This week we are still in election mode, more science about what is expected in terms of impacts, the IPCC report is still a little leaky and Cate Blanchett takes the time to put climate change on the agenda.
"Business wants some confidence that the (price on carbon) policy will be in place for some period of time … the risk of constant swapping from one policy to the other is a major concern…"
Business Council of Australia deputy chief executive, Maria Tarrant
So we have all but a fortnight to go until the Federal election. And what is actually on the table? There is plenty to consider prior to September 7 when you exercise your right to vote.
ANU academic Tony Eggleton tells us … “It seems to me that many of our politicians … do not get it” and goes on to explain why.
This week Australia’s business community essentially said it would like stability in terms of retaining a price on carbon as a way to manage risk, which seems reasonable. At the same time it is reported that the clean energy sector faces a big cut under a Coalition government.
And one Australian business owner shares his story about the role of the CEFC. Climate Leader Chris McGrath tells us that clean energy creates jobs.
In the middle of all of this discussion, our cuzzie bros across the Tasman have plans to reduce their price on carbon. Huh??
Back here in Australia, both parties have pledged to save the Great Barrier Reef; it might be too little too late for the fish we know as Nemo, and for those who live by the coast.
The other end of town, Climate Leader Cate Blanchett takes the time to put climate change on the agenda at her most recent red carpet walk. The rest of us, as mere mortals, might not have a red carpet to walk on – we can use this forum to set out which issues we think should be on the agenda.
The National Sustainability Council have released a new (and looooong) report, titled conversations with the future. And the other looong report we are waiting for – the IPCC AR5 – which will be the most comprehensive documentation of scientific knowledge since 2007, has been leaked a little.
The cities of New Orleans, Miami, New York and Guangzhou in China are singled out as four of the cities who are faced with half of the estimated $1trillion damage bill according to research which says big coast cities will get hit hard by 2050. That is less than 40 years from now.
Unfortunately for one village in Fiji, they do not have 40 years to prepare…
If anyone knows how to keep the sea at bay it’s the Dutch, and they say it is possible for carbon dioxide to be a source of power. Now would that qualify as renewable or reprocessed energy? With everything else which is going on in Canberra, we mustn’t over shadow the great news that ACT is set to become a solar heavyweight.
The delightfully titled National Institute of Fruit Tree Science tells us apples are in danger of losing their crunch if we don’t do something about climate change. And the trees which constitute what remains of European forests are at a turning point in terms of their role as a carbon sink.
While it might be good news for some, and welcome by others – the longer we stay in the work force the more sustainable we are as individuals, we are told. And in the meantime, The Daily Telegraph sets out advice explaining that efficient use of power in your home will save you money on your power bills.
And in a science experiment that Ken and Barbie are likely never to forget … this is one way to explain extreme weather and its connection to climate change. See you next week!
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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