TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018

Geoengineering: ‘The Voldemort of climate change’
Geoengineering solutions to climate change sound like magic, but a leading proponent says most people working on climate change dare not speak its name.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/geoengineering-the-risky-fix-climate-change/9822022

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees now ‘aspirational’: scientists
The chances of limiting dangerous climate change to less than 2 degrees are rapidly disappearing as carbon emissions again ramp up in China, scientists say.
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/limiting-global-warming-to-2-degrees-now-aspirational-scientists-20180604-p4zjeb.html

‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns
Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/carbon-bubble-could-spark-global-financial-crisis-study-warns

What is the carbon bubble and what will happen if it bursts?
As the world moves towards a low-carbon economy, fossil fuel investments worth trillions of dollars, from oil wells to cars, will lose their value
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/what-is-the-carbon-bubble-and-what-will-happen-if-it-bursts

What has changed and what has not since Paris withdrawal announcement
Fossil fuels are a bigger part of the climate conversation, though the coal industry is unlikely to be saved
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-has-changed-mdash-and-what-has-not-mdash-since-paris-withdrawal-announcement/

Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by changing how we travel, heat homes, use devices
Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by unprecedented improvements in the energy efficiency of everyday activities, according to new research from an international team of scientists at IIASA.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/iifa-gwc060118.php

Rich nations spend $100 bln a year on fossil fuels despite climate pledges
The world’s major industrial democracies spend at least $100 billion each year to prop up oil, gas and coal consumption, despite vows to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025, a report said on Monday ahead of the G7 summit in Canada.
http://news.trust.org//item/20180604000222-a4hxn/

Climate change won’t heat the planet equally
Who will feel the impacts of rising temperatures first? Not the wealthy.
http://www.ehn.org/climate-change-wont-heat-the-planet-equally-bulletin-of-the-atomic-scientists-2575054848.html

New Zealand’s productivity commission charts course to low-emission future
Robert McLachlan, Massey University
New Zealand has set itself a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and a recent report by the Productivity Commission lays out how it could hit that target.
https://theconversation.com/new-zealands-productivity-commission-charts-course-to-low-emission-future-96281

Woolworths shelves straws this year as Coles commits to 90pc diversion from landfill
Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths today announced new environmental commitments in response to a shift in consumer attitudes.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-04/coles-pledges-to-wrap-plastic-use-woolworths-bans-straws/9831644

Loss of hollows endangers birds but wheelie bins could be the answer
Reject wheelie bins are being trialled as super-sized nesting boxes in an attempt to solve a habitat crisis for some of Australia’s largest threatened bird species.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/wheelie-bins-used-as-habitat-boxes-threatened-bird-species/9819054

‘No doubt our climate is getting warmer,’ Malcolm Turnbull says
Despite the PM’s declaration, it is unclear how current climate policy will ensure Australia reaches its Paris commitment
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/no-doubt-our-climate-is-getting-warmer-malcolm-turnbull-says

Record year for solar and renewables, but still not fast enough
REN21 report says record 98GW of solar capacity added globally in 2018, 52GW of wind, and 178GW total of all renewables. But other sectors – including transport, heating, and cooling – coasting along “as if we had all the time in the world.”
https://reneweconomy.com.au/record-year-solar-renewables-still-not-fast-enough-94253/

Tesla owners roll out Australia-wide charging network – for all EVs
Tesla owners club installs Round Australia Electric Highway, providing all EV drivers with usable charging route – while governments and industry catch up.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/tesla-owners-roll-australia-wide-charging-network-evs-87935/

Renewable Energy Market Report: Mission accomplished?
With the Clean Energy Regulator announcing ‘mission accomplished’ on the LRET during May, it was a mixed outcome for the LGC forward curve as ongoing scepticism surrounding the timing of project commissioning dates and the supply/demand balance over the coming 2-3 years.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewable-energy-market-report-mission-accomplished-61493/

Flow Power adds solar to the mix
Business power retailer Flow Power can now offer corporate customers long-term deals involving solar power as well as wind.
https://www.afr.com/business/energy/electricity/flow-power-expands-to-solar-as-corporates-hunt-cheaper-energy-deals-20180601-h10vat

Aussies challenged to ditch plastics
On World Environment Day, Australians have been urged to ditch plastics which end up in landfill or choking our oceans.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/aussies-challenged-ditch-plastics-150020640–spt.html

