Geoff Dawe, Uki. The discussion of climate change seems to be going the same way as the discussion of sustainability. The arguments are cherry-picked to provide answers of confusion.
Edward Kent, Suffolk Park. That the Pope has recently issued an encyclical calling for the preservation of God's creation and the drastic reduction or total cessation of fossil fuel usage is laughable!
Australians, including Australian political leaders, were among the best informed globally and every state had an action plan on climate change 25 years ago, according to a new book by journalist Maria Taylor.
The Abbott government has further entrenched its position against any ambitious climate change targets, describing the recommended trajectory by the Climate Change Authority as ‘staggering’.
M Mizzi, Byron Bay. Dear Mr Abbott, Coal is not god for humanity and other living things. As this article points out humans are causing the greatest mass extinctions of life on earth and biodiversity destruction since the ice age.
As the rest of the world accelerates their individual and collective push towards globally agreed climate targets, Australia is stubbornly refusing to budge, or even to acknowledge that there is an issue at all.
The Abbott government’s poor record on climate policy and action has been thrust into the international spotlight, after some of the world’s biggest economies questioned whether Australia’s emissions reduction targets were ambitious enough.
In a major new report, global investment bank Citigroup has defined the current battle between cheap oil, and renewables like wind and solar, to be so fundamental it will define the future of energy.
Markets For Change is calling on federal MPs not to target forest biomass as ‘renewable energy’. ‘It is increasingly recognised in Europe that renewable energy policy encouraging the burning of forest biomass for electricity has been a mistaken policy that is actually contributing to carbon emissions'.
Michael Balson, Upper Wlsons Creek. The surface sea temperature off Byron this week topped 27 degrees celsius, the hottest it’s ever been. That’s warm enough to spawn a cyclone and bring sea-wasps and crocodiles into our creeks.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. OK, have you had your five minutes of celebration? Great, now let's get serious again. It is really unfortunate that the NSW government and their supporters are climate-ignorant.
‘The silver bullet to mitigate heat and turn the tide on climate change-related heat stress in our cities are trees, but currently we just don’t have enough of them in most dense urban areas, ' says a sustainable development expert.
The federal government must start planning how it is going to retire the most polluting and outdated coal plants and replace them with clean energy, the Australian Conservation Foundation concludes in a new report looking at the country’s biggest polluters.... Read More →
Tasteless carrots, bad pizza dough and poor quality steak are some of the impacts we can expect from Australia’s changing climate, according to a new scientific study released to mark the launch of this year’s Earth Hour. Appetite for Change,... Read More →
CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century.
The day the first atomic bomb was detonated is also the geological marker of the start of the 'Great Acceleration' – when mad-made activities began to take over from natural variability with such force that it has taken the human race just one generation to 'stuff the planet'.
Senator Larissa Waters, Queensland. With new research published by Nature showing stating 95 per cent of Australia’s coal reserves are unburnable by 2050 if the world is to have a 50 per cent chance of avoiding global warming in excess of two degrees Celsius, the Abbott government needs to take climate science seriously.
This past week I had a terrible realisation. As we fail to meet our carbon emission reduction targets it puts me right on schedule with experiencing being menopausal in a time of global warming.
Sapoty Brook, Tyagarah. Winning the global fight against CO2 emissions slowly is the same as losing. We will be overrun by accumulating and quickening climate and ocean catastrophes.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. There is no doubt the seas are rising at an accelerating rate because they are warming and expanding, and because ice masses on land are melting. Worldwide sea level has been measured to rise by an average 19cm from 1901 to 2010, and are likely to rise by something like a metre this century.
R J Poole, Lismore. We live in strange times. The big picture is changing. It always has been of course and yet presently, it seems to be slipping a little more noticeably.
It seems now that the only way Australian prime minister Tony Abbott can justify his current suite of climate policies – or the lack of them – is to repeat those words that he famously uttered just a few years ago: climate science is crap.
Two nights of discussion and movies at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall will feature Clive Neeson’s movie Last Paradise, which follows adventurers on the road less travelled during the 60s and 70s.
Labor attacks government climate policy after US and China strike a deal on climate change.
A group called the Pacific Climate Warriors took to Newcastle harbour in canoes on Friday to stage a blockade of coal ships leaving the port. Police were out in force to shepherd the Warriors, and local protesters who joined them,... Read More →