Findings from the Climate Institute research include:
Australians are concerned that the seriousness of climate change is underestimated by the government (59% agree, 32% strongly agreeing, 16% disagree).
63% think the Abbott government should take climate change more seriously, up six points from 2014.
71% of Australians agree “it is inevitable that Australia’s current coal-fired generation will need to be replaced” (13% neutral, 5% disagree, 11% don’t know).
72% agree governments need to implement a plan to ensure the orderly closure of old coal plants and their replacement with clean energy (7% disagree and 14% neutral).
65% agree that “reducing the investment in windfarms and householder solar power is the opposite of what is needed” (39% strongly agree,11% disagree).
Solar is the most preferred energy source: when presented with eight sources, 84% of respondents place solar energy within their top three preferred options. This is up 2 points from 2014. Wind energy is the second most preferred option, with 69% supporting it in their preferred energy mix. Coal and nuclear are least preferred with only a 13% backing each as a top three choice.
From the Australian Guardian.
More pressure could be applied to our Byron Shire Council and the local land-care groups on the amount of herbicide that is still being applied through-out-on drain and creek banks and road edges ect.
FRENCH Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced Sunday a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic.
We should not want everything to be subject to our will, but to good sense.
— Kalamunda Shire is reviewing its use of glyphosate in the wake of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labelling the pesticide as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Shire chief executive officer Rhonda Hardy said the shire used 1400 litres of the chemical, commonly marketed as Roundup, each year on shire-owned buildings, gardens, road reserves and fire breaks. “In light of the recent developments the shire is pursuing further information from state and federal governments regarding the potential future use of this substance and any associated risks,” she said. The City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring said it was guided by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) that states the label instructions on all glyphosate products, when followed, provided adequate protection for users. Shire of Mundaring acting CEO Paul O’Connor said the shire regularly reviewed the use of all chemicals used within the shire, including glyphosate. “The shire is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community, employees and contractors,” he said. “Should the advice regarding the use of glyphosate change, the shire will liaise with the Department of Health in regards to the appropriate action.” City of Swan CEO Mike Foley said the city used 10,000 litres of glyphosate per annum. “The city reviews all chemicals to ensure that the best and most appropriate product is being used in targeting weed species,” he said. Mr Foley said other methods of weed control were less effective. “Generally the city uses mulch in all landscapes, however mulched areas still need to be sprayed,” he said. “The city did trial natural weed control methods, such as steam, however this was not effective practically or financially sustainable.”