What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera






The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]






#Solar thermal for South Australia? @takvera reporting on #solar4PtAugusta






Solar Reserve has a plan to build a solar thermal power station with storage at Port Augusta which would diversify South Australian electricity generation, bringing jobs and solar innovation to the state. The Aurora project as envisaged by Solar Reserve will create 1,000 construction jobs and 4,000 flow on jobs, with up to 50 ongoing […]






ARENA briefly made Australia a world leader in #renewables R&D. #SaveARENA – @takvera






Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is facing a huge funding cut of $1.2 billion as part of the budget omnibus the Federal Government wants to pass. It is responsible for providing seed funding for innovative renewable energy projects. The latest funding round has just been released. It features substantial seed funding for 12 major solar […]






Turnbull increases #climate aid for Pacific at Regional leaders meeting reports @takvera






Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attended the Pacific Leaders’ meeting forum, and announced a small increase in climate related aid for the region. But this comes after the Abbott Government slashed Australia’s foreign aid budget to extremely low levels in 2014. Related: Pacific pariah: how Australia’s love of coal has left it out in the […]






I am my first book: @burgewords reports from #bwf16






We were inside the building. We belonged, inasmuch as new students belong in new classrooms when they change schools UNDER the general theme of ‘belonging’, the 2016 Brisbane Writer’s Festival (BWF) set itself up with few boundaries, and writers have been rushing to traverse the intentionally unfenced territory across the city. As an independently published author, I […]






China, United States ratify #ParisAgreement says @takvera while Australia fumbles in #Auspol






On Saturday China agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement according to the Guardian, with members of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee adopting “the proposal to review and ratify the Paris Agreement” on Saturday morning. China is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter with about 24 percent of total global emissions. The USA is second […]






Photo Gallery: #ReefNotCoal rally in Melbourne – photos by @takvera






Environmental organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Greenpeace and others organised a rally event in Melbourne to ‘shine a light on the reef’ after Monday’s Federal Court judicial review announcement found that Environment minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine followed the legal process. The Coal from the […]






Permanent #VicGasBan a win for people power, agriculture and #climate reports @takvera






Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas. Victoria is the first Australian state to ban onshore fracking.






Federal Court: #Adani Carmichael coal mine approval legal reports @takvera






The Federal Court has dismissed a challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation to the approval of the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The challenge tested whether the Environment Minister was right to approve the mine without taking into account climate change.






Proving Commonwealth Legal negligence and the #Auspol #climate targets – @takvera






A seminar organised by Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the Melbourne Law School with legal academic Tim Baxter presenting on ‘Are Commonwealth climate targets legally negligent? An Australian Urgenda’.