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John Englart (Takver)
Works at Nofibs.com.au
Attended Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
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Discussion of morality, necessity and possibilities of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) climate engineering at the Melbourne Writers Festival between ethicist Professor Clive Hamilton and climate author and head of the citizen funded Australian Climate Council Professor Tim Flannery.
This article was originally published at nofibs.com.au. Professors Clive Hamilton and Tim Flannery on the morality, necessity and possibilities of engineering the climate by carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. A Melbourne Writers Festival event, Saturday 29 August 2015.
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My latest piece: curating this story on Abbott's Border Force and it's bungled first media operation in Melbourne! For god sake: random visa checks in Melbourne CBD? I bet Vic Police were really pissed they had to cancel their campaign against anti-social behaviour due to Border Force's incompetence and over-reach. Back to writing on climate tomorrow...
http://nofibs.com.au/2015/08/28/people-power-cancels-borderforce-visa-checks-and-creeping-fascism-reports-takvera-auspol/
[View the story "People power cancels #borderforce visa checks and creeping fascism reports @takvera #Auspol" on Storify]
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Communicating different visions for the future with climate change is the role for the creative writer in a relatively new literature genre called 'climate fiction' or 'Cli-Fi'. In a Melbourne Writers Festival session Dr Alice Robinson, a creative writing lecturer from Melbourne Polytechnic, discusses narrative and climate stories with two Australian climate scientists and a lecturer in journalism.
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/blogs/mpress/2015/08/25/dr-alice-robinson-on-narrative-and-climate-stories-at-melbourne-writers-festival/
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Great to see literary community stepping up and discussing climate change, sense of place and connecting people with the issue.
How we communicate climate change is important. Whether it remains a distant event in time or space, or can be intimately connected to the present and locations we know and love, can make all the difference in how people perceive and act on the issue. Writers are coming to terms with this in ...
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Great to see my local Federal MP speaking out against latest Abbott Government attempt to vandalise due legal process.
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As expected, #Australia is set to unveil low post 2020 climate target of 26-28 percent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030, one of the worst targets in the developed world, leaving Australia with one of the highest per capita emission rates.
This article may be updated frequently through the day. Australia's post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. According to reports the post 2020 target will be a 26 to 28 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by ...
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when I didn't get a ticket to see Naomi Klein at #MWF15, I did the next best thing and followed the event on twitter, turning it into this Storify account.
Even though in Melbourne, I missed out on a ticket to Naomi Klein at Melbourne Writers Festival. The two Naomi Klein sessions at the Melbourne Writers Festival were booked out well in advance. I did the next best thing and followed the event on twitter, then used storify to document the session ...
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This post was originally published at Melbourne Polytechnic. Novelist and lecturer Dr Alice Robinson from the Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Writing and Publishing course joined two climate scientists and a lecturer in journalism to discuss the different styles of writing between science and ...
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Australia in the red with water by 2040. A good reason to stop new coal mines like Shenhua's Watermark mine on the Liverpool Plains that lower the water table, and hydro fracking for coal seam gas that can contaminate aquifers.
 
Ranking the World’s Most Water Stressed Countries in 2040. Take note of the US below.
http://reliefweb.int/report/world/ranking-world-s-most-water-stressed-countries-2040 usa america
by Andrew Maddocks Andrew Maddocks, Robert Samuel Young and Paul Reig - August 26, 2015 The world’s demand for water is likely to surge in the next few decades. Rapidly growing populations will drive increased consumption by people, farms and companies. More people will move to cities, further straining supplies. An emerging middle class could clamor for more water-intensive food production and electricity generation. But it’s not clear where all...
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How we communicate climate change and connect it to a sense of place is important for how urgent some people perceive and act on the issue. 
How we communicate climate change is important. Whether it remains a distant event in time or space, or can be intimately connected to the present and locations we know and love, can make all the difference in how people perceive and act on the issue. Writers are coming to terms with this in ...
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No surprise, but Tony continues to prioritise carbon intensive #coal    during press conference announcing Australia's post 2020 #climate   targets
This article may be updated frequently through the day. Australia's post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. The post 2020 climate targets were announced at a press conference (See transcript and media release) ...
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Interesting interview with Professor Peter Wadhams from Cambridge University from May 2015 canvassing issues from loss of sea-ice, to dangers of a methane outbreak, the Pope's encyclical, and what we need to do for human survival.
Professor Peter Wadhams has spent the last 40 years working on sea-ice research, polar oceanography and how the changes in Arctic and Antarctic ice are affecting climate. He has particularly warned about the impacts of the retreat and loss of Arctic sea-ice and the threat from an Arctic methane ...
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I was at an experimental arts and music fest at the weekend. One of the projects was to produce drawings to discuss personal and collective dream and nightmare visions of what 2060 may look like. I wrote this:-

There will be less of us.
There will be more of us.

I think the world's population in 2060 will be smaller and not necessarily in a good way. I think there will be a bigger proportion of that population and much larger numbers actively working towards a sustainable long term future than there are now.
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Website developer, citizen journalist
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html, css, journalism, science journalism, editorial, writing, social media
Employment
  • Nofibs.com.au
    Citizen Journalist, 2013 - present
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
    Web Assistant, 2008 - present
  • Melbourne Indymedia
    Volunteer Editor, Journalist, 2003 - present
  • Climate IMC
    Volunteer Editor, Journalist, 2005 - 2014
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Melbourne based Web content editor, Science journalist, photojournalist
Introduction
Time to leap out of the slowly boiling pot of earth's warming climate into action on climate mitigation and adaption. I don't want my children to ask why I didn't act after reading the scientific reports of climate risks. I write on the effects of human induced climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, environmental and social impacts of global warming, and climate protests from a Melbourne Citizen Journalist.

A member of environmental NGOs and community groups for 30 years in Australia, currently living in Melbourne. A Citizen journalist for the Indymedia network in Australia and worldwide. I am an editor and contributor with Australia Indymedia and the global features collective. Since 2013 I have contributed many stories to Margot Kingston's citizen journalism website: nofibs.com.au. (See my article archive) I also post photoessays to Flickr and videos to Youtube and edit wikipedia as user Tirin. My website is takver.com where I can be contacted through the feedback form, the most reliable way to contact me. I can also be contacted through facebook and on twitter as @takvera.

Most of my posts on climate change I archive on  my Climate Citizen blog at  takvera.blogspot.com
Education
  • Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
    IT (Web Development), Multimedia, 2006 - 2008
Studied here in 2006-2008. Great facilities and teachers, short walk from Preston market and railway station. On the St Georges Road bike route. Most students just come for their classes or lectures, then go, but in recent years there has been an attempt to encourage more student life and engagement. The campus has a new gym, good library facilities (and helpful librarians). The best secret is St Georges Restaurant on campus which is open at lunchtime. While perhaps not suitable for eating at everyday, it provides a nice lunch if you have an hour to spare, and it is not much more expensive than buying a roll at the cafeteria.
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