Category: Enviroment

One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News

Jeff Bezos speaks to the media following his brief flight to space

Is he right?

“Delusional, toxic nonsense” is how one critic described Bezos’ call for moving all polluting industry into space.

Source: One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News

“Worse than burning coal”: Hunter Energy powers on bid to burn wood – Michael West

burning trees as renewable energy

Burning wood for biomass energy is on the rise as an alternative to coal. But it is even more dirty than coal and is leading to alarming levels of deforestation. Elizabeth Minter, Tom Ferrier and Jane McIntyre report.

Source: “Worse than burning coal”: Hunter Energy powers on bid to burn wood – Michael West

Mouse plague: bromadialone will obliterate mice, but it’ll poison eagles, snakes and owls, too

It’s the smell that hits you first. The scent of urine and decomposing bodies. Then you notice other signs: scuttles and squeaks, small dead bodies leaking blood, tails sticking out of hubcaps. If you’ve lived through a mouse plague, you’ve seen this, and smelled the stench of mice dying of poison baits. As a desperate measure to help combat the mouse plague devastating rural communities across New South Wales, the state government yesterday secured 5,000 litres of bromadialone. This is a bait that’s usually illegal to roll out at the proposed scale. This is a bad idea. While bromadiolone effectively kills mice, it also travels up the food chain to poison predators who eat the mice, and other species. And these predators, from wedge-tailed eagles to goannas, are coming in out in droves to feast on their abundant prey.

Source: Mouse plague: bromadialone will obliterate mice, but it’ll poison eagles, snakes and owls, too

‘The Time Is Now’: Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference | Common Dreams News

Activists hold a demonstration marking the delayed COP26 U.N. climate negotiations on November 13, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

An international survey conducted by the University of Cambridge and YouGov ahead of this November’s COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and published on Monday, found overwhelming support around the world for governments taking more robust action to protect the environment amid the worsening climate crisis.

‘The Time Is Now’: Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference | Common Dreams News

Trump Administration Rushes to Auction Off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Rights Before Biden Inauguration | Common Dreams News

The pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to the Gwich'in people, who call it "Iizhik Gwats'an Gwandaii Goodlit," or, "the sacred place where life begins."

In what critics are calling a parting gift to the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration on Tuesday will ask oil and gas companies to choose which areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska—which is the sacred homeland of the Gwich’in Indigenous people—they would like to drill.

Trump Administration Rushes to Auction Off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Rights Before Biden Inauguration | Common Dreams News

A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

 

Today the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia”, making the species “functionally extinct”.

The term “functionally extinct” can describe a few perilous situations. In one case, it can refer to a species whose population has declined to the point where it can no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem. For example, it has been used to describe dingoes in places where they have become so reduced they have a negligible influence on the species they prey on.

via A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

https://theconversation.com/we-must-rip-up-our-environmental-laws-to-address-the-extinction-crisis-116746

The true guardians of Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AUSTRALIA DAY (ODT)

Whose guardianship do you trust?

It has only taken Europeans 230 years to destroy what the First Australians preserved for over 60,000 years. In another 230 years there may be nothing left to preserve.

via The true guardians of Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Darling River fish kill: cotton industry says it won’t be ‘the whipping boy’ for disaster | Australia news | The Guardian

Darling River mass fish kill

But Richard Kingsford, the director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, said it was a disaster that had been many years in the making because too much water had been diverted from the system for agriculture.

“Droughts would have contributed to the blue green algae outbreak,” he said. “But the river droughts are happening more often and they’re more intense as a result of the irrigation industry in the Darling diverting water from the river over the last 10 to 20 years.”

The cotton industry says it is not to blame for the mass deaths of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Darling River and is tired of being a “whipping boy” for problems associated with the drought.

Communities in the Menindee Lakes region, where two fish kills have occurred since December, have said over-extraction by irrigators helped cause the catastrophe that has put a spotlight on the environmental management of Australia’s largest river system.

via Darling River fish kill: cotton industry says it won’t be ‘the whipping boy’ for disaster | Australia news | The Guardian

One Million Fish Have Died In The Darling River, Here’s What’s Going On

The Government, of course, blamed the drought which they also claimed neither to be an extraordinary event nor a man made regulatory failure.  (ODT)

The CSIRO told the ABC that this increased regulation of river water and restricted water flow from low rainfall have caused an increased number of algal blooms in recent years in the Murray-Darling Basin.

“We’re really angry about it because we know that this is not a natural disaster, this is a man-made disaster,” said McBride.

“We really want to make sure that we change the way the lakes are managed so that we never see this again because it’s just heartbreaking.”

One Million Fish Have Died In The Darling River, Here’s What’s Going On

Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants | Media | The Guardian

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 16 May 2018.

