Report: Australia can be zero carbon by 2050

Residential and commercial building energy use would halve and rooftop PV increase 10-fold if an ambitious plan to decarbonise Australia by 2050 is realised.

Global carbon report: emissions will hit new heights in 2014

From The Conversation: As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing.

Climate Council: sea level rise a major threat to Australian property

The Climate Council spent a sunny Wednesday cruising around Sydney Harbour with a media cohort. Sounds like fun, but the intent is much less rosy. The organisation is pointing out all of the infrastructure and building assets that will be underwater from sea level rise in the coastal city – one of the most vulnerable […]

Greenfleet and Thredbo team up for carbon offset project

As climate change threatens the viability of ski fields across Australia, Greenfleet and Thredbo have joined forces for a project that allows visitors to the ski park to offset their emissions by planting trees in the Kosciuszko National Park. The My Thredbo Park Project is designed to offset carbon emissions used to get to Thredbo […]

IPCC: built environment jumps to the top of the list for crucial action on climate

By Cameron Jewell

14 April 2014 — Tackling the built environment, in buildings, urban planning and public transport investment, is a priority area for mitigating climate change and will deliver benefits in access to energy, air and water pollution, maintaining employment opportunities and competitiveness, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in its most recent report.

IPCC: no person untouched by climate change

By Cameron Jewell

31 March 2014 — There will be no person untouched by climate change, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report has found. In Australia, this includes decreased agricultural production, increased loss of life and property through extreme weather events, and over $200 billion of property assets at risk due to sea level rise.

CSIRO and BOM climate report confirms what we know already

4 March 2014 — Australia’s temperature has risen almost 1°C in the last century, and there will be more heatwaves and extreme fire risk, according to the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology’s third State of the Climate report, with experts suggesting adaptation measures are now imperative to reduce infrastructure and property damage.

Councils advised to ignore government on sea level rise planning

By Cameron Jewell

6 February 2014 — Legal advice to local governments obtained by The Fifth Estate says local councils would be prudent to continue to use the former Labor government’s sea level rise planning benchmarks until the O’Farrell government delivers on a promised approach to sea level rise that is more responsive to local conditions.

Letter: sea level rises have no major impact on prices

By Greg Giles, Lake Macquarie City Council 5 October 2012 – Letter: My attention has just been drawn to two stories you ran recently on the effect of flood and sea level rise warnings on property prices in Lake Macquarie. This is some additional information for your future reference. See: NSW coastal planning in storm […]

Coastal maps help SA prepare for sea level rises

24 May 2011 –Sea level rises in Adelaide could be as high as one metre according to  coastal maps highlighting the potential impact of sea level rises on the Adelaide region from climate change released by the federal government last week.

Sea level rise – time’s up

By Lynne Blundell [UPDATE 14 November 2009] 5 November 2009 – The recent report on sea level rise from the House of Representatives committee on climate change has one very clear message – the impact of climate change and rising sea levels is happening now and urgent action is needed. In particular, swift and decisive […]

Sea level rise – time's up

By Lynne Blundell [UPDATE 14 November 2009] 5 November 2009 – The recent report on sea level rise from the House of Representatives committee on climate change has one very clear message – the impact of climate change and rising sea levels is happening now and urgent action is needed. In particular, swift and decisive […]

The courts are taking sea level rises from climate change seriously

by Dariel De Sousa and Barnaby Chessell … 18 June – The effects of climate change on our physical environment are varied and many.  One consequence of climate change of particular relevance for the planning system is sea level rise. Climate change contributes to sea level rise in two main ways: •    the melting of […]