Know your NEM: Why a business customer might buy a battery
David Leitch
Fascinating insight into electricity bills for business, and why they should, or shouldn’t buy a battery. Meanwhile, futures price fell across the board.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/know-your-nem-why-a-business-customer-might-buy-a-battery-11018/

Miners to harvest a secret resources boom  [PAYWALL]
Matthew Stevens
Big mining has entered harvest time and this time around shareholders will get more than their fair share of the spoils.
https://www.afr.com/business/miners-to-harvest-a-secret-resources-boom-20180604-h10y6d

Day of judgment on power prices nears
Rosemary Sinclair
Supply chain costs are falling – but will energy retailers pass the savings on to long-suffering consumers?
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/day-of-judgment-on-power-prices-nears-20180604-p4zjbk.html

Time for trash talk to spark some electricity
Age editorial
The push to burn waste to generate electricity looks economically and environmentally sensible.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/time-for-trash-talk-to-spark-some-electricity-20180604-p4zjfs.html

Party-room politics fuel battle over carbon pollution action  [PAYWALL]
Peter Boyer
It was Malcolm Turnbull who warned that direct subsidies were a slippery slope
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-partyroom-politics-fuel-battle-over-carbon-pollution-action/news-story/f2a5ed6fbcfd20485c3ecf356724b0bc

Should Victoria adopt an electric vehicle target?
Victoria Inquiry recommends number of ways state government could boost the uptake of EVs – but will this translate into policy?
https://reneweconomy.com.au/victoria-adopt-electric-vehicle-target-86277/

War on waste launched in city  [PAYWALL]
Melbourne’s newly elected lord mayor has declared war on waste and the way it is collected, aiming to reduce smell, noise and congestion in the CBD.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-lord-mayor-sally-capp-launches-war-on-waste-to-streamline-cbd-rubbish-collection/news-story/979a3f33d9e9d17fd5fab7fba86f5ada

‘I felt like crying’: Shipping containers ruin town
An idyllic beach community is still cleaning up, days after it was left “overwhelmed” by waves of rubbish from 80 shipping containers.
https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/conservation/central-coast-community-hit-with-waves-of-rubbish-after-lost-shipping-containers-break-open/news-story/90f6fec083061f1b369c38629d90c7ed

‘It’s just plastic, plastic, plastic’: Fears for marine life as debris washes up on NSW beaches
There are fears whales, dolphins and other marine life could be hurt as debris from a shipping container continues to wash up on beaches north of Newcastle.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-s-just-plastic-plastic-plastic-fears-for-marine-life-as-debris-washes-up-on-nsw-beaches-20180604-p4zjeg.html

NSW brumby plan makes Kosciuszko conservation ‘impossible’, RSPCA says
RSPCA says Berejiklian government’s plan ignores evidence and should be reconsidered
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/04/nsw-brumby-plan-makes-kosciusko-conservation-impossible-rspca-says

NSW brumbies plan ‘recipe for disaster’
Victoria’s Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has criticised the NSW government’s decision to save brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-brumbies-plan-recipe-for-disaster/news-story/8316c7f2b3dfe5fd80bb2b5a26653da0

Committee for Sydney report says fast rail will create 40,000 new dwellings across NSW  [PAYWALL]
Fast rail is the solution to Sydney’s growing pains, according to an independent think tank report that argues an additional 40,000 homes could be built across NSW by opening up land around rail corridors.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/committee-for-sydney-report-says-fast-rail-will-create-40000-new-dwellings-across-nsw/news-story/71529fc706868ae1b4834c43f82a427a

Plan to cull Snowy Mountains brumbies makes sense
Don Driscoll
They are feral animals in a national park and claims made about their role in Australian history are exaggerated.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/plan-to-cull-snowy-mountains-brumbies-makes-sense-20180528-p4zi1v.html

Sydney’s west paying up for planning failures  [PAYWALL]
Jennifer Sexton
the second airport is up and running major road and rail corridors like the M9 will be essential to its success but it’s the semirural residents who chose to escape the city who will pay for the successive failure of governments and planners.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/semirural-residents-pay-now-for-past-mistakes-of-governments-to-plan-for-population-growth/news-story/0b54eaadaf17b57aed63734d48a88c66

ACT Budget: Millions of dollars more for light rail stage two, plus a stop for Mitchell
A light rail stop will be installed at Mitchell after months of lobbying from the local traders’ association, the Barr government has revealed ahead of Tuesday’s budget.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/act/act-budget-millions-of-dollars-more-for-light-rail-stage-two-plus-a-stop-for-mitchell-20180604-p4zjdx.html

