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Environment centre stage this week

Environment centre stage this week

In some ways, the many people who feel environmental issues should get far greater political and media attention should enjoy this coming week in federal Parliament.  Climate change, including the debate on legislative measures specifically aimed at ensuring a reduction in greenhouse emissions, is likely to be front and centre this week. (Of course, climate […]

The Frontline of Climate change: Pacific Island peoples

The Frontline of Climate change: Pacific Island peoples

On Tuesday night, July 28, around 300 people filled the Brisbane Room in Brisbane’s City Hall to hear speakers from the front line of climate change – residents of the Torres Strait and Pacific Island nations Tuvalu, Micronesia and Kiribati.  It’s very rare for me to attend a forum with seven speakers all addressing the […]

What matters about utegate

What matters about utegate

I don’t dispute that there are some interesting twists and turns in the utegate/fake email saga.  But it always infuriates me that politicians and political commentators will devote endless hours to such things, thus excluding any real examination being given to issues, policies and legislation that directly effect peoples’ lives. There has been some small […]

Making the necessary carbon cuts “can’t be done”.

Making the necessary carbon cuts “can’t be done”.

This comment by Climate Change Minister Penny Wong is a clear and simple example of why the views of the major parties and most environment groups are so far apart on how best to respond to the threat of climate change. Commenting on the National Climate Emergency Rallies held around Australia over the weekend, Senator […]

Anti-coal action outside Qld Minister’s offices

Anti-coal action outside Qld Minister’s offices

I’ve often felt calls to ‘stop all coal exports’ were far too unrealistic.  But it is just as unrealistic to think we can even begin to make the necessary cuts in greenhouse emissions while governments continue to invest large amounts of money into “maximising coal exports”.  So it’s no surprise that climate change campaigners like […]

New Qld Govt plan to “maximise the amount of coal that Qld can export to the world.”

New Qld Govt plan to “maximise the amount of coal that Qld can export to the world.”

Any brief glimmer of satisfaction at the Queensland government announcing the environmentally and economically sensible decision to scrap the state’s eight cents a litre petrol subsidy was immediately countered by the statement that the planned sale of Queensland Rail’s coal assets “will maximise the amount of coal that Queensland can export to the world.” If […]

Can the laws of nature triumph over the nature of politics?

Can the laws of nature triumph over the nature of politics?

Three short quotes that speak volumes – from a great piece in the New York Times on Dr Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and new Energy Secretary in the USA. The quotes give an insight into the world of a scientist coming up against the (un)reality of bureaucracy, politics and the media. …… […]

Senate’s climate change inquiries

Senate’s climate change inquiries

Last week, the Senate established two Inquiries into greenhouse issues. One, to be conducted by the Senate’s Economics Committee, will look at the exposure drafts of the government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation. It is due to report by 14 April when the Senate is out of session.  The other inquiry will be conducted by […]

It couldn’t really happen, could it?

It couldn’t really happen, could it?

There was an interesting feature article in the glossy magazine section of the latest Weekend Australian (not online), detailing the recollections of some of the people of Marysville in Victoria in the hours leading up to the horrendous bushfire which all but wiped out the town. The story reconstructs the last 24 hours of Marysville’s […]

Blocking the CPRS

Blocking the CPRS

Anna Rose has written a piece on the Rooted blog about the climate action summit that’s was held in Canberra over the weekend, leading up to a major protest on Tuesday outside Parliament House when MPs all gather for the first time this year. There was one paragraph in her report that I found particularly interesting: […]