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Australian news, and some related international items

Zali Steggall , independent MP for Warringah, luring Liberals towards climate action

A matter of conscience’: Zali Steggall unveils plans for climate change act, https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/02/10/zali-steggall-plans-climate-change-act/  Samantha Maiden   She stole Tony Abbott’s blue-ribbon seat out from under the Liberal Party’s nose and now Zali Steggall is hoping to lure party dissidents to cross the floor and vote for climate change action.

The independent MP for Warringah will on Monday unveil details of her plan for a climate change act, arguing action is “a matter of conscience” similar to the same-sex marriage debate.

February 9, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | 1 Comment

Private investors won’t touch new Coalition-backed coal plant, Labor says

Private investors won’t touch new Coalition-backed coal plant, Labor says,  Morrison government to spend up to $4m in grant for feasibility study into coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Guardian, Australian Associated Press, Sat 8 Feb 2020  The federal Labor opposition says private investors will not touch “with a barge pole” the Morrison government’s plan to support a coal-fired power plant in Queensland.

The government says it will spend up to $6m in grants for two new Queensland electricity generation projects, including a coal-fired power plant, as part of a bid to lower power prices……..

Labor’s climate change and energy spokesman, Mark Butler, said private investors would not touch a new coal-fired power station “with a barge pole”.

“The government still has no energy policy – just ideological flights of fantasy,” he said in Adelaide on Saturday. The private investment sector had made it very clear it had no appetite for building expensive coal-fired power stations, he said.

“If the industry itself won’t touch this project, why should taxpayers foot the bill?”https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/08/private-investors-wont-touch-new-coalition-backed-coal-plant-labo

February 9, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Climate Action (nuclear has NO role) -theme for February 2020

The need for immediate action is now accepted by scientists, economists, humanitarians, and ordinary observers.

Don’t waste your time with climate change deniers.

Kick out those politicians who are funded by coal and other fossil fuel lobbies.

Also kick out the pro nuclear politicians. Crazily, they’re often climate denialists, too.

The more manipulative pro nuclear politicians and lobbyists are pretending that nuclear power solves climate change. That’s an elaborate lie, that takes energy and money away from REAL action on climate change, – energy efficiency and renewables.

February 8, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | 2 Comments

Adam Bandt, The new Australian Greens leader looks to hopeful action on climate catastrophe

“There is no point in telling people there may be jobs in unspecified industries in the future. It is incumbent on us to explain how we will look after people in this transition”. …….

He has opened his period of leadership by talking about a Green New Deal, which he characterises as “a government-led plan of investment and action to build a clean economy and a caring society”.

Adam Bandt: the Greens must provide hope there is an exit strategy from climate catastrophe The new Australian Greens leader says the party has to connect with coal communities if it wants to be taken seriously, Guardian Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo, Fri 7 Feb 2020 For the first time in the party’s history, the leader of the Australian Greens sits in the House of Representatives, not in the Senate. If you have to hold a lower house seat at every election, Adam Bandt says, you have to listen, and you have to be plugged in to the practical concerns of your constituents. Continue reading

February 7, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | 1 Comment

Liberal politicians jump on the climate bandwagon to promote nuclear power

Goldstein MP, Tim Wilson and North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman spoke in favour of nuclear power, commending MP Ted O’Brien for his parliamentary inquiry into the issue, which was tabled in December, and advocating for it to be further explored.

February 6, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Australians will cringe, when our govt gives its climate-denialist policy in Glascow

At the end of this year, Australia will be required to explain its progress or lack thereof at the Conference of the Parties of the IPCC in Glasgow. This will be an important moment in history when nations must reveal what progress they have made in limiting emissions to avoid warming greater than two degrees of preindustrial levels. It could be embarrassing for Australia, particularly in Scotland, where real policies are in place and climate change is taken seriously. 

The Coalition’s climate policy is an international embarrassment   https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-coalitions-climate-policy-is-an-international-embarrassment,13559

By Graeme McLeay | 5 February 2020   Scott Morrison’s Government is missing a prime opportunity to invest in renewables and change our energy mix, writes Dr Graeme McLeay.

AT A RECENT Press Club lunch, Prime Minister Scott Morrison dug deep to defend the Coalition’s response to the national and global climate emergency by defending a policy which is essentially that of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s in 2013. Continue reading

February 6, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics international | Leave a comment

Flooding events highlight the danger to proposed uranium mining sites Yeelirrie and Wiluna

K-A Garlick at Nuclear Free WA

6 Feb 20, In an area where two uranium mines are proposed ~ Yeelirrie and Wiluna, there have been massive rain influx, leading to widespread floods across the Goldfields country.

