geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “Unsubsidized Renewables Now Cheaper Than Subsidized Fossil Fuels in Australia” [#geekgirl]

    [From cleantechies.com] “…A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in Australia has discovered that renewable energyis cheaper to produce than the old conventional fossil fuel sources, and that is without the subsidies.

    The study shows that electricity can be supplied from a new wind farm at a cost of AUD 80/MWh (USD 83), compared to AUD 143/MWh from a new coal plant or AUD 116/MWh from a new baseload gas plant, including the cost of emissions under the Gillard government’s carbon pricing scheme. However even without a carbon price (the most efficient way to reduce economy-wide emissions) wind energy is 14% cheaper than new coal and 18% cheaper than new gas.

    “The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date”, said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world’s best fossil fuel resources shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head,” he said.

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s research on Australia shows that since 2011, the cost of wind generation has fallen by 10% and the cost of solar photovoltaics by 29%. In contrast, the cost of energy from new fossil-fueled plants is high and rising. New coal is made expensive by high financing costs. The study surveyed Australia’s four largest banks and found that lenders are unlikely to finance new coal without a substantial risk premium due to the reputational damage of emissions-intensive investments – if they are to finance coal at all. New gas-fired generation is expensive as the massive expansion of Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market forces local prices upwards. The carbon price adds further costs to new coal- and gas-fired plant and is forecast to increase substantially over the lifetime of a new facility.

    BNEF’s analysts conclude that by 2020, large-scale solar PV will also be cheaper than coal and gas, when carbon prices are factored in. By 2030, dispatchable renewable generating technologies such as biomass and solar thermal could also be cost-competitive.”

  • Halla Tomasdottir: Embracing the #Beauty of Balance [#geekgirl]

    Via TEDWomen, Halla Tomasdottir shares her thoughts regarding her approach to surviving Iceland’s financial crisis:

    “…we felt a bit overwhelmed with testosterone. And I’m not here to say that men are to blame for the crisis and what happened in my country. But I can surely tell you that in my country – like on Wall St and the city of London and elsewhere – men were at the helm of the game of the financial sector, and that kind of lack of diversity and sameness leads to disastrous problems…Doing emotional due diligence is just as important as doing financial due diligence. It is actually people that make money and lose money, not Excel spreadsheets…I am fed up with this tyranny of either/or choices in life – either it’s men, or it’s women. We need to start embracing the beauty of balance. So let’s move away from thinking about business here and philanthropy there, and lets start thinking about doing good business. That’s how we change the world. That’s the only sustainable future.”

    [Watch Halla's entire talk below or go here.]

  • Power Shift 2010 – Youth Summit for Climate Change and #Sustainability

    The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is a coalition of Australia’s largest youth organisations and over 50,000 young people from across Australia. Their mission is to build a generation wide movement to solve climate change before it’s too late, through bringing about short term political impact and long term cultural change.

    AYCC plan an innovative youth summit to be held in  Geelong that hopes to change the way young people see the climate crisis. Offering new skills, connecting with other awesome people and giving you the power to make a difference.

    Come to Power Shift 2010 in Geelong from to August 14 to 15.

    Why now? Because there will be a federal election in the next few months and at the moment, neither major political party has a strong climate policy.

    That’s just not good enough! The AYCC has a positive, achievable vision for Australia’s renewable energy future, and Power Shift will give us the skills to turn this into reality.

    Shift the power to a clean, sustainable future, and tell me more about Power Shift 2010.

    Power Shift is part conference, part festival, part training, part celebration of the power of young people to change the world, and so much more. Listen to amazing keynote speakers, participate in hands on workshops, connect with people from your region, hear live music and make new friends. Join a generation-wide movement and gain the new skills, resources and networks you need to lead creative climate actions in your community.

    AYCC can’t announce the speakers just yet, but last year they had Al Gore (via video), Tim Flannery, Senators Nick Xenophon and Christine Milne and Brooke Satchwell from Neighbours.


    Sign up before July 1 and a discount will be automatically applied. If you need help figuring out how to get there, or to get some tips on how to fundraise to send a group to Power Shift, please contact the  recruitment coordinator Sam: sam.millar@youthclimatecoalition.org.
  • Blog: throw another tofu-burger on the barbie will ya mate. #Geekgirl on behalf of #tcktcktck

    Join the call for a global climate deal at TckTckTck.org

    Tcktcktck invited me to write a blog on climate change. I knew immediately what I wanted to pen about – animals!

    Have you ever tried to get your head around what it actually takes to feed the planet!? It’s something I find difficult to come to terms with.

    Even my little shopping village of Northcote, Melbourne, Australia opened a new butcher the other day. Another one! You’d think 4 existing butchers plus all the restaurants in the area would provide enough meat.

    I’ve become more educated lately on the nature of food production, and films like Food Inc are a good start to understand the process from pasture to plate.  Although, I still don’t quite understand who is feeding, farming & processing the 60 billion animals we kill each year.

    It’s horrific that most of this is inhumane and, to be quite frank, not producing animals that even taste good. I’m not a vegetarian (yet) but I have massively reduced my consumption of meat and although I try and stick to the MOOS principle (Meat Only on Sunday). I have a lot of reverence for what I eat, and I am conscious of what it takes to get my food on the table.

    I know most people eat meat for the flavour and texture. And my smart vegie friends know a lot of tricks developed by Asian food producers who provide some meat-tasting alternatives. Unfortunately, most of this is soaked or prepared in soy sauce and as a Coeliac I can’t go there. But, there must be a huge potential in coming up with an alternative to meat, which tastes like meat, but ain’t. As much as the electric or hybrid cars are being driven (excuse the pun) by an industry that has to, perhaps rather than wants to. There’s a huge market in developing electric sheep, too.

    As Copenhagen (COP15) rapidly approaches I would think that food production especially animal production would have to be high on the agenda. But, if ordinary folks like me can’t persuade the masses to re-think what they eat, what about politician turned good guy Al Gore, musician Moby or even PETA pet Pamela Anderson?

    Australia needs to take part on a moral and uber-logistical stand on this issue. We can no longer farm or export meat in an inhumane fashion. Even if we do get our farming processes to the point it is compassionate, we need to become sustainable: that means all of us need to reduce our consumption of animals! “Throw another tofu burger on the barbie will ya mate”, might have to become our new national saying!

    So, consume less & be informed more! :)

    My personal top ten
    1) stop live animal exports (join the Humane Chain)
    2) make choices that respect animals; don’t eat them – or at least buy free-range, organic etc
    3) moderate your meat consumption
    4) support organisations that are compassionate re: ‘farming’  like Campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW)
    5) support organisations that also protect our marine life like Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd
    6) keep having a go at growing your own food and find out what and when to plant
    7) read labels when buying food and insist that labels reflect ingredients like palm oil
    (de-forestation is destroying the natural habitats of Orangutans)
    8)become a volunteer join local organisations that protect animals and wildlife (Wildlife Victoria)
    9) keep informed of campaigns and if need be, write or tweet our Australian politicians

    10) On Dec 12, 2009 join the world for a global day of Action

    With much love & respect, RosieX

    What is Sustainable Agriculture?

  • Blog Action Day 2009 Climate Change

  • Topic for Blog Action Day 2009 is…Climate Change.

    BAD press release…

    We’re thrilled to announce that after receiving more than 10,000 votes from past Blog Action Day participants, the issue overwhelmingly voted as the topic for Blog Action Day 2009 is…Climate Change!

    You can now register for Blog Action Day 09 by going to: www.blogactionday.org

    To be a part of this year’s event, all we ask is that you commit to writing one  post, in your own voice, on October 15, on the topic of climate change.

    You can learn more about the issue of climate change and see sample topics you might write about — like the connections between climate and clean energy, food choices, green products, health, transportation, and the broader economy.

  • Fake New York Post makes New Yorkers wakeup to Climate Change

    This week nearly a million New Yorkers were stunned by the appearance of a “special edition” New York Post blaring headlines that their city could face deadly heat waves, extreme flooding, and other lethal effects of global warming within the next few decades. The most alarming thing about it: the news came from an official City report.

    Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, the paper has been created by The Yes Men and a coalition of activists as a wake-up call to action on climate change.

    Although the 32-page New York Post is a fake, everything in it is 100% true, with all facts carefully checked by a team of editors and climate change experts.

    “This could be, and should be, a real New York Post,” said Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men. “Climate change is the biggest threat civilization has ever faced, and it should be in the headlines of every paper, every day until we solve the problem.”

