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

Energy companies ruled at fault in most wrongful disconnection cases – The Age

Extract from an article by Beau Donnelly

Major energy companies were overwhelmingly found to be at fault when cutting their customers’ gas and electricity supply, an investigation by the state’s essential services regulator into the most serious disconnection disputes has revealed. The worst offender was energy giant AGL, which accounted for more than half of . . . → Read More: Energy companies ruled at fault in most wrongful disconnection cases – The Age

Can you save energy by using public transport? It’s not that simple – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Christian Wolmar

Car use is declining while the popularity of train travel is on the rise, but calculating cost per trip is a complex business

Transport is the most visible consumer of energy apart from heating. From planes soaring into the sky and heavy trains thundering along the rails at . . . → Read More: Can you save energy by using public transport? It’s not that simple – The Guardian

People in Power: Democratic ways to combat Climate Change – Australian Options Magazine

By Kathryn Ridge

Fifteen years ago, Bob Carr introduced the world’s first emissions reduction scheme. Since, then Australians have endured 15 years of virtual inaction on climate change. Political leaders who supported serious action to combat climate change exited the stage. Renewable energy targets, cap and trade markets and voluntary models whirl around in a . . . → Read More: People in Power: Democratic ways to combat Climate Change – Australian Options Magazine

The Really Important Reason Why Cutting Carbon Emissions Might Improve Britain’s Economy – Climate Progress

Extract from an article by Jeff Spross

Staying on course to meet its climate goals will leave Britain with a slightly bigger economy and more jobs, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

But what’s particularly striking about the paper is it found those improvements would come from the first-order changes the economy would . . . → Read More: The Really Important Reason Why Cutting Carbon Emissions Might Improve Britain’s Economy – Climate Progress

Domestic energy efficiency evaluation report (UK) –

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This report provides findings from an independent evaluation of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Savings Programme , which were two initiatives aimed at improving energy efficiency in domestic households in Britain.

SOURCE: Ipsos MORI, CAG Consultants, UCL, and Energy Saving Trust, Evaluation of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community . . . → Read More: Domestic energy efficiency evaluation report (UK) –

A new approach to electricity markets: how new, disruptive technologies change everything – IPPR

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Tackling the policy trilemma of achieving an affordable, decarbonised and secure electricity supply is extremely challenging. The UK’s current policy framework is faltering because it is propping up the large?scale, centralised utility business model, which is dying. Rapid cost reductions and innovation are occurring in ‘smart’, distributed electricity technologies that disrupt how electricity systems . . . → Read More: A new approach to electricity markets: how new, disruptive technologies change everything – IPPR

Federal government launches low-income energy efficiency program – The Fifth Estate

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The federal government has launched a project to plot the energy habits of 26,500 people across the country as part of a plan to tackle energy efficiency in low-income households. The Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age project was launched by Bob Baldwin, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Industry, on Wednesday, and . . . → Read More: Federal government launches low-income energy efficiency program – The Fifth Estate

Time for energy retailers to respect customers in hardship – VCOSS

Media Release Spiralling energy costs are forcing more people into hardship and are consistently cited as one of the biggest cost imposts on households. Consumer Action’s Problems with Payment report presents the experience of real people finding it hard to pay their energy bills in. Claire Maries outlines the report’s findings and explains how retailers . . . → Read More: Time for energy retailers to respect customers in hardship – VCOSS

Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ?The World Bank

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This paper reviews the literature on the role of the investment climate reforms in job creation. It finds that the current landscape of employment and private sector activity in developing countries indicates a number of potential channels through which investment climate reforms can positively affect job creation. However, rigorous empirical evidence is scarce and . . . → Read More: Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ?The World Bank

Power companies to feel the heat as tech giants move into energy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Angela Macdonald-Smith

Traditional electricity suppliers such as AGL Energy and Origin Energy risk losing business to Google, Apple and even Amazon as tech-savvy customers seek more digitally mobile ways of controlling their energy use, says consulting company Accenture. Telecommunications and cable companies were also elbowing in on energy as they . . . → Read More: Power companies to feel the heat as tech giants move into energy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Heat is Australia’s number one natural killer – ABC Environment

Extract from an article by Sara Phillips

Heatwaves have killed more Australians than all other natural hazards combined. It’s a situation that has the community sector calling for action.

HEAT STRESS is Australia’s number one natural killer, accounting for the deaths of more people than floods, cyclones, bushfires and storms combined. It’s a situation which . . . → Read More: Heat is Australia’s number one natural killer – ABC Environment

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