The economic impact of doing something about climate change

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Our guests in the 65th Sustainable Hour were Rob Gell and Christine Couzens.

“The Chinese understand. We are laggards in Australia in our understanding. The media in particular. Journalists have really not chosen to inform themselves. There are very few journalists in this country with a real understanding,” said Rob Gell who spoke about how China is shutting down old coal-powered plants and how a city in India put up a huge solar farm in just six months. “The economic impact of doing something about climate change is enourmously advantageous to the economy,” he said. (More quotes below.)

Christine Couzens MP asked what we would like Geelong to look like in 50 years from now and came with a vision for how the city could reach complete fossil fuel freedom already by 2030.

Guests in the studio:
Rob Gell, climate communicator, lecturer, former tv weather presenter
Christine Couzens MP, Member for Geelong, Labour government of Victoria


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Excerpts from the hour


“If we live as if it matters, and it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. If we live as if it doesn’t matter, and it matters, then it matters.”
Steven Schneider, 1988



On climate skeptism

“If we were having a conversation about, for example, pedophilia this morning, would you guys invite a pedophile in for their view? I think we need to get real about this.”
Rob Gell’s comment to the debate in the 64th Sustainable Hour

» Alan Barron’s comments to Rob Gell and The Sustainable Hour
» Rob Gell’s comments to Alan Barron



On renewables and economy

“We have pulled together the three relevant ministers and said: ‘This is what our grand vision is for Geelong. How can we make it happen?’ And they are fully on board. A first step is organising a conference which will show case what the industries are doing, and how we move on from there, putting a charter togehter. We need to work quickly, though. Apple and Google were here in January, and they took three of our best automobile engineers with them back to Silicon Valley.”
Christine Johnson


“In Gujarat in India, it took only six months to put up a 1,000 MegaWatt power plant based entirely on renewable energy. In Chenzhen in China, all residential buildings over four stories in hight must be 100 percent solar powered for hot water and electricity. Guess what they are making in Chenzhen? Double glazing and solar panels! So they create the markets for good industries – and they make money.” (…)

“[Meanwhile], Australia is trying to sell brown coal to India and dig up the Galilee Bassin, while looking for more gas and screwing our water supply and agricutural land. I just don’t get it!”
Rob Gell



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“Business-as-usual climate change will reduce welfare by an amount equivalent to a reduction in consumption per head of between 5 and 20%.”
Leading climate change economist Nicholas Stern estimate of the annual cost of no action on climate change: 5-20% of GDP by 2050 – whereas he estimates the cost of 2°C-climate action only be around 1%.
Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change (PDF, 662 pages)


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Welcome to Country  ♻  Welcome to Children

You could show a little extra respect to the future children of Australia by including a few extra words – such as ‘children’, ‘youth’, ‘carbon emissions’, ‘renewables’ or ‘action on climate change’ – in your next ‘Welcome to country’ opening speech.

At almost every public meeting that is opened in Australia, you will hear the host saying something in the lines of that he or she “would like to acknowledge that we meet on the land of the traditional owners of this land, and we wish to pay respect to their elders, past, present and future.”

It is a good tradition. It reminds the people in the room of a problem, which would otherwise be a forgotten taboo: the unfortunate circumstances of a marginalised minority, the aboriginals. They represent 2.5 percent of the population.

But nowadays, there is another group which is being discriminated and literally robbed by the present-day Australian society in a similar way: The youth. Our children. Every day, governments like the Australian continue to allow anyone and everyone to pollute the air, free of charge, and they subsidise the fossil fuel industry with billions of dollars – in Australia the current figure is around $11 billion per year. Because of the climate disruption which will make life harder and harder in the coming decades, these government policies are robbing our young ones of a safe, peaceful and economically prosperous future. To subsidise the fossil fuel industry alone, every employed Australian is robbed annually of $950.

You could expand the opening message to also include a sentence in the line of: “And speaking of future – our children and the youth – they are the reason we must also acknowledge every step, small or big, that we who are gathered here today have taken or will be taking to make sure we reduce our carbon footprint.”




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More information

About the the topics we talked about in this Sustainable Hour


More than scientists – new website and video

“We are scientists. We represent the more than 97% of scientists who believe climate change is happening, that it is due to our actions and that it is within our power to keep it from being devastating.
But we aren’t just scientists inside labs and academia. We are people like you, with hopes and dreams and loved ones. We are mothers, fathers, farmers, fishermen, hikers, hunters… And we’re concerned.
We are more than scientists. It will take more than science. It will take us all, working together, for a better future.”


» Video:
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» Website:
www.morethanscientists.org

» Story:
www.dailyclimate.org



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How Australia is missing out

A landmark report from The Climate Council about how Australia is missing out on the global renewable energy boom. In a nutshell, this report finds:

• Jobs in the renewable energy sector fell by 13% in Australia in 2013 while global employment grew by the same amount. Globally, 800,000 jobs were created in the renewable energy sector between 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the US solar industry added over 31,000 new solar jobs, an increase of 21.8% on the previous year.

• An important driver for the global renewable energy acceleration is the steep decline in costs of wind and solar. renewable energy is now cost-comparative or cheaper than fossil fuels for generating electricity globally, and the cost of wind and solar in particular is projected to continue to fall steeply.

• Last year clean energy investment grew in China (32%), the US (8%), Japan (12%), Germany (3%) and the UK (3%); but fell 35% in Australia (with investment in large-scale renewable energy falling an incredible 88%), due to policy uncertainty.

• Australia has the renewable energy resources to power the country 500 times over.

Read more…

» www.climatecouncil.org.au/globalrenewablesreport



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China’s meteorologists ramp up rhetoric on climate change

In one of the strongest official statements to date on the challenges faced, Zheng told China’s official Xinhua news agency that climate change could have a “huge impact” on the country, with a growing risk of climate-related disasters. Zheng Guogang, head of the China Meteorological Administration, said future variations in climate are likely to reduce crop yields and damage the environment.

“To face the challenges from past and future climate change, we must respect nature and live in harmony with it,” Zheng said. “We must promote the idea of nature, and emphasise climate security.”

» Climate News Network – 28 March 2015:
China ramps up the rhetoric on climate change

» China.org – 31 October 2006:
New Homes in Shenzhen to Be Energy Efficient



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23 March 2015 was World Meteorological Day
“Climate knowledge for climate action” is The World Meteorological Organization’s theme for this year. It provides an opportunity to take stock of the climate knowledge built in the last decades as an essential base to support the path towards more ambitious action to address climate change and climate variability.

» www.wmo.int/worldmetday





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Beyond Zero Emissions:

Laggard to Leader Report

Beyond Zero Emissions’s report, ‘Laggard to Leader’, challenges these excuses, exposing the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrating our extraordinary potential to forge solutions at home and abroad.

‘Laggard to Leader’ shows how Australia can influence the future direction of global efforts to stabilise the climate through curtailing the global supply of traded coal, making clean energy technologies cheaper, and developing a new model of international climate cooperation that promises to be more effective than the protracted UN negotiations.

» Read more: www.bze.org.au/laggardtoleader

» Download report (PDF, 104 pages)





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Five ways to reduce the drivers of climate change

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim gave a lecture at Georgetown University on 18 March 2015 about the development challenges created by climate change and actions that can be taken now to reduce the drivers of climate change and the impact:

Five ways to reduce the drivers of climate change:
• Put a robust price on carbon
• End fossil fuel subsidies
• Increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy
• Build low-carbon, resilient cities
• Implement climate-smart agriculture and nurture forest landscapes

» Read more: www.worldbank.org

» www.slate.com



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Politics and money under the table

“Last financial year the 10 biggest polluting companies donated three quarters of a million dollars to political parties. And that’s nothing compared to the millions and millions they spend on lobbyists and ads that look more sunny than the dirty reality.”
Kelly O’Shanassy, ACF



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France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation. Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law just approved.

