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.Apartment Living: Building a Business Case For Sustainable Changes
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The City of Port Phillip is sponsoring a free information event conducted by Strata Community Australia to help you get sustainable improvements to your buildings over the line! Learn from a panel of strata experts about building a strong business case to install solar, LED lighting, and other sustainable changes within your building. We will explore solutions to the common barriers encountered and include a Q&A with the panellists. This session is open to everyone so please spread the word amongst your neighbours, colleagues and other suitable networks.
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WHAT . . . Apartment Living: Building a Business Case For Sustainable Changes
WHEN . . . 6:30pm – 8:30pm Thursday 29 November 2018
WHERE . . St Kilda Lifesaving Club
COST . . . FREE but you need to book so there is enough food.
BOOK . . . https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=443687
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16 November 2018
The plastic backlash: what’s behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference?

Decades after it became part of the fabric of our lives, a worldwide revolt against plastic is under way. By Stephen Buranyi
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/13/the-plastic-backlash-whats-behind-our-sudden-rage-and-will-it-make-a-difference

16 November 2018
Want to slow down climate change? Plant a tree

A new comprehensive study shows planting more trees and preserving fields and wetlands can help to combat climate change.
http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/11/15/want-to-slow-down-climate-change-plant-a-tree

15 November 2018
You Thought Fake News Was Bad? Deep Fakes Are Where Truth Goes to Die

Oscar Schwartz, The Guardian
Technology can make it look as if anyone has said or done anything. Is it the next wave of (mis)information warfare?
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/12/deep-fakes-fake-news-truth

14 November 2018
How this electric airplane could reshape regional air travel

An all-electric passenger airplane called Alice could reshape regional air travel in Australia.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/how-this-electric-airplane-could-reshape-regional-air-travel-26533/

13 November 2018
‘Problem in waiting’: why natural gas will wipe out Australia’s emissions gains

LNG is often touted as a good alternative to coal but the increase in production means increased emissions that will cancel out any recent savings
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/13/problem-in-waiting-why-natural-gas-will-wipe-out-australias-emissions-gains

12 November 2018
The number one recycling mistake Australians are still making

The most common recycling mistake made by Australians is to throw soft plastics, such as bread bags, into the kerbside recycling bin.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/sustainability/the-number-one-recycling-mistake-australians-are-still-making-20181111-p50fc4.html

11 November 2018
How Australia can avoid its own Day Zero

From Sao Paulo to Bangalore, researchers have watched Cape Town deal with a crisis that could unfold in their own drought-prone cities. Australian cities need to pay attention.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-11/drought-put-cape-town-on-a-countdown-to-day-zero/10477538

10 November 2018
David Attenborough has betrayed the living world he loves

George Monbiot
By downplaying our environmental crisis, the presenter’s BBC films have generated complacency, confusion and ignorance.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/07/david-attenborough-world-environment-bbc-films

9 November 2018
How to keep slave-caught seafood off your plate

A lack of sustainability, profitability and transparency in the global fishing industry is exacerbating the problem of slave-like working conditions for crew. Here are the warning signs to look out for.
https://theconversation.com/how-to-keep-slave-caught-seafood-off-your-plate-105861

8 November 2018
An Electrifying Idea

What if we abandoned photosynthesis as the means of producing food, and released most of the world’s surface from agriculture?
https://www.monbiot.com/2018/11/06/an-electrifying-idea/

7 November 2018
Vic Liberals face heat over climate policy

The Victorian Liberal Party has been accused of ignoring climate change and is facing calls to address the issue ahead of the state election.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/vic-liberals-face-heat-over-climate-policy

6 November 2018
Air pollution: everything you should know about a public health emergency

It isn’t just car fumes that fill our urban centres with particles. Why is air pollution on the rise, who does it affect most – and what can we do about it?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/05/air-pollution-everything-you-should-know-about-a-public-health-emergency

5 November 2018
Greens propose inner-city bike superlane to cycling commuters

The Victorian Greens would push for a 17-kilometre bike lane from Brighton Road in Elsternwick to Bell Street in Coburg, if the party helps form government.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/greens-peddle-inner-city-bike-superlane-to-cycling-commuters-20181102-p50do4.html

4 November 2018
Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/03/stop-biodiversity-loss-or-we-could-face-our-own-extinction-warns-un

3 November 2018
‘Records falling everywhere’: solar panel demand goes through the roof

For Amit Narang, an IT expert working for NSW Health, the choice to put solar panels on his roof was partly to cut carbon emissions but mostly because the financials had become conclusive.
https://www.theage.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/records-falling-everywhere-solar-panel-demand-goes-through-the-roof-20181101-p50dgw.html


2 November 2018
The impacts of global warming are happening anyway

Without stabilisation of population, more efficient utilisation of resources and reduction of pollution most of the same impacts are still going to happen.
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=20014&page=0

2 November 2018
Why I’m turning from law-maker to law-breaker to try to save the planet

Direct action and civil disobedience are now needed to force governments to see that our survival as a species is at risk.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/31/law-breaker-save-planet-direct-action-civil-disobedience

1 November 2018
The climate is doomed without Brazil

The country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, wants to increase development in the Amazon rainforest, which absorbs a massive amount of carbon emissions.
https://newrepublic.com/article/151933/climate-doomed-without-brazil

31 October 2018
To save the planet we need a treaty – and to consider rationing

Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Caroline Lucas, John Sauven, Craig Bennett, Ann Pettifor and Leo Murray add their voices to calls for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/29/to-save-the-planet-we-need-a-treaty-and-to-consider-rationing

30 October 2018
What Happened When I Tried the U.S. Army’s Tactic to Fall Asleep in Two Minutes

The technique has been used to help people fall asleep in the most uncomfortable circumstances. It’s said to work for 96% of the people who tried it for six weeks.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90253444/what-happened-when-i-tried-the-u-s-armys-tactic-to-fall-asleep-in-two-minutes

29 October 2018
Competing solar and fast rail schemes economically wasteful: report

Labor has been urged to abandon its plan to subsidise rooftop solar installation for 650,000 Victorian homes.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/competing-solar-and-fast-rail-schemes-economically-wasteful-report-20181028-p50chy.html

28 October 2018
‘First thing’: Phelps set sights on reviving fortunes of climate body

Kerryn Phelps, the likely new member for Wentworth, will push for the revival of the near-defunct Climate Change Authority as part of her efforts to advance action on global warming at a federal level.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/first-thing-phelps-set-sights-on-reviving-fortunes-of-climate-body-20181027-p50cd3.html

27 October 2018
If the world’s population keeps growing, and the poor world’s living standards keep catching up with the rich world’s, how on earth will the environment cope?

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/world-growth-a-toxic-danger-for-the-environment-20181026-p50c3l.html

26 October 2018
Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

A new US study says that several low-cost technologies can be deployed right now to limit global warming.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45967215

25 October 2018
World wakes up to scale of climate challenge, so what should a Labor government do?

Here are six steps that could be taken straight away by a new Labor government to address the challenge of climate change, without legislation.
https://reneweconomy.com.au/world-wakes-up-to-scale-of-climate-challenge-so-what-should-a-labor-government-do-19670/

24 October 2018
A priest says sceptics should stop demanding proof of climate change, as that’s not how science works

An Anglican priest teaching climate change is often asked about the difference between science and faith.
https://theconversation.com/a-priest-says-sceptics-should-stop-demanding-proof-of-climate-change-as-thats-not-how-science-works-104413

23 October 2018
Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Study suggests the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/22/microplastics-found-in-human-stools-for-the-first-time

22 October 2018
Wentworth backlash reignites tensions inside government on climate policy

“We are going to have to go to the next election with a clear plan to meet our Paris targets.”
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/wentworth-byelection-backlash-reignites-tensions-inside-the-morrison-government-over-climate-policy-20181021-p50b2d.html

21 October 2018
Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt

A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold around the world. Here’s what you need to know.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/microplastics-found-90-percent-table-salt-sea-salt/

21 October 2018
The power of one person taking action

As Clean Up Australia has grown over three decades, so has our awareness that reducing rubbish is as important as cleaning it up.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-power-of-one-person-taking-action-20181019-p50atr.html

21 October 2018
Here’s 123 Things Our Liberal Leaders Did To ‘Confront’ Climate Change

A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth – former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s old seat – tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Party’s action on climate change over the last five years.
https://newmatilda.com/2018/10/19/dear-wentworth-voters-heres-123-things-leaders-confront-climate-change/

20 October 2018
The hope at the heart of the apocalyptic climate change report
Along with their latest dire predictions, the world’s leading climate scientists offered a new path forward—but will anyone take it?
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/18/the-hope-at-the-heart-of-the-apocalyptic-climate-change-report/

19 October 2018
Tim’s “My Efficient Electric Home” facebook group has over 4,500 followers and is increasing at 100+ per week. It contains a wealth of information from local enthusiasts on becoming “all-electric”.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/996387660405677/ 

18 October 2018
Institute of Public Affairs: the think tank with arms everywhere
The IPA is usually described as a “radical libertarian think tank” but it’s not libertarian, since its freedoms for the few spell oppression for the many. It’s also not-thoughtful and so not-public it’s almost clandestine.
https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/institute-of-public-affairs-the-think-tank-with-arms-everywhere-20160406-gnzlhq.html

17 October 2018
The science of sustainability
Can humans drive economic growth, meet rising demand for food, energy and water, and make significant environmental progress? The short answer is ‘yes,’ but it comes with several big ‘ifs.’ New research shows that we can put the world on a path to sustainability if we make significant changes within the next 10 years.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/uoca-tso101618.php

16 October 2018
The all-electric home and the key steps to take
Why it’s important to transition to an all-electric home? What are the key steps to take? This speech was delivered by Tim Forcey at the launch of the CERES Eco-house on 9 October 2018. Tim has 35 years of industrial experience (electricity, oil and gas, petrochemicals) with focus on energy production, transmission and consumption.
https://www.mefl.com.au/news/all-electric-home-speech-by-tim-forcey

