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Climate Conversations

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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

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Climate Conversations

Latest release on Dec 04, 2020

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A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.

António Guterres delivers what some believe to be the most important climate address, ever

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The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (pictured), took the stage at the December 2 World Leaders Forum at Columbia University in New York and delivered what some have said was the important address of the year, if not ever.

Mr Guterres again warned the world about the seriousness of the climate crisis, pointing out that if people truly cared about their fellows they would act now to do all they could to mitigate the causes of this quickly unfolding crisis.

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Dec 04 2020

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Coal is 'dead in the water' according to UK's top climate crisis expert

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The Uk's top climate crisis expert, Nigel Topping (pictured) has argued that coal is "dead in the water", but Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and his LNP cohort are not listening and are so ideologically blind that they can't even see the writing on the wall, let alone read it.

Australia's Wilderness Society at its recent 'Nature Chat' talked about the devastation of last summer's bushfires and Gemma Plesman talked about growing up in Nymbodia in New South Wales and how the fires destroyed her family home; fires easily attributable to the climate crisis.

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Dec 03 2020

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Barrage of BS from Government Ministers feels like a conspiracy

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Federal Government Minister, Keith Pitt (pictured), along with his Ministerial compatriot, Angus Taylor, are mounting a personal campaign against me, it seems.

That is not true, of course, rather both fellows are simply sprouting LNP talking points during interviews on the ABC's Radio National program "Breakfast".

Because of their roles, both are regulars and the latest in which Minister Pitt first talked about trade with China shifted to the climate crisis (my description and not Minister Pitt's) following questions from the host, Fran Kelly.

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Dec 01 2020

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The climate crisis is filling up the bathtub, again/still!

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Dr Oksana Tarasova (pictured) mentally transported me back about a decade today when she was interviewed by Julian Morrow on Radio National's Sunday Extra, and she used the image of a bathtub to illustrate how carbon dioxide continues to worsen Earth's climate crisis.

The Melbourne-based Professor David Karoly spoke in Shepparton about a decade ago and used a similar word-picture to help the crowd of more than 70 better understand how greenhouse gases were accumulating in Earth's atmosphere and the other available sinks.

Dr Tarasova talked with Julian Morrow about the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

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Nov 29 2020

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Lara Stevens opens new vistas on the climate crisis

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Dr Lara Stevens (pictured) talks about feminism, or "feminisms",  Val Plumwood and Mother Earth, and why it's not "Father Earth".

Dr Stevens, a researcher with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, helped me better understand why women are playing such a leading role in humanity's response to the climate crisis.

"The climate debate isn't just about science; it's also about gender and power. Ecofeminism takes this seriously, and ecofeminist philosophy is uniquely positioned to help us reimagine our place in the world and the ways in which we can care for the environment", the ABC said in an introduction to a session on the Philosophers Zone entitled "Feminism, ecology and motherhood".

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Nov 28 2020

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Listening to Music for a Warming World

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Sydney's Willoughby City Council gave us all the chance to again hear the sounds of Music for a Warming World, even despite the restrictions of the Covid-19 crisis - the council gave us a special live online showing of the Melbourne-based band.

Those restrictions impacted too also on the band and so only three members could, with regard for social distancing, fit into the Melbourne studio - Simon Kerr, Kylie Morrigan and Mal Webb.

The restricted size of the band had no impact on the music - the message was still there; the inspiration was still there; as was the call to action - use your skill and talents to do whatever you can to help the world avoid the worst of the climate crisis.

A complete YouTube version of the performance, including all the visuals, is available at Music for a Warming World.

Also, the band has a new album coming out soon with fully produced (and some quite wonderful) versions of many of these songs. If anyone is interested they can contact Simon or join the band's mailing list via the website.

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Nov 27 2020

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Webinar tackles the education/climate crisis dilemma

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One of those deeply involved with the climate change conversation at RMIT, Dr Lauren Rickards (pictured), was among the speakers at a recent webinar - "Education institutions in a changing climate: action, leadership and activism".

