Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The climate congress was organised by a "star alliance" of research universities: Copenhagen, Yale, Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, Tokyo, Beijing - to name a few. The Synthesis Report is the most important update of climate science since the 2007 IPCC report. [ ... ]
From a natural science perspective, nothing stops us from limiting warming to 2ºC. Even from an economic and technological point of view this is entirely feasible, as the report clearly shows. The ball is squarely in the field of politics, where in December in Copenhagen the crucial decisions must be taken. The synthesis report puts it like this: Inaction is inexcusable.' Read the full blog posting with links to other material at RealClimate.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Updated in real time, using projections from monthly measurements of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Carbon Counter is designed to get everyone to reduce their emissions.
Kevin Parker, the global head of Deutsche Bank's asset management division, which put up the 21-metre sign, said: "Carbon in the atmosphere has reached an 800,000-year high. We can't see greenhouse gases, so it is easy to forget that they are accumulating rapidly."
Yesterday the counter, which uses 40,960 low-energy LEDs and carbon-offsets its electricity usage, gave a figure of 3.64tn tonnes.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Being given today at the National Press Club: http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/06/17/milne-the-climate-nightmare-is-upon-us/
Here's a video of the speech:
Climate Change Impacts in the United States
Monday, 15 June 2009
Fear and intimidation of individuals is abhorrent in a civilised society. The Power boss of Hazelwood does not consume all that electricity we all do. It is the fault of our government for failing to legislate higher emissions standards for power plants as Hazelwood , keeping it open when it should be shut, not the man who is providing for his family.
However desperation leads to desperate acts. Politicians are arguing amongst themselves about schemes which will make little difference whilst extinctions are happening now and our chances of rescuing the situation are diminishing with every day.
We need to demand an increase in energy prices. The Earth can no longer absorb our debt and has already exceeded her credit limit.
Climate Change Groups need to publicly state that this action is abhorred and demand it stop.
Green Terrorism has no place.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
The study, published in the journal Conservation Letters, is part of a larger effort by conservation organizations to protect tropical forests from the industries that threaten them by using charismatic species to harness public support and generate money for conservation." Read the rest of this story from the New York Times' Dot Earth blog.
Friday, 5 June 2009
A book not specifically on "post carbon living" but with some linked propositions is
Wilkinson, R., & Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. London: Penguin Books.
Google books link here. http://www.google.com.au/books?id=qqt7OAAACAAJ&dq=the+spirit+level+why+more+equal+societies
Review link here. http://reviewsien.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/the-spirit-level/
Other more specific thinking on the Post Carbon Society can be found in journals like 'Future'.Some articles with abstracts below.
Low-mobility: The future of transport
Moriarty, Patrick; Honnery, Damon
Futures, Volume 40, Issue 10, December 2008, Pages 865-872
Nearly all researchers into the future of global passenger transport assume that both car-ownership and overall vehicular travel will continue to rise. But they also increasingly acknowledge the environmental and resource problems facing vehicular transport, particularly global climate change and oil depletion. In order to meet these challenges, researchers propose a variety of technological solutions, including greatly improved vehicular fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and propulsion systems, and carbon capture and storage. In this paper we question whether these optimistic solutions can be developed and widely deployed in the limited time frame available, and argue instead that not only are ever-rising vehicular mobility levels unlikely to occur, but that the human costs of continuing this approach are also too great. Instead we argue that because transport is a derived demand, we must first articulate a preferred vision of the future, then design an appropriate, sustainable transport system. Finally, we briefly outline what such a low-mobility future transport system would look like, using our own city, Melbourne, Australia, as a case study.
What foresight! Understanding Australia's housing future
Burke, Terry; Hulse, Kath
Futures, Volume 41, Issue 5, June 2009, Pages 325-333
Futures analysis has been little used to inform housing policy debate, despite the fact that historical precedent is becoming increasingly limited as a guide for policy direction. This paper examines the potential utility of ‘strategic foresight’ in considering possible housing futures for Australia. It examines the particular foresight methods employed, and processes used, to develop possible housing futures in the year 2025 and their policy implications. The paper concludes that foresight analysis, although not without its problems, creates the opportunity to move beyond current thinking and ‘path dependent’ policy parameters, enabling discussion of housing futures in a way that prompts critical discussion of the institutional arrangements and policies that shape housing policy in the present.
Future images of meat consumption in 2030
Vinnari, Markus; Tapio, Petri
Futures, Volume 41, Issue 5, June 2009, Pages 269-278
The issue of meat consumption has been a subject of interest that has been looked at from environmental, animal and human perspectives. This paper contributes to the discussion by clarifying the diversity of views with regard to the future of meat consumption. Two round Delphi expert interviews and a consumer survey were conducted in order to collect information. Five coherent future images were constructed: Traditional Approach, Business as Usual, Humans First, Wellness and Vegetarian Society. The discussion part of the paper presents possible ways of influencing meat consumption according to the holders of these different images of the future.
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Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
The Working Sustainably workshop will provide the essential practical strategies and advice that will assist you to reduce the environmental footprint of your organisation, group or club.
This workshop will be led by Council’s Environment and Sustainable Living team and Swinburne University's Centre for Sustainability who have developed and presented the Living for our Future Sustaining our environment program and the annual Boroondara Living for Our Future Sustainability Expo.
The workshop will include a range of information on the following areas;
- Introduction to environmental sustainability
waste, water, energy and biodiversity, sustainable transport, green purchasing and green cleaning.
- Case studies
sustainability in action.
- Getting started
integrating environmental sustainability into your organisation or club’s operations and policy a whole of organisation approach.
To RSVP for this workshop or advise on your access requirements, please contact the Community Planning Department on 9278 4753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A virtual book of all life on Earth is being created by UK and US scientists.
The online reference work will create a detailed world map of flora and fauna and track changes in biodiversity ... Over time the database will log shifts in species and other data such as changes in the density of forests and when plants first flower. The backers of the idea hope that the vast, virtual book of life will eventually be comparable to the global system used to watch for and record earthquakes.
- More dolphins, porpoises and whales could be at risk from the effects of climate change than was previously thought, a new study has claimed.
An Aberdeen University scientist said rising sea temperatures could affect 88% of areas where cetaceans are found. Dr Colin MacLeod said areas of suitable habitat for many were likely to shrink, meaning fewer animals.
And he warned a decline in habitat could be so dramatic that it could increase the extinction risk for some.
- A bumblebee which is extinct in the UK is to be reintroduced from New Zealand under plans being announced. The short-haired bumblebee was exported from the UK to New Zealand on the first refrigerated lamb boats in the late 19th Century to pollinate clover crops. It was last seen in the UK in 1988, but populations on the other side of the world have survived.