LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment) is a non-profit, community organisation based in the City Port Phillip, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Our goal is to reduce the human contribution to, and the impact of, climate change on our planet. We do this by creating and delivering information, facilitating actions, involvement in campaigns and influencing decision makers.

George Monbiot – Writer for “The Guardian”

22 October 2019
Arresting Destruction – monbiot.com

This is my rationale for getting arrested with Extinction Rebellion. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 16th October 2019

A few hours after this column is published, I hope to be in a police cell. I don’t yet know what the charge will be, where I will be arrested or when, but I know that if I go home this evening without feeling the hand of the law on my sleeve, I will have failed. This might sound like a strange ambition, but I believe it is a reasonable one.
More at https://www.monbiot.com/2019/10/20/arresting-destruction/

13 October 2019
Being safe during storms, floods and heatwaves

More at http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/being-safe-storms-floods-heatwaves.htm

This following document was published by the City of Port Phillip on 13 January 2012.
Being safe during storms, floods and heatwaves

This was one year after the BIG STORM that hit Elwood in February 2011.

24 September 2019
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change. “You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words,” Thunberg said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. “You’re failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you,” she added. Thunberg traveled to the U.S. by sailboat last month so she could appear at the summit. She and other youth activists led international climate strikes on Friday in an attempt to garner awareness ahead of the UN’s meeting of political and business leaders.

Article from THE AGE of 24 September 2019 . . . Care or not, watch Greta’s speech

The public applauds the Declaration of a Climate Emergency – Photo by Mayor Dick Gross

19 September 2019
Port Phillip Council declares a CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Port Phillip Council has joined the growing movement calling for urgent action to address climate change. A motion passed at the Council meeting on 18 September 2019 declares climate change poses a series risk to Australians – including those living in Port Phillip- and should be treated as an emergency.
“This is a local and global emergency, and everyone must do their bit to preserve the liveability of our planet,” Mayor Dick Gross said.
Read more about the declaration and find out what this means.

18 September 2019
Climate Emergency Defined by Paul Gilding
This stark and confronting latest report reviews the evidence about the scale, timing and urgency of the risks posed by climate change to determine whether an emergency response is both necessary and feasible.

AUTHOR – PAUL GILDING – “It’s either launch a climate emergency mobilisation on the scale of the economic and social mobilisation of WWII or expose humanity to the risk of economic collapse and the descent into chaos. That is the choice we now face. That is what the evidence of global experts tells us.”

13 September 2019
Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
Hugh Wilson, the manager of the Hinewai Nature Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in the southeast corner of New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, is a man on a mission. An impassioned botanist with grand ambitions, he was growing tired of witnessing the destruction of nature’s splendor. When he announced his plans to reverse these tides of decay, he was met with widespread ridicule and scorn. The infectious documentary Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest offers a lovely portrait of this inspiring and good-natured man, and a tribute to the resilient power of nature. See the video at https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/fools-dreamers-regenerating-native-forest/

“I made a dozen new friends and learnt from some of the best communicators in the climate community. Would recommend the program 100%” – Mark, past participant.”

14 August 2019
Free Environmental Leadership Course
The City of Port Phillip Environmental Leadership Course starts on 28 August. The course will give you the skills, training and mentoring you need to lead a sustainability project. Become an agent for change in 10 weeks of masterclass content, action-based learning activities, innovation and design thinking workshops, webinars, learning pods and a library of articles and videos.
Details are at https://www.sustainableportphillip.com/enviro-champs

29 July 2019
Over 1 billion microplastics reach the Bay annually

Research by the Port Phillip EcoCentre released in the Sunday Age of 28 July 2019 shows that microplastics hitting Port Phillip Bay from the surface of the Yarra & Maribyrnong Rivers doubled to 1.1 billion each year.

Almost 80% of the now 1.4 billion pieces of litter that flow into the Bay every year are microplastics.

Both the Yarra and Maribyrnong litter loads have increased since 2015, though litter in the Yarra is increasing faster. All litter categories in the Yarra are increasing except straws, which are decreasing in the Yarra, in parallel with major efforts by community and businesses to substitute or skip plastic straw use.

