Wednesday 30 October 2019

George Monbiot speech at Extinction Rebellion Protest in London

Guardian journalist George Monbiot addresses the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest blocking the road outside parliament, London, UK. 31/10/2018.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Morrison’s claim of an Australian gold in per capita renewables is not true: RenewEconomy

So long lump of coal. How good is Australia at renewable energy!

The PM repeated the claim back home later in Question Time, and like any good salesman, he challenged anyone to check it. So I did.

The PM’s renewable energy claim is false, even on his own sources."

Read the complete RenewEconomy story 

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Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? : The Guardian


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Sunday 27 October 2019

Video: How the 1% will live After The End Of The World

Throughout human history, doomsayers -- people predicting the end of the world -- have lived largely on the fringes of society. Today, a doomsday industry is booming thanks to TV shows, movies, hyper-partisan politics and the news media. With the country's collective anxiety on the rise, even the nation's wealthiest people are jumping on board, spending millions of dollars on survival readiness in preparation for unknown calamities. We sent Thomas Morton to see how people across the country are planning to weather the coming storm.

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Thursday 24 October 2019

Berejiklian back down: NSW Government capitulates to coal lobby: Lock the Gate Alliance

"A NSW Government proposal to prevent the Independent Planning Commission from considering downstream climate emissions when assessing mining projects is a terrible mistake that will be remembered by future generations, according to Lock the Gate Alliance. 

It is being reported the government will move to restrict the IPC from considering the effects of "scope 3" greenhouse gas pollution when considering coal mining projects, with new laws to be introduced to parliament this week.

Scope 3 emissions are the greenhouse emissions produced when coal is burned at its final destination. 

Lock the Gate NSW spokesperson Georgina Woods said the legislation would be remembered by future generations as a shameless capitulation to the coal lobby that would harm communities in NSW.

“The government is capitulating to mining industry pressure and winding back laws to address the most important strategic, economic and environmental challenge of our century," she said.

“This is a regressive and fatal mistake that will be remembered for generations.
"New South Wales is right now experiencing a severe and unprecedented bushfire season and one of the worst droughts on record due to climate change. There is so little time left to prevent the problem escalating beyond our control. 

“The public expects all responsible agencies to use the powers available to them to act to avoid harm to our communities and our environment. 

"This is absolutely the wrong move at the wrong time for the Berejiklian Government. A petty political act of vandalism against the urgent needs of their constituents, particularly those on the frontline of global heating in rural Australia.

"Instead of pretending we have no stake in global action on climate change, we need a plan that recognises that the Hunter region will need to adjust to declining coal use worldwide and to prepare our communities for the severe weather extremes that are bearing down on us."

Published: October 22, 2019  

See also:

Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? : The Guardian


#criminales climáticos de la cárcel




Wednesday 23 October 2019

Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? : The Guardian

The decision whether or not to have a child is one of the bigger ones a person will make in life – often the biggest.

I needed some strong convincing from my wife when it came time for us to make it. Most of my reluctance was self-interested: I liked my life well enough, and I didn’t want to change it. My wife talked about feeling a biological imperative, which I had no answer for. Who was I to stand in the way of something like that? I signed on. 

But there is a whole other potential person to consider, too – the new life that you are bringing into the world without asking first.
It’s not really fair. For while the world is a wonderful place, one we humans have made nicer for ourselves with wonderful inventions like books and record players, penicillin and pizza, it’s also a really awful place, one we’ve ravaged with deforestation and smog, nuclear weapons and mountains of pizza delivery boxes and other garbage. 

Read the Guardian article 

See also:

Climate Action: I don’t know jack shit about activism I need guidance

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Wind and solar output beat brown coal in Australia for first time in September quarter: RenewEconomy

The combined output of wind and solar generation has beaten brown coal for the first time over a quarterly period in Australia’s main grid, according to new data from energy consultancy Energy Synapse.

Wind and solar have beaten brown coal over weekly and monthly periods in recent times, but not previously over a whole quarter.
“July to September 2019 was the first quarter ever where wind and solar (utility-scale plus rooftop) in the National Electricity Market generated more electricity than brown coal,” says Energy Synapse managing director Marija Petkovic.
“This is a significant tipping point in the transition to clean energy.”


