Category Archives: Environment and climate

PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 5 April 2020

Coronavirus is yet another serious disruption to daily life in Africa, while the Brazilian President prefers clearing the Amazon to managing the epidemic. Two reports from WWF highlight the contributions that nature-based solutions can make to solving global problems but … Continue reading

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JULIET BENNETT. The Covid-19 catalyst? From industrial to ecological civilization

While the Covid-19 crisis threatens our lives today, the climate crisis threatens our lives today and for hundreds of years to come. As we mitigate the Covid-19 crisis, can we mitigate the climate crisis as well?

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 29 March 2020

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. How will a coronavirus-led recession affect CO2 emissions? Will health improve from cleaner air with fewer vehicles on the road? How can governments use stimulus packages to protect the vulnerable and hasten the … Continue reading

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 22 March 2020

Marine and coastal environments are the focus this week: how ‘The Blue Acceleration’ poses threats to natural environments, economies, lives and homes through ocean warming, melting ice caps, changes in ocean currents, sea level rise and even bushfires. And some … Continue reading

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PAUL COLLINS. COVID-19. A chance to rethink the deeper moral and human issues

We are part of nature and the most important lesson of COVID-19 is that it reminds us of our sheer vulnerability.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 15 March 2020

Teck Resources withdraws from an oil sands mining project in Alberta Canada and Equinor oil company pulls out of drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, even though the project has already received Australian government approval. Coronavirus is just … Continue reading

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DAILAN PUGH. We are in Serious Trouble when Rainforests Burn.

A third of northern NSW’s ancient and irreplaceable rainforests burnt last year. Buffers need to be established, and weed control undertaken, to increase their resilience.

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IMOGEN ZETHOVEN. After the bushfires comes the bleaching

After a summer of intense heat, drought, bushfires, hailstones and floods, we now have another climate-change driven disaster emerging.

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NICK JANS. Post-2020 Disaster community recovery: lessons from Black Saturday

There is an abundance of evidence about what we need to do to prepare ourselves for bushfires but there is very little about the best way to encourage post disaster community recovery.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up.

Three articles from the USA, all with relevance for Australia. Economist Jeffrey Sachs analyses the costs and timelines for decarbonisation; activist and writer Bill McKibben provides an overview of climate change and climate action at the start of the decade; … Continue reading

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JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL. Carbon Capture and Storage yet Again.

Despite the jaded history of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Australia, the Government has announced it will fund it rather than Renewables.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up.

Without the ‘services’ provided by nature, humanity could not exist – so why do we keep destroying nature? Financial institutions have cold feet about investing in Alberta’s oil sands and the Premier directs a blow torch at their bellies. A … Continue reading

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 23 February 2020

A disturbing report about how climate change exposes women and girls to violence, abuse and exploitation. Calls for a treaty to protect the Arctic from militarisation and commercialisation. Concerns that some people are more concerned about preserving pictures of animals … Continue reading

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IAN DUNLOP. Emergency action on climate change is imperative

The first Australian National Climate Emergency Summit was in Melbourne Town Hall, 14-15 February 2020 – there will be many more.

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DAMIEN CAVE. Fearing summer in Australia (NYT17.2.2020)

Climate change and fires force a nation to rethink the way it looks at life

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CHRIS MILLS. Is affordable, reliable and low-emissions Nuclear-generated electricity the path to Climate Management?

How on Earth will we power the Planet when the Sun is not bright enough, the wind is not strong enough, droughts have dried up pumped-hydro and burning fossil fuels will incinerate us?

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 16 February 2020

Migration is the focus this week, particularly within country migration, with stories about human migrations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the USA, bird migrations in Australia and bee migrations in the USA.

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HENRY BATEMAN. The time to act is upon us.

To survive the impending climate catastrophe, we must speak to the big end of town in the only language they really understand.

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DAVID SHEARMAN and PHIL SHEARMAN; Anguished Scientists and the Collapse of Democracy

In the clouded eyes of government, scientific facts, which have guided our technologically advanced civilisation are now simply an opinion which can be discarded in favour of their own.

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NICK DEANE. The climate crisis and the need for peace.

The climate crisis increases the likelihood of war and refugee flows.

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CHAS SAVAGE. The summer of our discontents

The only outcome that matters is the extent to which humanity manages to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. Any talk about meeting or not meeting targets that is not grounded on this outcome is trickery and sleight of hand.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 9 February 2020

If we’d started the transition 30 years ago, gas might (might!) have been a viable transition fuel but it’s certainly not in 2020 despite what the PM and his gassy friends say.

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TIM BUCKLEY. Energy transition presents high risks and big opportunities for Australia

As one of the three largest fossil fuel-export nations globally, Australia’s economy is exceptionally exposed to the current massive energy disruption occurring in markets around the world. At the same time, massive opportunities exist for Australia to take advantage of … Continue reading

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JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL: Siemens and Adani

German company Siemens has decided to support the Adani Carmichael mine, by providing a signalling system for the rail line. However, their justification seem more about fulfilling their recently signed contract, than preserving a functional ecology, or discovering the problems … Continue reading

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DAVID SHEARMAN. The Unrelenting Desire to Export more Coal

Australia has become the climate change pariah of developed countries which are trying to deliver a fair share of emissions reduction.

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HENRY BATEMAN. What are they Thinking?

While not wishing to mitigate the horror of our current bushfires, they do present an opportunity to re-engineer our electrical system with a similar experience to the one Wi-Fi brought to telephony.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 2 February 2020

Despite the rhetoric of support for action to combat climate change from senior company executives and members of government, banks and rich nations continue to fund the development of coal mines and power stations, even in countries that currently don’t … Continue reading

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IAN DUNLOP. Have we a federal government fit for purpose or the greatest danger to our national security?

The current bushfires are unprecedented in terms of their extent, intensity, fire season length, economic and social impact. They are, without doubt, intensified by human-induced climate change.

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ANDREW WONG. Logging Makes Bushfires Worse

In the wake of the recent bushfires, the logging industry wants to ‘thin’ Australia’s forests to reduce fire hazard. But their plan is likely to make the fire hazard far worse. Could there be another agenda at work?

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HENRY BATEMAN. Digging Holes After the Bushfires

Is repeating our short sighted, business as usual thinking to recapture our economy after the bushfire holocaust the smartest way to face climate change?

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