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 […]

Vanuatu, Australia and #CyclonePam: reaping the whirlwind from #climate change by @Takvera

Vanuatu has suffered its worst disaster on record with the impact of Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, with the President of Vanuatu blaming climate change for extreme weather (Guardian 16Mar2015). Australia has stepped up with an initial $5 million disaster relief package. To put Australia’s monetary response into perspective: during the 2014 budget handed down by Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, some $7.6 billion was cut from Foreign Aid. The Mid year Economic Financial Review at the end of 2014 slashed a further $3.7 billion from Foreign Aid. Much of this budget was used for funding needed basic infrastructure, disaster reduction, climate adaptation and building community resilience programs in Pacific nations. […]