COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw
Nov26

COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw

Was the United Nations COP19 conference on climate change a success or failure? Let’s look at the highs and lows of the event in Warsaw over the last 2 weeks. COP19: The Warsaw Mechanism The ‘Warsaw mechanism’ aims to help populations most at risk from global warming impacts. These include extreme weather events like hurricanes, as well as long-term events such as rising sea-levels. Work on this agreement is set to begin next...

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Australian Carbon Tax Explained
Jul10

Australian Carbon Tax Explained

Why do we need it? The link between climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is well accepted and there is a world-wide impetus to reduce these emissions to reduce future global warming. The Australian government has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by 2020 from 1990 levels. Australia has the highest per capita carbon footprint in the world, largely due to its reliance on coal-fired electricity stations,...

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Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change
Jul05

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International and yesterday he was in Sydney to give an insight into his thoughts on climate change and the direction that Australia is taking. Kumi’s life-long activism began with protests against the apartheid regime in South Africa at the age of fifteen and continued with his 21-day hunger strike in 2009 to bring attention to the starving people of Zimbabwe. It was during...

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Say Yes Australia Sydney Rally
Jun06

Say Yes Australia Sydney Rally

On World Environment Day, Sunday 5th June, rallies were held across Australia to show support for the government’s proposed carbon tax and for action on climate change. I went to the Sydney rally held in a Surry Hills park very near my home – thanks to the organisers!  United in a Vision for a Brighter Better Future Ramya Christian, a teenager from Western Sydney, spoke of growing up in a diverse community where...

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The World after Climate Change
May23

The World after Climate Change

Last week, I visited the excellent Sydney Writers’ Festival, showcasing an eclectic mix of novelists, journalists, poets and non-fiction writers in a stunning setting on and around the wharves in Walsh Bay. One of the big themes this year was that of climate change, and I attended two very interesting talks on the subject: Curt Stager’s Deep Future and Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes. Deep Future: The next 100,000...

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