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List of COP15 Copenhagen Protests and Events

7 - 18 Dec:
* Klimaforum ( http://www.klimaforum09.org/?lang=en)
11 Dec:
* Our Climate! Not Your Business! (organised direct action to stop Corporations taking part in COP process - Anti-corporate day, Don’t Buy the Lie! http://notyourbusiness.hacklab.dk
12 Dec:
* March for Climate Justice (including 'System Change, not Climate Change bloc')
* Flood for Climate Justice (demonstration by FoE, http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/un-climate-talks/global/2009/the-flood...)
* Global day of Action ( http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org)
13 Dec:

More species equals more ecosystem resilience

Source: Wikimedia Commons by Richard LingSource: Wikimedia Commons by Richard LingClimate change, human development and land use change is impacting directly on biodiversity. This blog post by CJA Bradshaw highlights the importance of more species for ecosystem resilience.

While still ostensibly ‘on leave’ (side note: Does any scientist really ever take a proper holiday? Perhaps a subject for a future blog post), I cannot resist the temptation to blog about our lab’s latest paper that just came online today. In particular, I am particularly proud of Dr Camille Mellin, lead author of the study and all-round kick-arse quantitative ecologist, who has outdone herself on this one.

Australia: Mass bat deaths in record setting Queensland heatwave

Grey-headed Flying Foxes: Source: Sundew/Flickr CC-by-2.0Grey-headed Flying Foxes: Source: Sundew/Flickr CC-by-2.0Flying Foxes are dropping to earth and dying in their thousands from heat exhaustion. Original story from Australia Indymedia

The extreme heat in Queensland from the 29 December to 5 January has taken a massive toll of flying fox colonies, warns a wildlife conservation organisation. It is estimated that perhaps hundreds of thousands of native flying foxes have died as a direct result of the record setting high temperatures in the heatwave event across Queensland and north western NSW.

Last year Australia suffered it's hottest year on record, with scientists claiming that extensive fractional risk attribution modelling of 2013 temperatures that this was clearly caused by human greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Australia: Sea surface temperatures unusually warm in 2013

Australia had elevated sea surface temperatures for 2013: Source: BOMAustralia had elevated sea surface temperatures for 2013: Source: BOMSea surface temperatures around Australia in 2013 were unusually warm reported the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in it's annual climate statement. Record ocean temperatures were recorded for January and February, with November the second-highest on record. This continues a long term trend for increasing sea surface temperatures around Australia and globally. Original article by Takver from Indymedia Australia.


The Paradox of Antarctic Sea Ice in a warming world: Research vessel trapped by summer sea ice

Akademik Shokalskiy trapped by sea ice in AntarcticaAkademik Shokalskiy trapped by sea ice in AntarcticaI came across an article lambasting the Australian Antarctic Expedition scientists on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped by fast ice since Christmas Eve in the Commonwealth Bay region of Antarctica. Climate scientists and tourists are on board the vessel on the Spirit of Mawson voyage, retracing Sir Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expedition.

The ship found itself locked in thick ice after experiencing blizzard conditions which moved and piled up ice flows.

India innovating with solar PV, poised to become a global solar leader

India is building solar canals: Image meme by GreenpeaceIndia is building solar canals: Image meme by GreenpeaceYesterday I saw an image shared on my Facebook timeline. It was of solar PV panels installed over an irrigation canal in India. This has the obvious advantage of a double impact for sustainability. Low carbon power is generated by the panels feeding into the transmission grid, and the panels shade the water in the irrigation canal reducing evaporation loss thus saving a scarce resource used for drinking and agriculture.

I googled for more information and posted the image in a tweet. This has become one of my most popular tweets to date, obviously striking a responsive nerve.

Australia's coal expansion risks stranded assets

Activists call for Westpac Bank to divest from Fossil FuelsActivists call for Westpac Bank to divest from Fossil FuelsAustralia's headlong expansion of coal mining for export carries substantial investment risks of stranding assets says a new report from Oxford University. Previous warnings regarding potential risks of a carbon bubble have been made by Carbon Tracker, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and International Energy Agency (IEA).

During December 2013 the Abbott Federal Government gave approval for massive coal port expansion in Queensland at Abbot Point and expansion of coal seam gas (CSG) facilities in Gladstone. It also approved the third coal mine to operate in the Galilee basin 450km from the coast. Environmental approval processes were also passed to the authority of State Governments to streamline further mining approvals, as well as Federal funding immediately cut to Environmental Defenders Offices in each state.

Dark Money - Who funds Climate Change Deniers in the United States?

A new peer reviewed study exposes the major sources of funding of climate deniers in the United States and methods developed more recently to hide this funding as 'dark money'. The study was done by Robert J Brulle, a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences and published in Climatic Change.

Ice Sheets and Sea level: what the past tells us is likely

Watch this informative video By Peter Sinclair and the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media on ice sheet collapse and sea level rise and past climates.

"We are still potentially underestimating the instability of the ice sheets" informs Stefen Rahmstorf, Professor of Physics of the oceans from Postdam University. "The IPCC has greatly revised it's estimates of how unstable the Greenland ice sheet was"

Dr Richard Alley in a graph illuminates that on current CO2 levels we can expect sea level rise to impact 10 per cent of the Earth's population, hundreds of millions of people. He says in the video that "Greenland is very tightly tied to temperature, and if it gets too hot, it goes away".

Hundreds rally to oppose brown coal allocation and export from Victoria

Hundreds rallied outside the Victorian Parliament House opposing plans for brown coal allocation and development for a coal export industry from the La Trobe Valley and Gippsland.

Currently 13 billion tonnes of brown coal is being considered for allocation by the Napthine conservative state Governmnet, despite the impact of this in carbon emissions on climate change and increasing temperatures and extreme weather. As well as the allocation of coal licences, $90 million of Federal and State subsidies are also up for grab. Does subsidising brown coal make sense when we should rapidly be transitioning to renewables? See Youtube Video

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