politics & climate change

Carbon pricing will probably be the hottest ongoing political issue between now and the next election. How to apply it to fuel is already contentious. But I doubt we’ll see anything here remotely like what is being done by some political leaders in Taiwan: Please like & share:

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Climate Change Warning – 20 years on

The Worldwatch Institute is running a series to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of one the most politically influential moments in the public debate on climate change. NASA Scientist James Hansen testified before a US Senate Committee hearing on 28 June 1988 that “The Earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history…

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attitudes to CCS trials

Robert Merkel notes that Australia’s first carbon sequestration experiment was opened this week. The Otway Basin Project in south-west Victoria is trying to inject up to 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide 2km underground in a depleted gas reservoir. In Canada, TransAlta, a power company which is that nation’s largest CO2 emitter, has just announced a partnership with…

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Earth Hour and others things we can do

I’ve read a lot of fairly negative commentary about Earth Hour, the ‘lights off’ event which is occurring from 8pm tonight. I can understand the cynicism, but I’m always loath to publicly bag anything which might move attitudes and behaviours even a small way in a positive direction, as long as people don’t overstate its impact. It…

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More on biofuels from Monbiot

Further on the new studies published in the journal Science which I wrote about in my previous post. George Monbiot, who has written extensively on greenhouse emissions, expands further on some of this new scientific evidence in a piece in The Guardian. He also refers to the growing evidence regarding Peak Oil, which of course is also…

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Another election appears

I had a momentary flashback as I went down to my local shops to get the papers this morning. There on the footpath were people with some election campaigning posters, including a Liberal Party one with the word HOWARD across the top in big letters. After spending all of last year hanging out for the…

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Climate Change forum

Last night I spoke at a pre-election forum on climate change organised by the Brisbane North climate change and water action group, held at the Chermside Library. There are a few of these community based campaigning groups springing up on the issue of climate change which is a welcome sight, as they provide a real…

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Taxed by carbon trading

Even when our governments are doing something about climate change, they seem to be coming at it from totally the wrong direction. There seems to be no recognition that the onset of dangerous climate change will cause massive economic damage. Instead of a starting point of ‘what do we have to do to avoid serious…

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To Nuke or to nuke

A couple of weeks ago I chaired a forum in Brisbane on nuclear issues, organised by Friends of the Earth, with Professor Ian Lowe, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, as the keynote speaker. He is one of the best of the many public speakers I have seen over the years. As well as being…

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Reef at Risk – IPCC

The comprehensive rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which came into place in 2004 is clearly one the biggest environmental achievements in the eleven years of the Howard government. It dramatically increased the area of the Park zoned as fully protected, making about a third of the whole Park a ‘no take’ area….

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Biofuels – too much of a good thing?

In a recent post, I wrote about the importance of trying to accurately assess the real ecological benefit of the many programs currently aiming to offset greenhouse emissions. I should emphasise that I think good quality offsets are very valuable (otherwise I wouldn’t be using them myself), but I am also wary about solutions that…

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Sustainable transport rally – “we can’t get much more car friendly than this”

There’s a rally and walk for sustainable transport happening in Brisbane city tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am. It’s another effort to try to draw attention to the bizarre cognitive dissonance that characterises the transport policies of the Brisbane City Council. There is a continued determination to spend hundreds of millions on tunnels and bridges to expand…

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