» Read more on www.theguardian.com



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Earth Hour focus on Aussie food and farmers

In 2015, Earth Hour in Australia will celebrate Aussie food and farmers, reminding Australians of the need to tackle global warming for the sake of our rural communities and our supply of fresh, healthy, homegrown food.

All Australians are proud of our farmers for feeding the nation, but they are on the frontline of rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Flooding, drought, fires and changes in pests and weeds are affecting the very farms that supply 93% of the food we eat.

Millions of Australians are expected to take part in Earth Hour at 8:30pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to show their support for cutting carbon pollution for the sake of our food and farmers.

Thousands of schools will also take part on Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday, March 27.
Families, friends, schools and communities across the country are encouraged to register their support at earthhour.org.au, host or attend an Earth Hour gathering, dinner or BBQ in their community on Earth Hour night, and get active on social media in the lead up to and during Earth Hour using the hashtag #AppetiteforChange.

As part of the campaign Earth Hour will release Planet to Plate: an Earth Hour Cookbook, a collection of 52 recipes by Australia’s top celebrity chefs including Margaret Fulton, Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Luke Mangan, Kylie Kwong, Jill Dupleix and Matt Stone.

The recipes are
combined with firsthand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the availability of our favourite foods grown here in Australia.

» Ecovoice – 12 March 2015:
www.ecovoice.com.au



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Did you know…

“Renewable energy 49% of new power in 2014”
Climate Spectator



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Hawaii aims for 100% renewable energy by 2040

Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040. Currently, each year, they spend $3 to $5 billion importing fossil fuels to power their economy.



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Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable

Georgetown – population 54,000 – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years

» www.reneweconomy.com.au




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Successful imagination for community solar farm

The Tathra Community Solar farm on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, spells the word ‘imagine’ in 50 metre-high letters. It was funded by a consortium of community groups, business and individuals – was officially opened on 24 March 2015. Panels for the IMAGINE solar array were purchased by individuals, businesses and community groups for $250 each.

According to the website Energy Matters, the 30kW installation was a joint initiative by Bega Valley Shire Council (which kicked in $25,000), Clean Energy for Eternity (whose members rose $50,000), the local community and Tathra Mountain Bike Club.

“This solar farm is a beacon in uncertain times for the renewable energy industry and our collective action on climate change. It asks us all to imagine a future we want to live in and then make it happen,” Clean Energy for Eternity’s Matthew Nott said.

The project is set to provide 50% of the power to the council-owned sewerage treatment works with the savings to subsidise the cost of operating community venues.

» Energy Matters – 23 March 2015: IMAGINE – Tathra Community Solar Farm Complete  



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Alan Barron: Cost of going green

Two hours after we broadcasted the 65th Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse, we received the following email from Alan Barron. The emails was commented by Rob Gell later the same afternoon:

From: abarron
Date: 2015-03-25 2:23 GMT+01:00
Subject: Rob Gell – Cost of going green
To: The Sustainable Hour

Hi Mik and Tony,

I listened with much interest to your Sustainability Hour today (25/3/15). I could have easily rebutted the claims made by Rob Gell but wasn’t there to do so. I WOULD WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON YOUR PROGRAM AGAIN. I was indeed thankful for the opportunity to appear last week, so a big thank you.

You fail to realise that it’s not going to create jobs or wealth by going green. For example, 20,000 people (mostly elderly) have died in the UK because they can’t afford the new green energy power bill and couldn’t afford to use their heaters in winter (see below).

