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mr anderson:
International Climate Science International
Draft Report to be released today at the National Press Club in Canberra

The Garnaut Review released its Draft Report on 4 July, 2008.

Sky News: Professor Ross Garnaut draft report -

Sunday: Questioning the Science of Climate Change
Part I -
Part II -
Part III -

Carbon offset trading fraud - Huge criminal activity

The Great Carbon Offset Swindle - Part I

Not Evil Just Wrong

Global Warming or Global Governance

Global Warming: Doomsday Called Off

 Local Agenda 21 in the United Kingdom - a review of progress and issues in New Zealand   February 2000



mr anderson:
Local Agenda 21 Program - Australia


Ecologically sustainable development publications
Listed below are publications that relate specifically to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts sustainability activities. Hard copies of some of these publications are available free of charge from the Community Information Unit:

    * Overview
    * Commitment to Local Agenda 21 in Australia
    * Local Leaders in Sustainability Forum
    * Sustaining Our Communities Conference
    * Local Sustainability Framework for LA21
    * National Awards for Local Government
    * Regional LA21 Pilot Projects
    * Local Agenda 21: Sustaining Communities - Factsheet
    * Our Community Our Future: A Guide to Local Agenda 21
    * Localising Agenda 21: A Guide to Sustainable Development for the APEC Region


Local Agenda 21 (LA21) is a program that provides a framework for implementing sustainable development at the local level. LA21 aims to build upon existing local government strategies and resources (such as Corporate plans, vegetation management plans, and transport strategies) to better integrate environmental, economic and social goals.

LA21 was first described in Agenda 21 - the global blueprint for sustainability that was agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (the Rio Earth Summit). Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 identifies local authorities as the sphere of governance closest to the people, and calls upon all local authorities to consult with their communities and develop and implement a local plan for sustainability - a 'Local Agenda 21'.
Commitment to Local Agenda 21 in Australia

In 1997 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers for Sustainable Development set an APEC-wide target to double the number local councils involved in LA21 by 2003. In the same year Australia's national LA21 program was established.

Measuring local government commitment to LA21 and other local sustainability initiatives can be very difficult. This is due to the complexity involved in assessing how environmental, social and economic decisions contribute to sustainability.

    * Local Agenda 21 - Accepting the Challenge for Western Australia: Mandurah Declaration

Recent survey results from Environs Australia - the Local Government Environment Network, and the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) support anecdotal evidence that commitment towards LA21 in Australia has increased significantly over the past five years.

Please feel free to add your own country's Agenda 21 sources

mr anderson:

--- Quote ---Worryingly for the Government, the poll also revealed 71 per cent of Queenslanders were against an increase in petrol taxes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Carbon compensation for families 'more than $1.6bn',23599,23906551-421,00.html

By Steve Lewis

    * Carbon compo for families $1.6bn a year
    * $500m a year to protect poor, aged
    * In pictures: Victims of the crash

THE Rudd Government faces a massive payout of more than $1.6 billion a year to families, to offset rising energy and fuel prices under a new emissions trading system (ETS).

Annual payments of about $500 million alone will be needed to protect the poor and the aged from a projected spike in electricity and gas prices.

A landmark CSIRO study, to be released today, reveals the high costs of going green and comes just weeks before the Government releases a crucial discussion paper on carbon trading.

The study also finds an emissions trading system to be introduced from 2010 will raise more than $8 billion in additional revenue for Canberra.

This will give the Government plenty of financial scope to deliver tax cuts and other payments to soften the blow of rising weekly bills.

The CSIRO report, commissioned for the Climate Institute, found average families will face price rises of up to $10 a week for electricity, gas and petrol.

If the Government wants to compensate families on average incomes, it will have to pay out up to $336 million by 2015, rising to $557 million by 2020. But, with struggling families battling to contain rising petrol prices, the Government will be under pressure to extend payments to most families.

This could see the Government paying out $1.7 billion in compensation by 2015, rising to $1.9 billion by 2025.

The CSIRO report argues that "deep cuts in greenhouse emissions" are possible in Australia without reducing living standards.

"Well-designed policy measures can protect low and middle-income households from potential short-run declines in energy affordability," it states.

The carbon trading scheme will start within two years as the centrepiece of Kevin Rudd's commitment to curb damaging greenhouse gases. Under the "cap and trade" scheme, heavy polluters will have to buy permits - increasing the incentive on business to embrace low-emission technologies. Higher energy costs are inevitable, with low-income families particularly vulnerable.

The CSIRO report says a yearly payment of $185 by 2015 "would fully insulate low-income households from the impact of very high carbon prices on household energy consumption".

"For low income families, concerns about the increased costs of energy and other goods and services are real," said Climate Institute policy director Erwin Jackson, adding they could be overcome with "a fair and effective distribution of the multi-billion dollar bonus to government coffers provided by the ETS".


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