Both Abbott’s critics and his supporters have been demanding that he produce a narrative for his muddled government, argues Mungo MacCallum.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson. The Abbott Government’s Green Paper on energy, released today, clings to last century’s ideas by focussing on fossil fuels, while the world calls for action on climate change.
Video: Bearing placards, including 'There is no Planet B', hundreds of people of all ages marched through Lismore on Sunday against the government's position on climate change.
Lismore residents joined thousands across the globe on Sunday calling for action on climate change. About 200 people marched around the central business district before gathering in Spinks Park to hear from a range of speakers.
To coincide with a global UN climate summit in New York, Sunday September 21 will see a global day of action in what is anticipated to be the world’s largest ever climate protest.
Richard Denniss Economics and politics don’t really have much in common. While it is the job of politicians to decide what is fair and what is not, students are taught in economics 101 that economics is not concerned with fairness... Read More →
Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby. I am surprised that someone concerned about an impending methane bomb is advancing such timid strategies as energy efficiency via induction stoves etc.
A government-commissioned review of the renewable energy target (RET) has finally been released, and supporters fear the future is looking bleak for the bipartisan climate change policy.
Tony Abbott’s Renewable Energy Target review panel appears destined to do what it was created to do, to recommend closure of Australia’s last significant climate and clean energy scheme to new entrants.
Anton Vanderbyl, Palmwoods. If you are still perplexed by the antics of Clive Palmer and Al Gore, then try viewing it from the context of United Nations Agenda 21; it may make more sense.
Peter Olson, Goonengerry. From January 1 to June 15 Byron Shire received 1.2 metres or 47 inches less rain than it normally does, a trend that actually began two years ago for the whole east coast of New South Wales.
Last week the world-renowned American environmentalist, Bill McKibben, declared that our prime minister now apparently saw his principal role in international affairs as the global ambassador of coal, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. How we delude ourselves with suburban development, rail trails, NBN towers, whale watching, and community gardens.
Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek. Ewingsdale will become the new foreshore, Cape Byron will be an island, Byron CBD, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby will all be inundated by the sea, and the entire Brunswick Valley will be a saltwater estuary.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is coming under increasing pressure to do more on climate change after US President Barack Obama announced an ambitious plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
Howie Hughes, Lennox Head. It’s great to pretend to be helping avoid the projected catastrophes of climate change but inevitably you have to realise that climate change, whether it is coming from methane from the oceans or air pollution in China, is totally unstoppable.
The role of activists as the ‘immune system’ of the word will become increasingly important as the crisis of democracy and impacts of climate change spread, a forum in Lismore heard last night.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. Physical matter is blind to our socioeconomic fluctuations. An ominous phase change, a sublimation from crystal to gas, from methane hydrate (methane trapped in ice) to vast columns of methane bubbles, is growing exponentially in the Arctic Ocean.
Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby. US CO2 emissions might be down, but what about methane emissions? After the rate of increase slowed in the 1990s and stopped in the early 2000s, it is again rising rapidly. Is it coincidence that this is when fracking got going on a large scale?
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. With dissolved carbon dioxide having already increased ocean acidity by 30 per cent let’s hope that Sea Shepherd will continue to save the whales by going slowly in front of coal ships.
Peter Olson, Goonengerry. ‘The Earth is warming so rapidly, that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming extinct as a species,' Professor Berry, University of Canberra, was quoted as saying in SMH on March 31.
As the world waits in hope for a new dawn on climate change, 2 Degrees reveals the chaotic failure of the UN negotiations in Copenhagen.
Just before Christmas, leading Citigroup analyst Elaine Prior took Australia’s coal freight giant Aurizon to task over the lack of board engagement on the science of climate change.
Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale. Sapoty Brook wrote an excellent letter about things we all can do to prevent the Greenhouse Effect. Unfortunately, I think it is a pretty safe bet that nothing major will be done.
A phenomenon in the Indian Ocean that affects events in southeast Australia is helping to predict extreme weather up to six months in advance. The phenomenon, the Indian Ocean Dipole, is the difference in sea-surface temperatures between the western and... Read More →