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The General Assembly

The General Assembly, the long-term musical project of climate activist Matt Wicking, are set to perform in Sydney for the first time this year to launch their debut album, Vanishing Point. Ahead of the show the City Hub spoke with Matt about the record and his passion for social issues. As Matt explained, with this […]

No to Jo’burg: Clover cancels trip

Lord Mayor Clover Moore did not travel to Johannesburg for the C40 Mayors Conference on climate change this week, opting to remain in Sydney to work on urgent policy matters. Cr Moore previously indicated she would attend the conference, however, in an email to councillors, Cr Moore said a number of “critical local issues” had […]

Clover’s South African sojourn questioned

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s proposed trip to Johannesburg to attend the C40 Summit next February has been labelled by rival councillors as a junket. Ms Moore is travelling to South Africa for the C40 Large Cities Climate Change Summit, a three-day biennial meeting of mayors from the world’s largest cities to discuss effective responses […]

City lends hand to bushfire victims

The City of Sydney Council resolved on Monday to extend financial and moral support to communities affected by fires, as the NSW bushfire crisis continued. At a full meeting of Council, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore put forward a motion calling on the City to donate $100,000 to the Australian Red Cross NSW Disaster Relief […]

Try again, Tony: your say on the new government

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new government has met a skeptical reception on the streets of Sydney’s inner west, with locals expressing concern about its first week priorities. The Inner West Independent spoke to shoppers in Glebe, Balmain and Leichhardt on Sunday, four days after the new administration was sworn in. The government’s decisions to cut […]

Climate change policy – Which party can stand the heat?

Climate change has been one of the hottest topics in Australia’s political conversation with Kevin Rudd calling it ‘the greatest moral challenge of our generation.’ But the question that remains is ‘What do our political parties intend to do about it?’ electionWIRE’s Claudia Sansom takes a look at the major party policies on climate change. […]

You ain’t seen nothing yet

Sydney's recent heatwave was the hottest since 1861, maybe demonstrating the effect of the observed 1 – 2 degree rise in temperature since 1970. People headed for the beach, but track work on the Bondi Junction line meant thousands of beachgoers had to queue for buses. “Bad timing” said one punter. Last week (just after […]

Poster beach for climate change

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong created a stir recently when she warned that global warming could have a massive impact on Bondi Beach, the Sunshine Coast and Bells Beach. “Many of our sandy beaches could erode away or recede up to hundreds of meters over the coming century," she said. Next morning, The Australian printed […]

Barnaby Joyce’s Pet Climate Scientist Destroyed by British Journalist

Sweet, sweet relief. Obviously, everybody who doesn't believe their own eyes when they look at the world outside their window will continue to believe that climate change isn't happening. Or, like the leading edge of backpedalling climate sceptics, like Liberal leader Tony Abbott or Nationals bogan hero Barnaby Joyce, they will nuance their position. That […]

Nopenhagen

Coverage of climate negotiations in Copenhagen has varied from dismal to dismaying. In the weeks before 15, 000 government reps and associated lobbyists hit the Danish capital, world media was already canvassing developing nations for their reaction to annual assistance of $US10 billion. By and large they were angered and offended, pointing to the trillions […]