For COP21, a table showing
Strongest Solar Resources
This graphs shows the total solar radiation at ground level for the largest 20 nations in the world ordered from left to right by land area. Russia is the largest by far and has the highest amount of solar radiation. However Russia's solar radiation is relatively weak due to the high latitudes. Though Russia is 2.22 times the size of Australia, it only has 7% more solar radiation. Thus, Australia can be said to have the strongest solar resources in the world.
This shows the ordering of countries by solar radiation with Russia, Austraila, Brazil, China, the USA and Canada leading well above all outher countries.
This shows the percapita insolation of of all G20 countries with Australia over double that of any other G20 nation.
Each country's commitment to COP21 could be measured by their relative position in the distribution of solar resources worldwide.
Source: The Worldwide Distribution of Solar Resources by Nation, paper by Colin Hargreaves presented to the World Resources Forum, Oct 2015, in Davos.
There's no need to explain the vital importance of the Great Barrier Reef, not only to the environment but also tourism, science including medicine, and even the identity of Australia.
New Regulations on dumping in the area stop dumping within the confines of the marine park itself but not the rest of the World Heritage Area (about 80%). We all know how currents, storms etc can spread dumped silt and other pollution across incredibly wide areas such that anything dumped just outside the marine park will very likely be swept all across the park.
So we need to stop the dumping in the whole World Heritage Area.
So please write an email to the Minister now, today, expressing your concerns, or tweet him a short message, now, please.
G20 Action on Climate ChangeDo the G20 Countries Care?Millions dead or homeless alreadyWake Up G20 !
Climate change is the most important issue facing the global economy. It will cause -
- Mass starvation and migrations of people without food
- Mass slaughter as sea levels rise, accompanied by extreme storm surges
- Mass migrations of people escaping droughts, floods and rising sea levels
- Massive outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and malaria
- Financial instability - devaluations of fossil fuel reserves and related company shares, devaluations of property assets especially waterfronts.
- Threats to Food production and Agriculture in general, which will also differentially affect land valuations
- Increased Transport Costs
- Increased Infrastructure Costs - repairing and building stronger roads, bridges, waterfronts, etc
- Increased Costs of Emergency Services with more extreme weather events
- Increased Housing Construction Costs rising to cope with these weather events
- and so the list goes on and on.
Climate Change should be a central part of the agenda for the G20 Leaders Summit meeting in a few days time. The Australian PM’s comment
on the topic of climate change that he just “expects it to come up” shows an appalling lack
of leadership with no care for future generations both elsewhere and in Australia.
Sincere action is needed from the G20 on Climate Change which will most affect the poor and hungriest in the world. Australia has the strongest solar energy 'resources' of all nations in the world; it, above all, should take the lead to move to a solar economy.
The G20 Caused the Problem
The G20 nations are really THE nations that have created this pollution of the world through the burning of fossil fuels with no awareness or concern for the environmental effect.
The Wealthy G20 nations can afford to Solve It
The G20 are able to afford making changes. Being the dominant economies of the world, they are the countries who benefited most from this cost-cutting pollution. If they change, the problem will essentially be solved. My fear is that they will only change when they see a way of making profit out of it, probably at the expense of poorer nations which would greatly increase world inequality. They can do better.
The G20 is an easier Group to manage
The G20 is a far smaller group than the lugubrious UN and should thus find it much easier to unite and take positive action. The G20 includes all members of the UN Security Council. In the end, the UN is essentially controlled by the G20 nations. So unless they agree on action, nothing will happen anyhow. If the G20 agree on actions to take now, the UN will probably follow. We need action, not playing delaying games like an Emissions Trading Scheme. Simple direct carbon taxes should be imposed just like cigarette taxes, with revenues used to provide strong support for all ways of moving to fully renewable energy asap.
In the end, it is changes within the G20 that will dominate the outcome.
G20 Leaders summit results
In the end, all countries but one made some quite positive statements but Australia became the black sheep in the family, even shamefully refusing in public to give any support at all to the Green Climate Fund, which was set up to help poor countries deal with their problems due to climate change. Now (17th Sep 2015), we can only hope that the new Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, will take a more reasonable, less selfish, attitude to climate change.
Earth Warming unabated
These following two images show the stark temperature anomalies at both poles on Sept 30.
Temperatures for each location are shown as departures from the average for 1979-2000, measured by satellites.
The next two images look at the ocean temperature anomalies with alarming amounts of warm water moving south to north through the Bering Strait and, on the right, you can see the massive microbial bloom associated with this. The Bering Strait is on the right of the frame and the bottom of the image is about 500 miles long, photo taken on September 28.
Climate Change or
A recent World Meteorological Organisation has brought out a report showing the dramatic increase in dangerous events and disasters over the last 40 years. Whatever way you look at it, we should possibly be talking of climate chaos rather than climate change. In addition to the average warming, the increase in volatility is even more worrying. However, politically, chaos may not be the best word to use as it is frightening but, even if we move to 100% renewables soonish, this will not stop the effects in train already over the next 30 to 50 years. Clearly we need to start preparing for the potential chaos to come. This is one of the goals of the AoC.
Will Private Power Production overcome the Fossil Fuel giants?
US becomes world leading fossil fuel producer
With its massive investment in shale oil and gas resources, the US has now become the world number one producer of crude oil, overtaking both Saudi Arabia and Russia. See the blog on News
WWF Soaring HighSaves Virunga NP and ALL World Heritage Sites from Soco OilWELL DONE!!!
Report shows Australia lagging behind
in reaching its climate targets
World Meteorological Organization
CO2 Concentrations for April
"For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet". 26 May
Destroying the Earth
is a Sin
Constant CO2 pollution by G20 countries, plus knowing inaction = implicit genocide?
Rapid spread of diseases like Ebola
2014 worst ever, already 5000 deaths from this Ebola epidemic
Bangladesh Flood Victims Aug 2014 Flooding left c500,000 homeless
Typhoon Haiyan Strongest Ever!
over 6300 dead
Cyclone Nargis Maryanmar 2008 over 138,000 fatalities
Bangladesh storm surges killed 300-500,000 in 1970; Climate
Change makes them more common
on Black Sunday 183 people died
Melbourne Heat Wave Early 2009
374 extra deaths deaths
Northern Summer Heatwave 2010
Estimate 17,905,000 deaths globally
Climate Change induces Conflict
Syrian Civil War - drought a major cause, nearly 200,000 dead already
A Flag for a united Climate Movement
The 4 elements, earth, fire, water and air (green, red, blue and white) + a 5th, aether, represented by the sun (yellow).
Plus a possible Anthem
Belgium's 2012 professional
video of "Do It Now".
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