Climate Conversations

Climate Conversations

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

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September 29, 2022 4 min

Listen to the Aljazeera podcast, The Take, and learn about "Coping with climate change on Mt Everest".

Aljazeera also reports on Switzerland's worst ever melt rate of its many glaciers in the story - "Switzerland records worst melt rate of its glaciers".

Read some more about Hurricane Ian - "Flooding, power cuts as Hurricane Ian crashes ashore in Florida".


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Dario Vacirca (pictured) is foremost an artist, but he is an agitator and someone concerned, in a broad sense, about the welfare of people and sees their best interests, and society's generally, being served through the acceptance and application of an unconditional Universal Basic Income. Dario is simply a good bloke.

He was one of the many speakers who informed and entertained those who attended, in person and virtually, the ...

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Professor Michael Howard (pictured) from the University of Maine in the U.S., joined the Brisbane BIEN 2022 Congress virtually to talk about "Basic Income, Climate Change and the Future of Work".

Prof Howard specialises in social and political philosophy and his message to the congress was clear - we must contain our consumption, particularly those of us from wealthy countries, while be willing to hand over cash to those le...

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Iain Middleton (pictured) has long prosecuted the idea of a Universal Basic Income in New Zealand and told his country's story at the September BIEN 2022 Congress in Brisbane, which was held at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

The conference was a hybrid affair with more than 100 people attending in person and hundreds more from around the world being virtual attendees.

Most every aspect of a Universal Basic...

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Josh McGee (pictured) founded and continues to orchestrate the Melbourne-based Australia Basic Income group and spoke at the opening day of the Basic Income Earth Network Congress on September 26 at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland.

An unconditional Universal Basic Income is in many ways closely related to plotting a course the will enable humanity to navigate the quickly evolving climate crisis.

People from all ...

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Climate champion and former U.S. vice president, Al Gore, was the first of many guests at a day-long Climate Forward event organized by The New York Times.

Mr Gore exuded optimism during what was described as a "fire-side chat", with a senior New York Times climate reporter, Somini Sengupta. 

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Doing what you can, just one starfish at a time.

Professor David Lindenmayer was the guest at a webinar organized by the Australian Conservation Foundation where he talked about "Saving our native forest in Victoria".

And a guest, just this morning (September 21) at a webinar organized by The Australia Institute was Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Her portfolios include Environment and Biodiversity, Water and Murray-Darl...

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Climate Group CEO, Helen Clarkson, opened/launched Climate Week NYC calling on people to move from commitment to action.

Michael Noetel asks the question: "What do we owe future generations? And what can we do to make their world a better place?"

And on Radio 3CR, Vivien Langford investigates: "The dirty truth about green optimism" and "Australia's green extractivism and sacrifice zone abroad".

Other cli...

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Guardian reporter Adam Morton writes about the Australian Labor Government's idea of bringing a United Nations Conference of the Parties to Australia - "Australia’s bid to host a Cop summit could shape climate action and politics for years to come".

Climate News Network tells us: "Canadian EV battery industry could hit $48 billion a year".

And from Renew Economy we hear: "Wind and solar records tumble again,...

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Millions in Japan are urged to shelter or evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol (pictured) closes in on the country - "Japan issues special typhoon warning as 'unprecedented' storm approaches".

Again from the ABC we hear about electric vehicles and towing - "Electric vehicles that can tow your boat, caravan or horse float are coming to Australia, but how long will we have to wait?"

The problems of reporting on ...

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Professor Euan Ritchie (pictured) compares media coverage of the Queen's death to the existential threat facing Earth in the story "Why did the Queen’s death receive saturation media coverage while the future of the Earth goes largely ignored?"

And in its Editorial, the Melbourne Age says: "Australia can help steer the electric car revolution".

More climate links are:

"Protecting native forests is critical f...

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The Conversation's "Weekly" podcast features a trans-Atlantic chat between British host, Gemma Ware, and her U.S. counterpart, Daniel Merino, and guests about the inadequacy of our building stock to cope with an ever increasingly warmer world.

Listen to "Keep buildings cool as it gets hotter by resurrecting traditional architectural techniques – podcast".

More from The Conversation tells us that "A rapid shi...

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Dr Alan Finkel (pictured) delivered the Alan Finkel Oration entitled "Getting serious about getting to zero".

The webinar was organised by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) enabling Dr Finkel to talk briefly about the "bad" and then at length about the "good" and within that the opportunities, he saw for Australia.

A recording, featuring slides shown by Dr Finkel will be...

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King Charles (pictured) is considered by some to be history's most significant environmentalist.

Read the Nicole Hasham story  - "The most significant environmentalist in history’ is now king. Two Australian researchers tell of Charles’ fascination with nature".

A second story from The Conversation is: "‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult".

Other climate links are:

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Professor Ian Lowe (pictured) is an entertaining speaker who can even make you smile and laugh while explaining the reasons behind some of our most tragic behaviours; behaviours that are eroding almost everything that is good about our world.

Prof Lowe, and his Giffith University counterpart, Professor Brendan Mackey, were the guests on a webinar - "How much DNA do you share with an Octopus? The Science of Interconnected Life o...

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Simon Kerr (pictured) assembled the group, "Music for a Warming World" and Robin Davidson talks about Canberra's "Rebus Theatre", of which he is the artistic director.

Today's (September 12) webinar was organized and presented by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance.

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The question on the minds of many is will the passion for action on climate change by Prince Charles vanish now that he is King Charles (pictured)?

Stories discussing that issue can be found on The Conversation: "It would be appropriate for King Charles to remain strong on climate: Albanese" and SBS: "Will Charles as King mean an end to his climate change activism?"

And it was a question posed several years ago by M...

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Dr Scott Abbinga (pictured) was my first physical contact with Healthy Futures

Scott was at the recent Doctors for the Environment Melbourne conference on an information stand talking with conference attendees about the group.

And check out the Benjamin Preiss story from The Melbourne Age: "‘I haven’t paid a bill since 2008’: Country towns empower themselves".

Other climate links are:

"King Charles may well prove the ...

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Joëlle Gregis wrote the book, "Humanity's Moment", with many goals in mind, among them, helping all of us better understand the climate crisis and while it is an issue clearly impacting all life on Earth, it continues as a rubicon among people, even friends.

Other climate links:

"Heat and Health"; "UN chief slams climate change 'insanity' on Pakistan flood visit"; "New study more than triples...
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Warwick Cathro (pictured) from the Canberra Conservation Council was a significant contributor to a workshop at the Better Futures Australia Forum early this month where the discussion revolved around making low-carbon transport accessible to all.

James Whelan for Climate Action Network Australia summed up the first of the two sessions of "Making zero emissions transport accessible to all".

Enjoy "Music for a Warming Wo...

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