SUNDAY 11 MARCH 2018

The US EPA is openly promoting a climate denial think tank
On Friday afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency sent out a press release to tout an op-ed praising Administrator Scott Pruitt. Written Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp and H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow there, the article argues that “Pruitt is leading the EPA toward greatness” by rejecting climate science.
https://newrepublic.com/minutes/147382/epa-openly-promoting-climate-denial-think-tank

World leaders must keep ‘closer eye’ on climate change – Ban Ki-moon
World leaders must show renewed political commitment to tackling climate change, says the former U.N. secretary general.
http://news.trust.org/item/20180308134348-bn8pa/

9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask
Basic answers to basic questions about global warming and the future climate.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/1/15724164/9-questions-climate-change-too-embarrassed-to-ask

Cry me a river: Mismanagement and corruption have left the Darling dry
Helen Vivian
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/cry-me-a-river-mismanagement-and-corruption-have-left-the-darling-dry-20180226-p4z1uc.html

The West Gate Tunnel project survived one political roadblock. But there could be more ahead
Work on the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel stopped for less than 24 hours this week when the Coalition and the Greens blocked it in the Parliament. So what happens now?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-10/west-gate-tunnel-faces-more-political-roadblocks/9533100

Cladding ban on high-rise towers in Victoria 
Flammable cladding will be outlawed in the bid to keep high-rise residents safe in Victoria, according to the state government.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/flammable-cladding-will-be-banned-on-highrise-buildings-in-victoria-says-planning-minister/news-story/cb4e99878a062c74e86a810da3a981cf

Labor fiddled with factions while the Land of Tofu burned
Jake Niall
In 2007, Batman was the safest Labor seat in Australia, held by a landslide-proof 76-24 against the Liberals. On March 17, when we, the burghers of Batman, cast our vote in a byelection caused by a citizenship malfunction, it’s close to an even money chance that the fortress will fall.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/labor-fiddled-with-factions-while-the-land-of-tofu-burned-20180309-p4z3o0.html

What happens when you fall hard for the famous
Sian Prior
My love-object first hit the headlines a couple of decades ago when former premier Jeff Kennett dismissed it as a “trumped up corella”. The orange-bellied parrot (its real name) was getting in the way of Kennett’s plan to move a chemical storage facility to Point Lillias, near Geelong.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/shuffling-a-magical-mystery-tour-of-music-20180302-h0wxke.html

NSW remakes land-clearing laws deemed invalid by court
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/nsw-remakes-land-clearing-laws-deemed-invalid-by-court-20180310-p4z3s1.html

Sydney share bikes aren’t just ugly – they’re sinister
Elizabeth Farrelly
These companies don’t care about the cost of replacing a trashed bike when they are getting something far more valuable from us every day.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/sinister-and-secretive-data-harvesters-taking-sydney-for-a-ride-20180308-p4z3i8.html

Canberra’s cockroaches are just looking for dry ground
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberras-cockroaches-more-apparent-due-to-wet-and-stormy-weather-20180309-h0xa71.html

North Queensland braces for major flooding event
Ingham is set to experience flooding similar to the 2009 event. A major flood warning is also in place for Tully and Innisfail.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/north-queensland-braces-for-major-flooding-event-20180308-p4z3iw.html

Shorten’s Adani mine backflip could cost him 
Annika Smethurst
As Labor desperately tries to out-Green the Greens in next weekend’s by-election, the Coalition has again pounced, this time on Bill Shorten’s shifting stance on the proposed Adani coalmine
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/annika-smethurst-bill-shortens-backflip-on-adani-mine-could-cost-him/news-story/795f55b92ee178f0b216d27e1ace822c

$6m fire at Adelaide recycling plant ‘suspicious’
A suspicious fire at a waste and recycling plant in Wingfield in Adelaide’s north-west has left a damage bill of $6 million.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-10/suspicious-wingfield-recycling-plant-fire-causes-6million-damage/9535330

Locals lose $700m wind farm battle 
A sprawling multimillion-dollar wind farm project can be built despite “substantial” local opposition including from the AFL’s boss, the state’s development court has ruled.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/wind-farm-for-mt-lofty-ranges-to-go-ahead-despite-local-opposition-including-afl-boss-gillon-mclachlan/news-story/e5d8f3097f23efddf382f976285e5355

New burn as fuel reduction program ramps up
The Tasmania Fire Service is continuing its fuel reduction burn program.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/new-burn-begins-at-olinda-grove-as-fuel-reduction-program-ramps-up/news-story/f847472ef752fd611e3ef17f2b29637e

Bushfire: ‘Act immediately to survive’
People are “in danger” and “need to act immediately to survive” a bushfire threatening residents in Western Australia.
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/emergency-warning-for-wa-bushfire/news-story/c7bb46eebe51fad54b7d7d5d8085f016

Police charge alleged arsonist over two bushfires
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/police-charge-alleged-arsonist-over-two-perth-bushfires-20180310-h0xaj3.html

Meet the Singaporean businessman transforming the Pilbara
When Pardoo Station in Western Australia’s Pilbara changed hands two years ago, few could imagine the radical change the new owner had planned. Millions of dollars have been spent tapping into a “hidden underground” water supply to transform the arid country into a series of lush, green oases.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/meet-the-singaporean-businessman-transforming-the-pilbara/9526810

Weatherwatch: how to maximise the power from mighty blades
Engineers are working on turbine blades that automatically adjust to high wind pressure and will stand up to strong winds and turbulent gusts
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/09/weatherwatch-how-to-maximise-the-power-from-mighty-blades

Green power and water recycling: be switched on by switching off
Each Australian uses an average of 100,000 litres of water a year, and our electricity use is extreme. Our series Life Swaps looks at ways to reduce the load
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/10/green-power-and-water-recycling-be-switched-on-by-switching-off

How do we reduce food waste? Think like granny
Before health buzzwords and supermarket chains, our grandparents were the masters of reducing food waste not because it was fashionable, but because it was necessary.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-10/what-our-grandparents-can-teach-us-about-reducing-food-waste/9531092

Scientists seek public’s help to map plastic on UK beaches
Project hopes to get more than 250,000 drone images tagged by members to improve understanding of plastic pollution.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/09/scientists-seek-publics-help-to-map-plastic-on-uk-beaches

The bright future of solar power
Solar is booming. Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world, and generating power from the sun is likely to be the lowest-cost energy option globally in less than ten years, according to Bloomberg. In many places around the world, solar is already the lowest-cost option.
https://www.greenamerica.org/new-green-tech-promise-and-pitfalls/bright-future-solar-power

Going beyond green buildings to climate justice
Student-led town hall sets agenda for climate change and justice in UBC’s future.
https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/03/09/Beyond-Green-Buildings-Climate-Justice/

Green organizations are dropping the ball on inclusion
A new report finds that a startling number of environmental and conservation organizations aren’t making efforts to report on internal diversity or actively pursue inclusion.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2286056/green-organizations-dont-care-about-inclusion

Big firms push to overturn uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon
Companies say mining poses scant threat but conservation groups say ban should remain until environmental risks have been fully explored
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/10/grand-canyon-uranium-mining-ban-supreme-court

Trash islands are still taking over the oceans at an alarming rate
With more than 90 percent of the world’s plastic going unrecycled, garbage patches the size of Mexico are cropping up around the world. Can they ever be cleaned up?
https://psmag.com/environment/trash-islands-taking-over-oceans

Crew with seeds, corals restore environment in Puerto Rico
As crews re-string electric lines and clear debris from Hurricane Maria, a small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists is working on rebuilding natural wonders destroyed by the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/crew-seeds-corals-restore-environment-puerto-rico-53628212

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