Author Archives: Chris Harries

Tasmanian transport emissions

A necessary debate that Tasmania needs to have regarding climate policy is about how we get around. Our electricity generation mostly being hydro-electric power, it is often mistakenly presumed that the best individual vehicle choice is to ‘go electric’. The … Continue reading

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Energy Security Taskforce report now public.

The final report of Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce (set up in the wake of Basslink breakdown) has been released. Climate Tasmania is generally pleased with the findings, in particular that it acknowledges and summarises the actual negative impact that climate … Continue reading

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Heat wave off Tasmania coast persists

Scientists who have analysed data from September 2015 to May 2016 have produced a report on the damaging East Coast hotspot and conclude that as well as it being the most intense, it was the longest recorded off Tasmania’s east … Continue reading

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Psychology of climate change denial

It’s the 64 million dollar question that climate scientists ask. When presented with stark information on the rate of climate change that is happening why are so many people and governments all over the world so prepared to look the … Continue reading

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Financial regulator warns business on climate risk

Australia’s financial regulator (APRA) has warned that climate change poses a material risk to the entire financial system, and has urged companies to start seriously adapting. Geoff Summerhayes, from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, says it is unsafe for companies … Continue reading

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

It’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 … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Health

An emerging issue that has come out of the climate change debate in recent times is the range of consequences it may impose on on human health. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Biofuels: the need for a sensible conversation

To what extent should biofuels be utilised as a low carbon energy source in Tasmania? Continue reading

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Invitation to our future ‘Vision’ forum

This is the fourth in our information forums being held in 2015.

Climate Tasmania members Professor Jan McDonald, Phil Harrington, Matthew Pitt, David Hamilton and Margaret Steadman will be presenting scenarios along the lines of: “What if….”

Followed by your chance to join in the conversation.

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