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
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
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
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
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
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
ClimateWorks launched its major research project: Tracking Progress Towards a Low Carbon Economy at Federation Square in Melbourne on 31 July 2013. The research shows Australia has made significant progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a low carbon economy.
Tracking Progress is the first whole-of-economy report on Australia’s progress in reducing emissions. . . . → Read More: Tracking progress towards a low carbon economy – Climate Works
Extract from an article by Roger Jones and Celeste Young
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the accepted global authority on climate change. It produces reports that are collectively agreed assessments of the scientific literature by leading researchers. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is being delivered over 2013–2014, starting this weekend.
What an . . . → Read More: Explainer: how to read an IPCC report – The Conversation
Extract from an article by Staff Reporter
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.
. . . → Read More: IPCC headline statements: the key findings of 5th report – RenewEconomy
Extract from an article by Matthew Lockwood
We should ‘borrow’ from future generations to fund measures to mitigate climate change now, argues Matthew Lockwood.
Ed Miliband’s dramatic pledge to freeze energy prices at the Labour party conference this year was a simple, and so far popular, move. But underneath it lies a complex dilemma for . . . → Read More: Paying for climate policy: The case for long-term public borrowing (UK) – IPPR
This briefing paper explores how the failure to tackle climate change threatens all aspects of food security – availability, access, utilisation, and stability. The changing climate is already jeopardising gains in the fight against hunger, and it looks set to worsen. It threatens the production and distribution of food. It threatens people’s ability to . . . → Read More: Climate change, food, and the fight against hunger – Oxfam
Australia and Germany each just had an election. In both cases electricity prices were an election issue. That seems fair enough given that in both countries they are paying significant more $/kWh than most countries But now Nova Scotia is heading to the polls and electricity prices are a key issue because they have . . . → Read More: Graph of the Day: Average electricity prices around the world – ReNew Economy
Extract from an article by Sarah Whyte
The cost and availability of food will be severely affected by increasingly extreme weather caused by climate change, says a report by Oxfam on global food production.
More droughts, floods and heatwaves and rising sea levels will have irreversible effects on the world’s food supply chain, affecting the . . . → Read More: Oxfam warns of food shortages caused by climate change – Sydney Morning Herald
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS – Extract
In 2012, Australian households spent an average of $99 per week on energy. This included $39 per week on energy sources used within the dwelling (such as electricity or gas) and $60 for fuel for vehicles.
The type and number of energy sources used within a dwelling influenced weekly energy . . . → Read More: Household Energy Consumption Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2012 – Australian Bureau of Statistics
A climate science body abolished by the Federal Government has been relaunched as a community-funded organisation.
The Climate Commission was set up to advise on the science and economics of carbon pricing, but was scrapped by the Government last week.
The group’s former chief commissioner, Tim Flannery, says thanks to enormous public support, it has . . . → Read More: Tim Flannery relaunches scrapped Climate Commission as community-funded body – ABC News