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Documents contradict Minister For Coal’s statement that Adani “accepted in full” changes sought by scientists regarding Carmichael mine

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

ABC’s Vote Compass finds that environment is a high issue amongst voters

Vote Compass finds voters are split on economy and environment as most important issue [interesting graphs] ABC News 

Key points

  • The environment and the economy are the top issues for Australian voters
  • Health and super are next on the list
  • The environment is the number one issue for those yet to decide how to vote

For One Nation voters, immigration is the most important issue.

The environment is rated as the number one issue by 29 per cent of Vote Compass respondents, a massive shift from just 9 per cent in 2016.

It is closely followed by the economy, which includes government spending and taxation, on 23 per cent.

Health care and superannuation, each on 8 per cent, are next.

Crucially, the environment is nominated as the top concern among undecided voters — 30 per cent of them say it is the most important issue, as opposed to 19 per cent who nominate the economy.

The Vote Compass survey is based on a nationally representative sample of 119,516 respondents.

Andrea Carson, a political scientist from La Trobe University and a member of the Vote Compass academic panel, said the environment was a potential “wedge issue” for the Coalition.

“Even though overall [Coalition] voters don’t tend to nominate the environment as their most important issue, the Coalition — in order to win seats — need some of those undecided voters………

Millennials are most concerned about the environment

Age is a big factor in what voters care about, too, with 39 per cent of respondents aged under 35 nominating the environment as their greatest concern……. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-17/vote-compass-election-most-important-issues/11003192

April 18, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2019 | Leave a comment

Earth’s ‘skin temperature test’ shows undeniable evidence of global warming

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/17/earths-skin-temperature-test-shows-undeniable-evidence-global-warming-9230191/ Jeff Parsons, Wednesday 17 Apr 2019

Satellite measurements of the Earth’s ‘skin temperature’ have confirmed that global warming is heating up the planet. The infra-red sensitive system was used to record temperature trends from 2003 to 2017. It showed a warming pattern consistent with other land-based measurements. Dr Joel Susskind, from Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, said: ‘Both data sets demonstrate the Earth’s surface has been warming globally over this period, and that 2016, 2017, and 2015 have been the warmest years in the instrumental record, in that order.’

The satellite system, called Airs (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder), records temperature at the surface of the ocean, land and snow-covered regions. Its findings were compared with station-based data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies Surface Temperature Analysis (Gistemp).

The results are published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Co-author Dr Gavin Schmidt, also from the Goddard Institute, said: ‘Interestingly, our findings revealed that the surface-based data sets may be underestimating the temperature changes in the Arctic. ‘This means the warming taking place at the poles may be happening more quickly than previously thought.’

April 18, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Extinction Rebellion: The activists risking prison to save the planet

DW, 17 Apr 19, In the face of runaway climate chaos, governments around the world are in denial, say the activists hoping to land themselves in jail in defence of our planet — and the survival of our species.Many environmentalists — particularly the major international NGOs — have long argued that frightening people will only put them off engaging with climate protection. If the problem feels too big, we feel hopeless and switch off to think about something else.

But with scientists telling us that the planet’s sixth mass extinction is already underway, and that we have scarcely more than a decade to avert devastating, irreversible climate change, a growing number of activists now believe it’s too late to sugar coat the the truth.

This week, they will be taking to streets around the world in acts of mass civil disobedience, with the message that unless we take immediate action humankind itself faces extinction.

“Emissions are still going up, so we need to disrupt normal life,” says Nick Holzberg, who works full time for Extinction Rebellion in Berlin. “The only way to do that is peaceful civil disobedience.”

State of emergency

Extinction Rebellion first emerged in fall last year, when thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London. UK “Extinction Rebels” have since occupied bridges over the Thames and stripped off in the British Parliament. And their movement has expanded to 35 countries around the world………

The group is demanding that governments declare a “climate emergency,” to shift into a crisis mode where “business as unusual” is suspended to make climate protection the priority.

More concretely, they want governments to commit to carbon neutrality by 2025 — instead of mid-century as the European Union and many national governments are aiming for. ….

With little faith in governments taking such radical action alone, Extinction Rebellion is also demanding a “people’s assembly” to oversee the transition. …… https://www.dw.com/en/extinction-rebellion-the-activists-risking-prison-to-save-the-planet/a-48302957

April 18, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Thousands of climate activists block London roads

Climate change rallies block London roads   SBS News, 17 Apr 19 Thousands of activists led by Extinction Rebellion have blocked major roads in London to demand action on climate change, and promised to keep it up a week.  Thousands of environmental activists have paralysed parts of central London by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change.Under sunny skies on Monday, activists sang songs or held signs that read “There is no Planet B” and “Extinction is forever” at some of the capital’s most iconic locations.

Roadblocks will continue night and day at each site and the demonstrators say the protests could last at least a week….

The group is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, and create a citizen’s assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change. ….

Extinction Rebellion wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for face-to-face talks, warning that they will escalate their disruptive actions over the coming weeks unless the government acts.