According to the Energy Synapse data, utility-scale solar set a new record for electricity generation in the third quarter, despite the fact that it is not usually the best period for sunshine.
The output for the last three months from utility scale solar generation was 1,300HWh – almost three times the generation in the same time last year, which reflected the growth from newly connected solar farms in Queensland such as the Clermont, Haughton, and Rugby Run installations, and despite the fact that many facilities were turned off on occasions due to negative pricing.

Read the RenewEconomy article

See also:

The Climate Denial Machine: How the Fossil Fuel Industry Blocks Climate Action. 


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Friday 18 October 2019

Climate Action: I don’t know jack shit about activism I need guidance


Yo! So it’s been established that most pollution issues are caused by corporations and organisations, rather than individuals. 

What now? How does one go about putting pressure on them/getting things to change? Start where?? I don’t know jack shit about activism I need guidance

hope-for-the-planet  answered:
This is a great question and I’m sorry I took so long to get to it.

The short answer is: Find other people working on the same problem you want to tackle and join them.

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t sure how to start making a difference if you can find a group/organization that has been working on it for a while and already knows what they are doing.

Two additional pieces of advice: 1) I recommend joining a cause that you’re passionate about/interested in or that fits your skill set. 
 It will be more rewarding for you and easier to stick with it. 2) If you’re joining/supporting/fundraising for a bigger organization it doesn’t hurt to do a little research on them to make sure they’re reputable and actually making a difference with the resources they are given.

If you’re interested in boots-on-the-ground political activism in particular, checking out the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion would probably be good places to start (I believe the Sunrise Movement is fairly US-centric).

However, environmental activism can take many forms: You could volunteer with a tree planting or habitat restoration project. You could help campaign for environmentally friendly politicians or laws. You could volunteer at a local nature center, zoo, or aquarium to educate people about conservation and habitat loss. You could fundraise for or donate to an environmental cause.

To quote environmental activist Bill McKibben:

“Part of the problem is that climate change seems so big that it’s hard to conceive that any individual action on our part could work. When people ask me ‘What can I, as an individual, do to save the planet?’ I say, ‘The most important thing you can do is be less of an individual’


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The Climate Denial Machine: How the Fossil Fuel Industry Blocks Climate Action.

In 1964, US Surgeon General Luther Terry released a landmark report that would drastically change American society. Having reviewed over 7,000 articles on smoking and disease, he confidently concluded that cigarettes were indeed causing a lung cancer epidemic that was impossible to ignore. 

This reality may have dismayed tobacco industry executives, but it definitely didn’t stop them from carrying on business as usual.
In fact, in a radical effort to protect their product, cigarette companies launched a massive misinformation campaign that successfully shrouded the truth for years. These companies used their soaring budgets to create industrial-grade doubt, suppressing life-saving science in the process. 

The craziest part of that story? That today the exact same scenario is unfolding before our eyes. Fossil fuel interests are using the same strategies (and even strategists!) that the cigarette industry once used to deceive the public and protect their profits.
The difference? This time around, it's not just smokers’ lives in danger. It’s everyone’s – and the stakes could not be higher. Just as this past June and July were recorded as the hottest ever, the climate denial machine continues to churn out junk-science, protecting what should be a fossilized dirty-energy industry.



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Thursday 17 October 2019

A reason for hope from Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough ci fa il suo ultimo grande dono. Ci ricorda con parole sincere che non vi è un altro momento per agire. Possiamo ancora salvare noi stessi e il nostro pianeta.

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted: YouTube

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century. As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world's major cities. Science Insider tells you all you need to know about science: space, medicine, biotech, physiology, and more. 

Wednesday 16 October 2019

ACT Greens call for static pill testing site as NSW Coroner recommendations released

Responding to a draft recommendation of the NSW coroner that pill testing be provided at music festivals, the ACT Greens have today called for a static pill testing trial to be established in the ACT.

"I am not surprised to hear of the coroner's draft recommendation relating to pill-testing. The Greens know that pill-testing is a successful harm minimisation activity, and a key step to save lives in festival environments," Greens spokesperson for Drug Law Reform Shane Rattenbury said today.