Journalists from national news organizations were barred from a summit in Washington on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday, convened by the embattled environmental protection agency (EPA) chief, Scott Pruitt. One reporter was manhandled out of the building.

via Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants | Media | The Guardian

Engineering Firm’s Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be ‘Final Nail In The Coffin’, Says Greenpeace – New Matilda

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had “demobilised” from Adani Group’s project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

via Engineering Firm’s Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be ‘Final Nail In The Coffin’, Says Greenpeace – New Matilda

‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani meets with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Taj Mahal of the Adani Empire a Coal- Fired Power Plant is for sale for 0.05 cents ” the Mundra power plant – ironically, now for sale for one rupee.”

“Adani never bothered to meet environmental conditions in its own country, why do you imagine they will do so in yours?” Jairam Ramesh, former minister for the environment of India,

via ‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

Linc Energy fined $4.5 million for serious environmental harm at underground coal gasification plant – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Linc Energy's UCG to GTL Demonstration Facility at Chinchilla in southern Queensland in 2014.

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via Linc Energy fined $4.5 million for serious environmental harm at underground coal gasification plant – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan to revise existing tailpipe standards that were going to apply for model years 2022 to 2025, saying the current standards “are not appropriate” and were set “too high.” Pruitt also said the EPA is re-examining the state of California’s historic ability to adopt tailpipe standards that are more ambitious than the federal government’s.

via How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Overall, 80 per cent of Australia’s marine park waters would be opened to commercial fishing, up from 63 percent.

The government believes the regulation protects important marine habitat, maintains sustainable fishing and promotes ecotourism. It argues the changes are needed to reduce the financial effects on commercial fishers of Labor’s plan, and simplify zoning and boundaries to enable better compliance.

via Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Environmentalists Say They’re Averting Climate Disaster. Conservatives Say It’s Terrorism.

 

Foster hadn’t killed anyone. He didn’t even injure anyone when, on Oct. 11, 2016, he put on a white hard hat and neon-yellow safety vest, grabbed some bolt cutters, and clipped the chain locking a fenced section of the Keystone Pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota. Once inside the fence, Foster cranked a giant wheel-like valve until it closed, temporarily stopping the flow of tar sands oil.

via Environmentalists Say They’re Averting Climate Disaster. Conservatives Say It’s Terrorism.

10 foolproof ways to defend yourself from the magpie menace – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When the Sun comes out and the leaves return to the trees, Australians know it’s time to flee, writes Ben Pobjie.

Source: 10 foolproof ways to defend yourself from the magpie menace – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The World’s Biggest Bottled Water Brand Has Admitted: “It’s Just Tap Water”

The world’s biggest bottled water brand has been forced to admit that their water comes from the exact same source as your tap water. USA Today reports Aquafina has changed its labels to specify P.W.S. — Public Water Source — under pressure from Accountability International. The company said it was reasonable to make people understand […]

Source: The World’s Biggest Bottled Water Brand Has Admitted: “It’s Just Tap Water”

Pacific Highway koala holocaust

 

A nationally designated important population of koalas will shortly be subjected to starvation, dehydration, blasting, heavy vehicle traffic, loss of habitat, stress, noise, blasting, vibrations, bushfire risk, entrapment, and death — all sanctioned by the NSW and Federal governments.

Source: Pacific Highway koala holocaust

Alright everyone I’m ready to give my findings on this water cotton thingy | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

I watched the extremely boring 4 Corners story, I drank a glass of water and I am wearing cotton underpants. So I’m as qualified to form a view on the issue as the next potato!

Source: Alright everyone I’m ready to give my findings on this water cotton thingy | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

193 nations urge action to protect oceans despite US withdrawal from Paris agreement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The 193 UN member nations issue an urgent call for action to reverse the decline of world’s oceans, with US backing the plan.

Source: 193 nations urge action to protect oceans despite US withdrawal from Paris agreement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tree clearing may have killed 180 koalas in Queensland in two years, says wildlife group | Australia news | The Guardian

World Wildlife Fund calls for public pressure on the Palaszczuk government to reduce habitat destruction

Source: Tree clearing may have killed 180 koalas in Queensland in two years, says wildlife group | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

Offshore oil and gas regulator says there was a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016 but refuses to reveal where it occurred or company responsible

Source: Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

There is nothing pragmatic about destroying the planet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Last week Malcolm Turnbull addressed the National Press Club where he proclaimed “the battlelines have been drawn: it is clear that the Coalition stands for cheaper energy.” No doubt mindful of Abbott’s successful campaign to “axe the tax”, Turnbull is now dishing up his version of the same thing, calling on all governments to co-operate…

Source: There is nothing pragmatic about destroying the planet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian

Australia is one of the worst performing countries in terms of protecting its ecoregions. Koalas are a litmus test for conservation of a habitat in crisis

Source: Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian