Catch o’ the day 2

30 07 2007

ready for fishing

Three tasty morsels from around the green web.

First up comes WWF Australia highlighting the split personality that some governments have when it comes to greenhouse policy.   Money spent reducing emissions seems can so easily be rendered useless when you undermine your very own actions.  Apparently there’s a new coal fired power plant on the cards in Queensland.  Here is the problem as presented by WWF:

“Kogan Creek will, from September, wipe out the emission savings and the millions of dollars the Queensland government has already spent on greenhouse gas reduction projects since 2000,” said WWF-Australia’s Climate Change Policy Manager, Kellie Caught.

  • After one day’s operation, the Kogan Creek plant will eliminate greenhouse gas savings from the Queensland Solar Schools Program.
  • After three days, it will eliminate gas savings from the Government ecoBiz program.
  • After eight days it will eliminate the greenhouse gas savings from the Townsville Solar Cities program and after 93 days it will wipe the greenhouse gas savings from the 13 per cent Gas Scheme.

“What’s even more frightening is that within four years of operation, Kogan Creek will eliminate the 20,000,000 tonnes of carbon savings from Queensland’s recent land clearing ban,” Ms Caught said.

“The Government’s coal proposal is not ‘clean coal’ if it’s not low emissions. It becomes part of the problem and not part of the solution,” Ms Caught said.

Next up is the irrepressible Amory Lovins (via Grist), from the Rocky Mountain Institute and co-author of Natural Capitalism who so patiently and clearly presents the case that oil is dead and that energy efficiency and renewables are on the inevitable march to victory.  The optimism is contagious.

Finally from Tom’s dispatch via Gristmill comes a great article that argues that efficiency might not be the most sensible organising principle of developed societies.   It goes on to predict that we’ll be hearing much more about the idea of resilience and redundancy in years to come.  Nature offers plenty of examples of resiliency and redundancy but we humans choose often to follow a narrow path of efficiency and wonder why things sometimes go horribly wrong.  Perhaps there’s no one right way.  Nature doesn’t provide one right design for a four legged herbivore.  Maybe industrial societies are on a fool’s errand,  being driven by one right model of economic interaction which then drives the shape and form of human societies (which seem to be on a strongly convergent path).  My view is that cultural diversity (between not just within) countries is at least as important to a resilient (and interesting!) human species as biological diversity is to resilient ecosystems.   Check out the article anyway – its a worthy read.  But hey – energy efficiency is one kind of efficiency we might be better off embracing.

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Be back shortly

15 07 2007

Brief blog hiatus for another week or so for holidays.  Until then…..

Catch o’ the day

2 07 2007

ready for fishing

A fresh haul from around the green web:

  • David Roberts of enviro-blog Gristmill lets fly at a coal executive in no uncertain terms.
  • Thanks also to Gristmill for highlighting Naomi Oreskes work on why we can be confident that scientists have got it right on climate change.
  • John Feeney explains why it’s not taboo to talk about population – in fact it’s a stark necessity.
  • The New York Times reveals the trouble with “light green” consumerism; and gives Al Gore some page space , perhaps to atone for its generally facile attacks on the man.

Image source: flickr user gari.baldi under creative commons licence