"The NSW coroner is an independent judicial body that has today, after exploring the evidence in relation to  the deaths of six young people at music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019, come to the same conclusion of other medical bodies - that pill-testing reduces harm from drug use.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Ghost Forests Are Visceral Examples of the Advance of Climate Change: NYT

"As Matt Kirwan walks through Maryland’s Blackwater National Refuge, his rubber boots begin to squish. With each step the land beneath him turns from dry ground to increasingly soggy mud. The trees around him go from tall and full of leaves or needles to short, bare and pale white.

Partway out, ankle deep in water, Kirwan stops. “At this point we’ve transitioned from being in the forest, to actually being in a full-fledged marsh,” explains the Virginia Institute of Marine Science ecologist. “This ground is now too salty and too wet to support living trees.”

Kirwan is standing in the midst of what is known as a “ghost forest.” These swaths of dead, white, trees are created when salty water moves into forested areas, first slowing, and eventually halting, the growth of new trees. That means that when old trees die, there aren’t replacements." ......

Read the NYT article 


There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one: ABC


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Monday 14 October 2019

Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different: NYT

Let’s imagine for a moment that we’ve reached the middle of the century. It’s 2050, and we have a moment to reflect—the climate fight remains the consuming battle of our age, but its most intense phase may be in our rearview mirror. And so we can look back to see how we might have managed to dramatically change our society and economy. We had no other choice.
There was a point after 2020 when we began to collectively realize a few basic things.

One, we weren’t getting out of this unscathed. Climate change, even in its early stages, had begun to hurt: watching a California city literally called Paradise turn into hell inside of two hours made it clear that all Americans were at risk. When you breathe wildfire smoke half the summer in your Silicon Valley fortress, or struggle to find insurance for your Florida beach house, doubt creeps in even for those who imagined they were immune.

Two, there were actually some solutions. By 2020, renewable
energy was the cheapest way to generate electricity around the planet—in fact, the cheapest way there ever had been. The engineers had done their job, taking sun and wind from quirky backyard DIY projects to cutting-edge technology. Batteries had plummeted down the same cost curve as renewable energy, so the fact that the sun went down at night no longer mattered quite so much—you could store its rays to use later.

And the third realization? People began to understand that the biggest reason we weren’t making full, fast use of these new technologies was the political power of the fossil-fuel industry. 
Investigative journalists had exposed its three-decade campaign of denial and disinformation, and attorneys general and plaintiffs’ lawyers were beginning to pick them apart. And just in time.

Read the NYT article 

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Blame for Extinction Spreads to Methane Gas: NYT


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Blame for Extinction Spreads to Methane Gas: NYT

"Two hundred million years ago, at the end of the Triassic period, a mass extinction, often attributed to major volcanic activity, wiped out half of all marine life on Earth. But new research published in the journal Science suggests that the extinction was more likely to have been caused by the release of at least 12,000 gigatons of methane from the seafloor into the atmosphere."

"Dr. Ruhl and his colleagues studied carbon isotopes of sediments from the period and found that the extinction event coincided with the giant release of methane into the atmosphere.
Volcanoes still played in a role in the process, Dr. Ruhl said.

“There was a release of CO2 from volcanic eruptions that warmed up global temperatures and also the ocean,” he said. “Methane is only stable under certain temperatures. If it gets warm, it is released.”

The study could be foreshadowing the effect of climate change on Earth, Dr. Ruhl said. An increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from fossil-fuel use could warm up the planet enough to release methane from the ocean floors, he said."

Read the NYT article

Friday 11 October 2019

How to Have a Useful Conversation About Climate Change in 11 Steps Climate change can be an emotional topic. Here’s how to approach it: Medium

.... "After working in mental health and education for 20 years, I’ve learned that nobody likes being told what to do. When we want to talk about climate change with friends or family, or even with a stranger on social media, I think we too quickly launch into a proclamation of the superiority of our opinions. We lecture more than we listen and this gets in the way. A key question is this: How can we have productive conversations about climate change that result in people feeling more engaged, informed, and willing to do something different?
Here is an 11-step guide that will get results:

f1. Know thyself

Before you have a conversation with someone else, you need to have a conversation with yourself. (Thank you, Richard of City Atlas.) Begin by asking yourself this question: “Why does climate change matter to me?” Spend time getting familiar with your own thoughts, emotions, assumptions, stories, and consumption habits. Ask yourself the questions in this 11-step map and really listen to everything you have to say. This will give you an invaluable foundation of self-understanding and self-awareness, and it will make you well-prepared to have your first conversation with someone else about climate change."

