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Australian news, and some related international items

“Pacific Bully:” Australia accused of greenwashing climate finance commitments — RenewEconomy

A new report suggests Australia is a bad neighbour in the Pacific, using international aid to bully Pacific countries into silence over climate dissent. The post “Pacific Bully:” Australia accused of greenwashing climate finance commitments appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Pacific Bully:” Australia accused of greenwashing climate finance commitments — RenewEconomy

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Few realistic options for Defence to fill its submarine ‘capability gap’ before new nuclear fleet


Few realistic options for Defence to fill its submarine ‘capability gap’ before new nuclear fleet, ABC By defence correspondent Andrew Greene  4 Nov 21
  In a blistering National Press Club address on Wednesday, France’s ambassador warned that Australia may have created a submarine capability gap of up to 20 years by cancelling the contentious $90 billion project with his nation.

Much of what Jean-Pierre Thebault said during his hour-long critique of the federal government is rigorously contested, but what is clear is that the navy faces a looming headache on how to replace its ageing Collins Class submarine fleet.

Acquiring nuclear submarines will take decades, and over the next year or so Defence is studying the numerous American

and British options available, as well as the various regulatory and workforce hurdles involved……………….

The scrapped French design was considered the best conventionally powered option, so now there are few options for the government if it wants to replace the operational capability provided by the ageing Collins Class submarines before nuclear-powered boats arrive.

Build, buy or borrow? None of the options are easy

Soon after the AUKUS bombshell was dropped in September, government ministers floated the prospect of Australia leasing submarines, but most military experts don’t believe this option is viable.

Very few nations have ever leased a submarine, and Australia’s AUKUS partners — the United States and United Kingdom — don’t appear to have any “spare” nuclear-powered boats lying around. 

A similar option being discussed would be the forward deployment of one or two Virginia Class American submarines in Western Australia, or even the permanent basing of the US boats in Fremantle. ………………. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/few-realistic-options-to-fill-submarine-gap/100592100

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne to visit South-East Asia to ease fears over AUKUS, submarine plan


Foreign Minister Marise Payne to visit South-East Asia to ease fears over AUKUS, submarine plan, ABC, By foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic, 3 Nov 21
,  Foreign Minister Marise Payne will conduct a major visit to South-East Asia in the coming days as the federal government moves to calm anxieties about Australia’s nuclear submarine program and bed down a new strategic partnership with peak regional body ASEAN.

Key points:

  • Indonesia has raised concerns Australia’s submarine program could fuel an arms race in the region
  • Chinese ministers and officials have been attempting to rally support for their stance
  • Defence Minister Peter Dutton says nations are welcoming efforts to balance China’s military might

Senator Payne is expected to visit Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam on the trip.

Cambodia has just taken over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while both Malaysia and Indonesia have sharply criticised Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS technology pact with the United Kingdom and the United States.

The ABC has been told Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo “repeatedly and forcefully” raised concerns about the nuclear submarines program when Prime Minister Scott Morrison met virtually with ASEAN leaders last week, reiterating Indonesia’s concerns the program could fuel an arms race in South-East Asia………………………….    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-03/foreign-minister-marise-payne-in-se-asia-to-rally-aukus-support/100589452

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More than 40 countries to make pledge to end coal generation, but not Australia — RenewEconomy

Around 190 countries and organisations, including subnational governments, banks and utilities, expected to sign pledge to end coal use. The post More than 40 countries to make pledge to end coal generation, but not Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

More than 40 countries to make pledge to end coal generation, but not Australia — RenewEconomy

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Global emissions to surge past pre-Covid, as world fails to grasp ‘green recovery’ — RenewEconomy

Global greenhouse gas emissions will surge past pre-Covid levels, as the world returns to old practice, despite calls for a “green recovery”. The post Global emissions to surge past pre-Covid, as world fails to grasp ‘green recovery’ appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Global emissions to surge past pre-Covid, as world fails to grasp ‘green recovery’ — RenewEconomy

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Is bigger always better when it comes to solar modules? — RenewEconomy

Large scale solar developers in Australia are starting to explore new, larger, module sizes in their installations. There are now many large modules on the market. But is bigger always better? A large scale PV power plant not only delivers consistent green energy, but is also a significant financial investment over 25 years. Long term…

Is bigger always better when it comes to solar modules? — RenewEconomy

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What the most affected regions need from COP26 — The Earthbound Report

I’ve been in Glasgow for the last couple of days, a city full of people, groups, campaigns and delegations all competing for attention. My email inbox is the same – packed with demands from every conceivable interest group, legitimate or illegitimate. Why COP26 must hold a session on vegan diets. Why this is the COP […]

What the most affected regions need from COP26 — The Earthbound Report

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World’s biggest solar and storage project proposed for South Australia — RenewEconomy

Photon and RayGen set sights on what they claim will be world’s biggest solar and storage facility, to be built in South Australia. The post World’s biggest solar and storage project proposed for South Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

World’s biggest solar and storage project proposed for South Australia — RenewEconomy

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The AUKUS FUKUS Fracas: Submarines, Really? — One Finite Planet

This is an amazing diplomatic saga, that just could have an impact on the world political balance. Background. The Main Event. Round 1: Recalled Ambassadors. Round 2: Biden to Macron, “I was under the impression you had been told”. Round 3: Macron, “I don’t think, I know [Scott Morrison Lied]” . Round 4: Morrison: Denials […]

