Report finds 130 a day disconnected from electricity in NSW – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Media Release Urgent action is needed on electricity prices following the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) shocking revelation that almost 33,000 NSW households were disconnected from electricity in 2013/14, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. The AER’s report into the performance of the retail energy market, released yesterday, states that 32,940 households were disconnected for … [Read More] Report finds 130 a day disconnected from electricity in NSW – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Energy Costs – VCOSS

Living costs always figure prominently in election debates and cover a wide range of issues from municipal rates to education costs. The most common issue currently bringing people to financial counsellors or emergency relief services, however, is energy costs – so this is an important focus of VCOSS advocacy work on living costs and financial … [Read More] Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Energy Costs – VCOSS

Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Damian Carrington A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society The double whammy of global warming and a growing, ageing population will mean peoples’ exposure to deadly heatwaves … [Read More] Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change – The Guardian

Rental housing needs standards too – VCOSS

Extract from VCOSS VOICE If you sell a car in Victoria, it’s not permitted on the road unless it meets the standards required to be ‘roadworthy’. If you sell food, its preparation and packaging must meet health and safety standards. If you sell toys or cots or electrical appliances – pretty much anything, actually – … [Read More] Rental housing needs standards too – VCOSS

G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract 1.1 Energy efficiency is a priority for G20 members. As the world’s leading economies, and consumers of more than 80 per cent of the world’s energy, G20 members agree that increased collaboration on energy efficiency can drive economic activity and productivity, strengthen energy security and improve environmental outcomes. It can … [Read More] G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan

Solar hot water or solar PV? Study says PV cheapest way to go

New research has found that the most economical way for households to heat water is by using standard solar panels hooked up to an electric hot water system. The research, released on Wednesday by Queensland PV company Ecoelectric, finds that solar hot water specific systems, as well as heat pump and gas systems all have greater … [Read More] Solar hot water or solar PV? Study says PV cheapest way to go

Going green: how cities are leading the next economy: final report – LSE Research Online

ABSTRACT The report ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy’ provides an up-to-date overview on the experiences of 90 cities around the world in the transition to the green economy. The report consists of two parts. The first, section A, is a global survey of city governments that was conducted by LSE Cities, … [Read More] Going green: how cities are leading the next economy: final report – LSE Research Online

Will young Australians be better off than their parents? Foundation for Young Australians

Extract The Renewing Australia’s Promise report evaluates the well-being of Australia’s young people from a generational perspective – benchmarking young Australians against their parents at the same stage of life. This approach avoids the problems of international comparison across very different countries. And it escapes the often unhelpful comparison of age-cohorts at different stages of … [Read More] Will young Australians be better off than their parents? Foundation for Young Australians

All talk, no action: the coal industry and energy poverty – TAI

Authors: Roderick Campbell, Cameron Amos and Andrew Scarlett ABSTRACT The term “energy poverty” refers to people who do not have access to electricity and clean cooking facilities. Globally, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity in their houses and 2.6 billion people cook by burning coal, wood and other solid fuels. This has major impacts … [Read More] All talk, no action: the coal industry and energy poverty – TAI

Climate change 2014: synthesis report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Headline statements from the Summary for Policymakers – Extract Observed Changes and their Causes: Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since … [Read More] Climate change 2014: synthesis report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Spreading the benefits of energy efficiency to everyone – VCOSS

Extract from an article by Anne Martinelli Anne Martinelli from Environment Victoria outlines how the One Million Homes Alliance plan to roll out energy efficiency retrofits to low income households would save billions of dollars in Victoria’s concessions budget, create jobs, and reduce energy and water costs in the community. The promise For most Victorians, energy and water bills represent a … [Read More] Spreading the benefits of energy efficiency to everyone – VCOSS

Energy retailers given green light to increase prices at will – Consumer Action Law Centre

Media Release Consumer advocates lament a lost opportunity to repair Australia’s broken energy retail market Energy retailers will continue increasing prices at their leisure after the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) rejected a proposal that would have banned them from increasing a customer’s tariff during a fixed term or benefit contract. The decision means households hunting for … [Read More] Energy retailers given green light to increase prices at will – Consumer Action Law Centre

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Extract from an article by Ari Phillips If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing … [Read More] Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (US) – Climate Progress

Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves – The Conversation

Article by Wendy Walls and Joseph Barrins Heatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48C or higher. But our research shows that smart urban design can create refuges in cities that could feel more than 10C cooler, and … [Read More] Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves – The Conversation

Vulnerable Australians most at risk from climate change – VCOSS

Extract from an article by Bridget Tehan Climate change is not just an environmental issue – it is a social justice issue. The recent NCCARF-CSIRO Climate Adaptation 2014 Future Challenges conference heard that the impacts of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change impacts exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, … [Read More] Vulnerable Australians most at risk from climate change – VCOSS

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