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When Oil Companies Are Calling For More Renewables, You Know We’re Screwed

Hell is hot, ey?

It’s bad news, folks.

Modeling by oil giant BP has shown that carbon dioxide emissions increased by 2 per cent in 2017-18.

If that doesn’t sound like a lot, then you should know that is the largest increase in seven years – and that’s off a very high base.

BP’s modelling did show that investment in renewable technologies increased by 15 per cent in the past year.

With global temperatures already up by 1 degrees on average since the start of the industrial revolution, weather patterns are fast becoming weird.

Last year there were simultaneously a record-breaking hot days and record-breaking cold days across the globe.

This necessitated a large increase in energy consumption in order to keep those in Cairo cool and those in Wellington warm.

The increased demand for energy was filled by old king coal.

Although coal’s share of the global energy market is falling, the consumption and production of coal ramped up at its fastest rate in half a decade in the last year, substantially contributing to the increased co2 output.

With current modeling predicting a global temperature increase of another degree by the end of the century, even BP’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, cannot deny the solution to the problem:

“Renewables can’t grow quickly enough.”

But so long as our politicians remain less environmentally conscious than executives at multinational energy corporations, I won’t hold my breath.

Calling All Queer People: Can You Own An Embryo That Doesn’t Contain Your Genetics?

An Australian same-sex couple is testing the legal boundaries.

Right now there is a really significant case for LGBTIA+ people in front of the Family Court.

A lesbian couple are in the middle of a nasty divorce procedure and going through a “who keeps the family bible” moment, The Australian reports.

Pretty standard stuff – except that the family bible is actually 12 embryos containing the genetic material of one of the women.

And her ex-partner, who has no genetic stake in the embryos, is seeking to have them destroyed.

Previous cases involving the embryos of hetero couples have often seen the court side with the wishes of the genetic stakeholder.

But of course, hetero couples can create embryos with the genetic material of one or both people in the relationship – that is not an option for same-sex couples.

So in a first for the Australian legal system, the court will have to decide if both couples of a same sex relationship have claim over the fate of an embryo.

Family lawyer and egg donor Sarah Jefford said the case shows how complicated surrogacy law is in Australia.

“This is a case occurring on the federal level, but the details of surrogacy differ from state to state,” she said.

“As an egg donor in Victoria, I have the right to withdraw my consent and have my embryos destroyed but in NSW it is a little bit more difficult.

“I think that the genetic link to the eggs probably trumps the emotional link, but this is the question the federal court will have to decide.”

Don’t think it’ll ever affect you?

Family lawyer Stephan Page told The Australian that embryo disputes were more common than realised but “most people aren’t prepared to go to court over it”.

“So then these embryos remain on ice, not being used and not being able to be donated to anyone else,” he told the newspaper.

In any case, the findings of the court will have real consequences on all same-sex couples who want to live the conventional dream of getting married, trying for kids and getting divorced.

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