The AUKUS FUKUS Fracas: Submarines, Really? — One Finite Planet

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Morrison leaves Glasgow with Australia’s global reputation in a state of crisis — RenewEconomy

Scott Morrison had a chance to reset Australia’s position on global climate action, instead he leaves Glasgow with Australia’s reputation in crisis. The post Morrison leaves Glasgow with Australia’s global reputation in a state of crisis appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Morrison leaves Glasgow with Australia’s global reputation in a state of crisis — RenewEconomy

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Australia finally wakes up to solar opportunity – “world’s cheapest clean electricity” — RenewEconomy

Australia unveils 30-30-30 plan, designed to help deliver ultra low cost solar to power new green industries and emission cuts. The post Australia finally wakes up to solar opportunity – “world’s cheapest clean electricity” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia finally wakes up to solar opportunity – “world’s cheapest clean electricity” — RenewEconomy

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More clean energy will insulate against rising coal, oil and gas prices — RenewEconomy

Economic recovery should be fuelled by renewables, not fossil fuels. The post More clean energy will insulate against rising coal, oil and gas prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

More clean energy will insulate against rising coal, oil and gas prices — RenewEconomy

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Entering the Absurdicene as the Anthropocene loses its relevance — Sustainability Bites

So, if you accept that humanity is now acting in an absurd way (ie, you accept the premise of the Absurdicene) then maybe we need to be honest about the prospects of a rational process towards sustainability. Maybe we need to focus on why this absurdity prevails, and what we need to do to short circuit it.

Entering the Absurdicene as the Anthropocene loses its relevance — Sustainability Bites

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With “net zero 2050” and 1.5°C in same breath, Glasgow reeks of cognitive dissonance

Glasgow will not get close to pledges to halve emissions by 2030, and any reputable climate scientist will say that means warming will shoot past 2°C. The post With “net zero 2050” and 1.5°C in same breath, Glasgow reeks of cognitive dissonance appeared first on RenewEconomy.

With “net zero 2050” and 1.5°C in same breath, Glasgow reeks of cognitive dissonance — RenewEconomy  So far most of the media coverage and advocacy at COP26 has been poor andseverely misinformed. One after another politicians, business leaders, journalists and NGO advocates talk about “net zero 2050” and the 1.5°C Paris goal in the same breath, and get away with it. This gross underestimation of the climate condition is utterly delusional, and very few seem to be calling it out.

“Net zero 2050” (NZ2050) is a con, as this blog has reported over and over again, as did this Breakthrough report. Central bankers have NZ2050 scenarios in which fossil fuels constitute 50% of primary energy use in 2050. When the Murdoch media endorses the NZ2050 climate goal, you know it is the problem and not the answer. 2050 is so far away it’s a reason for procrastination. Judging by the G20 outcome, even NZ2050 and a coal phase-out may not pass muster in Glasgow. China is on net zero by 2060 and India on net zero by 2070.Current climate models are not capturing all the risks, including the stalling of the Gulf Stream, polar ice melt and the uptick in extreme weather events.

Carbon dioxide and methane release from deep permafrost are not routinely included in climate models; Climate models do not account well for increased warming due to loss of Arctic sea-ice: “Losing the reflective power of Arctic sea ice will advance the 2ºC threshold by 25years”; and rhe IPCC 2021 report gives “a best estimate of equilibrium
climate sensitivity of 3°C” but including factors such as “slow”
feedbacks (carbon stores) and albedo changes (reflectivity), warming may be
as high as 5–6°C for a doubling of carbon dioxide for a range of climate
states between glacial conditions and ice-free Antarctica.

 Renew Economy 3rd Nov 2021

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Only Britain has the dubious plan to get to net zero by relying on multiple nuclear reactors

Even without our plentiful opportunities to exploit wind, solar, wave and tidal power many countries feel they do not need nuclear power to reach their goals.

Questions remain over the UK’s nuclear power plans https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/nov/02/questions-remain-over-the-uks-nuclear-power-plans?fbclid=IwAR3TQj7xYv3jEY824jm9tVFuNln6CgT7xqS3

No other country taking part in Cop26 is relying on multiple new reactors to get to net zero by 2050   Paul Brown, Tue 2 Nov 2021 In 2007, Vincent de Rivaz, the then EDF chief executive, said Britain would be “cooking our Christmas turkeys” with electricity from Hinkley Point C nuclear station by 2017. Instead the first concrete was poured that year and the turkey is now scheduled for late 2026.

In the race against time to avert dangerous global heating, the UK government has decided to back an untried reactor from Rolls Royce. The first of these could be “plugged into the grid by 2031”, according to Nuclear Industry Association.

Internationally average planning time for reactor proposals is 10 years, plus another decade for building, and that is for already proven designs. The 16 planned Rolls Royce reactors are still on the drawing board. The arguments about where they could be sited are beginning. Apart from other possible objections the favoured UK coastal locations are vulnerable to sea level rise, erosion and storms.

Faced with the well-documented delays and drawbacks to nuclear programmes it is perhaps not surprising that there is no other country taking part in the Cop26 process in Glasgow relying on multiple new nuclear reactors to get to net zero carbon targets by 2050. Even without our plentiful opportunities to exploit wind, solar, wave and tidal power many countries feel they do not need nuclear power to reach their goals.

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