Australia: Tasmania – Tarkine Mine Halted


The link below is to an article reporting on a court decision to halt a mine in the Tarkine region of Tasmania until a final decision has been reached.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/tarkine-mine-on-hold-in-court.htm

Australia: Almost 400 Bird Species at Risk from Climate Change


The link below is to an article reporting on the risk from climate change to Australia’s natives birds.

For more visit:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/400-native-species-in-danger-20130525-2n3pf.html

Uluru Road Trip


Over the last few years I have planned to travel to Uluru (Northern Territory, Australia) and then those plans have failed reach reality, for a whole bunch of reasons. Now I am planning yet another road trip to Uluru for later this year. I have been before, as part of a much larger trip through the Top End of Australia in 1998, but the time I had available at Uluru was limited to just the one day. This time I am planning a stay of a bit longer than that. So nothing too much to report on the actual planned trip at this stage, except to say that it does appear to be definitely on this time round.

For more information visit:
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National_Park

ABOVE: Uluru at Sunset

China Leads the Way in CO2 Emissions Battle


The link below is to an article reporting on China leading the world in greenhouse gas reductions.

For more visit:
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/china-emissions-cap-proposal-seen-as-climate-breakthrough-40529

Could a Chinese carbon cap pave the way for a global climate deal?


Grist

Chinese flag against sunLike sparring siblings, China and the United States — the world’s two biggest carbon dioxide emitters — keep passing the climate-action buck back and forth: “Why should I cut emissions if they don’t have to?” Well, China is either the more mature of the pair, or just majorly sucking up to Mama Earth. The country is reportedly gearing up to set firm limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, seriously weakening one of the U.S.’s go-to excuses for climate inaction.

China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission has proposed an absolute cap on emissions starting in 2016. The proposal still needs to be accepted by the Chinese cabinet, but experts say the commission’s influence makes it likely to pass. China today also announced the details of trial carbon-trading programs that will roll out in seven regions by 2014. In February, the country had said it would implement a carbon tax, but…

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