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
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.
By George Monboit – The Guardian – 13 October 2021
Destroying the world’s living systems and draining its wealth are not perversions of capitalism. They are capitalism.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
By George Monbiot – The Guardian – 25 September 2021
How the counterculture fell prey to the far-right’s conspiracy theories.
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?
By Benji Jones – VOX – 23 September 2021
Large tree-planting initiatives often fail – and some have even fueled deforestation. There’s a better way.
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.
By George Monbiotc – The Guardian – 15 September 2021
Earth systems could tip before 2050. We urgently need more stringent climate targets.
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
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.
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℃.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th August 2021
Future corporate profits are officially more important than life on Earth.
Kate Aronoff – The Guardian – 26 August 2021
Our climate is in crisis, but authoritarians and technocrats don’t have the answers
Canary Media – 24 August 2021
We can’t just build renewables. We have to stamp out fossil fuels.
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.
The Age – 22 August 2021
This article from today’s AGE explains the pros and cons of Geoengineering.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Chung · CBC News – 16 August 2021
Carbon removal can reverse temperature changes in the long-term, but can’t stop sea level rise
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
FACEBOOK GROUP – Electric Vehicles for Australia
This is a facebook group of over 6000 Australian EV enthusiasts.
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.
IS AUSTRALIA SWITCHING TO ELECTRIC CARS?
One of the Explainer series of articles from the Melbourne AGE and the Sydney Morning Herald.
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.
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
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.
The Age, 1 February 2021
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.
Professor in Applied Mathematics,
Massey University, New Zealand
The Conversation, 2 February 2021
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.
Energy + Environment
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.