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
Extract from an article by Peter Newton and Peter Newman
In Australia’s middle and outer suburbs, rooftop solar technology provides a clear way to reduce the emissions from the energy our houses use. But higher density housing types (apartments and medium density housing) do not lend themselves to rooftop solar at the scale needed to . . . → Read More: How will your energy get greener? Depends where you live – The Conversation
Minister for Energy and Resources Nicholas Kotsiras today launched an initiative to give consumers the opportunity to pass on their energy concerns directly to the Victorian Coalition Government. A new feature was added to the Coalition Government’s SwitchOn webpage that allows Victorians to have their say on energy issues or problems. By visiting . . . → Read More: Victorian State Govt initiative gives consumers the opportunity to pass on their energy concerns
This report provides an analysis of the labour market impacts of [European Union] EU policy interventions designed to support the transition to a job-rich, low-carbon economy. The approach taken is innovative as it combines quantitative (econometric modelling) and qualitative (case study) methods to investigate the expected impact of sustainable energy policies on employment and . . . → Read More: Skills for a low-carbon Europe: the role of VET in a sustainable energy scenario – EU
Extract from an article by Tony Wood and Daniel Mullerworth
Published by Climate Spectator, Friday 30 August 2013
There is much debate about whether Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) will or even should be retained in its current or an alternative form after the election. Although both main parties have promised to keep the target . . . → Read More: UK shows how to reform the Renewable Energy Target – Grattan Institute
This briefing summarises the main themes of a high-level roundtable, hosted by IPPR in July 2013, to debate the findings of two new reports on energy policy published by consumer advocate Which?, focusing on wholesale market reforms and decarbonisation policy.
The need to improve consumer trust in the energy industry and energy policy, in . . . → Read More: Wholesale energy markets, decarbonisation policy and consumers(UK) – IPPR
Extract from Climate Consensus blogpost by Dana Nuccitelli
The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th, and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change. In anticipation of the widespread news coverage of this auspicious report, climate contrarians appear to . . . → Read More: The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report – The Guardian
‘Smart Grids’ are the future of electricity supply, allowing consumers to become interactive participants in a supply network that includes decentralised as well as centralised power generation.
‘Information and communication technologies’ (ICT) will help consumers manage and minimise their energy consumption – and allow electricity suppliers to match supply with demand. An EU-funded project . . . → Read More: Energy aware means energy efficient – Digital Agenda for Europe
Crime has been argued to have important externalities. We investigate the relationship between violent crime and an important type of behaviour: individuals’ participation in their local area through walking and physical activity. We use a sample of nearly 1 million people residing in over 320 small areas in England between 2005 and 2011. We . . . → Read More: Does crime deter people from walking?
Westminster-based thinktank ResPublica has published a report claiming that local councils are the greatest barrier to the growth of community energy.
The report, The Community Renewables Economy: Starting up, scaling up and spinning out, claims that local councils are “seriously blocking progress” and that instead of hindering growth, they should be helping it.
The . . . → Read More: Local councils told to stop blocking community energy projects (UK)- Blue & Green Tomorrow
Extract from an article by Saleemul Huq
The global community has been too slow to limit greenhouse gas emissions and too slow to adapt to the impacts that climate change will bring. Loss and damage are now inevitable.
Even if every country had a robust plan to adapt to climate change —which they do not—no . . . → Read More: Addressing loss and damage from climate change – International Institute for Environment and Development
Extract from an article by Roger Jones
If we haven’t heard much about carbon policy this election, we’ve heard even less about the other side of the climate equation – adaptation. We’re already seeing an increase in extreme weather, and climate models predict we’ll see more in the future, costing us potentially billions of dollars. . . . → Read More: Who should fund Australia’s adaptation to climate change? The Conversation
Extract from an article by Hartmut Fuenfgel and Alianne Rance
The responsibility of caring for those most vulnerable in society often falls to community service groups. When extreme events such as bushfires, floods, heatwaves and storms hit, many rely on local volunteers. New research shows community groups themselves are struggling to deal with climate change. . . . → Read More: Vital services are highly vulnerable under climate change – The Conversation
Extract from an article by David Karoly and Sophie Lewis
It’s official, the past 12 months have been the hottest in Australia for more than a hundred years. Temperatures averaged across Australia between September 2012 and August 2013 were hotter than any year since good records began in 1910. The previous record was held by . . . → Read More: Hottest 12-month period confirmed – so what role did humans play? The Conversation