About GroundSwell Bass Coast

Escalator500We’re a community group concerned with understanding the many dimensions of climate change, located 120km SE of Melbourne. We meet at San Remo pub, at 7.30PM on alternate Tuesdays, everybody welcome. Please click Climate Emergency Petition to help make climate a big election issue.

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Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

Minister Melissa Price, at COP24 climate change conference, in Poland, tells the world Australia isn’t convinced of need to adopt more ambitious emission reductions. What will it take for COALition to understand extent of climate risk to which they expose us?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/13/australia-turns-back-on-allies-as-it-refuses-to-cut-emissions-above-paris-pledge?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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Arctic is in even worse shape than realised

Say no more, a nod’s as good as a wink, please read.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/arctic-is-in-even-worse-shape-than-realised-20181212-p50lsd.html

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Big coal wants you to pay to fix its problem

Useful review of lack of progress by world’s biggest energy companies, from as long ago as 1970s. Oxymoron couple of mentions, that CCS is about “siphoning” emissions from power station smokestacks, which is odd considering CCS consumes so much energy while siphon conserves energy.

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/big-coal-wants-you-to-pay-to-fix-its-problem-20181212-p50lng.html

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EVs v. public transport

Who deserves a fair go? Too much demand, from too many people, wealthy enough to buy enough cars will kill the planet. Stop now and get serious about public transport.

But with China and India’s growing middle classes, it’s estimated that more than 500 million electric cars will have been produced worldwide by 2040, putting a massive strain on raw materials. Even if mining adheres to the strictest environmental parameters, deforestation from mining operations is inevitable and at odds with a sustainable future.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-12-08/electric-cars-revolution-environment/10589270

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Housing prices plunging, but really should have seen it coming

Economics is it science, art or religion?

https://tinyurl.com/yca7xfql

Some US economists just can’t get their heads around it. Global growth looks good. Inflation is on the mat. Unemployment is the lowest in a generation. Wages growth, while weak, is recovering. Interest rates remain at or close to historic lows.

What’s not to like, they argue, as they rattle off a laundry list of impressive stats to back their arguments.

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World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

The IEA(international energy agency) report says that the world is “still a long way” from meeting its goals on climate change and air pollution.

“We have no room to build anything that produces CO2 emissions.”

The economist said to limit temperature rises to 2C, let alone the 1.5C as scientists recommend, either all new energy projects would have to be low carbon, which is unlikely, or existing infrastructure would need to be cleaned up.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/13/world-has-no-capacity-to-absorb-new-fossil-fuel-plants-warns-iea?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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Australia won’t lift (feeble) 2030 Paris target as minister heads to summit

Labor’s climate spokesman Mark Butler told Parliament on Tuesday that the “world is now facing a climate emergency that would unfold over coming decades. “Carbon pollution has been rising since this government came to office and is projected to continue”.

Minister Melissa Price dismisses verdict from 6,000 climate science research resources. What’s the point of sending such a Muppet to COP24?

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-won-t-lift-2030-paris-target-as-minister-heads-to-summit-20181204-p50k6v.html

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Irony: Record number of asylum seekers arrive on Dutton’s watch | The New Daily

Not arriving by boat but by plane, on visitor visa, then filing for asylum into chaos of false economy cut and outsource in Home Affairs Dept

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/12/09/record-number-asylum-seekers-peter-dutton/

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The GDP myth: The planet’s measure for economic growth is deeply flawed and outdated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Credit Suisse report points out that one of the great paradoxes of GDP growth is that an environmental disaster — such as decent sized oil spill — can be a real positive. Putting it another way, a nation could boost its GDP almost immediately by clear-felling all its forests and shipping out the timber. That would neither be sustainable, nor add much to the overall richness of life. Ken Henry, supports Hairy Nosed Wombat, example environmental protection not included in GDP

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-02/gdp-flawed-and-out-of-date-why-still-use-it/9821402

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Making Australia a renewable energy exporting super power

Sea floor HVDC transmission lines proposed for viable export electricity to the 240Million people in Indonesia

https://theconversation.com/making-australia-a-renewable-energy-exporting-superpower-107285

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