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Looking Back on the 1992 Rio Earth Summit

June 21, 2012 by

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World leaders and government officials as well as representatives from NGOs and the corporate sector are currently convening in Rio de Janeiro, for "Rio+20: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development." The conference is timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the seminal 1992 Rio Earth Summit. It is therefore worth looking back on the achievements of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to remind ourselves of what can be achieved when parties from around the world unite to address global environmental problems and highlight the obstacles and limitations of international multilateral processes in pursuing environmental objectives.

Observations on My Role in Commenting on the New Albury Anti-Carbon Tax Group

March 21, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. Last Saturday I provided comment in an article in the Border Mail—‘Doug takes up fight on carbon tax’—about a new group called Border Says NO to Carbon Tax being established by local trucking operator Doug McMillan. No-one wants to see hard working local businessmen like Doug McMillan lose their livelihoods. If people with climate-related expertise can work cooperatively with local businesses and other impacted members of the community, we can constructively adapt to the many challenges posed by climate change instead of further fracturing the community for the sake of argument. However for the cooperative approach to work, everyone has to begin from a position of informed empowerment.

EYE ON THE MEDIA: Are We Heading Beyond Dangerous Climate Change?

February 3, 2012 by

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This post is devoted to a comprehensive coverage of an October 2011 presentation at the London School of Economic by Professor Kevin Anderson, entitled 'Going Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: Exploring the Voice Between Rhetoric and Reality in Reducing Carbon Emissions'. Anderson argues that "The analysis suggests that despite high-level statements to the contrary, there is now little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface temperature at or below 2◦C. Moreover, the impacts associated with 2◦C have been revised upwards, sufficiently so that 2◦C now more appropriately represents the threshold between ‘dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change."

Eye on the Media: International Climate Negotiations — COP-17 in Durban, South Africa

November 28, 2011 by


The seventeenth annual meeting of the council of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins today in Durban, South Africa, where the international community will continue negotiations to strengthen the global greenhouse gas mitigation regime. Here is analysis from several different media outlets and think-tanks on the prospects for the talks.

VIDEO REVIEW: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

September 11, 2011 by


In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown. The following excerpts are a summary of the class discussion on what Lester Brown has to say in the video clip.

Conference Paper: Climate Change & International Relations Theory

August 23, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. Paper presented at the World International Studies Committee Third Global International Studies Conference, 17th – 20th August 2011, University of Porto, Portugal. This paper paper and presentation explore the broader relationship between climate change and international relations theory.  A general assumption holds that the anarchic international system of competing sovereign states who […]

Initial Analysis of the Gillard government’s ‘Clean Energy Future’ Proposal

July 11, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. On Sunday 10th July, 2011, the Gillard government announced the details of its long-awaited carbon tax—the Clean Energy Future scheme. The hype surrounding the announcement was justified; for a number of reasons, this was one of the most important public policy announcements since Federation. I have a cautiously favourable view of the scheme, based on clear scientific evidence about the seriousness of the climate change threat and expert analysis indicating that a market-based carbon price is the cheapest and easiest way to achieve comprehensive nation-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Eye on the Media: The Battle to Discern Reliable Information

June 14, 2011 by

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Eye on the Media this week: Attacks on climate scientists; millions displaced by natural disasters; Bob Brown and the media; Carbon mitigation responses in other countries.

PODCAST: Interview with Heather Bruer from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

April 1, 2011 by

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Our guest on the podcast today, Heather Bruer from the Australian Youth Climate Coaltion (AYCC), is a 21 year old Economics student at the University of Adelaide and is currently co-director of the AYCC in South Australia. In December 2010 Heather was part of the Australian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Council of Parties 16 (COP16) climate talks in Cancún, Mexico. In the podcast, Heather talks about her experiences at COP16 in Cancún, the reasons she became a climate activist and the moral imperative for young people to engage with the politics of climate change, as well as her thoughts on the current carbon pricing debate in Australia.

PODCAST: Wodonga & Albury Toward Climate Health — An Interview with Lizette Salmon

December 9, 2010 by

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Lizette Salmon from Wodonga & Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH). WATCH is an apolitical community group which advocates for sustainable climate solutions through engagement with political leaders and the local community. It promotes activities and events in the local community to meet, discuss, establish informed views and take appropriate action on climate change.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: “How I arrived at my position on climate change”

July 18, 2010 by


BY BEN HABIB. On Wednesday 30th June I had the pleasure of meeting with Fiona Nash, Nationals senator for New South Wales, during her public visit to QE2 Square in Albury.  During our discussion I asked Fiona about her position on climate change. Fiona proclaimed herself as a climate change fence sitter on the question […]