The economic cost of climate change is high: an annual $12 billion increase in electricity bills due to added air conditioning; $66 billion to $106 billion worth of coastal property damage due to rising seas; and billions in lost wages for farmers and construction workers forced to take the day off or risk . . . → Read More: Paying the Cost of Climate Change – Brookings
Nick Stern is back with another report on climate change – colloquially known as Stern 2.0. It’s another offering from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Since his 2006 review, Stern has been regularly in the news, claiming climate change is worse than we thought. The new report fits the mould.
. . . → Read More: Stern 2.0 takes climate policy analysis to a new level of exaggeration – The Conversation
As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing.
The Global Carbon Project has released its annual report card on . . . → Read More: Global carbon report: Emissions will hit new heights in 2014 – The Conversation
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)
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 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
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
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
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
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
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) –
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
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
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