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Saturday, 18 November

22:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Swamp thing

Since the hiring freeze was lifted, Canberra has seen by far and way the strongest household income growth, with gross income per capita in the ACT up from $101,600 to above $110,000 over the past two financial years.

Nice work if you can get it!

At the other end of the scale household income per capita declined in Western Australia in FY2017, back to below the level seen in the 2014 financial year in nominal terms. 


Disposable incomes followed a very similar pattern, with Canberra absolutely miles ahead of the rest, by a magnitude of almost 50 per cent. 

Surprisingly the Northern Territory has been the strongest performer over the past five years in per capita terms, with disposable incomes rising by +24 per cent. 


Queensland incomes have really struggled since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012, and income growth has been relatively modest elsewhere.

These numbers are derived from the state accounts, and as ever some household are faring better than others. 

19:22

Climate news, nuclear news, to 17 November -Australia Antinuclear

Today, the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, are wrapping up. The worlds diplomats discussed and developed national pledges, with USAs Michael Bloomberg pledging American action by cities and States, in defiance of President Trump. Scientists reported that the plans are not enough to meet the Paris climate goal of holding the global temperature increase to well below 2 C above pre-industrial levels. It is still worth acting to prevent extreme changes, but climate change impacts are already locked in.

To give an example of the kind of climate feedback mechanisms  that might be happening, China has this year increased its carbon emissions, largely because of less availability of hydropower.  Hydropower was in short supply because of drought, which, in itself, was probably exacerbated by climate change.

You would think it hardly possible that tensions could ratchet up any further around North Korea, but they have. China has sent a diplomat to North Korea, and has asked USA to stop the naval military drills around the Korean peninsula.

AUSTRALIA...

19:20

Western Australia: Mulga Rock Uranium Project threatens environmental impacts from Tailings waste: Antinuclear

Briefer (Nov 2017) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner

Uranium mining has unique, inherent risks and long term impacts. The West Australian Parliament has passed a Motion (Legislative Council 23 May 2012) recommending:

The government adopt equivalent or better environmental management regulatory requirements for any future uranium mine in Western Australia as exists under Commonwealth and Northern Territory legislation for the operation of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory with regard to the disposal of radioactive tailings, including the requirements that

(a) The tailings are physically isolated from the environment for at least 10,000 years: and

(b) Any contaminants arising from the tailings do not result in any detrimental environmental impacts for at least 10,000 years.

The Barnett era WA gov Approval for the Mulga Rock Uranium Project (Dec 2016) fails to comply with required Commonwealth & NT legislative standards or with the WA Parliament recommendation.

There are two types of intended Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF): an Above Ground TSF and multiple Mine Pit TSFs in 4 areas across 30 km. An authorised extent of physical and operational elements (Approval Schedule 1 Table 2) place some limits on...

19:16

The Earths twin threats nuclear and climate Antinuclear


Climate News Network 16th Nov 2017 Climate change and nuclear threats are closely linked and must be tackled together, US experts say. The warning comes from a working group chaired by
the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan policy institute
of security and military experts (many of them high-ranking former members
of the armed forces), in a report which offers a framework for
understanding and addressing the distinct problems together.

The report is published as this years UN climate summit draws to a close in Bonn in
the aftermath of President Trumps tour of Asia, during which nuclear
weapons issues featured prominently.

Professor Christine Parthemore, a former adviser to the US defence department, co-chairs the working group.She told the Climate News Network: Simultaneous effects of climate
change, tough social or economic pressures, and security challenges could
increase the risk of conflict among nuclear weapon-possessing states, even
if that conflict stems from miscalculation or misperception.

India and Pakistan are major concerns. They are grappling with water stress,
deadly natural disasters, terrorism, and numerous other pressures. At the
same time, the types of nuclear weapons they are developing and policies on
command of those weapons are raising tensions between them.
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-nuclear-threats-twins/


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19:11

Australias Ben Heard and the failed pro nuclear push at Bonn Climate talks Antinuclear

Above: Ben Heard at Bonn, 16 November

Ben Heard and the pro nuclear lobby group Generation Atomic were not very successful at the Bonn climate talks. A member of the group marraskuu explains:

we ran around Bonn, trying to secure a permission for a side event that our group would like to organize on Monday, when the UNEP [ United Nations Environment Programme ] Sustainable innovations forum, from which the nuclear industry was kicked out from, starts. They eventually ended up denying us the permission.
The evening was spent in one of the weirdest way I have ever spent an evening: By sticking up stickers on Bananas

So the nuclear lobby at the climate talks was reduced to pushing one of their most dishonest and silliest propaganda spins the banana argument.  Because our bodies contain a small amount of (mildly) radioactive Potassium 40   and because theres potassium 40 in bananas then we are told not to worry about the nuclear fission produced highly radioactive ions like Cesium , Strontium, Iodine,

BUT IN REALITY :  When you eat a banana, your bodys level of Potassium-40 doesnt increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

 

 


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18:55

Why a pre-emptive ar with North Korea would be total hell Antinuclear

Ultimately, the larger problem is that President Trumps policy objectives are unattainable.

Denuclearization is a non-starter from North Koreas perspective because Kim believes not without reason that nuclear weapons are a matter of regime survival, having seen what happens to leaders in countries like Libya when they give up their nuclear programs.

As long as President Trump insists on complete, verifiable and total denuclearization, Washington is walking America down a path that leads to (likely nuclear) military conflict

A preventive war with North Korea would be total hell. Heres why http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/preventive-war-with-north-korea-would-be-total-hell-heres-why.html  By Harry J. Kazianis | As the Trump administration continues to rattle sabers at North Korea with rhetoric eerily similar to the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the possibility of a preventive U.S. war with North Korea may be more real than foreign and defense policy experts recognize....

18:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? Antinuclear

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

18:35

18 November More REneweconomy news Antinuclear

  • Elon Musk finally unveils the Tesla Semi electric truck
    Elon Musk is unveiling his companys electric truck, the Tesla Semi, promising long range and big savings. Heres what we know

18:33

Despite the huge risk to humanity China now joins the space race Antinuclear

Chinas nuclear spaceships will be mining asteroids and flying astronauts to the moon as it aims to overtake US in space race   State media publishes Chinese scientists ambitious plans to revolutionise space travel and exploration in coming decades, South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen: Friday, 17 November, 2017 China is on course to develop nuclear-powered space shuttles by 2040, and will have the ability to mine resources from asteroids and build solar power plants in space soon after, according to state media. The ambitious claims, made by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology the countrys leading rocket developer and manufacturer were published on the front page of Peoples Daily on Friday.

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18:27

Pope Francis speaks out for science rebukes climate change deniers Antinuclear

PopePope Francis rebukes perverse climate change deniers over rejection of science behind global warming  Pontiff encourages policymakers to accelerate their efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions at Bonn summit Independent, Nicole Winfield, 17 Nov 17  Pope Francis has rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such perverse attitudes and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Francis issued a message to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions.

In it, Francis called climate change one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing. He urged negotiators to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet. . In his message, the Argentine pope denounced that...

18:25

Chinese government pressure stops Japanese students speaking on disarmament Antinuclear

Student nuclear disarmament speech canceled due to Chinese pressure: govt sources KYODO NEWS  Nov 16, 2017   A speech by a Japanese student peace ambassador at an international disarmament conference in Geneva in August was canceled due to pressure from the Chinese government, Japanese government sources said on Thursday.

The speech by a representative of high school student ambassadors calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons had been delivered...

18:18

18 November REneweconomy news Antinuclear

  • Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid
    Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid and providing them with solar and storage can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. Its a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.

17:38

A book Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima Antinuclear

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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By Kimura Aya Hirata (August 2016)
Description
Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 many concerned citizensparticularly motherswere unconvinced by the Japanese governments assurances that the countrys food supply was safe. They took matters into their own hands, collecting their own scientific data that revealed radiation-contaminated food. In Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists Aya Hirata Kimura shows how, instead of being praised for their concern about their communities health and safety, they faced stiff social sanctions, which dismissed their results by attributing them to the work of irrational and rumor-spreading women who lacked scientific knowledge. These citizen scientists were unsuccessful at gaining political traction, as they were constrained by neoliberal and traditional gender ideologies that dictated how private citizensespecially womenshould act. By highlighting the challenges these citizen scientists faced, Kimura provides insights into the complicated relationship between science, foodways, gender, and politics in post-Fukushima Japan and

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.

The answer is True.

It is clear that at any point in time, there are finite real resources available for production. New resources can be discovered, produced and the old stock spread better via education and productivity growth. The aim of production is to use these real resources to produce goods and services that people want either via private or public provision.

So by definition any sectoral claim (via spending) on the real resources reduces the availability for other users. There is always an opportunity cost involved in real terms when one component of spending increases relative to another.

