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Sunday, 20 May

23:58

Ditching Adani wont hurt credit rating: expert "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

CANBERRA, AAP Prominent economist Saul Eslake believes ditching the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland wont hurt Australias credit rating.

Mr Eslakes new report commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation found no evidence that stopping the project on environmental grounds would hurt Australias ability to attract foreign investment.

There is absolutely no reason to think that Australias sovereign credit rating would be in any way affected if a future Australian government were to prevent the Adani Carmichael coal mine from going ahead on environmental grounds, Mr Eslake writes.

Labor opposes the mine, but federal leader Bill Shorten has vowed not to tear up approvals if he won the next election to avoid reducing foreign investment in Australia.

The government claims Mr Shortens opposition to the project will hurt jobs and investment.

ACF chief executive Kelly OShanassy said the report removed the only remaining objection to the government stopping the construction of the mine.

Attempts to justify Adanis dirty Carmichael mine are falling like dominoes and the threats are crystal clear, Ms OShanassy said in a statement.

The post Ditching Adani wont hurt credit rating: expert appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:19

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Story at-a-glance

  • Over the past 18 years, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has facilitated the removal of fluoride from the water supplies of hundreds of communities in North America, Canada and Europe
  • FAN has filed an historic lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a provision in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Under this TSCA statute, the judge may not defer to the EPA but must weigh the evidence brought forth in trial. If the judge finds theres an unreasonable risk, he has the authority to order EPA to begin proceedings to eliminate the risk of fluoride in drinking water
  • Earlier this year, EPA tried to limit the scope of what FAN could bring to the courts attention. Its motion was denied, and FAN will be able to request internal documents, submit interrogatories to EPA and depose EPA experts

By Dr. Mercola (see original)

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...

07:00

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By Dr. Mercola

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.  

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.

"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.

In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.

"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.

We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t...

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Saturday, 19 May

11:05

NASA says Clear Human Fingerprints on Global Water Shortage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Before (Year 2000); After (Year 2017)

NASA Study of Increasingly Dire Global Water Shortages Finds Clear Human Fingerprints

From an Article by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, May 17, 2018

PHOTO: The Aral Sea, seen in a NASA satellite image, in year 2000 on the left versus 2017 on the right. (Modis/Terra/NASA)

With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of freshwater has been most dramatic, largely due to human activity and the climate crisis.

Parts of India, the Middle East, Australia, the Arctic, Antarctica, and California were among the places pointed out in the new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, as areas where an overuse of groundwater resources from irrigation, agricultural, and industry projects, as well as the loss of glaciers and ice sheets, have led to water shortages.

NASA has identified more than 30 hotspots where freshwater is in particular danger.

The findings showed a clear human fingerprint on the drying out of the earth, the authors of the report told the Guardian.

Aside from the warming planets effect on rapidly melting polar ice, the extraction of water from rivers like those that feed into the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for the purposes of farming and industrial use, have resulted in dramatic losses of freshwater.

Over-extraction has been especially problematic in parts of India and China, according to the study, causing a rapid decline in the availability of water despite normal rainfall levels.

The fact that extractions already exceed recharge during normal precipitation does not bode well for the availability of groundwater during future droughts, wrote the studys authors.

This report is a warning and an insight into a future threat, Jonathan Farr of the charity WaterAid told The Guardian. We need to ensure that investment in water keeps pace with industrialization and farming. Governments need to get to grips with this.

The worst-affected regions were uninhabited parts of the globe like Antarctica where 10 percent of the icy continents glaciers are now in retreat, according to a study published last month.

02:20

To May 19 nuclear and climate news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

International politics teeters about over the Iran nuclear deal. Plans falter for nuclear summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump will decimate North Korea unless Kim agrees to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

Pro nuclear propaganda becomes more sophisticated and subtle. National Geographic now a stooge for the International New Nukeslobby

Scientists warn that worst-case climate change scenario could be more extreme than previously thought.  Climate change is heading for a major wipeout of the worlds insect species.

AUSTRALIA

Labor prepared to strengthen environmental protections, as grass roots members demand.

ACT brings forward zero emissions target to 2045.

Australias nuclear propagandist Ben Heard wrote a paper rubbishing renewable energys potential:...

02:16

Australian government increases pressure for nuclear waste dump (will the Senate Inquiry be irrelevant?) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Make peace by defying SA nuclear dump  https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=55371 Michele Madigan 17 May 2018

As Aboriginal elder and justice campaigner Kevin Buzzacott has said: If we cant make peace for the country, and look after the country whats the good of us?

Sunday 29 April 2018 marked the second anniversary for many such South Australian peacemakers. It was on that date in 2016, at 2.30am, that Adnyamathanha Elder Aunty Enice Marsh heard the news that the federal government had chosen the Flinders Ranges to be the top of the list site of the proposed national nuclear dump.