“Make no mistake, people are already dying,” the letter states. “In the majority world, indigenous communities are now on the brink of extinction. This crisis is only going to get worse … Prime Minister, you cannot ignore this crisis any longer. We must act now.”

Organisers of the protests circulated legal advice to anyone planning to attend, requesting they refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and asking them to treat the public with respect.

London’s police have advised people travelling around the city in the coming days to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption. …… Extinction Rebellion wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for face-to-face talks, warning that they will escalate their disruptive actions over the coming weeks unless the government acts.

“Make no mistake, people are already dying,” the letter states. “In the majority world, indigenous communities are now on the brink of extinction. This crisis is only going to get worse … Prime Minister, you cannot ignore this crisis any longer. We must act now.”

Organisers of the protests circulated legal advice to anyone planning to attend, requesting they refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and asking them to treat the public with respect.

London’s police have advised people travelling around the city in the coming days to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption………https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-rallies-block-london-roads

April 18, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

The health dangers from climate change – catching Australia unprepared

Australia’s health system unprepared for climate change, experts warn, New Daily, 15 Apr 19, Australia is unprepared for coming health emergencies caused by global warming disasters, public health experts have warned.

From floods to heatwaves, droughts, cyclones and bushfires, the “frequency, intensity, and duration” of natural disasters in Australia is increasing, and our health systems are struggling to cope, three leading public health experts said.

While Australia is geophysically stable and protected “to some extent” from “catastrophic events” such as earthquakes and tsunamis, we are vulnerable to “climate-related disasters and emergencies”, the researchers wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday.

Titled Resilient health systems: preparing for climate disasters and other emergencies, the article was co-authored by Queensland University of Technology professor of Public Health Gerard FitzGerald, University of Sydney’s Professor Anthony Capon and Queensland Health Disaster Management Unit’s Dr Peter Aitken.

Australia must prepare its health systems for climate-related disasters and emergencies by adopting a “comprehensive whole-of-system approach” integrating “all elements of population health and health care”, from preparedness to response and recovery, they said. ……

The warning follows the release of a landmark report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate in October, which found that some of the most dire consequences of global warming will occur earlier than predicted, with time running out to avoid the most catastrophic effects…….

Across Australia, two-thirds of the population will be vulnerable to infection for eight months of the year, while the top end of the country will be vulnerable to infection 12 months a year, the study found.

Climate change an economic and national security risk…… https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/04/15/australia-health-system-climate-change/

 

April 18, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, health | Leave a comment

Donald Trump’s administration – the revolving door between the Pentagon and nuclear weapons companies

Tomgram: Smithberger and Hartung, The Pentagon’s Revolving Door Spins Faster

April 18, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

The Legal Narrative Funnel That’s Being Used To Extradite Assange — Phi Quyền Chính – Anarchism: The Tao Of Anarchy

Written by Caitlin Johnstone Isn’t it interesting how an Ecuadorian “asylum conditions” technicality, a UK bail technicality, and a US whistleblowing technicality all just so happened to converge in a way that just so happens to look exactly the same as imprisoning a journalist for telling the truth? Following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian […]

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Urgent Action Needed to Better Manage E-Waste: International Labour Organization — HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch Representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations agree more must be done, and urgently, to manage the millions of tonnes of e-waste produced each year. GENEVA, 17 April 2019 (ILO)* – The ILO has called for urgent action to better manage the toxic flood of electric and electronic waste (e-waste) produced around […]

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April 17 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Oil And Gas Industry Has Way Too Much Control Over Congress” • In October 1992, the US Senate ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet since then, the US Congress has failed to pass a single major piece of legislation to implement the treaty. The reason is oil and gas campaign […]

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Renewables job numbers hit three-year high – led by Australia’s coal states — RenewEconomy

Full time jobs in renewable energy increased across the board in 2016-17, led by industry growth in two of Australia’s most coal-dependent states, NSW and Queensland. The post Renewables job numbers hit three-year high – led by Australia’s coal states appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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SA Power Networks taps solar to cut dependence on its own grid — RenewEconomy

South Australia’s biggest electricity distribution company is seeking to reduce dependence on its very own grid, by installing just under 500kW of solar across two depots. The post SA Power Networks taps solar to cut dependence on its own grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Latrobe Valley electric truck maker gets multiple orders from US — RenewEconomy

Victoria-based SEA Electric will soon have its Australian designed electric trucks in use from Detroit to San Francisco. The post Latrobe Valley electric truck maker gets multiple orders from US appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Hot March, Melting Sea Ice, Record High CO2, and a Weak El Nino — robertscribbler

Good afternoon everyone. It’s April 15 of 2019. And it’s high time I provided another update on the present global climate state. (Indicators explained.) Yes, I’ve been off this cart for a bit due to my personal climate action that I’m calling extreme clean. And I’ve got to say that this action is in solidarity […]

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AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal — RenewEconomy

AEMO urged by major utilities and others to model rapid transition to renewables and quicker exit from coal, along with “real” Paris climate commitment. The post AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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