17 08, 2022

Unprecedented Drought in Australia Projected by Mid-Century

By |2022-08-17T15:01:48+00:00August 17, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Unprecedented Drought in Australia Projected by Mid-Century

A new study has examined the future intensity and timing of droughts across vulnerable areas of the world. Researchers found unprecedented drought would become more frequent and consecutive in certain "hotspot" regions, even under low future warming projections. The study, led by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan and published in Nature Communications, modelled changes in the frequency of drought days (FDD) for 59 global subcontinental regions until the end of the 21st century. This enabled them to [...]

17 08, 2022

Natural Gas in Homes Leaks Hazardous Pollutants: New Research (Video)

By |2022-08-17T14:52:27+00:00August 17, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Natural Gas in Homes Leaks Hazardous Pollutants: New Research (Video)

 Watch this video to learn about the latest findings from a new Harvard study about the leakage of hazardous pollutants from natural gas into homes. A new Harvard study, Home is where the pipeline ends, finds that natural gas appliances in homes are leaking volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are toxic and linked to cancer. In addition, they can form secondary health-damaging pollutants, such as particulate matter and ozone. The study took place in homes throughout the Greater Boston [...]

17 08, 2022

AEMO: Australia’s Net Zero Transition Is Moving Faster Than Expected

By |2022-08-25T13:05:30+00:00August 17, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on AEMO: Australia’s Net Zero Transition Is Moving Faster Than Expected

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) latest report shows that Australia’s transition to net zero is accelerating faster than expected. The rapidly falling costs of renewable energy alongside early coal closures are driving this progress. Furthermore, investors have increased focus on climate, environmental, social and governance considerations, which has also contributed to this positive performance of Australia’s net zero transition. The AEMO’s 2022 Integrated System Plan (ISP) is a comprehensive roadmap for the National Electricity Market (NEM). It offers an [...]

4 08, 2022

A Closer Look at the Australian Labor Party Climate Policy

By |2022-08-04T14:37:43+00:00August 4, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on A Closer Look at the Australian Labor Party Climate Policy

The Australian Labor Party has set out its climate policy based on a 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030. Labor's Powering Australia Plan sets out how boosting the renewable energy sector will achieve this. Independent modelling found that by 2030, the plan would create 604,000 direct jobs and a further 540,000 indirect jobs. Five out of six of these new jobs will be created in the regions. The Plan will attract an estimated AUD $76 billion of investment. Additionally, [...]

4 08, 2022

Fossil Fuel Companies Could be Exposed to “Mass Litigation” for Climate Damage

By |2022-08-09T09:10:45+00:00August 4, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Fossil Fuel Companies Could be Exposed to “Mass Litigation” for Climate Damage

Climate-related disasters are becoming more severe and frequent around the world. Yet, fossil fuel companies are profiting in the trillions churning out the coal, oil and gas that fuels these devastating events. These disasters cause destruction to countless lives, with the burden falling hardest on the most vulnerable and underserved communities.  In a first-of-its-kind legal case, Peruvian farmer Saúl Luciano Lliuya is suing the German energy giant RWE for such damage. Lliuya's case argues climate change risks a glacial lake outburst flood that could destroy his [...]

4 08, 2022

The Renewable Energy Transition Will Pay Back in Just Six Years

By |2022-08-04T14:09:27+00:00August 4, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on The Renewable Energy Transition Will Pay Back in Just Six Years

A new global study from a research group at Stanford University found that the transition to 100 per cent clean, renewable energy would pay back in energy savings in just six years. In Australia, this full transition to renewable energies would pay back even sooner at a little over five years. The new system would address the multiple global crises of climate change, air pollution and energy insecurity, providing the foundation for a clean and efficient world economy. ​​The scientists [...]

4 08, 2022

Australian Conservation Foundation Launches Legal Action Against Woodside

By |2022-08-04T13:55:32+00:00August 4, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Australian Conservation Foundation Launches Legal Action Against Woodside

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has filed a legal challenge in the Federal Court against Woodside's controversial mega-polluting Scarborough gas project. The ACF lawyers argue that the project should not proceed until an impact assessment on the Great Barrier Reef has taken place. Scarborough is a proposed new gas project off the north-west coast of Western Australia, producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) predominantly for export to Asia. The project would cause an estimated 1.37 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the [...]

29 06, 2022

Simply Reducing Australia’s Emissions Is Not the Answer

By |2022-08-09T09:09:53+00:00June 29, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Simply Reducing Australia’s Emissions Is Not the Answer

Labor's electoral victory has been heralded as a win for the climate, and plans to reduce Australia's emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2050 are soon to be enshrined in law. This undoubtedly marks progress when compared to the former coalition's weak climate policies. However, what is missing is the plan to tackle our biggest contribution to climate change: our coal, gas and oil exports. While Australia's domestic emissions account for just over one per cent of global emissions, [...]

24 06, 2022

Albanese Government Backs “Carbon Bomb” Scarborough-Pluto Gas Project

By |2022-07-13T14:09:48+00:00June 24, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Albanese Government Backs “Carbon Bomb” Scarborough-Pluto Gas Project

Despite pledging a more ambitious climate agenda, Albanese's Labor government has confirmed its support for the mega-polluting Scarborough-Pluto gas project in Western Australia. The AUD $16.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, owned by energy giant Woodside, would result in climate-heating emissions, equivalent to over 15 new coal-fired power stations.  Albanese promised Australians that Labor wanted to end the "climate wars". However, new Resources Minister Madeleine King has confirmed it will "absolutely not" be more difficult to develop new fossil fuel projects under [...]

24 06, 2022

Climate Policies to Make Australia a Climate Leader

By |2022-08-09T08:57:49+00:00June 24, 2022|Reports|Comments Off on Climate Policies to Make Australia a Climate Leader

The Australian Labor Party was elected with a strong climate change policy mandate, and new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised Australia a "renewable energy superpower". Following years of conservative climate inaction, this outlook brings hope to the nation already suffering deeply from the consequences of climate change. Now, there is no time to lose deploying transformational policies for a safer future.  The Climate Council have released a briefing paper outlining a comprehensive list of pragmatic policies the new government should [...]

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