'Social value' not optional for new BHP boss
- New BHP chief executive Mike Henry is passionate about the company's history - but also about the need for change.
- Such barbs won’t deter BHP’s belief it needs to persuade the community it is taking serious action on climate change – despite its thermal coal business.
- It’s part of a more general view at BHP that social expectations of companies have changed so much in recent years it’s become just good business to respond.
- Sitting with his new and retiring chief executives, BHP chairman Ken MacKenzie argues it is appropriate to talk about social issues as long as these are always tightly linked to the business case.
- Mike Henry, who headed the company’s coal business before being promoted to run BHP’s Australian minerals operations in 2016, is also a former chief marketing officer.
How the Coalition became a lightning rod for climate rage
- Because the Coalition spent a decade denying and failing to act on global warming, it has become the whipping boy as the drought continues and bushfires rage.
- All he had to do was disavow Kevin Rudd's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme that Turnbull had negotiated with the Labor government but which had divided the Coalition and become the catalyst for the spill.
- Seconds after the leadership ballot, Abbott then called a secret party room ballot effectively on whether to vote against the CPRS in the Parliament.
- Because the Coalition spent a decade cultivating a reputation of denial and reluctance to act, most recently reinforced by dumping Turnbull over the National Energy Guarantee, it has become the lightning rod for rage.
- Because the Coalition spent a decade denying and failing to act on global warming, it has become the whipping boy as the drought continues and bush fires rage.
Last message: 'Seriously looks and sounds like apocalypse out there'
- The fourth victim of the NSW fires – a 58-year-old man from near Kempsey on the mid-north coast – described the catastrophic fires as something out of an "apocalypse" in a message on the day a bushfire raged in the area near his property.
- As fires continued to burn across NSW and Queensland, police said a 16-year-old boy has been accused of lighting the destructive bushfire near Yeppoon in Central Queensland which razed 14 homes.
- He will not be charged because of his age, but he will be dealt with under the state's Youth Justice Act. NSW authorities confirmed 58-year-old Barry Parsons died in bushland on the southern end of the Kyuna Track at Willawarrin, near Kempsey.
- The RFS said fires in the mid-north coast area such as Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Coffs Harbour were proving hard to control, as well as a blaze near Lithgow in the Blue Mountains.
Employers face FBT hit on staff car parking
- Employers are facing a "significant financial slug" from a proposed change to fringe benefit tax rules for car parks provided for workers.
- The Tax Office issued a new ruling likely to change arrangements for suburban employers who provide car parking for staff, due to come into force from April 1, 2020.
- Under the changes, the ATO would treat a car park at shopping centres, hospitals and airports as “commercial” facilities for FBT purposes where they offer all-day parking – covering at least six hours between 7am and 7pm.
- KPMG tax partner Hayley Lock said employers who provide parking for staff without paying FBT should immediately assess their options.
- Hayley Lock: Employers should consider options available from next year.
- Ms Lock said employers caught up in the change should calculate the potential cost implications and consider options available from April next year.
Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again
- As the person behind a Twitter account called Star Wars Visual Comparison, Stewart is a kind of unofficial keeper of apocrypha, of the sometimes subtle, sometimes extraordinary changes wrought by their makers upon three Star Wars movies: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi.
- Put another way, the Disney+ version of Star Wars means the canon now includes 1977’s A New Hope, and its 1981 revise, 1980’s Empire, and 1983’s Jedi.
- At the same time as the Greedo thing was unfolding, Simpsons fans were gnashing their terrible teeth and roaring their terrible roars about the decision to show early-days episodes cropped to fit new, high-definition screens.
- At the same time as the Greedo thing was unfolding, Simpsons fans were gnashing their terrible teeth and roaring their terrible roars about the decision to show early-days episodes cropped to fit new, high-definition screens instead of presenting them in their original 4:3 standard-def aspect ratio.
Health impacts of climate change on children don't need exaggerating
- The 2019 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, put together by doctors and researchers, warns that children are particularly vulnerable to climate change, because a warming world exposes them to more infectious diseases, malnutrition and stunted growth, and dirty air that hinders the development of their lungs.
- Elizabeth Robinson at the University of Reading, UK, one of the report’s authors, says children’s diets are also at risk, with under nutrition and malnutrition set to rise as climate change causes food production to fall.
- Watts says the current trajectory of global carbon emissions means that we are on track for more warming than the worst case scenario – of a 2.8-4.6°C rise by between 2080 and 2100 – so 4°C is a conservative estimate of what a person born today might experience.
How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts
- A new report from over 100 experts paints a devastating picture of how climate change is already imperiling human health.
- The medical journal The Lancet just released its annual report on climate change and human health.
- A work of over 100 experts—doctors, climatologists, economists, and more—the massive study looks at 41 indicators, including extreme weather like droughts, energy trends like fuel use, and agricultural impacts like changing growing conditions.
- Perhaps the most dramatic consequence of climate change is supercharged wildfires: drier weather leads to drier brush, which fuels massive blazes.
- Air pollution is a significant threat to human health, and is only growing more dangerous as more people crowd into cities around the world.
- In 2018, the world suffered $166 billion US in losses from extreme events related to climate change.
Quick Tips: CSS Transforms and Transitions
- The most common transforms used to change elements are rotate, skew, translate, and scale.
- If you want to move an element on the web you use the translate property.
- Note: if you want to move an element up you use a negative number on the Y axis.
- First, define the transition property, then the duration, timing function and finally any delays you might want.
- Here is an example where I combine all of the transforms plus a transition into a single animation on hover.
- As far as our websites go, you can combine these properties to create playful animations or direct users attention to specific areas of a site.
- In this example I have a transition on the button and I am combining the transforms, translate and scale, to bring more attention to the button when it is hovered.
Helm (the Kubernetes package manager) 3.0.0 has been released
- Helm gives teams the tools they need to collaborate when creating, installing, and managing applications inside of Kubernetes.
- Helm makes it easy to search for new charts by adding repositories hosted by the community.
- Helm 3 builds upon that workflow, changing the underlying infrastructure to meet the needs of the evolving ecosystem.
- In November 2015, the first version of Helm was released at the first KubeCon. Modeled on the macOS software installer Homebrew, Helm 1 (known by the team as “Helm Classic”) was designed to help individual developers create packages of Kubernetes resources and deploy them into a cluster.
- The result was a tool designed to not only make teamwork a central value, but also meet the needs of a burgeoning community of Kubernetes users who are installing sophisticated applications.
- The end result is a tool that reflects the needs of its community as those change and evolve over time.
Deadly virus spreads among marine mammals as Arctic ice melts
- Scientists are concerned that a deadly virus killing northern sea lions could spread farther south as the ice melts, infecting marine mammals off the coast of California.
- Using 15 years of data from 2001 to 2016, Goldstein and her research team were able to see upticks in PDV that corresponded with declines in Arctic sea ice.
- To construct when and where PDV spread from northern Europe to the northern Pacific just off the coast of Alaska, Goldstein and her team searched studies and records of biological samples taken from 2,530 live and 165 dead seals of species that spend at least part of their years on Arctic ice.
- It’s possible to vaccinate some marine mammals against PDV, but doing so at a scale large enough to prevent the disease from spreading is difficult, say scientists.