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Category: Climate

Climate Change Authority Says Target Inadequate

Posted by Peter, on October 30, 2013

Australia's Climate Change Authority has issued a draft report stating that the greenhouse gas reduction target of 5% by 2020 is inadequate and should be increased to at least 15%. The Authority is due to produce a final report in February but Coalition policy is to abolish the Climate Change Authiority – so its final […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Carbon Tax Near Lowest

Posted by Peter, on March 28, 2013

Just in case anyone other than the Murdoch press thinks that Australia is “going it alone” with the “world’s biggest carbon tax“, these are the OECD’s figures on the average effective tax rate on carbon dioxide in its member countries:    Continue reading »

Climate Change Authority Board Announced

Posted by Peter, on June 22, 2012

The Government has announced the membership of the Australian Climate Change Board – an independent body which will provide advice on the Government's policies for reducing carbon pollution. The members are: Bernie Fraser (Chairman), former Governor of the Reserve Bank Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University John Quiggan, Professorial Research Fellow […]  Continue reading »

Australian Government Report: CO2 Emission Set to Rise 24%

Posted by Peter, on February 9, 2011

The Federal Government has released new figures showing that carbon emissions will rise by 24% above 2000 levels by 2020 despite a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures already in place. Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says that it demonstrates that reform, including a price on carbon, is necessary. He said that the […]  Continue reading »

Maps Predicting Aussie Floods to 2100 Released

Posted by Peter, on December 15, 2010

The Australian Government has released a series maps for low-lying areas in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Newcastle, the New South Wales Central Coast and south-east Queensland showing the likely effects of sea-level rise by the year 2100. Three maps have been produced for each area: low scenarion, which is likely to be unavoidable; medium scenario, the […]  Continue reading »

Australia Near Worst on Climate Change Performance

Posted by Peter, on December 9, 2010

Australia has has ranked ahead of only Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe and released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun The index compares 57 countries which account for more than 90 per cent of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions. Australia […]  Continue reading »

Barry Jones’ “Pascals Wager” on Climate

Posted by Peter, on December 8, 2010

Blaise Pascal’s famous wager was the if you believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you have lost nothing — but if you don’t believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you will go to hell. Therefore it is foolish to be an atheist. In a column published in the Sydney […]  Continue reading »

Climate Q&A from Australian Academy of Science

Posted by Peter, on August 23, 2010

The Australian Academy of Science has published a 16-page booklet on "The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers" for the interested non-scientist. The publication provides an authoritative, unbiased explanation of the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist. It answers the questions: What […]  Continue reading »

Australia Begins a New Climate Change Satellite Program

Posted by Peter, on March 19, 2010

Curtin University of Technology is heading a new $8 million space technology partnership that will address the issue of climate change with the use of its Global Navigation Satellite System Research Laboratory. According to Professor Peter Teunisssen, the lead scientist on the project, “The new space technology program in which we will be involved is […]  Continue reading »

Climate Change Risks to Australia’s Coasts

Posted by Peter, on November 14, 2009

The Australian Department of Climate Change has released the results of a study of the effects of rising sea levels as a result of climate change on Australia’s coastal dwellings and infrastructure. The modelling assumed a sea level increase of 1.1 metres, which it describes as the “plausible worst case”,  by 2100. The key findings […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Greenhouse Targets Voted World’s Worst

Posted by Peter, on June 7, 2009

At United Nation’s climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, more than 450 non-government organisations from around the world  have voted to give Australia first place in a "Fossil of the Day" award for greenhouse gas emission targets. The NGO’s criticised Australia for setting a completely inadequte target for 2020 of only a 5% greenhouse reduction, […]  Continue reading »

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