A full recording from this webinar will be posted soon on the RMIT website so call back regularly.

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Nov 25 2020

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David Spratt talks about 'Climate Reality Check 2020'

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Melbourne's David Spratt (pictured) took advantage of the city's Covid-19 lockdown to assemble the facts to produce the "Climate Reality Check 2020".

David talked about the new report at the November meeting of the Victorian Climate Action Network (VCAN) at which he made reference to a number of relevant publications, among them:

What has become known as the "Hothouse Earth" report;

A story from The Guardian headed: "Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds";

A story he and Ian Dunlop wrote and published in The Canberra Times headed: "Net-zero emissions by 2050: leadership or climate colonialism?";

A letter published in The Guardian headed, "Hitting net-zero is not enough – we must restore the climate";

And a story from Earth.org headed: "Climate crisis: University of Cambridge to launch a new centre to explore geoengineering and climate change".

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Nov 23 2020

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Dr Joëlle Gergis adheres to her science but becomes emotional as she discusses 'the great unravelling'

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Dr Joëlle Gergis (pictured) has adhered to her science but allowed emotion to intrude as she wrote a powerful and beautiful piece for The Guardian entitled "The great unravelling: I never thought I'd live to see the horror of planetary collapse".

I urge you to read the story, make it yours, tell others and, importantly, tell our decision-makers.

Dr Gergis is from the Australian National University.

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Nov 19 2020

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The Plains Wanderer and the climate crisis

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The climate crisis is worsening the challenges facing the Plains Wanderer (pictured),

This small, wonderfully camouflaged bird lives among the grass on the plains of eastern Australia, but because of many things, among them, climate change is very nearly extinct.

It's argued that this fascinating bird, which is unique to Australia, has had its population cut to about just 1000.

Deniliquin's Philip Maher, who has successfully answered more the ABC's "Tweet of the Week" competitions than anyone has a particularly sound knowledge of the bird and the impact of the climate crisis on its survival.

Philip, who with his partner Patricia maintains the website Australian Orthinological Services, will be the subject of a later episode on Climate Conversations.

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Nov 18 2020

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Jane Hunter from Tritium dispels electric vehicle myths

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Jane Hunter (pictured) was one of the guests on a recent virtual event organized by the University of Queensland.

Jane, the CEO of the Brisbane-based technology company Tritium, talked about electric vehicles, discounting the myths and explained it was really government legislation that stopped the uptake of these emission-free vehicles.

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Nov 16 2020

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Minister Taylor frequently ruins my early morning walks

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Australia's Energy and Emissions Reductions Minister Angus Taylor (pictured) plays so fast and loose with the facts that he frequently ruins my early morning walks in that his attitude to facts and his gross deception of the Australian public leaves me actually feeling ill.

The Minister is a regular on Radio National's Breakfast program where he is interviewed by the insightful and uncompromising Fran Kelly.

Facts, such as those contained in reports by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO's "State of the Climate 2020" appear to be of no import and so carry no weight.

He avoids confronting the realities of the climate crisis by retreating without fail to Liberal National Party talking points; talking points that are questionable in every sense and simply misleading.

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Nov 12 2020

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Climate discussion lost in a conflation of confusion, mistruths, and ideological rhetoric

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Dr Joëlle Gergis (pictured) is another of those climate scientists unafraid to call-out those of insufficient character who are not prepared to address the climate crisis for what it is - profoundly difficult and challenging in the extreme.

Dr Gergis, the author of "Sunburnt Country", has warned of "baked-in" global temperatures that wil see the Earth reach levels at least 3.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.

The Independent Member for Warringah, Zali Steggall, can also see the trouble ahead and has moved to hopefully see Australia's Federal Government take action on the climate crisis by moving a Private Member's Bill.

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Nov 10 2020

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Using 'craftivism' to tackle the climate crisis

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Tal Fitzpatrick (pictured with one of her quilts) did a practice-led PhD research into craftivism as a mode of DIY citizenship.

