climate change

For all our kids

By Bill Shorten

Today I spoke in the Australian Parliament on the need for real action on climate Change.

There is no doubt that our earth is warming and our seas rising – or that humankind is the cause.

And if we do not act, the consequences will be severe.

Governments of the world, both progressive and conservative, are making their choice clear.

Today, 39 national and 23 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are on track to implement carbon pricing instruments, including emissions trading schemes.

Stop the Peruvian Chainsaw Massacre

Palm oil companies have staked claims to 100,000 hectares of rainforest (photo: NASA)

Dear friends of the rainforests,

Satellite images document the ugly truth: while Peru's President Humala and his government wrap themselves in a green mantle, the palm oil industry is staking claims to vast swathes of Peruvian rainforest. How can the environment minister of Peru preside over the next UN Climate Summit while actively promoting the rampant deforestation of his own country? Help us call him out on his hypocrisy!

Bindi Irwin stars in controversial indy activist film!

Some in the mainstream media have begun sharpening their knives ahead of the release of, Surviving Earth featuring Bindi Irwin (daughter of the late Steve Irwin - crocodile hunter) as the voice of youth among a scholarly cast including, Prof. Tim Flannery, Ian Dunlop, Prof. Ian Lowe and Uncle Bob Randall. Directed by Peter Charles Downey and made in Melbourne, Australia by United Natures Media and Peter Erb Media the independent movie style documentary brings environmental and humanitarian activism to mainstream.

Time for Emergency Action on Climate

Australian science blogger and author David Spratt renews his call for emergency action to save the climate. In his latest work, Spratt explains why the remaining amount of burnable carbon for a safe climate is ... zero.

All that talk of how much carbon we can burn over the next decade or two is sadly mistaken. If we have any margin left, we'll need that to grow food. Agriculture has it's own emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

That means we require a changeover in our economy as radical as happened in Britain in 1939, or America in 1943.

From Sydney to Boggabri: Smash ANZ and Whitehaven Coal

Throughout Februrary and March 2014 dozens of ANZ billboards were vandalised across Sydney. Numerous ANZ branch facades were painted with slogans denouncing Whitehaven coal and the destruction of Leard state forest while their ATM card slots were glued shut. During the Mardi Gras festivities numerous ANZ “GAYTM’s” were vandalised with paint and in the days following the parade two of the pinkwashed machines on Oxford St were smashed with a metal bar.

RAPID COLLAPSE

Would you believe everything from food to power to gasoline could disappear in just a matter of weeks? From Ireland, David Korowicz explains how. Everybody could be hit, including dear old Australia.

There is a small industry of pundits warning something is about to collapse. A large and growing public suspects they are right.

Climate Dark Age

The bad news is planet Earth is already committed to very dangerous climate change. Dr. Michael Jennings published a paper in 2012 showing we are already in the worst case scenario. We'll talk with Dr. Jennings, from the University of Idaho.

We may be saved from utter disaster if an economic collapse comes sooner rather than later. Dr. Sing C. Chew will give us the good news about Dark Ages, and the signs we are entering one now.

Surviving Earth - mass suicide prevention. Theatrical trailer 2014 (inde doco)

Surviving Earth - mass suicide prevention. This is the theatrical trailer for Surviving Earth (2014); an independent Australian made documentary featuring Prof. Tim Flannery, Prof. Ian Lowe, Dr. Ian Dunlop, Prof. Paul Ehrlich and Bindi Irwin among others on the topics of resource depletion. climate change adaptation / mitigation and population overshoot. To be released later in 2014. Distribution enquiries welcome.

Directed by Peter Charles Downey.
Produced by PCD, Peter Erb, Chris Erb.

Trailer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxEoESc6MR0

Website
www.survivingearthmovie.com

Australia's 2014 summer breaks 156 heat records with climate change

Reading the climate Council latest report on the Angry Summer 2013/2014 (PDF) I was struck by the extent and rapidity of the changes in temperature we are seeing now.

Related: Urbanization amplifies global warming temperatures for Sydney

February 2014 Honduras coup update

February 2014 Honduras coup summary update

new site for the summaries online here: http://sydneywithhonduras.wordpress.com/monthly-news-summaries/

Summary of known political assassinations

-Justiniano Vázquez, political activist and brother of the should-be-mayor, was killed on 21/2/14
-Pedro Pérez, indigenous organiser, was killed on 18/2/14

Cases of known political persecution in February 2014

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