Weekly Linkfest – Edition 009

Welcome to round nine of our Weekly Linkfest, where we share the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain interesting from what we’ve seen this week.

I would greatly appreciate readers getting involved in this weekly linkfest. Please email editor (at) with links (and ideally a summary sentence outlining the key point of each link) to noteworthy articles and news reports on the internet.

Off we go:

Good News (coz we all need it):

  • Hollywood star Daryl Hannah is in cairns with Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson’s eccentric nephew, Ned RocknRoll. They are both taking a PDC and attending the APC10.
  • Sounds like permaculture – The Rainforest Alliance has launched a new certification aimed at helping cattle farms improve their environmental and social performance. "This can be accomplished by giving the animals a diet that is easier to digest – generating fewer methane emissions – treating their manure and conserving trees on pasture lots, in forest reserves or as live fences," Oliver Bach, Rainforest Alliance standards and policy manager, said in a fact sheet on the new standard.
  • One of the lessons from BP is it doesn’t pay to lose focus on sustainability. In fact according to a new book large and small business must embrace green concepts to help the bottom line
  • US fast food giant Burger King said it would no longer buy palm oil from Sinar Mas or its subsidiaries after Greenpeace campaigned against the Indonesian group’s land-clearing practices.
  • Poaching for ivory and increased conflicts between people and elephants because of their dwindling habitat are key problems faced by India’s wild elephant population, estimated at about 26,000. A recommendation has been made that India should protect its elephant population by creating new reserves, curbing poaching and restricting development in the corridors they use to travel between forested areas.
  • Businesses are starting to see the advantage in green buildings. The Subway sandwich shop on Chicago’s State Street may look like any other new restaurant, but its tile, crown molding and most wall coverings are made from recycled materials. In the bathroom, sensors control water flow, timers manage lights, and the toilet has a low-flow option. A smart air-conditioning system normalizes temperature between the bread ovens and the eating area.

Bad News (coz we need to understand the challenges if we’re to design our way out of them):

Just plain interesting or odd (coz we’re curious creatures):

Don’t forget to send me your links for next week’s linkfest!! – editor (at)


  1. Thanks for the link to ABC Science, a good site I’ll visit from time to time! According to the article referred to here, I’ll enclose a related document here:

    “EU fish stocks are in an unprecedentedly poor state yet fish consumption throughout Europe remains high. The EU has been able to maintain and expand its levels of consumption by sourcing fish from other countries, both through the catches of its distant-water fleet and imports. This report highlights Europe’s increasing reliance on fish products originating from external waters for its fish supplies, and provides pointers towards a more sustainable future for dwindling global fish stocks.”


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