‘People thought we were crazy’: Why new home buyers are gambling on flood zones
First home buyers are choosing to move into “high-risk” suburbs that went under water during Brisbane’s 2011 floods, with growth rates in the areas among the best in the city.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/brisbane-property-prices-rise-in-high-risk-suburbs-floodzones/9832706

‘The thrill is the chase’: A look inside Australia’s largest hunting competition
Pig hunters converge on central Queensland for Australia’s largest hunting competition, catching hundreds of feral pigs, the largest weighing more than 138kg.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/hundreds-feral-pigs-caught-in-aust-biggest-hunting-competition/9829360Qld approves $1b wind farm

Qld approves $1b wind farm  [PAYWALL]
The Queensland government has approved a $1 billion wind farm near Rockhampton as part of its ambitious renewable energy push.
https://www.afr.com/news/politics/qld-approves-1b-wind-farm-as-part-of-energy-infrastructure-boom-20180604-h10xjj

Government investigates toxic firefighting foam used to feed compost
Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch has confirmed the Queensland government is investigating allegations a major compost manufacturer at Swanbank used contaminated water from the Amberley RAAF Base containing toxic firefighting chemicals to feed its compost.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/government-investigates-toxic-firefighting-foam-used-to-feed-compost-20180604-p4zjfn.html

Moreton Island’s Tangalooma Resort could be pokie machine haven [PAYWALL]
Poker machines could outnumber residents on Moreton Island under a proposal for hundreds of slot machines at Tangalooma Resort.
https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/moreton-islands-tangalooma-resort-could-be-pokie-machine-haven/news-story/3907c42f77f2da92946568e91cbbdc71

No reusable coffee cups? OTR, you brew it [PAYWALL]
On The Run has banned reusable coffee cups from its 100-plus stations and stores in a move described by one environmental advocate as “ridiculous”.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/thesourcesa/on-the-run-bans-reusable-coffee-cups-in-move-slammed-by-environmental-advocate/news-story/be808f911d49bf739381680059cb720d

Please don’t sell our green space to supermarket giant  [PAYWALL]
A wave  of community angst is gathering momentum over a northeast Adelaide council’s potential sell-off of 3.4 hectares of green space to supermarket giant Kaufland.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/north-northeast/hundreds-of-wynn-vale-residents-oppose-green-space-sale-for-supermarket-giant-kaufland/news-story/acbdbd7c49d6360d7f64f49ce4dbde06

South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter
Giles Parkinson
State reverses decades of importing power, while solar continues to grow nationally and emissions fall, audit shows
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/05/south-australia-rides-renewables-boom-to-become-electricity-exporter

Bites and stings worth it: Sir David says yes to Tasmanian wildlife doco
Managing to convince Sir David Attenborough to narrate his debut film about Tasmanian wildlife was the easy part — getting the animals to cooperate was far more difficult and painful, Max Moller says.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/tasmanian-filmmaker-quest-for-sir-david-attenborough/9832162

Five things we learnt about Tasmania’s animals from David Attenborough
Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough has shown Tasmania to the world. Here’s what we learnt about its animals.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/david-attenborough-five-things-we-learned-about-tasmania/9831250

Tamar NRM to host World Environment Day event at Tailrace Park
It will be all about the green and gold at Tamar Estuary on Tuesday for World Environment Day.
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5446121/green-and-gold-frog-focus-for-environment-day/?cs=95

Mount Lyell restart doubts grow as Tamil Nadu orders Tuticorin smelter shutdown
Doubts about whether the Mount Lyell Mine will reopen are growing after a state government ordered the closure of a copper smelter in India.
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5447071/mount-lyell-restart-doubts-grow-as-indian-state-orders-smelter-shutdown/?cs=95

Tasmanian mineral exploration ramping up
Tasmania’s mineral exploration sector has pulled clear of a deep slump. An estimated $22.5 million was spent on exploration for minerals other than petroleum in the year to March in trend terms, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5446895/mineral-hunt-ramping-up-in-tasmania/?cs=95

Search for Cradle alpine village developers  [PAYWALL]
An international search has begun for investors to partner with the Tasmanian Government in the creation of an alpine village precinct at Cradle Mountain.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/search-for-cradle-mountain-alpine-village-developers/news-story/cf038165b6d8ecb73324f5e794d8fcd5

