Can the World Meet Paris Climate Goals Without the United States?

04-21-unfccc-parisIt’s been a week since the US elections elected Donald Trump as president and the above question is burning in the minds of all those concerned about climate change.

Nobody has a clear answer to this speculation right now. Here is one article that surveys the scene without being too fatalistic or naively optimistic.

“One thing is for certain: The complex pact to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius will live on. Even if the United States pulls out, enough other countries have ratified the agreement to trigger its entry into force. And many experts say they don’t expect the rest of the world to slack off on aggressive climate action simply because of the U.S. election…”

Click here to read the whole article.

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State of the Climate 2016

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released their fourth update looking at changing weather patterns in Australia, brought about by climate change.

They’ve also released the short educational primer below, without the technical detail.

For more extensive trend information, you can click on their portal here, where you can also find the 2016 status report. Click here to download the full report.

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Climate Change and Health

An issue that has emerged from the climate change debate in recent times is the range of consequences it may impose on human health.

A number of Tasmanian government and non-government agencies have engaged loosely on this subject.

To take a distant look, the infographic below is an education in itself. We hope to present more local information on this important subject in the near future.

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(Produced by the USA Centers for Disease Control)

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Where do Tasmanian emissions come from?

Sustainable Living Tasmania has done a wonderful job converting our state greenhouse emissions profile into a visual display.

energy-wheelThe wheel here represents greenhouse emissions coming from the four primary sectors shown. Emissions are based on 2014 official data.

Click on the wheel and it will come up live. Working from the inside to outside, you will see that emission of those four basic sectors are broken down into subsections and emissions shown for each sub sector (to the right of the wheel).

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Our submission: Energy Security Taskforce

diesel-generatorsFollowing the state energy crisis in early 2016 the state government set up an Energy Security Taskforce. Climate Tasmania has responded to the Taskforce’s Consultation Paper.

Our submission emphasised that the short term issue of energy security must not be divorced from longer term climate change risk and that Tasmania’s optimum responses to both energy security and climate change are inherently complementary.

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The vital role of art in communicating climate change

Sociology theory indicates that movements for change only become successful once the idea has become so grounded that artists take up the message and run with it. At that point the issue will have arrived.

Oddly art and music have not had a great presence in communicating the climate message to date. Now a Melbourne group of musicians has taken this up with style and they are due to visit Hobart early next year (2017). You can watch their 2 minute trailer below or click here. 

The artists’ main web link is at: http://www.simonkerrmusic.net
Click here for discussion on The Conversation.

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Tasmania’s energy security

How much is the current energy emergency in Tasmania costing in money?
How much is it costing us in terms of greenhouse emissions?

Hydro storage levels
(Hydro Tasmania’s declining storage levels)

On March 31 Co-convenor of Climate Tasmania, Phil Harrington, delivered a presentation at the University of Tasmania with the aim of encouraging wider discussion on what Tasmania’s responses should be.

Phil’s presentation can be downloaded here.

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Our Submission: Draft Climate Action Plan

CoverBelow is the full text of our submission responding to the state governments Draft Climate Action Plan.

The finalised Action Plan was due for release in September 2016, however this launch has unfortunately been postponed to the end of the year – to take into account information from the Energy Security Taskforce and other government processes.

Submission by Climate Tasmania
on the Tasmanian government’s Draft Climate Action Plan (Embracing the Challenge).
22 March 2016

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Snapshot of power generation in real time

By hovering your mouse over the live graphic below you can see measured amounts of power generation by energy source.

The data displayed is updated at frequent intervals, so this is, in effect, real time. (During the Basslink outage diesel generation was represented by a purplish bar.)

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State climate strategy: call for public feedback

CoverThe Tasmanian government’s long awaited climate strategy “Embracing the Climate Challenge” has been finally released – unfortunately just one week before Christmas when hardly anyone was paying attention.

There is an extended period in which make public submissions, so now is the time to do that. The deadline is March 25. Please download the draft report by clicking on the above link.

In the meantime the apple cart has been upended somewhat as the state’s energy system has been plunged into emergency – Basslink being disabled and Hydro Tasmania’s water reserves being critically low.

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