#ReefElection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe reports @takvera #ausvotes






An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil […]






UNESCO report on Heritage sites affected by #climatechange censored in #ReefGate scandal reports @takvera






A UNESCO report identifies World Heritage sites at risk from climate change, but there is no mention of Australian sites in the report. The Australian Government requested that all mentions be deleted, and this was complied with by UNESCO. This censorship of science should raise many questions. Professor Will Steffen’s statement on ReefGate from the […]






Can Labor wedge the Coalition on #climatechange in #ausvotes? asks @takvera






Action on climate change is a live issue at the 2016 election, but it is still divisive. The Australian Labor Party unveiled it’s climate action plan to take to the Federal Election, likely to be on July 2. A lot of deliberative thought and nuanced politics have gone into this plan with targeted changes in […]






#Coralbleaching prompts #Environment Ministers: Strong urgent action needed #climatechange – @takvera






In a late night conference call on Wednesday night 20 April 2016 between Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Queensland State Environment minister Steven Miles and Environment ministers from other states it was agreed that what is currently happening on the Great Barrier Reef is alarming and is an issue of concern not just to Queenslanders […]






With rising emissions Australia applies Kyoto credits to meet 2020 #climate target reports @takvera






The latest analysis from Reputex energy consultancy shows that Australia will not meet our 2020 emissions reduction target, except by using carry over credits from the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period (2008-2012). Reputex highlights that the Government’s own figures indicate Australia will continue on a new upward emissions trajectory, with forecast growth of 6 per […]






Intense #Bushfire hits Surf Coast Christmas Day forcing evacuations – @takvera #vicfires






We are already getting a taste of the future with climate change with record temperatures in December, extreme bushfire alerts, and intense bushfires like the Separation Creek and Wye River bushfire causing town evacuations on the Surf Coast near Melbourne. On Christmas day BOM Tasmania reported in a tweet “A sweltering 36 degrees in #Hobart […]






Australia agrees to 1.5 degrees inclusion in #COP21 Draft climate agreement reports @takvera






As Environment Minister Greg Hunt departs after the first week and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop takes over negotiations at the UN climate conference, Australia has supported inclusion of the 1.5 degrees limit in the main draft text along with the 2 degrees limit, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. This is an important goal for […]






Australia’s #climate stance for Paris #COP21 reports @takvera #Auspol






It seems that Australia has flexibility in negotiating for a global climate agreement in Paris. Minister Hunt even expressed that there is some room for Australia to lift it’s targets, after a review, through purchase of carbon credits. But it appears there is no extra funding to the Green Climate Fund on the table. Australia […]






Can a leopard change it’s spots? Australia’s schizophrenic #climate diplomacy at #COP21 reports @takvera






It seems Ministers from 62 nations were won over by Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s charm at Precop with applause being delivered to speeches from Ministers from both Australia and Canada. (see my article on the Paris Precop ministerial meeting) Australia is being seen as back on side diplomatically on the climate issue, especially after […]






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 […]