Click here to read the report in the Sunday Age

The volume of microplastics have nearly doubled just one year after the Port Phillip EcoCentre published the first-ever count of plastic litter loads in these rivers. We need a radical rethink for an everlasting material that is being mismatched to make single-use products.

None of that plastic pollution started in the river. To keep it out, everyone plays a role: the product designers, the users, the land managers, the legislators. We have one week to tell the Victorian government what changes we’d like to see.

Let’s make the story we see with straws the story of all plastic products.

April Seymore, Executive Officer (on behalf of the EcoCentre team)

8 July 2019
Plant trees to tackle climate crisis
Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

19 June 2019
This article “Solar rebates to return after revamp” is from page 11 of THE AGE of Wednesday 19 June 2019. More information is available on the Victorian Government’s Solar Website at www.solar.vic.gov.au/Solar-rebates.

Macnamara Candidates’ Forum
7pm Tuesday 30 April 2019
Memo Hall, 88 Acland St, St Kilda
Details at FORUM.ORG.AU

2 March 2019
Youth climate strikers: ‘We are going to change the fate of humanity’
Students issue an open letter ahead of global day of action on 15 March, when young people are expected to strike across 50 nations

19 February 2019

Why older people must stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15 February 2019


14 February 2019
Trolls, taxes and trust: a call for action on digital platforms
Deborah Hart, founder of LIVE and convenor of ClimActs (Acting for Climate Justice), wrote this submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry into digital platforms. The submission has been published, with her permission, on Croakey.org here https://croakey.org/trolls-taxes-trust-a-call-for-action-on-digital-platforms/ As there is little time to make your own submission (the deadline is 15 February) why not simply send an email endorsing what Deb has written.

10 February 2019
How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable
By Amy Westervelt in the Washington Post

9 February 2019
What if…we reduced carbon emissions to zero by 2025?
Hazel Healy sketches out a radical scenario of carbon cold-turkey.

7 February 2019
De-smogging mining director Ian Plimer’s anti-climate rant in The Australian
Graham Readfearn
Ian Plimer‘s latest attempt in the pages of Murdoch-owned The Australian newspaper to shoot down climate science had so many clear errors it should embarrass the editor who printed it.

“De-smogging mining Director Ian Plimer is an essential task as he purports to give credibility with his BSc (Hons) and PhD to the denier community. We cheered when he took on the creationists but now jeer as he sells himself to Gina Rinehart, joins Christopher Monckton in facile roadshows delivering cherry- picked arguments and publishes highly ideological articles on climate change.” Greg Hunt

6 February 2019
Tasmania is burning.
The climate disaster future has arrived while those in power laugh at us.
Richard Flanagan

Greta Thunberg full speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference

15 year old activist Greta Thunberg speaks truth to power at the UN COP24 climate talks:

“My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden.

I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now.

Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do.

But I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference.

And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to. But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.

You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake.

You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet.

Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money.

Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.

The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.

You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.

Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.

We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.

We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.

We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time.

We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.

Thank you.”

30 January 2019
The climate kids are coming
With a Green New Deal and Student Strikes For Climate, will young people save us yet? https://www.thenation.com/article/greta-thunberg-climate-change-davos/

27 January 2019
Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate
Stockholm native Greta Thunberg first heard about climate change when she was 8 years old. She absorbed the solutions adults threw at her — recycle paper, study the data, train to be a climate scientist. None of it felt like enough. “What’s the point of learning facts in the school system,” she asks, “when the finest science from that system means nothing to our politicians and society?” In this passionate call to action, Greta explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and stood firm outside the Swedish parliament in an effort to prompt change. As she says: “We have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and change.”

25 January 2019
Teenage activist takes School Strikes 4 Climate Action to Davos
Protest by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg snowballs to last day of World Economic Forum

24 January 2019
‘Nothing to fear’: Jacinda Ardern urges world leaders to act on climate change
‘You don’t have to cede power by acting on climate change. There’s nothing to fear about your individual political status,’ New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Former US vice president Al Gore asked panellists for advice they would give to a world leader who does not believe in climate change. British naturalist David Attenborough, who was also on the panel, said the ‘head of state’ should think about the generations of family who will have to deal with the consequences of climate change. He asked: ‘Could you look them [your children] in the eye and say: “I knew what could be done but it was too difficult and rather boring”

22 January 2019
‘A David and Goliath battle’: The rise of resident action groups in Melbourne
Whether marching in the street or raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for legal fees, Melburnians are joining action groups in droves.
And again, perhaps curiously, we turn to Domain for some politics, this time at a local level. More and more, people are realising their agency in decision-making and not leaving it to the ‘powers that be’. When it comes to power, it’s in our hands – so be prepared to use it.

21 January 2019
10 Climate Change Books to Help You Understand Our Environment
In case you haven’t heard, a climate disaster is looming. The effects of climate change—like rising seas and intensifying weather patterns—are already here.

20 January 2019
Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C
Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather.

12 January 2019
Don’t Breathe

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th January 2019
Pollution is now the biggest threat to children’s health. So why is it so neglected?
Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people walked the streets, squirting this gas into the face of every child they passed. Imagine that it became a craze, so that a child couldn’t walk a metre without receiving a faceful. Imagine that, while a single dose was unlikely to cause serious harm, repeated doses damaged their hearts, lungs and brains, affecting their health, their intelligence and their life chances. https://www.monbiot.com/2019/01/11/dont-breathe/

10 January 2019
Peta Credlin’s preselection could be the spark that blows up the Liberal party

Oliver Yates
Credlin has put short term political interests, and the interests of the coal industry, before the future of our country.
Oliver Yates, ex CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is an active member of the Liberal Party. He has been scathing of LNP policy regarding climate change. In this article he again flays them and particularly the Queen of the Dark Arts, Peta Credlin, for standing in the way on progress. He is genuinely liberal and he can turn a phrase – have a look.

10 January 2019
The True Cost of Climate Denial

When President Trump announced his plans to withdraw America from the landmark Paris agreement he was faced with condemnation from not only the public but many leading corporate figures such as Elon Musk (founder of Paypal, Tesla and Space X) and Tim Cook (CEO of Apple). This however did not deter him from pulling out.

9 January 2019
Portland generates electricity from turbines in water pipes.
Portland has replaced a section of its existing water supply network with Lucid Energy pipes containing four forty-two inch turbines.
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6 January 2019
The butterfly, the ant and the mistletoe: A tale woven across species

To save one of the rarest butterflies in the world, we also need to save an unnamed ant species, an endangered woodland and a parasitic plant.

5 January 2019
With heatwaves like this, what sort of future do we have in store?

Louise Freckelton
I don’t really want to spoil your New Year with this article, but the changing of the year is a time to make plans for the year to come.

5 January 2019
A surge of climate lawsuits targets human rights, damage from fossil fuels

Cities, states and the fishing industry want courts to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for global warming. Others argue government inaction violates rights.

4 January 2019
Is 13 too young for my daughter to decide she doesn’t want children?

Katerina Cosgrove
She’s painfully aware of the possibility that her children and grandchildren will have a harder time being alive.

3 January 2019
‘Momentum is growing’: reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019

As we reflect on a year of extreme weather and ominous climate talks, Guardian environment writer Fiona Harvey explains why 2019 could see some much-needed breakthroughs

27 December 2018
Are we at the tipping point for climate action?

In 2016, when we started our campaign calling on the Australian parliament to declare a climate emergency, we had no idea how far and how fast the idea would spread. Within a year we had the support of 20,000 individuals and 55 groups. Scientists, journalists and politicians from across the political spectrum had spoken out.

23 December 2018
TED TRAINER. The case for De-growth — will continue to be ignored.

A De-Growth movement has emerged, mainly in Europe, in response to the fact that global levels of production and consumption are now grossly unsustainable. A vast literature documenting this has accumulated over almost fifty years. But the official world of politicians, governments, economists and media completely ignore it and devote themselves to growing the economy … that is, to accelerating us to our doom.

21 December 2018
Ten feelgood environment stories you may have missed in 2018

Michael Hopkin
Let’s be honest – environment news isn’t always the jolliest, and 2018 was no exception. From climate change, to recycling, to energy policy, at times it has felt like we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the next. So here are ten upbeat environmental stories from this year that prove it’s not all doom and gloom.

20 December 2018

State of the Climate 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO play an important role in monitoring, archiving, analysing, interpreting and communicating Australia’s observed and future weather and climate.

