Mark Butler, Australia’s Climate Change Minister
In a news week which feels like groundhog day, with the possible exception of the appearance of a royal baby boy, we are told Rudd must call an election soon, or he might come up against a worthy opponent.
And more, of course, on the players and their opinion of an emissions trading scheme versus the current carbon price, which we must remind you is still the law of this land.
And an interesting observation was made in The Independent, with another on the Australian version of The Guardian online.
Moving swiftly on … let’s look at some random yet unbelievable wrong turns for the environment this week.
Let’s start with the US accidentally dropping bombs on the Great Barrier Reef. That can’t help matters. And everyone in a position of power seems to think the way to relieve traffic congestion in Melbourne is to build more roads to accommodate more cars! Huh??
The Conversation opens up the discussion about nature and who gets to talk about it … and we look at some world first carbon mapping technology.
Meantime King Island has switched off its old diesel technology in the same week that Derby in the Kimberley has approval for a proposed first ever tidal power station. Here in Victoria, Mildura turns on a concentrated solar power effort. While wind is on the agenda at Glen Innes.
And we are told why solar need not stop at simply powering our homes. While China has announced its boost in solar power production, it seems to be cleaning up in the wind energy market as well.
All of this is just in the nick of time as news that scientists can pinpoint the time that the Arctic will be ice free unless we do something about the amount of carbon pollution we are producing. And the news is that plants will have less capacity to absorb ozone as the climate warms. That’s not good for us humans.
So we wait until September to find out what the next working group at the IPCC has to say about the state of play in terms of climate change and the global response. The Economist saw fit to run with an erroneous version of the yet to be released – or even approved – IPCC report.
And the Sydney Morning Herald runs an interesting piece about the Institute of Public Affairs' role in fueling climate scepticism.
The Climate Institute tells us that is doesn’t matter what side of the political fence you sit on, Australia’s efforts to reduce it carbon pollution is falling short. And Australians are open to becoming a little bit greener apparently. Shame about the stock pic.
Now let us take time away from the news of the day to read about one of our newest Climate Leaders – and her dramatic training session in Istanbul. That’s all for now, see you next week!