Incredulous at hearing this on the 8am news, I rang Aunty Enice. Im sitting here trying to eat my weetbix and keep my thoughts calm, she said. But do you know what I was thinking? Colonisation is again attacking the First Nations people and poisoning their land.

For her colleague, Regina McKenzie, it was like getting news of a death: death to a 60,000-year cultural heritage.

Since then, South Australia...

02:08

Scientists refute Ben Heards paper opposing reneweable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...

01:43

Busting the pro thorium nuclear spin "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power?  The Conversation Nigel Marks,  Associate Professor of Physics, Curtin University   March 2, 2015   .. a growing community of devotees has sprung up around an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium. But is it right for Australia?

Today, advocates of thorium typically point to a variety of advantages over uranium. These include fail-safe reactor operation, because most thorium reactor designs are incapable of an explosion or meltdown, as was seen at Chernobyl or Fukushima. Another is resistance to weapons proliferation, because thorium reactors create byproducts that make the fuel unsuitable for use in nuclear weapons.Other advantages include greater abundance of natural reserves of thorium, less radioactive waste and higher utilisation of fuel in thorium reactors. Thorium is often cast as good nuclear, while uranium gets to carry the can as bad nuclear.

Not so different

While compelling at first glance, the details reveal a somewhat more murky picture. The...

01:40

Senate climate report is a warning for Australias military "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change warning for Australias military    Former defence chief Admiral Chris Barrie, who led Australian forces until 2002, says a new Senate committee report on the security risks of climate change must be taken seriously. SBS World News, By James Elton-Pym  , 18 May 18 

01:38

Climate change is a clear and present danger to Australias security Senate report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Senate report: climate change is a clear and present danger to Australias security, The Conversation,  Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland, May 18, 2018  

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yesterday presented its report on the national security implications of climate change.

The report makes several findings and recommendations, noting at the outset that climate change has a range of important security implications, both domestically and internationally.

Tellingly, none of the expert submissions questioned the rationale for this inquiry, nor the claim that climate change challenges Australian national security.

The report concludes that:

the consensus from the evidence (is) that climate change is exacerbating threats and risks to Australias national security.

Significantly, it also notes that climate change threatens both state and human security in the Australian context. Here are some of the key security implications.

Sea-level rises and natural disasters are key challenges

The report emphasises the risks posed by rising sea levels and a...

01:30

Warning of ecological Armageddon after dramatic plunge in insect numbers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn
Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections ,
Guardian, Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor @dpcarrington Fri 18 May 2018 

Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis.

Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the sc...

01:28

Women leaders come together to fight climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

18 MAY 2018   https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/women-leaders-come-together-fight-climate-change
Climate change affects everyone, but certain demographics and groups are at greater risk. One such demographic is women, who are more likely than men to feel the negative consequences of a warming planet.

This fact was one of the primary reasons for the Climate Leaders Summit: Women Kicking it on Climate, which was hosted on 16 and 17 May by Catherine McKenna, Canadas Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

I am privileged to work with so many fearless women who are climate leaders, said McKenna on why she organized the summit. We know women and girls are particularly at risk when it comes to climate change, and yet women are also at the forefront of bold climate leadership around the world. Together, women are turning ideas into solutions.

The event brought together female climate leaders from around the world, with representatives from the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. The group focused on topics such as improving collaboration to find solutions to climate change, female empowerment and ensuring that women are represented in global conversations surrounding the environment.

As scientists have begun to understand the effects of climate change, it has become apparen...

01:25

Theme announced for  30th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Childrens Day 2018 Announcement 

Melbourne, Australia:
SNAICC is delighted to announce the theme for
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day for 2018 is
SNAICC Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years

Our children are the youngest people from the longest living culture in the world,
with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country.
Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities.
They are our future and the carriers of our story.

This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory lane,
as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. We look back
on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led
to the establishment of the first Childrens Day on 4 August 1988.

We look back at all of the amazing moments weve shared with our children over the years,
and how were watching them grow into leaders.

We look back to see what weve achieved, and decide where we want to go
from here to create a better future for our children.

If you have celebrated Childrens Day at any time during the past 30 years,
we would love to hear from you.

Read How to get involved in Childrens Day 2018:
www.snaicc.org.au/theme-announced-for-30th-national-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-childrens-day-2018/

www.snaicc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Childrens-Day-2018-Announcement_160518.pdf

01:23

Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Senate report acknowledges the huge risks of climate change and the threat to intelligent life. But it needs to do more than that.

via Senate report recognises climate risk, but fails to draw obvious conclusions RenewEconomy

01:21

Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.

via Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy

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