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  • Australian account of Scott Morrison’s talk with Boris Johnson omits reference to net zero emissions
    on 2020-10-28 at 00:47 at 00:47

    UK record of conversation stresses ‘ambitious targets to cut emissions and reach net zero’, but account released by Australian PM’s office does not mention the targetThe offices of the Australian and British prime ministers have released official accounts with different emphases of an exchange Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson had about climate change on Tuesday night.According to the British readout, Johnson “stressed that we need bold action to address climate change, noting that the UK’s experience demonstrates that driving economic growth and reducing emissions can go hand in hand”. Related: Overwhelming majority believe Australia is already experiencing climate change Related: Japan’s net zero by 2050 pledge another warning to Australia on fossil fuels, analysts say Continue reading…

  • Overwhelming majority believe Australia is already experiencing climate change
    on 2020-10-27 at 20:24 at 20:24

    Climate of the Nation report finds 80% think heating effects are now being felt and only 12% back government’s ‘gas-led recovery’Battling a global pandemic and the first recession in 30 years has not prompted Australians to worry less about the impacts of climate change, and a substantial majority of voters believe we are already experiencing the effects of warming, according to an authoritative snapshot of community attitudes.The latest Climate of the Nation report, an annual national survey of almost 2,000 voters that has been running for 13 years, will be launched on Wednesday by the New South Wales environment and energy minister, Matt Kean. Related: Mathias Cormann wants to be a chameleon on climate change when we’ve got a bin fire instead of a plan | Katharine Murphy Related: ABC flagship current affair programs didn’t cover climate change adequately, report finds Continue reading…

  • ABC flagship current affair programs didn’t cover climate change adequately, report finds
    on 2020-10-27 at 19:00 at 19:00

    A conservation group commissioned ex-ABC journalist Jonathan Holmes to investigate if political pressure was a factorHolmes: Relevance doesn’t mean telling people what they want to hearThe ABC’s 7.30 and AM programs did not cover climate change adequately and related reports on drought, bushfire, fossil fuel extraction, and energy policy ignored climate change as a causative factor, a confidential report for the Australian Conservation Foundation has found.The ACF commissioned the former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes to study the programs’ output for 15 months, between 1 October 2017 and 31 December 2018, to find out if criticism of the ABC’s coverage was valid and if he could detect a deliberate avoidance of the issues due to political pressure. Related: The ABC must be relevant to all – but that doesn’t mean telling people what they want to hear | Jonathan Holmes Related: ABC journalist Dan Oakes will not be charged over Afghan Files reporting, AFP says Continue reading…

  • The ABC must be relevant to all – but that doesn’t mean telling people what they want to hear | Jonathan Holmes
    on 2020-10-27 at 19:00 at 19:00

    Being told they pay too much attention to concerns of ‘inner-city leftwing elites’ by their own boss was bound to shock ABC journalistsIf there’s one phrase likely to raise the hackles of ABC journalists, it is “inner-city leftwing elites”. They hear it all the time from their most dogged denigrators. According to the Chris Kennys and Andrew Bolts in the Murdoch press, and the Eric Abetzes and Barnaby Joyces in the Coalition ranks, ABC journos are themselves members of the inner-city elite, and share its preoccupations and biases on a host of topics – in favour of action on climate change, in favour of same-sex marriage, against tough policies to deter boat people, and so on.The very word “elite”, used as a pejorative, has become a cliche of the culture wars in Australia, as in the US. Related: ABC managing director rejects Scott Morrison’s claim broadcaster’s funding ‘increasing every year’ Related: ‘Lethal’ weapon: Sky News hosts gush as Peta Credlin promises exposé on Deadly Decisions | The Weekly Beast Continue reading…

  • Industrial emissions set to rise for another decade despite Coalition’s pledge to cut carbon pollution
    on 2020-10-27 at 16:30 at 16:30

    Analysis shows Australia’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase by 77% between 2005 and 2030Australia’s skyrocketing industrial greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase by 77% between 2005 and 2030, the period over which the Coalition has promised to cut national carbon pollution.RepuTex, an energy and climate change analyst firm, examined government data and found total emissions from the 200 largest industrial emitters – including mines, oil and gas production, manufacturers and waste facilities – was forecast to keep rising for at least another decade. Related: Climate at a crossroads as Trump and Biden point in different directions Continue reading…

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