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Climate Action Monaro (CAM)

This new group was officially established on 27 August 2011 in Bredbo.

Climate Action Monaro has two aims: to inform the community on the science of climate change, and to seek action on both mitigation and adaptation.

CAM has an email list to which members of the public on the Monaro are invited to join. (Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to be part of it.) Since its inception, CAM has issued a weekly bulletin containing news items relating to climate change. Letters have been published in the local press and media releases issued.

Visit the web site for more details: http://www.climateactionmonaro.org.au

Jenny Goldie

President, Climate Action Monaro
02 6235 9190



Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 9 January 2013

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Current Heatwave a Portent of a Hotter Future

The current heatwave is a worrying portent of an increasingly hotter world, according to Climate Action Monaro (CAM).

President of CAM, Ms Jenny Goldie, says climate change is already making itself felt.

"It is making extreme weather worse and it's making heatwaves more frequent," she says.

"This is Australia's longest heatwave with seven days where the average national maximum has been above 39oC. The previous record was only four days. But it is not just its intensity, this heatwave is exceptional in its continental spread as well," says Ms Goldie.

According to Dr David Jones of the Bureau of Meteorology, the climate system is responding to the background warming trend. He said this week: "Everything that happens in the climate system now is taking place on a planet which is a degree hotter than it used to be.''

Ms Goldie says that extreme heat has taken more lives than any other natural disaster in Australia.

"During the Black Saturday Victorian fires which directly claimed 173 lives, there were another 374 lives lost from extreme heat during the week."

"On the Monaro, bushfire risk will increase as temperatures get higher," says Ms Goldie. "The terrible Yarrabin fire that has spread into the Kybeyan valley is a wake-up call to all of us.

"The World Bank has warned that, without mitigating action, we are heading for 4oC warming. This will mean 6oC on land. It is not inevitable, however, since we can avert the worst effects if we take strong action now. Such action goes way beyond the carbon tax. It will require significant behavioural change, reafforestation and drawing carbon out of the atmosphere through biochar and other means."

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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0401 921 453

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:13
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 20 November 2012

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World Bank Report Warns of 4oC Warmer World

In an unprecedented report released this week, the World Bank has warned that the world could experience 4oC warming over pre-industrial levels as early as 2060 with the largest warming occurring over land.  

The report is called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided.

President of Climate Action Monaro, Ms Jenny Goldie, says climate change impacts have already started to emerge, even with 0.8oC warming, and the shift to 4°C warming will see unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions.

“The United States has seen widespread drought and record temperatures this year, not to mention Superstorm Sandy that was exacerbated by climate change,” says Ms Goldie. “The World Bank report cites the Russian heat wave of 2010, with a death toll of 55,000, crop failure of about 25 percent, one million hectares burned and economic losses of about US$15 billion.”

According to the report, observations indicate a tenfold increase in the surface area of the planet experiencing extreme heat since the 1950s. It warns that recent extreme heat waves, such as the Russian one, are likely to become the new normal summer in a 4°C world.

“Southern Australia, including the Monaro, may suffer water shortages as well as higher temperatures,” says Ms Goldie. “The report warns that food yields may improve with increases in local average temperature from 1 to 3°C but above this they are projected to decrease.”

Ms Goldie says the World Bank has not concerned itself with climate change in the past but is now worried about the effect of higher temperatures on development.

“Extreme heat waves in recent years have caused heat-related deaths, forest fires, and harvest losses. The report warns that heat waves in a 4°C warmer world may exceed the capacities of many societies and natural systems to adapt.”

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 13:27
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 9 November 2012

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Government Sign On of  Kyoto-2 Welcome

Climate Action Monaro has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government today that it will sign on to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Australia joins the European Union and a handful of other major emitters in doing so. The Kyoto Protocol was the first international treaty to set binding obligations on countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It expires at the end of the year and Kyoto-2 will start at the beginning of 2013.

President of Climate Action Monaro, Jenny Goldie, says Australia dragged its feet in ratifying Kyoto-1 so it is encouraging that it is one of the first countries to promise to sign on to the next phase.

"There are advantages for Australia in doing so, not least being that our businesses will have access to international credits under the Clean Development Mechanism from 1 January 2013."

Ms Goldie says the sign on gives the Government credibility and thus puts it in a better position to help the international community develop a new global agreement. This will be finalised by 2015 and start in 2020. Negotiations will resume at Doha in three weeks when the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet.

"We also welcome the fact that the Government has kept its commitment of lowering emissions by 5-25 per cent on 2000 levels by 2020 with the possibility of lowering them further. The independent Climate Change Authority will advise the Government on a national target by early 2014."

Ms Goldie says, however, that even the higher end of the current promise (25 per cent) may not be enough to keep temperatures from rising beyond so-called safe levels of 2oC.

"The science says not only should the target be 40 per cent reduction by 2020 but that reference period should be 1990, not 2000."

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 22 May 2012

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Pointing the Way to Cleaner Electricity.

A public meeting in Cooma on Friday night will hear how we can achieve cleaner electricity by the end of the decade.
 
The meeting, organised by Climate Action Monaro, will host Ms Gill King of the group Beyond Zero Emissions. She will describe how a combination of solar thermal, wind and hydropower can provide virtually all electricity for Australia by 2020.
 
President of Climate Action Monaro, Ms Jenny Goldie, says that it is important that Monaro residents are made aware of current technologies that can deliver electricity with a very low carbon imprint.
 
"If we are to maintain our current lifestyles with normal appliances like refrigerators, televisions and washing machines, we have to provide electricity in a way that does not add to greenhouse gas emissions that warm the planet," says Ms Goldie.
 
"An increase in two degrees Centigrade is now inevitable. What we must do is try and stop the warming going to four or five degrees that would wipe out agriculture on the Monaro and remove the snow cover from the Snowy Mountains."
 
Ms Goldie says other measures will be necessary to reduce overall emissions, not least a transport fuel to replace petrol and diesel.
 
"But that will be the subject of another public meeting," she says.
 
Public meeting
Cooma Uniting Church
Soho Street, Cooma (opposite the public school)  
7pm, Friday 25 May 2012 

Further information:

Jenny Goldie
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:53
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 14 May 2012

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Pay Heed to Latest Climate Commission Report

Monaro residents should pay heed to a new report by the Climate Commission that warns of increases in heatwaves, bushfires and sea level in New South Wales, according to local environmental group, Climate Action Monaro.

The report is set to be released today and titled "The Critical Decade, NSW Climate Impacts and Opportunities", links these events to climate change. It also says "climate change cannot be ruled out" as a factor in the state's recent heavy rains. While the intensity of downpours are likely to increase, according to the report, NSW will get drier on the whole.

Climate Action Monaro President, Ms Jenny Goldie, noted that the chief climate commissioner, Tim Flannery, has warned that climate change will affect health, agriculture, tourism, water security and biodiversity.

"The report is not called 'The Critical Decade' for nothing", says Ms Goldie. "We have to start moving to a low carbon economy this decade and do our best to mitigate climate change.

"We have already seen the effects of climate change on NSW ecosystems. For instance, spring snow depth at Spencers Creek in the Snowy Mountains has decreased by 40 per cent since the 1960s.

"The likelihood of increased dryness is a particular worry as this will mean longer droughts and harsher bushfires. In the Monaro, introduced weeds such as African lovegrass that burn so ferociously, will add to the problem."

"An anticipated 50cm rise in sea-level down the coast will increase the frequency of storm surges from once-in-100 year event to every few months. Those Monaro residents with properties along the coast will be affected.

"By the end of the century, however, we can expect a 1.1 metre rise in sea-level which will inundate thousands of homes and commercial properties and affect roads and power supplies."

Ms Goldie said that the report notes that NSW is well-placed to move to a low carbon economy through solar power. In Australia, $20 billion could be invested in solar power by the end of the decade.

The report notes that even if "solar panels are imported from overseas, around 30 to 40 per cent of panel installation costs will go to local installers."

