Feeling the heat of climatechange? Extreme temperatures are raising our ire

Last night the temperature in Melbourne (Olympic Park) didn’t go below 27.8 degrees Celsius with the humidity hovering between 40-50 percent. It came after a maximum temperature of 37.7C. Of course temperatures in the northern and western suburbs were up to 1-2 degrees higher.

Sunday also saw a record power usage, as people used their air conditioners to cool down. Although grid demand was at a record high for a Sunday of about 9,440MW, rooftop solar was contributing about 330MW.


January 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Study: 50 degree extreme heat days possible in Melbourne

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Yes, heatwaves and extreme heat events are going to get worse for many years, even if we do everything possible to reduce emissions. Week long heatwaves, and extreme heat events with temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius may be seen in a decade or so in Sydney and Melbourne.

That is the inertia in the climate system. In the meantime we need to rapidly increase renewables while making energy savings through energy efficiency, and cutting emissions particularly from the electricity generation sector.

January 20, 2018 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

Time for a climate damages tax on oil, gas and coal production

On Thursday, the second last day of the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn, 25 Nations, provinces and cities took the extraordinary step of committing to coal phaseout in a declaration to phase out coal in the OECD by 2030 and globally by 2050.

Everyone at COP outside the negotiating rooms is talking about coal and fossil fuels. But it is a sad fact that fossil fuels are not even mentioned or referred to once in the Paris Agreement, hence does not come up in the formal negotiating discussions or texts.

Progess on finance for Loss and Damages was one of the big asks by Pacific nations and developing countries at this conference. But substantial progress was blocked by developed countries like US, Australia, Canada and European Union. At the end a forum was conceded to discuss financial options in May. Weak progress.

Before the conference Climate Action Moreland joined with other civil society groups in signing on to the Climate Damages Declaration.

Climate Analytics has recently highlighted, it has been a year of climate extremes: a case for Loss & Damage at COP23. They identified what should be done to progress the Loss and Damage agenda at Bonn. Sadly, it was largely a missed opportunity, thanks in part to Australia’s position.


November 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee policy prolongs coal hinders renewables

NEG compared. Courtesy: Environment Victoria

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the Chief Scientist recommendation of a Clean Energy Target and given us a National Energy Guarantee in it’s place which will mostly focus on reliability and affordability with limited emissions reduction.

This policy is guaranteed to keep coal and gas playing a substantial role in electricity production and act to slow down the take up of renewables, batteries and other despatchable technologies such as pumped hydro and solar thermal.

October 20, 2017 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

UK and Canada pushing coal closure Alliance at UN climate Conference COP23

Anglesea coal mine

The United Kingdom and Canada have formed an alliance to champion phase out of unabated coal at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn – COP23 – in November 2017. After hearing the latest energy policy announcement from Prime Minister Turnbull on the National Energy Guarantee, I doubt that Australia will be up to the task of joining this alliance. We are falling further behind the new climate leaders.

Canada’s Minister for Environment and Climate change Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, issued a joint statement on 11 October, following a successful meeting:

“Today, we announce that Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.) will champion a global alliance on the transition from unabated coal-fired electricityat next month’s United Nations climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany. From cleaner air, to public health, to sustainability, the benefits of moving towards low or non-emitting sources of power are clear.

October 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

Energy Efficiency mandatory standards a no-brainer

Climate Action Moreland member had a letter published in the Age on Saturday emphasising the importance of reducing energy usage through energy efficiency programs, including introduction of mandatory standards.

Andrea Bunting: Letters to the Editor, The Age

October 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm 1 comment

Stop Adani people sign in Princes Park October 7

Reef not Coal Stop Adani protest

Okay Morelanders, time to present yourselves for the #StopAdani cause at Princes Park in Carlton.

The #StopAdani movement is uniting in a big day of action on Saturday, October 7. Join us in Princes Park!

October 07, 2017 at 12pm – 3pm
Princes Park – Lawn 5
Royal Parade
Melbourne, Victoria 3054

It’s just a quick trip on the No 19 tram down Sydney Road and get off at Princes Park. Or come by bike down the Upfield Bikepath, or along the inner city rail reserve from the east or Capital City Trail from the west to Princes Park.

September 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

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