Below is an index of a few different aspects of our campaigns on climate change issues:
1. Act now – the future is!
A stocktake of greenhouse gas emissions caused by mining and burning coal.
The Greens MPs' Guide to Climate Change Action
James Hansen, director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, warns of the threat to all life on earth
The Greens campaign for responsible production of our future energy needs.
Dr John Kaye discusses the Greenpeace report: ‘False Hope: why carbon capture and storage won’t save the climate’
If we continue on Labor’s current path, our renewable energy industry is set to decline by 3% over the next 15 years.
Australia is the canary in the coal mine for climate-driven desertification
2. Labor and Coal Industry path
In 3 words, their response is “More, more, more . . .”
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will join protesters from across NSW today at a Newcastle climate change protest targeting expansion of the coal industry.
Approving more coal mines and power stations is how NSW Labor is combating climate change
Despite the NSW government’s rhetoric on the need for action on climate change, the NSW coal industry underwent rapid expansion in 2008 and received massive government subsidies. In 2008, the NSW government gave the green light to an additional 32 million tonnes of coal across 12 separate projects.
Minister Sartor’s approval of the massive Moolarben coal mine, the largest new coal mine proposal in NSW, again shows Labor is failing the climate change challenge.
The Qld Dept of Infrastructure and Planning, just like the NSW Dept for Planning, also has a healthy sense of humour.
3. Don’t listen to spin, listen to the expertsWhat some of the experts have to say about the "clean" coal con.
Greenpeace analysis showing that the global cost of coal was at least €360 billion last year alone. by looking at very modest CO2 damage costs, health costs and mining accidents.
Failure of the world to act now will leave Australians with a legacy of economic, environmental, social and health costs that will dwarf the scale of national investment required to address this fundamental problem.
Justice Payne of the NSW Land and Environment Court on the approval of Anvil Hill mine
The important thing to realise is that there are other issues besides economics.
World energy use: its sources and electricity production.
4. Leaked to the Greens
A report produced by the Dept of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) and leaked to the Greens details the damage created by NSW's coal mining industry.
A draft copy of DECC’s "Action for Air 2009" leaked to the Greens, reveals the government’s continued failure to meet targets for photochemical smog and particle pollution.
Cabinet documents leaked to the Greens show the NSW government is failing dismally to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets in the State Plan (Sydney Morning Herald, page 6).
5. Further reading: