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Australian news, and some related international items

Australia can be a global leader on combating climate change, and rejecting nuclear – theme for May 19

Australia is now a divided society.  The Adani coal mine dispute is symbolic of this division. The majority see climate change as an urgent issue.  But others see coal mining as a lifeline for rural communities.

It is now the job of the environmental movement to explain to those communities, how clean energy is economic – provides jobs, can revitalise rural areas, can play  a role in conserving  water, and bring this society together, in positive action.

We also need to revive Australia’s role as a good global citizen.  It takes a comedian to work this out. Charlie Pickering of the ABC’s “The Weekly” pointed out that Australia emits less than 2% of global greenhouse gases.  The big emitters, like China and USA emit far more. (graph – not perfectly accurate, adjusted from  https://www.facebook.com/officialcharliepickering/videos/295306311406255/?v=295306311406255  )

 

However, the countries like Australia, that emit 2% or less of the total, together make up 41% of the global total, the largest contributor.  If these countries together took action on climate change, they  would make a major difference. But if each decides that they’re too small to matter, – the world is in trouble,

Australia used to be a leader in so many humanitarian and environmental areas.  What Australia does IS WATCHED by the world. Australia has the opportunity to act on global warming, and show itself once again to be a good global citizen. We also might want help from other countries when we have an environmental crisis, e.g bushfires.

The Greens get it. Labor might get it.  The COALition have shown that their loyalty is to the fossil fuel industries, not to the Australian public.

In working to deal with the climate crisis, we must not fall prey to the blandishments of the nuclear industry. Their shills will be coming out from under their rocks, touting nuclear power as the cure.  It’s like how the tobacco lobby might recommend smoking as a cure for obesity.

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May 25, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Democracy Now! Assange: Ellsberg, Scahill, Assange Lawyer weigh in on “grave threat to press freedom” — Rise Up Times

Assange faces up to 170 additional years in prison under the new charges—10 years for each count of violating the Espionage Act.

via Democracy Now! Assange: Ellsberg, Scahill, Assange Lawyer weigh in on “grave threat to press freedom” — Rise Up Times

May 25, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Divisions in Labor Party over climate change policy

Labor divided on climate policy after ‘absolute carnage’ at the election, Brisbane Times , By Nicole HashamEryk Bagshaw and Dana McCauley, May 25, 2019

Shadow climate change minister Mark Butler says Labor’s calamitous election loss is no reason to walk away from tough emissions cuts, as a senior party figure described the result of its climate strategy in Queensland as “absolute carnage”.

Labor failed to win office in what was billed as the climate change election, despite having a much bolder policy than the Coalition on cutting greenhouse gas pollution.

The Labor Party’s policy for strong emissions cuts led to “absolute carnage” at the polls in Queensland.CREDIT:AAP

Labor had pledged to cut national emissions by 45 per cent between 2005 and 2030 – far greater than the Coalition’s proposed 26 per cent cut. It wanted renewable energy to form half the electricity mix by 2030 and would have capped pollution from heavy industry through an emissions trading-type scheme.

In his first comments since Labor’s defeat Mr Butler, a key architect of the party’s climate position, said all policies would be reviewed however Labor should not abandon strong emissions cuts.

Labor had pledged to cut national emissions by 45 per cent between 2005 and 2030 – far greater than the Coalition’s proposed 26 per cent cut. It wanted renewable energy to form half the electricity mix by 2030 and would have capped pollution from heavy industry through an emissions trading-type scheme.

In his first comments since Labor’s defeat Mr Butler, a key architect of the party’s climate position, said all policies would be reviewed however Labor should not abandon strong emissions cuts.

The challenge of tackling climate change is just as important this week as it was last week,” he said.

“And Australia remains in the middle of an energy crisis that is still seeing energy prices continue to rise under this government.”  Mr Butler said Labor “remains committed to our obligation to future generations of Australians to take serious action on climate change”.

The election loss has triggered heated internal debate on Labor’s election strategy on climate and energy…….. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-divided-on-climate-policy-after-absolute-carnage-at-the-election-20190524-p51qxi.html

May 25, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Mass protest in Melbourne, demanding action on climate change.

