A one in 50 year storm hit South Australia this week causing extensive state-wide loss of power to homes and businesses. Before the storm was over the political storm had begun, with politicians using the blackouts for political purposes and seeking to undermine renewable energy in Australia, pointing to the high renewable energy penetration in SA as the reason theContinue Reading….
Most people know Randall Munroe from his comic xkcd, a humorous but scientific look at everyday life and questions that sometimes dont need to be answered. He has made a comic depicting the global temperature rise over known history. xkcd-global-temperatures ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 1 Climate Council – Global Warming in Comic Form
Coming up to a federal election, i always want a summary of key policy differences between the parties to help decide where my vote should go. The ABC has written an article summarising the major parties (Liberal, Labor and Greens) stance on various policies. You can read the article here ABC key issues – where the parties differ The article isContinue Reading….
Green bonds are fast becoming a popular way to finance low carbon (renewable or energy efficiency) projects. Just like a regular bond, they act as a loan + interest over a certain period, but are issued only to certified green projects. The Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank have short (2 min) video overview’s of Green Bonds whichContinue Reading….
A recent BBC article, based on work published in the journal Nature Geoscience recently, has put the current rate of carbon emissions is a historical context. Based on ocean sediments, a dramatic warming event around 56 million years ago called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) put about four billion tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere per year. Today’s figure isContinue Reading….
The Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds (CLEANaS) is a community organisation run by volunteers who aim to promote and assist Newcastle to use more renewable energy. They are running a series of free public events aimed at raising awareness and giving advice to local people who may be interested in learning more about renewable energy. The following list belowContinue Reading….
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year and 2016 has started off well. I was in Europe over Christmas where the temperature was a lot warmer than normally expected for the time of year, with most of the blame falling on the El Nino weather, though climate change is certainly having an effect as well. According the anContinue Reading….
Earlier this month, the political leadership of Tony Abbott was extinguished, to be replaced by a new Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull overnight. With the dawning of Turnbull’s new leadership, many have been questioning whether this new leader, known for having more liberal views than his predecessor, will do more for the renewable energy industry and the climate. Tony Abbott’sContinue Reading….
US president Barak Obama has revealed his Clean Power Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% compared to 2005 levels by 2013. President Obama has stated that there is no greater threat to the earths future than that of climate change, and that it is a moral obligation for this generation. Individual states must submit a plan onContinue Reading….
The video below from Bloomberg Business gives a history of global warming in three minutes, and it marks 120 years since we have known that the earth is warming. I’ve tended to think of global warming and the climate change debate as relatively new, but as the video shows it has been going on for longer than I thought. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-21/a-brief-history-of-global-warming