Axe the ‘zombie’ fossil fuel subsidies.
Photo by Scott Garfield. TWD Productions Labor urged to axe $1.9bn in ‘zombie’ fossil fuel subsidies promised by the Coalition Exclusive: Morrison government announced support for coal and gas projects in ‘gas-fired recovery’ but didn’t formalise contracts, PBO analysis reveals A gas exploration well in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory. Subsidies announced by […]
Australian Government can stop 17 billion tons of CO2 from proposed mines that would account for 4% of the world’s remaining “carbon budget”
Coalwire (Bob Fulton): Australian Government faces decisions on a dozen new coal projects: Move Beyond Coal, a climate NGO, has revealed the recently elected Australian Government faces decisions on 29 coal mines, of which 13 are new projects and 16 are expansions of existing mines. The new Minister for Environment, Tanya Plibersek, also faces decisions […]
Economic laws and the laws of nature are at war…. and only one set of laws can be changed
Time to charge the true cost of fossil fuels BY ROBERT TAYLOR AND CRAIG B. SMITH, PH.D., OPINION CONTRIBUTORS – 09/26/22 10:30 AM ET THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL A firetruck drives along California Highway 96 as the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, […]
The UN has ruled Australia violated our rights. Will Albanese act?
Yessie Mosby is a Zenadh Kes (Torrest Strait) man from the island of Masig. He was part of the appeal to the United Nations on behalf of Torres Strait islanders.CREDIT:KARL BOURO OPINION from SMH September 26, 2022 — 3.30pm Yessie Mosby When I woke up on my island home of Masig last Friday, I saw […]
“POWER UP”: Climate Game Changers from Climate Council
Power Up is a set of 10 climate gamechangers that will help get Australia on track to tackle both the climate crisis and our cost-of living crisis. LEARN MORE AUSTRALIA’S JOURNEY TO NET ZERO IS ONLY BEGINNING. Over this decade, we will need to get on a steep trajectory of emissions reductions, with existing efforts […]
Proforestation: mapping it backwards from our endpoint of re-freezing the arctic!
WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO ACHIEVE A SAFE CLIMATE 13 January 2021 Mik AidtEducational Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops “The Earth is warming the Earth. Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops offers five short programs that explore how human-caused emissions are setting off natural warming loops around the globe.” This, the second episode, is about forests. William Moomaw […]
Can we balance our carbon budget by using less stuff?
Image: ©Anthropocene Magazine Or does “dematerialization” simply swap stubborn technological problems for even more intractable social ones? By Mark Harris Anthropocene Magazine Many proposed climate solutions are impressively (perhaps even impossibly) high-tech. But until the world perfects carbon sequestration, nuclear fusion, or solar geoengineering, some researchers are promoting a simpler idea—that we scale back the […]
Traditional owners torpedo Santos offshore gas in landmark case for failing to consult.
A sign for Santos Ltd, Australia’s No. 2 independent gas producer, is displayed on the front of the company’s office building in the rural township of Gunnedah, located in north-western New South Wales in Australia, March 9, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo The Barossa win: Background and significance The landmark case is the first significant challenge […]
Safeguard mechanism broken. The opportunity for legislative repair is now.
Chevron’s Gorgon project is the biggest polluting facility under the safeguard mechanism, a study by the Australian Conservation Foundation found. Photograph: Ray Strange/AAP Emissions from Australia’s oil and gas industry rose 20% in first five years of safeguard mechanism Scale of rise prompts warning Australia will struggle to cut emissions if Labor revamp allows new […]
Stopping subsidising fossil fuels
This week Origin Energy has completely divested their stake in fracking operations in the Northern Territory, and Santos has just been ordered to stop work on their gas field next to the Tiwi Islands. These wins come off the back of a decade of resistance from Aboriginal communities and Traditional Owners – at AGMs, briefing […]
Insurance moving away from risky fossil fuels.
From Bob Burton Coalwire A global review of the power sector by a worldwide insurance advisory service states that it is getting harder and more expensive for power utilities to gain insurance coverage for their operations. They concluded that the outlook is “bleak” for utilities with a large share of coal capacity in their portfolio […]
Leanings of global cooperation from World Ozone Day
Image NASA: A September 2019 visualization of the ozone layer over the Antarctic pole. The purple and blue colors show areas of most ozone depletion. WATCH 60s VIDEO Life 17 SEP 2022 3:22 AM AEST Global cooperation to protect ozone layer can ensure better future for us all The United Nations As the Montreal Protocol […]
The ‘humane’ thing to do with the fossil-fuel industry: hospice.
Illustration by Keith Negley from Stanford Social Innovation Review Fall 2022 Time to Put the Fossil-Fuel Industry Into Hospice By Andrew J. Hoffman & Douglas M. Ely Copyright © 2022 by Leland Stanford Jr. University All Rights Reserved ANDREW J. HOFFMAN is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, with […]
‘Greenwashing’ is now in the Merriam Webster dictionary.
greenwashing 1 of 2 noun green·wash·ing ˈgrēn-ˌwȯ-shiŋ -ˌwä- : the act or practice of making a product, policy, activity, etc. appear to be more environmentally friendly or less environmentally damaging than it really is Chevron is among the firms that have been sued for greenwashing, accused of undermining a biodiesel project while attempting to enhance […]
Warnings about new laws to stop climate polluters: Don’t create loopholes before the policy even starts!
from Australian Financial Review Japan’s Inpex calls for carve-outs from Labor’s carbon policy Elouise FowlerReporter Aug 21, 2022 – 5.53pm Inpex Corporation, the biggest Japanese investor in Australia and owner of a massive LNG project in the Timor Sea, has become the first LNG exporter out of the blocks to openly seek carve-outs from Labor’s […]
What is climate change? A really simple guide
Published 13 October 2021 Our Planet Now World temperatures are rising because of human activity, and climate change now threatens every aspect of human life. Left unchecked, humans and nature will experience catastrophic warming, with worsening droughts, greater sea level rise and mass extinction of species. We face a huge challenge, but there are potential […]
Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study
Image: from Article ‘Empirically grounded technology forecasts and the energy transition’ in journal Joule September 13 2022 By Jonah Fisher in BBC.com news BBC Environment Correspondent Published 2 days ago IMAGE SOURCE, PHILIP SILVERMANImage caption, The cost of green energy like wind and solar has been falling for decades Switching from fossil fuels to renewable […]
Art as activism: bright cartoons with punchy messages
Posted byAndrea Hoymann from One Green Den May 1, 2020 — Leave a Comment Jess Harwood is a Sydney-based artist, cartoonist and communications professional who is passionate about protecting the natural world, wildlife and combating climate change. She has long been involved in community groups and the not-for-profit sector and has recently started using her […]
Enough studies: time to prove Australia can produce green hydrogen
Green hydrogen industry is sick of feasibility studies, wants backing for showcase projects Giles Parkinson 7 September 2022 78 3d render illustration of molecules structures. Science concept Australia’s goal of becoming a renewable energy export superpower is full of hope – and a fair dollop of hype – but a new report, funded by some […]
Why native forest logging must stop urgently.
2 September 2022 Wilderness Australia. Summary and Policy Brief Briefing Note Re the Climate Change Bill 2022 and Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 “Native forest wood waste is neither clean nor renewable” Extract from speeches by Anthony Albanese and Mark Butler on the second reading of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill […]