The real climate change challenge.

4 thoughts on “The real climate change challenge.”

  1. I support this approach. We have to demand faster and more active action. Every passing year places a bigger demand on our future response.

    We should be asking for– no more fossil fuel stations and a major renewable energy investment program such as the beyond zero emissions project.

    The most efficient way to do this is to make the economy drive the change with a strong carbon price.

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  2. Great article Ian, it is unfortunate that neither the general public nor our politicians are believing the message. In today’s papers we can read about major coal and gas infrastructure expansion, this can not even be described as ‘business as usual’, but it is something more carbon intensive than that.

    In my view the world will have to rely on natural systems to cope with the carbon dioxide imbalance. Perhaps we should stop having carbon conferences and focus on natural system benefits and how to both protect and better manage ecosystem function for the myriad of benefits to biodiversity and to our bulging human population? In doing so, the world needs to make some hard choices as supporting 9 billion people by 2050 and more potentially, will inevitably result in further degradation of our natural world. Even, god forbid in the fossil fuel bubble economy that is Australia!!

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  3. Yes, we have the majority of mainstream politicians aiming to deliver the least we can get away with rather than the most we are capable of – or the minimum that’s required. They/we are doing as little as possible with respect to our onshore emissions whilst actively seeking to maximise the extraction and export of fossil fuels to the rest of the world. It adds up to Australia being far more a part of the problem than part of the solution and, as the world’s biggest coal exporter, our part cannot be seen as inconsequential.

    Australia is, in every sense, rich; in physical and renewable resources, in technology, in scientific knowledge and in human talent yet I find it difficult to sustain a sense of optimism in the face of economic and social inertia.

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