State of the Climate 2018 CSIRO BOM Dec2018.pdf

19 December 2018
Blind creature that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump

A newly discovered blind and burrowing amphibian is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, in recognition of the US president’s climate change denial.

19 December 2018
Coal, coal, coal and soaring emissions – as a Liberal, I have had enough

Oliver Yates
Trust in the Liberals has been destroyed, and no amount of ‘shuffling the deck chairs’ will change the outcome of the next federal election

17 December 2018
Make climate crisis top editorial priority, XR campaign urges BBC

Extinction Rebellion group call on BBC to tell ‘full truth about ecological emergency’

16 December 2018
J. Marshall Shepherd: 3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge.

16 December 2018
A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians won’t save us

Victoria Barrett
At the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

15 December 2018
Scientists continue to issue urgent warnings about climate change

This week there are talks in Poland to work out how to implement the Paris climate agreement, as the world’s most respected scientific bodies continue to issue ever-more urgent warnings about how humans are changing the climate.

15 December 2018
Choice Survey finds solar panels can save you even more money

Almost one in three households report having problems with their solar panels but experiences are improving and more than half are considering if they can use batteries to get off the grid, a survey by Choice has found.

13 December 2018
Understanding the impacts of onshore gas

An initiative that provides rigorous science on the potential socio-economic and environmental impacts of Australia’s onshore gas industry has, over recent years, expanded from Queensland to other states and territories.

12 December 2018
Comic explainer: forest giants house thousands of animals (so why do we keep cutting them down?)

Wes Mountain and Madeleine De Gabriele
Over 300 species of vertebrates in Australia depend on hollows in large old trees.

11 December 2018
Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?

If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?

8 December 2018
National Geographic photo contest 2018

Photo and caption by Jassen Todorov
Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.

7 December 2018
The rare environmental victories of 2018

Let’s face it: 2018 sucked. But before we pop our champagne and wish for a year of fewer environmental failures and heartbreaking studies, hold onto the strides we made this year.

5 December 2018
The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition

The facts, research, and science behind the climate-change article that explored our planet’s worst-case scenarios.

4 December 2018
Sir David Attenborough says the “collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon” unless urgent action is taken against global warming.

4 December 2018
Climate change: Where we are in seven charts

As representatives gather in Poland for talks on climate change, we look at how hot the world has got and what can we can all do to tackle global warming.

3 December 2018
Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe

As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return

2 December 2018
‘Rioting is not one of the three Rs’: Libs pan students


“If they’re really serious they should make a commitment – no ice-cream, no hamburgers and no trips to the Gold Coast for schoolies.”
Comment by Liberal Senator James McGrath.

Rioting is not one of the three ‘R’s, but being responsible and taking part in real learning is what education is all about. These kids are learning about the democratic process through participation – and all power to them.
Comment by Greg Hunt.

1 December 2018
‘I’ve seen smarter cabinets at Ikea’: Striking students rally for climate

Students defy the Prime Minister’s calls to stay in school and instead gather in their thousands to protest against inaction on climate change. But the Federal Government says all they’re learning how to do is “join the dole queue”.

On so many counts, the possibility of Adani going ahead is disgraceful. Matt Canavan’s little Aussie battler, Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, is now saying he’ll self-fund a much-reduced mine. Threats to water availability and quality, to the reef, to tourism jobs, to Galilee Basin biodiversity are all scary. Then there’s the emissions when the coal is burnt. Thank you for the leadership school students are showing, with commitment, with intelligence and with humour.
Comment by Greg Hunt.

30 November 2018
We have the tech to design climate solutions right now

We don’t need brilliant new inventions: A new book offers a simple guide to the policies we need to enact to fight climate change right now.

30 November 2018
A new report finds that climate change is the world’s worst public health crisis

Researchers forecast more disease and disaster as the planet warms.

29 November 2018
Trump says his ‘very high levels of intelligence’ means he can’t believe in climate change, scientists despair

Trump dismisses the the findings of a 1600-page report into climate change.

The ‘leader of the free world’ talks about the US Administration’s climate change report “… a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers … the air is incredibly dirty, and when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small.” This guy is a blithering idiot but on this, as in so many things, his stupidity is dangerous.
Comment by Greg Hunt.

