Climate News

A digest of interesting news about climate change from around the world, compiled by us.

Origin Energy is planning to build Hydrogen plant

Origin Energy is planning to build Hydrogen plant in Bell Bay (Tasmania).Origin claims: 'Under the proposal, green hydrogen will be produced from sustainable water using renewable energy. The hydrogen will then be combined with nitrogen extracted from the air to create green ammonia, which can be safely and efficiently shipped to export markets.' >

World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021

'The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report analyses the risks from societal fractures—manifested through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment, and geopolitical fragmentation. Businesses risk a disorderly shakeout which can exclude large cohorts of workers and companies from the markets of the future. Environmental degradation—still an existential threat to humanity—risks intersecting with societal fractures to bring about severe consequences.' (World Economic Forum) >

Getting to Zero: Australia’s Energy Transition

'Taking into account economics, science and emotions, Getting to Zero is an essential guide to how Australia can tackle the climate crisis with realism and ingenuity.' by Alan Finkel, former Chief Scientist (Quarterly Essay - Print and Online editions) >

Transforming Industry In the Decisive Decade

The Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) is an alliance of climate leaders focused on supercharging efforts to decarbonize some of the world’s highest emitting industries in the next 10 years. 'Our efforts build on the foundation laid by the Mission Possible Platform, launched in 2019 by the Energy Transitions Commission and the World Economic Forum, by expanding and accelerating the work of seven nascent industry working groups in aluminum, aviation, cement and concrete, chemicals, shipping, steel, and trucking.' (Mission Possible Partnership) >

Components in plastics and the body's sex hormones

Plastics are made soft and flexible using Phthalates - these can lower testosterone levels.Research by Dr. Shanna Swan is detailed in her book 'Count Down'. Details at >

Teenagers' legal request to revoke approval of Adani's mine.

'Two North Queensland teenagers have presented Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, with critical new evidence and strong legal grounds to revoke approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. They have done their homework when the federal government has not. Acting on their behalf, EJA [Environmental Justice Australia] lawyers obtained independent evidence from climate and economic experts.' (Environmental Justice Australia) >

Dutch circular economy strategies

Potential effects of Dutch circular economy strategies on low- and middle-income countries: the case of electrical and electronic equipment. 'The Netherlands has the ambition to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050. In this report, we analyse what such a transition could mean for low- and middle-income countries that are connected to the Netherlands through international value chains, focusing on transboundary trade in discarded electrical and electronic equipment. We identify conditions for positive impact and discuss opportunities, risks and dilemmas. This study is part of a broader project that analyses transboundary effects of the circular economy transition in the Netherlands.' (While oriented to the Dutch situation, there is some relevance to Australian practices) >

Cutting-edge hydrogen research in Australia

Researchers are developing new ways to export Australia’s renewable energy in the form of hydrogen. (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) >

Australia: 80% emissions reduction

Australia: 80% emissions reduction by 2040 Technical Paper. (ANU Energy Change Institute) >

Reducing the Risk of Battery Explosions

PNNL - Invention Reduces Risk of Battery Explosions. Rapid removal of gases during battery fires is critical to explosion prevention. (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA) >