It also warns that "water-related stress" will be the most significant issue for Sydney by 2030, with "large scale infrastructure investment" needed.
Tim Stephens"The ratings agency Moody's is warning that NSW faces significant pressures on its budget as it grapples with climate change and increasingly severe droughts and bushfires."
smh.com.au/politics/nsw/n… via @smh
Adaptation to bushfires might not be achievable without stronger action to curb emissions, letter warns
Tim StephensAustralia is 'ground zero' in climate crisis and must show leadership - amazing open letter from ARC Laureates.
Many titans of academe here, from climate scientists such as @ProfMattEngland to international lawyers including Hilary Charlesworth.
The fires are a wake-up call. The country’s leaders must now act on overwhelming evidence and public opinion.
Tim StephensPowerful editorial from @nature on the policy failures of the Morrison Govt
“Instead of arguing with its climate researchers, Australia’s government needs to work with them...A country on the front lines of climate change has no other choice.”
Scott Morrison, who famously showed off a lump of black coal in Parliament in 2017, said the resources industry was "incredibly important to Australia".
Tim Stephens"Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected criticism of Australia's $70 billion coal export industry and its links to global warming after the world's largest fund manager announced it was quitting thermal coal."
The prime minister says he will work on ‘practical’ measures rather than bolstering emission reduction targets
Tim StephensClimate adaptation will not save us. Unless Australia gets to net zero emissions by 2050, and presses the world to do likewise, there is no way we can protect our standard of living or our natural environment #auspol #climatecrisis
Given the fires over summer, we start the blog with a piece on climate change. It’s 2020, and Stephen Howes assesses our poor performance against the 2020 emissions targets agreed to more than a decade ago.
Tim StephensThis is damning from Professor Stephen Howes at the ANU: 'Australia won't hit its 5% 2020 emissions reduction target till 2030'. So much for the 'meeting and beating' rhetoric #auspol #climateemergency
About 2 million tonnes of asbestos is produced each year - and without international regulation.
Tim StephensAustralia was at the forefront of the global asbestos industry
We ceased asbestos mining and exports, even as other countries continued theirs
We didn’t argue that consumers would just buy asbestos from someone else
Australians everywhere are ready to get on with the job of dealing with the climate crisis. We just need a prime minister to lead us
Tim Stephens“Australia is actively working hard to become a major driver of the global climate crisis. That is what we have become.”
Australia is on fire and so is Richard Flanagan. Great piece by the great writer.
Australia to take increasingly isolationist approach to climate action, as Morrison defies advice that climate diplomacy is good for the economy and the planet.
Tim Stephens“While there is no indication that Australia will follow the route of the United States and withdraw from the Paris Agreement altogether, the Morrison government appears to the preparing to further isolate Australia from the rest of the global community”
Minister tells Guardian he is unsure of causes of crisis, saying he wants farmers to have tools to adapt to change
Tim Stephens”Littleproud’s position was supported by the Nationals deputy leader, Bridget McKenzie, the minister for resources and northern Australia, Matt Canavan, and the environment minister, Sussan Ley, all of who denied knowledge of or downplayed the link.”
Tim Stephens@PatConroy1@BillHareClimate At the very least we cannot be advocating for large new coal or gas projects, as these will exceed the global carbon budget for 1.5/2C. Preston CJ’s reasons in Gloucester Resources set out this reality very clearly
The energy provider has extended the life of the facility beyond 2022, when it was scheduled to close down after 50 years of operations.
Tim StephensMinister Taylor says “We want to see existing coal and gas generation stay in the market, running at full tilt."
How on earth does this square with the Paris Agreement goals which can only be reached by rapidly retiring coal fired generators?