Religious leaders push government for large emission cuts

Senior religious leaders have written to the federal government: Anglicans, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists and Rabbis.   The letter proposes an emissions cut of 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2025 and 80 per cent by 2030. Climate change is an issue bigger than differences in religion.
ABC News: 27 May 2015

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Glaciers in retreat: The Extreme Ice Survey

The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) collects visual evidence of the impact of global warming on our planet, like time lapse photos of the contraction of the glaciers.  Continue reading Glaciers in retreat: The Extreme Ice Survey

Victorian Climate Action Calendar

The Calendar is regularly updated.  It lets you know about events you can learn from, participate in, be inspired by, and take heart from, knowing that you are not isolated.
http://vcac.org.au/

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Tide turns on fossil fuels as Norway quits coal

Three continents. Three decisions. Three major signposts of the massive change in capital flows that are about to occur across the world.  The tide is going out for fossil fuels.

In Europe overnight, the Norwegian parliament voted to instruct the government pension fund – the largest in the world – to cut its exposure to fossil fuel risk.   Continue reading Tide turns on fossil fuels as Norway quits coal

German coal has not surged since Fukushima

German use of coal power has not surged during its nuclear phase out following the Fukushima nuclear accident. In fact, total coal power production (both lignite and hard coal) fell by six percent last year alone. Also, there are no coal plants in the construction pipeline as a reaction to Fukushima accident and Germany’s nuclear phase-out.  Continue reading German coal has not surged since Fukushima

Garnaut: Cost of stranded assets already bigger than cost of climate action

Economist and climate change advisor Professor Ross Garnaut has delivered a withering critique of Australia’s economic policies and investment.  The cost of misguided over-investment in the recent mining boom may already exceed what would have been the cost to the middle of the century of timely implementation of Australia’s share of a global mitigation effort directed at holding temperature increase to two degrees.  Continue reading Garnaut: Cost of stranded assets already bigger than cost of climate action

Giant hybrid solar projects taking on baseload fossil fuels

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the development of huge, hybrid solar power plants – the mega solar complexes that combine solar PV with solar towers and storage, and which are tipped to compete, soon, with baseload fossil fuels on both price and energy supply. Big projects are planned for Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Chile, and Morocco.   Continue reading Giant hybrid solar projects taking on baseload fossil fuels

PM’s chief business adviser in error on climate

Claims by the Prime Minister’s chief business adviser about climate change have been rejected by the head of the Bureau of Meteorology as “incorrect”, irrelevant and “old red herrings”.   Continue reading PM’s chief business adviser in error on climate

Our reef: a miners’ highway

More than 9,600 ship voyages were recorded in the Great Barrier Reef between 2012 and 2013.  Shipping through the Reef is increasing at nearly 5% a year and the size of the ships is increasing.   Continue reading Our reef: a miners’ highway