Nov. 7, 2021

Quick Climate Links: Youth-led protests; troubling questions; major renewables; story telling and climate change

Quick Climate Links: Youth-led protests; troubling questions; major renewables; story telling and climate change

Greta Thunberg (pictured) has declared COP26 in Glasgow to be little more than a "greenwash festival" and more "blah, blah, blah".

Here is the story from Friday's Shepparton News telling readers about the intention of the Member for Nicholls to fly to Glasgow, today, October 7.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum is joining a delegation to Glasgow for the final two days of the UN Climate Change Conference, followed by a fact-finding mission talking to conservative MPs from Europe and North America.
Mr Drum leaves on Sunday on a 10-day trip that nearly didn't happen because he did not want to be stuck in quarantine instead of attending the next parliamentary sitting in Canberra.
Mr Drum said the relaxation of quarantine rules for returning vaccinated Australians opened the door for the mission to separate net-zero fact from fiction.
“We will be dealing with a lot of conservative MPs from around the world, working together to share our experiences on how ideas are working and mainly I'm seeing this predominantly as a fact-finding mission,” he said.
Mr Drum said he hoped to emerge with a clear sense of the real issues and challenges posed by a 2050 net-zero emissions target.
“If the world is already moving, we need to also move with it, but we need to move with it in a way that we are not going to impact negatively on our people,” he said.
The Nationals signed up to the target and a plan that relies heavily on new technology to achieve it and the concession of a “climate cop” in the form of the Productivity Commission, which will ensure regional communities don't pay a high price.
“If the price of energy was to spike in the Goulburn Valley, we would have thousands and thousands of households that can't pay their energy bills tomorrow and then they go off to work in an energy-intensive food production company where the main conversation around the water cooler is ‘what's our future look like now that the cost of energy has gone through the roof?'” Mr Drum said.
“We've seen that with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, we do not want to go down that path. I refuse to lead my community down a path where we rip the carpet out from under them and then try and polish the concrete.”
Mr Drum will visit an offshore wind farm near Hull and renewable energy projects around York before heading to London for further talks.
“We've got a pretty strong group of MPs from England, Scotland, Ireland, Britain, America, and so it's a great opportunity,” he said.
“If you want to actually be able to stand up and talk credibly on it, this is a great opportunity to go over there and to be able to meet the people, ask the questions, you know, is Britain really putting aside hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars because it more or less acknowledges that the agricultural sector is going to get it in the neck?”
Mr Drum said the knowledge gained could be used to achieve better outcomes and to forewarn the watchdog of the likely pitfalls.

Today's Quick Climate Links are:

"Australians travel to Glasgow to join Greta Thunberg and thousands at youth-led protests at COP26 climate conference";

"Groundtruthed" - George Monbiot;

"The science is clear: We must create climate action now!";

"Tassie Trek for climate action in 2022";

"Countdown to Planet Zero Combating climate change with chemistry";

"The World's Addiction to Palm Oil Is Only Getting Worse";

"Carbon Market Talks Stumble at COP26 on How to Use the Cash";

"Santos, CSIRO aim to suck greenhouse gases from the Australian sky";

"Mathias Cormann calls for fossil fuel subsidies to be abolished";

"Scott Morrison's COP26 speech slip-up goes viral on Chinese social media Weibo";

"Victorian water supply to have less protection against logging after change to laws";

"Australian Conservation Foundation COP26 Glasgow Live Panel";

"Youth, Mental Health, and the Climate Crisis";

"Friday Highlights of the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow";

"What’s a trillion dollars between old friends? Pricing saving the planet";

"We have a climate road map but no engine: the Garnaut verdict";

"PM wedges himself on climate - and opens a door for Labor";

"Climate tech experts reject Morrison’s ‘colossal piece of obfuscation’";

"Greening Indonesia proves a dirty job but Joko has to do it";

"If pledges already made at Glasgow are met, warming ‘to peak below 2 degrees’";

"Innovating to net-zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology";

"How Scott Morrison’s Cop26 climate show was derailed by Emmanuel Macron and the submarine row";

"Cautious optimism and Australia on the outer: Five things you need to know about Cop26 so far";

"What happened at Cop26 – day five at a glance";

"'Cop26 is a failure': Greta Thunberg rallies climate activists in Glasgow – video";

"‘Like a clown’: what other countries thought of Boris Johnson at Cop26";

"House Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Putting Social Policy Bill on Hold";

"Waiting for Bigwig";

"Georgia farmers experiment with new crops as the climate changes";

"What you need to know about hydrogen – cure-all, or just another wild wish?";

"Why the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of climate solutions is so controversial";

"How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise";

"How Boris Johnson's pledge to end forest destruction ignores 25m trees Britain is burning for biomass";

"‘Luxury carbon consumption’ of top 1% threatens 1.5C global heating limit";

"Never mind aid, never mind loans: what poor nations are owed is reparations";

"Reasons to be hopeful: the climate solutions available now";

"Climate misinformation on Facebook ‘increasing substantially’, study says";

"Beware: Gaia may destroy humans before we destroy the Earth";

"Climate change will bring global tension, US intelligence report says";

"Greenhouse gas concentrations hit record high last year, UN reports ahead of Glasgow COP26 climate summit";

"Australia’s oldest open cut coal mine to be transformed into major renewables hub";

"Australia's plan for net-zero relies on cutting costs of some technologies while creating others";

"Independent seeks emissions target in law";

"Greta Thunberg slams COP26 ‘failure’ and more ‘blah, blah, blah’ at youth rally";

"Export Powerhouse: Australia’s $333 billion opportunity";

"Cop26: What the optimists and the cynics are saying about progress so far";

"Morrison's Glasgow trip raises troubling questions about climate change, national security and how the government should be judged";

"Young Women Are Leading Climate Protests. Guess Who Runs Global Talks?";

"To keep 1.5C alive, the super-rich must change their high carbon lifestyles";

"South Africa $8.5bn finance package offers a model for ending reliance on coal";

"Posts use old photo to criticize jets flown to climate conference";

"Changing fire activity seen through the lens of orbital satellites";

"Hearts and Minds: Storytelling and Climate Change".

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