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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The startup turning human bodies into compost

It has been five years since Katrina Spade composted her first human body. With her pushing and lobbying, Washington state is now the first in the US to legally offer an alternative to burial or cremation: “above-ground decomposition,” also known as “natural organic reduction.” Turing your corpse into soil, in other words. In 2017, Spade…
— Read on www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/21/1009514/recompose-startup-turning-human-bodies-into-compost/

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IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

“against a backdrop of a massive fracking boom and bust, Texas has become the top wind-power generator in the U.S. and also grown its utility-scale solar power market. 
— Read on ieefa.org/ieefa-what-australia-can-learn-from-texas-embrace-of-clean-energy/

Meanwhile Scomo&Co Plan to subsidise and/or directly invest in gas power stations, while also commandeering big share of market with Snowy2.0!!

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IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink –

“The most important fact is that the fundamentals of British Columbia’s LNG export cost structure are not competitive enough to keep private capital interested,”
— Read on ieefa.org/canadian-assessment-of-lng-rising-tide-would-drown-balance-sheets-in-red-ink/

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Geology’s human footprint is enough to spur rage

21 October, 2020 − Once again science has presented evidence that a new geological epoch is here. This human footprint is all our own work.
— Read on climatenewsnetwork.net/geologys-human-footprint-is-enough-to-inspire-rage/

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Satellites Put the World’s Biggest Methane Emitters on the Map

Satellites Put the World’s Biggest Methane Emitters on the Map
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-10-21/methane-maps-climate-satellites-from-ghgsat-reveal-rising-emissions

Satellite data will ultimately transform the way nations are held accountable for voluntary commitments under the Paris Agreement, which calls for limiting global average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Granular data that can pinpoint emissions down to specific facilities will also help track corporate emissions. “Very soon nobody is going to be able to hide from methane leakage,” former BP Plc Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley predicted in 2018. 

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Future sailors: what will ships look like in 30 years?

With a target to halve its huge carbon footprint, the race is on to find new technologies to green the world’s shipping fleet
— Read on www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/03/future-sailors-what-will-ships-look-like-in-30-years

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Rising heat means more methane, warmer nights

20 October, 2020 − Nights are warmer. So are northern lakes. And farm livestock are at greater risk of disease, thanks to rising heat.
— Read on climatenewsnetwork.net/rising-heat-means-more-methane-warmer-nights/

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Recipe for cheaper electricity? Try 90 per cent renewables by 2040

Energy minister Angus Taylor said “too much” wind and solar would push up prices. Experience, and new modelling, shows the opposite is true.
— Read on reneweconomy.com.au/recipe-for-cheaper-electricity-try-90-per-cent-renewables-by-2040-2040/amp/

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Massive Asian Renewable Energy Hub grows to 26GW of wind and solar

First stage of the massive Asian Renewable Energy Hub a step closer after securing state environmental approvals from WA government, and could grow to 26GW.
— Read on reneweconomy.com.au/massive-asian-renewable-energy-hub-grows-to-26gw-of-wind-and-solar-49343/amp/

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Powering all UK homes via offshore wind by 2030 ‘will need £50bn’

Powering all UK homes via offshore wind by 2030 ‘will need £50bn’ | Wind power | The Guardian
— Read on www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/06/powering-all-uk-homes-via-offshore-wind-by-2030-would-cost-50bn

Clark said the companies building offshore wind farms currently in the UK were sourcing the high-value end of their supply chain from their own countries, including Spain and Norway, and from low-cost countries such as Dubai, where working conditions and standards were lower. “We have missed out on tens of thousands of jobs, which have gone overseas,” he said. “Brexit gives us the opportunity to change that.”

COULD THIS HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA? SURELY NOT…

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