Canada welcomed at Paris #PreCOP #climate Ministerial meeting says @takvera #COP21

A high level informal Ministerial pre-summit climate conference is currently under way in Paris to try and close some of the differences in negotiating positions to set up momentum for the Paris Climate Conference. The outstanding highlight has been the return of Canada to the serious climate discussion table, although it is still very early to see how strong Canada’s climate policy and negotiating position will be. The French Government is putting a lot of diplomatic effort into the UN climate conference (COP21), due to start on Monday November 30 with an initial leaders summit with more than 100 Heads of State attending. The Draft negotiating text is currently some […]

French Oil giant Total accused of #climate crimes against humanity reports @takvera #COP21

Paris: Climate activists this morning targeted the head office of French petroleum firm Total and accused them of crimes against humanity due to greenhouse gases destroying the climate. The CEO of Total, Mr Patrick Pouyanné, was cited in a convocation of ‘criminal’ climate practices of his company. The protest action was organised by Action Non Violent COP21 (@anvcop21) with 112 activists transforming the square outside of Total’s headquarters in La Défense (Hauts-de-Seine) of Paris into a Crime Scene.

Australia at sustainability crossroads at #Paris2015 #climate talks says @takvera #Auspol #COP21

There is much momentum for a binding climate change agreement in Paris, but success is by no means assured. In less than 4 weeks time leaders, ministers and diplomats will sit down to try and again thrash out an agreement over two weeks. This was supposed to happen six years ago in Copenhagen but the negotiations fell apart leaving us with a voluntary accord that was stitched together at the last moment in back room negotiations to save some face. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Paris, the 21st Conference of the Parties more usually called COP21, is expecting 80 world leaders to attend a summit […]

Environment Minister roof protest by @climateGuardia over #Adani #coalmine approval reports @takvera

BREAKING: Melbourne’s climate Guardian Angels have descended on top of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s electoral office in Hastings in a rooftop protest at the re-approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee basin. The original Minister’s approval for the Carmichael Coal mine had to be set aside when challenged by the Mackay Conservation Group that the Minister had ignored and not taken into account two threatened species. The Minister, Greg Hunt, has subsequently drawn up an approval notice with conditions and sent a media release on Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project on 15 October, 2015. These conditions include establishing offset habitat and $1 million of funding […]

Hastie faces #CanningVotes senior wrath over human rights abuses of Government: @Jackthelad1947 reports

The National Seniors held a forum, Monday, at the Mandurah Netball Pavilion. The Forum was opened by, Michael O’Neill CEO of the Australian National Seniors presented. There were two candidates Andrew Hastie (Lib) and, Matt Keogh (@mattkeogh) (ALP). He said that other candidates had been invited and he had received apologies from, Dr Vanessa Rauland (@vanessarauland) (Grn), and, Vimal Kumar Sharma (PUP). Angela Smith (@AngelaSmithWA) (SPP), from the Sustainable Population Party was in the audience, but was not allowed up on the stage. O’Neill said he would allow, Smith, a few words during the program. Hastie, and Keogh, were given five minutes each to introduce themselves. The audience was then given […]

Hastie solar forum no show while #CanningVotes talks renewable energy: @Jackthelad1947 reports

The Australian Solar Council held a Save Solar Forum at Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club on Sunday. As the national voice of the solar industry they have invested more than $60,000 into the Canning by-election in an effort to save jobs and cut power bills for the people of Canning. The Solar Council says that because the Federal Government is targeting the solar industry by slashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) they will support any political party with a good solar policy. A number of federal politicians were invited but did not attend: Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) Oppostiton Leader Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) Mark Butler […]

Room for Australia to increase post-2020 #climate target to 45 percent for #Paris2015 says @takvera

Australia is going to the Paris Climate Conference in December with exceptionally low post-2020 climate targets, but the Government’s own modelling by McKibbin Software shows that there would be minimal impact on GDP growth from increasing the target from 26-28 per cent to 45 per cent. There is also substantial scepticism among the International community that Australia would be able to achieve it’s low 5 per cent emissions target by 2020, let alone the increased 2030 target with current climate policies focussed on the Emmissions Reduction Fund. This was clearly demonstrated in the grilling Australian negotiators were subjected to in Bonn multilateral climate assessment in June 2015. The Abbott Government […]

West Coast #Twitterati @Jackthelad1947 to report #CanningVotes from ground zero

Although I’m new to NoFibs, I have been blogging for over 10 years. I first met Margo Kingston in 2007 when she asked me to report on Leichhardt (Far North Queensland) electorate during the Kevin07 campaign. Leichhardt had the largest swing of the elction, 14% to Labor. I now live in Mandurah, Western Australia in the Canning Electorate. Liberal Candidate Andrew Hastie, has accused “Eastern States Twitterati” of not being local, but I am far more local than Andrew will ever be. I am known as @Jackthelad1947 on Twitter and have a my own blog. I moved to Western Australia in 1976 while serving in the RAAF. I have two […]

Latrobe Valley: Finding Hope in #Morwell at #climate ground zero – @takvera

On Saturday I dragged myself out of bed early to catch a 7am train to Southern Cross station. I had committed myself to journeying with a party of Greens supporters, including the State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and the Federal MP Adam Bandt, to the town of Morwell in the heart of the LaTrobe Valley. This is where much of Victoria’s electricity is generated from three huge thermal power station complexes and three huge open cut mines where lignite is easily extracted. I travelled to Morwell to listen to members of the local community on the future of coal, and their concerns over health and economic transitioning. Some of […]

Will Australia be a spoiler or lifter for #Paris2015 global #climate agreement? asks @Takvera #Auspol

The Geneva negotiating text provides hope for a global climate agreement in the lead up to the United Nations Paris climate negotiations in December 2015. The Paris climate talks are a significant landmark: whether the international community will negotiate an effective agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming, or allow rising business as usual emissions to cause economic and civilisation disruption due to increasing severity of extreme weather events and rising temperatures. You just need to look around at the climate impacts we are seeing in Australia whether it is in the bushfires in South Australia, heatwaves in Melbourne, or the increase in jellyfish blooms in North […]