29 November 2018
Yes, Prime Minister, I’m striking from school: consider it a climate lesson

Veronica Hester
A 15-year-old Swedish girl started a global movement. Here’s why I’m joining it along with thousands of other students who care about the planet’s future.

28 November 2018
The depravity of climate-change denial

Paul Krugman
Risking civilization for profit, ideology and ego.

27 November 2018
A resounding mandate to properly clean up Victoria’s economy

LIVE wholeheartedly congratulates Daniel Andrews and his Team for their win in the Victorian Election. Their determined progressive policies to transition our economy away from dirty and wasteful energy systems to clean and renewable power, and investment in long neglected public infrastructure and services to address deep societal inequities and injustice have proven enormously popular.

27 November 2018
3 big takeaways from the major new US climate report

Climate change is here, it’s expensive, and it’s deadly, according to a dire new report.

27 November 2018
Americans Will Pay Billions More For Climate Change, and That’s the Best Case

A grim U.S. government assessment of global warming’s economic impact gives a whole new meaning to Black Friday.

26 November 2018
The world needs to quit coal. Why is it so hard?

Coal, the most polluting of energy sources, shows no sign of disappearing three years after the Paris agreement, when world leaders promised decisive action against global warming.

25 November 2018
A Grave Climate Warning, Buried on Black Friday

The Atlantic
In a massive new report, federal scientists contradict President Trump and assert that climate change is an intensifying danger to the United States. Too bad it came out on a holiday.
And, exactly one year ago, they were warned.

25 November 2018
Preference deals pay off for microparties and wipe out Greens in Victoria’s Upper House

A new party set up by frustrated taxi drivers appears likely to win two seats in the next Legislative Council, despite winning only a tiny percentage of votes.

25 November 2018
Climate report: Trump administration downplays warnings of looming disaster

Democrats ramp up pressure to act in wake of most sobering government analysis yet

24 November 2018
How about a Robin Hood carbon tax to combat climate change?

Ross Gittins
Two public-spirited citizens have come up with a plan for a $50 per tonne carbon tax which would take from the rich and give to the poor.

23 November 2018
Bill Shorten unveils $15bn energy plan to help tackle climate ‘disaster’

Labor leader says he will top up Clean Energy Finance Corporation and unveils $5bn fund to modernise infrastructure

23 November 2018
‘Game changer’ or ‘bullsh*t’? Climate change groups react to Labor’s energy plan

Labor announced its energy plan on Thursday, with climate change action as a central component. But does it stack up?

22 November 2018
5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions

Mark Manson
Most people look at each decision as a single roll of the dice. They don’t think about the fact that life is a never-ending sequence of dice rolls. And a strategy that loses a lot per roll can actually make you a big winner in the long run.

21 November 2018
Climate change denial is empowering

Simon Black
Imagine not believing in climate change, the immense relief for it to all be a hoax or for the scientists to all be wrong.

20 November 2018
The school strike is everywhere

I received this email a few minutes ago. You might be interested.

20 November 2018
London’s climate rebellion surges on

Tobi Thomas reports on the climax to last week’s wave of mass action led by the now global Extinction Rebellion movement.

20 November 2018
The doom of fossil fuel investments

There is a very short window of time to get out of pure-play oil and gas company investments without substantial losses. It is imperative to sell them now.

19 November 2018

“We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now. We act in peace, with ferocious love of these lands in our hearts. We act on behalf of life.” — #ExtinctionRebellion LEARN MORE

18 November 2018
Turnbull says climate change has become a ‘third rail’ for Liberal party

Former PM tells Bar Association that policy remains evasive as long as group of Coalition MPs believes climate change is a fraud

Once upon a time you could be confident that someone elected as a representative to Parliament, state or national, would be:
      1. intelligent as well as have
      2. good standing in the community with the
      3. public interest as their motivation.
With Turnbull knowing that too many in the LNP believe that climate change is a fraud, the first doesn’t apply, therefore the second can’t be considered and the public interest doesn’t even enter into it. Greg Hunt.

17 November 2018
Diesel pollution stunts children’s lung growth, major study shows

Research carried out in London also shows charging polluting trucks had no effect on health

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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?

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

9 October 2018
The UN’s 1.5°C special climate report at a glance
The highlights of the report are presented below

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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