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 […]






New Victorian #Solar Feed-in Tariffs to recognise Greenhouse gas avoidance reports @takvera






This article originally published by John Englart at Climate Action Moreland. New solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) are being introduced by the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, based on the time-of-day – peak, off-peak and shoulder – which better reflects current electricity pricing. The new tariff structure will also compensate solar households with a tariff component […]






#Nobelprize for Literature to Dylan. The Times they are a changin’: two songs through a #climatechange prism – @takvera






The 1964 classic protest anthem The Times they are a changin’ by Bob Dylan is just as relevant as a song about climate change. That is the poetic greatness of Bob Dylan, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2016. Try reading the lyrics of Blowin’ in the Wind using a […]






Australia on outer as #ParisAgreement comes alive for Marrakech #COP22 reports @takvera






This year’s annual United Nations climate conference is meeting in Marrakech from November 7-18. Our Nofibs reporter John Englart will be attending as an NGO Observer for Climate Action Moreland/CANA. An international milestone was passed this week with Canada, the European Union, India and even New Zealand ratifying the Paris Agreement. The agreement was negotiated […]






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 […]






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 […]