Is Ms Gillard more popular, or just Mr Abbott less so? Is Australia is set to change in ways which will mean we will no longer recognise it as our home? And what is happening with the RET and check out those clean coal ads...
“Climate change is likely to start to transform some of Australia's natural landscapes by 2030.”
- Dr Michael Dunlop, CSIRO lead researcher
Now that she is back on deck, Prime Minister Julia Gillard must be having a better week with the polls reporting that her popularity is on the increase. Interesting how some media is more likely to report this as Tony Abbott is suffering a slump.
And this week, Dr Michael Dunlop told the world that Australia would look and sound very different by 2030, regardless of the level of climate change mitigation in a new report out his week by the CSIRO. A walk through the Australian landscape will be a much different experience as things will radically change. Some say, don’t wait for the science before changing the way we do things.
All of this dominated this week’s media with the background news still running that this August was the world’s 4th warmest since 1880, and the Arctic Ice continues to melt at a record breaking rate, and it is yet to reach its all-time low. Melbourne climate scientist David Karoly wrote on The Conversation that we should remember to celebrate the wins – specifically saving the hole in the ozone layer by banning CFCs.
And in other uplifting news, the SMH reports the corporations not known for their environmental credentials are leading the charge in terms of cutting their carbon emissions. And the Green Building Council of Australia has just issued its 500th Green Star sustainability rating. Green’s leader Christine Milne quite rightly makes the logical call for the reinstating the pink batts scheme as it was proved that it did actually cut about 10 million tonnes of carbon pollution.
And in international news, Japan will phase out nuclear power by 2040, the US claims to have reduced its carbon emissions while critics claim this is the result of its uptake of natural gas. For those who like their motor sports – you can still enjoy Formula 1, or in the case of racing of electric cars – Formula E. It is planned to start in 2014 with 10 races staged worldwide.
Energy retailer AGL have called for the deregulation of retail electricity prices, saying the carbon price is not entirely to blame for increases in electricity bills. This arrangement would mean consumers could pick and choose off peak and peak tariffs to help manage their bills. Or could you just do your washing at night?
Victoria’s first desalination plant has produced drinking water. Funny, not much written about that!
And what on Earth is happening with the various parties involved in the discussions around Australia’s contentious Renewable Energy Target (RET)? Australian Industry Group’s Innes Willox calls for the target not to be watered down in a submission to the Climate Change Authoritie’s review of the policy.
Well, at last we can really see all clean coal ads, now handily all in one spot. Have a look at the informative coal lobby advertisements outlining the pros and cons this quick fix technology.
And, will Kate and Wills notice climate change in the Pacific? Now you can have an electric SUV, unless you want one these, the car of the future. It is unlikely you will see one of the 10 highest paid Australian CEOs in it … but never say never! Until 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