    The fake Post’s cover story (“We’re Screwed”) reports the frightening conclusions of a blue-ribbon panel of scientists commissioned by the mayor’s office to determine the potential effects of climate change on the City. That report was released in February of this year, but received very little press at the time. Other lead articles describe the Pentagon’s alarmed response to global warming (“Clear & Present Disaster”), the U.S. government’s sadly minuscule response to the crisis (“Congress Cops Out on Climate”), China’s alternative energy program (“ChinaÕs Green Leap Forward Overtakes U.S.”), and how if the US doesn’t quickly pass a strong climate bill, the crucial Copenhagen climate talks this December could be a “Flopenhagen.”

    The paper includes original investigative reporting as well. One article (“Carbon counter counts New Yorkers as fools”) reveals that Deutsche Bank – which erected a seven-story “carbon counter” in central Manhattan – not only invests heavily in coal-mining companies worldwide, but has recently entered the business of coal trading itself.

    The paper has the world’s gloomiest weather page, covering the next 70 years rather than just 7 days. The “Around the World” section describes the disproportionate effects of climate change on poorer parts of the world, including extreme droughts, floods, famines, water shortages, mass migrations and conflicts. Developing countries will bear the brunt of climate change effects even though they have done very little to cause the problem.

    To participate in civil disobedience visit http://BeyondTalk.net and pledge to risk arrest in a planned global action November 30, just before the conference in Copenhagen.

    Links:

    Fake New York Post: http://www.nypost-se.com/
    Video News Release: http://www.nypost-se.com/video
    City report on climate change: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/pdf/2009/NPCC_CRI.pdf
    Wake-up call: http://www.tcktcktck.org/wakeup

  • World Television launches online video portal on Climate Change

    World Television has launched climatetalks.tv, an online video news portal for journalists in the lead up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15). COP15, the most significant global meeting this year, will be held in Copenhagen between 7 and 18 December.

    World Television, which has a long track record in environmental communications, has developed climatetalks.tv in order to host video footage and other multimedia assets related to climate change from a variety of sources to support broadcast, print and online journalists’ stories around the event.

    Video footage will be available for download in broadcast-quality from October through until the end of December 2009 and beyond into 2010. In addition to providing the latest stories on the debate, the site also incorporates RSS-feed functionality so journalists can sign-up to receive alerts when new content is added.

  • #The Yes Men. #Age of Stupid. Climate Action Week in New York.

    If you live in New York, please visit http://newyorkbigevent.com/ to sign up for some GIANT, extremely FUN, potentially WORLD-FIXING shenanigans on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21. (Even if you don’t, you can sign up to participate in The Yes Men’s  “digital fun squad” by clicking the option on your profile.)

    Everyone who shows up Monday morning will get a FREE GIFT you can SHOCK your friends with for years. Even just a few minutes Monday morning will help. Sign up now! http://newyorkbigevent.com/

    The Yes Men can’t tell you much about what they”ll be doing, as the element of surprise here are crucial. But they can tell you that it’ll be huge and absurdly fun, and when a hundred world honchos meet the next morning to discuss climate change at the UN, you may have helped set the tone for progress.

    Then, that evening (Monday, Sept. 21), we’ll unwind from the action by dressing up in our very best, er, suits and heading to the global mega-premiere of climate blockbuster The Age of Stupid (http://www.ageofstupid.net/). (LA Times: “Think An Inconvenient Truth, but with a personality”)

    The premiere will be linked by satellite to 444 cinemas across America and 300 more worldwide,with special guests Kofi Annan, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke (singing live), Gillian Anderson, Heather Graham, Moby, James Hansen, Mary Robinson, and the film’s star Pete Postlethwaite.

    The Sept. 21 events (http://newyorkbigevent.com/ and Age of Stupid premiere) are part of Climate Action Week in New York. A good way to warm up is to join an “international photo opportunity” coordinated by Oxfam on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20 in Central Park: the Human Countdown.

  • Sustainable House Day 2009

    Yes folks, Sustainable House Day 2009 is nearly on our – hopefully ecofriendly – doorsteps [*tah-boom-tish!*].  The day where you can meander round your neighbourhood and get all creepily ecologically stalkerish visit those special greener-than-green dwellings is approaching, so make sure to mark it down on your recycled paper calenders:

    “Almost 10 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from households.  But every Australian can make a big difference to the environment and their wallets through simple, cost-effective, everyday actions.  Visit an open home on Sustainable House Day…to find out the practical and often easy steps you can take to reduce your impact on the environment as well as your energy and water bills.”

    Sunday 13th September 2009.   Houses open between 10am and 4pm.