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Australia 'Australia must stop selling coal': Branson calls for climate 'revolution'

02:30  12 november  2019
02:30  12 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Why get worked up about our climate responsibilities when Australia ’s contribution to global emissions – around 1.5% of the total - is small? Here is the usual reply. Australia ’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions means it ranks 12th among the planet’s 195-plus nations.

Before Branson took up the cause, several Caribbean nations were upgrading their electric grids to Such policies are what Branson and others call “ climate smart”. While preparing countries for And she insisted that the world must help Barbados and other island nations in their climate -change fight.

As 'unprecedented' bushfires threaten NSW, Richard Branson has called on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space.© Bloomberg As 'unprecedented' bushfires threaten NSW, Richard Branson has called on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space.

English billionaire Sir Richard Branson has called on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space, saying that "if you do the right thing, you'll find in the years to come you'll get the benefits".

As NSW braces itself for one of the worst days of bushfires ever recorded, the Virgin Group founder spoke about its connection to climate change on Tuesday morning in Sydney.

"I'm afraid that Australia must stop selling coal overseas to China and it must stop using coal in Australia," he told the Herald. "It is the most damaging thing that it can do."

Eco-activists ask for money off the back of bushfires deaths

  Eco-activists ask for money off the back of bushfires deaths A grandmother fighting to keep her home in the small village of Wytaliba from burning to the ground was found unconscious by its charred wreckage this weekend. Half her body was covered in burns. She died a short while later.But while many around the nation mourn lives lost in bushfires still raging, others have sought to profit from the tragedy.Enter GetUp.The eco-activists have used the bushfires to ask for $12 donations to fight the “cashed-up mining lobby” they blame for the fires.Families have lost everything. Loved ones, homes, communities.

Branson at a Climate -Smart Accelerator event. Adrian Creary/Studiocraft, CC BY. Such policies are what Branson and others call “ climate -smart.” While preparing countries for extreme weather In the U.S., wind and solar are already financially competitive with traditional coal power in many places

World leaders call for action at Paris climate talks – live. Zuckerberg said current progress towards sustainable energy is “too slow” while Branson added: “We must produce an abundance of clean, renewable energy and drive further innovation to make the next generation of energy more efficient.

"I would suggest the Australian government create a revolution in clean energy, which can create thousands more jobs than coal could ever produce."

Branson is in Australia to promote the launch of a partnership between Virgin Australia and his cruise line Virgin Voyages. Last year, Branson criticised Australia's coal industry and likened the issue of climate change to World War III.

He said the right decision was not always the easy one, citing a "painful" decision last year to decline a billion dollars of funding from the Saudi Arabian government for his space program, Virgin Galactic. The move came after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The 69-year-old floated the idea of a clean energy dividend early this year, sitting down with other business people to try and develop an "entrepreneurial way of addressing climate change that doesn't have the negative effects that carbon tax has had in the past - which obviously brought down the Australian government".

Eco-activists ask for money off the back of bushfires deaths

  Eco-activists ask for money off the back of bushfires deaths A grandmother fighting to keep her home in the small village of Wytaliba from burning to the ground was found unconscious by its charred wreckage this weekend. Half her body was covered in burns. She died a short while later.But while many around the nation mourn lives lost in bushfires still raging, others have sought to profit from the tragedy.Enter GetUp.The eco-activists have used the bushfires to ask for $12 donations to fight the “cashed-up mining lobby” they blame for the fires.Families have lost everything. Loved ones, homes, communities.

Australia – world’s largest coal exporter. While Australia ’s domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions represent some 1.5% of the global total, its global carbon Why take this alternative view? First, such a re-framing makes visible a range of hidden but significant national responsibilities for climate change.

U.S. Climate Alliance states are committed to taking real, on the ground action that urgently addresses the climate challenge. In becoming an Alliance member, states commit to: Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least

The scheme, he said, is simple.

"Every company that emits carbon should work out its carbon footprint, and then a percentage of their turnover or profits relating to that footprint will not just be sent to the government to be lost in the coffers. 100 per cent will be spent on clean energy initiatives."

He said that if every company was forced to adhere to these rules that "we would have trillions and trillions going into clean energy and very quickly".

"What would happen is the price of clean energy would drop dramatically, and stay down forever. It will never go back up again."

"That's something I'll be talking to the Australian government about," he said, mentioning that renowned Australian scientist Tim Flannery had also reached out to him praising the idea.

He noted the potential hypocrisy of launching a cruise line as concerns over pollution in that industry have reached fever pitch in recent years but said that Virgin would do "everything possible, plus more".

"Staff are challenged to come up with ideas to make us [as environmentally] friendly as possible," he said. "It's obvious single-use plastics should not be used on a cruise ship, because some people will throw them overboard. We've had specially made suncream which won't damage the reefs.

"With brand new ships and brand new technology, we can lower our footprint," Virgin Voyages CCO Nirmal Saverimuttu added.

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