First Victorian #coal domino falls: @takvera reports on Alcoa #Anglesea power Station closure

A protest at the edge of the Anglesea coal mine. Photo: John Englart

While renewables are being encouraged by the Andrews Government with the proposal for a Victorian Renewable Energy Target, the first domino in Victoria’s brown coal fired power industry has succumbed. Alcoa announced this week it would be closing it’s 50MW high sulphur dioxide polluting coal fired power station and mine at Anglesea at the end […]

Victorian Energy Minister challenges @TonyAbbottMHR on #RET – @takvera

Image by Ed Dunens/Flickr of Challicum Hills Wind Farm, Mount Buangor. Victoria. Creative Commons (CC by 2.0)

On Thursday Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio told the Federal Government that Victoria wants to establish it’s own Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) and to get out of the way and clear the federal legislative path to do so. In 2009 the States and Territories negotiated the closure of their own state based RET schemes […]

Will @LisaNevilleMP move fast enough on #GFNP to save Leadbeater’s possum from #extinction? asks @Takvera #vicpol

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Leadbeater’s Possum, also known as Victoria’s fairy possum, is one of those species fighting for survival against the odds and against the juggernaut that is human industrial society. Finally last month, on the recommendation of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) was upgraded to being listed as critically endangered under the EPBC […]

Dancing around casual #homophobia: @burgewords comments on #WaitInTheCar #JazzHands

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To many same-sex-attracted people, the stink of casual homophobia is unmistakable. ONE of the big stories of the week came and went as quickly as a Channel Nine dancer running screaming past the camera. Breaking late on Tuesday afternoon from the Fairfax stable, what became known as the French Ambassador incident trended at least twice on […]

Tesla Battery launch a revolutionary #energy solution for #climate says @takvera

Elon Musk launching Tesla Energy products

In a remarkable 20 minute presentation on Thursday night, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Paypal and Tesla Motors, launched a scalable battery storage system aimed at multiple markets: from personal home use, small business to utility scale electricity storage. It is the missing jigsaw piece to the solar and renewables revolution already under way […]

Seventy Five percent of #heatwaves now attributed to #climate change reports @takvera

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The latest study of extreme weather events has concluded that 3 out of 4 heatwaves and extreme heat events and nearly one in five heavy rainfall events, on a global scale, can be attributed to human contributions to global warming through greenhouse gas emissions. As temperatures continue to rise, the percentage is set to increase […]

BP refuses release #oilspill models for deep sea drilling #SouthAustralia coast – @Takvera

Pristine beaches along Eyre peninsula under  potential threat if an oil spill occurs

The fifth anniversay of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill has just passed. Could such a devastating oil spill happen in Australia? Conservationists with the Wilderness Society and other environmental groups say it is a distinct possibility, off Australia’s southern shores in the Great Australian Bight. And it is British Petroleum (BP) again in the […]

Lest we object: @burgewords comments on #AnzacDay #Anzac100

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This Anzac centenary, it’s probable we will not hear the words ‘conscientious objector’ uttered much in the mainstream coverage. BURIED not far beneath the commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary is a silence into which few voices will respectfully speak. I join those few not to disrespect the First World War fallen and those who remember […]

What should Australia’s post 2020 #climate targets be? asks Takvera #Auspol

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Australia is already feeling the pinch of economic and carbon transitions underway as the world inches closer to a climate agreement in Paris in December, 2015. Our Prime Minister has backed coal as a path of human prosperity right at the moment when coal is rapidly becoming anaethema due to the toxic affect of coal […]

Australian Government funds $4 million sweet deal for #climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg – @Takvera

Image Credit : Bjørn Lomborg, April 2014 World Travel and Tourism Council/Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

This sweet deal for statistician and climate contrarian Bjorn Limborg is likely to really piss off Australian climate scientists. With one fell swoop the Government has alienated climate scientists, and probably a heavy proportion of other academics and the general public. The Abbott Government is funding climate contrarian Dr Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish Professor of […]