Australia and the UN: Report Card 2013 – UNAA

On 8 October 2013, UNAA released an evaluation of Australia’s performance against international laws and norms embedded within the UN system – Australia and the UN: Report Card 2013.

The Report Card grades the performance of the Australian Labor Government between 2007 and 2013 in relation to international standards. Assessments of Australia’s performance were provided . . . → Read More: Australia and the UN: Report Card 2013 – UNAA

Solar: The ‘no-brainer’ that could take suburbs off grid – ReNew Economy

Extract from an article by Giles Parkinson

The installation of rooftop-solar has become such a “no brainer” for Australian households that whole suburbs could generate and store enough electricity to go-off grid.

That is the remarkable vision painted by Australian Renewable Energy Agency CEO Ivor Frischknecht last week in a key-note speech at the All . . . → Read More: Solar: The ‘no-brainer’ that could take suburbs off grid – ReNew Economy

Winners and losers: The impact of energy concession caps on low-income Victorians – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

Concessions form the basis of a safety net to those consumers in the energy market who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the full price of energy. They are particularly important as at times they can be the main factor keeping people on supply. In its 2013–14 budget, the Victorian . . . → Read More: Winners and losers: The impact of energy concession caps on low-income Victorians – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Dropping out: Income tip of isolation slide – The Age

The fallout from the global financial crisis continues, with Australia’s most disadvantaged people experiencing a rise in social problems since the crisis erupted in 2008.

Comprehensive research on disadvantage – produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Melbourne Institute – points to a noticeable increase in social exclusion since the crisis.

About 5 . . . → Read More: Dropping out: Income tip of isolation slide – The Age

Why we need to think differently about energy efficient renovations – Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Extract from a blog post by Charlie Wilson

What comes to mind when you read the word ‘home’? A feeling? A sense of place? An aesthetic? Switching off, a to do list, family, work, goings on, peace and quiet, mayhem, order, clutter, tidiness, gadgets, possessions, relaxing, stress, safety, tensions … ?

The list could go . . . → Read More: Why we need to think differently about energy efficient renovations – Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Climate change ‘unprecedented’ by 2050: study – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Whitmore

We have some idea of what the future may look like under climate change, and now, thanks to new research, we have a better idea of when. The research, published today in Nature, shows that the world’s climate will have fundamentally changed by 2050 if we do nothing . . . → Read More: Climate change ‘unprecedented’ by 2050: study – The Conversation

Reducing fossil fuel emissions isn’t enough: We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century – OECD

Extract from a blog post by Angel Gurría

Today’s post is from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría who this morning is presenting a major address on the Organisation’s analysis of climate change, investment and energy policies at an event in London co-organised with the London School of Economics and the Climate Markets & Investors Association (CMIA),

. . . → Read More: Reducing fossil fuel emissions isn’t enough: We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century – OECD

A Social Worker’s Report from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) – Social Work

INTRODUCTION – Extract

In June 2012, heads of state convened to finalize a policy framework on sustainable development called “The Future We Want” at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio + 20). To date, this is the largest United Nations gathering ever held, with over 12,000 government officials . . . → Read More: A Social Worker’s Report from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) – Social Work

Plan Melbourne: Metropolitan Planning Strategy

Plan Melbourne is the Victorian Government’s vision for the city to 2050.

It provides us with a clear vision for our future that responds to the challenges of population growth, driving economic prosperity and liveability, while protecting our environment and heritage.

For the first time, the Strategy addresses Melbourne’s infrastructure, housing, employment and environmental challenges . . . → Read More: Plan Melbourne: Metropolitan Planning Strategy

What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and how does it work? Flag Post

Extract from an article by Sophie Power

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on 27 September the first instalment of its eagerly anticipated Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). As with past reports, this one is likely to spark ongoing discussion about the threat from climate change and how to deal with it. But what . . . → Read More: What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and how does it work? Flag Post

Engagement with Indigenous communities in key sectors – AIHW

INTRODUCTION – Extract

This resource sheet examines the evidence of what is working (or not) in approaches to engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in some key sectors that are best represented in the literature on engagement. The paper reviews evidence from studies of Indigenous engagement in three sectors:

• early childhood services

. . . → Read More: Engagement with Indigenous communities in key sectors – AIHW

2013 Global Power & Utilities Survey – PwC

Energy transformation: The impact on the power sector business model

PwC’s 13th Annual Global Power & Utilities Survey has taken the industry viewpoints of 53 senior power and utility company executives in 35 different countries around the world. It also includes ‘on the record’ perspectives of a number of CEOs on the survey results including . . . → Read More: 2013 Global Power & Utilities Survey – PwC

Population, poverty, and climate change – World Bank

ABSTRACT

The literature is reviewed on the relationships between population, poverty, and climate change. While developed countries are largely responsible for global warming, the brunt of the fallout will be borne by the developing world, in lower agricultural output, poorer health, and more frequent natural disasters. Carbon emissions in the developed world have leveled off, . . . → Read More: Population, poverty, and climate change – World Bank

Adapt or die: where in the world we should start on cost-effective conservation – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Watson, Nathalie Butt and Takuya Iwamura

As the dust settles on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the science of climate change, the obvious question is: what do we do next?

Our research, published in Nature Climate Change in September, uses a new approach to . . . → Read More: Adapt or die: where in the world we should start on cost-effective conservation – The Conversation

What can planners do about socio-economic polarisation? – Crikey

Extract from an article by Alan Davies

SEIFA data confirms the existence of “two cities” with markedly different economic potentials. It’s not by any means certain though that planning policies to promote social mix would have much effect.

After a long hiatus, Chris Loader at Charting Transport has returned to business with this amazing visualisation . . . → Read More: What can planners do about socio-economic polarisation? – Crikey

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