Posts by Author: 31 posts by itdunlop

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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A call to the Australian people – demand serious action on climate change before it is too late.

After three decades of inaction, human-induced climate change is the greatest threat, and opportunity, facing this country, far outweighing the issues dominating our domestic political discourse, such as the US/China impasse, a faltering economy and religious freedom. The world faces the same threat. Climate change now represents an existential challenge which, if not addressed as a genuine emergency immediately, will destroy human civilisation as we know it within decades. Immediate, in that the actions we take today, particularly expanding fossil fuel use thereby increasing global carbon emissions, are locking-in that outcome.

December 21 / 2019
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A local mayor can see we face a climate emergency. Why can’t the PM?

Despite soaring rhetoric about Australian values and the absolute priority of securing the future of the Australian people, it is crystal clear that the Federal Government, the Opposition and much of our corporate and media leadership have absolutely no understanding of the greatest threat facing this country, namely human-induced climate change. Having dug themselves a […]

November 10 / 2019
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Submission to the Western Australia EPA on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment Guidance

Contents: • Preamble • Climate Change: the global context • Climate Change Impact • Existential Risk Management • Political & Corporate Attitudes • Community Response • Legal Implications • Conclusions and recommendations on Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidance Preamble Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission to the Western Australia (WA) Environmental Protection Authority […]

September 01 / 2019
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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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A Parliament Without Trust or Legitimacy Must Go

The insults hurled by David Leyonhjelm at Sarah Hanson-Young recently put parliamentary discourse in the gutter. Leyonhjelm was roundly condemned, but not by our leaders. A limp rap across the knuckles from Turnbull and Shorten, then on to more pressing matters, hoping it will all go away. But not so fast; in governance parlance “the […]

August 09 / 2018

Climate Risk – MCA Directors Breach Duties of Care and Due Diligence

After 30 years of inaction, the focus on climate risk is accelerating as the physical impact of climate change worsens and the transition risks to a low-carbon world intensify. Despite effusive official rhetoric, nothing has been done to seriously address climate change, notwithstanding increasingly urgent warnings . Global climate-related losses are running at record levels […]

August 05 / 2018
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Facing Reality: Reframing Climate Change as an Immediate Existential Risk

The Big Question: “Who at the highest levels of leadership in corporates and public service will take the bold risks that are required, not gradually or incrementally, but decisively in line with the new scale and speed that ‘unthinkables’ emerge.” ITD – Climate Change Emergency Response Rationale June 2018

June 08 / 2018
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