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The new climate challenge: toughening targets, avoiding new conflicts

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 4:58am in

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To stick rigidly to the 43% target will prove infeasible in the short term and politically self-harming in the longer term. Tougher targets are inevitable. Public anger and anxiety about global warming have helped lift Labor to victory and propelled the rise of the Teal Independents and the Greens. The 2022 election spells a conclusive Continue reading »

On back of urgency on climate, Australia is tipping centre-left

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 4:56am in

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The American Civil War had more than one cause. But it would not have happened without slavery. Saturday’s route of Scott Morrison’s Liberals has several explanations but would not have happened without climate. In the last three years two political notions took life in Australian politics, overlapping and undercutting one another as political alignments became Continue reading »

Environment: Atmospheric CO2 hits 420ppm. Operating mines and wells must close to stay under 1.5C

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 4:57am in

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The level of CO2 in the atmosphere continues to rise and staying under 1.5 degrees of warming will require closing almost half of currently operating fossil fuel wells and mines: regional Australians know this. Conflicts over water are increasing worldwide. Atmospheric CO2 levels hit 420 ppm When the level of CO2 in the atmosphere began Continue reading »

The Dominoes are falling fast. We face a climate emergency

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 4:58am in

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The belated release of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s “Reef snapshot: summer 2021-22” has exposed the Federal government’s insistence that the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is not endangered as the lie it has always been. But beneath the political gaslighting is a far greater issue. A new report, “Climate Dominoes: tipping point risks Continue reading »

If I was minister for the environment, my one crucial reform would offer a sustainable future for Australia

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 19/05/2022 - 4:07am in

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The most urgent and vital decision that the Minister could make to help secure a sustainable future for Australia would be to establish a scientifically based national independent Environmental Protection Agency with statutory powers. In December 2018 the Final Draft of Labor’s National Policy Platform indicated that Labor would establish an independent Commonwealth Environmental Protection Continue reading »

Fresh audio product: climate and abortion

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 14/05/2022 - 5:45am in

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

May 12, 2022 Matthew Huber, author of Climate Change as Class War, explains why the environmental movement needs to take class and production more seriously •  Adam Kotsko explores why evangelicals are so obsessed with abortion

Environment: Forests, soil and peatlands disappearing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 14/05/2022 - 4:56am in

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20 million hectares of tropical and boreal forests were lost in 2021. Climate change is destroying the soil crust in arid lands. Peatlands are disappearing globally. It doesn’t have to be this way: action is possible. Forest loss In 2021, the tropics lost 11 million hectares of tree cover (about half of Victoria). Most significantly, Continue reading »

New Holland Honeyeater

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 8:45am in

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New Holland Honeyeater (2019). Paintwork by Thomas Jackson. Phylidonyris novaehollandiae is a tiny bird common all over the Inner West, mostly seen feeding in small flocks, mainly on Grevillea flowers or catching insects on the wing. Dulwich Hill.

Environment: Electricity, extinctions and agroecology

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 07/05/2022 - 4:53am in

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Wind and solar generate a tenth of the world’s electricity but coal still dominates in Australia. Reptiles and marine species face high risk of extinction. Moving from agribusiness to agroecology. Two graphs about wind and solar … In 2021 wind (6.7 per cent) and solar (3.4 per cent) generated 10 per cent of global electricity Continue reading »

Alan Pears-Energy productivity and efficiency improvement: Australia’s forgotten fuels

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 4:06am in

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Whether you focus on climate policy, energy market transition, social justice, health or business competitiveness and innovation, improving energy productivity and efficiency is a winner. Yet Australia’s major political parties and even some major clean energy industry organisations and environmental groups rarely mention this. In contrast, the European Union now applies the principle of ‘energy Continue reading »

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