Australia: Global Warming
150,000 March for Climate Action13 Nov 2007 16:17 GMT
Walk Against Warming. Melbourne saw a crowd of 50,000 people (photos) bringing the city to a standstill, with 30,000 in Sydney, 9,000 in Canberra, and thousands more in Perth and 60 events across Australia.
New coal-fired power stations continue to be built in Australia, with 11 new coal projects under construction or planned which will see emissions increase by 10% over current levels, according to Greenpeace.
Climate activists from Rising Tide Australia recently blockaded the port of Newcastle, the largest coal port in the world, to protest the expansion of the coal industry as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Fifty Marine Scientists meeting in Canberra, Australia recently published an unprecedented consensus statement demanding immediate action on Greenhouse Gas Emissions warning of the impact of climate change on coral reefs and fisheries and calling for immediate and substantive reduction targets in human produced greenhouse emissions. The scientists had already warned that ocean acidification due to increased atmospheric CO2 is accelerating.