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

Heatwave warnings heeded – PS News Online

An analysis of health service data has found a spike in people using Emergency Departments, the nurse-on-call service and the National Home Doctor Service during January’s heat wave, particularly older Victorians. Minister for Health, David Davis said the data showed Victorians were listening to public health warnings about the impact of heat on the health of … [Read More] Heatwave warnings heeded – PS News Online

How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs – Renew economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath and Giles Parkinson The Clean Energy Council has issued a new report highlighting how easy it would be for the Victoria state government to tweak current policy settings, and use solar and energy efficiency to save costs, boost jobs – and provide cleaner energy. The report – Quick clean … [Read More] How Victoria could go solar, save millions and boost jobs – Renew economy

Most Australians believe the cost of living has soared over the past year – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Daniel Hurst Poll finds 72% believe cost of living has worsened, while two in three say electricity costs have risen Australians overwhelmingly believe that the cost of living, electricity bills and unemployment have increased in the past year, according to a new survey. The Essential poll asked 1,801 people to consider a … [Read More] Most Australians believe the cost of living has soared over the past year – The Guardian

Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment – Renew Economy

Extract from an article by Sophie Vorrath Australia’s dramatic backwards slide on climate action and low-carbon policy under the federal Coalition is, by now, well documented. Since coming into power, Tony Abbott and his climate-sceptic team have dumped the nation’s world-leading carbon pricing scheme, wound back renewable energy support mechanisms, and taken aim at the Climate … [Read More] Australia ranked dead last on climate, green investment – Renew Economy

Victorian energy retailers failing struggling customers: disconnection on the rise – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV) Annual Report for 2013/14 suggests energy retailers are failing to offer sufficient assistance to customers struggling with high bills. During the year, EWOV received an average of 37 calls a day from Victorians concerned about imminent or actual disconnection. EWOV reported its highest level of cases level in one year, … [Read More] Victorian energy retailers failing struggling customers: disconnection on the rise – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes – Energy Policy

ABSTRACT The UK?s housing stock generates approximately 27% of the country?s total annual carbon emissions. In light of the legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions, new housing is subject to a tightening of regulations governing energy demand and efficiency resulting in a gradual improvement in carbon emissions. The question is how to achieve the … [Read More] Attitudes and behaviours of private sector landlords towards the energy efficiency of tenanted homes – Energy Policy

Gas prices will explode due to Queensland exports, says Grattan Institute – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Esther Han Larger households that use gas for cooking, hot water and heating will be hit with a yearly bill increase of up to $435 in the eastern states and the government should do nothing to intervene, the Grattan Institute has said. In the next two to three years, high … [Read More] Gas prices will explode due to Queensland exports, says Grattan Institute – Sydney Morning Herald

Governments under-invest in natural disaster mitigation: Productivity Commission – VCOSS

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s recently released Natural Disaster Funding Draft Report argues that a greater focus on mitigation would limit the impact of natural disasters, and the Australian Government should increase mitigation funding to the States. The report finds that the evolution of natural disaster funding arrangements is characterised by a ‘growing generosity’ by the Australian … [Read More] Governments under-invest in natural disaster mitigation: Productivity Commission – VCOSS

Looming gas price rise needs action to protect low-income groups – VCOSS

Extract from Blog Post Sixteen years ago, an explosion at Esso’s Longford gas plant and the consequent three-week shutdown of the gas network reminded most Victorians of their heavy reliance on having gas piped into their homes to fuel essential appliances. Gas was cheap and almost ubiquitous, and the flexibility of gas cooking and affordable … [Read More] Looming gas price rise needs action to protect low-income groups – VCOSS

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