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  • Action item no.1: Save the planet

    Just today, Kevin Rudd was officially sworn in as our new Prime Minister and yet his actions in the next fortnight will have lasting ramifications for the entire planet. And I thought my first day on the job was daunting. The UN Climate Change talks have begun in Bali, setting the agenda for the next…

  • Climate sceptics leave the Parliament

    Its been a bad election for climate change sceptics, but there are a number of them still left in the Parliament. And one of them could yet lead the Liberal Party. In August 2007 a House of Representatives Inquiry report into Geosequestration (burying carbon dioxide underground- the ‘sweep it under the carpet’ solution) was released.…

  • Climate change challenge for new Cabinet

    So Rudd has chosen his cabinet. And while us greenies will be shining our (energy efficient) spotlights on the new Minister for Climate Change and Water, Penny Wong, and Environment Minister Peter Garrett, it will be up to the whole cabinet to work together to address the most pressing issue of our time. Treasurer Wayne…

  • Latest Anvil Hill legal case fails, but campaign continues!

    George Woods from Rising Tide The controversial Anvil Hill open cut coal mine has become a symbol not only for the rampant expansion of the coal industry in the Hunter Valley and its contribution to greenhouse gas pollution, but also of the failure of state and federal legislation to provide a responsible planning and accountability…

  • What the Oz election outcome means for the election

    The Australian election was a comprehensive thumping for the conservative parties. And one of the things that hurt them most was their (non) position on climate change – in particular the refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Former environment minister, and now frontrunner for the Liberal leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, was unequivocal the Monday after the…

  • Kevin 08 is about quitting coal

    So Labor got up, big time. Congratulations to them. Their victory represents a golden opportunity for the new government to take strong leadership on the key election issue of climate change, by quitting coal and delivering the deep emission cuts required to avoid dangerous global warming. While Kevin 07 was about winning the election, Kevin…

  • Election eve- some thoughts on where to from here.

    On election eve, where are we placed after all the froth and bubble of the campaign? We don’t yet know who’s going to win the election tomorrow night but there are a number of things that we do know: 1) The international science community has released its strongest warning yet that we need to cut…

  • The coal mafia’s last gasp

    This is the election we had to have. Finally, the environment movement with the help of the Australian population has dragged climate change onto the agenda. Meanwhile the coal industry, their pollie buddies and their gullible lap dog lackeys are still kicking and screaming. And the lie that they’re screaming is ‘clean coal’. Ha! The…

  • The time to save our planet is nigh

    Think of all those gifts the planet has given you. That quick dip in the river on a hot day. A clear starry night. The wonderland of colour on a snorkelling trip to the Barrier Reef. A perfect tomato. And now the world’s top scientists have a issued a grim warning. They’ve said if we…

  • Greenpeace Power Station Action Update

    Munmorah, NSW Central Coast, Thursday 8am 15 November 2007: I’m just touching base from the roof of Munmorah coal fired power station, where my fellow climbers have painted the message ‘Coal Kills’. And that’s exactly why we’re up here – because coal kills. It’s killing our planet, it’s killing our economy and it’s killing our…