Category Archives: Environment and climate

CHAS SAVAGE.-Global warming and action in good faith.

Meaningful action to prevent global warming requires joint action through time. In this sense, we require a focus on outcomes—the goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius—and what must be done to realise this. Justice, of course, requires a … Continue reading

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BOB DEBUS: OUR LAND AND OUR WAY OF LIFE

Between late 2001 and early 2003, during the so-called Millennium Drought, eastern Australia experienced unprecedented periods of bushfire.

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JOHN WOINARSKI. Fire and nature

The future has come – and it is not good for Australia’s natural environments. Drought, heat waves and wildfire, all linked manifestations of climate change, have subverted (and continue to subvert) the viability of many of Australia’s species. Across vast … Continue reading

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ALAN PEARS. My Climate Action Conundrum – beyond weak targets and Kyoto carryovers

I’m all for being a team player. I pay taxes to help run our economy and society. I do volunteer work to support a caring society. But when a key player in the team lets us down, I feel torn. … Continue reading

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RAMESH THAKUR. Australian bushfires: it’s not always about climate change (Straits Times 24-12-19)

Global warming and climate change are scientific facts, but beware of attempts to make them responsible for poor human decisions affecting the environment today.

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BOB DOUGLAS:. A Prime Ministerial “Summit” on Australia’s Future?

We are at an historic moment of apocalyptic threat to the survival of the human species.

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ANDREW AILES. Father Christmas loves everyone

Father Christmas lives many lives, Because he’s a master of disguise. You may have met him on a train, Or seeking shelter from the rain.

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FRANCESCA BEDDIE. Bushfire Haiku

These catastrophic times call for different responses to the festive season. Mine is below. The community reaction in our part of the Southern Highlands (as yet untouched by fire) has been heartening. Donations are flowing, people are looking out for … Continue reading

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MICHELLE HIGELIN & KATHERINE TU. Australia’s climate inaction is far worse when you look beyond our borders

Australia’s contribution to the climate crisis is bigger than we think. ActionAid Australia uncovered that Australian companies are expanding coal, oil and gas operations with little oversight in some of the poorest areas in the world – and women are … Continue reading

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NEAL HUGHES and STEVE HATFIELD-DODDS. New study: changes in climate since 2000 have cut Australian farm profits 22% (The Conversation, 18 December 2019)

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences farmpredict model finds that changes in climate conditions since 2000 have cut farm profits by 22% overall, and by 35% for cropping farms.

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JACK WATERFORD.  Morrison resists the salvation temptation

Pressure to be seen to be doing something immediately about results of bad policy.

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CAIT KELLY. From skipping school to Time’s person of the year: The making of Greta Thunberg (New Daily 13.12.2019)

To some she’s a “disturbed teenager”, to others a Messiah, and now she’s Time magazine’s person of the year. 

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MICHAEL PASCOE -Angus Taylor spotted fiddling more figures

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, Angus Taylor, seems to have a problem with numbers, whether it’s the Sydney City Council’s travel budget or what year Naomi Wolf was at Oxford.

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STEPHEN LEEDER. Is the Climate right for Discussions about how to Adapt?

Whatever the cause of our changing climate – natural variation or human-made – we should invest in adaptation.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 15 December 2019

Strong evidence that every day’s delay in reducing greenhouse gas emissions makes the ultimate task more difficult (and less achievable; exploding the myth that natural gas is a safe, low emissions transition fuel to a carbon free world; hoped-for outcomes … Continue reading

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IAN DUNLOP. A call to the Australia people – demand serious action on climate change before it is too late. PART 2. GOVERNANCE

How good is Australia’s climate leadership? In short, appalling, as the recent disputes on the linkage between climate change, drought, water availability and bushfires confirm only too well.  

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IAN DUNLOP. A call to the Australia people – demand serious action on climate change before it is too late.  PART 1. CONTEXT

The Real Climate Challenge After three decades of inaction, human-induced climate change is the greatest threat, and opportunity, facing this country, far outweighing the issues dominating our domestic political discourse, such as the US/China impasse, a faltering economy and religious … Continue reading

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GEORGIA BEHRENS. Future doctors demand climate change action now (Insight Plus 18-11-19)

THE MJA-Lancet Countdown released its much-awaited 2019 report on climate change and health in Australia on 14 November 2019. This report provides a critical update on  how Australia is managing climate change, which the World Health Organization has acknowledged as … Continue reading

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GEORGE BROWNING. Morrison Government you are a disgrace

NSW is alight, and it is still not the right time to talk about Climate Change!!!!! What message of commitment did we have to give the world community in Madrid? – nothing. You said Australia is reducing its emission year … Continue reading

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KEN HENRY. The political economy of climate change

Myopia, loss aversion and free-rider problems undermine the provision of public goods, including global public goods like climate change mitigation.  It’s easy to understand why climate policy has been a failure in Australia.    But what happens when the central case … Continue reading

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TESSA MORRIS-SUZUKI. Our Leaders Fiddle While Australia Burns

As homes and communities go up in flames, Australian politics descends into new depths of silly-season absurdity. Enough is enough. It is time for Australia’s leaders to face up to the nation’s greatest security threat.

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JAKE JOHNSON. ‘The Science Is Screaming’: UN Report Warns Only Rapid and Transformational Action Can Stave Off Global Climate Disaster (Common Dreams 26-11-19)

“Failure to heed these warnings and take drastic action to reverse emissions means we will continue to witness deadly and catastrophic heatwaves, storms, and pollution.”

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GRETA THUNBERG , LUISA NEUBAUER, ANGELA VALENZUELA Why We Strike Again (Project Syndicate November 29 2019)

After more than a year of grim scientific projections and growing activism, world leaders and the public alike are increasingly recognizing the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And yet nothing has been done.

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IMOGEN ZETHOVEN. Judgement Day for the Great Barrier Reef is Looming

Recently I was talking to a political insider in Canberra who told me he’d heard on numerous occasions at dinner parties that tragically the Great Barrier Reef is dead.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Health professionals stepping up to support action on climate change

Climate change is already causing injuries, illness and premature death. This is only going to get worse. Health professionals, individually and collectively, are taking action to highlight the health problems, including being arrested for blocking development of the Adani mine.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 1 December 2019

How much can we trust the certification system for palm oil? Not much according to two reports over the last 4 years. Air pollution kills 3,000 Australians each year – there’s an opportunity to put pressure on ministers to enact … Continue reading

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MIKE SCRAFTON. Global warming – we’re screwed!

In 2018, the IPCC warned with high confidence that ‘Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if [the rate of emissions] continues to increase at the current rate’. The World Meteorological Organisation reported this week that … Continue reading

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ANDREW GLIKSON. Problems with and for achieving the Paris climate accord

Since its inception the Paris climate accord has been in question due, among other factors, to (1) its broad definition, intended to keep mean global temperature rise this century to below +2oC above the pre-industrial level and efforts to limit the temperature … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The Earth gets its day in court

Last month the Earth got its first day in court in cases against ExxonMobil lodged in New York and Massachusetts in which it was alleged, among other things, that the company misled the public about its product.

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GREG BAILEY. Climate Change Politics in Theory and Practice (3). The Liberal National Party

It is really the LNP government over the last six years that should have been making the run on climate change mitigation, but it has done nothing apart from giving handouts-Direct Action–to certain favoured recipients. Any efforts it might have … Continue reading

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