Spain went heavily into green industries, and for every 1 job created in the green sector lost 3 in general employment. So if you want a better future for your children, DON’T GO GREEN

Other considerations
The first is that renewable energy, particularly wind, is cheaper than coal. The 2011 Australian Productivity Commission shows the following cost comparison between the energy sources in Australia:
Coal fired power station $79 per Mw/h (megawatt/hour)
Gas fired power station $97 per Mw/h – or 1.2 times the cost of coal power
Wind power $150-214 per Mw/h
Solar power $400-473 per Mw/h
www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/energy-generation
VICTORIA’S cash-strapped hospitals have been hit with an extra $6.7 million in energy costs due to the carbon tax in just six months, new data reveals.

State government analysis of hospital bills shows carbon charges made up on average 15 per cent of hospital energy bills. (Herald Sun 2/4/13, page 1)


Costal Property devalued.
Council has started to implement Agenda 21. This has lead to land prices being devalued in alleged coastal flooding zones.
www.theaustralian.com.au
August 4, 2012

One owner, Carolyn Lucas, said that when she bought her house five years ago, the Valuer-General put the land value at $465,000, but since the notification in 2008, this had fallen to $280,000.

“As a single person, that was my retirement money . . . I have lost half of it,” Ms Lucas told The Weekend Australian.

As for the McIntyres, who bought their house as their permanent home, the S149 has ruined their plan of living together modestly but comfortably, working at local jobs and raising Tara, 12, by the sea.

In 2005, a couple of years after they built the house on their block, the value was put at $850,000.

More recently, because of the S149, they considered selling, but Mr McIntyre said the agents “just laughed at me” and said he would be lucky to get $650,000.

The decline in value is more than their mortgage, which now stands at about $180,000.

That tallies with the decline in value placed on the land value of the property, put by the Valuer-General at $490,000 before the S149 was imposed on it in 2008, to $290,000 after its imposition.

Like most of the Chepana Street residents, the McIntyres are not climate change sceptics.

But they think the science is still not precise enough to justify a local council taking actions that have severe impacts on individuals, based on UN predictions of sea-level rise, and subsequent coastal erosion, nearly a century from now.

The SMEC report (The Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC)) does offer a wide range of predictions, depending on what assumptions are incorporated, and an appendix warns of “uncertainty associated with limitations in the data”.

SMEC determined that historical photographic studies of the coastline at Lake Cathie show the coastline has been eroding at sub-snail pace, with 10m of retreat recorded over the past 70 years.

That means that at the historical rate of erosion, it would be 490 years before the erosion would reach the McIntyres’ house.


Energy costs have risen.

Energy costs in UK are rising as England wants to achieve a 50% renewable energy target by 2050. In 2012, 20,000 people in England died because of the cold, they couldn’t afford to pay their energy bills. Most were elderly.

20,000 pensioners died from the cold last winter, AROUND 20,000 pensioners died last year due to cold weather related illness. There were more deaths amongst women than men and London was the area with the highest winter mortality rate, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. In 2010 there was an estimated 26,800 deaths. (Express, Nov 29, 2012.)

www.express.co.uk

According to a Salvation Army report (774, Thursday 19 Feb 15), a further 34,000 Victorian homes have been disconnected from the power grid because they can’t afford to pay their energy bills. 26,000 homes on gas were also disconnected. These figures represent a 25% increase on last year.


USA

34 percent of adults saying they are worried about the planet — down from 43 percent in 2009. Still, Americans spend about $175 billion a year on eco-friendly goods and services according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Note: Costs are rounded to the nearest dollar. Brand mentions are not endorsements.

www.bloomberg.com

European Union –committed to spending 200 million Euro’s per year
By 2050, EU leaders have endorsed the objective of reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990 levels as part of efforts by developed countries as a group to reduce their emissions by a similar degree. The European Commission has published a roadmap for building the low-carbon European economy that this will require. ec.europa.eu


Australia
From the end of the October 2009, corporations, such as property trusts, will have to start reporting their energy and greenhouse performance to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme. The penalty rates are up to $220,000, and a further $11,000 a day for non-compliance.