Thursday 10 October 2019

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one: ABC

"Last week, amid the cacophony of reactions to Greta Thunberg's appearance before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, a group of self-proclaimed "prominent scientists" sent a registered letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 

The letter, headed "There is no climate emergency", urged Guterres to follow:
"…a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation."
The group, supported by 75 Australian business and industry figures, along with others around the world, obviously rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. 

But this missive displays remarkably different tactics to those
previously used to stymie climate action.

The language of climate change denial and inaction has transformed. 

Outright science denial has been replaced by efforts to reframe climate change as natural, and climate action as unwarranted.

However, this is just another way of rejecting the facts, and their implications for us. Denial can take many forms."

Read the complete ABC NEWS article 

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How the Climate Kids Are Short-Circuiting Right-Wing Media: NYT

Wednesday 9 October 2019

U.N. Climate Action Summit: World leaders announce plans to tackle climate change: Video

Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered at the United Nations on Monday to try to inject fresh momentum into stalling efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would double its contribution to a U.N. fund to support less developed countries to combat climate change to 4 billion euros from 2 billion euros.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country is determined to be the most "sustainable food-produced in the world," while Indian Prime Minister Modi pledged to increase the country's renewable energy capacity.

 Over 60 world leaders and CEOs of energy and financial companies are expected to address the United Nations conference and announce climate finance measures and transitioning from coal power.

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We are talking about 'drought-proofing' again – they are simplistic solutions that will destroy Australia : The Guardian


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I'm an Extinction Rebellion protester and I'll be disrupting your work commute. Here's why: ABC

"This week thousands of ordinary Australians, and many thousands more across the globe, will disrupt major cities with rolling blockades to draw attention to the climate crisis. 

They will do so under the name of Extinction Rebellion (or XR for short), a new environmental movement. 

As a result of their actions, your life may be disrupted. You may be forced to wait or find another route. You may even become angry.
Inevitably these protesters, myself included, will be reduced by some news media to just another bunch of climate activists.
I want to tell you though, that term "climate activist", whilst true, is limiting. 

It certainly doesn't capture the truth of who I am or why I joined XR. It doesn't tell you that I am a mother of two small children. Or that I have lived a law-abiding life."

Read the complete ABC article 

Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change's Impact on Fires : NASA


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No time to be polite about climate: Eureka Street

............ "Today, most people regard the Greensboro Four as heroes. But what would Peter Dutton have said to them?

This week, the Home Affairs Minister called for mandatory sentences for climate protesters who broke the law, claimed that activists who inconvenienced others should be 'named and shamed', and declared that those receiving social security should have their payments stripped. Senior Nationals minister David Littleproud agreed. He, too, denounced protesters, urging magistrates to 'slip into them'. 'What this should be is about respect. When they don't, we've got to call them out.'

All the same arguments were made in Greensboro in 1960. Woolworth's was, after all, just going about its business. Segregation was not only legal — it was mandated. By demanding to be served, the Greensboro protesters (who were, incidentally, like the climate strikers very young) were both breaking the law themselves and asking the staff to join them in criminality.

Their sit-in disrupted normal routines, just as much as any Extinction Rebellion stunt does. The Woolworth's lunch counter was a busy facility, providing food for thousands of hungry workers each day. As the protests spread, they inevitably inconvenienced apolitical men and women who were just trying to get on with their lives. That's why, throughout the south, prosecutors generally charged those defying segregation with crimes like 'disturbing the peace' or 'disorderly conduct'.

So would Littleproud have said that the Greensboro Four 'lacked respect'? If not, why not?"

Read the complete Eureka Street article 


George Monbiot "It's time to be scientifically realistic" | Extinction Rebellion

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Saturday 5 October 2019

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis

Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the climate crisis. Living ecosystems like forests, mangroves, swamps and seabeds can pull enormous quantities of carbon from the air and store them safely, but natural climate solutions currently receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions.