Her research was not specifically about the climate crisis, but much of what she learned and writes about in her book, "Craftivism: A manifesto/methodology" could  easily be applied to the climate discussion.

If we ever to address and deal appropriately with the rapily unfolding climate crisis we should be taking note of what Tal Fitzpatrick found in her research.

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Nov 09 2020

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'Hope in uncertain times' - Scotland's Countdown to COP26

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Kate Raworth (pictured) created the idea of "Doughnut Economics" and was one of the early speakers at recent day-long conference entitled 'Scotland's Countdown to COP26".

You can also see and hear Kate on this TEDx event.

More than 1000 participants were welcomed to the conference by Dr Martin Valenti from Scotland's national economic development agency, the Scottish Enterprise.

Dr Valenti encouraged people to be optimistic as if they were not, it was most likely they would be pessimistic. He added the climate was in a bad place at the moment and it needed our help.

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Nov 05 2020

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Erwin Jackson talks about the Investor Group on Climate Change

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Erwin Jackson (pictured) is rhe policy director for the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC).

Erwin has 30 years of experience in climate change policy has earned him a reputation as one of Australia’s leading climate policy analysts and advocates.

He has worked with many key organisations whose prime focus has been about caring for the environment and now his work with the IGCC puts him a position where he believes he can help big money have a big impact on countering the climate crisis.

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Nov 05 2020

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Alex Spathis explains why he wrote "The Light Electric Vechicle and The Climate"

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Alex Spathis, a retired electrical engineer, sees the light electric vehicle as just one of the many things we must adopt if was we are to negotiate the climate crisis.

LIke so many things at the moment, Covid-19 has interfered with, or frustrated,  the launch of Alex's new book (pictured).

It was meant to be launched and discussed at the Newcastle Writers' Festival, but that was called off and so Alex turned to Climate Conversations to have at least some people learn about the new book.

"The Light Electric Vehicle and the Climate" is not available through bookshops but can be secured from the publishers: houdini.phantom@icloud.com. The book is just $20, but mention this podcast for a 10 per cent discount!

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Nov 03 2020

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Environment Victoria helps with telling stories about the climate

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Environment Victoria's Health Rivers campaigner, Tyler Rotche, is leading a bunch of enthusiasts through a five-week profgram of workshops known as "Rivers Storytelling: why stories matter".

That first workshop talked about stories we tell ourselvess, those we tell others, why some elements of those stories resonate and so are memorable and why some have little or no impact and just fade away.

Tyler and Environment Victoria's communications manager, Greg Foyster, promised "homework" and soon after the workshop an email arrived asking parrticipants to consider what environmental issue was troubling them, why that was the case, how they felt about it and what could be done.

They called for a list of points people could write around, or if they felt ready, write a short story - this episode is my "short story".

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Nov 01 2020

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Another warning about 'baked-in' changes to our climate

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Joëlle Gergis came into my orbit in 2009 when I first heard Professor David Karoly speak at the University of Melbourne's Festival of Ideas.

From being a student of Professor Karoly, Dr Gergis became a noted climate scientist and author, writing both a book, "Sunburnt Country", and becoming a regular contributor to The Conversation.

The Melbourne-based bookshop, Readings, recently teamed up with The Conversation to launch the latest compilation of writings from this wonderful university-based institution, "The Conversation: 2020, The Year That Changed Us".

Dr Gergis was one of a panel of three appearing at the launch, interviewed by the Editor and executive director from The Conversation, Misha Ketchell.

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Oct 29 2020

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Sally Gillespie helps us understand why we feel what we feel about the climate crisis

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Sally Gillespie (pictured) has a background as a Jungian psychotherapist and through her book, "Climate Consciousness" helps people better understand the reasons they feel the way they do about the climate crisis.

As a bonus, here is a link to a Climate Dreams Symposium at which Sally, a former persident of the Sydney C.G Jung Society, discusses Why we need to talk about climate change.

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Oct 24 2020

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