Read more: www.smh.com.au

Annual world cost
www.economist.com

What reducing our carbon footprint has cost the world so far (since 1989) and projected costs and on some green policy initiatives according to The Economist.

www.economist.com

According to The Economist, we have saved over 14 billion tonnes of CO2 since 1990. And the cost? If you add in renewables energy subsidies which is hard to work out in retrospect, but lets pick a conservative 70 billion USD average per year over the past 26 years since 1989, that’s a total of 1.82 Trillion dollars. And for what? Carbon levels have increased from 340 ppm to 399.85 today. (But temperatures have not risen. You guys don’t want to acknowledge this –why?)

And yet the temperature for the past 17 years has gone sideways. Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions. The oceans contain 37,400 billion tons (GT) of suspended carbon, land biomass has 2,000-3,000 GT.

The atmosphere contains 720 billion tons of CO2 and mankind contributes only 6 GT additional load on this balance. The oceans, land and atmosphere exchange CO2 continuously so the additional load by man is incredibly small. A small shift in the balance between oceans and air would cause a CO2 much more severe rise than anything we could produce (See Henry’s law).

The Economist says,
“….Whatever the reason, the end result is that while the world’s governments have hundreds of policies for tackling climate change, some of them very expensive—China, America and the European Union spend $140 billion a year on subsidising renewable energy—it is hard to say which policies are having the greatest effect. So The Economist has made a stab at a global comparison of carbon-mitigation efforts. Chart 1 is the result. It ranks 20 policies and courses of action according to how much they have done to reduce the atmosphere’s stock of greenhouse gases. We have used figures from governments, the EU and UN agencies. As far as we know, this exercise has not been carried out before.” Climate change forecasts erode a family home, by Ean Higgins, The Australian, 04 August 2012.

Just some thoughts.

Have a nice day,

Alan

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Rob Gell’s comments to Alan Barron

>You fail to realise that it’s not going to create jobs or wealth by going
>green. For example, 20,000 people (mostly elderly) have died in the
>UK because they can’t afford the new green energy power bill and
>couldn’t afford to use their heaters in winter (see below). This isn’t England
>Spain went heavily into green industries, and for every 1 job
>created in the green sector lost 3 in general employment.  So
>if you want a better future for your children, DON’T GO GREEN

er, … an old position Alan. Spain decided to move to renewables because it wasn’t importing 100% of its energy. Government call. The GFC gave them problems but they’re happy now exporting large scale solar thermal tech. Get up to speed Alan.

>Other considerations
>The first is that renewable energy, particularly wind, is cheaper
>(do you mean more expensive?) than coal. The 2011 >Australian Productivity Commission shows the following cost comparison
>between the energy sources in Australia: Coal fired power station $79 per Mw/h (megawatt/hour)
Gas fired power >station $97 per Mw/h – or 1.2 times the cost of coal power
>Wind power $150-214 per Mw/h
Solar power $400-473 per Mw/h >http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/energy-generation >VICTORIA’S cash-strapped hospitals have been hit with an extra $6.7 million
>in energy costs due to the carbon tax in just six months, new data reveals.

Heresay but of course that’s the point of a price on carbon. Drive businesses to institute energy efficiencies or renewables to avoid the tax (sic) carbon price. This was happening – emissions levelled off, particularly with escalating electricity prices. Emissions have since begun increasing. We should talk about the “energy death spiral” next time.

>State government analysis of hospital bills shows carbon
>charges made up on average 15 per cent of hospital energy bills.
>(Herald Sun 2/4/13, page 1)
>Costal Property devalued.
>Council has started to implement Agenda 21. This has lead to land prices
>being devalued in alleged coastal flooding zones.

Sure – what’s your point? I can’t see much refutation of accepted climate science here. It’s a bit of scaremongering about economic cost of a carbon price which is all very well if you don’t think that man is contributing to a change in climate. Tell Alan Barron to read Lord Stern’s assessment from 2006.



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Essential Report: Climate change

Essential Vision has been asking the Australians what they think about climate change and renewable energy. Here is what they found:

1. Climate change
24 March 2015

Q: “Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?”

