Resistance and hope in the face of Trump #climatedenial – @takvera






Despite the climate denialism in a Trump administration, it will be difficult to stop the zero carbon transition already underway and driven by economic forces, with action by citizens, businesses and states. As the minutes ticked past midday with Trump’s inauguration on January 20, the whitehouse.gov website was swept clean of anything climate related. Obama’s […]






#Solar to power Melbourne trams as Australia’s GHG emissions rise reports @takvera






Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Energy and Environment Minister, stepped forward today to announce that Melbourne’s tram network will be powered by 100 per cent Solar. Not directly of course. But the government will issue a tender for a new 75MW capacity large scale solar farm to supply the equivalent power needed for the tram network […]






Extreme heat shortens #TourDownUnder stage after riders raise #heathealth concern – @takvera






Cyclists in the Santos Tour Down Under UCI Professional cycling race in South Australia today faced the challenge of riding in temperatures over 40 degrees. Local temperatures on the road are likely to be even higher for the cyclists riding on hot road surfaces. Indeed, Jérémy Maison with the FDJ team measured a local temperature […]






2016 hottest year on record globally, 4th warmest for Australia reports @takvera






This article by John Englart was first published at Climate Action Moreland. The official reports are in. 2016 was the hottest year on record according to the European Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). In Australia the Bureau of Meteorology declared 2016 the 4th warmest on record, but with record sea surface temperatures around the continent. […]






Who do we seek to persuade? Climate change and right-wing populism – @JanB_QLD






“We need to stop doing these things that aren’t working. They’re not just not working; they’re creating a problem now.” The success of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation was the story of the 2016 Federal Election and its implications have occupied commentators, journalists, community and family members, over the past six month. It has been fascinating to observe the […]






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 […]