Climate News

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

Reaping the Rewards of Resilience

'Extreme weather events are putting Australian homes, communities and livelihoods under pressure andincreasing the financial risk to Australian governments. Investing in resilience protects Australian households, can improve access to affordable insurance coverage, and reduces the risk to taxpayers of providing direct financial assistance. Resilience is a win for households, a win for business, and a win for governments.' (Insurance Council of Australia and Finity Consulting P/L) >

Insurance Catastrophe Resilience Report: 2020-2021

'...provides a data-driven overview across five events declared Insurance Catastrophes by the ICA between October 2020 and June 2021.' (The Insurance Council of Australia, Sydney) >

5-Step Plan to Net Zero for Australia

Zali Steggall's 5-step plan to Net Zero for Australia. 'Let’s focus on this 5-step plan making a smooth and sensible transition to a carbon neutral economy. It enables us to make the most of our natural advantages, while creating opportunities and well-paid, smart jobs.' (Zali Steggall MP - Federal Parliament - Member for Warringah) >

AIRBUS ZEROe

Towards the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. 'At Airbus, we have the ambition to develop the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Hydrogen propulsion will help us to deliver on this ambition. Our ZEROe concept aircraft enable us to explore a variety of configurations and hydrogen technologies that will shape the development of our future zero-emission aircraft.' (AIRBUS, France) >

ADVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

Climate change: a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet. Taking action now can secure our future. 'Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report' (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) >

Social, political & technical feedback processes will drive future climate policies & emissions

'Climate policies and greenhouse-gas emissions for the twenty-first century are modelled as the result of coupled feedback effects in the social, political and energy systems. Our models suggest that climate policies will increase in ambition and associated emissions reductions will probably accelerate, resulting in warming of 2 °C to 3 °C above 1880–1910 levels by 2100.' (Nature journal article - 22 Feb 2022) Determinants of emissions pathways in the coupled climate–social system. >

Resilient Community Organisations

'...a toolkit developed by and for the community sector to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.' (Australian Council of Social Service, Sydney) >

Disaster Resilience Education (Tasmania)

Disaster Resilience Education '...a resource of Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire-Ready Schools initiative.' Lesson Guides for Teachers and Students. (Disaster Resilience Tasmania, Tasmania Fire Service) >

World’s First Infinity Train.

'Fortescue [mining entrepreneur] ... announces world’s first infinity train.' “The Infinity Train has the capacity to be the world’s most efficient battery electric locomotive. The regeneration of electricity on the downhill loaded sections will remove the need for the installation of renewable energy generation and recharging infrastructure, making it a capital efficient solution for eliminating diesel and emissions from our rail operations.” (Williams Advanced Engineering, Oxfordshire UK) >

Smart Electrification with Renewables

Smart Electrification with Renewables: Driving the Transformation of Energy Services. 'Throughout the paper, the underlying concern is how to achieve “smart electrification with renewables”, rather than poorly planned electrification.' (International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center, Bonn) >