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Saturday, 20 October

15:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Tuesday, 16 October

00:36

Extension of the Vickery Mine Submissions Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

[ Saturday, 20 Oct; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Submission writing against the Vickery Megamine (think Boggabri, Gunnedah) Saturday 20 October, 2-4 pm at the Wicklow (Cocktail Room upstairs). AACSG&M has fought for years against the fossil fuel industry (both coal and csg) in the Laird and Pilliga forests and out onto the Liverpool plains. A number of us (including Kerri, Anna, Pat and Tania) attended [...] full article 

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Monday, 15 October

22:59

IMF continues to tread the ridiculous path "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I am back in Australia now and I dont have to stand on my head to write (a reference to the hassles of trying to maintain some order while travelling to different destinations on an almost daily basis). Last week, the IMF released its so-called Fiscal Monitor October 2018 and the mainstream financial press had a picnic claiming all sorts of disaster scenarios would follow from the sort of financial situations revealed in the publication. At the time of the publication I was in London and the British press went crazy after the IMF publication predicting that taxes would have to rise and fiscal surpluses would have to be maintained and increased to bring the governments balance sheet back into balance. Yes, apparently the British government, which issues its own currency, has shareholders who care about its Profit and Loss statement and the flow implications of the latter for the Balance Sheet of the Government. Anyone who knows anything quickly realises this is a ruse. There is no meaningful application of the finances pertaining to a private corporation to the finances of a currency-issuing government. A currency-issuing governments balance sheet provides no help in our understanding of what spending capacities such a government has.

The IMF Fiscal Monitor carries the specific title Managing Public Wealth and starts with an unobjectionable statement:

Public sector balance sheets provide the most comprehensive picture of public wealth. They bring together all the accumulated assets and liabilities that the government controls, including public corporations, natural resources, and pension liabilities.

I say unobjectionable in the sense of being harmless.

We might be interested in knowing what assets are held on our behalf in the public sector and what liabilities the government holds.

Then again we might not be.

It doesnt matter much.

What we know is that assets that are held in the public sector should be utilised to advance the well-being of the citizens and a currency-issuing government can always service any liabilities that are denominated in its own currency.

That is about as far at it goes.

If public sector assets are an important component of our wealth, then we should be very concerned with policies that liquidate that wealth that is, privatisation.

The IMF really get themselves caught up here more below on that.

But, any notion that the government is like a privately-owned corporation and that we should appraise it according to the indicators we....

17:22

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells wildlife.org. The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter

08:33

Hobart mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds offers a practical and economic solar plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate right for solar plan: Reynolds, HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds. HELEN KEMPTON, news.com.au   Sunday Tasmanian  OCTOBER 14, 2018

HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds.

...

08:28

Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Privately funded VPP project hopes to sign up 1000 homes and businesses in south-west WA to zero up-front cost deal for solar and battery storage. The post Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy

08:26

Barnaby Joyce calls the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrong and ridiculous about coal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Barnaby backs coal unless Australians want nuclear power supply, Northern Daily Leader, Chris Bath 15 Oct 18 

08:21

Toxic effects of Maralinga nuclear bomb testing continue "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Menzies immediately agreed to the proposal, without consulting any of his cabinet colleagues or the Australian parliament. Indeed, until weeks before the first test was carried out, only three government ministers knew about it.

The most devastating effects were suffered by two groups: Australian and British soldiers working on the tests themselves, and the Indigenous populations local to Emu Field and the later testing site of Maralinga.

One prominent member of the testing team, Sir Ernest Titterton, later said that if Indigenous people had a problem with the government, they should vote it out, ignoring that Indigenous Australians did not have full political rights until 1967.

an Australian defense ministry report was leaked to the press, warning that large amounts of plutonium left at Maralinga could potentially be a target of terrorists.

those wrongs have not been fully addressed. Health problems stemming from the tests continue for those still living, and while the veracity of Lester and other victims stories has been acknowledged, what exactly happened to them remains unclear, the details of the nuclear test still kept top secret.
To this day we dont know what Totem I did, those records are still classified by the British,
...

