Friday, July 25, 2014

Australia's New Coat of Arms?

David Pope drew this new coat of arms to reflect the Australian government's abolition of carbon pricing.

Parody of the Australian coat of arms after Australian renegged on carbon pricing

It's not often a political cartoon becomes a t-shirt, but this one has.

While this might represent Australia's place in the world at the moment, hopefullly we can do better in the future.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zero-cost Electricity

Well done Queenslanders. Last week the cost price of electricity got down to zero. And on other days it's been quite low.

In winter we have low daytime energy use - and lots of solar panels making electricity for free. Polluting power generators have to drop their prices to compete. It's another great thing about renewables, and inspired this cartoon.

Cartoon about solar helping the electricity price go negative

So thankyou fellow Queenslanders, for being energy efficient and making lots of clean energy from your roof.

Related video: Wind power makes energy cheaper - explains how renewable energy makes all electricity cheaper.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Hooray for Port Augusta!

Port Augusta is the community that's looking to replace it's dying coal power station with something else.

The took a town vote, and solar was the hand-down winner. Then they walked 300km from Port Augusta to Adelaide to let the politicians know.

They asked the company to consider building solar on the same site. And now it looks like the company also sees the benefits of solar-thermal technology, rather than burning coal or gas.

It's good news for the residents. For jobs, for health (previously the area had high lung cancer rates) and for clean energy for Australia.

This is one of the shareable graphics they made to spread the good news.

Solar Power for Port Augusta. A community voted. They walked for solar. They asked Alinta to make the right choice ... and they have.

Sorry for the extra-large graphic, but this is exciting news.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Palmer Party Details

Here are the contact details for the politicians from the Palmer United Party:

Clive Palmer: (07) 5479 2800,
Glenn Lazarus: (07) 3001 8940,
Jacqui Lambie: (03) 6431 2233,
Dio Wang: (08) 9221 2233,

Why would you need the contact details?

This group of Senators, sworn in today, now have the deciding votes in the Australian Senate.

They've been criticised in the media for changing their mind frequently and having no set policies. But this could also be a positive. These Senators may be open to the persuasion of the general public.

As important issues come before the Senate in coming days and weeks, it may be worth making a call or email to your nearest PUP representative.

PS. The extra person in the photo is Ricky Muir. Technically not in the Palmer Party, but you'd be forgiven for thinking he is.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Happy 2nd Brithday

As of July 1, Australia's carbon price has been operating for 2 years. In that time, electricity pollution has dropped 10% - and renewables are up 37%.

No wonder people are urging the government to not drop the ball on climate action.

Happy birthday carbon price. Don't drop the ball on climate action.

On moral grounds, a group of multi-faith leaders have already called for bipartisan support for carbon pricing - and a recent survey showed more people favour carbon pricing than oppose it.

To me it seems the obvious thing to do is to keep it.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Brazil's Solar Stadiums

The venue for the World Cup final is Estádio do Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium). It features 1,556 solar panels - enough to to power 240 homes.

Quite a few of the stadiums now have solar. It's reducing the carbon footprint of the world cup - and also offering a solution to Brazil's energy crisis.

Brazil's world cup stadiums will provide more than 5.4 megawatts of solar energy - more than any world cup before

5.4 megawatts means a total of about 21,000 solar panels. Enough to power thousands of homes. Go Brazil!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Happy New (financial) Year!

To help the banks and superannuation companies celebrate the new financial year, some people from popped in with cakes and cupcakes. cake celebrating financial new year

These wonderful cakes also had a message - that the majority of Australians would prefer their bank and superannuation to not be investing in fossil fuels.

Majority of Australians would choose a bank or super fund that doesn't invest in coal or gas

Of course, another way to give banks this message is to move our business to banks that don't invest in coal. Same goes for superannuation.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Get Rewards for Recycling

They are reverse vending machines. You put in a recyclable container - a can or plastic bottle - and then choose your reward.

Envirobank reverse vending machine

They've been overseas for a few years, and now the idea has reached Australia. The Envirobank Locator can find the machine closest you.

7-Eleven franchises seem to be the main locations so far, at least in my city. Perhaps I'll contact my local 7-Eleven to see if they are going to get one.