The #climate journey of Kermit the Growling Grass Frog from Craigieburn to #COP23 with @takvera

Part travelogue, part storytelling about the UN climate conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany, this article was originally published at Sustainable Fawkner blog by Nofibs reporter John Englart. Kermit, the Growling Grass Frog couldn’t resist the opportunity of hitching a ride in my bag to Bonn, Germany and COP23. What frog doesn’t want to see the world beyond their own wetlands? Especially when their species is declining and climate change may be an important factor determining future species survival? Kermit was centre stage at the Fossil of the Day awards on Day 2 of the conference, when Australia received it’s first Fossil of the Day award for the Adani coal mine. […]

Australia and coal at Bonn Climate conference #COP23 by @takvera

On an international level, the politics around climate action have moved substantially since 2015 and the signing of the Paris Agreement. I was at the UN climate change conference in Paris – COP21 – and it was a significant moment. But the politics in Australia is still heavily mired in the past, and the vested interests that make up our energy and mining sector. The Federal climate and energy policy of the Abbott/Turnbull government, including the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is all built around prolonging coal use, impeding the growth of renewables and the energy transition, and doing as little as possible to meet Australia’s already ‘insufficient’ climate targets, let […]

Under Trump US goes rogue in leaving #ParisAgreement reports @takvera

This article was originally published at Climate Action Moreland by John Englart, who has attended COP21 and COP22 as an NGO observer. President Trump has announced the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, but says he is also open to a renegotiation. Germany, France, Italy and other nations say that the Paris Agreement is a framework agreement and is structured in such a way that it is not open to renegotiation. The announcement brought condemnation from many world leaders, negotiators and civil society. British journalist George Monbiot described it as a crime against humanity. The UNFCCC Secretariat released a statement saying it was ready to engage in dialogue with […]

Dining over mining: Qld Land Court Rules against New Acland coal mine – @takvera

The Queensland Land Court has ruled against the New Hope application to expand its existing open-cut New Acland Coal mine (Stage 3) in Queensland’s Darling Downs which was proposed to operate for an additional 12 years to 2029. This is first time the Queensland Land Court in a contested case has outright rejected a coal mine. Queensland Land Court member Paul Smith on Wednesday recommended Mines Minister Anthony Lynham formally reject the proposed expansion. Land Court in Qld rejects #Acland Coal mine's expansion plans in Darling Downs @abcnews — Katherine Gregory (@KatGregoryABC) May 31, 2017 While it is a historic landmark ruling and recommendation, the mine extension will depend upon […]

Santos Chairman admits business plan assumes 4C #globalwarming reports @takvera

It was revealed at Santos AGM in Adelaide on 4 May 2017 by Chairman Peter Coates that the company business plan is based upon a 4 degrees temperature rise scenario from climate change. This is at odds with commitments outlined in a statement on climate risk disclosure in April to investors. Santos Chairman Peter Coates replies to a question on climate scenarios for Santos business plan at Santos AGM in Adelaide (Listen to the audio at Market Forces): “The pathway that we adopt is the … 4 degree pathway. It’s the one that the world energy agency, the IEA, business as usual…it’s the comparison with the IEA business as usual […]

Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with #Adani reports @takvera

Climate activists are this morning occupying the Melbourne offices of Downer EDI, a mining infrastructure company, to protest participation in developing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. The mine is widely seen as a climate carbonbomb with no social license. [View the story “Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with Adani” on Storify]

Photo Gallery: Melburnians #marchforscience by @takvera

Police were predicting 400 people might turn up, instead up to 5000 scientists and science supporters rallied and marched through Melbourne streets as part of the global #marchforscience rallies organized in about 600 cities and towns around the world. Australia’s scientists have already felt Federal budget cuts for science research and funding for the CSIRO reduced, and have campaigned against such attacks on science with some limited success, with the aid of international colleagues. The inauguration of the Trump regime in the United States and the spectacular success of the women’s march on Washington DC the day after inauguration were strong motivating factors for scientists to organise this very public […]

Shark attack: When #auspol meets marine apex predator the great white shark – @takvera

John Englart published this article on The Great White shark, climate change and ocean carbon cycles on his climate blog. The latest media ‘hysteria’ about shark attack arises from a tragic fatal bite incident when WA teenager Laeticia Brouwer was mauled by a shark at the popular surf break – Kelp Beds – near Esperance (south coast of Western Australia) just before 4pm on Easter Monday (2017). The paramedic who was first on the scene said the teenager suffered tremendous blood loss and couldn’t be saved despite quickly receiving first aid. While sharks are relatively common in coastal waters, attacks are exceptional given the overwhelming presence and numbers of people […]

Adani’s Abbot Point #coal contamination of Caley Valley #wetlands reports @takvera

Adani’s coal export terminal at Abbot Point was in the direct path of Category 4 Cyclone Debbie. There was reason to expect a large storm surge, but this did not occurr, but the destructive winds and torrential rain caused Adani to release a large amount of contaminated water into the adjacent wetlands and ocean. On Sunday April 9 the Mackay Conservation Group published on their facebook page a before and after photo of the Abbot Point export coal terminal owned by Adani, and part of the Caley Valley wetlands adjacent to it. Here is the text of their post: Satellite imagery released by the Qld Government shows serious harm has […]

Greens dare criticize coal and climate policies during #CycloneDebbie reports @takvera

Those uppity Greens are daring to speak about climate change while severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie beat the shit out of the Whitsunday Islands (Read this report of Hamilton Island), Proserpine and Bowen, and now threatens extensive flooding from torrential rainfall for central and SE coastal Queensland. The accusatory tone from Malcolm Turnbull and other Liberal government ministers is ‘How dare you try to politicise an extreme weather event, when we should all be pulling together.’, while they conveniently forget the South Australian storms in September 2016 which resulted in a system black which they conveniently and erroneously immediately blamed on the fault of the wind turbines in South Australia. They […]