Making a difference can be in your hands

By Henrietta Cook – The Age – 24 October 2021
As world leaders debate the best ways for nations to tackle climate change, citizens can feel powerless to do much that makes any difference.


There are no real climate leaders yet – who will step up at Cop26?

By Greta Thunberg – The Guardian – 23 October 2021
Like other rich nations, the UK is more talk than action on the climate crisis. Something needs to change in Glasgow


Climate pollution from plastics to outpace coal emissions in US by 2030

By Elizabeth Gribkoff – Environmental Health News – 22 October 2021
With dozens of new plastics manufacturing and recycling facilities in the works, the U.S. plastics industry will release more greenhouse gas emissions than coal-fired power plants by 2030, say the authors of a new report.


The folly of gas: Most new gas generators not viable, says Carbon Tracker

By Joshua S Hill – Renew Economy – 21 October 2021
Australia is hitching its future to a “gas-led recovery”, but new report says gas plants are not viable because renewables and storage are cheaper, and cleaner.


How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’

By Raz Godelnik – Fast Company – 19 October 2021
Companies have been taking a ‘sustainability-as-usual’ approach to the climate crisis—a slow and voluntary adoption of commitments—but that may soon come to an end.


The energy crisis and how it could cost us all

By Ian Verrender – ABC News – 18 October 2021
The world appears to be staring down an energy crisis that would deliver ammunition to those wishing to slow the pace of climate change reforms and could see the dreaded return of stagflation


Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Crazy Cheap

By Brayden Gerrard – The Mobilist – 16 October 2021
Electric cars are nearing a major milestone that will propel adoption to new heights. Note this is a USA article. How long will it be before the same can be said in Australia?


Electronic waste from just this year will outweigh the Great Wall of China

By Elizabeth Gribkoff – Environmental Health News – 16 October 2021
This year, each of us will throw out, recycle, or shove into a desk drawer an average of 16.8 pounds of old phones, laptops, toasters, and other electronics and appliances, according to the UN — a total of 63.3 million tons of electronic waste worldwide.


Forget net zero – let’s have a ‘fossil freedom day’

By Mark Lynas – The Guardian – 15 October 2021
Imagine if we knew that sometime in 2047 we would definitively move on from the industrial revolution


Can we get more people to care about the climate crisis?

By Jeff Beer – Fast Company – 14 October 2021
Thirty-five years ago, four words from Stevie Ray Vaughn mobilized an entire state to clean up its act. Now we need a simple, powerful climate crisis message to mobilize the masses.


Fire Front

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 13 October 2021
Destroying the world’s living systems and draining its wealth are not perversions of capitalism. They are capitalism.


How a Computer From MIT Predicted the End of Humanity in 1973

By Andrei Tapalaga – History of Yesterday – 10 October 2021
The software used is called “World 3 system” and it predicted that the world will come to an end provoked by humanity in 2040


The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index

SOLABILITY – 10 October 2021
Published since 2012, the Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI) is the most comprehensive ranking of countries currently available. The GSCI measures competitiveness of countries based on 131 measurable, quantitative indicators derived from reliable sources, such as the World Bank, the IMF, and various UN agencies. The 131 indicators are grouped into 5 sub-indexes: Natural Capital, Resource Efficiency & Intensity, Intellectual Capital, Governance Efficiency, and Social Cohesion.


Australia could ‘green’ its degraded landscapes for just 6% of what we spend on defence

By Bonnie Mappin, James Watson and Lesley Hughes – The Conversation – 9 October 2021
The health of many Australian ecosystems is in steep decline. Replanting vast tracts of land with native vegetation will prevent species extinctions and help abate climate change – but which landscapes should be restored, and how much would it cost?


What to know about COP26, 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

By Brady Dennis – The Washington Post – 8 October 2021
“We must get serious. And we must act fast,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said recently, noting the world is “seemingly light years away” from meeting its climate goals.


