Super “ultra mega” solar farms?

In its first budget announced recently (this week), India’s Modi government “announced funding for a series of “ultra mega” solar PV farms to be located in four Indian deserts, Thar in Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Lahul & Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir.” If India is able to build…

Clive Palmer — what a week

Well what a tumultuous week. We got a new Senate which has shifted the balance of power, to the roguish and unknown. The end of the financial year brought its usual financial crescendo and fixed foreign fortunes. The themometer crashed to what we know better as winter in these parts. And then there was the…

Green Corps, Trees and UNESCO

In 1996 the Howard government implemented the Green Corps program which employed young people in environmental projects including the propagation and planting of over 14 million trees. Now the Abbott government is creating a similar body, a Green Army of 15,000 young people that will engage in a range of environmental projects including tree planting and…

June 18 Weekly

Our Government might be isolating itself globally on climate change and pretending that if we just shut everything down it will go away but that doesn’t mean we are all powerless to take responsibility for our climate future. Big financiers are stepping up to shift our economies away from high emissions technologies and environmental threatening…

Taking care of investments and environment

“We are also seeing an increased focus on the risks of stranded fossil fuel assets, evidenced by growing divestiture trends” Thea Ormerod, president of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, recently gave a presentation at Rahamim on the benefits of channeling our investments away from fossil fuel industries. As Thea explained, “voting with our…

CENREC submission to RET Review

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme aims to increase renewable energy generation and hence reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. It was designed to deliver the equivalent of 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Central New South Wales Renewable Energy Co-operative Ltd (CENREC) is a community-based organisation established…

Budget impacts

BY: Tracey Carpenter The budget is all over the news, and the analysis is everywhere – it’s cruel; it’s necessary; it’s broken promises; we didn’t have a crisis until now ….. But we haven’t heard much about the budget impacts on land, water and energy or the environment that is critical to everyone’s future. Before…