January 21st Newsletter
Posted on 21 January 2011 by e-news
Help our local flood victims.
Like others in our community MASG members are volunteering to help those affected by the floods in our Shire and nearby. Please join them if you can. To register please contact Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns: Co-ordinator Mount Alexander Volunteer Network 0425 323 005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 7th members meeting @ Buda Garden Room, the new MASG seed germinates.
Members are invited to an open discussion following the report from the Organisational Working Group on their recommended structure for MASG. This work is the result of 4 months of deliberation from a working group set up after last year’s Future Focus Review. The discussion will be at the Garden Room at Buda on Monday the 7th of February starting at 6pm to 7.30pm. Light refreshments start at 5.45pm. For more details please contact the MASG office on 5470 6978 or email@example.com
Short term employment with MASG
To contact members and work on membership renewal. Mostly telephone calling, can be based at MASG or home. For further details contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 officially the hottest year ever
The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has confirmed 2010 was the warmest year on record, verifying a “significant” long-term trend of global warming.
Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up
Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced. About 60 renewable energy projects will be launched to give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts.
Floods, extreme weather and climate change
South Australian Premier Mike Rand said
“It should not take a once in 1000 year drought or a flood half as big as Europe to convince us that our climate is changing”
The Victorian Governor Dr de Kretser on radio station 3AW said:
”I’m sorry, I’m one of these believers in climate change, I’m afraid, and . I don’t think it’s going to go away.
”There’s too many of these events, not only in Australia but throughout the whole world that are happening now. Everyone says this week [is a] one in 100, one in 200 years [event] but they are happening pretty much more frequently now.”
1. Recent QLD government report predicts increased extreme rainfall events
The QLD government 3 months ago published its Climate Change in Queensland: What the Science is Telling Us 2010 assessment of the potential impacts of climate change which stated “Climate change is also likely to affect extreme rainfall in south-east Queensland” the report said, adding that “a projected decrease in rainfall across most of Queensland, the projected increase in rainfall intensity could result in more flooding events.”
2. Scientists see climate change link to Australian floods
Climate change has likely intensified the monsoon rains that have triggered record floods in Australia’s Queensland state, scientists said on Wednesday
3. Global warming will cause further extreme weather patterns, climate change chief says
One of Julia Gillard’s top climate change advisers has warned that global warming may cause more extreme rain events.
4. Insurers see climate change behind events
One of the World’s leading insurers Munich Re in a press release recently said
“The only plausible explanation for the rise in weather-related catastrophes is climate change”
5. Extensive digest of what the scientists are saying about the extreme weather events
A comprehensive list of news reports and resources on the science or exteme weather events
Anti wind is anti jobs
“thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of energy projects are at risk if the Coalition anti- wind policy is enacted, ” Clean Energy Council (CEC).
The State Government proposed to lock up vast areas of Victoria and stop wind farms. This will impact directly on regional Victoria. Lets Keep wind energy going strong in Victoria. Please send a letter to the Premier and Climate Change minister here.
Wind energy campaigner position available
FoE is seeking a dynamic and highly-motivated individual to initiate a broad-based campaign in support of wind energy in Victoria.
The position is part-time (3 days/week) for 3 months, starting as soon as possible. The position may be continued beyond this period if funding becomes available and be subject to a position review. Annual wage for 3 day position is $38,165.
For more contact Cam Walker Cam.email@example.com or 0419 338 047
“It’s as if the weather machine had changed up a gear. Unless binding carbon reduction targets stay on the agenda, future generations will bear the consequences.”
Prof. Peter Höppe, Head of Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre