Carbon emissions and footprint of different transport types

Comparison of carbon emissions, and footprint, by transport type. Chart by @ElliotFishman via @PTUA

While transition to Electric Vehicles is perhaps a part of the solution, the real need is to increase public transport quality, service and frequency, and increase cycling and walking infrastructure, to create environmentally friendly social urban environments where people want to work, live, and visit and live their lives.

Transition to Electric Vehicles is only a small part of the solution, even when these vehicles are 100% renewables recharged (ie not dependant on a largely coal based grid). Electric Vehicles still contain a substantial space footprint use in our urban environment.

We already have so many parking issues around the Moreland municipality that just changing to electric vehicles isn’t going to solve the many space and parking problems in an urban environment, whether it be in Brunswick, Coburg, Glenroy or Fawkner. We clearly need to think laterally to find solutions.


March 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Submission: National Energy Guarantee needs to enable energy transition

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the Energy Security Board on the National Energy Guarantee. Our criticism/suggestions revolve around: the need for Demand Response to be prioritised; no undermining or restrictions on state emission reduction targets; Voluntary action must be considered additional to targets; no offsets should be allowed for the electricity sector; Flexible Compliance – Limit the Carrying Forward of Over-achievement; and Setting Emissions Target as an Absolute Value vs Percentage.

The Guarantee was considered by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council at its last meeting in November 2017 which agreed that further development work and public consultation should be conducted.

We think, in it’s current form, the National Energy Guarantee will embed coal and gas fired generation and restrict the growth of renewables, holding back the energy transition.

We need a rapid transition of the electricity sector as this sector is more easily decarbonised than other sectors, and will also enable the transport sector to then be decarbonised through electrification and battery power.

Our submission follows:

March 9, 2018 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Study finds Heart attacks more likely due to extreme temperature variation

It is not only heatwaves that pose a health problem with global warming but extreme temperature variation and single extreme heat days is increasing the likelihood of heart attacks new research shows.

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session showed that heart attacks were more frequent with large temperature variations.

The study examined data from 30,000 hospital patients from at 45 Michigan hospitals between 2010-2016 and compared it to daily temperature variation extremes.

“Global warming is expected to cause extreme weather events, which may, in turn, result in large day-to-day fluctuations in temperature,” said Hedvig Andersson, MD, a cardiology researcher at the University of Michigan and the study’s lead author. “Our study suggests that such fluctuations in outdoor temperature could potentially lead to an increased number of heart attacks and affect global cardiac health in the future.”

March 7, 2018 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

100 global solutions to Global warming: Paul Hawken on Drawdown

Paul Hawken on the long term CO2 trend

Paul Hawken explained the long term CO2 trend and the need for carbon Drawdown at a presentation event at Coburg Town Hall organised by CERES, MEFL and Moreland Council.

Hawken’s book on Drawdown explains the top 100 solutions to global warming and ranks them for their capacity and importance.

Food related solutions were 8 of the top 20 solutions with the need for a plant rich diet ranked as No 4.

Energy solutions were 5 of the top 20 solutions with onshore wind listed at No 2.

The work also shows the importance of programs tackling gender-based education inequalities with Educating girls at No 6 and Family Planning at No 7.

February 25, 2018 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

Inconvenient Sequel attendance reflects continuing concern for climate action

Andrea Bunting from Climate Action Moreland on the Panel discussing issues raised from An Inconvenient Sequel film screening

Climate Action Moreland and Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) co-organised a film screening of Al Gore’s latest film: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ at Coburg Town Hall. It was a free event but with registration. 300 seats were booked, the capacity of the event. But on the night we still had some vacant seats with about 220 people attending.

February 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Promoting heat respite at Council offices and Chasing up Moreland’s Heatwave response from October 2014

Melbourne Hot days over 35C long term trend

Extreme heat days in Victoria are a rising trend. We need to cut emissions to affect this trend in the long term. But for the short and medium term we need to put in place adequate strategies to build community resilience and climate adaptation to heatwaves and rising temperatures.

Climate Action Moreland Convenor John Englart met with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor following up Moreland’s heatwave response and a past Council decision from October 2014, to ensure Council policies and decisions are being adhered to.

February 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Film Screening: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ followed by discussion

Al Gore presenting at COP23 in Bonn

There is a Free screening of Al Gore’s latest movie ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ being hosted by Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) and Climate Action Moreland, as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018, on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Come along to watch the film, get an understanding of the climate science and solutions, and what needs to be done by government, business and all of us as individuals.

January 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

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