To avoid another Black Saturday, let’s focus the next 15 years on taking climate action
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by Climate Council
3w ago
A reflection on black Saturday by former fire and emergency leaders; Craig Lapsley, former Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Russell Rees, former Chief Fire Officer of Country Fire Authority Victoria, and Ewan Waller, former Chief Fire Officer of Forest Fire Management Victoria. Find out more about the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action here. Fifteen years on from Victoria’s worst bushfire disaster, the wounds still run deep. They run deep for friends and loved ones of the 173 people who died that day, for the more than 2,200 families made homeless and for the traumatised communit ..read more
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Road tripping in our electric vehicle
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by Martin Rice
1M ago
Summer hols, here we go… So what’s the plan? Drive our electric car from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast and back, taking in the epic Victorian Alpine Country and stunning NSW-Queensland coastline and hinterland. That’s just a casual 4,300km round trip. I love our electric vehicle (EV) –  it has close to a 500 kilometre range – yet it’s fair to say I was concerned about the chance of not finding a charging station at points throughout our journey, given the peak summer period traffic, extra luggage weight and air con use. But my travel companion and co-pilot (my wife Michelle) and I were ..read more
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Looking back at 2023
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by Climate Council
2M ago
The climate crisis has continued to intensify this year, underscoring the urgent need to rapidly cut pollution. We have seen harrowing weather extremes across the world, and more records broken as the year progressed, including the confirmation that 2023 was indeed the hottest year ever recorded globally.  However, 2023 has also seen waves of momentum in the steps needed to fix the situation, with many nations and parts of our economy doing more and aiming higher.  As the year draws to a close, join us in celebrating some of Australia’s top climate wins in 2023, as we continue to pos ..read more
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Climate resolutions for 2024
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by Climate Council
2M ago
The climate crisis has intensified this year, underscoring the urgent need for emissions reductions.  We have seen harrowing weather extremes across the world, and more records broken as the year progressed. But there is hope: with many nations and economic sectors bolstering their climate commitments. This growing determination must propel a united global effort towards much more ambitious action to reduce emissions. As we ring in a New Year, join us in committing to resolutions that help to reduce Australia’s emissions, continue positively influencing the national conversation on clima ..read more
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To be successful at COP28, Australia will need to do three things
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by Climate Council
3M ago
So far, Australia has made good progress at the United Nations COP28 talks in Dubai this year, committing alongside other nations to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 and pledging to end the use of international aid funding for climate-damaging projects.   These are positive steps that will help Australia continue to rebuild its reputation on the world stage and regain the trust of communities across our region. Our delegation has an opportunity to keep building on this momentum in the final push for progress before the conference ends.  With Climate Change Minister Chris ..read more
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Helping the Pacific financially is a great start – but Australia must act on the root cause of the climate crisis
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by Wesley Morgan
3M ago
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Written by Senior Researcher Wesley Morgan The federal government has announced an extra A$150 million for climate finance – including $100 million for the Pacific to help protect its people, housing and infrastructure from the escalating impacts of global warming. It comes as Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen lands in Dubai for international negotiations at the 28th United Nations climate summit. At the end of the hottest year on record, the ..read more
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Help stop the queensland-hunter gas pipeline
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by Climate Council
3M ago
The Queensland-Hunter Gas Pipeline is a proposed underground pipeline route intended to pipe dangerous, polluting fossil gas between Queensland and the proposed Narrabri Gas Project.  15 years ago, the Federal Government determined that this project would not have any environmental impacts and waved it through for construction. Since then, new information has come to light about the potential impact this project could have on threatened species, like the Regent Honeyeater and Spotted-tail quoll, that have been found living in the area. Thanks to the efforts of Lock the Gate and local comm ..read more
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Surviving a heatwave: how to stay cool this summer
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by Climate Council
3M ago
The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that another El Niño event is underway, bringing hot and dry conditions to much of Australia.. Climate change, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas, is already leading to hotter, longer and more intense heatwaves in Australia. With El Niño occurring against this backdrop of a fast warming planet, we need to be prepared for some extreme temperatures this summer. Heatwaves are known as a silent killer – they cause more deaths than any other extreme weather event in Australia combined, including bushfires, floods and cyclones. As the days get hotter ..read more
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Climate Council Annual Report 2023
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by Climate Council
3M ago
The climate crisis has intensified this year, underscoring the urgent need for emissions reductions.  We have seen harrowing weather extremes across the world, and more records broken as the year progressed. But there is hope: with more nations and economic sectors bolstering their climate commitments. This renewed determination must absolutely propel a united global effort towards even more ambitious action. Globally and in Australia, demand for climate solutions has reached unprecedented heights. When a new Federal Government came to power in 2022 with a clear mandate to fast-track clim ..read more
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The crisis in our oceans threatens all life as we know it – including our own
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by Simon Bradshaw
4M ago
I climb back on the boat, comparing notes with ocean scientist Professor Jodie Rummer – my snorkelling buddy for the day – on what we’d spotted below the sea’s surface. A white tip reef shark, a school of barracudas, giant clams, acres of bright blue staghorn corals. It doesn’t matter how many times you set eyes on a healthy coral reef – it blows you away every time.  We are up on a northern part of the Great Barrier Reef for the launch of Code Blue – the Climate Council’s first comprehensive report on climate change and our oceans. Today was a stark reminder of just how much hangs in the ..read more
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