Australia shamelessly backs #fossilfuel influence at Bonn climate negotiations reports @takvera

In a workshop on how non-party actors can boost climate action at the UN #SB46 climate negotiations in Bonn, Australia shamelessly supported business and fossil fuel interests in the discussion on development of conflict of interest policy for UN climate negotiations. The negotiations in Bonn started well, with Australia noting the need for sustained and focused work at the Bonn climate negotiations session this week. On the first day of the talks transparency & accountability were prominent in many discussions. Then it got worse for Australian diplomats, when conflict of interest started being discussed in a workshop. Norway, then Australia were in the fray supporting business and big polluter participation […]

Perth HQ of Chevron, BP targeted by #Breakfree2016 climate activists – @takvera

The protest included a march and street sit-in, office occupation, and a sit-in occupation in the foyer of the QV1 building, the Perth Headquarters for BP and Chevron in Western Australia. John Englart reports using social media. Perth is home to the largest concentration of oil and gas companies with more than 300 international companies in the sector now based in the city. Western Australia is also a regional base for more than 40 major oilfield service companies. One of the people refusing to leave the QV1 building was University Student Aleesha. In a statement she highlighted that occupants of the building directly contribute to the injustice that the world […]

Fossil fuel growth centre funded while silence on Mission Innovation global commitment reports @takvera

On the opening day of the Paris Climate conference our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a stylish but lacklustre speech with few new initiatives, announced support for the Mission Innovation multi-country program to research, develop and commercialise clean energy systems. “Today Australia joins with many other countries in supporting Mission Innovation which aims to double investment in clean energy innovation over the next five years.” said Turnbull on November 30 at the Leaders Forum in COP21. Eight days later Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reiterated the same message of accelerating research, development and demonstration of clean energy. “The private sector will lead the way on developing the new technologies that will […]