Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Scotland’s secret tunnel under the Forth, 50 years old and forgotten

While two of Scotland’s best known landmarks, the two bridges over the Forth, will be celebrated this year there is a third crossing which is a distant memory: a tunnel in the rock cut by the coal mining industry

Scotland loves a bridge. And this year it is dedicating a festival to three historic spans over the Firth of Forth: one old, one new and a third that is well into middle-age.

The Forth Bridges Festival, part of the Year of Homecoming 2014, is occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road bridge a worthy milestone that falls just a week or so short of the independence referendum.

I can’t be sure of the date, I’ll need to check.

There was always the question: ‘will it?’

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Abolishing renewable energy target offers short-term gain, long-term pain

Modelling commissioned by Clean Energy Council says average household would pay $50 less a year in 2020 under RET

Abolishing the renewable energy target would deliver small reductions in household electricity bills for the next three years, but after that bills would soar, new modelling shows.

Tony Abbott has signalled the governments review of the renewable energy target could pare back or even scrap the scheme because, the prime minister says, it is causing pretty significant price pressure in the system and we ought to be an affordable energy superpower.

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Great Barrier Reef: If the fossil fuel industry made ice cream | Graham Readfearn

Great Barrier Reef under pressure from dredging and climate change despite the TV claims from the fossil fuel industry

If the fossil fuel industry made fancy ice cream, what flavour would it be?

Maybe a dollop of Triple Fossil Ripple with luscious layers of coal, gas and shale oil? How about a bowl of Lignite Wonderland? Anyone for Coal Briquette Cookie Dough?

GBR has been subject to severe disturbances, including COTS outbreaks, mass coral bleaching and declining growth rates of coral due to increasing seawater temperatures, terrestrial runoff, tropical cyclones, and coral diseases…

There is also strong evidence that water quality affects the frequency of COTS outbreaks in the central and southern GBR

It is not scientifically accurate to claim that cyclones are killing off the Reef.

The real issue is to ask, why are reefs away from people still perfectly able to recover from cyclones, as they always have, while polluted reefs nearer to the coast are in rapid decline? Pollution is the culprit, not cyclones which are part of the natural dynamic of the Reef.

 The resilience of the reef is very much in the hands of water quality. The ability of the reef to grow back after COTS events and cyclones is essentially indexed to how well corals are growing.

We already have higher levels of pollutants along the coastline and so the ability of the corals to bounce back is highly compromised.

Various potential water quality issues can arise from port and shipping activities, including those due to: dredging of channels and berths (which can result in short-term turbidity) and placement of dredged material at sea; runoff from land (including stormwater from product stockpiles and partially developed sites); reclamation of habitats (wetlands), with potential implications for runoff; antifouling paints and waste discharge from ships; and shipping incidents and accidents, and marine oil spills.

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