Australia’s commitment to Emissions reductions.

For anyone who’s been following our pretences in the international arena to emissions reductions under the Kyoto protocol, this weeks announcement of a ‘target’ under the second Kyoto period – 2013-20 -will come as no surprise; we don’t plan on making any further ‘cuts’.  In fact this isn’t quite true – we plan to make…

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.”

WATCH in the Media: David Macilwain – ‘Long Conversations’ Climate Knowledge Exchange in Beechworth

Event: Beechworth Community Visions – ‘Long Conversations: Climate Knowledge Exchange’. Date: Tuesday 31st May, 2011. Location: The Gallery, Beechworth Secondary College. Local Sponsors: Beechworth Urban Landcare & Sustainability and Beechworth Secondary College. – WATCH member David MacIlwain attended this event and shares his thoughts in this video interview and in his written review below. –…

WATCH in the Media: ‘Climate debate over years ago’

By Dr Ben Habib. With regard to the ongoing debate between climate change believers and sceptics, I’d like to introduce an academic concept called “epistemology”, which is an intellectual tool for establishing the burden of proof by which information can be considered to constitute valid knowledge. Scholars like me employ this concept as a filter to separate reliable information from less credible sources.