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    Carbon Clock tells us we haven't much time left!

    Carbon Clock tells us we haven't much time left!

    Dr Brigitte Knopf (pictured) is the Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and here discusses the group's "Carbon Clock".

    Other climate links are:

    "Ice Covering Swiss Mountain Pass Since at Least Roman Era Will Soon Be Gone";

    "Energy ministers power up renewables transition with new deal";

    "IAG chief says climate change is adding to rising insurance costs";

    "How the New Climate Bill Would Reduce Emissions";

    "Arctic now warming four times faster than rest of the world, scientists say";

    "Carbon emissions from French wildfires hit record";

    "House Passes Sweeping Climate, Tax and Health Care Package";

    "Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks";

    "‘Really cheap’: Electric Vehicles now up to  93 per cent cheaper to run than petrol cars";

    "Some Republicans see climate danger. They voted 'no' anyway.";

    "People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere.";

    "NASA Studies Find Previously Unknown Loss of Antarctic Ice";

    "Climate risks dwarf Europe's energy crisis, space chief warns".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".


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    Climate Denial: The man behind 'Sceptical Science', John Cook, helps us better understand climate denial

    Climate Denial: The man behind 'Sceptical Science', John Cook, helps us better understand climate denial

    John Cook (pictured) created 'Sceptical Science' and through the story "Shocked By Climate Change Denial? How To Deal With Misinformation" gives us a better grasp of what climate denial is and what form it takes.

    People from around the world talk frequently about net-zero, but eight authors have combined their skills to encourage us to think seriously about what happens once we have achieved net-zero, do we set about cooling the planet and to what extent? - "Beyond net-zero: we should, if we can, cool the planet back to pre-industrial levels".

    Other climate links today are:

    "Saul wrote the book on all-electric homes, but his gas company is putting up a fight";

    "Wind farm in Bass Strait ‘can be ready in six years’";

    "Climate change is going to make infectious diseases far, far worse";

    "Will Biden Ever Use All His Power to Fight Climate Change?";

    "How to Fall Out of Love With Your Lawn";

    "Rural ecovillage harvests timber from nearby forest, with houses made from recycled materials".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".




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    Simone Fox Koob tells us it's all 'smoke and mirrors'

    Simone Fox Koob tells us it's all 'smoke and mirrors'

    Climate activist shareholder groups have slammed Commonwealth Bank’s new fossil fuel targets for failing to rule out lending for oil and gas extraction projects, according to a story from today's Melbourne Age by Simone Fox Koob.

    Her story - "‘Smoke and mirrors’: CBA climate lending targets under fire" - helps us understand how the climate crisis will never be resolved using existing economic tools.

    A second story from The Age by Laura Chung and Nick O'Malley is headed: "As big as two Harbour bridges: The giant wind farms you’ll see from the coast".

    Other climate stories are:

    "Controversy brews as Australia eyes entering the global carbon trade";

    "The US has finally passed a huge climate bill. Australia needs to keep up";

    "Australian electricity companies not reducing emissions in line with Paris agreement goals, study finds";

    "Experts say the net zero concept is often used to delay taking action against emissions";

    "NT government abandons plan to include mining industry in new environmental laws";

    "French tourist regions under renewed threat from bushfires".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".




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    Coming up: Bill McGuire to talk with Climate Conversations about his new book: 'Hothouse Earth"

    Coming up: Bill McGuire to talk with Climate Conversations about his new book: 'Hothouse Earth"

    Bill McGuire (pictured) is a Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at the University College of London and has written many books, the latest being "Hothouse Earth: an inhabitant's guide", and he has agreed to chat with Climate Conversations just as soon as he has navigated fallout from the book.

    Writing in the Melbourne Age, Ben Cubby tells us about "Nation in clean car traffic jam after decade of delay".

    And the World Resources Institute writes about "5 Reasons Cities Should Include Trees in Climate Action".

    The City of Greater Shepparton is already advanced in this area with its 'One Tree Per Child" program.

    Other climate links are:

    "Why is the UK so unprepared for extreme heat and what can be done?";

    "Revealed: Car industry’s secret emissions plan would slow electric vehicle uptake";

    "‘Unacceptable costs’: savanna burning under Australia’s carbon credit scheme is harming human health;

    "'Celebrating Agriculture for Development – Outcomes, Impacts and the Way Ahead,”;

    "Climate Finance Needs Rethinking to Reach Indigenous Peoples on the Ground".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".




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    Webinar: Australian Security Leaders Climate Group discussing the unfolding challenges

    Webinar: Australian Security Leaders Climate Group discussing the unfolding challenges

    Ian Dunlop (pictured) is the chair of the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group and leads listeners through a webinar during which they hear about the unfolding challenges of climate change.

    The webinar was entitled "A Nation at Risk".

    The Melbourne Age newspaper published an editorial today (August 8) pointing out that arrival at a position to tackle climate change will be "messy" - it says: "It’s messy, but co-operation on climate is the only way forward".

    Other climate links are:

    "Can Kenya’s youngest MP candidate step up the climate fight?";

    "Grattan on Friday: Government win on climate legislation leaves opposition looking like a stranded asset";

    "Scientists Say It’s ‘Fatally Foolish’ To Not Study Catastrophic Climate Outcomes";

    "We’re no rubber stamp on climate: Pocock, Lambie warn Labor on climate bill";

    "Lest we forget Philip Sutton’s Climate Emergency legacy: how we restore a safe climate";

    "Why climate change hits some communities harder than others";

    "China warns that its temperatures are rising faster than global average";

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    Webinar: Advice about the challenges of reporting on our changing climate

    Webinar: Advice about the challenges of reporting on our changing climate

    Miki Perkins (pictured) reports about climate matters for both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age and was on of a trio of speakers on a webinar organised by the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance.

    The webinar was entitled: "Climate Reporting - Every Journo's Round"

    And Climate One talks wonders: "Can We Get Clean Energy Without Dirty Mines?".

    Other climate links are:

    "How floods become human catastrophes";

    "This could be the coolest summer of the rest of your life";

    "‘We’re way behind the game’: Bowen takes step towards offshore wind farm approvals";

    "What the climate bill is and what it’s not";

    "'The climate wars are nearly over': Labor, teals and Greens take a win on emissions as Liberals watch on";

    "After a watershed week on climate, Albanese is eyeing the Hawke playbook for his upcoming jobs summit";

    "Switch on the Savings: A Heat Pump Cost-Effectiveness Study";

    "India Approves Climate Change Commitments to UN Ahead of COP27";

    "How Is Climate Change Affecting Floods?";

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