Unless you subscribe to the extreme end of mainstream economics which espouses concepts such as 100 per cent crowding out via financial markets and/or Ricardian equivalence consumption effects, you will conclude that rising net public spending as percentage of GDP will add to aggregate demand and as long as the economy can produce more real goods and services in response, this increase in public demand will be met with increased public access to real goods and services.

You might also wonder whether it matters if the economy is already at full capacity. Under these conditions a rising public share of GDP must squeeze real usage by the non-government sector which might also drive inflation as the economy tries to siphon of the incompatible nominal demands on final real output.

You might say that the deficits might rise as a percentage of GDP as a result of a decline in private spending triggering the automatic stabilisers which would suggest many idle resources. That is clearly possible but doesnt alter the fact that the public claims on the total resources available have risen.

Under these circumstances the opportunity costs involved are very low because of the excess capacity.
The question really seeks to detect whether you have been able to distinguish between the financial crowding out myth that is found in all the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks and concepts of real crowding out.

The normal presentation of th...

08:48

Guy Can't Stop Saving Orphaned Baby Lambs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs heart.

Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.

Credit: Ward Young

We decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.

Young and his fiance Georgie Purcell Kyneton bottle-fed Louis to help him grow big and strong and in the process, they both fell in love with Louis.  

Credit: Kelly Dinham

When you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.

Credit: Ward Young

As soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.

He is such a kind and loving boy, Young said. When he sees our car come down the driveway, he sprints up to the gate to meet us. Really, lambs absolutely love human interaction, but on massive farms they so rarely receive it. So we're just glad that we can give him the love he craves....

07:13

Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The path to being an agent of change in permaculture Geoff Lawton The skinny on top level domains and SEO Nicole Sauce Boosting energy levels Doc Bones Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands Brandon Todd Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products Garry Collins Starting butternut and walnuts from seed Nick Ferguson Processing black walnuts Ben Falk Why some vehicles have two batteries Steven Harris Cooking leg of pork Keith Snow Why millions of Americans now have high blood pressure Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 71 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Dot Com, Dot Net and Negative Greed The Nut Wizard Paint Mixer I Use for Projects Master Cracker Order Form Master Cracker on Amazon New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension Why your blood pressure readings may be higher than your actual blood pressure Why millions are misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, they dont like doctors! If I Could Be Anywhere Jackson Brown Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ev....

06:55

Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity Antinuclear

1) Sustainability problem: energy 2) Indian Railways are installing solar panels on 250 local trains to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions. The energy will among other things be used to power lights and fans on the trains. The technology will help advance Indias renewable energy program, especially because the trains mainly will run in []

via Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity


Friday, 17 November

20:14

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.



2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government fiscal balance is in deficit if the private domestic sector seeks to increase its saving overall as a percentage of GDP.



3. If the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves then it no longer would have to conduct open market operations to ensure its policy rate is sustained (ignore any reserve requirements).


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16:05

Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

GD

ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make it more miserable for Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers.  Since the EU cannot issue debt, that means the doubling of the EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is cov...

15:22

Lucas Heights is the obvious place for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Antinuclear

Gary See Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, November 15  

ANSTO at Lucas Heights are supposedly short of space to keep radioactive waste, but they are literally next door to a landfill site that is near to being closed. Anyone know if theyve ever considered building a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  there?
It would seem a logical place for it.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

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14:05

First humans on Mars will have nuclear-powered electricity (and not much else) Antinuclear

NASA reveals nuclear engine that could provide power to the first humans on Mars

  •  NASA plans to test the Kilopower engines on Earth this year
  • Will use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat
  • ...

13:59

How the nuclear industry controls what the public do and dont hear about nuclear radiation Antinuclear

Paul Waldon November 15    Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA

Denial aint just a river in Egypt (Mark Twain). The egregious runaway nuclear train fueled by 75 years of radioactive waste, reducing a green environment to a worthless parcel of real estate, with government bodies citing fabricated factoids of a industry we know to be plagued with a odious history of death to all life and the environment, and when they cant control such a industry they try to control the Media.

New York Academy of Science reported that the World Health Organization is not allowed to comment on issues of human health impacted by radioactive events unless granted permission from the NRC.

The Japanese government has re...