Climate change protesters flood Melbourne’s CBD, block traffic in call to action,  More than a thousand people have marched through Melbourne’s CBD and staged a mock “die-in” for climate change. ABC

Key points:

  • Activists marched through the city and staged a “die-in” at Bourke and Swanston streets
  • Organiser Extinction Rebellion called for a Citizens’ Assembly on “climate and ecological justice”
  • The protest disrupted tram schedules in the city during the march

The protest started with speeches at the Victorian Parliament, then marchers moved through the city to the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets where they staged a “die-in”.

A number of protesters dropped to the ground to lie down in the intersection before moving on to Carlton Gardens.

Protesters young and old chanted “this is our future, there is no plan B” and “what do we want — action, when do we want it — now”.

One of the protest organisers, Extinction Rebellion Victoria, called for governments to set up a “Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice” to lead environmental policy.

Extinction Rebellion organised a series of protests in London last month which caused major disruptions…….   https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-24/climate-protesters-flood-melbournes-cbd/11145648

May 25, 2019 Posted by | climate change - global warming, Victoria | Leave a comment

France finally admits they forced Polynesians to accept nuclear tests

May 25, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

For action on a climate change ‘New Nuclear Is off the Table”

May 25, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

US charges Julian Assange with 17 counts under Espionage Act — Mining Awareness +

From https://cpj.org: “US charges Julian Assange with 17 counts under Espionage Act May 23, 2019 5:01 PM ET New York, May 23, 2019–The Trump administration today disclosed 17 new criminal charges [1] against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for unlawfully obtaining and disclosing national defense information. “The indictment of Julian Assange under […]

via US charges Julian Assange with 17 counts under Espionage Act — Mining Awareness +

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Adani approvals could be granted within weeks as Palaszczuk sets deadline — RenewEconomy

Queensland Premier issues expedited deadline for Adani environmental approvals, just days after company reaches agreement on water contamination breaches The post Adani approvals could be granted within weeks as Palaszczuk sets deadline appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Adani approvals could be granted within weeks as Palaszczuk sets deadline — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

May 24 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Scientists Discover Sustainable Alternatives To Cement” • Cement manufacture is responsible for 8% of the global CO₂ emissions each year. Scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg say they have found environmentally friendly, low carbon alternatives to cement can be made from two types of industrial residues. [CleanTechnica] World: ¶ “EDF And […]

via May 24 Energy News — geoharvey

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Albo and the Green New Deal: Great name for a band, but is it good policy? — RenewEconomy

Labor under Anthony Albanese may look overseas in its search for a way to re-engage voters on climate change, and rebrand its policy suite. The post Albo and the Green New Deal: Great name for a band, but is it good policy? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Albo and the Green New Deal: Great name for a band, but is it good policy? — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How serious is Queensland about its 50 per cent renewable energy target? — RenewEconomy

“Crazy” new laws, along with delays to auctions and grid upgrades, is raising question about how serious the Queensland Labor government is about its 50% renewables target. The post How serious is Queensland about its 50 per cent renewable energy target? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via How serious is Queensland about its 50 per cent renewable energy target? — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WA taps into boom for raw materials for EV and storage batteries — RenewEconomy

WA is set to capitalise on rapid growth in demand for battery storage, with a surge in exploration activity for raw battery materials. The post WA taps into boom for raw materials for EV and storage batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via WA taps into boom for raw materials for EV and storage batteries — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Twin Creek wind farm and Australia’s biggest battery edge closer to approval — RenewEconomy

RES Australia plans for 183MW wind farm and a big battery in South Australia edge closer to reality, despite ongoing local opposition and concern about “extra frosts”. The post Twin Creek wind farm and Australia’s biggest battery edge closer to approval appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Twin Creek wind farm and Australia’s biggest battery edge closer to approval — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gupta chooses Suntech for Cultana solar farm and big battery project — RenewEconomy

Gupta moves forward with Cultana solar project for Whyalla steel works, to be “firmed up” by big battery. The post Gupta chooses Suntech for Cultana solar farm and big battery project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Gupta chooses Suntech for Cultana solar farm and big battery project — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Electric Landcruiser conversion – made for Australian mining – goes viral — RenewEconomy

GB Auto GM Bill Dunlop tells The Driven how the NSW auto electrical group got involved with Landcruiser conversions, and where it is going from here. The post Electric Landcruiser conversion – made for Australian mining – goes viral appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Electric Landcruiser conversion – made for Australian mining – goes viral — RenewEconomy

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment