How much would it cost to reforest Australian farmland for carbon credits?

By Angus Mackintosh – ABC Rural – 29 November 2021
Offsetting agricultural emissions through reforestation would cost a fair chunk of farm profits, new research suggests. So what’s the best way to tackle agricultural emissions?


Australia’s spy agency predicted the climate crisis 40 years ago – and fretted about coal exports

By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian – 28 November 2021
In a taste of things to come, a secret Office of National Assessment report worried the ‘carbon dioxide problem’ would hurt the nation’s coal industry


Australia’s Black Summer of fire was not normal – and we can prove it

By Garry Cook et al – The Conversation – 27 November 2021
The Black Summer forest fires of 2019–2020 burned more than 24 million hectares, directly causing 33 deaths and almost 450 more from smoke inhalation.


Australian climate activists battling increased repression and surveillance, new report says

From SBS News – 26 November 2021
Climate protesters are being targeted by harsh penalties, inappropriate police powers and surveillance, according to a new report.


5 big ideas: how Australia can tackle climate change while restoring nature, culture and communities

By Rachel Morgain et al – The Conversation – 25 November 2021
Australia’s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050 relies heavily on unproven technologies to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, among other things.


World needs up to 140TWh of long duration energy storage to meet net-zero goals

By Sophie Vorrath – Renew Economy – 24 November 2021
New report says energy storage of eight hours and more will be crucial to shift to renewables, and we’ll need a lot of it between now and 2040.


How the chemicals industry’s pollution slipped under the radar

From The Guardian – 23 November 2021
The industry consumes more than 10% of fossil fuels produced globally and emits an estimated 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, more than India’s annual emissions.


The little guys are leading efforts to combat climate change

By THE OLYMPIAN EDITORIAL BOARD – 22 November 2021
Don’t let the Glasgow climate summit get you down. This battle is being won from the bottom up.


Domino Theory

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 21 November 2021
Our last, best hope of averting systemic environmental collapse is to use the peculiarities of complex systems to trigger cascading political regime shifts.


Australia’s R&D spend too low to fund future climate change technology breakthroughs: experts

By Doug Dingwall – The Canberra Times – 20 November 2021
Australia’s scientific triumphs have a hard time entering the nation’s folklore. It may be why the passivated emitter and rear cell, or PERC, isn’t as widely celebrated as it should be.


Revealed: the places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos

The Guardian – 19 November 2021
A tiny proportion of world’s land surface hosts carbon-rich forests and peatlands that would not recover before 2050 if lost.


More Australians are turning to EVs, but a few key issues are hampering uptake

By Amy Bainbridge and Lucy Kent – ABC News – 18 November 2021
A growing number of Australian car lovers are turning to electric vehicles — but experts and industry figures say more can be done to encourage uptake and lower prices.


I’m an expert in what makes good policy, and the Morrison government’s net-zero plan fails on 6 crucial counts

By Nadeem Samnakay – The Conversation – 17 November 2021
The Morrison government’s recent plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 has been widely criticised by scientists, environmental organisations, journalists, politicians and more.


Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away

By Sally Thompson et al – The Conversation – 16 November 2021
Forests directly cool the planet, like natural evaporative air conditioners. So what happens when you cut them down?


The ultimate guide to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment (despite a few bright spots)

By Robert Hales and Brendan Mackey- The Conversation – 15 November 2021
After two hard-fought weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow climate change summit is, at last, over. All 197 participating countries adopted the so-called Glasgow Climate Pact, despite an 11th hour intervention by India in which the final agreement was watered down from “phasing out” coal to “phasing down”.


Wealth Curse

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 14 November 2021
Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich?


Nations reach climate deal at COP26 after compromise on coal

By Jack Hawke – ABC News – 14 November 2021
Government negotiators from nearly 200 countries have adopted a new deal on climate action after a last-minute intervention by India to water down the language on cutting emissions from coal.


Government releases its modelling underpinning the net zero emissions target

By Georgia Hitch – ABC News – 13 November 2021
To save spending your time sifting through the government’s modelling for its net zero by 2050 plan, here are a few of the key takeaways.


Green warriors find killer weapon in war on fossil fuel giants

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – The Age – 12 November 2021
The climate movement has found its killer weapon in the war on fossils and the global multinational complex. It is mobilising human rights law to force through drastic decarbonisation and judges are playing along.


Looting By Other Means

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 11 November 2021
What the rich nations owe the poor is not climate aid or climate loans. It’s climate reparations.


‘Existential crisis’: United States and China stun COP26 with joint climate change pact

By Nick O’Malley and Bevan Shields – Brisbane Times – 11 November 2021
John Kerry called the joint declaration a “roadmap for our present and future collaboration” on climate change.


Tech can’t fix the problem of cars

By Shira Ovide – Bangladesh Times – 10 November 2021
Devoting our attention to exciting new electric and driverless cars may give us a pass from confronting a deeper question: How can we make our lives less dependent on cars?


Why putting rooftop solar on low-income rooftops is an “economic no-brainer”

By Sophie Vorrath – RENEW ECONOMY – 9 November 2021
Should rooftop PV subsidies be redirected to low-income households only? New study shows why supporting hardship customers with solar could be a better deal.


Australia needs to lift its game on R&D spending to reach net zero

By Katina Curtis – The Sydney Morning Herald – 8 November 2021
A reliance on technological advances to cut emissions in the federal government’s net zero plan means Australia needs to significantly lift its investment in research and development, with the sector looking for a $2.4 billion fund ahead of next year’s election.


Wind and solar could power the world’s major countries most of the time

By University of California at Irvine – Science News – 7 November 2021
With the eyes of the world on the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, strategies for decarbonizing energy infrastructure are a trending topic. Yet critics of renewables question the dependability of systems that rely on intermittent resources.


Groundtruthed

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 6 November 2021
Almost everything being said by powerful governments at COP26 is a distraction from the crucial task: keeping fossil fuels in the ground.


Thoughts for young activists

By Rex Weyler – MIRAGE – 6 November 2021
During this year — the 50th anniversary of Greenpeace — I’ve had occasion to speak with ecology and human-rights activists around the world. In some cases, young activists have asked my advice about how to achieve results.


Does climate change have us licked?

By Waleed Aly – The Age – 5 November 2021
The giant contradiction at the heart of climate politics is that it is a collection of national leaders pursuing national interests while trying to solve a borderless, global problem.


COP26 needs to proclaim end of coal

By Felix Horne – Human Rights Watch – 4 November 2021
“Glasgow must be the COP that consigns coal to history.” Those were the words in July of Alok Sharma, president of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26). With world leaders gathered in Glasgow this week, the need to phase out coal has never been more urgent if humanity is to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.


Surface Tension

By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 3 November 2021
Our survival depends on piercing the glassy surface of distraction, and ceasing to obey.


5 ways climate change will affect plants and animals

By Tara Lohan – The Revelator – 3 November 2021
Warming temperatures, stronger storms and rising seas present a cascade of challenges that researchers are racing to understand.


Factbox: COP26: What would success look like at the climate summit?

By Kate Abnett and Valerie Volcovici – REUTERS – 2 November 2021
Making a final assessment of the progress achieved over the two weeks of the COP26 talks in Glasgow will be complex. Unlike past climate summits, the event won’t deliver a new treaty or one big “win”.


Our climate demands we change the world right now. The good news? We can

By Rebecca Solnit – The Guardian – 31 October 2021
Glasgow has to be a turning point. There is no other option


High cost of electric vehicles make Australians hesitant to buy

By Rob Harris – The Age – 30 October 2021
The high cost of an electric vehicle is the reason half of Australians remain hesitant in making the switch away from petrol or diesel cars, new polling reveals, with more than a third of drivers saying they’re not considering one as their next purchase.


Simon Holmes à Court: ‘If it works, the payoff will be enormous’

By Brook Turner – The Age – 30 October 2021
The son of Australia’s first billionaire has become the face of a burgeoning independents movement some say heralds a tectonic shift in our political landscape. Their focus? Climate change. Their target? Disgruntled small-l liberals.


The battle to get here was ugly, but the impact of Joe Biden’s climate plan will be huge

By Jonathan Freedland – The Guardian – 30 October 2021
Yes, there have been compromises. But this is the biggest ever plan to curb emissions and, ahead of Cop26, will send a signal to the world


Who’s who in Glasgow: Your quick guide to the COP26 climate talks

By Michael Mazengarb – Renew Economy – 29 October 2021
Who’s going? What will they talk about? RenewEconomy’s guide to COP26 in Glasgow.


Soils can’t hold enough carbon to offset Australian emissions, experts say

By Michael Condon and Joshua Becker – ABC Rural – 28 October 2021
Australia’s plan for net zero includes “dangerous” soil carbon assumptions, relies on farmers to “bail out the fossil fuel industry”, and could be too expensive, experts say.


If all 2030 climate targets are met, the planet will heat by 2.7℃ this century. That’s not OK

By Andrew King and Malte Meinshausen – The Conversation – 27 October 2021
If nations make good on their latest promises to reduce emissions by 2030, the planet will warm by at least 2.7℃ this century, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found. This overshoots the crucial internationally agreed temperature rise of 1.5℃.


The world is nowhere near to kicking its dirtiest habit

By Thomas Biesheuvel and Samuel Dodge – The Age – 26 October 2021
Never in human history has a tonne of coal cost more. Governments and utilities across the globe are willing to pay record sums to literally keep the lights on. That’s the bruising reality that global leaders must face at the high-stakes climate talks in Glasgow this month as hopes fade for a deal to end the world’s reliance on the dirtiest fuel.


Miracle of Reduction

By George Monboit – The Guardian – 25 October 2021
To avert environmental disaster, we need sudden and drastic change. Impossible? No, it has been done before.


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.