Useful – and fun – websites

Paul Wilkes has compiled this excellent summary of the very hot prospects for renewable energy and the unhappy prospects for failing to take up these opportunities: CASE – signposts on the road to Paris and beyond v3

See also: a  stirring  essay from Bill McKibben (who formed 350.org) exploring all the ways in which 2015 looks like the tipping point into a safer climate future.

Here is a link to what is happening globally in preparation for the UN climate talks

Here is a link to see how Australia’s climate will change with different levels of global warming

Find out more about the health impacts of global warming in the AMA’s Australian Academy of Science’s Report, Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities

Here is a letter written to Julie Bishop by the Doctors’ Reform Society

What is COP21/CMP11? – some information about the United Nations climate meetings

Climate Change Authority chairman and former Reserve Bank Governor Bernie Fraser says that the Government’s claims that stronger emissions targets will hurt the economy are not founded in fact

The government’s rationale for its commitments can be found here

The rationale for the government’s target of 16-18% by 2030 compared with 2005 – a peak year for our emissions

Some fun with First Dog on the Moon

and some more fun with John Oliver – visual demonstration that 97% of scientists agree that climate change is occurring

Websites with more extensive information:

Climate Change Authority

Climate Institute

Debunking the science denialists’ myths

Sustainable Development Solutions Network – an online course

Two books, one by Naomi Klein This Changes Everything and another by George Marshall Don’t Even Think About it

and a really interesting book on the psychology of our resistance and the need for extensive reconceptualisation of the issues: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes

The government’s Issues Paper accepts that global warming has happened and is costly for Australia but makes a special case that Australia should not move into renewable energy at the same pace as other nations.

This is the submission made in response by CASE: COP21submissionreissuespaper pointing to the evidence on lost economic opportunities if we lag behind our major trading partners in adopting renewable technologies.

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  1. One very good example would be the vglalie of Kivalina in Alaska. They have to re-locate the entire vglalie because there ground is melting. They are trying to sue oil companies for global warming in order to come up with the $400 Million needed to move the vglalie of 400 people. (I don’t know how it cost $1 Million per person).Another example could be the southwest and the severe water and energy shortage that may be just a few years away. Lake Mead is drying up and the water level may soon be too low to produce elecricity at Hoover Dam. (You can google for that, there are lots of stories about it. The study that concluded that climate change is contributing was performed by Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego.)

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