Bioenergy: Australia’s forgotten renewable energy source (so far) – The Conversation

Authors: Mark Brown and Annette Cowie

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When we think of renewable energy, it’s easy to picture spinning wind turbines or rooftop solar panels. But what about bioenergy?

While wind and solar are now well established – in South Australia wind now supplies 33% of the state’s power generation, while nationwide there are more than . . . → Read More: Bioenergy: Australia’s forgotten renewable energy source (so far) – The Conversation

Did the New York Climate Summit deliver? – RENew Economy

Extract UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared it had “delivered.” Climate champion and ex-US vice president Al Gore said it gave a “tremendous boost” to momentum for action. The World Resources Institute described it as a massive leap forward. Former Mozambican politician and widow of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, called for a return to the . . . → Read More: Did the New York Climate Summit deliver? – RENew Economy

Australia can be zero carbon by 2050 – The Fifth State

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Residential and commercial building energy use would halve and rooftop PV increase 10-fold if an ambitious plan to decarbonise Australia by 2050 is realised.

The report by ClimateWorks and the Australian National University, Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world, which is to be presented to . . . → Read More: Australia can be zero carbon by 2050 – The Fifth State

Cleaner, Greener, and Richer – ILO

ILO Director-General and UNFCCC Executive-Director argue that world leaders meeting at the UN Climate Summit in New York can deliver a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions of decent work opportunities.

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In the past, action to combat climate change was viewed largely as running counter to economic growth, with “going green” . . . → Read More: Cleaner, Greener, and Richer – ILO

Record carbon dioxide levels means delaying action is no longer an option – IA

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The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at today’s UN climate summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean ‘delaying action is not an option’. Tim Radford from Climate News Network reports.

GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS will this year reach a new . . . → Read More: Record carbon dioxide levels means delaying action is no longer an option – IA

Cities and the Environment – NBER

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This paper surveys recent literature examining the relationship between environmental amenities and urban growth. In this survey, we focus on the role of both exogenous attributes such as climate and coastal access as well as endogenous attributes such as local air pollution and green space. A city’s greenness is a function of both its . . . → Read More: Cities and the Environment – NBER

Energy White Paper – Department of Industry (AU)

An integrated approach to Australia’s energy policy

The Energy White Paper will set out a coherent and integrated approach to energy policy to reduce cost pressures on households and businesses, improve Australia’s international competitiveness and grow our export base and economic prosperity. An overview of Australia’s energy sector, the key issues that are . . . → Read More: Energy White Paper – Department of Industry (AU)

Better Growth Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report – New Climate Economy

A report said that the next fifteen years were critical for climate change, but structural and technological change, opportunities for greater economic efficiency, and the availability of investment capital meant that countries at all levels of income now had the opportunity to build lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing climate change risks. . . . → Read More: Better Growth Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report – New Climate Economy

Paying the Cost of Climate Change – Brookings

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The economic cost of climate change is high: an annual $12 billion increase in electricity bills due to added air conditioning; $66 billion to $106 billion worth of coastal property damage due to rising seas; and billions in lost wages for farmers and construction workers forced to take the day off or risk . . . → Read More: Paying the Cost of Climate Change – Brookings

Stern 2.0 takes climate policy analysis to a new level of exaggeration – The Conversation

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Nick Stern is back with another report on climate change – colloquially known as Stern 2.0. It’s another offering from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Since his 2006 review, Stern has been regularly in the news, claiming climate change is worse than we thought. The new report fits the mould.

. . . → Read More: Stern 2.0 takes climate policy analysis to a new level of exaggeration – The Conversation

Global carbon report: Emissions will hit new heights in 2014 – The Conversation

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As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing.

The Global Carbon Project has released its annual report card on . . . → Read More: Global carbon report: Emissions will hit new heights in 2014 – The Conversation

Leaders take note: There are two sides to the climate change coin – ieed (UK)

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It is clear that the long-term solution to climate change lies in weaning the global economy off fossil fuels and onto a cleaner and more sustainable energy pathway in every country. But it is also clear that climate change is already wreaking havoc around the globe and that, in the short term, the world’s . . . → Read More: Leaders take note: There are two sides to the climate change coin – ieed (UK)

Study examines electricity use in family life – RMIT

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Families around Australia are needed to take part in RMIT University research to better understand how electricity is used in households with children.

The 2014 Family Energy Study is investigating potential outcomes for households with children as a result of policy changes aimed at addressing challenges . . . → Read More: Study examines electricity use in family life – RMIT

The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention – Brookings

Extract Next week’s Climate Change summit in New York is intended to galvanize momentum from world leaders by focusing on tangible climate actions which can be taken now in advance of the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris next November. While the Summit is not part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change . . . → Read More: The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention – Brookings

What do we know about UK household adaptation to climate change? A systematic review – Climatic Change

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The UK Government’s first National Adaptation Programme seeks to create a ‘climate-ready society’ capable of making well-informed and far-sighted decisions to address risks and opportunities posed by a changing climate, where individual households are expected to adapt when it is in their interest to do so. How, and to what extent, households are able . . . → Read More: What do we know about UK household adaptation to climate change? A systematic review – Climatic Change

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