrant network of urban ag efforts and more farmers’ markets per capita than any other U.S. city.

Fukushima operator can restart nuclear reactors at world’s biggest plant
Tepco, still struggling to decommission Fukushima Daiichi, gets initial approval to start two reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Solar exceeds coal investment
Renewable energy sources provided two-thirds of the new electricity generating capacity worldwide last year.

Undermining the rule of law at the EPA.
David M. Uhlmann New York Times
What good are laws without enforcement? Scott Pruitt wants to stop paying the Justice Department for hazardous waste litigation.

Is congestion charging too inequitable?
Alan Davies
Congestion charging shouldn’t be peremptorily written off as inequitable without examining closely how it would work and who the likely winners and losers would be

An idea to help save the world
Nicholas Maxwell
But then it dawned on me that Popper had failed to solve his fundamental problem – the problem of understanding how science makes progress.

Migrating birds are running out of water.
Water management in the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society.

They migrate 800 miles a year. Now it’s getting tougher.
The Nenets, reindeer herders in Russia’s Arctic, face modern obstacles in their long journey: climate change and a giant natural gas field.

A Stinging Report: FSU Research Shows Climate Change a Major Threat to Bumble Bees
New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.

Fish shrinking as ocean temperatures rise
One of the most economically important fish is shrinking in body weight, length and overall physical size as ocean temperatures rise, according to new research by LSU Boyd Professor R. Eugene Turner published today.

Trophy hunting is unlikely to affect evolution
An article published in the Journal of Wildlife Management explains why the removal of males possessing large horns and antlers does not inevitably cause harmful artificial selection.

Livestock Grazing Harming Giant Panda Habitat
One third of the giant panda habitat in China’s Wanglang National Nature Reserve has been degraded and lost to livestock grazing, a new study finds. Livestock numbers in the park have increased …

Slow and steady, a tortoise is winning its race with extinction.
The Burmese Star Tortoise was called functionally extinct by ecologists, but a captive breeding program in Myanmar has saved them, a study says

The overwhelming value of trees

The day we witnessed wildlife rangers being gunned down in Congo
When two Dutch journalists travelled to the DRC to report on illegal gold mining in the vast Okapi wildlife reserve, they ended up running for their lives