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Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr (pictured) claims his government is a national and world leader in taking the jurisdiction to a serious reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Minister Barr was the first speaker on the opening day of the Better Futures Australia Forum held in Canberra on September 6 and 7. He saw the forum as both critical in that it would solidify ideas and processes for achieving net zero and important that it brought together people and ideas that could help achieve the ambitious target. Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
John Bell (pictured) has written a script for a television advertisement that begins: "I am planet Earth". The artistic director of the Bell Shakespeare Company was one of several speakers at the May 9 Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition in Sydney, which was in fact, the 60th conference organized by the Smart Energy Council, a fact proudly pointed out by the council's Chief Executive, John Grimes. Among the speakers was the founder and chief scientist of "Otherlab", Saul Griffith, who talked about "Rewiring Australia". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Carl Russell, a former Tatura diary farmer, is eager to Shepparton at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle revolution and want to see the set in motion here with the deployment of an autonomous electric bus.Carl has researched the topic, talked with many influential people and is convinced the idea of an autonomous bus has particular relevance to Shepparton in that is would allow disabled people freedom of movement, as it would the elderly and anyone unable, for whatever reason, to use a conventional motor vehicle.He predicts such a bus, or buses, would bring a boost to trade in the city as it would allow people unable to move about the city could access retail outlets.Carl's narrowed his research to Local Motors autonomous bus, Olli.
Melbourne's City of Darebin now has a climate emergency strategy and the city's mayor, Cr Kim Le Cerf talks about where the idea for such a strategy came from, why it was elevated in importance, what it means to the city's ratepayers (its community) and how Cr Le Cerf's fellow councilors intend to make a serious and measurable contribution to tackling climate change and help at least their community do something real and tangible about this quickly emerging difficulty.
Climate champion and former U.S. vice president, Al Gore, was the first of many guests at a day-long Climate Forward event organized by The New York Times. Mr Gore exuded optimism during what was described as a "fire-side chat", with a senior New York Times climate reporter, Somini Sengupta.  --- Send in a voice message:
Doing what you can, just one starfish at a time. Professor David Lindenmayer was the guest at a webinar organized by the Australian Conservation Foundation where he talked about "Saving our native forest in Victoria". And a guest, just this morning (September 21) at a webinar organized by The Australia Institute was Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Her portfolios include Environment and Biodiversity, Water and Murray-Darling Basin, Arts and Communications. Today's webinar topic was "Pulling the Climate trigger: Environment Laws Fit for a Crisis". Other climate links are: "Denmark becomes first to offer 'loss and damage' climate funding"; "In moment of global unrest, dozens of global leaders, activists, and artists join 10-hour global event, Peace Day Live 2022"; "Hertz will order up to 175,000 EVs from General Motors, including BrightDrop vans"; " --- Send in a voice message:
Climate Group CEO, Helen Clarkson, opened/launched Climate Week NYC calling on people to move from commitment to action. Michael Noetel asks the question: "What do we owe future generations? And what can we do to make their world a better place?" And on Radio 3CR, Vivien Langford investigates: "The dirty truth about green optimism" and "Australia's green extractivism and sacrifice zone abroad". Other climate links are: "Climate Cafe"; "Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope"; "Western Alaska Lashed by Strongest Storm in Years"; "Climate change threatens up to 100% of trees in Australian cities, and most urban species worldwide"; "Labor urged to axe $1.9bn in ‘zombie’ fossil fuel subsidies promised by the Coalition"; "Meeting 2030 goal for electric cars could be impossible"; "PSC in Conversation with John Wiseman: hope and courage in the climate crisis"; "​Lennox Head's leading demonstration site for sustainable living"; "The Food Climate Partnership"; "Dugongs and turtles are starving to death in Queensland seas – and La Niña’s floods are to blame"; "I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health"; "Privatization Isn’t The Answer To Jackson’s Water Crisis". --- Send in a voice message:
