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Environment East Gippsland
We subsequently heard that Cr Wegman did take the advice of council officers on what options were available to him and he selected a car with a 'V6' engine. Whilst it's not an SUV (the council's capital nor petrol budgets are unlikely to run to such an extravagance) it's not exactly in line with the council's self professed position as "leading by example on environmental sustainability".
Cr Wegman said the environment, including water conservation, was also important.
However, he would not say whether he planned to use the hybrid car driven by outgoing mayor Coral Ross.
“I think other cars have superseded that technology so I don’t think I’ll be using that particular car, but I’ll take (council) officers’ advice on that,” he said.
Brigid Walsh (also known as Miss Eagle) 'misseaglesnetwork at gmail.com'
"The Australian government was elected on a platform of solving the climate problem, but then, with the help of industry, it set emission targets so high as to guarantee untold disasters for the young, let alone the unborn. These governments are not green. They are black - coal black."This is a good read to get up to speed on the coal/power station issue.
Professor Field says that a warming planet will dry out forests in tropical areas, making them much more likely to suffer from bushfires.
One of the world's leading experts on climate change says a Nobel Prize-winning panel of scientists seriously underestimated the reality of global warming when it published its report just over a year ago.
Professor Chris Field, a leading member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which released the report, says he and his fellow researchers did not have access to vital data. Professor Field says that a warming planet will dry out forests in tropical areas, making them much more likely to suffer from bushfires.
He says recent climate studies suggest global warming could also melt permafrost in the Artic tundra. These events would release billions of tons of greenhouse gasses that could raise global temperatures even more.
The report did not have data on emissions of carbon dioxide between 2000 and 2007 which show far more rapid rises than had been predicted. These increases in carbon have been caused principally by the burning of coal for electric power in India and China.
He has told an American science conference in Chicago that global warming is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than previously predicted. "Fossil emissions have proceeded much more rapidly than anticipated in any of the scenerios that were characterised in detail," he said. "The consequence of that is that we are basically entering a domain of climate change that has not been explored by the models. "We're on a different trajectory of emissions and therefore an unknown trajectory of warming."
"You don't usually break records by much. You might beat it by point one of a degree or point two."
"Records being broken by that much [2 degrees C] are just unheard of. You just don't break records with that kind of margin in a stable climate. It's an extraordinary event, this one."
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"There is no energy shortage, there is no energy crisis, there is a crisis of ignorance."
That quote is from R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983) who was an architect, inventor, visionary and the second president of Mensa. He believed human societies would soon rely mainly on renewable sources of energy, such as solar power.
There's certainly no crisis of ignorance among those people who signed the solar gross feed in tariff petition! Some of the comments we are seeing on the petition really make us wonder.. "the people of Australia certainly get it; why not the government? What will it take?".
We're just about to hit the 7,000 signature mark - lets see how fast we can get to 8,000 and beyond - your signatures and comments will be the massive wake up call our government needs!
State by state tally
ACT - 176
New South Wales - 1592
Northern Territory - 55
Queensland - 1118
South Australia - 390
Tasmania - 177
Victoria - 2592
Western Australia - 710
Let others know!
We've already let politicians such as Penny Wong, Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett, Greg Hunt and Christine Milne know about the petition.
The more signatures and thoughtful comments on the petition, the greatly the likelihood policy makers in Australia will take our collective call seriously and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will choose a solar future for our nation over filthy coal!
You have played a vital role in the future of Australia's energy security and efforts in the climate change battle, simply by having signed the petition. By taking just a few minutes to spread the word about the petition, you can do even more towards achieving our common goal!
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