climate change

Australia earns first rebuke by civil society at UN climate change talks

Australia had the dubious priveledge of earning the first Fossil of the Day award at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Civil society organisations confer the awards each day of the climate talks, and have been doing so since 1999.

Related: The Verb - Australia won't be missed | Australia the empty chair at the climate talks in Warsaw | Greenpeace protests at coal power stations as Warsaw Climate talks start | Dismay At The Coal Powered Negotiations of COP19 | Read more reports from COP19 Warsaw at Climate IMC


A Call for Donations to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Akbayan Partylist, through its #Akbayanihan Relief Drive, is again calling on the public for donations and volunteers to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

According to reports, the storm’s path decimated entire towns leaving hundreds of thousands of families displaced and injured, with the death toll expected to climb as high as 10,000.

We have seen the horrific devastation. Let us now close ranks and help each other.

Donations in cash and kind

October 2013 Honduras military coup update

October 2013 Honduras military coup update

Now that we are reaching the end of Lobo's coup regime, its election time again in November 2013. In these four years the elite have constantly held onto hegemony and whitewashed the coup using language of 'peace, tranquility, and reconcilitation'. The election is equally their game, and their rules, their chance to further consolidate, and has a demobilising effect to their favour.

WGAR News: Challenge to Native Title on Their Country - Mirning Say - You Must Listen: SBS Aboriginal

Newsletter date: 2 November 2013


* The Stringer: Bunna Lawrie will not give up on whale dreaming Country
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Mirning Country - the whale people - at risk from Native Title
* Michelle Lovegrove, SBS Aboriginal: Challenge to Native Title on Their Country - Mirning Say - You Must Listen
* Michelle Lovegrove, SBS Aboriginal: Far West Coast Native Title Claim Pushing Ahead Despite Unrest
* NIRS: Nullabor native title dispute
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* Emma Murphy, Green Left: Indigenous people most affected by climate change

Tony Abbott in denial on bushfire climate change link

In a radio interview with Neil Mitchell, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the Head of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, is "talking through her hat" for connecting the NSW bushfires with climate change and that "these fires are certainly not a function of climate change, they are just a function of life in Australia." It seems Mr Abbott is in denial on all the wildfire research done on the increase in fireweather and increase in frequency and intensity in bushfires both in Australia and globally.

Related: Raging Bushfires surround Sydney with early start to Fire season | Mega bushfire feared as State of Emergency declared in NSW | Guardian Australia: Australian prime minister denies 25 years of research linking climate change to bushfires.


Climate Change: Sydney departs historical climate in 2038 say scientists, but Oceans already in trouble

Researchers from the University of Hawaii have estimated the year when we depart the climate variability we have historically known for cities around the globe. For Sydney that year is 2038. But we are well on the way to that with recent record temperatures and heatwaves. The global oceans past their climate departure point in 2008. They are now wholly outside their historical variability. While polar regions are warming at 2 to 3 times the global average, the study highlighted that the greatest impacts will be felt in the tropics where minor climate variation can put it outside of it's historical bounds. This will have a major impact on biodiversity hotspots and ecosystems in the tropics.


I Have A Confession to Make

Emerging threats analyst and author Robert Marston Fanney on new frontiers of climate change. We talk about coming threats and heat events - dead-on for what is happening right now in Australia. Plus Dr. Alex Rogers of Oxford: State of the Oceans 2013.

Yes, we are in trouble. Last week we peered into the impending crash of the economy. It may dance on for a while using funny money from the Federal Reserve and other central banks. But fall it will.

Rapid and intense Bushfires destroy 200 Sydney homes while Federal Government continues dismantling climate change policies

Widespread October bushfires in NSW are unusual, but have happened before, such as in 1991. This year there was an Early start to Australian bushfires, record temperatures in early September.

It is now the 7th time this bushfire season a total fire ban has been declared in Sydney. Very Unusual. If the fire weather is this bad so early in the season, it can get worse over the coming months as Summer heats up, especially if we have extreme summer heatwaves similar to 2013.

Update: Sunday 20 October: Premier Barrie O'Farrell has declared A State of Emergency across NSW for 30 days as weather conditions are now forecast to be worse than anticipated. Indefinite Total fire bans, and increased powers for emergency personnel. The State Mine fire in the Blue Mountains has burnt 38,000 hectares and is burning on a broad front from Lithgow to west of Bilpin.


Extreme Rain & Climate Collapse

After a quick update on Fukushima reactor site hit by typhoon, we open with one of the big stories of 2013, the unbelievable tropical-style rains that flooded Boulder Colorado and points north. More than a foot of rain in 24 hours in some places, in an area that doesn't get that much in the average year.

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Abbott Government's first actions: trash climate change education, carbon pricing

On September 7 Australia elected the Liberal National parties - the Coalition - to Federal Government, with Tony Abbott as our new Prime Minister. It is a Government firmly in climate denial, intent on winding back carbon pricing; undermining renewables; and closing down the Climate Commission setup to communicate and engage the public on climate science and its impacts.

Related: Early start to bushfires, record temperatures