Ms Goldie says there are other measures to lower greenhouse emissions such as moving freight and passengers from cars to rail. The report notes that trains can be 20 times more efficient in moving people than cars.

"Despite this, and rail having less than a quarter the pollution, the NSW Government has been spending twice as much on roads as on rail," she says. "It's time for some real investment in NSW Rail, particularly on the Monaro."

Further information:

Jenny Goldie
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Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 08:43
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 17 April 2012

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Australia'a Greenhouse Pollution Up Yet Again

The National Greenhouse Accounts released today show Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions increased by 0.6 per cent to 546 million tonnes over the year to December 2011, reflecting a long-term trend since 1990.

According to Climate Action Monaro, this highlights the urgent need for action on climate change if the increase in global temperatures is to be kept to two degrees.

"While Australia is on track to keep within its Kyoto Protocol target of 108 per cent on 1990 levels, it is simply not enough," says Jenny Goldie, president of Climate Action Monaro.

"Globally, we are on track to exceed two degrees and there is only a 50:50 chance of keeping the temperature rise to three degrees. This will be catastrophic for both the environment and national economies," she said. "Australia has to do more to keep warming within safe levels.

"We need to target electricity production since emissions from that sector rose 50 per cent between 1990 and 2011. We need to move away from fossil fuels, particularly coal, and move to wind and solar and other clean energy sources."

Ms Goldie welcomed the long-awaited experts review into the proposed $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) that has been accepted by the federal government.

"Jillian Broadbent of the Reserve Bank, who led the review team, says that in theory the $10 billion that the CEFC will deploy could unlock more than $50 billion in private investment in Clean Energy.

"Let us hope so because it is critical we start reducing emissions as soon as possible," says Ms Goldie.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie
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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 12:11
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 12 December 2011

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Durban outcome welcome but lacks urgency.

Climate Action Monaro (CAM) today welcomed the news that all countries at the climate change talks in Durban have agreed to negotiate a single, legal global binding agreement by 2015.

This 2015 Protocol will come into effect and be implemented from 2020.

"While consolidating international cooperation and taking important steps towards greater action, the decision lacks the urgency and rigour that the situation warrants," says CAM president Ms Jenny Goldie.

"Under current commitments, we are on track for a catastrophic four degee warming with its increasingly severe and unpredictable impacts. It is thus critical that we get significant commitments to reduce emissions by all the major emitters before 2015."

Ms Goldie says Australia must commit to, not 5%, but at least 25% reduction in emissions by 2020.

"The carbon tax was a start, but only a start," she says. "It was gratifying that delegates in Durban warmly congratulated Australia on its initiative and it is indeed a model for other countries to follow. But at the end of the day, Australia has to make a far greater effort to help ensure that global emissions peak within five years.

"Any temperature increases of more than two degrees does not bear contemplating," Ms Goldie says.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:27
 

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 8 November 2011

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Passage of Clean Energy Future legislation welcome

The final passage of climate change legislation in the Australian Parliament today is overdue but nevertheless very welcome, according to Climate Action Monaro.

President of Climate Action Monaro, Ms Jenny Goldie,says the world community has only a few years to turn the situation around, that is, to reduce the amount of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere.

Ms Goldie says Australia has made a good start, however, she would have liked to have seen legislation introduced back in 2007 when the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released.

"This AR4 report found that human influences - namely greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation - had very likely contributed to climate change as seen in sea level rise, extreme hot nights, cold nights and cold days, and worsening heat waves, drought and heavy precipitation events," says Ms Goldie.

"Monaro residents, particularly farmers, have noticed changes to weather patterns in the past few decades. For instance, there has been a decline in autumn and winter rainfall but more in spring and summer. Many of these changes can be attributed to long term climate change," she says.

"Farmers can help through various measures including reafforestation. Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare and K2C are to be commended for being 'on the ball' and organising a workshop on Carbon Farming in Michelago on 19 November."

Further information:

Jenny Goldie
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Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 08:41
 



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