Friday, May 22, 2015

Poetry and science are different

Just when you think we're all finally all on board to tackle climate change, there'll be someone who doesn't quite get it.

Fortunately there are comedy shows to set the record straight. The relevant part of the video starts at 1min18s.



"There's probably a good reason why the CSIRO doesn't use poetry as data"

There's also a good reason not to listen to people who use bizarre logic to attempt to shy away from addressing climate change. It's like saying "People died before drugs were invented so drugs don't kill people". It starts off with a true statement but then goes into crazy 'logic'.

PS. Sorry, the video also contains a piece on the budget. I'd hoped it was a separate clip.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm an investor!

SunFunder combines small amounts of money from people like us - to do meaningful solar projects in developing countries. As the project completes, we get paid back.

The current project provides 3,800 solar lamps for rural homes in Zimbabwe.

Crowd funding for solar lamps in Zimbabwe

These homes currently rely on kerosene lamps for lighting (63% of Zimbabwe doesn't have access to electricity). Switching to solar lamps helps provide cleaner air in the home, better light, and reduced energy expenses. Of course, it also reduces fossil fuel use.

It's quite exciting to think that my little investment is helping make a difference - and when it's done I can invest the same money in another project. You can invest with as little as $10. Would you like to join me?

Monday, May 18, 2015

If it's melted, it's ruined

An ice cream company is not the usual place to expect climate information. But Save Our Swirled explains why climate change is a problem and what one company (Ben and Jerry's) is doing about it.

One of the highlights is this ice cream video.



It's makes a good point. A little bit of warming and it's far less enjoyable. It's true for ice cream, and true for the planet.

Friday, May 15, 2015

How is the world's oil like a rollercoaster?

My friend Stuart is a cartoonist, and has just completed a 120-page non-fiction comic. It's about the scientist M.King Hubbert and what he discovered about the way the world uses oil.


The comic takes about 20 minutes to read - which is much shorter than watching a documentary. As far as comics go, it may not be as action packed as you Batman or Spiderman comics, but at the end you'll feel a bit smarter and more knowledgeable about the world.

Now that we now what we've got, how will will best use it?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cancel the phone book

When was the last time you used the phone book? Do you really need another 100-page tome delivered each year? It's all available online.

Cancel the yellow pages phone book

Each year millions of phone books are printed and delivered around Australia. Most of them never get used. You can help stop this waste by cancelling your delivery.

PS. Sorry international readers, this one's for Australians only, but hopefully there's an equivalent in your country.

Friday, May 08, 2015

I Want Some Action

I saw these T-shirts at a support rally for climate action. They are both clever and true.

Tshirt: I want some action - on climate change

If you're interested, find out what else was AYCC, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition does - when they're not thinking up new t-shirt designs.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lunchtime Legends

This recycling game is designed mainly for kids. It looks simple at first, but as the levels go up so does the speed.


I bombed out on level 3, but I did learn that metal cutlery is recyclable, as are the takeaway coffee cups. Of course, if you're a big drinker of takeaway coffee, Keep Cups are a great idea.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Free Ice Cream

I popped by Ben and Jerry's recent Free Ice Cream Day. Apart from handing out sample cups, they were also launching their climate justice campaign - "Save our Swirled". Nice pun ;)


While we queued, there was also a chance to sign a petition to Keep Australia great, saying that "Australians deserve fresh air, clean water, sustainable jobs and a healthy environment."


I signed it on the spot - and you can do so online.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The hottest 12 months

I read yesteday that January-March this year is the hottest January March ever recorded.

Combined with last year's record heat, this makes the last year (April 2014 - March 2015) the hottest 12 month period on record. It beat the 12 months ending in February, which beat the 12 months ending in January


Coincidentally I met up with a couple of good friends last night, and one mentioned how long this summer has been.

The year to year temperature increase is probably not noticeable. But after a while it adds up, and it is noticeable when there are several 30°C days in the middle of Autumn.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Waleed Aly really cares about renewable energy

Waleed Aly, presenter of The Project, really caused a stir with his report on renewable energy in Australia. It was a great piece - check it out.


He mentions some of the 143 other countries around the world that have established renewable energy targets - such as Austria 68%, Sweden 61%, Scotland 50%, New Zealand almost 80% and Costa Rica 100% so far this year. Here's what that means for jobs in Australia. While the rest of the world employs close to a million people in renewable energy, we've lost jobs in this growing industry.


"It's the generations to come that will look back and see this for what it is - a willful disregard for the future of this nation by the people we've elected to lead us."

Waleed cares. Do we? How about we do something - like email one of those politicians.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The actual probability of disaster

I found this great animation and summary of climate science.



It's visually stimulating, but also gives a understandable summary of the science.

For me the end was also quite stunning. We really need to reduce our pollution significantly.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

I love a sun-powered country

The ACF is giving away these posters to anyone who wants to display them. Just fill in the form, and they'll post them to you. Or you can get an electronic version (solar or wind) if you want to put it on your profile.

I love a sun-powered country

For international readers, the words relate to the famous Australian poem My Country (I love a sunburnt country).

Monday, April 06, 2015

Earth Hour Highlights Video 2015

Earthhour Australia put together this video of highlights from Earth Hour 2015, here in Australia.



In Australia this year the theme was food - highlighting how climate change, and more extreme weather, hurts our farmers' ability to grow food.

Related link: Earth Hour promo video

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Hour Video 2015

With Earth Hour tonight, 8.30-9.30pm in your local time zone, what better time to look at the official Earth Hour video for 2015 - featuring Pompeii by Bastille.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Australia's top 10 polluters

Who are Australia's top 10 polluters? Geoff Cousins went on Lateline to announce them - and here they are:


You may recognise them. Some of them have been very loud in the media trying to reduce the amount of renewable energy in Australia.

Read more about on the ACF website.