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Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements – Bushfire Royal Commission

Contents: • Preamble • Global Catastrophic Risks • The Rapidly Changing Context of Global Climate Change • Tipping Points • Solutions • What Does Emergency Action Mean? • Addressing the Existential Climate Threat • Existential Risk Management • Request to the Royal Commission on National Natural Disaster Arrangements Preamble Thank you for the opportunity to […]

April 27 / 2020
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In a 3-degree warmer world, Australia will be utterly transformed. The Prime Minister knows, but refuses to say so.

By David Spratt and Ian Dunlop The first duty of a government is to protect the people. There is no greater threat than climate disruption as the world heads to 3 degrees Celsius (3°C) or more warming, possibly by mid-century, yet the Prime Minister is unwilling to explain the implications. Asked by Zali Steggall in […]

February 29 / 2020
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Have we a government fit for purpose, or the greatest danger to our national security?

The current bushfires are unprecedented in terms of their extent, intensity, fire season length, economic and social impact. They are, without doubt, intensified by human-induced climate change. However, they are not unexpected; this is what the climate science has been telling us for years. Likewise with the drought. The fact that these warnings have been […]

January 31 / 2020
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Climate Change is an Immediate Existential Threat to Humanity Requiring Emergency Action

Rationale: Climate change is happening faster than previously anticipated, driven primarily by human carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, agriculture and land clearing. Uncertainties relate not to the basic climate science, which has been well-understood for decades, but to the speed and extent of climate impact, both of which have been badly underestimated. • The […]

August 05 / 2019
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If Business Leaders Want To Regain Our Trust, They Must Act On Climate Risk

Business leaders seem astonished that community trust in their activities is at an all-time low, trending toward the bottom of the barrel inhabited by politicians. To the corporate leader dedicated to the capitalist, market economy success story of the last 50 years, that attitude is no doubt incomprehensible and downright ungrateful. But it is hardly […]

March 15 / 2018
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Stop Spreading Disinformation on Coal Demand

In their book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations, published prior to the Paris climate change meeting last December, Chris Wright and Daniel Nyberg highlighted how the dominance of neoliberalism in recent decades has locked the global economy on to a path of “creative self-destruction”, built around the oxymoron of “green capitalism”. Events since Paris have […]

July 01 / 2016
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Coal – The Captain’s Call & It’s Catastrophic Implications

The last few days have demonstrated just how far out of touch the Australian media and political incumbency are from critical climate change events happening around the world. The Australian recently launched yet another tirade against supposed bias in the ABC’s handling of climate change, followed up by a stern Editorial lecture (Media Watch fails […]

August 07 / 2015
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