Tuesday 15 August 2017

Refugees of a different kind are being displaced by rising seas — and governments aren’t ready.
Sea levels are on the rise, displacing entire populations and stirring fears for ‘climate refugees’ that must relocate.

Ozone Treaty Taking a Bite out of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth’s protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States.

Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change
An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change.

The axis of climate evil.
Paul Krugman New York Times
The GOP is completely united behind its project of destroying civilization, and it’s making good progress toward that goal

Climate warms the Earth, not chance.
Tim Radford Climate News Network
Recent record year temperatures show how climate warms the Earth. Without global warming, such a sequence would have been highly improbable.

Coal rift? Coalition sends mixed message on new coal power
Federal treasurer says cheap new coal power a “myth”, federal energy minister says it must be considered – even if the market disagrees.

CommBank to face new shareholder resolution after climate policy fail
Market Forces will lodge a new shareholder resolution against Commonwealth Bank after its climate change position statement released today fell well short of its publicly-made 2 degree commitments.

Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report
Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

CSIRO spends almost $3m on climate science redundancies

Energy a joke, but no one laughing
Judith Sloan
What started off as a good idea, the National Electricity Market has descended into a joke.

Aurizon says miners hauling ‘more tonnes’ as coal exports rebound
Rebounding Australian coal exports are not just “green shoots” but reflect growth in demand from Asia, Aurizon chief executive Andrew Harding says.

The Madhouse Effect: this is how climate denial in Australia and the US compares
David Schlosberg, University of Sydney
While climate denialism impedes policymaking in both the US and Australia, there are key differences in their political and public cultures.

FactCheck Q&A: is coal still cheaper than renewables as an energy source?
Ken Baldwin

Grim air tests reveal grim future
Peter Boyer
HE is at it again. A month after spinning last year’s rising carbon emissions as being “on track”, Josh Frydenberg’s comment last week on even worse March quarter figures was that we have “a strong track record” in meeting our commitments.

Victorian EV conversion company secures CEFC backing
SEA Electric says $5m CEFC loan will help meet growing demand for technology that converts commercial trucks and vans to electric vehicles.

Tunnel slammed for traffic ‘dump’
THE West Gate Tunnel has been slammed as a project that would do more harm than good, with a key council saying it would merely move a “major bottleneck” currently west of the city.

Major Melbourne road project based on ‘flawed, biased’ data: expert
The business case for Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel project is based on flawed traffic modelling and cost-benefit analysis, a transport planning consultant who previously advised the Victorian Government says.

Independent review into the electricity and gas retail markets in Victoria: final report
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
When competition was introduced into Victoria’s retail energy market in 2002, it was anticipated to generate consumer benefits through lower costs of supply and innovative product development.

Melbourne’s oBike clutter shows why we can’t have nice things
Erin Stewart

Sydney haze to linger as burn-offs continue ahead of ‘significant fire season’

An opportunity not to miss for the Royal National Park
Geoff Mosley

Two electric buses and one hybrid bus to hit Canberra streets

ACT govt announces cat containment in another suburb

Human Headline takes on turtle, dugong kill
DERRYN Hinch will make his first official trip as a senator to Far North Queensland later this month, to help bring a halt to the traditional slaughter of dugongs and sea turtles.

Poo-powered car hits the streets of Brisbane

First turbine set to rise
CONSTRUCTION of Queensland’s largest wind farm is powering ahead with the first giant turbine foundation put in place at Mt Emerald on the Atherton Tablelands.

Deal designed to slash power prices in Queensland ‘not fair’
Energy retailers will be “screaming blue murder” after they were excluded from a deal designed to slash power prices in Queensland’s south-east, an economist says.

Santos to supply SA power plant
Santos and its Gladstone LNG project have struck a deal to supply gas to a South Australian power plant.

S.A. picks solar tower to provide all government electricity needs
South Australia government chooses solar tower and storage for its power needs, after SoalrReserve wind tender for baseload power with $78/MWh for 150MW plant in Port Augusta. South Australia suggests it is beginning of the end for coal.

Solar thermal ‘100 times’ smaller than wind and PV industries
As Port Augusta continues to celebrate yesterday’s $650 million solar thermal power plant announcement, at least one researcher is warning it is a relatively new industry that has so far found limited success overseas.

Driverless, solar-powered bus for Flinders
A DRIVERLESS bus will ferry passengers around Tonsley within months, and recharge at a solar garage, in two Adelaide firsts at Flinders University.

Cable car documents released
THE proponents of the kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car pressed the government to provide a way forward for the project or risk “significant momentum being lost”, documents reveal.

TasWater needs all levels of politics to help
Tony Foster
It is time to forget hostile takeover bid and co-operate.

A legacy of environmental racism.
Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxics into a black community in Texas 17 years after a civil rights complaint.

Seafood for thought
The world’s oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture, say UCSB marine scientists

Europe offshore wind build-out must triple to bring Paris goals within reach
To support the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C, Europe will need a CO2-neutral electricity

Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns
Growth of intensive units has potential to increase antibiotic resistance and could result in spread of bird flu beyond region

Tech guru unveils new battery to challenge lithium-ion
Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design.

Is water the new drug for Mexico’s cartels?
What it’s like when narcos run your privatized water system

Phasing out nuclear power a must for Japan’s new energy plan.
Asahi Shimbun editorial
While combining a nuclear phase-out with a fight against global warming won’t be an easy task, advances in energy-saving technologies and in renewable energy options have lowered the hurdles for pursuing both.

Neonics put bumblebees at risk of extinction by hindering colony formation, study reveals
University of Guelph professor discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter

Tagus river at risk of drying up completely
Climate change, dams and diversion bring Iberian peninsula’s longest river, on which millions depend, to brink of collapse

Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven
Lions, elephants and hippos have vanished from Kilombero valley after UK- and US-funded projects helped turn a once-thriving habitat into farmland, teak, and sugar plantations

The bees are better, but they’re not all right.
Justin Fox Bloomberg View
Total population collapse? No. Weaker insects? Yes. Problematic pesticides? Probably

Tweet streams: how social media can help keep tabs on ecosystems’ health
Susanne Becken, Griffith University; Bela Stantic, Griffith University, and Rod Connolly, Griffith University
Mining social media posts from tourism hotspots such as coral reefs could turn tourists into environmental citizen scientists without them even realising it.

2016 Census – a ‘selfie’ of young people in Australia
The 2016 Census of Population and Housing (Census) counted 2,988,390 Australian residents aged 15 to 24, representing about one in eight (12.8 per cent) of all Australian residents.