The fundamental rights of refugees – Where have they gone? – Global Social Policy

Extract from an article by Gabriele Koehler, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland For the past 6 months, politicians and the media have been paying particular attention to refugees. In Europe, there is an alarmist discourse on the ‘refugee crisis’ but ‘crisis’ refers less to the fact that every day, thousands of children … [Read More] The fundamental rights of refugees – Where have they gone? – Global Social Policy

Electricity costs still Aussie householders’ biggest concern – CHOICE

Extract from an article by Kate Browne After two years of tracking how Australian consumers are feeling about financial pressures, the latest CHOICE Consumer Pulse has revealed some clear medium-term trends including ongoing concerns about the cost of electricity and superannuation. The CHOICE Consumer Pulse is a quarterly, nationally representative survey designed to measure Australians’ … [Read More] Electricity costs still Aussie householders’ biggest concern – CHOICE

What are G20 members really doing about climate change? The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe How are the members of the G20 rich nations club performing in their efforts to meet the challenge of climate change? A new report prepared for a recent G20 summit says: “Not enough. Must do better.” It urges them to drastically improve energy intensity and phase out support for … [Read More] What are G20 members really doing about climate change? The Fifth Estate

Levels of consumers’ agency and capacity as predictors for electricity demand reduction in the residential sector – Energy Efficiency

ABSTRACT A field study of 50 households in a collective community in Israel provides initial support for the hypotheses about the relations between actors’ agency, capacity and electricity demand reduction. ‘Agency’ refers to actors’ willingness and ability to make their own free choices and ‘capacity’ refers to actors’ ability to perform the choices they made. … [Read More] Levels of consumers’ agency and capacity as predictors for electricity demand reduction in the residential sector – Energy Efficiency

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals – UNESCO

Extract The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It also shows that education needs a major transformation to fulfill that potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. … [Read More] Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals – UNESCO

Higher star ratings for housing don’t necessarily save energy – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Dr Robert Crawford, Dr André Stephan, Christopher Jensen and Erika Bartak Energy efficient houses can significantly reduce heating and cooling energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. However, for increasingly efficient buildings, the embodied energy required to produce additional insulation and high-performance glazing can offset operational energy savings and lead to … [Read More] Higher star ratings for housing don’t necessarily save energy – The Fifth Estate

Electricity prices need to rise to tackle climate change – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Clancy Yeates It’s time for government to acknowledge the obvious: electricity prices will have to rise if we’re meaningfully to reduce carbon emissions. Fear of higher power bills was what Tony Abbott used so effectively (and misleadingly) in opposition to rail against the Gillard government’s now-scrapped carbon price. Hysterical warnings about power price surges were … [Read More] Electricity prices need to rise to tackle climate change – Sydney Morning Herald

Brotherhood in the News: Energy efficiency and the regulation of rental property conditions – BSL, CUAC, St V de Paul & CALC

A response to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997), Vic. Review by Brotherhood of St Laurence, Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and the Consumer Action Law Centre August 2016 SUMMARY To improve the functioning of the Victorian residential rental market, it is essential the Residential Tenancies Act Review address the quality of the … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Energy efficiency and the regulation of rental property conditions – BSL, CUAC, St V de Paul & CALC

A National Agenda for Climate Action – The Climate Institute

SUMMARY The more we find out about the effects of climate change, the greater the insights we gather into how we can to become a resilient, innovative, and safe Australia, that is prospering in a zero carbon global economy. Achieving this will not be easy. But it is necessary. Addressing climate change will require transformation, particularly … [Read More] A National Agenda for Climate Action – The Climate Institute

Facilitating Collaborative Urban Water Management Through University-utility Cooperation – Sustainable Cities and Society

ABSTRACT In the face of intensifying stresses such as climate change, rapid urban population growth, land use change, and public concern with rates and use restrictions, water management is becoming increasingly complex in the cities of the American West. One strategy to improve water management practices in this changing social-ecological context is to develop collaborative … [Read More] Facilitating Collaborative Urban Water Management Through University-utility Cooperation – Sustainable Cities and Society

Parliamentary Library Briefing Book for 45th Parliament

Foreword by the Parliamentary Librarian – Extract  As we do for each new parliament, the Library has prepared a volume providing snapshots of issues expected to figure during the Parliament’s first months. The articles give a high level perspective of key public policy issues, including relevant background, context and legislative history as well as outlining … [Read More] Parliamentary Library Briefing Book for 45th Parliament

Understanding ‘Energy Insecurity’ and Why it Matters to Health – Social Science & Medicine

Highlights Energy insecurity is operationalized to describe a hidden source of hardship. Energy insecurity is marked by three dimensions-economic, physical and behavioral. Energy insecurity leads to adverse environmental health and social consequences. Energy insecurity merits more attention in research and policy. ABSTRACT Energy insecurity is a multi-dimensional construct that describes the interplay between physical conditions … [Read More] Understanding ‘Energy Insecurity’ and Why it Matters to Health – Social Science & Medicine

Energy Efficiency Can Accelerate Economic Growth (US) – Natural Resources Defense Council

Extract from an article by David B. Goldstein Both political candidates claim that America needs to accelerate economic growth. This is accepted as a worthy goal by Paul Krugman, who notes that “some people I respect believe that trying to get …[the growth rate] back up should be a big goal of policy.” But Dr. Krugman … [Read More] Energy Efficiency Can Accelerate Economic Growth (US) – Natural Resources Defense Council

Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Trivess Moore, Cecily Maller, Ralph Horne and Yolande Strengers Low-energy or zero-energy housing is international best practice, but is still considered costly. Part of the problem is that studies of housing standards typically use only cost-benefit analysis to assess their value, and so often wrongly conclude that sustainable housing is unaffordable. Our new research … [Read More] Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation – The Conversation

$18 million to progress National Energy Productivity Plan – Minister for the Environment and Energy

Media Release Australia is on its way to meeting its 40 per cent National Energy Productivity Target to ensure families and businesses are getting value for money as we move to a lower emissions future. We know our Energy Performance Standards have in the past driven significant improvements that we now need to build on. … [Read More] $18 million to progress National Energy Productivity Plan – Minister for the Environment and Energy

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