Electrify everything and go renewable. Turns out it’s much cheaper than thought

By Giles Parkinson – Renew Economy – 5 October 2021
A fully electrifed home powered by renewables will need less than 40% of the energy of its fossil-fueled counterpart. And save thousands.

Also watch this 5 minute video from the ABC 7.30 Report on 4 October 2021.
Household energy savings could also hold the key to emissions reductions


Marine heatwaves could wipe out an extra six per cent of a country’s fish catches, costing millions their jobs

From ScienceDaily – 3 October 2021
Extremely hot years will wipe out hundreds of thousands of tons of fish available for catch in a country’s waters in this century, on top of projected decreases to fish stocks from long-term climate change, a new study predicts.


‘Wilderness’ evokes untouched landscapes. But is it time to stop using the word?

By Jo Khan – ABC Science – 2 October 2021
What image does the word ‘wilderness’ conjure in your mind? We don’t all perceive it the same way, and, for some, it means nothing at all.


How to explore the IPCC interactive climate change atlas

By Sara Kiley Watson – Popular Science – 1 October 2021
Climate scientists have long been saying that a few degrees of temperature change could mean a heck of a lot for the global climate. That warning has become even louder since the release of the most recent IPCC report last month.


Australia’s $333b pot of gold beyond fossil fuel ‘valley of death’

By Georgie Moore / AAP – INQUEENSLAND – 30 September 2021
Australia could reap $333 billion by 2050 from selling green energy overseas, according to a report pressing for rapid action to avoid a “valley of death” in the country’s exports.


Morrison and the Quad just committed to ending coal power by 2040, at the latest

By Michael Mazengarb – Renew Economy – 28 September 2021
As the Coalition went to war with itself over emissions targets, Quad leaders recommitted to goals that would require Australia to exit coal power by 2040.


Stepping up when adults don’t: ‘It’s just so real for us right now’

By Meg Keneally – The Guardian – 26 September 2021
Call it the Greta Thunberg effect – young people are carrying the burden of fighting for their future when it comes to the climate crisis


‘Good ideas, good work and good luck’: Australian grassroots campaigners on how they got it done

By Sally Dillon – The Guardian – 25 September 2021
From town hall meetings to QR codes and crowdfunding, three environmental campaigners share the practical tips that helped make their work effective


Spirited Away

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 25 September 2021
How the counterculture fell prey to the far-right’s conspiracy theories.


Could the financial sector solve climate change as diplomacy stumbles?

By Felicia Jackson – Forbes – 24 September 2021
The ECB is warning climate change costs could be 5x the cost of transition. As climate risk goes mainstream, could investor concern drive climate action as international diplomacy struggles to reach agreement?


Climate change: How to plant trillions of trees without hurting people and the planet

By Benji Jones – VOX – 23 September 2021
Large tree-planting initiatives often fail – and some have even fueled deforestation. There’s a better way.


The world is hungry for solar panels. Why did we stop making them?

ABC Science / By technology reporter James Purtill – 19 September 2021
Every day of the year, Australia installs about 1,000 rooftop solar systems; those black rectangles appearing on rooftops everywhere represent billions of dollars spent on silicon, glass and a little bit of metal.


On The Cusp

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 15 September 2021
Earth systems could tip before 2050. We urgently need more stringent climate targets.


What would it take for antivaxxers and climate science deniers to ‘wake up’?

By Clive Hamilton – The Guardian – 13 September 2021
Facts are puny against the carapace of denial when people’s sense of self is at stake. However, in the case of Covid deniers, imminent death seems to do the trick


Jane Goodall still has hope for humanity. Here’s why

By Karen Tong and Meredith Lake for Soul Search – ABC Radio – 11 September 2021
Amid a changing climate and the COVID-19 pandemic, Jane Goodall shares her life lessons on hope.


Yes, it is entirely possible for Australia to phase out thermal coal within a decade

From John Quiggin – THE CONVERSATION – 9 September 2021
In a UK study published today in Nature, scientists found Australia must keep 95% of coal in the ground if we have any hope of stopping the planet warming beyond the crucial limit of 1.5℃.


20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

From The Guardian – 8 September 2021
Livestock companies with large emissions receive billions of dollars in funding, campaigners say


Over 200 health journals call on world leaders to address ‘catastrophic harm to health’ from climate change

From Science Daily – 7 September 2021
Over 200 health journals across the world have come together to simultaneously publish an editorial calling on world leaders to take emergency action to limit global temperature increases, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.


Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming

From Andrew Wait and Kieron Meagher – THE CONVERSATION – 6 September 2021
The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest Australia may have to jettison tracts of the bush unless there is a massive investment in climate-change adaptation and planning.


Climate change: Spiralling cost of weather disasters shows dramatic impact of just one degree of warming

THE SCOTSMAN – 2 September 2021

The weather of 1970s Scotland may not seem all that very different to the weather we experience today, judged by the perhaps hazy memories of those who were around at the time. However, on a global scale, the insurance industry will have noticed a huge difference.


Solar keeps on getting better: Cheaper, more efficient and bigger returns on energy

By Fereidoon Sioshansi – Renew Ecomomy – 28 August 2021
The energy payback time for solar PV can be less than a year, meaning it will produce 20 times the energy needed to produce it over a 20 year lifespan.


Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat

By Nick O’Malley and Miki Perkins – Sydney Morning Herald – 30 August 2021
The survey of 15,000 Australians found 67pc believe the government should do more to tackle climate change, including a majority in all 151 national seats.


Farmers manage more than half the country. We all have a stake in them getting it right

Gabrielle Chan – The Guardian – Sun 29 Aug 2021
If you eat, you have an interest in farming. If you care about the environment, you have an interest in farming. Yet Australia has no national agriculture strategy


Dead Line

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th August 2021
Future corporate profits are officially more important than life on Earth.


Is democracy getting in the way of saving the planet?

Kate Aronoff – The Guardian – 26 August 2021
Our climate is in crisis, but authoritarians and technocrats don’t have the answers


What burgers and bananas can teach us about fighting climate change

Canary Media – 24 August 2021
We can’t just build renewables. We have to stamp out fossil fuels.


Australia on verge of electric cars boom amid sharp jump in sales figures

The Age – 23 August 2021
Australian sales of electric cars have risen at record levels in the past six months amid state government incentives as the industry forecasts greater price parity and consumer choice over the next 24 months.


GEOENGINEERING

The Age – 22 August 2021
This article from today’s AGE explains the pros and cons of Geoengineering.


Young people jettisoned on climate, vaccines and housing

The Age – 20 August 2021
Some young Australians are now so desperately unhappy with government inaction they feel being arrested and fined is actually less of a cost than the cost to their future if nothing is done.


Three in four people think climate change is reaching an irreversible ‘tipping point’

Yahoo!News – 19 August 2021
Three out of four people now believe that the world is approaching an irreversible ‘tipping point’ due to the actions of the human race, a survey has found.


Pandemic and digitalization set stage for revival of a cast-off idea: Personal carbon allowances

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology – 17 August 2021
Researchers say the time may be right for many industrialized nations to resurrect an idea once thought to be unfeasible: personal carbon allowances (PCAs). The concept, they report, has stronger possibilities due to a worsening climate crisis, changes in personal behavior due to the COVID-19 crisis and advances in artificial intelligence and information and communications technologies.


Good news: Some climate change impacts are ‘reversible.’ Here’s what that means

Emily Chung · CBC News – 16 August 2021
Carbon removal can reverse temperature changes in the long-term, but can’t stop sea level rise


Effectively removing CO2 from the atmosphere

Paul Scherrer Institute – 15 August 2021
Researchers have investigated the extent to which direct capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the ambient air can help to effectively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The result: With careful planning, for example with regard to location and provision of the necessary energy, CO2 can be removed in a climate-effective manner.


