The 2018 World Meteorological Organization report confirms the last four years were the warmest on record.
Global warming is moving faster than our efforts to address it and we are now close to dangerous thresholds, beyond which we will have lost all control over how to tackle climate change.
Climate change is now a clear and present threat to our security, way of life and existence. It is the biggest health issue for the world, it will destroy vast amounts of capital invested in small, medium and large businesses, and it will cause enormous damage to our natural and built environment.
For these reasons, accepting the science and the facts that flow from it, the safe climate and clean energy groups of Cowper are calling on all candidates in the coming federal election to commit to these five key policies:
1 Zero net carbon pollution by 2040.
2 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
3 No new coal mines, CSG or gas fields, or extensions to them.
4 No new coal or gas power stations, no new gas pipe lines, and no
new coal, oil or gas ports or port extensions.
5 No more destruction of forests and excessive land clearing.
The above is a Press Release from Climate Change Australia – Hastings, the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group, Macleay Living Sustainably, Kempsey and No Electricity From Forests Mid North Coast. 2 May 2019.
Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. The first point is that there are a huge number of people employed in renewable energy jobs globally. There are almost 10 million of them around the world. Slightly over 3 million are employed in solar power. Large hydropower employs about 1.5 million people, and 1.2 million are in wind power employment. Advanced energy — which includes solar, wind, energy efficiency, energy storage and EVs — contributed $1.4 trillion to the global economy in 2016.