08:10

As nuclear power declines worldwide, renewable energy races ahead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.

This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.

Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn

The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn ($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.

These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...

07:57

Busting Barry Brooks uninformed propaganda about Fukushima nuclear disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Prof. Brook is probably, in my opinion, clearly very inadequate when he researches things such as nuclear industry. He claims academic privilege when he communicates his mere opinions related to a field he possesses no training or little training or qualifications in. He cant have it both ways. The privilege which springs from his actual qualifications may give him status in other things on campus. Away from the lecture theatre though, his opinions of the nature of nuclear industry have zero academic weight.Im an academic and therefore I am right does not wash with me

2003 saw Prof. Shimazaki speak at the first meeting of the governments Disaster Management Council. This council formed government disaster policy. He urged the council to study the Jogan earthquake of 869 and warned the Japanese Trench could generate earthquakes anywhere along Japans Pacific coast.

since 2008 TEPCO management had been busy suppressing THE SAME CONCLUSION of grave risk of 15 metre tsunamis hitting the Fukushima coast, made by TEPCOs own engineers using simulations and mathematics. 

Expert fore warning of the 2011 Tsunami Ignored and Suppressed by Nuclear Authorities. Nuclear Exhaust 12 Oct 18 

this post is in progress. Not finished.

I am again going to contrast the statements made by Barry Brook in regard to the tsunami defences at Fukushima Daiichi with the facts as presented by Mark Willacy. These facts are published in Willacys book, Fukushima Japans tsunami and the inside story of the nuclear meltdowns, Willacy, M., Pan Macmillan, copyright 2013, Mark Willacy.

An interest...

07:32

Chinas waning nuclear interest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Chinas waning nuclear interest
By a wide margin, China is currently the global leader in the construction of new nuclear plants....

07:28

Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

refer previous post. See original document at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28957385 see also http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org/home/contam/radiation , Diabetes and the Environment Radiation for an accounting of diabetes rates in high fallout areas due to the Chernobyl accident. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 28;12(9):e0185259. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185259. eCollection 2017. Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation []

via Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust

07:27

New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Liesbeth and Edwin ter Velde are heading to Antarctica in a vehicle named Solar Voyager made from plastic waste and powered by the sun. The post New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy

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Sunday, 14 October

21:11

Strip Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Of His $640,000 Pension, Demand Survivor Rights Groups "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.

Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.

Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.

Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.

The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.

Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.

We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...

16:55

SUNDAY SCREENING: Voices From the Gasfields (2015) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do not want you to see.

This moving documentary by international activist Ian R. Crane chronicles the accounts of families living under the degradation of the Unconventional hydrocarbon industry, aka Fracking. Their testimonies reveal the day to day pollution of water, air, light and noise. Due to the blind eye of the authorities, Fracking drillers have devastated local environment of Southern Queensland, and further afield and this could be coming to your town next. This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Watch:

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Run time: 1 hour
Directed and Produced by Ian R. Crane
Distributed independently (2015)

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05:41

Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel look at emission outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia's chief scientist says the question facing the nation's energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy.In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have [...]

00:33

Wentworth By-Election: Australias Climate Policy Paralysis Is Finally Becoming Electoral Poison "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.

With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.

Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.

This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.

Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.

Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.

Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.

Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...

Saturday, 13 October

08:32

Climate and nuclear news to 14 October Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The world has 10 years to ward off global warming disaster.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2018 Report on Monday 8th October. By Tuesday, its news was all over the media.  By Wednesday, other news had to some extent taken over. By now, in Australia, were back to the important stuff horse racing and royal weddings.

However, climate change is still important, and indeed, urgent. Experts warn that the IPCC report may be understating the climate situation. And in particular the risk of catastrophic sea-level rise.

Again, however much the nuclear lobby might not want you to know this, the dangers of climate change and nuclear power are merging. Hurricane Michael has threatened nuclear power stations in Georgia and Florida. But theres precious little information on how that is going.

AUSTRALIA

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