Category Archives: good news

BHP knows about climate science

I find it unbelievable that some people, even some intelligent people, “don’t believe in human-caused climate change.” The rulers of mining giant BHP are not among them. CEO Andrew McKenzie has announced a $US400 million plan to do something about … Continue reading

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6 on board, 44 to go: US states aiming to be carbon-free

6 on board, 44 to go: US states aiming to be carbon-free

Posted in Climate change, environment, good news

Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative

A few days ago, I posted about the climate emergency declaration by over 7000 mobs associated with higher education, and said I had pestered the two universities where I’d studied. Monash University got back to me. “I will pass your … Continue reading

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Higher education declares a climate emergency

This is the start of a statement signed by more than 7,000 institutes of higher education: New York, 10 July 2019 – Today, networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents announced that they are … Continue reading

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Plant trees to save the world

A new paper in Science reports a quantitative analysis of the impact of tree planting on future atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. They found it to be HUGE. If you exclude areas of human habitation and farm land, there is enough … Continue reading

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Recycling people

Cremation is a way of using irreplaceable fossil fuels to turn perfectly good organic fertiliser into greenhouse gases. Burial usually involves toxic embalming chemicals that interrupt the cycle of nature. In many places, shortage of space means that you get … Continue reading

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New Zealand gets rid of an insane economic measure

My long term friends know I think the GDP is insane. If I drive recklessly and cause accidents, I raise the GDP: smash repairs, insurance, police fines, maybe lawyers and judges, maybe jail all add to the GDP. If I … Continue reading

Posted in good news, philosophy, politics

Decency wins

A nice lady in Slovakia first attracted attention for organising a protest to block local environmental vandalism. Then she organised a national protest about two murders. Now, she has just been elected as her country’s president. In her campaigning, she … Continue reading

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Law gains sanity even in the USA

A Federal court has ruled that permission to drill for gas in Wyoming must depend on its cumulative effect on climate change, and not be assessed in isolation. The logic is already being applied to other states, and will be … Continue reading

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Japan blows coal away

Ben Smee and Daniel Hurst, writing for the Guardian, report that Japan is getting out of coal, replacing it largely with wind power. Good thinking.

Posted in Climate change, environment, good news, Uncategorized