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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby

If this is the climate-change election then the performances of most politicians and the media show why we have a climate emergency.

The coalition have tried to avoid the issue and Labor have offered a Clayton’s policy with almost no mention of anything after 2030.

Apart from a brief flirtation with electric cars, most of the media coverage has been the coalition questioning the cost of Labor’s climate policy.

I haven’t heard anyone asking about the cost of the coalition’s climate policy, probably because they don’t appear to have one. They have, though, said they are committed to the Paris Agreement and its target of keeping global warming to well below 2°c.

The IPCC have shown that this means reducing emissions to net zero by about 2050.

The coalition may be lying when they say they are committed to the Paris Agreement, but if they are not lying then their policy must be for net zero by 2050, the same as Labor is claiming to aim for.

The difference is that the coalition are doing very little at the moment (emissions are actually rising) and their target for 2030 is a reduction of 26–28 per cent.

This means that the coalition will have to reduce emissions much faster after 2030, which will be far more expensive than taking real action now.

Economists have been warning of this for decades but I haven’t heard a single question to the prime minister or anyone else on this.

Anyone concerned about the cost of acting on climate change should vote for parties advocating the fastest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

In Richmond, that means the Greens, with Labor a distant second.

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