A:
• Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity
• We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate
• Don’t know

54% (down 3% since December) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 31% (up 2%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. Although this is a fall in belief in climate change since December, it is still the second highest recorded over the last 6 years.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 62%/20% and those aged 55+ split 39%/51%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 62%/25%.

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2. Concern about climate change

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago?

A. Total more concerned
• Much more concerned
• A little more concerned
• About the same
• A little less concerned
• Much less concerned
• Don’t know

52% say they have become more concerned about the environmental effects of global warming over the last two years and 8% have become less concerned – 37% feel about the same.
These results are very similar to those when this question was asked in December.

Those most likely to have become more concerned were Labor voters (63%), Greens voters (76%) and people with university degrees (58%).

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3. Action on climate change

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change would you most support?

A: Incentives for renewable energy
• An emissions trading scheme
• The Government’s direct action policy
• No action required
• Don’t know

In taking action on climate change, 45% most support incentives for renewable energy, 14% most support an emissions trading scheme and 10% most support the Government‘s direct action policy – while 11% say no action is required. This represents a drop in support for incentives for renewable energy since this question was asked in September.

All groups are most likely to support incentives for renewable energy. Those more likely to support an emissions trading scheme were aged 18-24 (26%) and Greens voters (27%).

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4. Renewable Energy Target

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.
Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

A.
• Too high
• Too low
• About right
• Don’t know

32% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 33% think it is too low and 8% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in July, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is too high declined 5 points.

61% of Greens voters and 43% of Labor voters think it is too low.

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The whole world is breaking the law by ignoring climate change

That’s the word from a group of respected lawyers who’ve just introduced what they’re calling ‘The Oslo Principles’.

» Read more: www.grist.org



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Landmark Dutch lawsuit puts governments around the world on notice

Landmark Dutch lawsuit puts governments around the world on notice
A landmark case will be heard in the Den Haag District Court on Tuesday 14 April 2015. The Urgenda Foundation is suing the Dutch government for knowingly endangering its citizens by failing to prevent dangerous climate change.

» Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com



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Antarctic shelf ice diminishing: 18% shrinkage

“Scientists in the US report that the volume of Antarctic shelf ice is diminishing, and that there has been an 18% shrinkage in the mass of some ice floating on coastal waters over the last 18 years. And because much of the loss has been off West Antarctica, where shelf ice helps to keep the ice sheet stable, it could mean that global sea levels will rise even faster as a result of increased glacial flow into the ocean.”


» Climate News Network – 29 March 2015:
Shrinking of ice shelves raises sea level concerns



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“Australia’s current five per cent target of emissions reduction will not contribute to keeping global warming below 2 degrees before the year 2050.”
Bernie Fraser, a former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, chair of the Climate Change Authority which was established in 2012 to provide expert opinion to the Australian government, and then abolished by the current government.



 



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“Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge.”
Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop

» The Guardian – 25 March 2015:
Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church



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Educational:

NASA’s Earth Minute

NASA explains why climate change is a big deal in seven videos of 90 seconds or less



‘Earth has a fever’ – viewed over 100,000 times since it was posted on youtube.com on 2 October 2014.




‘Gas Problem’

NASA runs a Climate Change channel on Youtube.com and has posted seven short animation videos which explain the issues with climate change, carbon emissions, global warming and more.

NASA has studied Earth more than any other planet in our solar system: “It’s one of our most important missions and our unique capabilities in space give us a global view of our changing planet. Subscribe to this bi-weekly animated series as we look at earth science topics and explain why climate change is a big deal in 90 seconds or less. Each video’s description contains links to more information about the subject addressed, NASA missions and resources for educators.”



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How much fossil fuel has been used in your lifetime?

How much fossil fuel has been extracted since you arrived at this page? Or since you were born? The numbers below highlight the staggering amount of oil, coal and gas we take out of the ground – and how quickly change is needed

» Read more: www.theguardian.com



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