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Climate Action Monaro Newsletter 27 May 2018

Newsletter from Jenny Goldie
President Climate Action Monaro

We had a great conference in Queanbeyan this weekend which Climate Action Monaro co-organised with Nature Conservation Council (NCC). We heard some excellent, though at times depressing, presentations on forests but encouraging ones on renewable energy. There was an excellent dinner afterwards and then this morning, a wonderful tour of Mugga Lane solar farm. Labor MP Mike Kelly spoke in a panel session yesterday and was very open to questions afterwards. Today, Labor candidate for Monaro, Bryce Wilson, joined us for lunch.

Speaking of the NSW state election which will be held in March next year, NCC has launched a #Repower NSW campaign which will particularly focus on Monaro and three other electorates. The aim is to elect a candidate who is fully committed to a just transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Our current member, John Barilaro, has still some way to go in this regard with his support for keeping coal-fired power stations open.

The Liddell coal-fired power station saga continues with the heroic Andrew Vesey, CEO of AGL, once again rejecting a bid by Alinta to buy Liddell and thus continue producing electricity from it after the planned closure in 2022. The rejection inevitably enraged the Monash Group (Abbott, Abetz, Andrews et al) and the Australian newspaper who seem not to care that Liddell produces nearly three times acceptable levels of nitrous oxides. This latter information was obtained through an FoI request by Environmental Justice Australia.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the overwhelming majority of Australians think climate change is real, about two-thirds view themselves to be environmentalists “at heart”, and just over half say the government should not allow new coal mines in the country.

A new study has found that rice will be less nutritious under climate change, with reduction in iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins B1, B2, B5, and B9 under high carbon dioxide concentrations.

Adrian Burragubba and the he Wangan and Jagalingou people, traditional owners of land in the Galilee Basin, are desperate to stop the planned Adani mine. Please help by signing their petition.

And while you’re in the mood for signing petitions, here’s another one, Support the No More Bad Investments campaign.

Coming up this Wednesday from 1 to 2.30pm, another Climate Change Institute event at ANU (Crawford Building) , this one on Investing in change: The path to a de-carbonised world. Registrations are essential.


Old fossils: What’s at stake if Australia ignores global EV transition
Giles Parkinson
Australia’s inaction on electric vehicles means it could be left behind in yet another round of global disruption, leaving it hostage again to international developments, rather than reaping benefits of helping to engineer the change.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/old-fossils-whats-at-stake-if-australia-ignores-global-ev-transition-83160/


How EVs will fast-track Australia’s shift to 100% renewables
Ten million electric vehicles in Australia will provide enough storage to power the country for a day – helping fast-track the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/evs-will-fast-track-australias-shift-100-renewables-57195/


Worried About Climate Change? Investing in Reproductive Health Must Be Part of the Solution
Chris Turner
By investing in family planning we can transform lives, improve health and economic outcomes, and help reduce our impact on the climate, but right now family planning is scarcely part of the conversation
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2018/05/worried-climate-change-investing-reproductive-health-must-part-solution/


Can Canberrans really live without fossil fuels?
Frank Jotzo, Penny Sackett & Will Steffen
The ACT government has announced new greenhouse gas emissions targets for the territory. The targets are for full carbon neutrality by 2045, and a rapid rate of decarbonisation over the coming three decades, with targets of 40 per cent reduction in 2020 (the existing target and on course to be met), 50 to 60 per cent reduction in 2025, 65 to 75 per cent reduction by 2030, and 90 to 95 per cent reduction by 2040, all compared to the ACT’s emissions in 1990.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/act/can-canberrans-really-live-without-fossil-fuels-20180520-p4zgen.html


Earth’s climate to increase by 4 degrees by 2084
A new study shows the Earth’s climate would increase by 4 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, before the end of 21st century. The study also projects precipitation changes in association with a 4 degrees Celsius global warming above the pre-industrial period using the available RCP8.5 experiments of CMIP5 models.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/ioap-ect052318.php


A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening
Debate over whether we can run electric grids on 100% renewables in coming decades misses a key point: many countries and regions are already there.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/a-100-renewable-grid-isnt-just-feasible-its-already-happening-73505/


Neoen wins approval for huge wind and battery plant near Cairns
French renewable energy developer Neoen has won approval for another major wind farm and battery storage project, this time near Cairns in far north Queensland.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/neoen-wins-approval-for-huge-wind-and-battery-plant-near-cairns-61770/


Neoen wins council approval for 500MW solar farm and storage
French renewable energy developer Neoen has received council planning approval for a solar farm of up to 500MW, along with battery storage, in south west Queensland.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/neoen-wins-council-approval-for-500mw-solar-farm-and-storage-40750/


Can the rooftop solar boom keep going?
Tristan Edis
One-third through 2018 and we’ve chalked up 100MW+ new rooftop solar every single month. But how long can the solar boom last?
https://reneweconomy.com.au/can-the-rooftop-solar-boom-keep-going-46381/


Honeybees may be dying in larger numbers due to climate change
Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-23/bee-death-increase-may-be-tied-to-climate-change-survey-says


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