Topic: aust govt
As much as the PM Rudd and his government roll out education, shelter for the poor, and defence announcements (no increase in soldiers to Afghanistan) it is clear from today's broadsheet press that prominent opinion continues to address the flawed Emissions Trading Scheme. No doubt the global financial crisis alters both the rate of emissions and the Australian govt priorities in terms of preserving employment but that doesn't change the reality of an irresistible political pressure to effectively address climate change and the immovable object of heavy industry intransigence.
Here are a few articles today:
* [The Australian, sledging the green movement and yet still on topic] Muddle-headed greens channelling Thoreau David Burchell Today's protesters see themselves as part of a noble tradition of civil disobedience, regardless of the issues.
A political discussion covering this can also be heard here:
* Saturday 20 December 2008 Political Panel Geoff Gallop Director, Graduate School of Government University of Sydney Dr Sharman Stone Member for the federal seat of Murray Shadow Minister, Immigration and Citizenship Max Walsh Deputy Chairman Dixon Associates
A perspective from business (including guy from my old firm Baker & McKenzie a long long time ago):
* Saturday 13 December 2008 The business of climate change As the UN Climate Change conference draws to a close, the Rudd government is expected to announce its emissions target for 2020 early next week. What will the emissions trading scheme planned for 2010 mean for business, and how is the global credit crunch affecting green investment?
Martijn Wilder Partner, Baker & McKenzie Responsible for the Australasian arm of the Firm's Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice Andrew Grant Chief Executive, C02 Australia
Quality science discussions on the global warming issue can also be found on abc radio national here:
* Saturday 06 December 2008 [audio and transcript here] Solar variability and climate What do we know about the cycles of the Sun and what does that tell us about climate change and global warming? / Professor Marvin A. Geller Atmospheric Scientist Stony Brook University, New York.
[Prof Geller was brought out to Australia to address the National Conference of the Australian Institute of Physicists]
* Terrestrial Carbon Terrestrial carbon is found in trees, soil, and peat and the vast majority of terrestrial carbon emissions come from deforestation and the degradation of forests and peatlands in the tropics of developing nations.
The Terrestrial Carbon Group is working on an innovative plan to make terrestrial carbon economically appealing to these nations./
Chair, Terrestrial Carbon Group, Further Information For a link to the Terrestrial Carbon Group, For a link to a presentation by Ralph Ashton, and Warwick McKibbin at the Lowy Institute
No doubt there is more solid science on the abc science show of recent times too:
20 Dec 2008 Steven Chu energy secretary for Obama Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner in 1997, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been chosen as President elect Obama's energy secretary. He spoke with Robyn Williams in 2007 on implications of the growing climate problem. Guest Steven Chu Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory