Climate Change

Undermining renewables

Sunday, April 22, 2007

We taxpayers are helping fund the polluting fossil fuel industries to the tune of about $10 billion in annual subsidies, compared with a tiny $330 million to renewable energy. This was revealed in reports released in April by Greenpeace and the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

We are also paying for propaganda on climate change. Instead of the $53 million advertising blitz to green-wash his inaction on planet heating activities, Prime Minister Howard could put that to good use to protect all remaining forests and fund serious research into renewables.

Bali Charley!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Bali still dawdles on forests

The December 2007 two-week long meeting of the UN Climate Conference in Bali made a commitment to include emissions from forests as part of the Kyoto Protocol.
But for the next four years, there can only be $ rewards in storing carbon in regrowth forest, not forest protection.

Think about that! Yes - rewarded for cutting them down to grow again!

Cutting down forests is good for you

Monday, March 12, 2007

We can expect the logging fraternity and their friends in government to frantically paint themselves as having a major role to play in combating climate change. Joe Helper, the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, said new carbon trading markets and the consequent value given to carbon soaks could be big business for our logging companies.

In March 2007, Minister Helper gave the opening address to a seminar that was sponsored by the woodchip/paper company, Australian Paper (remember the A Team?) and the Victorian Association of Forest Industries. He said that:

Howard’s climate change

Saturday, November 19, 2005

At 2003, Australia's greenhouse gas emissions had risen by 23.3% on 1990 levels.

This is well above the eight per cent growth limit Australia negotiated as part of the Kyoto Protocol.

This was revealed in a report, released by the United Nations ahead of the international climate conference in Montreal held in late November.

The psychology of denial

Saturday, October 8, 2005

British environmentalist George Monbiot has documented the four stages of denial experienced by the climate change nay-sayers. First they said that climate change didn't exist. Then that it wasn't caused by human activity. As the proof of human involvement became overwhelming, they switched to saying that climate change would bring some benefits. Now most are saying that it's simply too late to act to avert climate change, so let's do nothing. Of course, they are dangerously wrong on all counts.