Navigating Climate Change Knowledge Wars

It’s nearly ten years since Kevin Rudd said climate change was the great moral challenge of our time. While three quarters of Australians now believe climate change is happening, some still aren’t sure whether it’s just a natural cycle or whether it’s caused by human activity like burning coal. Yet the science remains clear – the planet is warming and the changing climate means is resulting in extreme weather events around the world. Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty says our lack of understanding of the science comes down to the knowledge wars being run by vested interests, who stand to lose if we take meaningful action on climate change . He’s urging you to inform yourself and his book, the Knowledge Wars, is a guide to navigating what is misinformation and what is real.

US and China strike historic deal on greenhouse gas reductions

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As the APEC Summit in Beijing wraps up, China and the US were saving the best til last, with a major press conference announcing an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases in an historic move by the two nations. The Chinese have committed to set a target for its emissions of to peak by around 2030, while the US set a goal to cut emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025.
The move is in stark contrast to Tony Abbott’s announcement that he wants to cut Australia’s renewable energy target by forty percent.
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Australia’s economy at risk if we fail to act on climate change

CEDAAt the upcoming G20 forum in Australia 19 countries plus the European Union will discuss their future economic prospects and and any threats to our prosperity. Missing from the agenda though, is climate change, which the Committee for Economic Development of Australia says poses a serious threat to our economy. In a report released today CEDA argues that falling behind on reducing greenhouse gas emissions leaves Australia’s economy vulnerable, and it is business and the community who will pay the price.

CEDA CEO, Stephen Martin, says it is inappropriate for Australian businesses to assume the international response to regulate and control emissions will have no influence on their activities. He is calling for the government to take stronger action on climate change, and wants to see a National Risk Register established to help business assess the likely impact of climate change such as increasing extreme weather events, droughts and bush fires.

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Professor The Honourable Stephen Martin, Chief Executive, CEDA

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The Economics of Climate Change 2014 Report

Our poisoned planet a bigger risk than climate change

poisonedplanetOur children are sicker; cancer, obesity, allergies and mental health issues are on the rise in adults; and, frighteningly, we may be less intelligent than previous generations. In the meantime chemicals are being pumped into every part of our environment – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Author Julian Cribb says our poisoned planet is a bigger issue than climate change, and it’s something we all need to take urgent action on.
In his new book, Poisoned Planet, Julian Cribb says we have the tools to clean it up and create a healthier, safer future for us all.

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Author, journalist, editor and science communicator, Julian Cribb

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Australia’s missed opportunities for action on climate change

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While the Coalition ploughs ahead with its promise to axe the carbon tax and bring in it’s alternate “Direct Action” plan, there’s a growing sense in the Australian community that action isn’t happening fast enough. A new poll from the Lowy Institute has revealed Australians want the government to show more leadership on the issue that has plagued so many of our political leaders. For former Independent Rob Oakeshott, Australia’s lack of progress on climate change is not just frustrating. He says it’s a missed opportunity.



Oakeshott has just released his memoir “The Independent Member for Lyne” in which he reflects on the key issues he tried to progress during his time in parliament. For the former National turned Independent, action on climate change was one of the deal clinchers in his choice to support Julia Gillard and the Labor Government in 2010.

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No deal on dirty coal

The federal government announced today it will walk away from its so-called ‘Contract for Closure’ – the plan to help reduce carbon emissions by buying 2000 megawatts of energy from the top five polluting power stations in the country.

It’s a move which has disappointed environment groups, but the Opposition is happy.

Catherine Zengerer speaks with Tony Moore, Climate Change Campaigner, Australian Conservation Foundation, Sean Murray, Friends of the Earth Spokesperson on Coal and Greens Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt.

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Bagladeshis warn world to take notice of their climate problems

With 710 kilometres of lowlying coastline subject to frequent storms, Bangladesh is a country particularly vulnerable to climate change. Two visiting climate change experts from Bangladesh are warning that sea level rises will create large scale disasters that will affect the whole region.  They say there could be as many as 20 to 30 million Bangladeshi’s displaced by rising sea levels and that will mean huge refugee problems for surrounding countries.
 Catherine Zengerer speaks with Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan, Research Associate to the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and , political economic and security analyst.
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Up up up – State of the Climate Report says planet still warming

2010 was the hottest year on record and 13 of the world’s hottest years have all occurred in the past 15 years. Here in Australia our record rainfalls are also being attributed to climate change. These are some of the key messages from the latest State of the Climate report, released today by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

So how can we have some of our coolest temperatures and global warming at the same time?

Catherine Zengerer speaks with Dr Rob Vertessy, Acting Director of the Bureau of Meteorology and CEO of the Climate Institute, John O’Connor.

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Forget polar bears – how climate change will impact on your health

A new report was released today into the impact of climate change on our health. Called The Critical Decade – the report is backed by such groups as the Australian Medical Association, the Nurses Federation, and the National Rural Health Alliance to name a few.

Catherine Zengerer takes an in-depth look at why this is the critical decade and how climate change will impact on our health, particularly in rural and remote Australia.

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Climate Commissioner, Lesley Hughes
AMA President Steve Hambleton
New South Wales GP Dr Ben Ticehurst
Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, Lesley Barclay

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UN climate talks only a week away

There were high hopes for the international climate change talks in Copenhagen back in 2009. But hopes were dashed when it failed to come up with a legally binding treaty. Now a new set of talks is set to take place in Durban, Africa, in just over a week’s time.

Pre-conference negotiations have just taken place in Panama, which head of the UN climate change committee, Christiana Figueres, described as ‘making good progress.’ But does this mean we will finally come up with a replacement to the Kyoto Protocol?

Catherine Zengerer speaks with Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute, Erwin Jackson.

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In this youtube video UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres briefs the press on the outcomes of the Panama Climate Change Conference, the last negotiating session before COP 17/CMP 7 to be held in Durban, South Africa.

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