Climate Conversations
Climate Conversations
A continuous conversation about climate change - news, views and interviews.
Government claims that Australia is meeting and beating its climate targets are simply not true and are a public disservice
Australia's Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister, Simon Birmingham (pictured), continues to spread the fallacy that his government is demonstrating to the world how to best deal with the climate crisis. Australia, despite the protestations of the Morrison Government, is clearly a laggard, playing a lead role in assuring the world plunges even deeper into the climate crisis.     See for privacy information.
Dec 7, 2020
8 min
António Guterres delivers what some believe to be the most important climate address, ever
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (pictured), took the stage at the December 2 World Leaders Forum at Columbia University in New York and delivered what some have said was the important address of the year, if not ever. Mr Guterres again warned the world about the seriousness of the climate crisis, pointing out that if people truly cared about their fellows they would act now to do all they could to mitigate the causes of this quickly unfolding crisis. See for privacy information.
Dec 3, 2020
31 min
Coal is 'dead in the water' according to UK's top climate crisis expert
The Uk's top climate crisis expert, Nigel Topping (pictured) has argued that coal is "dead in the water", but Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and his LNP cohort are not listening and are so ideologically blind that they can't even see the writing on the wall, let alone read it. Australia's Wilderness Society at its recent 'Nature Chat' talked about the devastation of last summer's bushfires and Gemma Plesman talked about growing up in Nymbodia in New South Wales and how the fires destroyed her family home; fires easily attributable to the climate crisis. See for privacy information.
Dec 2, 2020
26 min
Barrage of BS from Government Ministers feels like a conspiracy
Federal Government Minister, Keith Pitt (pictured), along with his Ministerial compatriot, Angus Taylor, are mounting a personal campaign against me, it seems. That is not true, of course, rather both fellows are simply sprouting LNP talking points during interviews on the ABC's Radio National program "Breakfast". Because of their roles, both are regulars and the latest in which Minister Pitt first talked about trade with China shifted to the climate crisis (my description and not Minister Pitt's) following questions from the host, Fran Kelly.   See for privacy information.
Nov 30, 2020
5 min
The climate crisis is filling up the bathtub, again/still!
Dr Oksana Tarasova (pictured) mentally transported me back about a decade today when she was interviewed by Julian Morrow on Radio National's Sunday Extra, and she used the image of a bathtub to illustrate how carbon dioxide continues to worsen Earth's climate crisis. The Melbourne-based Professor David Karoly spoke in Shepparton about a decade ago and used a similar word-picture to help the crowd of more than 70 better understand how greenhouse gases were accumulating in Earth's atmosphere and the other available sinks. Dr Tarasova talked with Julian Morrow about the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.   See for privacy information.
Nov 28, 2020
4 min
Lara Stevens opens new vistas on the climate crisis
Dr Lara Stevens (pictured) talks about feminism, or "feminisms",  Val Plumwood and Mother Earth, and why it's not "Father Earth". Dr Stevens, a researcher with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, helped me better understand why women are playing such a leading role in humanity's response to the climate crisis. "The climate debate isn't just about science; it's also about gender and power. Ecofeminism takes this seriously, and ecofeminist philosophy is uniquely positioned to help us reimagine our place in the world and the ways in which we can care for the environment", the ABC said in an introduction to a session on the Philosophers Zone entitled "Feminism, ecology and motherhood". See for privacy information.
Nov 27, 2020
40 min
Listening to Music for a Warming World
Sydney's Willoughby City Council gave us all the chance to again hear the sounds of Music for a Warming World, even despite the restrictions of the Covid-19 crisis - the council gave us a special live online showing of the Melbourne-based band. Those restrictions impacted too also on the band and so only three members could, with regard for social distancing, fit into the Melbourne studio - Simon Kerr, Kylie Morrigan and Mal Webb. The restricted size of the band had no impact on the music - the message was still there; the inspiration was still there; as was the call to action - use your skill and talents to do whatever you can to help the world avoid the worst of the climate crisis. A complete YouTube version of the performance, including all the visuals, is available at Music for a Warming World. Also, the band has a new album coming out soon with fully produced (and some quite wonderful) versions of many of these songs. If anyone is interested they can contact Simon or join the band's mailing list via the website.   See for privacy information.
Nov 26, 2020
1 hr 16 min
Webinar tackles the education/climate crisis dilemma
One of those deeply involved with the climate change conversation at RMIT, Dr Lauren Rickards (pictured), was among the speakers at a recent webinar - "Education institutions in a changing climate: action, leadership and activism". A full recording from this webinar will be posted soon on the RMIT website so call back regularly. See for privacy information.
Nov 24, 2020
20 min
David Spratt talks about 'Climate Reality Check 2020'
Melbourne's David Spratt (pictured) took advantage of the city's Covid-19 lockdown to assemble the facts to produce the "Climate Reality Check 2020". David talked about the new report at the November meeting of the Victorian Climate Action Network (VCAN) at which he made reference to a number of relevant publications, among them: What has become known as the "Hothouse Earth" report; A story from The Guardian headed: "Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds"; A story he and Ian Dunlop wrote and published in The Canberra Times headed: "Net-zero emissions by 2050: leadership or climate colonialism?"; A letter published in The Guardian headed, "Hitting net-zero is not enough – we must restore the climate"; And a story from headed: "Climate crisis: University of Cambridge to launch a new centre to explore geoengineering and climate change". See for privacy information.
Nov 22, 2020
40 min
Dr Joëlle Gergis adheres to her science but becomes emotional as she discusses 'the great unravelling'
Dr Joëlle Gergis (pictured) has adhered to her science but allowed emotion to intrude as she wrote a powerful and beautiful piece for The Guardian entitled "The great unravelling: I never thought I'd live to see the horror of planetary collapse". I urge you to read the story, make it yours, tell others and, importantly, tell our decision-makers. Dr Gergis is from the Australian National University. See for privacy information.
Nov 18, 2020
5 min
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