Heatwaves and hope: The message from the IPCC climate report

Dan Jervis-Bardy – 11 August 2021
The exact word wasn’t used in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. But read between its many explicit and alarming references to the threat of increasingly prevalent heatwaves, fires, floods, droughts and rising sea levels, and the message, if not the word, is there in bold. Hope.


This is the most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future. Here’s what you need to know

Pep Canadell,Joelle Gergis, Malte Meinshausen, Mark Hemer, Michael Grose
10 August 2021
Earth has warmed 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Seven top takeaways from the IPCC’s latest climate science assessment

Peter Hannam – 9 August 2021
Every seven years or so, like a recurring global spasm, scientists from around the world update their understanding of how the planet is heating up, what the impacts will be and what we might do about it.


The gift we should give to the living world? Time, and lots of it

George Monbiot – 9 August 2021
Planting 10 saplings does not replace a twisted old oak. ‘Slow ecology’ is the only way to preserve and restore ancient habitats


Monday’s IPCC report is a really big deal for climate change. So what is it? And why should we trust it?

David Karoly – 8 August 2021
On Monday, an extremely important report on the physical science of climate change will be released to the world. Produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the report will give world leaders the most up-to-date information about climate change to inform their policies.


The call to pull carbon out of the atmosphere

https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/beyond-emissions-the-call-to-pull-carbon-out-of-the-atmosphere-20210806-p58gia.html
THE AGE – 7 August 2021
The Swedish scientist Kenneth Möllersten was at a conference in Cairns back in 2000 when an idea came to him that has become woven into the very fabric of international climate change politics, an idea some see as dangerous, some as fanciful, and others as crucial to stabilising the world’s atmosphere.


Eight technologies that could eliminate nearly all emissions by 2035

https://reneweconomy.com.au/get-serious-eight-technologies-that-could-eliminate-nearly-all-emissions-by-2035/
RENEW ECONOMY – 6 August 2021
Stanford’s Tony Seba says world has technologies to achieve rapid emission reductions. We just need to deploy them at speed and scale.


ELECTRIC CAR RESOURCES

This posting contains a collection of articles that will help you decide if you are thinking about buying an electric car. Will an electic car be a practical vehicle for you?


BULK BUY OF SECOND HAND ELECTRIC CARS


by Royce Kurmelovs of The Guardian

Years ago you may have participated in a community organised bulk-buy of solar panels. In 2021 would you consider participating in the bulk-buy of a second-hand Japanese electric car? If so, have a read of this article from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/electric-cars-green-recovery-price-second-hand-bulk-buy from July 2020.

The Good Car Company website is here https://www.goodcar.co/

The latest Good Car Newsletter lists the current second hand vehicles for sale.


THE DRIVEN (Updated once a day with new postings)

THE DRIVEN is an Australian website that provides daily news about Electric Vehicles available in Australia. It also provides other news pertaining to EV infrastructure, and Government initiatives related to EVs. https://thedriven.io/

The American equivalent, updated on Wednesdays, is https://medium.com/themobilist


Your questions about electric vehicles answered (Posted April 2021)

The 1 Million Women website recently sent this newsletter to its members. It features answers to commonly asked questions about the NISSAN LEAF, one of the most popular Electric Vehicles (EVs) currently available in Australia.

https://mailchi.mp/1millionwomen/your-questions-about-electric-vehicles-answered?e=4ce16932a8


FACEBOOK GROUP – Electric Vehicles for Australia

This is a facebook group of over 6000 Australian EV enthusiasts.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1737462746527033


A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ELECTRIC CARS

This page is well worth reading to provide you with an overall view of the history, current situation and future of electric cars. Yes, its American, but plenty of articles on the situation in Australia follow below. American, European and Asian auto makers are making huge financial committments towards their countries converting to BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles). This means the eventual demise of the ICE (Internal Combustion Vehicles) cars, with some predicting this will occur as early as 2025.

https://thinkev.com/guide-to-electric-cars/


IS AUSTRALIA SWITCHING TO ELECTRIC CARS?

Electric cars will become a part of the power grid one day – and many countries are speeding ahead with uptake. So why is Australia stuck in the slow lane?
Mike Foley, The AGE, 1 Feb 2021

One of the Explainer series of articles from the Melbourne AGE and the Sydney Morning Herald.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-is-australia-travelling-with-the-switch-to-electric-cars-20210127-p56x5n.html


WHERE ARE AUSTRALIA’S ELECTRIC VEHICLES?

A 28 minute ABC podcast on the status of Electric Car sales in Australia. Issues involved in Electric Car ownership, both real and imagined, are discussed extensively. Around the world, electric vehicles are gaining attraction, interest and sales. Billions of dollars are being poured into this technology and into electric self-driving cars, but not without some serious accidents.
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/downloadthisshow/where-are-australia%25E2%2580%2599s-electric-vehicles/13125702


GM BETS THAT AMERICA WILL GO ELECTRIC

As the auto industry undergoes a technological revolution, we have watched two distinct strategies unfold in the United States. GM has positioned itself with the most aggressive developers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the planet. But, with combustion still dominating the road by far, Ford seems to have decided that, if Americans do go electric, it will be gradual and take place over decades.
Steve LeVine in The Mobilist
https://themobilist.medium.com/gm-has-upped-its-bet-that-americans-will-go-electric-ec9d40396f8c


GM PREDICTS AN END TO PETROL CARS IN 2035

History could well mark the past week as the pivot point in the transition from petrol-driven cars to electric cars. The granddaddy of the US automakers, General Motors, has marked an end date in its calendar on producing fuel engines – 2035.
Elizabeth Knight
The Age, 1 February 2021
https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/gm-s-radical-shift-to-electric-will-rattle-complacent-us-car-industry-20210201-p56yhm.html


HOW TO CUT EMISSIONS FROM TRANSPORT

The NZ Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil fuels instead of relying on offsets and carbon trading.
Robert McLachlan,
Professor in Applied Mathematics,
Massey University, New Zealand
The Conversation, 2 February 2021

https://theconversation.com/how-to-cut-emissions-from-transport-ban-fossil-fuel-cars-electrify-transport-and-get-people-walking-and-cycling-154363


EDITORIAL – THE CONVERSATION – 8 FEBRUARY 2021

With each day that passes, the argument in favour of electric vehicles becomes more compelling. They reduce air pollution and, with it, a host of medical problems. They’re whisper-quiet and more efficient than traditional vehicles. And of course, combined with a low-carbon electricity sector, they can slash greenhouse gas emissions.

But the opportunities of this transport revolution are largely whizzing straight past Australia. Uptake here lags far behind our international peers. And the Morrison government’s new Future Fuels Strategy does little to change that – its measures to encourage electric vehicle adoption are lacklustre at best.

Crucially, the government has ruled out financial incentives to entice consumers to buy electric vehicles – a policy shown overseas to boost EV sales. As Jake Whitehead and his colleagues write today, the approach is in stark contrast to the United States, where President Joe Biden has gone all-in on electric vehicles with a suite of ambitious policies that, frankly, put Australia to shame.

And, in a reminder of how much work on EVs remains to be done in Australia, Amelia Thorpe and her co-authors write of their Tesla road trip through New South Wales. It brought home the reality of “range anxiety” – fear that an electric vehicle will run out of battery – when driving outside our major cities.

Nicole Hasham
Section Editor
Energy + Environment
The Conversation


ELECTRIC CAR RANGE ANXIETY ON A NSW ROAD TRIP

Replacing cars that run on fossil fuels with electric cars will be important in meeting climate goals – road transport produces more than 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But there are obstacles to wider uptake, particularly in Australia.

https://theconversation.com/on-an-electric-car-road-trip-around-nsw-we-found-range-anxiety-and-the-need-for-more-chargers-is-real-154071