- Climate change responses
- Climate change risks
It’s probably not what you think.
Most people think of this question through the simple meme – replace fossil fuels with renewables. Problem fixed.
Therein lies a thorny problem. Despite exponential growth of renewable energy during the past three decades global emissions have still been steadily rising – because many bigger factors are at play. We are heading for catastrophic 4.1 degree rise by the end of the century. What changes will make the biggest difference to this?
EN-Roads is smart simulation program that helps to fill out the total picture.
It’s especially a great resource for students.
Click on the graph to get started. (It may take a few moments to load.)
Since 1965 the proportion of world energy consumption contributed by fossil fuels has dropped from 94% to 85%. But since we need to be sharply reducing fossil fuel use rather than increasing it, as at present, this is cold comfort. Our governments need to think way, way beyond just renewable energy.
[There are various other buttons at the top of the page, so feel free to play around with the simulation program.]
Climate Tasmania has previously engaged with the arts community in the interest of climate education. Here is an interesting recent interview with singer songwriter, Missy Higgins on this connection. Enjoy!
How jurisdictions are bringing climate under statutory control.
In the wake of shocking and costly tragedies, like the Australian bushfires, pressure is mounting on all governments everywhere to regulate climate change through meaningful sets of laws.
This is a necessary departure from the random, temporal policy directions and political divisions and contortions that have characterised climate debates in Australia for the past three decades.
For the past two years Climate Tasmania has been advocating that a comprehensive Climate Act be implemented in Tasmania.
We’ve gone to great lengths to communicate these plans to all forty Tasmanian political representatives in both the lower and upper Houses of our parliament, inviting a cooperative approach to reform.Continue reading
Climate Tasmania wants the Tasmanian Parliament to pass an ambitious, comprehensive, and detailed Climate Change Act.
We want the Act to provide: # strong action to minimise climate disruption and # a stable policy framework – both of which are based on climate science and evidence.
In pursuing this project, over the past 12 months we have:Continue reading
A significant component of the energy and carbon footprint of our cities stems from commercial buildings.
To date, three states – Victoria, NSW and South Australia – have taken steps to tackle this problem through a innovative type of financing called Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) schemes.
Can Tasmania do the same? Why hasn’t it? Will it? When?Continue reading
Climate Tasmania has developed the presentation below to guide decision makers and members of the public in understanding how Tasmania’s climate legislation could become world leading.
Please click on image to open presentation.
The presentation is in PDF form, is self explanatory and can be viewed in 15 minutes. We welcome opportunities to present our ideas to MPs and organisations who wish to learn more.
The decoration at top and bottom of poster represents the barcode of climate change for Australia – from 1910 to 2017 (left to right).
Dark Blue = coolest year. Dark Red = warmest year.
Please download poster HERE and share it with your networks
How Tasmania Can Lead the World
The purpose of this public meeting is to show that Tasmania can lead the world in climate change action. Click on this post for a slide show preview on what we have been proposing to enable this leadership to take place.
Further to this, we have created a set of drafting instructions to inform the Tasmanian parliament what needs to be done in terms of creating a formidable Climate Act and other tandem measures that would put this ambition in train. We are putting this forward in a spirit of open engagement – inviting MPs and the public to have their own say.
The Drafting Instructions can be downloaded here.