If the Morrison Government wins the next federal election, Australia may say goodbye to our unique, irreplaceable wildlife.
Environmental crises are now a global concern, and the failure of the mainstream media to make the crisis front-page news is allowing this Government to get away with what amounts to a war on the environment.
A war with disastrous losses.
In 2019, a UN-supported panel published a report showing that close to one million species are in danger of extinction within decades due to human activities, loss of species and habitats that pose as much risk as climate change.
UN Secretary-General in August 2021 Antonio Guterres Said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is working group report a “code red for humanity”. Scientists are observing changes in Earth’s entire climate system. Some changes are already irreversible for centuries.
The report was prepared by 234 scientists from 66 countries.2nd concentrations are higher than at any time in the last 2 million years.
Back in Australia, the UN climate change report created a yawn in the Right-wing political establishment.
“I am not afraid of climate change” requested Taylor Resist calls for zero carbon targets in December. “I believe in the capacity of people to solve our problems and be entrepreneurs.”
On the NSW Government website climate change mitigation It provides an eerie example of not only this country’s vulnerability, but also the staunch rejection of current scientific warnings:
The international scientific community is working hard to understand and narrow down the uncertainties in future climate forecasts through modeling, observation and synthesis of results.
It is possible that there are rapid shifts in climate or “tipping points” associated with global warming, but these “… cannot yet be predicted with confidence. These uncertainties work both ways: Climate change is likely to be less severe than current climate science estimates, but more likely to be more severe.Australian Academy of Sciences 2010).
Note the continued use of outdated research to support the government’s hypothesis.
under the heading ‘Threat Mitigation Plan’Regarding the nomination of climate change as a key threatening process, the following statement was made:
In the original assessment of the ESSS candidacy [Endangered Species Scientific Sub-committee] He advised that “reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires an internationally coordinated effort and international efforts in this area have been and will continue to be made”.
The ESSS concluded that a nationally coordinated threat mitigation plan is not seen as a viable, effective and efficient way to mitigate the process, as “most GHG emissions are generated outside of Australia and reducing emissions will require complex national and international negotiations”.
Incredibly, ESSS is an advisory subcommittee. Endangered Species Act 1992amended legislation, EPBC Act 1999.
The Federal Government’s tendency to continue to rely heavily on outdated environmental research is a matter of serious concern and worthy of investigation by a parliamentary committee.
Without a doubt, music to the Minister of Environment shut up leyears.
Recently, a group of young people led by a nun, challenged Federal Minister for failing to consider the climate impacts on future generations from fossil fuel projects. Specifically, an extension Vickery coal mine It belongs to Whitehaven.
NS Federal Court ruled He said it was Ley’s duty to consider the climate change impacts of fossil fuel projects. Ley has appealed the decision and a hearing will be held in Federal Court in October. But the upcoming hearing did not raise any objections to the Minister who approved the mine expansion last week.
An underground coal mine near Wollongong Approved by Ley At the beginning of September.
Another battlefield has opened recently. The Morrison Government is proposing to scrap recovery plans for almost 200 endangered species.
According to an article in GuardRecovery plans are documents that specify the actions needed to prevent species extinction. Ministers are legally obliged not to take decisions contrary to the plans.
Most recovery plans are in the department’s “very hard basket”. Even though a koala rescue plan is now nine years past due, draft published recently.
Instead of rescue plans, the Minister now protection advice.
Media reports indicate that it is only the first slice of the list of scrapped recovery plans.
Sussan Ley is reported to have said that the reason for this unprecedented change was based on TSSC’s recommendations.
Yet in his advice EPBC Law review discussion paper In 2020, TSSC recommended:
‘Rescue Plans are maintained for species/ecological communities with high social profile, bespoke management and/or stakeholder coordination needs.
Approval standards for Regional Conservation Plans, Remediation Plans and Threat Mitigation Plans require that they be costed and implemented with appropriate investment and results reporting at agreed intervals.’
NS TSSC submission for EPBC Law Interim review 2020 acknowledges the importance of recovery plans.
Remediation plans are particularly important for threatened species and ecological communities and marine species and ecological communities across countries.
Under p.139(b) between EPBC LawThe requirements of resolutions on threatened species and endangered communities state that a minister cannot approve action that is inconsistent with a recovery plan or threat reduction plan.
It remains to be seen if any protection agency challenges this latest peripheral missile.
UN on 31 October Climate Change Conference UK 2021 will be held in Glasgow.
CNN reports he:
‘…when a senior UN official warned that Australia’s climate inaction would eventually “damage” its economy, the Australian Resources Minister said: Keith Pittrejected the UN as a “foreign institution” that should mind its own business. He even bragged about Australia’s plans to continue coal mining “well beyond 2030”.
A Sydney Morning Herald questionnaire shows 45 percent support for Morrison as the preferred PM.
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