Indigenous Australians take government to UN over climate change

Posted: May 13, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Legal, News, sea levels
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Straining sanity to the limit, they want to use the Earth’s climate as some kind of legal excuse to try and extort money from Australians. All based on carbon dioxide mythology of course.

Indigenous residents of low-lying islands off northern Australia will submit a landmark complaint with the United Nations on Monday accusing the government of violating their human rights by failing to tackle climate change, reports

The Torres Strait Islanders will tell the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva that rising seas caused by global warming are threatening their homelands and culture, lawyers representing the group said.

The lawyers, from the non-profit ClientEarth, said the case was the first of its kind to be lodged with the UN equating government inaction on climate change to a human rights violation.

In their complaint, the islanders ask the UN to find that international human rights law requires Australia to reduce its emissions to at least 65 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The country should become carbon neutral by 2050, phasing out its use and export of coal completely, they say.

The complaint also demands the government allocate Aus$20 million (US$14 million) for emergency infrastructure like sea walls to protect Torres Strait communities.

“Advancing seas are already threatening homes, as well as damaging burial grounds and sacred cultural sites,” the claimants said in a statement.

“Many Islanders are worried that their islands could quite literally disappear in their lifetimes without urgent action.”

Kabay Tamu of Warraber island said that his community had a “right to practice our culture in our traditional homeland”.

“Our culture starts here on the land. It is how we are connected with the land and the sea. You wash away the land and it is like a piece of us you are taking away,” he said in a statement.

The complaint is being lodged just days before Australian elections in which the conservative government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison trails in opinion polls.

Full report here.
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Problems with sea level rise measurements:
Is Satellite Altimeter-based Sea Level Rise Acceleration from a Biased Water Vapor Correction?
March 7th, 2019 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

  1. tallbloke says:

  2. tallbloke says:

    For some reason I always read the sea level acronym PSMSL as the social media acronym PMSL.
    Can’t think why.

  3. arfurbryant says:

    What sea level rise?

    Last updated Oct 2018…
    Booby Island is the closest to the area in question.

  4. arfurbryant says:

    Oops. I see someone beat me to it…!☺

  5. ivan says:

    I assume this is all to help the Labour party in the upcoming federal elections this month. Some of that stupidity is seen in:

    Maybe the feds have realised they are spouting hot air and so warming up Canberra.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    They have a case but they are 13,000 years too late. Rising sea levels cut Australia off from
    Papua New Guinea before the Lower Dryas (no puns please!). They need to sue the original inhabitants, and as they were aboriginals any payoff will be in shells and beads.

  7. oldbrew says:

    The UN being the owner of the IPCC is unlikely to find against them.

  8. Tim Spence says:

    How do they know it’s not Chinese CO2, tell them to look on the map, China is above and it’s falling out of China and gets to the Aussie coast after, Guam is already tipping over.

  9. spetzer86 says:

    Cut off coal exports and use for Australia, along with the other eco limits they’ve already imposed on themselves, and you don’t leave much. Wonder how you maintain a progressive First World culture with no money? International Vegemite sales will only go so far.

  10. stpaulchuck says:

    let’s see, some seven to twelve inches over the next 100 years. I think they should be able to figure it out on their own.

  11. Phoenix44 says:

    If Australia was the only country emitting CO2, would the seas be rising in any measurable way? Obviously not. So Australia cannot be to blame surely?

  12. oldbrew says:

    Phoenix44 – no indeed, because CO2 is an effect not a cause of warming seas.

    Sun > oceans > atmosphere.

  13. stpaulchuck says:

    right on oldbrew. We’ve got multiple ice cores going back hundreds of thousands of years showing heating first followed by oceanic outgassing of CO2. Warm water cannot hold as much dissolved gas as cold water a very simple scientific ‘law’.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Watch: Bill Nye to climate unbelievers: ‘Grow the f**k up’ – Declares ‘the planet’s on f**king fire’ – ‘This is an actual crisis, got it?’
    (the f***s and ranting get worse)

    Barking mad – did he forget his medication? 😜

  15. Gamecock says:

    Without fossil fuels, everyone – EVERYONE – on Warraber island will be dead within a month.

    Torres Islander decadence: suing the people WHO KEEP THEM ALIVE.

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