Australia and coal at Bonn Climate conference #COP23 by @takvera

On an international level, the politics around climate action have moved substantially since 2015 and the signing of the Paris Agreement. I was at the UN climate change conference in Paris – COP21 – and it was a significant moment. But the politics in Australia is still heavily mired in the past, and the vested […]

Tripartisan #Auspol launch of #ClimateHealthStrategy in Canberra reports @takvera

In a rare note of tripartisan support, Liberal, Labor and Greens politicians were all present at the launch of the ground breaking National Strategy on Climate and Health and Well-being for Australia by the Climate and Health Alliance. The world’s first health and climate framework policy initiative has been in development for over a year […]

Under Trump US goes rogue in leaving #ParisAgreement reports @takvera

This article was originally published at Climate Action Moreland by John Englart, who has attended COP21 and COP22 as an NGO observer. President Trump has announced the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, but says he is also open to a renegotiation. Germany, France, Italy and other nations say that the Paris Agreement is […]

Dining over mining: Qld Land Court Rules against New Acland coal mine – @takvera

The Queensland Land Court has ruled against the New Hope application to expand its existing open-cut New Acland Coal mine (Stage 3) in Queensland’s Darling Downs which was proposed to operate for an additional 12 years to 2029. This is first time the Queensland Land Court in a contested case has outright rejected a coal […]

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 […]

Santos Chairman admits business plan assumes 4C #globalwarming reports @takvera

It was revealed at Santos AGM in Adelaide on 4 May 2017 by Chairman Peter Coates that the company business plan is based upon a 4 degrees temperature rise scenario from climate change. This is at odds with commitments outlined in a statement on climate risk disclosure in April to investors. Santos Chairman Peter Coates […]

Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with #Adani reports @takvera

Climate activists are this morning occupying the Melbourne offices of Downer EDI, a mining infrastructure company, to protest participation in developing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. The mine is widely seen as a climate carbonbomb with no social license. [View the story “Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get […]

Photo Gallery: Melburnians #marchforscience by @takvera

Police were predicting 400 people might turn up, instead up to 5000 scientists and science supporters rallied and marched through Melbourne streets as part of the global #marchforscience rallies organized in about 600 cities and towns around the world. Australia’s scientists have already felt Federal budget cuts for science research and funding for the CSIRO […]

Shark attack: When #auspol meets marine apex predator the great white shark – @takvera

John Englart published this article on The Great White shark, climate change and ocean carbon cycles on his climate blog. The latest media ‘hysteria’ about shark attack arises from a tragic fatal bite incident when WA teenager Laeticia Brouwer was mauled by a shark at the popular surf break – Kelp Beds – near Esperance […]

Adani’s Abbot Point #coal contamination of Caley Valley #wetlands reports @takvera

Adani’s coal export terminal at Abbot Point was in the direct path of Category 4 Cyclone Debbie. There was reason to expect a large storm surge, but this did not occurr, but the destructive winds and torrential rain caused Adani to release a large amount of contaminated water into the adjacent wetlands and ocean. On […]