Stung: Abbott #CSIRO budget cuts halt #Queensland marine stinger forecasting research reports @Takvera

Jellyfish, jellyfish. I hope you love jellyfish! We are creating just the right conditions in our oceans for more jellyfish, including the deadly species of Box jellyfish and Irukandji. We are changing our marine environment giving an advantage to jellyfish over the fish we love to catch and eat, and also giving jellyfish a chance to roam further with warming sea surface temperatures due to climate change. Some of those jellyfish are also very venomous and can deliver lethal stings requiring emergency treatment and hospitalisation that cost our health system and the reputation of our tourism industry. Australian marine scientists have developed a proto-type method for Northern Queensland for forecasting […]

#Climate Change not on Abbott’s South Australian #SApol #bushfire agenda but should be reports @Takvera

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the bushfire stricken communities in the Adelaide Hills outlining disaster recovery and short-term income assistance payments to bushfire victims, but refusing to be drawn on whether climate change has influenced bushfires. I investigate some of the recent science into the links between bushfire and climate Change for South Australia and the climate of denial being put forward by the Abbott government. You can read a report of Abbott’s visit to the fire ravaged area by Shalailah Medhora at the Guardian: Adelaide bushfires: PM announces cash payments for people left homeless. The Adelaide Hills Sampson Flat bushfire has burnt more than 12,000 hectares, with up […]

Victoria’s Heat Health Alert warning system and #Heatwave adaptation by @Takvera

In this article, originally published on the Climate Action Moreland site, I take a look at Victoria’s Heat Health Alert system. Heatwave risk management, mitigation and adaptation still lacks proper governance with no mention in Victoria’s Emergency Management Manual, no proper statewide plan, while heat related deaths far outstrips the deaths from other natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake or tsunami. This article follows on from my October 2014 article: Are we mitigating the #health risk of worsening #heatwaves due to climate change? As January maximum temperatures spike into the high 30s and low 40s (degrees Celsius) and minimum overnight temperatures approach 30 degrees, we have had our first […]

Australian #climate emissions set to soar: new report shows #carbontax was working – @Takvera

Largest drop in Australia’s emissions with carbon tax, new figures from the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory reveal, as emissions from electricity generation start to trend up. Just two days before Christmas Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt released the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory June quarter update report which shows that Labor’s Carbon pricing, abolished in July 2014, was being highly effective at reducing emissions, especially from the electricity generating sector. The Abbott Government wants to bury this story, hence it’s release right before Christmas. Carbon tax abolition was, after all, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s greatest achievement as Minister for Women, as we were told. Despite the timing, there was mainstream coverage […]

Pacific #ClimateWarriors in Queensland, “Where will I bury my next loved one who dies?”: @JanB_QLD Reports

We all respond differently to different types of occasion. The media love the big and the boisterous: colour and movement. It’s the intimate moments and personal encounters that move me. Over the past two weeks the 350 Pacific “Climate Warriors”, offered us both. They came from twelve different Pacific nations to hold events across Australia. Their aim was to bring the impacts of climate change on their South Pacific homelands to the attention of Australians and the world. The pivotal event of their visit, certainly in terms of publicity, was the blockade of the Newcastle coal port. The Climate Warriors used specially built traditional canoes and brought them with them […]

Living with coal, @Sikamikanico joins Pacific #ClimateWarriors to blockade Newcastle Port. #leardblockade

It’s pretty irritating living next to the coal train line in the shadow of the world’s largest coal port. The outside walls of our house are constantly covered in a layer of coal dust. I have to wash the dust out of the laundry baskets every time we use them (and yes, we do regularly do laundry). I quit smoking over five years ago and don’t have asthma, but I’ve a constant hacking cough that spurs strangers to tell me “those ciggies will kill you, you know”, and endless chest infections. So that’s not much fun, but it’s even to scarier to think what happens at the other end of […]

Canberra #PeoplesClimate March: @MargaretOConno5 reports

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Australia is a climate leaner, not a lifter: @takvera comments on #Climate2014

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop took the podium at the United Nations Climate Summit to an almost empty plenary to announce Australia was balancing economic growth with climate action, with a 5 per cent cut based on 2000 levels by 2020 using $2.55 billion to fund emission reductions under the government’s Direct Action Plan. (Read speech) Two photos tell the story of her address to this climate summit, of the vast gap between the government’s rhetoric and actual action. The first is the more flattering image the Abbott Government would prefer you to see tweeted by Australia’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations Gary Quinlan: The second […]

Thousands rally worldwide to demand action on #PeoplesClimate: @takvera reports from Melbourne march

A beautiful spring day brought out the crowds to attend the Peoples Climate Melbourne rally. But a hum had been in the air that this was going to draw a large crowd. As it turns out, over 30,000 people turned up and marched from the State Library of Victoria to the Treasury Gardens through Melbourne’s streets demanding greater action on climate change . There were short speeches outside the State Library of Victoria by Labor’s Shadow Minister for the Environment, Mark Butler MP (watch video), Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens (watch video), and Professor Tim Flannery of the Climate Council (watch video). Pacific Warriors also did a […]

The Brisbane #PeoplesClimate Rally – @JanB_QLD reports for #NoFibs

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