Confused about Climate Change? Wondering whether there is some truth to the denialist arguments? Visit the highly respected website Skeptical Science and explore the myths surrounding the threats our planet faces from the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere .
Topical issues are explored by scientists actively working in the field, not armchair bloggers with no scientific credentials. The site examines many popular myths doing the rounds, the aim of which is to preventing meaningful action to address Climate Change. Rational scientific explanations are offered with discussion ranging from easy to understand concepts for the novice to more complex language for those with a higher level of scientific expertise. The site is run by John Cook, winner of the 2011 Eureka Prize from the Australian Museum, in recognition of the Advancement of Scientific Knowledge.
The Angry Summer of 2012/13
Extreme weather events and climate change
Over the summer of 2012/2013 Australia
was hit by a series of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, bushfires, intense rainfall and flooding, that caused serious damage in many places. Read all about it in this downloadable report from the Climate Commission. Download Report
Federal Government Clean Energy Package:
The Clean Energy Package was negotiated with the Federal Government by the Greens with Senator Christine Milne as the chief negotiator. She has been on the government climate change panels since 1990 and has held the Greens Climate Change portfolio in the Senate since 2004.
Under the current government climate change policies of accepting 550 parts per million of carbon dioxide there will be a rise in temperature of 3-5 degrees which is catastrophic to all species on the planet.
The most vulnerable people will be the poor and marginalised, who will be forced to cope with increased temperatures and the impact on crops and biodiversity; increases in extreme weather events; loss of homelands with rising sea levels and loss of drinking water with the disappearance of glaciers. The Clean Energy package has the potential to reduceAustralia’s greenhouse emissions, protect biodiversity, provide an income to farmers and provide employment for Indigenous people in the outback. The package is accompanied by compensation for rising prices, for which most Australians and small businesses will be eligible.
Transition Update Three
By Rod Weir
"If a significant petroleum crunch occurs, as is very likely, that will concentrate minds wonderfully. We are so extremely dependant on petroleum, any significant increase in scarcity or price will surely jolt people into the realization that radically different social arrangements will be turned to. Without petrol, it will be glaringly obvious that only localized economies make sense.” Ted Trainer, Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society, Springer Verlag, 2007
The above statement is the reason for Transition Towns. Renewable energy will save our planet from the ravages of Climate Change, but it will never replace oil. We need a different way of life to do that. In the context of a 5000 year span, not long in the context of world history, the oil age will cover less than 200 years, a mere blip. For tens of thousands of years before, mankind survived without oil, and will need to do so in the future.
Beyond Zero Emissions and Clean Energy Package
By Lois Levy
Recently two public presentations were made on the Gold Coast about responses to climate change which can change the way Australians think about energy supply and substantially reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The first presentation was by Ed Parker from Beyond Zero Emissions about their plan forAustraliato supply its energy needs entirely from renewable energy. The second was by Senator Christine Milne who outlined the components of the Clean Energy Package which is an essential part of the Federal Government carbon tax and incentives scheme legislation which recently passed the Lower House and will go to the Upper House shortly.
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.
350 Day climate action – Currumbin Beach (2010)
Robert Hill is former chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust
Guest Lecture at Bond Uni (2010)