The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.
“Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.
The Society launched its 2019 State Election Campaign on 31 October.
The well attended event in Lawson heard Kate Smolski, CEO of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW present an overview of the key environmental issues across the state, and its policies for the 2019 NSW election and beyond.
Download Kate's presentation. [13MB PowerPoint Show].
The Society presented its activities and campaigns that are influenced or affected by the NSW State Government's policies and legislation.
Download the Society's presentation. [14MB PowerPoint Show].
The major parties were invited to send a spokesperson to say a few words at the meeting and to answers questions from the audience. The Greens and Labor accepted this offer.
Here's the NCC's A Cleaner, Greener NSW - Policies for the 2019 NSW State Election and Beyond document. [13MB pdf].
Charles Massy - It's time to wake up:
Can regenerative farming save both the planet and human health?
Charles Massy is a landscape manager/farmer, part-time university lecturer, and author. Following three books on Australia’s wool and Merino industries, he completed a PhD in 2012 following his concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge.
This led to his new book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth, which concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s Anthropocene* crisis and also for human health.
First held in 2015, the annual Mick Dark Talk For The Future is a joint venture of Varuna, the National Writers House, and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.
The NSW government has announced it will introduce legislation to allow the temporary flooding of national park land resulting from the raising of the wall of Warragamba Dam.
If the dam wall is raised, 4,700 hectares of World Heritage listed National Parks and 1,800 hectares of declared Wilderness Areas will be forever scarred from sedimentation, erosion and invasion of exotic plants.
Raising Warragamba Dam will inundate 65 kilometres of Blue Mountain's wild rivers.
The legislation will amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
For more information, go to the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website
"Who agrees that we can't let a coal mine destroy this unique Australian landscape?" asks NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"The Gardens of Stone on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow will be destroyed if coal mining is allowed to go ahead."
"Here I am standing on the precipice of the sandstone pagodas in this beautiful Australian bushland that could be ruined through subsidence caused by longwall mining techniques - where they deliberate collapse the earth as the mining machine moves along the coal face. As the age of coal comes to a close, we should not be risking such incredible areas."
Sitting on the southern escarpment, Radiata Plateau (also known as Elphinstone) with its outstanding topography is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains.
Home to rare and threatened species, culturally significant and a magnet for the local outdoor community, Radiata Plateau, towering high above rolling valleys has been in the making for millennia.
The Society believes that the Western Sydney Airport and its attendant infrastructure and associated industries poses a very real threat to the GBMWHA. And as a result, the Airport is a threat to the Blue Mountains communities, tourism and businesses.
The principal impact on the GBMWHA and Blue Mountains communities of the proposed Western Sydney Airport is aircraft noise.