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Australian news, and some related international items

From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends climate change message viral — RenewEconomy

The key messages of the presentation given by Professor Will Steffen at the Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) BIG U TURN AHEAD event last June, have been passed on to more than 72,000 people, thanks to a series of Twitter posts distributed from Cologne, Germany. The post From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends…

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September 13, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fear of drought, flood and fires leads farmers to plea for urgent action on climate change 

Fear of drought, flood and fires leads farmers to plea for urgent action on climate change   ABC, NSW Country Hour, By Tim Fookes  13 Sep 19

  Extreme weather variabilities have farmers like Robert Lee, who has just watched more of his cattle leave for greener pastures, on edge.

Key points:

  • A group of farmers concerned about the future has formed a lobby group, Farmers for Climate Action
  • About 200 farmers from around NSW attended a conference this week to lobby for more action on climate change
  • A climate scientist says farmers bring new perspectives that people may not have considered

The farmer from Larras Lee, in central west New South Wales, has lived through drought before, but not like this.

“The cattle I had were about to start calving, and I just haven’t got enough to feed them,” he said.

“I was proud of those cows that have gone this week; I bred them, and I regret I have to sell them.”

Having already destocked, Mr Lee knows of other farmers destocking because there is a better opportunity for them in southern NSW and Victoria where they have had rain.

“The agents tell me how embarrassed they are with the amount of rain they’ve had in Victoria,” Mr Lee said.

“But it’s great to hear that some people have had [rain] and have got some grass to take on stock that we can’t handle.  “With the way the climate is, with warmer-than-average temperatures and lower rainfall, I have to be much more nimble with how much stock I have.”\

Farmers for climate activism

Mr Lee is not alone in his concerns over the climate and has become a member of the lobby group, Farmers for Climate Action.

It involves people from rural Australia pushing for more action on the effects that climate change is having on agriculture.  A conference this week in Orange attracted nearly 200 people to discuss ways of lobbying for more action on the effects a warming, dryer climate is having on those who make a living on the land.

Two thirds of those at the conference were farmers who had travelled from around NSW to attend……… https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-09-13/fear-of-drought-flood-and-fires-leads-farmers-to-plea-for-action/11508834

September 13, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Julian Assange to remain behind bars

Julian Assange to remain behind bars due to ‘history of absconding’   SBS 13 Sep 19, The founder of Wikileaks has been told he will be kept in jail beyond September 22.   Julian Assange has been told he will stay in prison after the custody period finishes on his current jail term because of his “history of absconding”.

In June, then home secretary Sajid Javid signed an order allowing Assange to be extradited to the US over computer-hacking allegations.

A 50-week jail term was then imposed in the UK after he jumped bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012.   He would have been released from HMP Belmarsh on September 22, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday, but the 48-year-old Australian was told he will be kept in jail because of “substantial grounds” for believing he will abscond again……. Another administrative hearing will take place on October 11 following by a case management hearing on October 21, the court heard.

The final hearing in Assange’s extradition case is due in February……https://www.sbs.com.au/news/julian-assange-to-remain-behind-bars-due-to-history-of-absconding?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

September 13, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | Leave a comment

John Quiggin sets out a very unlikely course for nuclear power in Australia

Nuclear power should be allowed in Australia – but only with a carbon price, John Quiggin, The Conversation September 13, 2019   “…….. A blueprint for reform

The central recommendations of my submission were as follows:

Recommendation 1: A carbon price of A$25/tonne should be introduced immediately, and increased at a real rate of 5% a year, reaching A$50/tonne by 2035.

Recommendation 2: The government should immediately adopt the recommendations of its own Climate Change Authority for a 40% to 60% reduction in emissions by 2030, relative to 2000 levels, and match other leading OECD countries in committing to complete decarbonisation of the economy by 2050.

Recommendation 3: The parliament should pass a motion:


  • affirming its confidence in mainstream climate science and its acceptance of the key conclusions of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
  • legislating a commitment to emissions reductions;
  • removing the existing ban on nuclear power……..There are immediate political implications of my proposal at both the state and federal level. It will be more difficult for the Coalition-dominated committees running the two inquiries to bring down a report favourable to nuclear power without addressing the necessary conditions – including a carbon price. If the government’s hostility to carbon pricing is such that a serious proposal for nuclear power cannot be considered, it will at least be clear that this option can be abandoned for good.  ……..Given the urgency of addressing climate change – a task that is best addressed through a carbon price – it makes no sense to reject action now on the basis that it opens up the possibility of nuclear power sometime in the 2030s. And, if renewables and storage perform as well as most environmentalists expect, nuclear power will be unable to compete even then. ………  https://theconversation.com/nuclear-power-should-be-allowed-in-australia-but-only-with-a-carbon-price-123170

September 13, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment

Climate change pushing Queensland’s bushfire and cyclone seasons on a collision course

 New Daily,  13 Sep 19,  Queensland’s bushfire and cyclone seasons could collide later this year as the state cops a battering from climate change, the state’s Emergency Services Minister has warned.Fearing a difficult end to 2019 – and with firefighters working around the clock to contain more than 55 bushfires burning across southern Queensland ahead of predicted worsening weather – Craig Crawford has appointed a taskforce to ensure volunteers called on in times of disasters can cope……..

Heatwave-like conditions across the two eastern states were expected to push bushfire alerts to “very high” with potentially dangerous fire conditions forecast. …… https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/09/13/bushfires-queensland-nsw-weather/

September 13, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

New investment fund targets small solar and wind farms in Australia — RenewEconomy

Foresight Renewable Energy Income Fund to make loans of $5-$30 million, predominantly to smaller-scale wind and solar projects in Australia. The post New investment fund targets small solar and wind farms in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AEMO slashes output of five big solar farms by half due to voltage issues — RenewEconomy

In another blow to solar industry, five big solar farms in Victoria and NSW have output slashed in half after AEMO identifies system strength issues. The post AEMO slashes output of five big solar farms by half due to voltage issues appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Network giant says renewables transition will deliver lower prices and cut emissions — RenewEconomy

Spark Infrastructure says clean energy transition can lower emissions and prices, but is being held back by lack of policy and out-dated rules. The post Network giant says renewables transition will deliver lower prices and cut emissions appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Taylor wants coal generators to stay on line and “run at full tilt” — RenewEconomy

Taylor says renewables are growing but he wants existing coal generators to stay online and “run at full tilt”. The post Taylor wants coal generators to stay on line and “run at full tilt” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Wind overtaking brown coal is only a matter of time — RenewEconomy

As Australia’s installed wind capacity rises, wind farms generating more than brown coal plants will happen reasonably often. And this dynamic is only heading in one direction. The post Wind overtaking brown coal is only a matter of time appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Why pay thermal generators to stay online? It’s totally nuts — RenewEconomy

You can’t run a modern, vibrant Australian or NSW economy on a fleet of clapped-out 40 and then 50-year-old coal generators. The post Why pay thermal generators to stay online? It’s totally nuts appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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