climate democracy

Climate change is already affecting what we all eat, and is the biggest
threat to winning the fight against hunger. Coal is the biggest single
cause of climate change, yet the G7 countries are still burning huge
amounts, despite efficient, affordable, renewable alternatives being
available. G7 coal power stations emit twice as much fossil fuel CO2 as
the whole of Africa, and their contribution to global warming will cost
Africa alone more than $43bn per year by the 2080s and $84bn by
2100, and lead to several million tonnes of staple crops lost
worldwide. To set the tone for a successful climate agreement at the
UN talks in Paris in December 2015, the G7 must lead the world in
setting out clear plans for a just transition away from coal. With the
right mix of regulatory and policy measures, some countries can move
to coal-free electricity grids within the next decade.

The Australian understands the pair’s Longford crude oil plant, closed for 45 days in the March quarter, was unable to open until April 29, indicating BHP will take another hit to quarterly production when it releases its next production report in July.

The strikes, which prevented the crude plant and a gas plant reopening last quarter after planned maintenance shutdowns, concern enterprise agreements for onshore and offshore workers.

The Bass Strait fields have been the nation’s biggest oil-producing fields over the past 40 years, hitting their heyday in the 1980s. While crude production has fallen substantially since then, the fields are still producing and are set to expand gas production.

STUDENTS AND workers at the University of Washington (UW) are on a roll, fighting for and winning some impressive gains in the face of an administration that continues to push for budget cuts and privatization.

Recent steps forward for UW activists include an increase in the student minimum wage to $11 per hour, in line with Seattle law; a new contract for research assistants (RAs), teaching assistants (TAs), graders and tutors, which includes a pay increase in base rate departments of 24 percent over the life of a three-year contract and $200 extra per quarter for child care; a resolution passed by the Board of Regents to divest UW from coal stocks; and an ongoing discussion with the administration about the reality of institutional racism at the UW.

All of these gains have come from organizing and mass action on campus.

Norway’s parliament has formally endorsed the move to sell off coal investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest.

It is the largest fossil fuel divestment yet, affecting 122 companies across the world, and marking a new success for the fast-growing and UN-backed climate change campaign.

A new analysis said the fund would sell off over $8bn (£5bn) of coal-related investments as a result.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of two Nestle bottling plants in California on Wednesday to deliver petitions demanding the company stop bottling operations in the drought-stricken state.

The petitions – carrying more than 500,000 signatures – were accepted by Nestle staff members at both the Sacramento and Los Angeles bottling plants, protesters said, as residents and activists chanted slogans like “Our water is not for sale” and “Water is a human right, don’t let Nestle win this fight.”