 The film’s director, Tom Mustill of Gripping Films, said: 'We tried to make the film have the tiniest environmental impact possible. We took trains to Sweden to interview Greta, charged our hybrid car at George’s house, used green energy to power the edit and recycled archive footage rather than shooting new.'

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Friday 4 October 2019

George Monbiot "It's time to be scientifically realistic" | Extinction Rebellion

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"You can't negotiate with Science. You can't wish away the laws of thermodynamics. The science tells us the limits within which we ought to live. Now 50 years ago the Situationists who were so active in the street protest then coined the slogan 'be realistic, demand the impossible'. 
Let's repurpose it, 'be scientifically realistic, demand the politically impossible." , George Monbiot 
The Rebellion will take place across the globe from 7th October. 
Sign up for London here 
Worldwide actions are planned in other major cities. 
See if your city is listed or, if your city is not listed, then please visit our global site https://Rebellion.Global/ to get in touch with your local group. If not now, when? ...... If not you, who? Everybody now! 

Thursday 3 October 2019

Canberra’s green machines: ACT reaches 100% renewable electricity target:RenewEconomy

"The ACT has become the first Australian state or territory – with the exception of hydro-rich Tasmania – to source the equivalent of all its electricity from renewable sources, and in doing so has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by around 40 per cent and given a significant boost to the Canberra economy.

In line with the contracted awarded via a reverse auction to identify the cheapest sources of renewable electricity, ACT is now purchasing the electricity produced by the Hornsdale Stage 3 wind farm in South Australia. The supply from the 109MW wind farm has now tipped the ACT over the 100% renewable electricity milestone."

Read the complete article 


Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change's Impact on Fires : NASA


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Wednesday 2 October 2019

Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change's Impact on Fires : NASA

"By Ellen Gray,
NASA's Earth Science News Team

Hot and dry. These are the watchwords for large fires. While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at which it spreads. Over the past several decades, as the world has increasingly warmed, so has its potential to burn.

Since 1880, the world has warmed by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit (1.09 degrees Celsius), with the five warmest years on record occurring in the last five years. Since the 1980s, the wildfire season has lengthened across a quarter of the world's vegetated surface, and in some places like California, fire has become nearly a year-round risk. The year 2018 was California's worst wildfire season on record, on the heels of a devasting 2017 fire season. In 2019, wildfires have already burned 2.5 million acres in Alaska in an extreme fire season driven by high temperatures, which have also led to massive fires in Siberia."

Near Ebor in NSW, Australia

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It’s Time To Start Prosecuting Climate Criminals: Ecosystem Marketplace


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We are talking about 'drought-proofing' again – they are simplistic solutions that will destroy Australia : The Guardian

"The Australian landscape, its plants and animals have evolved to cope with episodic flooding. 

By removing the water and preventing floods, we are also destroying that landscape and rivers functions that give life to it. The key lies in striking a better balance between the needs of the natural environment, agriculture and our cities. It also lies in being a lot smarter in how we use our water. For example, almost all of our urban storm water and most of our sewage effluent is not recycled.

The second myth – of making the desert bloom by turning coastal rivers to run inland – is as much in vogue today as it was 100 years ago. The drought has prompted calls to revive the Bradfield scheme, a 1930-40s plan to turn the Tully, Herbert and Burdekin rivers back across the Great Divide into central Queensland and connect to the Murray-Darling. Two centuries of development in Australia seem to have taught us little about the hazards of salinity, soil and water degradation, loss of habitat and species and the simple fact that the communities from which the water is taken will one day want it back. An awful political dilemma.

The third myth of “drought-proofing” our drier areas is equally fraught with risk because it invites us to grow things in areas where the nature of Australia makes it inadvisable to do so. It involves bringing water to places where it is normally only an episodic event, and can cause unforeseen problems. From a national perspective it is also unnecessary. Australia has a huge “fertile crescent” of reliable high rainfall country and fertile soils around our coastline, on which we could develop sustainable agriculture and horticulture."

"The critical need is not to drought­-proof the inland, for that is impossible.

It is to myth-proof Australians."

Read the complete The Guardian article by Honorary Professor John Williams 

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