Climate change mitigation

Report

19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and profile...

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Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Research report

07 Jul 2017

As Fiji prepares to chair climate talks in late 2017, Pacific leaders are gathering in Suva to consider what policies to push for. One should be a moratorium on new coal mines.

Australian government ministers are actively promoting subsidies to the world’s largest new coal mine, Adani’s...

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Report

29 Jun 2017

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest.

Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a...

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Fact sheet

23 Jun 2017

This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living. 

In summary:

  • Broad engagement with lower income households, industry, government and other stakeholders reveals that energy deprivation is an increasing
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Report

21 Jun 2017

The 2017 Poll is the thirteenth annual Poll by the Lowy Institute. As always, the Poll has incorporated a broad range of questions about some of our most important relationships, including those with the United States and China, and asked Australians to consider how much they trust various...

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Report

01 Jun 2017

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority to jointly provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices consistent with achieving...

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Strategy

30 May 2017

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide (first prepared in 2010) describes our plan for how Adelaide should grow to become more liveable, competitive and sustainable. The policies and strategies included in the 2010 Plan have resulted in a number of actions – both ‘on the ground’ and within...

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Technical report

23 May 2017

The purpose of this Commission is to explore explicit carbon-pricing options and levels that would induce the change in behaviors— particularly in those driving the investments in infrastructure, technology, and equipment—needed to deliver on the temperature objective of the Paris Agreement, in...

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Research report

22 May 2017

The report is a one stop shop for learning about key developments and prospects of existing and emerging carbon initiatives. A challenging international carbon market has not stopped the development of domestic carbon pricing initiatives. Today, about 40 national and over 20 sub-national...

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Journal article

15 May 2017

To avoid more severe impacts from climate change, there is international agreement to strive to limit warming to below 1.5 °C. However, there is a lack of literature assessing climate change at 1.5 °C and the potential benefits in terms of reduced frequency of extreme events. Here, we...

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Briefing paper

08 May 2017

This paper is part of a series of briefing papers that examine the climate change policies of the countries key to the Paris Agreement and its effective and ongoing implementation.

Executive Summary

With Brazil struggling to revive its stagnant economy,...

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Working paper

01 May 2017

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) establishes the need to set and manage water resources within limits. This report is the first national assessment of the indirect impacts of the NPS-FM on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The water quality...

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Commentary

Article

05 Apr 2017

Anyone following the news on climate policy might well incline to despair. Not only is the Turnbull government continuing to promote the idea that coal is the energy source of the future as well as the past, but many of its backbenchers also think that the best alternative is nuclear power. ...

Discussion paper

24 Mar 2017

The Australian Government is committed to addressing climate change while at that same time ensuring we maintain energy security and affordability. The Government recognises that in reducing emissions and meeting our international commitments there are economic impacts to be balanced. Through...

Research report

21 Mar 2017

This report has been produced by the University of Melbourne for the Australian Communities Foundation Green Cities Innovation Fund to document an international review on high-rise apartment building thermal performance and comfort in heat wave conditions. This identified four international...

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Research report

21 Mar 2017

While the goal of the Paris Agreement is clear, how different countries might contribute to its achievement in the medium term, and the associated economic implications, are much less so. Scenario planning can play a key role. Vivid Economics was commissioned by GLOBE-NZ – a cross-party group of...

Research report

16 Mar 2017

Summary

There exists a strong and growing body of scientific research evidence that supports the belief that to achieve the targets set by the Paris climate change conference, greenhouse gas must be actively removed from the atmosphere and stored. Carbon capture and...

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Essay

Journal article

15 Mar 2017

Technological progress has transformed solar PV from an alternative technology in the 1970s, to cheap, mainstream energy today. Australia has been a leading solar PV nation, with more household solar systems than any other country.

Solar has become highly popular in suburban and country...

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Discussion paper

15 Mar 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this issues paper for consultation.

The authority has recommended further work be done on how to better coordinate action to reduce emissions, improve environmental outcomes and benefit agricultural productivity.

In the first phase of the...

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