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EXPERT SPOKES: Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have risen again

As the latest National Greenhouse Gas Inventory data released today shows that Australia’s emissions have risen 0.6 per cent for the year to March 2019, the following experts and everyday Australians are available for interview: 


• Bruce Robertson, investment analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), can explain what fugitive emissions are and why they are so damaging to the climate, why Australian LNG isn’t necessarily helping drive down global emissions, and why Australians are saddled with sky-high bills, and avoidable climate pollution due to gas cartels. Location: Northern Beaches 

• Vanessa Petrie, CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions, can talk about huge economic opportunity that Australia can unlock by transitioning to a low-emissions economy, and how projects like the Sun Cable are already making this a reality. LocatioN: Melbourne 


• Ken Thompson, Former Deputy Commissioner, NSW Fire Brigade, can talk about how rising emissions are driving up Australia’s fire danger. Location: Sydney 

Andrew Gissing, General Manager - Resilience, Risk Frontiers, can talk about how rising emissions and climate impacts heighten the risk of extreme weather emergencies such as bushfires, and what this means for risk management and the insurance sector. Location: Sydney 


• Dr Arnagretta Hunter (cardiologist) and Dr John Iser (retired anaesthetist), members, Doctors for the Environment Australia can talk about the health consequences of climate-fuelled extreme weather such as heatwaves, bushfires, and drought; and the many benefits of emission reduction measures like switching to renewable energy and electric cars. Location: Canberra & Melbourne 


• Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO, Farmers for Climate Action, can talk about how Australian farmers are leading on reducing their own emissions despite relentless drought conditions; and the urgent action the Federal Government needs to take to address these challenges. Location: Sunshine Coast 

• Farmers from several states are available to talk about the impacts of climate change on their livelihoods, and the solutions they want for a secure farming future: 

o QLD: Angus Emmott, beef producer, Longreach

 o NSW: Rob Lee, mixed farmer, Larras Lee

 o NSW: Charlie Prell, sheep farmer, Crookwell

 o VIC: Jane Carney, Beef farmer, Rosewhite

 o WA: Dorothy Henderson, mixed farmer, Esperance

 o TAS: Anthony Houston, lettuce producer, Cambridge 


• Tony Fontes, owner, Whitsunday Dive Adventures, can talk about how his business has been affected by the changes to the Great Barrier Reef brought about by marine heatwaves, and his concerns for the future of his business. Location: Airlie Beach 

• David Cazzulino and Imogen Zethoven, campaigners, Australian Marine Conservation Society, can talk about the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef, and why emissions reductions are essential for the reef’s survival. Location: Cairns 

For interviews, contact Kate Davies, 0419 723 196