16 October 2018
It is almost too late to save our planet
All of my friends are becoming grandparents. I am thinking about the world that our grandchildren will inherit.
https://religionnews.com/2018/10/12/climate-change-global-warming-sea-level-rise/

15 October 2018
What will it take on climate change?
Hurricanes, algae blooms, rising seas and melting ice. How much more before climate denial fades away?
https://www.ehn.org/peter-dykstra-what-will-it-take-on-climate-change-2612030701.html

14 October 2018
Abbott and Trump are making you their stooge
Don’t amplify the views of those who want to diminish serious issues like climate change – even if it feels good
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2018/oct/13/dear-progressives-craig-kelly-abbott-and-trump-are-making-you-their-stooge

13 October 2018
Overwhelmed by climate change? Here’s what you can do
From campaigning to installing insulation and solar panels, some practical steps you can take to help avoid climate breakdown.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/climate-change-what-you-can-do-campaigning-installing-insulation-solar-panels

12 October 2018
Billionaires are the leading cause of climate change
As the world faces environmental disaster on a biblical scale, it’s important to remember exactly who brought us here.
https://www.gq.com/story/billionaires-climate-change

11 October 2018
Why we keeping ignoring climate change warnings
A new U.N. report should sound alarms that climate change is far closer than most people realize. It probably won’t.
http://time.com/5418690/why-ignore-climate-change-warnings-un-report/

10 October 2018
What the world will look like in 2040
The results are in from more than 6000 scientific studies on how the world is changing. It paints a dire picture of Earth in 22 years time.
https://www.news.com.au/climate-change-predictions-2040/

9 October 2018
The UN’s 1.5°C special climate report at a glance
The highlights of the report are presented below
https://theconversation.com/the-uns-1-5-c-special-climate-report-at-a-glance-104547

6 October 2018
Climate change apathy, not denial, is the biggest threat to our planet
The easy way to cut emissions – closing coal power stations – is exhausted. Now the public has to be convinced to make sacrifices.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/05/climate-change-apathy-not-denial-threat-planet

4 October 2018
What does 1.5C mean in a warming world?
1.5C has become the new “safe” upper-limit for global warming – but whatever happened to the two-degree target?
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45678338

3 October 2018
A ‘Hard rain’s a gonna fall’ on insurers unless they address climate risks
With the escalating cost of natural disasters, insurance companies have a greater incentive to use their leverage to enforce not just better building codes but also to improve climate change regulations.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2018/10/01/a-hard-rains-a-gonna-fall-on-insurers-unless-they-address-climate-risks/#70eb564a3312

1 October 2018

Judy Horacek is a cartoonist who publishes a newsletter on the first day of the month.

September 2018’s newsletter was on Coal, Energy, Reefs. October 2018’s was on Denial and Extinctions.

Judy’s website is at https://horacek.com.au/

Previous newsletters, chock full of brilliant cartoons, are in the news archives column on https://horacek.com.au/news/

26 September 2018
How can we keep microfibers out of food, water and air?
Microfiber pollution is a growing problem around the world, with miniature contaminants shed by synthetic textiles being found in our food, our water and the air we breathe. What’s a concerned citizen to do?
https://ensia.com/videos/microfiber-solution/

26 September 2018
Alternative Nobel Prize awarded for practical fixes to global problems

Three human rights activists, two corruption fighters, a farmer and an agricultural scientist are the 2018 winners of the Right Livelihood Award. They are tirelessly fighting the world over to make it a better place.
https://www.dw.com/en/alternative-nobel-prize-awarded-for-practical-fixes-to-global-problems/a-45603287

19 August 2018
Cutting Power Bills With Solar Panels For 650,000 Homes
The Andrews Government announces significant rebates on Solar Panels and Solar Hot Water systems. Rebates are available for systems installed from 19 August 2018.
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/cutting-power-bills-with-solar-panels-for-650000-homes/

Note that rebates are available now, before the election on 24 November 2018. So get in early as the Liberals have poured scorn on the plan so may not continue them if they are elected. Details of how to apply can be found at https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/

11 September 2018
Cheaper Electricity With Solar Batteries For 10,000 Homes
This is very good news, but it relies on the Andrews Government being re-elected.
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/cheaper-electricity-with-solar-batteries-for-10000-homes/

10 September 2018
The daily post of environmental articles has been published every day since 2011.
You can spend your whole day reading articles of climate change gloom and doom.
So I am not going to publish it here anymore. Even I only read a couple of them.
It just depresses me.

For those that don’t see it this way you can still read it on Greg Hunt’s Blog.
     Note that this is NOT the Liberal Party’s Greg Hunt!
     It is a retired environmentalist also named Greg Hunt.

One article per day will still be published here.
To read these single articles scroll upwards.

An additional Australian environmental newsletter that may interest you is “Making Enviro News”. The current issue is at makingenvironews.com/current-issue.html