Citizens of the planet unite demanding leaders save the #peoplesclimate: @jansant reports

The weekend saw more than 600,000 people take to the streets in 175 countries calling on world leaders to agree on binding emission reductions during the Paris Climate Talks. Melbourne led the way with 60,000 people attending, followed by London with 50,000, while Sydney’s crowd was estimated at 45,000. 60000 people have turned out in Melbourne for the first People’s #ClimateMarch of the weekend. #PeoplesClimate pic.twitter.com/3uUy5DCfmX — Greenpeace Aus Pac (@GreenpeaceAustP) November 27, 2015 In Paris, people defied the state of emergency called after the recent terrorist attack and there were clashes between protesters and police. In a symbolic gesture (after French authorities banned protests), Pope Francis and Ban Ki […]

Canberra on the march for #PeoplesClimate: @margaretoconno5 reports

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Halloween heat in UK , France says @takvera travelling to #Paris2015 #Cop21 #climate talks

I have been travelling in England and Europe for 6 weeks now. It is supposed to be Autumn going into Winter, yet there is still plenty of warmth despite the shorter days. Other than a few days of rain, it has been remarkably fine: T-shirt and shorts weather, although a jacket is sometimes needed for chilly evenings. Even in Switzerland I was wearing T-shirts and shorts, only pulling on a warm jacket for the journey to the top of Mount Titlis at over 3000 metres altitude in the European Alps. I realize with my full bag I have probably brought far too many warm weather clothes expecting much cooler Autumn […]

Natural History Museum misses Anthropocene #climate education opportunity says @takvera

Like many visitors and tourists to London I took the opportunity to visit the London Natural History Museum. I visited this museum 19 years ago and spent a whole day there with my older step children when they were 11 and 9 years old. So I was keen to go back and share a new experience at the museum with my 15 year old daughter. Many interactive exhibits had changed, but many case exhibits looked pretty much exactly as I remembered them. I remember my visit to the Mammals room with the Blue Whale as the centre piece hanging from the ceiling. The blue whale was still there but surrounded […]

#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment reports @takvera

There has been a campaign to close down the aging and highly polluting Hazelwood coal mine and power station for several years. Hazelwood’s French owner GDF Suez recently rebranded itself as Engie and in their latest announcement declared they would stop investing in new coal plants. But they refused to give any changed undertaking regarding operating plants such as Hazelwood and Loy Yang B power stations in the La Trobe Valley of Victoria. [View the story “#Hazelwood owner #Engie stops new #coal investment” on Storify]

For #Paris2015 UK and Australia compared on #climateaction by @Takvera

I am on a journey to the UN Paris Climate Change Conference starting on 30 November. My daughter Tarryn and I are travelling the UK and Europe in the prelude to attending the Conference. While negotiators have managed to reduce the negotiating text from 86 pages to 20 pages (Draft agreement 5th October PDF), the pledged commitments still result in the global average temperature rise to 2.7 degrees C by the end of the century according to Climate Action Tracker. Direct link to 1st draft of the #COP21 negotiating text (20 pages) #climate http://t.co/X7uKJomMpf — JPascal van Ypersele (@JPvanYpersele) October 7, 2015 Over past months in Melbourne this year Tarryn […]

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 […]

Australian #climate targets half of what is needed say scientists – @takvera #Auspol

Australia’s post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. The post 2020 climate targets were announced at a press conference (See transcript and media release) today and amount to 26 to 28 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. In comparison, the Climate Change Authority which has investigated both the science and comparative international action, called for a 40 to 60 per cent cut on 2000 levels by 2030. Other reputable organisations have also called for higher targets. The Australian Academy of Science called for emissions cuts of 30 to 40 per cent for the […]

Stiglitz: Global #carbonpricing with cross-border tariffs needed to fight #climate change – @takvera

Nobel award winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has raised the prospect of a global carbon tax lead by a ‘coalition of the willing’, with cross border taxes on goods from non-participating countries, as one strong measure to transition the planet to low emissions and fight climate change. Speaking at the plenary of the Our Common Future Conference on climate science in Paris on Friday he outlined that carbon trading and the national voluntary target approach through the UNFCCC process, like we are seeing in current COP21 negotiations, have essentially failed. According to projections by Climate Action Tracker, we are still on track for 3 to 4 degrees Celsius of warming this […]

New Zealand sets unambituous and conditional #climate change target reports @takvera

While we wait for the Australian Government to release our post 2020 climate targets, expected later this month, John Englart reports on New Zealand’s climate target it has just submitted to the United Nations in the lead up to the December Climate conference in Paris, and the reaction from civil society and scientific community. New Zealand has released it’s post 2020 climate targets, but already they are being heavily criticised by civil society and scientists as far too low, even given the specific national circumstances of the high proportion of agricultural sector emissions in the nation’s greenhouse gas inventory. The New Zealand INDC (PDF) was submitted to the United Nations […]