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70 years ago today. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1948 Dr Herbert Vere Evatt ( 'Doc') was elected President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the only Australian to have ever held the position.   He presided over the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cornerstone of human rights protection throughout…

CO2

The. First. Time. Ever. Bueller? 411 Peak carbon dioxide levels surpass 411 parts per million for May Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory exceeded 411 parts per million in May, the highest monthly average ever recorded, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and NOAA announced in June. Also...…

Listen very closely. Did you pick it? Google AI and engineering teams have announced Google Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out “real world” tasks over the phone. Google says: The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural…

The Sun

Yeah, this... Links Zero Carbon – The Future Called… The Fork in the Road Shutdown Carbon Conversations 410.05 Mitigation, adaption… and suffering | Is there a choice? Water water everywhere and… nope. Yes, warmer still… 1.5 or 2 ? Take your pick! Consilience Elegy for the Arctic Cape Grim Flying Blind Hot, Hotter, Hottest… again Yes, the axis… What’s an…

Budget Wallet

The Australian National University [Crawford School of Public Policy - ANU College of Asia & the Pacific] staged a seminar on Monday 19th March 2018 to present work in progress on the design, distributional effects and fiscal cost of a basic income (BI) scheme building on the proposals for a guaranteed minimum income for Australia by the Henderson Poverty Inquiry in 1976. A…

Turbine Sunset

Over 100 cities now get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. This includes Reykjavík, Iceland where geothermal and hydro-power are powering much of the city, and Basel, Switzerland where 100% of renewable power comes from the city's own energy supply company. In the US, where some 58 cities and towns…

The Future Called

In Energy Research & Social Science, John Wiseman  from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute provides a visit from the future. From the abstract: Looking back from 2050, this article is written in the form of a fictional speech reflecting on the impressive progress made by 2050 towards achieving the global goal of zero net emissions. The speaker also highlights the severe and…

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