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 […]

Transcript: @Louise_Hislop speech at @AusProgressive first meeting in @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol seat

Note:  Louise Hislop (@Louise_Hislop) speech (transcript/video) given at the Australian Progressives first ever local hub meeting in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah on Saturday, 13th June, 2015. Welcome to the first ever Australian Progressives local hub meet-up. A little bit of history is being made here today. Mark my words. So, you might be […]

Australian #climate targets under fire at Bonn multilateral assessment #sb42 #Auspol – @takvera

Australia’s climate targets and climate action mechanisms were under the international microscope in Bonn today and found to be very unambitous, with veiled criticism of the inadequacy of Australia’s policies in terms of comparative global action and failure to address fair and equitable global outcomes. In the leadup to Paris climate conference in December there […]

Latrobe Valley: Finding Hope in #Morwell at #climate ground zero – @takvera

On Saturday I dragged myself out of bed early to catch a 7am train to Southern Cross station. I had committed myself to journeying with a party of Greens supporters, including the State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and the Federal MP Adam Bandt, to the town of Morwell in the heart of the LaTrobe […]

First Victorian #coal domino falls: @takvera reports on Alcoa #Anglesea power Station closure

While renewables are being encouraged by the Andrews Government with the proposal for a Victorian Renewable Energy Target, the first domino in Victoria’s brown coal fired power industry has succumbed. Alcoa announced this week it would be closing it’s 50MW high sulphur dioxide polluting coal fired power station and mine at Anglesea at the end […]

Victorian Energy Minister challenges @TonyAbbottMHR on #RET – @takvera

On Thursday Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio told the Federal Government that Victoria wants to establish it’s own Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) and to get out of the way and clear the federal legislative path to do so. In 2009 the States and Territories negotiated the closure of their own state based RET schemes […]

Will @LisaNevilleMP move fast enough on #GFNP to save Leadbeater’s possum from #extinction? asks @Takvera #vicpol

Leadbeater’s Possum, also known as Victoria’s fairy possum, is one of those species fighting for survival against the odds and against the juggernaut that is human industrial society. Finally last month, on the recommendation of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) was upgraded to being listed as critically endangered under the EPBC […]

Tesla Battery launch a revolutionary #energy solution for #climate says @takvera

In a remarkable 20 minute presentation on Thursday night, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Paypal and Tesla Motors, launched a scalable battery storage system aimed at multiple markets: from personal home use, small business to utility scale electricity storage. It is the missing jigsaw piece to the solar and renewables revolution already under way […]

Seventy Five percent of #heatwaves now attributed to #climate change reports @takvera

The latest study of extreme weather events has concluded that 3 out of 4 heatwaves and extreme heat events and nearly one in five heavy rainfall events, on a global scale, can be attributed to human contributions to global warming through greenhouse gas emissions. As temperatures continue to rise, the percentage is set to increase […]

BP refuses release #oilspill models for deep sea drilling #SouthAustralia coast – @Takvera

The fifth anniversay of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill has just passed. Could such a devastating oil spill happen in Australia? Conservationists with the Wilderness Society and other environmental groups say it is a distinct possibility, off Australia’s southern shores in the Great Australian Bight. And it is British Petroleum (BP) again in the […]