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Breeding Ourselves To Extinction CounterPunch Remote 2014-11-19

. . . Consequently, the idea of cheap oil has become regarded as a guarantee of affordable food. There are three problems with this notion: for one, oil is a finite resource; secondly, in a vicious cycle, cheap and abundant oil will, at best, postpone the inevitable human population crash to a much higher population; and finally, all the oil will eventually wind up in the atmosphere as CO2.

Natural Gas as 'Bridge Fuel' Is Excellent Political Solution But Fails As Climate Solution DeSmogBlog Remote 2014-11-19

. . . a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Fear of Collapse explains the G20 Here Blog 2014-11-18

I diagnose the ridiculous and contradictory meeting of the G20, here in Australia in 2014, as the manifestation of fear of existential collapse.

To get climate change under control, our growth fetish must go The Conversation Remote 2014-11-18

The bleeding obvious. . . .Climate scientists such as Kevin Anderson demonstrate that industrialised nations need to reduce their emissions by 8-10% per year immediately. This is to limit global warming to the politically agreed maximum of two degrees Celsius this century. Such cuts have never been achieved and are not compatible with economic growth. . . . . . .Unfortunately, the next decade is likely to present us with some very unpalatable truths about the conflict between a habitable environment and our addiction to growth. . . .

Barack Obama Does ‘the Environment’ : Extinction Economics CounterPunch Remote 2014-11-15

Rob Urie points out that the new carbon emissions targets agreement between China and the USA, hides the emissions transfer from the USA to China, and hides the expansion of coal exports from USA to China. Extractive corporations continue to pressure national governments, such as Australia, to stop their ability to create and enforce national environmental regulations. No planned targets exist that can prevent 4 degrees C of warming by 2100.

Lagging Behind: Australia and the global response to climate change Climate Council Australia Remote 2014-11-14
Climate Council Report on Australia relative efforts to reduce carbon emissions : . . . In 2013, for the first time China installed more renewable energy capacity than fossil fuels and nuclear. . . It is clear that many countries around the world are continuing to tackle climate change. The most common types of action include carbon pricing and supporting renewable energy . . .For every $1 spent to support renewable energy, another $6 are spent on fossil fuel subsidies. Without phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, the 2°C target will not be reached.
China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests The Guardian Remote 2014-11-14
A very good thing. Prospects for Australian coal industry expansion are grim because : . . .The amount of coal China burned in the first three-quarters of 2014 was 1-2% lower than a year earlier, according to Greenpeace energy analysts. The drop contrasts sharply with the 5-10% annual growth rates seen since the early years of the century. . . .
Glencore shuts down coal mines for 3 weeks Sydney Morning Herald Remote 2014-11-14

Evidence of the madness of the coal hucksters in our state and federal governments. They are still trying to expand the Australian Coal Industry at a time of falling global demand, and when our globe is already set to warm to dangerous levels.

Stand Up For Nature Here Blog 2014-11-14

Angel place in Sydney : You know that Nature is being destroyed by us. Speakers include: > Dr Sylvia Earle, world renowned Oceanographer > Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Environment ALP; Bill Shorten(via video) ALP > Christine Milne, Leader of the Greens

Draining the Lifeblood – Fracking the Great Artesian Basin The AIM Network Remote 2014-11-13
. . .The GAB is the lifeblood of the eastern half of Australia, running from Cape York to Cooper Pedy, and covering almost a quarter of the Australian continent. It contains 65,000 cubic kms of groundwater, released to the surface under pressure through natural springs and artesian bores. . . . “80% of the Great Artesian Basin has a gas, petroleum or CSG exploration or production license over it.” . . . According to Queensland University soil scientist Robert Banks, the loss of water pressure due to CSG drilling may be enough to stop bore flow completely throughout the basin.
Fossil Fuel exploration - billions subsidized by taxpayers ABC Radio AM Remote 2014-11-12
Interview of author Shelagh Whitley from the Overseas Development Institute in London ... For fossil fuel exploration ... Australia spends up to three and a half billion a year on national subsidies - and we did a bit of math and that is equivalent to what it would cost to provide solar power to about half the homes in the entire state of Queensland. ... and previously we've been told that we have to actually keep two-thirds of fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we're to avoid dangerous climate change.
Sydney Walk For Water Here Blog 2014-11-10
Water supplies for human use are under threat around the world. Water supplies are in danger from mining, industrial and agricultural pollution. And access to quality water at a reasonable price for the user, is under threat from privatization. In Sydney, its water catchment ecosystems are under threat from Coal Mining.  These upland wetland areas perform vital filtration and storage functions for free, for our city of 5 million people. Only later does the water trickle into our dams. These systems are being destroyed by the long wall coal mining under the catchment area. The mining progressively undermines and collapses the rock layers between the mine and the surface, leading to cracks and permanent drainage of the wetland areas, which dry out.  This leads to a total loss of natural ecosystem water storage and filtering. After this loss, water run-off happens more quickly, with rapid erosion, and a faster silt build up in our dams. Some of the water drains down through new underground pathways and bypasses the dam storage entirely. Labor and Liberal NSW governments have been willing to approve a few years of coal mining profits as a trade off for permanent loss of capacity to supply water to Sydney, and they did this despit advice to the contrary of the catchment authority.  Now the NSW government wants to merge the catchment authority with Sydney Water, as a prelude to complete privatisation of Sydney's water supply.