13:49

Among 56 countries studied Australia is close to worst on climate change action Antinuclear

Ringing alarm bells: Australia near the bottom of the heap for climate action http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ringing-alarm-bells-australia-near-the-bottom-of-the-heap-for-climate-action-20171115-gzm063.html Peter Hannam

Australia ranks as one of the worlds worst performing nations when it comes to climate action, with only South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia faring worse among 56 countries scrutinised by 300 international analysts.

The annual Climate Change Performance Index, led by Germanwatch and other groups, listed Australia as very low-performing for its greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and climate policy. It scored a low rating for renewable energy.

The results were released as talks in Bonn, Germany, aimed at shoring up support for the 2015 Paris climate accord enter their final few days.

As in the past three years, Australia has foundered near the bottom of the major tables, prompting the commentators to call on the Turnbull government to sufficiently implement credible policies to meet its Paris targets....

13:45

New research shows that climate change impacts are already locked in, but worst can be avoided Antinuclear

Climate Change Impacts Already Locked In But The Worst Can Still Be Avoided  http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/53180    From: University of Exeter 
November 16,  
Some impacts of global warming such as sea level rise and coastal flooding are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.

Global temperatures have already risen by around 1C, and a further 0.5C warming is expected. The full impacts of current warming have not yet been seen, since ice sheets and oceans take many decades to fully react to higher temperatures.

But more severe impacts can still be avoided if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

More than 50 scientists from 16 institutions in 13 countries have worked on the HELIX project (High-End Climate Impacts and Extremes), which has just finished after four years. The project examined the possible effects of warming of 1.5C, 2C, 4C and 6C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Read more at University of Exeter


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13:42

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series Antinuclear

By Kristen LyonsMorgan Brigg & John Quiggin , New Matilda, on November 16, 2017  newmatilda.com/2017/11/16/adani-carmichael-coal-mine-introduction-special-five-part-series/

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters.

Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead
with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions.

The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce  more carbon emissions than a small country.

In this special five-part New Matilda series,  researchers from the University of Queensland,
along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council,  and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights  look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine,
its impact on Traditional Owners,  the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion.

This first introductory piece the first in our series
is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons,...

13:35

Nations pledge climate action, but scientists fear that it is not enough Antinuclear

As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations Pledges, Scientists Worry Its Not Enough https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564384950/as-climate-negotiators-debate-nations-pledges-scientists-worry-it-s-not-enough

Governments are wrapping up a meeting in Bonn, Germany, to figure out how to implement a global climate agreement.

The conference has focused on the pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which nations made two years ago in Paris. But even as negotiators debate the details, scientists are warning that carbon dioxide levels are again on the rise, and the efforts in Paris may not be enough.

President Trump has vowed that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris deal. The final withdrawal will take a few years, and the government sent a small delegation to Bonn. It made one presentation on the value of clean coal that was disrupted by protesters.

U.S. cities and states sent their own delegations as well. California Gov. Jerry Brown attended to talk about his states commitment to climate change.

In the United States, he explained, we have a federal system, and states have real power, as do cities. And when cities and states combine together and then join with powerful corporations, thats how stuff gets done.

At that point protesters shouted over him, telling him to keep fossil fuels in the ground. But Browns message that states and cities have agreed to meet the Paris targets for reducing emi...

13:33

Australian government helps business lobbies, while punishing charities Antinuclear

Business lobbies get free rein, while govt delivers charities a legal body-slam https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/11/15/business-lobbies-get-free-rein-while-govt-delivers-charities-a-legal-body-slam/  Michael West, 15 Nov 17 

The government is crunching charities for foreign donations and tax breaks. Why, then, are the Minerals Council and other corporate lobby groups allowed tax breaks on their foreign funding?

SLAPP: a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defence until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech. 

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Its all happening to charities: Australian Tax Office (ATO) audits, investigations by the charity regulator and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), and new laws slated for early next month to stymie tax deductibility, contain advocacy and ban or restrict foreign donations. Many in the not-for-profit sector are scared to speak out for fear of reprisal.

Left-wing activist group GetUp went before the Senate inquiry into political donations last week and pulled out a report detailing the vast amount of money that is spent buying influence in Australian politics.

I should declare an interest here: yours truly did the resea...

13:29

17 November More REneweconomy news Antinuclear

  • Australia fails again in climate rankings, but states get honourable mention
    Australias unambitious, uninspired climate policyagain puts it near bottom of global rankings. States get a mention for taking independent action.

