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Weekly Bulletin 6 February 2016

 
Following the dreadful news that Australian emissions have risen in 2014-15 and won't peak until 2030, the CSIRO has announced it is cutting climate research jobs. The CEO of CSIRO, Larry Marshall, has deemed climate change is 'answered'. Never mind that further research is essential to see how climate change will play out and how we can adapt to it. We issued a media release below which I copied to Larry Marshall.
 

Weekly Bulletin 31 January 2016

Our website is up at last, thanks to Jeremy Mears. Go to: www.climateactionmonaro.org.au  The MacKinnon Trust gave us a grant for it for which we are very grateful.
 
Put 3pm Saturday February 27 in your diaries for our public meeting at which Mark Wiggins from Boco Rock windfarm will talk about wind energy. Venue is Uniting Church Hall, Soho Street, Cooma. Afternoon tea will follow.
 

Weekly Bulletin 23 January 2016

Well, it's finally official. 2015 was the warmest year on record, globally. And by a big margin (see graph below). We're now 1 degree C above pre-industrial temperatures. In Paris the world community agreed to keep temperatures "well below" 2 degrees and ideally 1.5 degrees, but it looks like 1.5 degrees is already locked in, whatever we do. Meanwhile, parts of Australia are being ravaged by bushfires and heatwaves are being followed by floods in many places. 

Weekly Bulletin 16 January 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Herewith the first bulletin for 2016. 

Last year was fifth warmest ever for Australia and it is 99.9% certain that, globally, 2015 will have been the hottest on record, surpassing even 2014, the previous hottest. And sea-surface temperatures broke all records for heat.

Weekly Bulletin 20 December 2015

It was fantastic to get an agreement out of the Paris climate talks, and well done to the French for their diplomacy and organisation, particularly Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister who chaired the main proceedings. I attended a post-Paris meeting at ANU on Wednesday, co-hosted by the EU and the Climate Change Institute. The five speakers who had been in Paris all highly commended the French and Fabius, and there was a general air of optimism despite the task ahead.

Weekly Bulletin 12 December 2015

 As I write, the last day of the Paris climate talks is extending into the weekend so we are still anxiously waiting a final resolution. Much good has come from the conference, if only because 'Paris marks the end of the fossil fuel age, and the acceleration of the renewable future which is already well advanced' as Prue Pickering of the Climate Institute remarked.
 

Weekly Bulletin 27 November 2015

Two days to go! Please join us on Sunday at the People's Climate March on the lawns below Parliament House in Canberra at midday. Look for our banner. If you'd like to be there but have no means of transport, contact me by return email and I'll try and help. 

Weekly Bulletin 22 November 2015

Please join us on Sunday at the People's Climate March on the lawns below Parliament House in Canberra at midday. Look for our banner. Sorry I had to cancel the bus - hope you can get there by other means. If you'd like to be there but have no means of transport, contact me by return email and I'll try and help. 

The Climate Change talks (COP21) will go ahead in Paris though their marches have been cancelled. That makes it all the more important that our marches go ahead.

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