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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Deflect, distract, deny, delay – response to rapidly changing climate

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Nuke Power Peddlers Claim Cheap Renewable Energy Is A Bad Thing

For benefit of PM Turnbull(ex partner at Goldman) – Here’s what Goldman Sachs expects to happen just over the next decade:


The result of this revolution, they conclude, is that “On our wind and solar numbers, emissions in IEA scenarios could peak as early as c.2020, rather than 2030.”..core conclusion from their new July 20 report, “The Low Carbon Economy: Our Thesis In 60 CHARTS” (emphasis in original):

In a debate that is often dominated by strong views on what should or couldhappen in the future, we let the numbers speak for themselves. In our eyes, a relatively clear picture is emerging from the data: Select low carbon technologies are rapidly taking market share in a number of sectors and are changing the way that energy is generated, stored and consumed across the global economy.

These technologies are now at a scale and growing at a pace that they deliver carbon emission savings at the gigatonne scale, but they are also transforming the competitive dynamics in industries like lighting, power generation and autos.

Renewables, efficiency, and electrification of transport have emerged as the big winners in the race to find the most affordable, scalable, carbon-free sources for power generation and travel. Many core technologies are growing exponentially while cost and performance steadily improve.

So, battery electric cars are winners, while hydrogen electric fuel cell cars, pitched with nuclear power, show no signs of improvement, for performance or price, lagging further behind. It’s getting ever more ASAP to get to zero emissions and below. Now, even Goldman thinks it’s possible.

>more> ThinkProgress

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Climate state of emergency – USA

Call for climate state of emergency and Green New Deal from Jill Stein, US Green Party presidential candidate…Hillary Clinton’s choice to appoint former Colorado senator and interior secretary Ken Salazar to be her transition director “represents the real Hillary Clinton”, Stein said…Salazar, she said, is widely considered a reliable friend to the oil, gas, ranching and mining industries. As interior secretary, he opened the Arctic Ocean for oil drilling, and oversaw the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…Since returning to the private sector, she said, Salazar had become “the lobbyist’s lobbyist – a man who strongly supports fracking, is in favor of the [Keystone XL] pipeline and likely to ensure such projects are approved in the future, and supports the Trans-Pacific partnership”…“So when people say: ‘Hasn’t the Democratic party moved to the left?’ – well, talk is cheap.

>more> TheGuardian

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Problem hugs algal blooms Tasmania

Rock lobster biotoxin closure status mapScale of problem this year is stretch of coastline as much as 200km long, with contamination preventing any catch in  the seafood industry. In general, such blooms are caused by fertiliser run off, causing fast reproduction, growth and death of algae, deoxygenating water, with marine life becoming toxic to humans and/or dying.

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Climate Clash Malcolm Roberts v Brian Cox

How sick does Australia look when Roberts rants need for evidence, cause and effect, without any of his own, then shouts down person like Brian Cox. Best example of whole fudging figures thing was 4Corners, talking to Delingpole, journalist wally who claimed first with expression “ClimateGate”. He admitted no data, no expertise, no need for comprehension, just reporting opinions of other reporters, more self righteous than Abbott. Each big investigation proved his claim to be nonsense.



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World at War + plan to win

must read plan, by BILL MCKIBBEN August 15, 2016 real one, not like just hollow names from our PM go to original at :

In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Experts dispatched to the battlefield in July saw little cause for hope, especially since this siege is one of the oldest fronts in the war. “In 30 years, the area has shrunk approximately by half,” said a scientist who examined the onslaught. “There doesn’t seem anything able to stop this.”

In the Pacific this spring, the enemy staged a daring breakout across thousands of miles of ocean, waging a full-scale assault on the region’s coral reefs. In a matter of months, long stretches of formations like the Great Barrier Reef—dating back past the start of human civilization and visible from space—were reduced to white bone-yards.

Day after day, week after week, saboteurs behind our lines are unleashing a series of brilliant and overwhelming attacks…”

It’s particularly well written, explaining magical, instant enormous budgets for gigantic manufacturing plants e.g. B29 bombers at rate of 1 per hour. Idea for WW2 scale industry build up is not new but here’s full plan and justification to make it happen.  


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Exxon at Olympics: #EnergyLiesHere

Exxon is going for gold in irony by running massive advertising campaign at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio — where global climate crisis has been major theme…Exxon wants to greenwash its image, but we can’t be fooled by expensive ads. By sharing this spoof of Exxon’s ad campaign, you can help expose the truth about Exxon and keep climate change at the center of attention in Rio.

>more> ClimateTruth


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Hottest Month In Recorded History

 How July temperatures differed from 1951–1980 average : NASA.

…hottest July on record, following hottest June or record, hottest May, April, March, February, and January. It’s almost like there is a pattern….How hot was it last month? As the map above shows, parts of the Arctic and Antarctic averaged as high as 7.7°C (13.9°F) above average. No wonder we’ve seen records broken for the melting of the ice sheets and Arctic sea ice.

NASA’s Land and Ocean Temperature Index (LOTI) for 1880–1899 baseline (°C)

Looks like “aspiration” for 1.5degC max is expired already, well and truly.

Despite this, Minister Hunt is to tell us this week that, especially in South Australia, especially considering it was  cartel behaviour by AGL and Origin, with ridiculous propaganda by News Ltd,  already debunked, news expected renewables are problem and not solution.

>more> ThinkProgress

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Season2 – Years of Living Dangerously

Week before election USA – Episode 1 on Sunday, October 30 “combining access and reputation of National Geographic with Hollywood’s brightest minds and journalism’s heaviest hitters, we create even greater impact with new season and awaken all of us to the reality of our global situation.”Being on National Geographic Channel means “Years” will be available in almost 90 million U.S. homes (four times the reach of Showtime) and in over 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages worldwide.

If you didn’t see Series 1, it’s worth a look, amazingly no nonsense material for TV USA

>more> Think Progress

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EPA Final Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Rule Released

According to  fact sheet released last year by a coalition of environmental groups, heavy-duty trucks in United States used about 2.7 million barrels of fuel daily in 2013, accounting for 12.5 percent of the country’s emissions in 2013…Since then, the electricity sector has cut emissions, while the transportation sector’s emissions have grown. Transportation is now responsible for more emissions than any other sector.

Unfortunately, above news is from USA, while Premier Daniel Andrews compromises himself with TransUrban Plan for no rail and more container trucks with Western Distributor, also B-doubles every 10 mins for landfill from Dandenong all the way to Ravenhill and now more of same, long distance trucking of compostable waste from regional towns. What a clever country!!!

>more> ThinkProgress

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