Australian governments are so charitable to foreign mining corporations, especially coal and gas. It seems to be a central plank of their existence, plus denying the dangers of global warming to the viability of Australian Society. A most recent update by the Australian Institute, shows the Australian Federal Government fossil fuel money scam continues. Direct cost to taxpayers was $10.3 billion from the budget year 2020-21.
“Coal, oil and gas companies in Australia give the impression that they are major contributors to the Australian economy, but our research shows that they are major recipients of government funds,” said Rod Campbell, Research Director at The Australia Institute. This tax break not only funneled $1.5 billion to the coal and gas industries last year, but it made it cheaper for them to export fossil fuel to the rest of the world.
New South Wales is putting $100 million into ‘coal innovation’, but much of the research remains mysteriously unpublished, such as a cost benefit analysis of carbon capture and storage in the state.
Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming. -- This Guardian article recaps disruption history of PV panels. Global warming safety requires rapid acceleration to abandon fossil fuels. Regular reduction of renewable energy costs is a feature of increased scale of manufacture. The same thing could be have been achieved in Australia for CSP - Concentrated solar thermal with mirrors and heat storage, to achieve "base-line" grid power backup at night-time. Meanwhile the size and scope of big battery projects continues to expand. The AEMO has contracted for a 300MW / 450 MWh , Lithium-ion Tesla battery near Geelong, Victoria.
BINOY KAMPMARK writes about the Australian Government harsh repression of journalistic exposure of some of their more shameful acts of State Government policy. Meanwhile, Australia continues to participate in the USA's ongoing Afghanistan War Lies. Now with a new $270 billion dollars for new defence hardware scams, which cannot keep up with all the lies, which won't protect anyone from a climate devastated future.
Attorney-General Christian Porter insists on prosecuting former ASIS officer Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, for daring to shame Australian government by exposing a blatant intentional wrong against a friendly country. And of course Australia's old partner in Crimes of Imperialism, United Kingdom is being by allowed by federal ALP and LNP parties to torture Julian Assange unto death by prosecution or extradition, which ever comes first. Prosecution of journalists demonstrates the continued desire of States to commit further heinous crimes. States prove their own guilt by tossing the messengers into goal. Crimes of individuals are overpowered by ongoing crimes of nation - states, for which there are no laws, police, or prosecution, for the acts of fossil-fool, stupid-wealth-crazy political classes.
That is with continued business as usual, at the rate of destruction of ecosystem habitats still happening. No one set out to systemically target Koala habitats. They just set out to keep making money by selling products made from chewed up native forests. Agricultural clearing, drought and bushfires and global heating have changed entire systems. Some species will never return to the same places, as they fail to tolerate growing extremes of heat and variable rainfall. Ecosystems evolve, and diversify locally. They are not planted for our convenience. If koala habitats are going fast, si are many other less less iconic species. They will also be going away forever, along with the possibility of co-evolving for a long time. Even Australian's thin soils need time to be replaced on our ancient continental island.
Robert Hunziker writes again on our global multiple screaming ecosystem alarm bells, while our Industrial Civilisation sticks its collective heads deeper into the sands of denial. Some leaders are even using our intrinsic denial to counter the facts of our corona virus pandemic. This cause an uncertain temporary dip effect on our global population growth, and ecosystem impacts. Our rebound of population growth and ecosystem exploitation is still to be feared.
... whilst climate change disrupts ecosystems on the fringes of civilization, [industrial] society comfortably exists in artificial complexities of cement, steel, glass, and wood within a vast chemically induced world that only recognizes the danger of collapsing ecosystems after it’s too late. Then, it is too late!
Record prolonged summer temperatures around the Arctic circle are melting the ground permafrost that lies below most of Siberia's infrastructure. ABC radio national inteviewed Samantha Burgess, from the Copernicus Climate Change Service in the UK. She emphasized that our climate predicament is dire, and we are really doing almost nothing about it, compared to actual mitigation requirements. We need to rapidly abandon our greenhouse gas emitting lifestyles.
Verkhoyansk is in north-east Russia, has a new record maximum of + 38°C. It holds a global records for measured widest temperature range on Earth. Verkhoyansk winter temperatures fall towards -50°C. It is all about location, which is inland, with extreme seasonal variation of day length above the Arctic Circle. Even so, this new record is +17°C above the expected average temperature. Siberia's forests are again burning from wildfires, one of several global heating positive feedbacks that likely to be getting worse, put on top of our own record accumulation of hydrosphere carbon-dioxide. Our global weather systems are complex. Earth's weather systems have more heat energy to be redistributed. Our global heating changes are causing multiple systems-wide effects.
Australia's next fire season will again be a new incremental roaster.
Published July 2019. Indicates that renewable energy investment is the only way now possible to get a reasonable return on investment of fossil fuels. Already beset by rising extraction costs and diminishing energy return, price crashes, and drop in global affordability, fossil fuels look like they will soon not be able to pay for themselves. Global economic slowdowns due to corona virus, threaten the very large debt bubble that was propping up much fossil fuel extraction operations.
Summary : Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources -- roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity.
Link to ACF petition, and campaign to push politicians for Australia to get off its coal addiction, and massively increase investment in renewable energy.
Watch the video , or read this "The Conversation" article to see why.
With Morrison now pursuing bilateral agreements with the states to open up more gas reserves, it is vitally important to interrogate the logic of gas as a transition fuel. . . . in the 30-odd years since gas was first talked up as a transition fuel, humans have added more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than they did in all of human history before that point. We are twice as far from stable global temperatures now as we were when the the concept of a transition fuel was born, and emissions are accelerating in the wrong direction.
Two years of worst ever seen dryness. Farms are shutting down. Rural Australia is ravaged. Even Sydney has been dry. There is promise of an inch or so of rain in Sydney in the middle of this week, maybe the first serious rain for some months.
What about our fossil-fool governments? No doubt they will deny, their intentions ensure Australia will become a permanent, hot, drought crippled write-off, therefore only good for coal, oil, gas and resource mining, just the way the fossil - fools are making it it, and more of it. Ditto for the rest of the planet.
Fossil fool civilisation needs to collapse, along with our energy use lifestyle pretensions, before complete biosphere collapse and write-off, because that is all there is time left to do.
Runaway global warming is when natural carbon dioxide emissions from enhanced thawing of northern permafrost occur, and match or exceed human industrial emissions. As global increase in atmosphere CO2 sets a new record in 2019, some of that increase is likely to include the results of additional permafrost thawing, because the no-freeze-up boundary is moving south, and happens later in the season. The Arctic is the worlds organic carbon fridge, it is defrosting, and the hundreds of feet of organic carbon are going off with bacterial decomposition, the edges of which release greenhouse gases as fast as a putrefying joint of meat, or a "a bucket of prawns in the sun". Here is a link to the National Geographic Article. -
Added all up, its more like tens of thousands. Most of all , the ALP cannot call itself serious on Climate Change while it allows new coal mines like Adani to go ahead. ALP Supports demolition and extinction of land, water, ecosystems, reef, agriculture, tourism, for foreign coal and coal seam gas mining, all of which is irreversible. To fix it would require a time machine. Its not India's land and water. ALP is failing to say outright "No" to Adani. People have to control and limit fossil fuel business. The large majority of ALP voters want to stop Adani. It isn't good enough for the ALP to be coy and say that the mine is a risky money proposition, and pretend market forces are going be our climate savior. Market forces promote continued growth in global fossil fuel consumption. Already there are 3 times as much global coal, oil, gas projects under development to burn us past 2 degrees C of global warming. Fixing climate change, means "No" to more fossil fueled growth. Put ALP next to last in voting, among the other fossil fool clowns.
Weather systems on the East Coast of Australia are now showing what they can do with all the extra heat energy that Global Warming has squeezed into our oceans and atmosphere. The BOM says bushfires in Queensland and floods in Sydney are linked by a connecting weather system. They are also linked by being part of a global warmed ocean and atmosphere system. Heat from the continent interior has smashed coastal temperature records in North Queensland. The bush fires near Rockhampton can only be run away from.
A water crisis could be the biggest threat to China's rise as a superpower, undercutting the growth and stability so prized by the Government.
The Yongding River. that supplied Beijing, has been dry for 30 years. At its peak, the 700-kilometre river was at least 10 metres deep.
The cause seems to be that the sources, the plateaus and mountain ranges, are drying up. Last winter, Beijing endured its longest period without any precipitation, snow or rain — 112 days. Every year remaining farmers have to go deeper into the watertable. On average, it is dropping 1 to 3 metres a year around Beijing. The Government's $100 billion South-North Water Transfer Project has been tipped as a solution.
In unusually blunt terms, former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has warned the lack of water threatened the very survival of the Chinese nation itself.
Of course, the other notable thing that Bejing is famous for, besides being the political, administrative capital and having a big population, is the poor air quality, because of large numbers of coal burning power stations. Constant production of large volumes of atmosphere pollutants such as sulphur dioxides, and soot particles, must have a marked effect on local climate, as well as being a cause of global climate change, and poor health consequences for all of its citizens.