Seeing it is key to protection  [PAYWALL]
Mercury editorial
Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us what we have in our backyard.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/seeing-it-is-key-to-protection/news-story/d52af5d8d2b4cbef1c909e600da96a5f

Rottnest quokka selfie tourism boom
The number of people visiting Rottnest Island has gone through the roof and it seems many are coming for a photo opportunity with the local wildlife.
https://thewest.com.au/news/rottnest/quokka-selfies-boost-rottnest-island-tourism-ng-b88856540z

UK takes £5bn stake in Welsh nuclear power station in policy U-turn
Ministers reach initial agreement with Japanese firm Hitachi over new Wylfa plant
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/uk-takes-5bn-stake-in-welsh-nuclear-power-station-in-policy-u-turn

Yucca Mountain: Congress works to revive dormant nuclear waste dump
The long-delayed plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is showing signs of life, but many challenges remain on the horizon.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/03/yucca-mountain-congress-works-revive-dormant-nuclear-waste-dump/664153002/

Germany targets the atom
Berlin is getting rid of its own nuclear plants – the last is supposed to shut down by the end of 2022 – and is turning its attention to the danger posed by rickety reactors in Belgium and France.
https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-nuclear-energy-belgium-doel-tihange-targets-the-atom/

No More Disposable Coffee Cups in Scottish Government Buildings
Scotland’s government is leading the way against throw-away culture by banning single use disposable coffee cups in its main buildings.
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2018/06/no-disposable-coffee-cups-scottish-government-buildings/

Germany’s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era
In the east German city of Zeitz, people fear for their jobs and demand concrete plans for their future once the climate-killing fuel is phased out.
http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-mining-communities-brace-themselves-for-post-coal-era/a-44037149

Fossil fuel electricity, without pollution: Texas has a new power plant
The carbon-capture game is about to change.
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/6/1/17416444/net-power-natural-gas-carbon-air-pollution-allam-cycle

Reminder: Plastic doesn’t go in the compost bin
Plastic placed in organic waste bins is a sizable source of environmental plastic pollution.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/reminder-plastic-doesnt-go-in-the-compost-bin/

World Environment Day 2018: The planet’s pernicious plastic plague peril
Thanks to the wonders of modern industrial technology we are now producing 20 times as much plastic as we were doing in 1964.
https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/world-environment-day-2018-the-planets-pernicious-plastic-plague-peril/1192993/

Unlikely trio wage war on plastic as India set to host World Environment Day
In India, a trio of unlikely heroes are waging war against the tsunami of plastic threatening to engulf India.For more than 25 years, Ram Nath has lived on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi under a 19th-century iron bridge.
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-04/unlikely-trio-wage-war-on-plastic-as-india-set-to-host-world-environment-day/

A reparations map for farmers of color may help right historical wrongs
In an effort to address centuries of systemic racism, a new online tool seeks to connect Black, brown, and Indigenous farmers with land and resources.
https://civileats.com/2018/06/04/a-reparations-map-for-farmers-may-help-right-historical-wrongs/

The Health Effect of Air Pollution from Traffic
What would happen if all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles were removed from a smaller European city? Up to 4% of all premature deaths could be prevented, according to a new study.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604112505.htm

The latest weak attacks on EVs and solar panels
Dana Nuccitelli
The powerful few who benefit from the fossil fuel status quo are exerting their influence
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jun/04/the-latest-weak-attacks-on-evs-and-solar-panels

Americans will pay a high price to save coal
Bloomberg editorial
An interesting question raised by President Donald Trump’s misguided order to prop up uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants in the name of national security is: How much is this going to cost?
https://www.bloombergquint.com/view/2018/06/03/americans-will-pay-a-high-price-to-save-coal

Try Togetherness: Study Promotes Cooperative Weed Management to Curb Herbicide Resistance
In the fight against herbicide resistance, farmers are working with a shrinking toolkit. Waterhemp, a weedy nemesis of corn and soybean farmers, has …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604131709.htm

This refuge may be the most contested land in the US
Congress voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Here’s what’s at stake for America’s wild frontier.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-america-oil-risk/

Ecuador: Tribe sees how oil industry affects forest on ‘Toxic Tour’
“The land is dead,” says Camilo Pauche as he surveys with consternation the devastation that the oil industry has left in Pacayacu, a village in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/ecuador-tribe-sees-how-oil-industry-affects-forest-on-toxic-tour/

