Marrakech: we will move ahead on #climate – @takvera on week 2 of COP22






On the last day of the UN climate conference, COP22 in Marrakech, Greenpeace organised a photo shoot outside the entrance to the COP22 conference venue with a huge banner saying: We will move ahead. It was advertised to delegates as the largest photo shoot of the UNFCCC ‘family’. Party delegates and observers, media and members […]






Marrakech first ever #Climate march reports @takvera attending #COP22






It has been a busy first week attending the UN Climate conference COP22 as an observer, with the end of the week culminating in the first ever climate march in Marrakech today. There are a myriad of activities going on at the Conference of the Parties (or COP for short) and in the city generally, […]






Australia’s #climate policies under spotlight at #COP22 by @takvera #Auspol






Australia was under the spotlight at COP22 in Marrakech as part of the SBI multilateral assessment process for climate action. You can read the 31 pages of written questions and responses already on record (PDF). I attended this session in the Casablanca Plenary Hall. Each country was allocated 30 minutes of live questioning following a […]






The killing of the plebiscite: @burgewords comments on #MarriageEquality






Our position, and the position the LGBTI community wants us to advocate, is very simple: no plebiscite under any circumstances, just a free vote. THERE has been no progress on marriage equality in Australia since long before former Prime Minister Tony Abbott tricked his moderate frontbenchers into a marathon joint party room meeting with the hard-right National Party in […]






Newcastle celebrates #ParisAgreement entry into force with a 2100 #sealevelrise mark – @takvera






On November 4, residents of Newcastle in the Hunter region of New South Wales celebrated the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Hundreds of people woke up early and formed a high water tide mark line to indicate where sea level rise may reach by 2100. “Hundreds of people have come together in Newcastle […]






#Climate win: #Hazelwood closing end of March 2017 reports @takvera






Republished from Climate Action Moreland: The official announcement of Hazelwood’s future has been made by French company Engie on the eve of the Paris Agreement coming into force and the start of the UN climate conference COP22: Hazelwood will close by end of March 2017. Hazelwood is Australia’s, indeed the industrial world’s, most polluting power […]






Momentum from #ParisAgreement for climate action at #COP22 Marrakech reports @takvera






The Paris agreement will enter into force on November 4, 2016 in record time. Never before has an international United Nations Agreement come into force so quickly. But Australia is still to ratify. Unfortunately with the lack of ambitious targets and climate policies Australia is on the outer as theParis Agreement comes alive for Marrakech. […]






Tweet reveals Australia’s efforts to ratify #ParisAgreement by 15 November at #COP22 – @takvera






Segolene Royal, France’s minister for the Environment, in tweeting a photo with Josh Frydenberg, appeared to announce when Australia is likely to lodge our Paris Agreement ratification documents. “Entretien avec le ministre de l’Environnement d’Australie : l’Australie met tout en œuvre pour ratifier l’#AccordDeParis le 15/11 #COP21” she said. This translates as: A meeting with […]






Frydenberg in #Hazelwood power station closure talks with Engie in Paris reports @takvera






Josh Frydenberg, Australian Energy and Environment Minister, was in Paris this week to meet with the Management of Engie, the owners of the Hazelwood coal fired Power station. It has been rumoured Hazelwood may close down as soon as April 2017, and Engie is under pressure from the French state to disengage from coal. The […]






Coastal ecosystems could be major #carbonsink says Australian researcher reports @takvera #bluecarbon






Blue carbon is part of the solution to tackle climate change. So why aren’t we talking about it far more? Blue carbon refers to the carbon sequestration potential of coastal ecosystems: that zone reaching from just above the high tide mark to the coastal shallows. It includes salt marsh, mangroves and seagrass meadow ecosystems. We […]