Solar should power government schools, TAFE, hospitals: report – Brisbane Times

Extract from an article by Tony Moore Solar panels will be installed in Queensland Government buildings including TAFE colleges, schools, hospitals and public houses, to help drive Queensland’s renewable energy from seven per cent today to 50 per cent by 2030, a far-reaching strategic report into Queensland’s renewable energy says. The Queensland Opposition warns the renewable energy push could … [Read More] Solar should power government schools, TAFE, hospitals: report – Brisbane Times

Energy efficiency ‘single largest’ climate lever – why aren’t we pulling it? Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Rob Murray-Leach The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report on global investment in energy efficiency, which found that investment in energy efficiency is huge and growing rapidly, but needs to be ramped up even more to avoid dangerous climate change. The IEA’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016 was … [Read More] Energy efficiency ‘single largest’ climate lever – why aren’t we pulling it? Renew Economy

Victorian Government funds electric commercial vehicle strategy in Geelong – Bauer Media

The government is backing a Geelong manufacturing company to help the industry transition from diesel engines to electric The Victorian government has granted Geelong-based SEA Automotive more than $500,000 to aid its development of electric-powered commercial vehicles. The financial support, which stems from the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund, will allow SEA Automotive to … [Read More] Victorian Government funds electric commercial vehicle strategy in Geelong – Bauer Media

Renters are being left out in the cold on energy savings: here’s a solution – The Conversation

Extract from an article by  by Robert Crawford, Senior Lecturer in Construction and Environmental Assessment, University of Melbourne and Koel Wrigley, Community Engagement Consultant, Capire Consulting Group, University of Melbourne Saving energy is a win-win. You reduce greenhouse emissions and you reduce your energy bills. However, improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people … [Read More] Renters are being left out in the cold on energy savings: here’s a solution – The Conversation

World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience: an opportunity for reducing inequalities – UN DESA

EXCUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities contributes to the debate on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses on population groups and communities that are … [Read More] World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience: an opportunity for reducing inequalities – UN DESA

Climate Change – A selection of articles

A selection of articles on the subject of CLIMATE CHANGE from a variety of sources viewed 7 October 2016 Clean up energy innovation The Paris climate agreement to keep global average temperature rise below 2 °C requires the world to switch rapidly to low-carbon energy. Global carbon emissions must peak by 2020, fall to zero between 2060 … [Read More] Climate Change – A selection of articles

Renewable Energy News

A selection of articles on the subject of RENEWABLE ENERGY from a variety of sources viewed 7 October 2016 Solar-Powered Houses Take Starring Role in Denver’s Community of TomorrowZero-emission electric vehicles charge along the street. People walk along LED-lighted sidewalks. A commuter train drops travelers off from the airport to enjoy dinner at a corner cafe. … [Read More] Renewable Energy News

Social Impact Bonds – A selection of articles

Documents sourced 3 October 2016 from a variety of sources: Accountability of Environmental Impact Bonds: The Future of Global Environmental Governance? / CM Balboa – Global Environmental Politics, 2016 After austerity: social impact bonds and the financialisation of the welfare state in Britain / E Dowling – New Political Economy, 2016 — This paper provides an analysis of the financialisation … [Read More] Social Impact Bonds – A selection of articles

When Exposure to Climate Change is Not Enough: Exploring heatwave adaptive capacity of a multi-ethnic, low-income urban community in Australia – Urban Climate

Highlights Lack of research on how increasing frequency and severity of climate change events impact ability of vulnerable urban dwellers in global North to cope Study of socio-economic and institutional elements shaping adaptive capacity of low-income, multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Western Sydney Mere exposure to higher frequency of events is not enough on its own to … [Read More] When Exposure to Climate Change is Not Enough: Exploring heatwave adaptive capacity of a multi-ethnic, low-income urban community in Australia – Urban Climate

Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock – Grattan Institute

Media Release Soaring South Australian wholesale electricity prices in July have exposed the urgent need for Australia to develop climate change and energy policies that combine to maintain reliable, affordable and sustainable power. In that month the state’s wholesale electricity price averaged $230 per megawatt hour – three and a half times the price in … [Read More] Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock – Grattan Institute

Poverty and climate change: VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper

Extract VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes. Introduction VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Victoria’s Climate Change Adaption … [Read More] Poverty and climate change: VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper

Bringing Clean Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing in California – Renewable Energy World

Extract from an article by Wayne Waite, Lewis Milford and Seth Mullendore Over the summer, a unique coalition came together in California to draft a plan to make the state’s clean energy economy more equitable for low-income renters. If state energy officials adopt the coalition’s proposed plan, it will put in place a groundbreaking strategy for … [Read More] Bringing Clean Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing in California – Renewable Energy World

Investigating fuel poverty in the transport sector: Toward a composite indicator of vulnerability – Energy Research & Social Science

ABSTRACT This paper investigates the issue of fuel poverty and of its measurement in the transport sector. We seek to identify households who run the risk of facing difficulties if fuel prices increase. We show that fuel poverty indicators from the domestic sector are not satisfactory in this regard. They fail to take into account … [Read More] Investigating fuel poverty in the transport sector: Toward a composite indicator of vulnerability – Energy Research & Social Science

The fossil fuel divestment game is getting bigger, thanks to the smaller players – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Luke Kemp Fossil fuel divestment is gathering pace around Australia and the world. More and more individuals and organisations are pulling their investment assets out of companies involved with the exploration, extraction, production or financing of fossil fuels. The underlying reason is the brutal maths of climate change: to keep global … [Read More] The fossil fuel divestment game is getting bigger, thanks to the smaller players – The Conversation

High electricity bills sparks record numbers of emergency cash payouts for struggling families – The Advertiser

Extract from an article by Daniel Wills RECORD numbers of households are being forced to access emergency government payments just to keep their lights on, as people who “thought they would never be in this position” seek help just to survive. Welfare advocates say eligibility restrictions on the payments hide the true scale of how many … [Read More] High electricity bills sparks record numbers of emergency cash payouts for struggling families – The Advertiser

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