13:28

At Bonn Climate Summit 19 nations pledge to phase out coal Antinuclear

Political watershed as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal
New alliance launched at Bonn climate talks hopes to signal the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that kills 800,000 people a year with air pollution,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 16 Nov 17  A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a political watershed, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which...

13:19

Huge opinion survey, over 13 countries, finds overwhelming support for solar power in UK Antinuclear

Solar Power Portal 15th Nov 2017, The majority of UK respondents to the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted would like to see more solar power used compared to other generation technologies. The rsted Green Energy Barometer, which surveyed more than 26,000 people across 13 countries, asked just over 2,000 people in the UK where they would like to see more of their energy come from.

The results showed that the most common answer wassolar, with over three quarters (77%) preferring the technology to its closest competitors, tidal power (71%) and offshore wind (70%). Natural gas
and nuclear, the two technologies being pursued most vigorously by the UK government, languished in bottom place with 34% and 31% respectively, while the survey did not even ask UK respondents for their views on coal, which is to be phased out by 2025.

UK (2,020 respondents) International average (26,401 respondents)
Solar power 77% 80%
Tidal power 71% 58%
Offshore wind 70% 67%
Onshore wind 61% 64%
Sustainably sourced biomass 53% 51%
Natural gas 34% 37%
Nuclear 31% 26%

https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/new_evidence_of_overwhelming_public_support_for_solar


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13:11

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe Antinuclear

More than 15,000 scientists have signed a chilling article titled World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, urging global leaders to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.

via 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe GarryRogers Nature Conservation


11:42

The unions are in the Turnbull governments sights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.

Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that,  step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck.  It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised,  its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.

Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.

Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.

A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons,  which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces.  Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.

This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.

Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.

She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...

10:56

Commbank is ditching coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

A year of campaigning and more than 100,000 people signing a petition, Commbank has finally decided to phase out investment in coal and this move the bank closer to turning away from fossil  fossil fuels altogether

Protests outside branches of the bank and bad publicity had an effect.

It came to a head at the banks annual general meeting in Sydney, where the Chair, Catherine Livingstone announced the new policy. No more coal projects will be funded.

The bank has made a commitment remove its existing $6 billion investment in this carbon emission producing industry.

This is a major change for the better.

Anti-coal campaigners know that it is not enough to leave it at this and that the pressure will have to be kept on Commbank to do what it says it is going to do.

At the same time, this success will be used as leverage to induce other banks into going down the same road.

The banks are aware of how unpopular they are, and their advertising campaigns are geared around each of them telling the public that they are different to the others. They know they are vulnerable to losing customers. This is the reason why Commbank recently dropped its ATM charges and was followed by the other banks in a very short time.

The unpopularity of the banks has provided campaigners with an unusual opportunity to be effective and win significant concessions. With these under the belt, greater pressure can be put on politicians to make them act decisively, to stop support for fossil fuels and promote renewable alternatives.

Australia needs this to move towards a modern, sustainable economy.

There is still along way to go to make this a reality and it wont be easy to get there. But every win takes us another step down this road.

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10:10

Wanna be startin' somethin' "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Northern Powerhouse

We all know that employment growth since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012 has been all about Sydney and Melbourne.

Until now!

Queensland is suddenly off to the races, with trend employment growth blazing +4.62 per cent higher across the year to October, by far its strongest annual result since before the financial crisis. 


Of course, it's harder for the most populous states to record such a large percentage increase, but even so, this has suddenly become too big a move to ignore. 

Some questions we've not had to ponder too often in Queensland since 2007 include: where, why, & what are the new jobs? And will it continue?

Where? Pretty much all around the state, as I've looked at here previously (Queensland is the one mainland state where employment is not excessively capital city focused). 

Queensland is also coming from a relatively low base, after a rough trot, and much of the hiring has been part time in nature. 

The likely drivers of the upturn might range from a surge of Chinese visitors and the dollar-driven tourism industry, the commodity price rebound creating jobs upstate, a slew of public sector and NDIS hiring, and perhaps some late spillover or multiplier from the now-fading residential construction bonanza.

Agriculture exports have been strong, so that's another possible bright spot, plus some increased aggregate demand creating services jobs as interstate migration has picked up.

Just from driving around various parts of SEQ, there are evidently an awful lot of roads being built right now, while there are several significant infrastructure projects underway or about to commence in Brisbane.

SEEK...& ye may find

We'll get more detailed number...

08:57

NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on "IndyWatch Feed National"

A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.

The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.

Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.

We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.

He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.

We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.

Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.

Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.

He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.

However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.

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