Toro Energy Wiluna uranium project expands over two lake systems and over 100 kms. The project includes four uranium deposits – Lake Way, Centipede, Millipede and Lake Maitland.

The project proposal includes a high risk inappropriate site to attempt disposal of up to 50 million tonnes of radioactive tailings that would be stored in mined out pits on the edge of Lake Way in a floodplain and in the drainage channel of a creek.

The company’s studies of hydrogeology, hydrology and geochemistry were all heavily criticised in Peer Reviews submitted as part of the environmental assessment.  With these floods today, the planned emplacement of 50 million tonnes of long-lived radioactive mine waste in a floodplain poses a very serious risk to the environment and public health.

February 6, 2020 Posted by | climate change - global warming, safety, uranium, Western Australia | Leave a comment

#ScottyFromMarketing “won’t be bullied” by climate science

Mr Morrison’s comments echoed those of his deputy prime minister during the height of the bushfire crisis. 

In November, Mr McCormack attacked those who were linking climate change to the severity of the bushfires, labelling them “inner-city raving lunatics”

February 6, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Adani about to receive criminal conviction over false documents

Adani agrees to plead guilty to giving ‘false or misleading documents to an administering authority’, may be fined up to $3m

ABC News by Josh Robertson and Jessica Rendall   5 Feb 20, Mining giant Adani looks set to receive the first criminal conviction in its corporate history over documents it gave to Queensland’s environmental regulator about land clearing on its mine site.

Key points:

  • The company’s Australian arm, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, is listed for sentencing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court
  • It belatedly declared clearing land on its mine site after environmentalists complained to the government
  • The company says it has been prosecuted for an “an administrative error”

Adani has agreed to plead guilty to giving “false or misleading documents to an administering authority”, according to the court file and sources familiar with the case.

The company’s Australian arm, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, is listed for sentencing today in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

It faces a fine of up to $3 million if convicted under the Environmental Protection Act.

According to notes in the court file made by Magistrate Stephen Courtney and seen by the ABC, the matter is “to be [a] plea of guilty”.

In court papers, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) says Adani filed its annual return in March 2018 with a graph declaring it cleared no land on the Carmichael mine site, north-west of Clermont, in 2017-18.

The DES alleged it became aware of the offence six months later.  It alleged Adani “knew or ought reasonably to have known [the document] was false or misleading” because it had planned and carried out land clearing before and during the reporting period.

On September 6, 2018, conservation group Coast and Country raised land clearing allegations with the State Government, citing satellite imagery.

State and federal environment department officials then inspected the site within days……..https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-06/adani-to-plead-guilty-court-qld/11932640

February 6, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, legal | Leave a comment

Greens leader Adam Bandt vows to hold torch to Coalition on climate

 

 

February 6, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

#ScottyFromMarketing has no climate target, because he is controlled by climate denialists

 

February 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

A clear path to climate action for Australia

February 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming | 1 Comment

Australia’s extreme bushfires – forests might not recover

Wildfires have spread dramatically—and some forests may not recover. An explosion in the frequency and extent of wildfires worldwide is hindering recovery even in ecosystems that rely on natural blazes to survive. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/extreme-wildfires-reshaping-forests-worldwide-recovery-australia-climate/

February 3, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, environment, reference | Leave a comment

Bushfire state of emergency in Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Times 2nd Feb 2020, An inferno was raging near the Australian capital, Canberra, yesterday as a  heatwave combined with high winds to prolong the country’s devastating bushfire season. The tiny Australian Capital Territory (ACT), between Sydney and Melbourne, declared a state of emergency as the fire, covering 140 square miles, threatened Canberra’s southern suburbs.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/australia-bushfires-are-being-blown-towards-canberra-zgm6z393l

February 3, 2020 Posted by | ACT, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Drinking water threatened by forest fires

As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk  https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/01/31/features/as-forests-burn-around-the-world-drinking-water-is-at-risk/

By TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press | Friday, January 31, 2020 Fabric curtains stretch across the huge Warragamba Dam to trap ash and sediment expected to wash off wildfire-scorched slopes and into the reservoir that holds 80% of untreated drinking water for the Greater Sydney area.

In Australia’s national capital of Canberra, where a state of emergency was declared on Friday because of an out-of-control forest fire to its south, authorities are hoping a new water treatment plant and other measures will prevent a repeat of water quality problems and disruption that followed deadly wildfires 17 years ago.

February 3, 2020 Posted by | ACT, climate change - global warming, water | Leave a comment