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru’s palm oil plantations?
In recent years, Peru’s sprawling jungle has been cleared for palm oil and cocoa plantations. Conservationists say the land is controlled by private companies who acquired it through corrupt means.
http://www.dw.com/en/are-corrupt-politicians-behind-perus-palm-oil-plantations/a-44018184

For the love of cod
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the fight over fish stocks may well spell the end of cod fishers—or cod.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/for-the-love-of-cod/

Raising a tantrum about climate change
One year ago today, President Trump vowed to exit the United States from the Paris climate pact. Eos discusses this with climatologist Michael Mann, author of the new book The Tantrum that Saved the World.
https://eos.org/articles/raising-a-tantrum-about-climate-change

Don’t turn to the military to solve the climate-change crisis
Nick Buxton
Warning about conflicts, wars and mass migration is the wrong way to approach things
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/dont-turn-to-the-military-to-solve-the-climate-change-crisis

Reforms to build a $66b bigger Australia [PAYWALL]
New Infrastructure Australia chairman Julieanne Alroe wants states to be given incentives for franchising public transport.
Infrastructure Australia will pitch a new incentive program for states to introduce road user charging and outsource public transport services at the AFR’s infrastructure summit.
https://www.afr.com/business/australia-to-get-66b-gdp-boost-if-states-rewarded-for-infrastructure-reform-ia-20180531-h10t5y

Former EnergyAustralia exec says electricity retailers are unethical
The former head of EnergyAustralia’s electricity retail division says the energy industry has reached a low point, and company behaviour is at an all-time low.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/former-energyaustralia-exec-says-electricity-retailers-are-unethical-20180601-p4ziwk.html

Energy illiteracy stopping Australians from cutting power bills
A lack of trust in electricity retailers and energy illiteracy is slowing Australians in driving down their power costs.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/energy-illiteracy-stopping-australians-from-cutting-power-bills-20180601-p4zj00.html

Reverse cycle heating is a cool idea
Tim Forcey
Winter is coming, and many Australians who are turning on their heating are now facing the shock of their gas bill. The worst affected are those using gas-based heating such as ducted heating, gas fireplaces or wall heaters.
https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5440219/get-off-the-grid-reverse-cycle-heating-is-a-cool-idea/?cs=97

Not all customers switched on about smart meters, survey finds [PAYWALL]
Electricity smartmeters were thrust upon Victorians years ago, but it seems many are still in the dark about what they actually do.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/not-all-customers-switched-on-about-smart-meters-survey-finds/news-story/deb065a83d61a57227e427b7906414f5

Federation Square art installation shows fight to end plastic waste [PAYWALL]
There’s a new battle brewing in the eco wars of Australia’s supermarket giants — and it’s not just about plastic bags.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/federation-square-art-installation-shows-fight-to-end-plastic-waste/news-story/5d6c64e7d945daf38a9359ad331bacd4

New SkyBus link for Melbourne’s west, revamped Peninsula service [PAYWALL]
Residents in Melbourne’s outer suburbs will be able to catch the SkyBus directly to the airport.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/new-skybus-link-for-melbournes-west-revamped-peninsula-service/news-story/dece42f2b8bc2e17c80c2ad168d19c76

State election candidate Oscar Yildiz calls for ‘outer rim’ rail loop to ease congestion, grow suburbs  [PAYWALL]
AN “outer rim” rail line should be built around Melbourne to ease congestion and boost economic growth.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/state-election-candidate-oscar-yildiz-calls-for-outer-rim-rail-loop-to-ease-congestion-grow-suburbs/news-story/8f3c4fed956503f8ee58761e26fcb54e

‘Wave of rubbish’ as shipping container debris washes ashore
Locals and holidaymakers collect carloads of debris that washed up on beaches and headlands surrounding Nelson Bay on the NSW mid-north coast after a cargo ship lost 83 containers in rough seas.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-03/shipping-container-debris-washes-ashore-at-nelson-bay/9829758

‘Extremist’ motorists trolling cyclists on the road and online
Groups of motorists who hate cyclists sharing the road are attacking bike riders online and off, with death threats sending one cycling lobby group leader off the road fearing for his life.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/extremist-motorists-trolling-cyclists-on-the-road-and-online-20180530-p4zigf.html

