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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

Climate Conversations Robert McLean

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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

    Climate Forward: Former U.S. vice president Al Gore was the first of many guests on the New York Times 'fire-side' chats

    Climate Forward: Former U.S. vice president Al Gore was the first of many guests on the New York Times 'fire-side' chats

    Climate champion and former U.S. vice president, Al Gore, was the first of many guests at a day-long Climate Forward event organized by The New York Times.

    Mr Gore exuded optimism during what was described as a "fire-side chat", with a senior New York Times climate reporter, Somini Sengupta. 


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    It's going to take everyone to change everything, and maybe at just one starfish at a time

    It's going to take everyone to change everything, and maybe at just one starfish at a time

    Doing what you can, just one starfish at a time.

    Professor David Lindenmayer was the guest at a webinar organized by the Australian Conservation Foundation where he talked about "Saving our native forest in Victoria".

    And a guest, just this morning (September 21) at a webinar organized by The Australia Institute was Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Her portfolios include Environment and Biodiversity, Water and Murray-Darling Basin, Arts and Communications. Today's webinar topic was "Pulling the Climate trigger: Environment Laws Fit for a Crisis".

    Other climate links are:

    "Denmark becomes first to offer 'loss and damage' climate funding";

    "In moment of global unrest, dozens of global leaders, activists, and artists join 10-hour global event, Peace Day Live 2022";

    "Hertz will order up to 175,000 EVs from General Motors, including BrightDrop vans";

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    Climate news: 'Critical issue is moving from commitment to action' - Helen Clarkson, Climate Group CEO

    Climate news: 'Critical issue is moving from commitment to action' - Helen Clarkson, Climate Group CEO

    Climate Group CEO, Helen Clarkson, opened/launched Climate Week NYC calling on people to move from commitment to action.

    Michael Noetel asks the question: "What do we owe future generations? And what can we do to make their world a better place?"

    And on Radio 3CR, Vivien Langford investigates: "The dirty truth about green optimism" and "Australia's green extractivism and sacrifice zone abroad".

    Other climate links are:

    "Climate Cafe";

    "Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope";

    "Western Alaska Lashed by Strongest Storm in Years";

    "Climate change threatens up to 100% of trees in Australian cities, and most urban species worldwide";

    "Labor urged to axe $1.9bn in ‘zombie’ fossil fuel subsidies promised by the Coalition";

    "Meeting 2030 goal for electric cars could be impossible";

    "PSC in Conversation with John Wiseman: hope and courage in the climate crisis";

    "​Lennox Head's leading demonstration site for sustainable living";

    "The Food Climate Partnership";

    "Dugongs and turtles are starving to death in Queensland seas – and La Niña’s floods are to blame";

    "I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health";

    "Privatization Isn’t The Answer To Jackson’s Water Crisis".


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    An Australian COP?: Adam Morton writes about what a COP would mean for us

    An Australian COP?: Adam Morton writes about what a COP would mean for us

    Guardian reporter Adam Morton writes about the Australian Labor Government's idea of bringing a United Nations Conference of the Parties to Australia - "Australia’s bid to host a Cop summit could shape climate action and politics for years to come".

    Climate News Network tells us: "Canadian EV battery industry could hit $48 billion a year".

    And from Renew Economy we hear: "Wind and solar records tumble again, as coal and fossil fuels hit another low".


    Other climate links are:



    "In Pakistan, 33 Million People Have Been Displaced by Climate-Intensified Floods";



    "Scientists Say Pakistan’s Extreme Rains Were Intensified by Global Warming";



    "We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate – and for our health";

    "Australian company boosting Biden’s electric car agenda under scrutiny";
    "Thousands shelter as super typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan";
    "Climate Change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health";
    "Flushed with success, Who Gives A Crap wants to conquer supermarkets";
    "Three Congressional Hearings on Climate Disinfo Bring New Industry Documents to Light".
    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".


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    Super typhoon Nanmadol: winds at the centre of the storm blowing at 198kph and gusting up to 270kph

    Super typhoon Nanmadol: winds at the centre of the storm blowing at 198kph and gusting up to 270kph

    Millions in Japan are urged to shelter or evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol (pictured) closes in on the country - "Japan issues special typhoon warning as 'unprecedented' storm approaches".

    Again from the ABC we hear about electric vehicles and towing - "Electric vehicles that can tow your boat, caravan or horse float are coming to Australia, but how long will we have to wait?"

    The problems of reporting on the climate crisis exercises my thinking and illustrates that what worked last century, won't work in the 21st Century - "Last Century’s Approach to Journalism Is Useless in a Climate Crisis".

    Other climate links are:

    "‘Africa is on the frontlines but not the front pages’: Vanessa Nakate on her climate fight";

    "Humans Have a Long History of Making ‘Very Bad Decisions’ to Save Animals";

    "Diesel cars get the flick in Fed govt's electric vehicle transition";

    "Kirstie Clements: Cost-per-wear, cheap fast fashion comes at a staggering price";

    "Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims";

    "As farmers split from the GOP on climate change, they're getting billions to fight it";

    "Car sharing is on the rise in Melbourne. Is it for you?".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".


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    Death of a Queen, saturated media; death of Earth is largely ignored

    Death of a Queen, saturated media; death of Earth is largely ignored

    Professor Euan Ritchie (pictured) compares media coverage of the Queen's death to the existential threat facing Earth in the story "Why did the Queen’s death receive saturation media coverage while the future of the Earth goes largely ignored?"

    And in its Editorial, the Melbourne Age says: "Australia can help steer the electric car revolution".

    More climate links are:

    "Protecting native forests is critical for tackling climate change. It's time for an immediate end to logging";

    "University drops Santos branding of kids’ science roadshow after climate concerns raised";

    "Is It Too Late to Make the Music Industry Sustainable?";

    "Consider wildlife this firewood season";

    "Australia's Global Climate Summit";

    "Is Earth getting smaller?";

    "NSW and ACT in talks over biggest border shake-up in living memory".

    Enjoy "Music for a Warming World".


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