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Australian news, and some related international items

Key findings from the report on Australian’s attitude towards climate change and energy 

Climate of the nation 2020, Tracking Australia’s attitudes towards climate change and energy  28 OCT 2020  https://apo.org.au/node/309142,  Audrey Quicke,  Ebony Bennett, PUBLISHER The Australia Institute 

The Australia Institute’s annual Climate of the Nation report details changing attitudes and beliefs around climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions.

The 2020 report shows more Australians believe climate change is occurring and that humans are the main cause than since 2012. Australians support a range of decarbonisation policies and increasingly want Australia to be a world leader in finding solutions to climate change.

Key findings:

  • After the devastating Black Summer bushfires, eight in ten Australians (82%) are concerned that climate change will result in more bushfires, up from 76% in 2019
  • Vast majority of Australians (83%) want coal-fired power stations to be phased out
  • Only 12% of Australians prefer investment in gas to power Australia’s economic recovery, while the majority of Australians (59%) prefer investment in renewables as a pathway for economic recovery
  • Australians overestimate gas industry employment by a factor of 40x, believing, on average, that 8.2% of the workforce is in fossil gas mining when the reality is it represents just 0.2% of the Australian workforce
  • Seven in ten Australians (71%) want Australia to be a global leader in finding solutions to climate change, a jump of 9 percentage points from 2019
  • More than two in three Australians (68%) believe Australia should have a national target for net-zero emissions by 2050, including majority support across Coalition voters (59%), Labor voters (81%), Greens voters (90%), Other voters (65%).

October 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

The new Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty supports existing agreements, and in no way conflicts with them

This will take hard work, creativity and patience as well as political will, but it is a legitimate and universally-pursued goal ever since nuclear weapons, as well as other weapons of mass destruction, came into being. The objective of prohibiting them was already present in the very first resolution of the General Assembly, unanimously adopted in 1946.

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British Prime Minister urges Scott Morrison on climate action: Morrison twists the message

October 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics, politics international | Leave a comment

Awkward questions for NuScale on Small Nuclear Reactors (SMRs)

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Long-term research shows ocean acidification ramping up on the Reef

October 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, environment | Leave a comment

Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — limitless life

Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons David Swanson  Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons By World BEYOND War, October 27, 2020 https://worldbeyondwar.org/peter-kuznick-on-the-significance-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/ Peter Kuznick answered the following questions from Mohamed Elmaazi of Sputnik Radio and agreed to let World […]

Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — limitless life

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Banks are funding the depradation of the natural world. Time they stopped

The world’s banks must start to value nature and stop paying for its destruction, Guardian, Robert Watson 28 Oct 20, As a new report spells out how financial institutions contribute to biodiversity loss, the clamour is growing for a new approach.

  • Banks lent $2.6tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in 2019 – report
  • The scientific community has long been unequivocal about biodiversity destruction. Last month, the UN reported that the world had failed to meet fully any of the 2020 Aichi bioiversity targets that countries agreed with fanfare in 2010, even as it found that biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate, and the pressures driving this decline are intensifying.

    This week’s Bankrolling Extinction report finds that financial institutions provide the capital that is funding over-exploitation of our lands and seas, putting biodiversity in freefall. Last year, the world’s 50 biggest banks provided $2.6tn (£1.9tn) in loans and other credit to sectors with a high impact on biodiversity, such as forestry and agriculture. Bank by bank, the report authors found a cavalier ignorance of – or indifference to – the implications, with the vast majority unaware of their impact on biodiversity.

    In short, this report is a frightening statement of the status quo.

  • Fortunately, signs are emerging that some governments are – slowly – taking aim at financial backers of the destruction of the natural world. They must now push more forcefully. In the wake of Covid-19, treasury cupboards may be bare, but with new policies and limited recovery funds, they can steer trillions of dollars of private capital towards a nature-positive response to coronavirus, to spur growth, prosperity and resilience without returning to business as usual over-consumption and climate and biodiversity risk.
  • Voices from economics and finance are starting to add impetus and rationale for such momentum. One of the world’s foremost business groups, the World Economic Forum (WEF), has recognised the economic importance of nature. In its annual Global Risks Report, published earlier this year, WEF found that for the first time environmental risks dominated perceived business threats. Biodiversity loss was considered among the five most impactful and most likely risks in the next decade, with concerns ranging from the potential collapse of food and health systems to the disruption of entire supply chains. ……………. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/oct/28/the-worlds-banks-must-start-to-value-nature-and-stop-paying-for-its-destruction-aoe

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Adani hires spying on activist’s daughter on way to school

October 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | Leave a comment

Morrison in denial as South Korea’s net zero target adds to Australia’s carbon export woes — RenewEconomy

South Korea’s new net zero target adds to a drumbeat of death knells for Australia’s coal exports. The post Morrison in denial as South Korea’s net zero target adds to Australia’s carbon export woes appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Morrison in denial as South Korea’s net zero target adds to Australia’s carbon export woes — RenewEconomy

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October 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Fraunhofer To Develop Battery Inverter For Whole-Area UPS And Renewables Integration” • Fraunhofer and its industrial and academic partners are developing a battery inverter that can be grid connected under normal operation but can use renewables generators within its area to form an island grid, for whole-area uninterrupted power supply. [pv […]

October 28 Energy News — geoharvey

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Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — limitless life

Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons David Swanson  Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons By World BEYOND War, October 27, 2020 https://worldbeyondwar.org/peter-kuznick-on-the-significance-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/ Peter Kuznick answered the following questions from Mohamed Elmaazi of Sputnik Radio and agreed to let World […]

Peter Kuznick on the Significance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — limitless life

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Super power: Here’s how to get to 100pct wind, solar and storage by 2030 — RenewEconomy

Deep disruption: New report from futurist Tony Seba and RethinkX says transition to 100pct renewables possible by 2030, and the “super” surplus of wind and solar can be used to power transport and industry. The post Super power: Here’s how to get to 100pct wind, solar and storage by 2030 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Super power: Here’s how to get to 100pct wind, solar and storage by 2030 — RenewEconomy

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Australia’s surging industrial emissions are ‘elephant in the room’, Reputex says — RenewEconomy

Lacklustre climate policies will see Australia’s industrial emissions surge for at least the next decade, analysts Reputex have warned. The post Australia’s surging industrial emissions are ‘elephant in the room’, Reputex says appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia’s surging industrial emissions are ‘elephant in the room’, Reputex says — RenewEconomy

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Jacinda Ardern to get all-electric Audi e-tron to replace diesel fleet car — RenewEconomy

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to ride in clean and green Audi-e-tron electric car, replacing government’s standard diesel BMW 7 series vehicles. The post Jacinda Ardern to get all-electric Audi e-tron to replace diesel fleet car appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Jacinda Ardern to get all-electric Audi e-tron to replace diesel fleet car — RenewEconomy

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Fiji set to build biggest solar project in Pacific Islands — RenewEconomy

Fiji will become home to the largest solar farm of its kind in the Pacific, a 15MW project that will lower the country’s reliance on imported fuel. The post Fiji set to build biggest solar project in Pacific Islands appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Fiji set to build biggest solar project in Pacific Islands — RenewEconomy

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