Greenfest, Eidfest, multicultural fest.

Last weekend it was the Love Earth Gathering. This weekend it’s the bigger and broader Greenfest, being held at Brisbane’s Southbank – starting at noon on Friday afternoon with world renowned ecologist Dr Jane Goodall.  The Piazza at Southbank will also be host to a series of other speakers across the entire weekend, covering issues from housing to…

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Campaign against Traveston Dam paddles onward

If you’re in Brisbane this Saturday morning, you can lend support to the campaign against the Traveston Dam by farewelling marathon kayaker Steve Posselt as he heads off on another journey to spread the message.  He’s leaving around 12 noon from the boat ramp at West End on Riverside Drive, between Jane and Boundary Streets. …

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EPBC used to protect cassowary

Very good news to see Peter Garrett using his powers under the federal environment law to stop a housing development at Mission Beach in far north Queensland.  I have mentioned a few times on this blog – particularly  this piece back in 2005 – about the continuing and growing threat to the cassowary and the wet…

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plenty of gains in energy efficiency

A new report from the Climate Institute suggests there are big savings Australia can make in improving energy efficiency. While pricing carbon will no doubt help encourage improvements in this area, its another reminder that we need to drive concerted behavioural change, rather than just rely on market forces. The report suggests “there are major opportunities…

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Garnaut and methane

A strong sign of the high level of public interest in climate change and carbon trading is the fact that all the public forums held by Ross Garnaut this week following the release of his report have been full. I am hoping to get to the one in Brisbane tomorrow. There’s been ample commentary about the…

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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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Kentucky coal

Kentucky is fleetingly in the news today because of the US Presidential primaries, but I wish there was more attention being paid to the extraordinarily destructive coal mining that has been going on in that state day after day. There is a lot of debate about how to reduce coal consumption and reduce the greenhouse…

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Kayaking crusade continues

It was over three weeks ago that I wrote about Steve Posselt’s kayaking crusade to highlight the stupidity of the planned Traveston Dam on the Mary River. On April 12th, he started his month long journey kayaking up the Brisbane River, down the Mary River and back down to Brisbane. He’s now paddling his way…

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