A digest of interesting news about climate change from around the world, compiled by us.
VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS
The Virtual Power Plant project instituted by the South Australian Government is proving useful. 'AEMO Virtual Power Plant Demonstration' (Knowledge Sharing Report) >>
Road and other Taxes on Electric Vehicles
Consumer Reports - a U.S. nonprofit member organization. 'Rising Trend of Punitive Fees on Electric Vehicles Won’t Dent State Highway Funding Shortfalls but Will Hurt Consumers'. >>
Snowy 2.0 critique
Critical article from the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies within Victoria University, Melbourne. Snowy 2.0: Who will be held to account for this giant folly? >>
Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline
End Coal is an environmental, social justice and health advocacy concerned about coal’s heavy toll on human health, our natural environment and the planet’s climate. 'Despite the decline in coal plant development, the coal fleet grew in 2019 by a greater amount than in 2018.' Report download >>
The new 'Stone Age'
The use of Stone for modern building construction can result in a major (claimed up to 80%) reduction in the 'carbon footprint', compared with concrete.
'Rock of Ages' article in Architecture Today magazine (with several photos) describing a recent (modern design) building constructed in London using stone. >>
TAKING ACTION ON PLASTICS
Waitrose groceries stores in U.K. trialling packaging-free products in their displays in Oxford. >>
Australian bushfire risk
Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change - by Environmental Change Institute University of Oxford, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. '... explores the role of human-induced climate change in the southeastern Australian bushfires in 2019–2020' >>
Global-scale drought risk assessment
Global-scale drought risk assessment for agricultural systems
Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University, UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany and others. >>
Greenhouse gas mitigation - Meat & Livestock
Greenhouse gas mitigation potential of the Australian red meat production and processing sectors. 'The purpose of this project was to investigate if the Australian red meat industry could become carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30) and if so, how.' >>