Sunday Reads #5: All things climate, environmental and politics

Don’t like the budget? Your options aren’t limited to voting

While some in the government are calling the actions of many disappointed Australians “socialism” in truth, civil disobedience and peaceful protesting is an essential element to a fully functional democracy. Of course, the opposition, when they have no genuine rebuke, will resort to name calling, so let them have that, at least.

Pyne short on maths when it comes to ‘prestige’ degrees

For those who care about the quality of the minds of future Australian who will be in charge when we are old and needing assistance (hoping that we haven’t made them selfish and apathetic). The best point of this article, for me is the simple point; if university graduates are likely to earn 75% more, why not add a tax to those currently earning 75% more to support those who follow them?

It avoids the debilitating debt the current proposal will create and it will avoid further insult to the disadvantaged – those who may not make the supposed 75% more, women who take time off to have children, people who suffer an unforeseeable health problem down the track when they have already completed university and are unable to work in the same fashion, etc.

Climate change by any name is economics

A little shameless self promotion…

Why ethics won’t help cut emissions

An excellent article to support a carbon price

Rules to cut carbon emissions also reduce harmful air pollution

What’s more, CO2 isn’t the only thing that comes out of exhaust pipes. Reducing carbon emissions reduces all other relating chemicals and particulates. A decarbonised world makes for healthier lungs!

Carter and de Lange’s GWPF sea level report plagiarises their own heartland funded NIPCC propaganda

This made me laugh… But we must give them a little room. After all, they have such a small resource base to work from that this type of this is inevitable.

‘Damage already done’: Climate Change Authority staff quit amid uncertainty

My initial thought in reading this was, “Well, I’ll happily apply for a role!” (noting, obviously, my skills sets are probably not a great match)

I’ve written numerous articles over the years about the how poorly the Australian Green Sector has established itself. Since 2009 it went downhill for some time and I had a sense last year that again momentum was indeed rebuilding.

Nowadays, I’m careful of whether or not I include the words “climate change” or certain publications in an application. We all have mouths to feed and lives to live. The cuts to research and anything relating to climate by our current government is an effective tool to undermine the confidence of the sector.

Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning

And despite the strange behaviours in Australia, the world is building cities to that buffer them from future climate change… it feels a million miles away from sprawling urban Australia.

Abbott pedals against the global climate awakening

And there you have it.

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2 responses to “Sunday Reads #5: All things climate, environmental and politics

  1. Hi Tim ,
    If the abbott govt. keeps going this way I think it will self destruct before the next election I have never seen people turn so quickly .
    Can you look overseas for a position in the climate science area ? , seeing as Australia has plunged off the science funding cliff for now .
    Speaking to 18 yr old at a Bday party mamy have giving up buying a home and now with pynes uni fee changes lost hope in affording a uni degree libs are wrecking the joint .

    • To be honest with you, yes, I’ve looked a little bit overseas. There was some discussions with a group in the US and I have some viable options in a couple Asian countries.

      We have a newborn – just four weeks – plus another at 22 months. While this could be an exciting experience, moving my healing wife and such young people to a foreign country is needs serious consideration. This is especially so in countries where English is not the primary language. For my wife more than myself this could be very isolating.

      Considering we live on the fringe of a harsh climate, Australia ought to the the champions for climate mitigation and adaptation. Having to look abroad for climate and enviro jobs as an Australian buffles me, I admit.

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