The Australian Government has voted in legislation that includes a 43% emission reduction target by 2030. This is a substantial breakthrough and reflects the views of a new make-up in Parliament - as well as the will of the people and their recent vote. Meanwhile in the US a Bill involving $369 Billion on environmental and energy initiatives looks set to pass, thanks to Senator Joe Manchin changing his mind.
The Australian legislation comes after 10 years of climate inaction. However the US Bill will be a pacesetter for the rest of the world.
After decades of misinformation & procrastination, will the global fossil fuel industry come clean?An oil baron, Sultan Al Jabar is the President for this year's UAE-based conference starting Thursday 30th Nov. If, as Al Jabar argues, it takes
someone from the fossil fuel world to make change, the world will be watching his key Cop28 initiative - the Global
Decarbonization Alliance - involving oil and gas companies
signing up to firm climate pledges.The UN has recently warned the world is on track for a “hellish” 3C of global heating, so we badly need this initiative. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/15/cop28-host-uae-oil-plans-data?
A paint that could help prevent
the spread of bushfires has come from a partnership between the University of NSW (Prof Guan Yeoh) and Flame Security International.The paint, FSA Firecoat, which is now on sale at selected Bunnings stores, achieved
the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 40 standard which assesses the bushfire
resistance of buildings and construction materialsFSA FirecoatBAL-40 indicates that a building or material has been tested and
approved to withstand higher levels of radiant heat (up to 40kW/m²) and
ember attack during a bushfire, providing increased
protection in areas prone to extreme fire conditions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmuUng2yaFg
Countries are to meet in Kenya from 13-17 November to thrash out a global plastic pollution treaty to be in place by the end of 2024. These talks are the
third round and will mark the
halfway point to a Plastics Treaty. From the international negotiating committee (INC) a “zero draft” version of previous discussions outlines 3 options relating to virgin plastic production and a reduction of primary
plastic: 1. Agreed Global reduction targets 2. Agreed production targets and and 3. individual National reduction targets.All eyes are on the US to soften their objections to these developments. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/12/countries-meeting-nairobi-kenya-global-plastic-pollution-treaty