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Germany on track to replace nukes with renewables

Contrary to claims made by pro-nuclear advocates, germany is managing its nuclear shutdown quite well.

Amory Lovins explains why in an article which appeared in Forbes

Before the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, both Germany and Japan were nearly 30% nuclear-pow­ered. In the next four months, Germany restored, and sped up by a year, the nuclear phaseout schedule originally agreed with industry in 2001–02. With the concurrence of all political parties, 41% of Germany’s nuclear power capacity—eight units of 17, including five similar to those at Fukushima and seven from the 1970s—got promptly shut down, with the rest to follow during 2015–22.

[…] the output lost when those eight reactors closed in 2011 was entirely replaced in the same year—59% by the 2011 growth of renewables, 6% by more-efficient use, and 36% by temporarily reduced electricity exports. Through 2012, Germany’s loss of 2010 nuclear output was 94% offset by renewable growth; through 2013, 108%. At this rate, renewable growth would replace Germany’s entire pre-Fukushima nuclear output by 2016.

Amory Lovins, “How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany”

 

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TPP details released by NZ parliament

The New Zealand government, which signed on to the TPP, put the contents of the agreement on its website last Thursday, saying it would continue to undergo legal review.

The Australian Free Trade and Investment Network has been sceptical of the ISDS clause, and of the TPP more broadly.

“The general ‘safeguards’ in the text [regarding ISDS] are qualified, and similar to those in other recent agreements which have not prevented cases against health and environmental laws,” coordinator of the network, Patricia Ranald, said. “They do not address the fundamental flaws of an unfair international tribunal system which has no independent judiciary, no precedents and no appeals.”

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This Changes Everything: the Movie

This Changes Everything is an epic documentary by Avi Lewis (The Take) about everyday people responding to the impacts of climate change. It’s inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller of the same title, and looks at the catastrophic consequences of our economic system through the eyes of seven diverse communities.

Having seen the trailer at Naomi’s talk in Sydney, I’d recommend catching the screening at the Piccadilly on Nov 2nd

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Monday, November 02 6:30PM – 8:30PM

at Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly

181 O’Connell St., North Adelaide, SA, AU, 5006 (map)

$20.00 AUD General

Tickets from tugg: https://www.tugg.com/events/69380

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from the mouths of babes…

“if you want to … cut carbon emissions … in a very substantial way to the levels that the scientists are telling us we need to do by mid-century to avoid dangerous climate change, then a direct action policy where … industry was able to freely pollute, if you like, and the government was just spending more and more taxpayers’ money to offset it, that would become a very expensive charge on the budget in the years ahead.”

Malcolm Turnbull, commenting on Direct Action on Lateline, 2011 see Lenore Taylor’s article  in the guardian

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Humanity at the Crossroads-How Spiritual Leadership can affect Climate Change

6.00-8.30pm Tuesday 20th October (food available, Welcome to Country 6.20pm)

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA, 55 North Terrace

Climate Councillor Professor Lesley Hughes joins a Panel of Faith Leaders – Rev Dr Lynn Arnold (Anglican), Tom Price (Bah’ai), Jacqui Remond (Catholic Earthcare Australia), Imam Ensar Cutahija (Muslim) and John Seed (Buddhist).

Inaction on climate change implies injustice on a vast scale and directly threatens core values of our faith, such as peace, justice, care and equality. This interactive free forum will leave you feeling empowered and motivated.

Further information online on Multifaith SA website  http://multifaithsa.org.au/upcoming or

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