Guardian reporter Adam Morton writes about the Australian Labor Government's idea of bringing a United Nations Conference of the Parties to Australia - "Australia’s bid to host a Cop summit could shape climate action and politics for years to come". Climate News Network tells us: "Canadian EV battery industry could hit $48 billion a year". And from Renew Economy we hear: "Wind and solar records tumble again, as coal and fossil fuels hit another low". Other climate links are: "In Pakistan, 33 Million People Have Been Displaced by Climate-Intensified Floods"; "Scientists Say Pakistan’s Extreme Rains Were Intensified by Global Warming"; "We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate – and for our health"; "Australian company boosting Biden’s electric car agenda under scrutiny"; "Thousands shelter as super typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan"; "Climate Change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health"; "Flushed with success, Who Gives A Crap wants to conquer supermarkets"; "Three Congressional Hearings on Climate Disinfo Bring New Industry Documents to Light". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Millions in Japan are urged to shelter or evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol (pictured) closes in on the country - "Japan issues special typhoon warning as 'unprecedented' storm approaches". Again from the ABC we hear about electric vehicles and towing - "Electric vehicles that can tow your boat, caravan or horse float are coming to Australia, but how long will we have to wait?" The problems of reporting on the climate crisis exercises my thinking and illustrates that what worked last century, won't work in the 21st Century - "Last Century’s Approach to Journalism Is Useless in a Climate Crisis". Other climate links are: "‘Africa is on the frontlines but not the front pages’: Vanessa Nakate on her climate fight"; "Humans Have a Long History of Making ‘Very Bad Decisions’ to Save Animals"; "Diesel cars get the flick in Fed govt's electric vehicle transition"; "Kirstie Clements: Cost-per-wear, cheap fast fashion comes at a staggering price"; "Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims"; "As farmers split from the GOP on climate change, they're getting billions to fight it"; "Car sharing is on the rise in Melbourne. Is it for you?". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Professor Euan Ritchie (pictured) compares media coverage of the Queen's death to the existential threat facing Earth in the story "Why did the Queen’s death receive saturation media coverage while the future of the Earth goes largely ignored?" And in its Editorial, the Melbourne Age says: "Australia can help steer the electric car revolution". More climate links are: "Protecting native forests is critical for tackling climate change. It's time for an immediate end to logging"; "University drops Santos branding of kids’ science roadshow after climate concerns raised"; "Is It Too Late to Make the Music Industry Sustainable?"; "Consider wildlife this firewood season"; "Australia's Global Climate Summit"; "Is Earth getting smaller?"; "NSW and ACT in talks over biggest border shake-up in living memory". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
The Conversation's "Weekly" podcast features a trans-Atlantic chat between British host, Gemma Ware, and her U.S. counterpart, Daniel Merino, and guests about the inadequacy of our building stock to cope with an ever increasingly warmer world. Listen to "Keep buildings cool as it gets hotter by resurrecting traditional architectural techniques – podcast". More from The Conversation tells us that "A rapid shift to electric vehicles can save 24,000 lives and leave us $148bn better off over the next 2 decades". Other climate links are: "‘Reluctant rich lister’: Patagonia billionaire tears up the rulebook"; "Is summer cancelled (again)? What La Nina’s return means"; "Collateral Damage: The Environmental Cost of the Ukraine War"; "Climate Change Is the Express Train to Hell — And We’re On It"; "After oil: what Malaysia and Iran may look like in a post-fossil-fuel future"; "Why we should forget about the 1.5C global heating target"; "Frozen Planet II: Human heartlessness takes starring role in new David Attenborough series"; "Rare ‘Triple Dip’ La Niña Won’t Reverse Global Warming". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Dr Alan Finkel (pictured) delivered the Alan Finkel Oration entitled "Getting serious about getting to zero". The webinar was organised by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) enabling Dr Finkel to talk briefly about the "bad" and then at length about the "good" and within that the opportunities, he saw for Australia. A recording, featuring slides shown by Dr Finkel will be posted soon on the ATSE website. Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
King Charles (pictured) is considered by some to be history's most significant environmentalist. Read the Nicole Hasham story  - "‘The most significant environmentalist in history’ is now king. Two Australian researchers tell of Charles’ fascination with nature". A second story from The Conversation is: "‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult". Other climate links are: "‘Clairvoyant’ 2012 climate report warned of extreme weather"; "Humanity 'going in the wrong direction' on climate change, UN warns": "Labor overhauls Climate Change Authority to counter concerns of excessive business influence";Bureau of Meteorology declares third La Niña is officially underway for Australia "Inside the mind of a sceptic: the ‘mental gymnastics’ of climate change denial"; "Bureau of Meteorology declares third La Niña is officially under way for Australia"; "Fears drought and high gas prices could cause UK food shortages this winter"; "La Niña, 3 years in a row: a climate scientist on what flood-weary Australians can expect this summer"; "Now, we begin: 10 simple ways to make Australia’s climate game truly next-level". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Professor Ian Lowe (pictured) is an entertaining speaker who can even make you smile and laugh while explaining the reasons behind some of our most tragic behaviours; behaviours that are eroding almost everything that is good about our world. Prof Lowe, and his Giffith University counterpart, Professor Brendan Mackey, were the guests on a webinar - "How much DNA do you share with an Octopus? The Science of Interconnected Life on Earth" - organized by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Simon Kerr (pictured) assembled the group, "Music for a Warming World" and Robin Davidson talks about Canberra's "Rebus Theatre", of which he is the artistic director. Today's (September 12) webinar was organized and presented by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. --- Send in a voice message:
The question on the minds of many is will the passion for action on climate change by Prince Charles vanish now that he is King Charles (pictured)? Stories discussing that issue can be found on The Conversation: "It would be appropriate for King Charles to remain strong on climate: Albanese" and SBS: "Will Charles as King mean an end to his climate change activism?" And it was a question posed several years ago by Melbourne climate researcher and activist, David Spratt, who was also co-author of "Climate Code Red", that lives with me today and was reinforced/underlined/confirmed while reading the new book from Australia National University climate scientist, Dr Joëlle Gergis - "Humanity's Moment: A climate scientists case for hope". Other climate links are: "Climate change is white colonisation of the atmosphere. It’s time to tackle this entrenched racism"; "‘Untenable’: even companies profiting from Australia’s carbon market say the system must change"; "The climate crisis is real – but overusing terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ comes with risk"; "Reasons for (cautious) optimism: the good news on the climate crisis". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Dr Scott Abbinga (pictured) was my first physical contact with Healthy Futures.  Scott was at the recent Doctors for the Environment Melbourne conference on an information stand talking with conference attendees about the group. And check out the Benjamin Preiss story from The Melbourne Age: "‘I haven’t paid a bill since 2008’: Country towns empower themselves". Other climate links are: "King Charles may well prove the monarch for his time"; "China’s drought raises spectre of a new threat from climate change"; "The Defence Strategic Review – we need to urgently reduce conflicts and global warming"; "Drifting Toward Disaster: the (Second) Rio Grande; "Extreme Heat Poses an Emerging Threat to Food Crops"; "Climate Week NYC"; "California Is Finally Confronting the Fossil Fuel Industry"; "Remember That Coal Surge Last Year? Yeah, It’s Over". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Joëlle Gregis wrote the book, "Humanity's Moment", with many goals in mind, among them, helping all of us better understand the climate crisis and while it is an issue clearly impacting all life on Earth, it continues as a rubicon among people, even friends. Other climate links: "Heat and Health"; "UN chief slams climate change 'insanity' on Pakistan flood visit"; "New study more than triples estimated costs of climate change damages"; "As Wildfires Grow, Millions of Homes Are Being Built in Harm’s Way"; "Timeline: The climate crisis through Queen Elizabeth II’s life and reign"; "Climate change leaves Iraq’s ‘breadbasket’ with less water, wheat, and farmers"; "Australia finally has new climate laws. Now, let’s properly consider the astounding social cost of carbon"; "Greenpeace accuses Toyota of greenwashing, anti-EV lobbying"; "A fight for survival: Tackling the climate crisis is key to security in the Blue Pacific". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Warwick Cathro (pictured) from the Canberra Conservation Council was a significant contributor to a workshop at the Better Futures Australia Forum early this month where the discussion revolved around making low-carbon transport accessible to all. James Whelan for Climate Action Network Australia summed up the first of the two sessions of "Making zero emissions transport accessible to all". Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
Fiona Armstrong (pictured) founded and now leads the Melbourne-based Climate and Health Alliance. So it was natural that she reported on findings from two workshops about climate change and health at this year's Better Futures Australia Forum held in Canberra early this month. Several people gathered on the stage at the end of the two-day event to report on findings for various groups; groups that considered everything from health to transport and from local government to the role of industry. Enjoy "Music for a Warming World". --- Send in a voice message:
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