Fatbergs are becoming famous* and yet we hesitate to legislate against wipes, and other contaminants. The leading baby wipe manufacturers are big players like Johnson &
Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Large sewer-clogging wet wipe blockages cost city councils $millions each year*. In Qld at least, wet wipes, paper towels, tampons, and even cat litter could
carry an accredited 'flushable' logo by 2022 to let consumers know that
products adhere to national standards, will not clog up sewage systems and cause minimal damage to the environment. Why did this take so long?
A reconstruction of the Earth's beating heart over a billion years, illustrating the connection between deep-seated convection currents (just above the core-mantle boundary), tectonic plate movements, and the authors' cities in green (Sydney, Qingdao, Leeds, Austin). The mantle convection video below is based on a "mantle reference frame" that optimises the positions of the plates and their boundaries relative to the mantle, a necessity for understanding the connection between deep-seated mantle upwellings and surface volcanism - Dietmar Müller...Model data and additional videos > https://lnkd.in/gAGvhC3Y andOpen-access Solid Earth paper > https://lnkd.in/g94zcE_T
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. http://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/albanese-stares-down-greens-on-climate-business-urges-libs-to-follow
Griffith’s The Big Switch – Australia’s electric future – is a far-sighted analysis
of why we should rapidly transition to a renewable-driven all-electric energy
future. Significant efficiencies are available in both the supply and demand of
energy. Also, Australia is very well placed to easily satisfy local energy
demand cheaply and export energy either directly or in value-added materials.
big reason for rapid transition - It could save the planet.
The author is
founder of Rewiring America and now Rewiring Australia and will present in a
webinar from 6pm 2nd August via www.climateandpeace.com.au