This week it’s official, corporate Australia is not ready for climate change, China however appears to be very ready, meantime high temperatures seem to be causing anti-social behaviour - all this and more this week.
"Whatever the reason, the results speak for themselves. China is quickly moving to the top of the leader board on climate change.”
- Climate Commissioner Professor Tim Flannery
Australian companies appear to be struggling to move forward in responding to climate change impacts, writes Keiran Cooke about a National Adaptation research Facility report which has just been released.
Still in report land, the Climate Commission are on fire (not literally) with yet another report out that states very clearly which countries are prepared and which ones are not in terms of climate change. The report looks at global action on climate change over the last nine months and reveals that the energy giants are on the move, with China and the US making significant recent progress that will drive the global climate response.
Not to be left out, the Climate Institute tells us that the coal industry already has a quarter of its carbon budget in reserves - and if this ‘carbon bubble’ doesn’t burst we are in trouble.
Carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere are on the cusp of reaching 400 parts per million for the first time in 3 million years. It is not good news… but for all of you wanting to talk about it, here is some local data from the good folk at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Locally, the Melbourne City Council says – the immediate impact is lots more rowdy, grumpy Melbournians, amongst other things.
However on the brighter side - the Centre of Policy Development research shows that solar panels will reduce your power bills, even if you have not installed them – by reducing summer peak demand. Meantime the quarterly report from RepuTex tells us the amount of energy we used, which originates from coal, is down. And the carbon price has contributed to that.
And sent in from our own Climate Leader Scott Schomer – check out what is happening in the Republican lead town of Lancaster in California. A race to the top. Yay.
We are told on The Conversation that while more than a third of mining companies agree climate change is happening – only 13 per cent have done something to prepare for it – with most opting to ‘go it alone.’
And the news is that retailers have not yet taken on board that climate change is going to affect them! Some figures have shown that the sales of winter and autumn clothes are down. Maybe the sales of bathing costumes are up? On that note - see you next week!
This Week in Climate Change (formally The Week That Was), a weekly review of climate change politics, policy, innovation and science from Climate Reality Leader Andrew Woodward. @climatecomm