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monbiotWhy leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone

As a new report is published on the need to limit fossil fuel production to stop dangerous global warming, the UK is poised to pass an act committing governments to extracting as much oil out of the ground as possible


More articles by George Monbiot on Climate Change.

David Karoly says, apropos of Tony Abbot’s comment that ‘coal is good for humanity’, he got the tense wrong. Coal ‘was’ good for humanity but clearly is no longer. The question is, where can Tony get to wear high-vis vests and pose beside the biggest of boy’s toys with, as it must, coal being left in the ground?

Australia accelerates coal mine projects in the face of study that finds it should stay buried
Research finds more than 80% of reserves should stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change, just as Australia expands production


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Steve Jobs – Presentation Techniques

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Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on 12 June 2005.

Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that’s equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful. TED.COM has many other talks on Climate Change.

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9781408822180Paul Gilding is the author of many books, his latest is being The Great Disruption.

If you were wondering where you had seen the wave image on the cover of the book it is based on a Japanese woodblock print called “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.

"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai (c 1829–32)
“The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai (c 1829–32)

LIVE Community Solar is a project whose aim is to cover the roof of the South Melbourne Market with solar panels funded by the community.

South Melbourne Market. Click on the image to see a larger version.

South Melbourne Market’s new roof was completed in December 2012. The Market, which is managed by the City of Port Phillip, installed 136 solar panels. However there is room for 1000 more panels. LIVE is organising a project that will enable members of the community to have a financial interest in these 1000 panels. We are calling the project LIVE Community Power.

The idea is that if you rent your home, or own or rent an apartment, and can’t install solar panels on your roof, then these community owned solar panels might be of interest to you.

Community owned solar panels might also interest people who own their home, and already have solar panels, but who would like more. Or maybe they own a heritage home, and the north facing roof can be seen from the street, or the roof is shaded by a big tree. Such people could also own panels on the roof of the South Melbourne Market.

Current Status in January 2015

A small group of people have been working on the project since our first meeting in January 2012. Since then a council election in late 2012 elected five new councillors. A new CEO was appointed, then the entire senior management of the council gradually changed.

Council created new processes to assess project risk and new priorities came about because of the different people involved.

So, three years later we are now waiting on the outcome of a council meeting to be held on 3 February 2015. We will then know if we have permission to use the market roof so that our project can proceed.

THE PARKINSON REPORT is a daily list of the new articles by Giles Parkinson and his colleagues published on reneweconomy.com.au


Alex Houlston and Tosh Szatow, owners of The People’s Solar have created Port Phillip’s first community funded solar panel project.

The project was announced on 28 November 2014 (see the announcement below). The property to receive the solar panels is a social housing site at 56 Jackson Street, St Kilda. The project is a joint project between The People’s Solar and St Kilda Community Housing and is specifically designed to support social housing tenants.

While LIVE has no direct involvement in the project we heartily endorse the initiative. Solar is the energy source we must encourage. Please consider supporting it financially.

David Robinson – Convenor of LIVE – 0407 585 808

LIVE is campaigning on the issues listed below.


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