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Considering 'natural disasters' that have human fingerprints all over them
The Australian Government is being overwhelmed by natural disasters; disasters that are considered natural but which have human fingerprints all over them.
The universities website, The Conversation, has carried many stories about the climate crisis and two of the most recent of those are "Failure is not an option’: after a lost decade on climate action, the 2020s offer one last chance" by Professor Will Steffen, and "Cyclone Seroja just demolished parts of WA – and our warming world will bring more of the same"by Professor Jonathon Nott.
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Carbon budgets need our attention - David Spratt
David Spratt worked with Ian Dunlop to write the "Carbon Budget Briefing Notes for 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius" for the National Centre for Climate Restoration, Breakthrough.
A story about those briefing notes - "Net zero emissions must be reached before 2030 for 2°C target, new analysis says" - was published by Australia's pre-eminent climate website, RenewEconomy.
In this episode, David talks about why he and Ian wrote the briefing paper, who it is for and why people should pay attention to their carbon budget.
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Stumbling into the messy politicisation of the climate crisis
In what seems like "another life ago", I heard in 2006, soon after stumbling accidentally into the climate conversation, that if the discussion ever became politicised, all was lost.
That happened almost immediately and the difficulty was illustrated just recently when the former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull (pictured), was appointed to a newly created New South Wales net-zero emissions and clean economy advisory board and in almost the same breath, removed from the role.
The reasons were many, but they were primarily driven by political interests.
RenewEconomy published a story about this latest development.
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Explaining the impossible in just 30 minutes
Concerns that not all councillors from the City of Greater Shepparton understood or supported the idea of a Climate Emergency prompted a letter from a few locals seeking an unqualified "yes" or "no" from all nine councillors.
The result confirmed little but did result in an invite for two of us to join the council at a "briefing session" where we could talk about the climate emergency, how the council should invoke that and how the council should involve the community.
Just 30 minutes has been set aside for the briefing session and to present a cogent argument in that short window of time about something which the best minds in the world have wrestled with for decades not only borders on impossible, it is impossible.
Not to worry, we can all only do what we can do.
What you can do, however, is enjoy the music of the Melbourne-based group, "Music for a Warming World".
A decent man fighting to take back our planet
Professor Michael E. Mann is deeply embedded in the fight to take back our planet and his latest book, "The New Climate War", allows us to experience that struggle through his eyes.
This latest episode of Climate Conversations features a discussion between Professor Mann and the senior vice-president, strategy and communications, with the Environmental Defense Fund, Eric Pooley.
The conversation illustrates the decency of Michael Mann, a fellow who has been repeatedly lambasted by the world's climate deniers.
Climate Conversations invites you to enjoy this rather special episode and listen to "Music for a Warming World".
We need an army of peole with the commitment and intent of Fiona Armstrong
Fiona Armstrong (pictured) from the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) was the guest at a recent meeting of Darebin Climate Action Now where she talked about the many exciting projects of CAHA.
Fiona is generous with both her time and knowledge, willingly sharing it with anyone who might be interested in hearing about the need for climate action and with regard to the impact a warming world is having on human health.
Fiona is not alone in spreading the word about the need for climate action as also using their talents to alert people to that urgency is the Melbourne-based group, "Music for a Warming World".