Jan 30, 2014

Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

State and local governments are going it alone on climate change. Australian councils are starting to follow, write ANU researcher Dr Matthew Rimmer and climate campaigner Charlotte Wood.

Last week, United States President Barack Obama praised the efforts of United States mayors to tackle climate change:

“More than a thousand mayors across America have signed agreements to cut dangerous carbon pollutions.”

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5 thoughts on “Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

  1. poppy41

    Can someone please email this article to Dear Leader and others in the Federal Government.

  2. JohnB

    “Aurizon… is slated to provide rail infrastructure to unlock nine huge coal mines in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, tripling Australia’s emissions and doubling our coal exports.”

    This statement is silly – it cannot be true.

    Since virtually all of the 9 mines’ output will be exported, how can adding 100% to an existing activity (coal export) result in tripling of the whole nation’s CO2 emissions?

  3. marcia lewis

    Once the coal is dug up CO2 is then released into the atmosphere when it’s burnt. The fact that it may be burnt elsewhere is irrelevant.

  4. AR

    Mayor Bloomberg?!? How long ago was this written?

  5. Charlie Wood

    Hi AR, the reference is “As the Mayor of New York”, i.e. when he was the major, not now.

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