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Aired on 2ser 18th Sept 2008
-This week's guest is Renata Field from Friend's of the Earth Sydney. She reports back on the joint Anti-Racist and Climate Camps held last month in Hamburg, Germany.

- The UK has just had their third climate camp at Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent, aiming to highlight how dangerous it is to be building new coal-fired power stations in the middle of the current climate crisis. Steve Milligan was a participant in all three UK Climate Camps. He speaks to the third degree's Libby King.

-A corporate watch report has found that only two out of all so-called 'ethical' investment funds do not invest in uranium mining. The 3rd degree's James Hitchcock called his super fund to ask how his super is being invested. He spoke with David St John - Chief Investment Officer for UniSuper.

-A Survey released last week suggests that delaying action on Climate Change may not be that popular after all. The 3rd Degree’s Andy Small spoke to Jordan Louvier, Executive Director of the Research Centre at UTS, about key findings of the survey, and their political implications.

Presenters: Nick Hollins and Jessica Minshall

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-This week we spoke with Nina Hall from Climate Action Coogee about the climate protection bill which will be before Parliament later this month.
Info on the bill and how you can support it here!
- Nick Hollins reports on Garnaut supplementary draft report and speaks with John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute and David Spratt, the author of 'Climate Code Red'
-Jessica Minshall reports on the NT intervention and the effects the land rights reforms under the scheme have had in regards to mining and communities

Presenters: Libby King and James Hitchcock

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Ep 19. Flight pollution, Beverly uranium mine...

This week we speak to Erland Howden from NSW Nature Conservation Council about flight pollution and alternative travel routes. Also:
-James Hitchcock catches up with Peter Burdon from Friends of the Earth Adelaide to get the low-down on Peter Garrett's approval of the expansion of the Beverly Uranium mine.
-The fate of the Coorong and Lower Murray hangs in the air, Libby King reports.
-Anne von Fehrn gave us an insight into media coverage of climate change and climate change scepticism.

Presenters: Nick Hollins and Jessica Minshall

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This week:
-Damien Lawson, climate justice coordinator from Friends of the Earth joined us in the studio to talk about international carbon, why its not going to help us reduce emissions and its effects on developing nations under the kyoto protocol clean energy mechanism. There will be film screening happeing on tuesday on the topic 'The Carbon Connection' (see below for details).
Click here to make a submission to the governments Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Rising Tide Australia have a form letter to help out here. Submissions are due to 10th September.

-Our 'Burning Issue' of the week is the coal exploration and expansion of the Gunnedah plains regions. The China Shenhua Energy group was last week given rights to explore land adjacent to BHPbillitons licesne area in Caroona. Jessica Minshall talked with Tim Duddy from the Caroona Coal Action Group about the expansion and taing direct action.

-A global food crisis is threatening humainity. The cost of staple foods has risen by an estimated 83% over the past three years, and there are many factors contributing to the price surge. These include finaical speculation, the use of grain for bio-fuels, and the ising demand for food combined with eclining agricultural yields. The 3rd Degree's Nick Holins spoke with Julian Cribb, Ajunct Professor of Science Communication at UTS, to get his view on the crisis, and what Australia should be doing about it.

-My power is one of many groups cycling around Australia right now to promote sustainability, They're in the Northern Territory at the moment. The 3rd Degree's Andy Smal caught up with Mareki from the MyPower team after their visit to Mataranka Primary School.

This weeks Hot Events:
Public Forum: Green jobs for a greener Hunter – What are the Prospects?Presented by Lake Macquarie Climate Action and Climate Action NewcastleThursday 28th August, 730pm, St Albans Church, Charlestown.

Film Screening: The Carbon Connection – the story of two communities, one in Brasil and on Scotland, linked by carbon trading. Presented by Friends of the Earth Sydney. Tuesday 2nd September, 630pm, Brown St Community Hall, Newtown Library.

And two fantastic fundraisers to support climate camp arestes: -

FauxBQ – Friends of the Earth Sydney are hosting a FauxBQ, a feast of fake meat!Come along for a protein rush and a beer. Camperdown Park, Newtown, 2-6pm. $5 a plate, if its wet call Holly 0417 682 541

Climate Camp Fine Film Fundraiser – Showing “Persepolis”: a new French animation film about a young woman growing up in Iran. Winner of the Canes Jury prize. ($8 donnation – maybe). Thursday 4th September, 6.30pm, 16 Sloane St Newtown, Call Ollie 0422331213

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James caught up with Dr Mark Diesendorf from the Institute of Environment Studies, University of NSW and Author of the Book ' something' about de-carbonising our electricity system. Diesendorf tells us from now until 2020, energy efficiency measures and solar hot water can reduce our demand by around 50%. This can be coupled with wind and biomass energy. After 2020 Mark suggests solar thermal and pv, as well as geothermal can potentially supply all our energy needs. He also calls for a moratorium on new coal fired power.

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James spoke with Andrea Gaffney from the Clean Energy Council about the effects of the governments means test on the solar industry, and the potential of feed-in tariffs as a replacement for the rebate systems.

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Sydney Gas and AGL have been given exploration licenses to test drill for Coal Seam Methane Gas in 12 locations across the Hunter Valley. Since these licenses were issued, Drilling has begun in the Hunter Valley town of Wollombi. Jess spoke with Sean Gough from 'Wollombi Valley against gas extraction'.

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Pollution has severely reduced aquatic biodiversity in rivers in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. New tests have shown the water contains toxic levels of zinc, and the population of some water fauna have been reduced by as much as half. The pollution is believed to be caused by run-off from an abandoned mine. Libby King spoke to Dr. Ian Wright, a researcher at the University of the Western Sydney.

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Jess talks with Dr Jim Green, Anti-Nuclear campaigner from Friends of the Earth Australia about ALP's plans for a radioactive waste dump and the expansion of uranium mining.

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Gunnedah plains and surrounding area is currently home to a large part of NSW agricultural sector. Mining companies however have seen past the fertile soils to the large coal deposits in the area. When Bhp-Billiton came to explore coal deposits on farming properties in the town of Caroona, local residents have gone about blockading the properties from exploration. Libby speaks to farmer and property owner Tim Duddy about potential coal exploration on his land and its effects on underground aquifers.

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