SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018

Link Between Surface-Water Salinity and Climate Change Examined
New research explores the impact of de-icing salt from roads and highways on a local watershed. The findings offer hope for the watershed’s future surface-water chloride …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180223151849.htm

Where have all the insects gone? Scientists perplexed by population decline
A global crash in insect populations finds its way to Australia, with entomologists across the country reporting lower than average numbers of wild insects.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-24/decline-in-insect-population-baffles-scientists/9481136

Environment watchdog could slap tougher emissions caps on power plants
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/environment-watchdog-could-slap-tougher-emissions-caps-on-power-plants-20180223-p4z1is.html

Andrews government accused of ‘impotent approach’ to logging breaches
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/andrews-government-accused-of-impotent-approach-to-logging-breaches-20180224-p4z1lg.html

Energy price rises stunt business growth
Businesses are being stung with power price rises of up to 200 per cent in a crisis that is stunting jobs growth and the crippling impact has been revealed in new research.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/surging-power-costs-are-hurting-victorian-manufacturers/news-story/fb3d1f5f2a1f0d5a6adc86b674ae0f1d

The lie that is sucking the life out of Sydney
Elizabeth Farrelly
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/the-lie-that-is-sucking-the-life-out-of-sydney-20180222-p4z1by.html

Crews contain bushfire near Tarago
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/firefighters-contain-bushfire-near-tarago-20180224-h0wlax.html

Queensland no longer miners’ top pick
After years of confusion over the Adani and New Acland projects, Queensland has fallen off the list of the best mining provinces in the world for investment.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-drops-from-list-of-worlds-best-mining-provinces-for-investors/news-story/eefdaff545c12721e308f525b8febc2a

Council officially backs wallaby relocation project
Cairns Regional Council has formally backed conservationists’ plans to relocate dozens of wallabies from Trinity Beach.
http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns-regional-council-officially-backs-wallaby-relocation-project-at-trinity-beach/news-story/6f943973e48743cec3ff45349d4198e0

Labor’s fence-sitting on Adani has become a double backflip
Katharine Murphy
Presumably there will be a period of settling to determine if attempting to be all things to all people flies with the public
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/24/labors-fence-sitting-on-adani-has-become-a-double-backflip

Cost of Labor’s Spencer Gulf deep-water port estimated at $700m
Eyre Peninsula grain farmers and the state’s mining sector welcome a $700 million election promise to create a new deep-water port for exports on Spencer Gulf.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-24/deep-water-port-promised-for-eyre-peninsula/9481294

Man accused of starting three grass fires has been arrested
Police have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of starting three grass fires along Christie Creek.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/39310902/man-accused-of-starting-three-grass-fires-has-been-arrested/

Sightings of deadly blue-ringed octopus on the rise
Photographer Drew Dinham spotted the creature’s distinctive blue markings in seaweed on Friday morning.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/39302645/sightings-of-deadly-blue-ringed-octopus-on-the-rise/

Four simple messages: how volunteers have helped protect Tasmania’s fish
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5246695/four-simple-messages-how-volunteers-have-helped-protect-tasmanias-fish/?cs=95

Libs unveil seafood sector policy, Greens renew moratorium calls
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5248096/libs-unveil-seafood-sector-policy-greens-renew-moratorium-calls/?cs=95

Fight to save Tassie’s wildlife
Rescued baby wildlife have become models for a renowned animal photographer raising money for Bonorong sanctuary.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/fight-to-save-tassies-wildlife-in-focus/news-story/6f411251ccff90f2a577429f8d0ebd4b

‘Nappies, takeaways and bubble wrap: could I remove plastic from my life?’
It’s polluting our oceans and killing our wildlife, but how easy is it to get by without it? Four writers find out
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/24/nappies-takeaways-bubble-wrap-could-remove-plastic-polluting

How cities heat up
The way streets and buildings are arranged makes a big difference in how heat builds up, study shows
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/miot-hch022318.php

Crop-Saving Soil Tests Now at Farmers’ Fingertips
Soil pathogen testing — critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive — will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to new …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180223151846.htm

Scientists take step toward safer batteries by trimming lithium branches
A collaborative team of researchers from Shinshu University in Japan have found a new way to curb some of the potential dangers posed by lithium ion batteries.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/su-sts022218.php

Charging ahead to higher energy batteries
Researchers have developed a new way to improve lithium ion battery efficiency. Through the growth of a cubic crystal layer, the scientists have created a thin and dense connecting layer between the electrodes of the battery.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/su-cat022218.php

Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development
Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoc–bri022218.php

BMW admits it misled on emissions
German high-end carmaker BMW has admitted to authorities that it built software that misleads regulatory emissions tests into some models, potentially staining the auto giant’s clean image, Der Spiegel magazine reported Friday.
http://www.ehn.org/bmw-admits-it-misled-on-emissions-the-japan-news-2539006716.html

The hidden costs of ocean power
Sea-based renewable energy can result in hefty environmental costs.
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/the-hidden-costs-of-ocean-power

Insects feast on Louisiana wetlands, inviting the Gulf in
A pest known as a scale appears to be killing off reeds that bind the state’s coast together, speeding land loss and endangering oil wells, shipping routes and fishing grounds.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/24/us/louisiana-wetlands-insects.html?smid=tw-share&mtrref=t.co&gwh=8D32D6D32BB4990A828F3D7D65EDE261&gwt=pay

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