WATCH supports ‘Replace Hazelwood’ campaign

Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health support the campaign to shut down Hazelwood power station. WATCH committee member Lizette Salmon had this to say about the matter in a letter published in the Border Mail (30th May 2012)… Hazelwood power station isn’t exactly around the corner from the beautiful Border region, but that’s no reason to…

Margaret Alston: Sidney Myer Rural Lecture ‘Rural Education . . . Shaping Leaders for the Future’

Rural areas are where the global uncertainties of the 21st century will be addressed: climate change, population, natural disasters. They will bear the pain disproportionally. That’s why we need leaders who understand rural space and emerge from this space, but to get there we need to improve rural education. That’s Margaret Alston with the first…

WATCH Press Release: Comment on ‘The Critical Decade’, Australian Climate Commission Report

THE CRITICAL DECADE: New South Wales Climate Impacts and Opportunities Report by the Australian Climate Commission  Download full report here. WATCH response to above report, compiled by Lizette Salmon.  – – – The impacts of climate change described in the Climate Commission report did not come as a surprise to WATCH spokesperson, Lizette Salmon. “This…

New IPCC Report: ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’

Last week the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Working Group I and II report entitled Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).  According to the report summary… “The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range…

Professor Kevin Anderson (UK): We Are Headed for Dangerous Climate Change

This post is devoted to a comprehensive coverage of an October 2011 presentation at the London School of Economic by Professor Kevin Anderson, entitled ‘Going Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: Exploring the Voice Between Rhetoric and Reality in Reducing Carbon Emissions’. Anderson argues that “The analysis suggests that despite high-level statements to the contrary, there is now little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface temperature at or below 2◦C. Moreover, the impacts associated with 2◦C have been revised upwards, sufficiently so that 2◦C now more appropriately represents the threshold between ‘dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change.”

Media analysis in the leadup to COP-17 in Durban, South Africa

The seventeenth annual meeting of the council of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins today in Durban, South Africa, where the international community will continue negotiations to strengthen the global greenhouse gas mitigation regime. Here is analysis from several different media outlets and think-tanks on the prospects for the talks.