Climate change is probably the biggest threat facing humanity today. For decades, scientists have been warning of the problem, but the governments and corporations in the best position to do something have spectacularly failed to act. The longer the delay in taking action, the harder it will be to prevent dire disaster. There are solutions, and the Socialist Alliance is committed to working with others to build the political momentum for the changes that have to take place - sooner rather than later. In this presentation, I’ll summarise the scientists’ warnings, and present the Socialist Alliance’s proposals for action that can make a difference.
It happens to be an emergency: climate action now!
Climate science: warnings that mustn’t be ignored
Australia’s emissions 2005 Totals and percentages in table may not correspond exactly due to rounding. (a) All emissions from this sector are NMVOCs, which cannot be converted into CO2-e. (b) My calculations from these data - KE. Included because sector 5 emissions peaked for other reasons in 1990, giving artificially inflated total for the baseline year. 25.08% 106.1 529.1 423 Total emissions minus Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry ( b ) 2.30% 12.8 564.7 551.9 Total net emissions -0.70% -0.1 19.1 19.2 6 Waste -72.50% -93.4 35.5 128.9 5 Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry 2.20% 2 93.1 91.1 4 Agriculture NA NA NA NA 3 Solvent and Other Product Use (a) 18.00% 4.5 29.8 25.3 2 Industrial Processes 3.40% 1 31 30 Fugitive Emissions 23.40% 14.5 76.2 61.7 Transport 43.00% 84.2 279.9 195.7 Stationary Energy 34.70% 99.7 387.2 287.5 1 Energy MtCO 2 -e MtCO 2 -e Mt CO 2 -e % Change Change 2004 1990 Sector
SA dossier on climate change http://www.socialist-alliance.org/resources/idb/AV%20Vol%207%20No%201.pdf
Paul Baer and Michael Mastrandrea (High Stakes:Designing emissions pathways to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change) http://www.ippr.org/members/download.asp?f=%2Fecomm%2Ffiles%2Fhigh%5Fstakes%2Epdf