Contaminated land cleaned-up at two Canberra Caltex stations
The stations, in Kaleen and Mitchell, each sought exemptions from the environmental impact statement process in April last year.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/contaminated-land-cleaned-up-at-two-canberra-caltex-stations-20180531-p4zine.html

Meninga urges Qld to support bag ban
Rugby League great Mal Meninga is urging Queenslanders to support a state government ban on plastic bags in shops, which comes into force in a month.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/meninga-urges-qld-support-bag-ban-173049287–spt.html

When the sweet turns sour: Queensland split between sugar and solar
As solar farms spread across the central agricultural regions of the sunshine state, opponents are becoming increasingly vocal
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/03/sweet-turns-sour-queensland-split-sugar-solar

LNP plan to break up Qld power generators
The LNP opposition says splitting up the state’s generators into smaller companies would help reduce power prices.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/lnp-plan-to-break-up-queensland-power-generators-20180603-p4zj6y.html

Ecofiesta has something for all ages  [PAYWALL]
Living a cleaner, greener life was the focus at yesterday’s Ecofiesta at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/ecofiesta-offers-clean-living-tips-and-tricks-for-all-ages/news-story/03bc301e24de86eff887ff95fb475252

Plan to island paradise back into tourism jewel  [PAYWALL]
The search has begun for an operating partner for the planned $583 million development of three luxury resorts on a tropical Queensland island.
https://www.couriermail.com.au/business/prime-site/lindeman-island-search-on-for-partner-to-help-develop-luxury-resorts/news-story/1773a27916904c3cebc2e71bf4b43620

Why we don’t need the Adani lemon … !
Ted Mead
Adani, Adani, Adani, where art thou Adani?  This is the relentless love-cry of the conservatives wishing to prolong the coal extraction and export industry in Australia forever.
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/why-we-dont-need-the-adani-lemon-…-/

What sort of monster does this?
A wildlife carer has called for bows and arrows to be registered, just like guns, following the discovery of a young wallaby left to die a slow and painful death.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/orphaned-wallaby-shot-with-arrow-and-left-for-dead-at-pelverata-property-in-southern-tasmania/news-story/b4bbd483886f77a384dac763bf82d2be

Coral reefs that survived nuclear blasts face a new threat
Marine scientists conducting ongoing research confirm increasing sea temperatures are changing life at WA’s north-west coral reefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-03/montebello-islands-corals-affected-by-rising-sea-temperatures/9788314

‘You need to come to understand it’: Treat your senses at the Karijini
The jaw-droppingly beautiful Karijini National Park in Western Australia is so remote it’s a challenge to get to, is only just starting to get mobile phone coverage and its only accommodation is in campsites or at the Karijini Eco Resort.
https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/you-need-to-come-to-understand-it-treat-your-senses-at-the-karijini-20180529-p4zi3l.html

What was the fallout from Fukushima?
When a tsunami hit the nuclear plant, thousands fled. Many never returned – but has the radiation risk been exaggerated?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/03/was-fallout-from-fukushima-exaggerated

FPL uses dated sea-rise studies in bid to keep old reactors running
This spring when Florida Power & Light asked nuclear regulators to keep its Turkey Point reactors running for an extra 20 years, the utility used its own sea rise data from 2013 rather than the most recent — and higher — projections compiled by government agencies.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article212325259.html

“Die off, soft landing or full-blown collapse”: Maths model reveals three possible fates facing humanity, and none are pretty
Mathematically modeling the fates of alien civilisations doesn’t bode well for humans.
http://www.alphr.com/science/1009482/mathematical-model-climate-change-planets

Is Space the new Green?
Kim Peart
When the richest man on Earth talks about how space will serve to heal the Earth, many people take note.
http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/is-space-the-new-green/

New Zealand’s productivity commission charts course to low-emission future
Robert McLachlan, Massey University
New Zealand has set itself a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and a recent report by the Productivity Commission lays out how it could hit that target.
https://theconversation.com/new-zealands-productivity-commission-charts-course-to-low-emission-future-96281

Coal, cash, and bad faith
Paul Krugman
Free markets are sacrosanct, unless they end up hurting big donors.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/02/opinion/coal-cash-and-bad-faith.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytopinion

Rewilding success stories
Reintroduction programmes of animals driven from their once-natural habits are a cause for optimism
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/03/rewilding-conservation-bison-wolves-beaver-giant-tortoise-tigers

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