The future of the Channel Country is on the line. While the Queensland Government delays protecting the rivers and floodplains, oil and gas giants are on the march.
It’s time to protect the Channel Country rivers and floodplains once and for all. Continue reading Video: The Cooper floodplains are threatened by coal seam gas
By Ben Wilson
After returning from a disastrous appearance at COP 26, Scott Morrison has unveiled his plan to embrace electric vehicles. This is not as it might appear. It is a ploy designed to give the embattled prime minister credibility with an election on the horizon. Continue reading Scott Morrison’s electric vehicle revolution is a fake
Brian Wilcox, the chief executive of the national employer association, the Australian Industry Group (AI), wrote the following article (The Guardian 16 October 2021). He puts the case for Australia embracing a carbon neutral policy direction. Whether one believes that the Morrison government is moving in this direction or not, it remains that from the viewpoint of much of Australian business, to not keep up with the pace of other nations will inevitably mean loss of trade and investment, a blow to the economy, and a loss of jobs and income for many. He says that the transition means paying due attention to the mass application of new technologies through the economy, providing suitable incentives, and the involvement of in making this a reality. Brian Wilcox speaks for those he represents within the context of division in the Coalition, and some of what he says may not be in accord with everyone’s views. Nevertheless, he makes good points that should be taken seriously.
From New South Wales
Australia has been lied to. Environmental protection rules are being pushed aside to help new coal mines to operate with impunity. A key centre is New South Wales, where the federal and state governments have allowed companies to push back deadlines to meet deadlines on their sites. Continue reading Coal companies are being helped to sidestep protection of the environment
Theodore Whyte (Resilience 26 August 2021) argues that central banks across the world are being less than honest about pledges to pull out of the fossil fuel industry when they are doing the opposite. A campaign marketing to build a positive image for population concerned about the climate crisis, is not the same thing as acting on it.
By Joe Montero
The world has just received the strongest wake up call yet on the threat of the climate crisis. It comes in the form of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), which says the situation is even worse than previously thought. If humanity does not respond appropriately, and do it now, the planet faces catastrophe. Continue reading Climate crisis report puts reality about climate on centre stage
Lesley Rankin is a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She wrote the following article (Open Democracy 28 July 2021), and argues that the failure to do enough to tackle the climate crisis is a failure of political leadership and the to involve the population as active participants. This means that dealing with the environmental challenge and preparing for future shocks are inseparable from the battle for justice.
By Jim Hayes
United Nations officials have begun moves to put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on the UNSCO list of “in danger” world heritage sites. Being on the list would pressure the Australian government to do much more to protect it. If this goes through, it will be the first time a world heritage site has been on the list because of the threat of global warming. Continue reading The UN is moving to list the Great Barrier Reef as threatened by global warming
By Adam Carlton
A new report reveals that Australian federal and state government combined spending on subsidies to fossil fuel companies is more than what is spent on the military. Continue reading Massive subsidies to carbon industry have been exposed