Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Facing the Fourth Degree: climate change media project

Seeking funding for my Climate Change citizen journalism project - Climate Change: Facing the Fourth Degree Please help to give the Science a voice.

Choose your future.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ross Garnaut: Millions of Low Carbon Jobs

Professor Ross Garnaut talks about the 2011 Update to his 2008 Climate Change Review. Speaking to an public audience at Melbourne University on 16 June 2011, Ross predicts that millions of low carbon jobs will be created in Australia. They will come from "everywhere'.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Swear-In: Fine is a Four-Letter Word

From my Global Voices post about the Victorian on-the-spot-fines for swearing :

Melbourne has just had a swear-in outside Victoria’s State Parliament to protest against new laws for on-the-spot fines for swearing.

...This issue has caused a lot of web chatter in places other than the usual suspects: mostly outrage or disbelief, mixed with a lot of humour.

The swear-in rally drew a smaller crowd than had indicated their intention to attend on Facebook. Perhaps the f**kwalk on 25 June, 2011, based on the recent slutwalk, will have more success.
Australia’s Swear-In: Fine is a Four-Letter Word

Monday, June 6, 2011

What Price Carbon Pollution - Melbourne Say Yes Rally

Thousands of Melbournians rallied on World Environment Day 5 June 2011 to Say Yes to putting a price on carbon.

Speakers included MC Corinne Grant, Jenna Farrington and Don Henry (Australian Conservation Foundation).

Music by Blue King Brown.

For those who are into omens, the sun was shining. For unreconstructed rationalists like me, the arguments were compelling.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Dilemma

From post for Civicus World Assembly's Climate Justice track:
Hydroelectricity, like nuclear power, is seen by many as one of the answers to reducing carbon emissions. However, negative impacts on the environment such as deforestation and river systems degradation are almost inevitably accompanied by the destruction of local communities. China’s Three Gorges Dam is a contentious example.

Mitigation, conservation and development can clash head-on, sometimes disastrously. The Belo Monte dam is shaping up as a classic dilemma.
Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam: Classic Development Dilemma


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A cartoon is worth a thousand...

The Age has two of the best cartoons of the year today.

Firstly, vintage Michael Leunig:

Then a very biting piece from John Spooner. It's not the state of Oz politicians or the dumbed-down media that he's ripping into - it's their audience and his:

SlutWalks Spread the Word

My roundup of the Oz blogosphere for Global Voices:
Following Toronto’s lead, Australians have started a series of SlutWalks with Melbourne’s first march on Saturday 28 May. The catchcry: Make it known that those who experience sexual assault are never the ones at fault.
Australia: SlutWalks Spread the Word