Victorian Liberals declare war on #renewable targets, jobs, investment reports @takvera

The Liberal party in three states – Victoria, South Australia and Queensland – vowed to drop state based renewable energy targets if elected. This follows Federal Liberal Party war on renewables and climate policy conducted since Abbott took power in 2013, continued under Prime Minister Turnbull. While climate action at the Federal level has followed a rollercoast ride in the past two decades, states are increasingly taking more action to protect their citizens. In the latest round of attacks at the Federal level, Manchester University climate change PhD student Marc Hudson argues that what we are seeing is not actually a policy battle, but a politics battle, and one that […]

#Heatwave makes Australia hottest place on planet with catastrophic #bushfire conditions reports @takvera

Australia is currently the hottest place on the planet with the heatwave in SE Australia according to the Climate Reanalyzer site for Saturday 11 February. And last year (2016) was the hottest year on the planet in recorded history, following two previous years which also set the record. Update: Climate scientists calculate that Climate change doubled the likelihood of the New South Wales heatwave (Feb 16, 2017 The Conversation) As heat temperature records tumbled in south east Australia in the heatwave, catastrophic fireweather conditions were being experienced on Sunday over a wide region from Port Stephens in the Hunter Region, Tablelands and the Central West region of New South Wales. […]

“#Heatwave is nothing short of horrifying” says climate scientist reports @takvera

“This developing heatwave is nothing short of horrifying” said climate scientist Sarah Perkin-Kirkpatrick. “Much of eastern Australia has seen heatwave after heatwave this summer, with some seasonal records already broken by the start of February. Night-time temperatures have been too hot for adequate sleep and daytime temperatures have been searing.” Sarah Perkin-Kirkpatrick is a climate scientist who has specialised in studying the causes and dynamics of heatwaves. She is an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of NSW. At the annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Organisation conference meeting in Canberra this week she was awarded the Early Career Researcher (ECR) award. “What is particularly […]

AEMO orders South Australian #heatwave blackout while Gas turbine remains idle #SAheat reports @takvera

Over 40,000 South Australian households endured a blackout Wednesday evening for about half an hour during an extreme heatwave. AEMO ordered the load shedding, but questions remain why the Pelican Point 2nd gas turbine wasn’t fired up. Quick Summary Wednesday 8 February SA Heatwave Blackouts 10:31am BOM SA advise an extreme heat warning issued by the SES based on BOM heatwave forecasting 1:30pm Briefing for media on heatwave conditions 2:17pm NEM watch reported the lack of online reserve in South Australia. 5:17pm Actual lack of Reserve (Level 1) , Actual Lack of Reserve (Level 2) at 6:17pm. 6:03pm AEMO ordered 100MW of load shedding to last to 7:30pm. 8:32pm SA […]

Pacific civil society in Fiji calls out Australia on #climate action reports @takvera #Auspol

Australian Ambassador for Climate Change Patrick Suckling is currently visiting Fiji this week to hold bilateral meetings with the Fiji Presidency in regard to the COP23 United Nations climate negotiations (which will be held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017). Fiji and other Pacific island governments are demanding that polluting nations step up action to reduce emissions. In conjunction with Suckling’s presence for bilateral talks, the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) released an open letter calling for Australia to take further action on emissions reduction and to stop new coal mines and coal mine expansions. Suckling was Australia’s High Commissioner to India prior to being appointed the climate ambassador […]

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 record in this area has been officially archived and Trump’s pages announce an America First Energy Plan. The plan re-affirms that “Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.” This is the only mention of the word climate on the page. […]

#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 to the electricity grid. The Government will voluntarily surrender renewable energy certificates matching the amount of electricity used by all of Melbourne’s trams. About 35MW from the solar farm will be allocated for powering the tram network. “We’ve got the biggest tram network in the world and we’re powering it with renewables and creating local […]

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 of 50C with their Garmin cycling computer, according to a tweet. The stage was from the Adelaide suburb of Unley, through the Adelaide Hills to Lyndoch, in the Barossa Valley. The race length was revised down from 145km to 118km, a reduction of 26.5km, with the finishing circuit reduced from two laps to just one, […]

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. According to Copernicus: 2016 was 0.2 degrees warmer than 2015, the previous record year, which was warmer than 2014 also a record year Temperature peaked in February around 1.5C higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution Extreme conditions impacted several regions across the Earth Average global Temperature exceeded 14.8°C. Average global temperature around […]

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 of the secretariat gathered for the photo. After the emotional rollercoaster ride of the US presidential election and considerable chatter about what a Trump Presidency would mean for climate action, the event was a fitting summary of the resolve of people at the conference. To forge ahead despite a climate denialist being elected President of […]