The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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12 NEWS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Centres fracking concerns THE Territory government is preparing to backflip on its commitment of offsetting emissions from fracking the Beetaloo, says the Environment Centre NT. The organisation believes the governments policy on greenhouse gas emissions falls short of protecting the environment. However, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Eva Lawler said the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management for New and Expanding Large Emitters policy built on the effective environmental regulatory framework the Territory Labor government has created. Environment Centre NT codirector Kirsty Howey said the governments new policy was a step in the wrong direction. The 2018 Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the NT chaired by Justice Rachel Pepper (Fracking Inquiry) said that the pollution generated from fracking the Beetaloo Basin was unacceptable and that companies should have to offset all life-cycle emissions from fracking, Ms Howey said. The Gunner government promised to implement emissions offsets from Beetaloo gas mining, but their latest policy doesnt do that. In line with the Fracking Inquiry, Territorians expect the Gunner government to require gas companies to offset their lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. Territorians still have no idea how emissions from fracking the Beetaloo will be offset. Ms Lawlers spokeswoman said the policy, as well as the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offsets Policy, which is open for public comment, were key achievements in the governments work towards responding to the impacts of climate change. They form part of a suite of initiatives that are being implemented to achieve a net zero emissions by 2050 target that also includes development of an overarching Emissions Reduction Strategy for the Territory, the spokeswoman said. Applying the Large Emitters Policy to the onshore gas exploration and appraisal activities sends a clear signal to this industry that the NT government expects the industry to manage its emissions. JUDITH AISTHORPE Fidgeting creates hate ONE in three people hate seeing other people fidgeting, according to a new study. Researchers from University of Columbia recruited 4100 participants who were asked to self-report if they had sensitivities to seeing people fidget. They were asked if they ever had strong negative reactions, thoughts or feelings whenever they viewed other people fidget or do something repetitively, such as seeing someones foot shaking, fingers tapping or chewing on gum. They found about one in three people 37.1 per cent experienced the psychological phenomenon known as misokinesia, a hatred of movements. Kirsty Howey. Chief exec material NARCISSISTS are more likely to rise to the position of chief executive, a study has found. A survey sent to 200 Italian chief executives found that someone with a high degree of narcissism was about 20 per cent faster in their career progression towards that position. The questions in the survey were based on a narcissistic personality inventory and had multi-choice answers, where in each case one option was assumed to be more self-aggrandising than the other. Narcissists tended to choose options such as I insist on getting the respect that is due to me. Fire threatens species UNPRECEDENTED mapping of Amazon Basin habitats shows a majority of species threatened with extinction suffered habitat loss due to fires over the past two decades, a study says. Researchers used remote forest fire sensing data to model impact over time and compared the devastation with the estimated geographic ranges of more than 11,500 plant and 3000 vertebrate species. The results showed about 150,000 square kilometres of the Amazon rainforest have experienced fires since 2001, damaging the habitats of up to 85 per cent of the frail ecosystems threatened species. Ancient blast still risk ANCIENT supervolcanoes remain active and hazardous for thousands of years after a super-eruption, prompting the need for a rethink of how these potentially catastrophic events are predicted, scientists say. Researchers from Curtin University investigated the fate of magma left behind after the Toba super-eruption in Indonesia 75,000 years ago, finding it continued to ooze out for 5000 to 13,000 years after. Eruptions can occur even if no liquid magma is found underneath a volcano the concept of what is eruptible needs to be re-evaluated, Curtins Martin Danik said. Mind-reading pooches RESEARCHERS have discovered dogs possess basic mind-reading abilities based on an understanding of whether a humans actions are deliberate or not. The study suggests dogs can master a component of the Theory of Mind the ability to read others intentions which was previously regarded as uniquely human. The dogs in our study clearly behaved differently depending on whether the actions of a human experimenter were intentional or unintentional, University of Gttingen study author Britta Schnemann said. Fellow author Hannes Rakoczy said this suggests that dogs may indeed be able to identify humans intention-in-action. If you live in the Northern Territory and are on Income Management youcan now choose to get the Cashless Debit Card The payment split youhave now willremain the same The Cashless Debit Card works like a normal bank card and you can use ittoshop and paybills online With the Cashless Debit Card you can shop at more shops than the BasicsCard giving you morechoice Information sessions will be delivered in communities acrossthe Northern Territory For more information about the card visitwww.dss.gov.au/cashlessdebitcard orcall1800 252 604 There will be no change to the amount of money you get on the Cashless Debit Card