62 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for whichever party that wins Government this Saturday to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia.
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The Australia Institute made a submission to the NSW Rail Access Undertaking - Review of the rate of return and remaining mine life - Draft Report (‘Draft Report’).
The review assesses aspects of charges that apply to access several rail networks in NSW. Specifically, it considers the rate of return Government-owned RailCorp, can use in calculations of access charges to the rail assets it owns and manages.
Documents obtained by the Australia Institute shows that mining is experiencing a crisis in public trust among Queenslanders, with coal mining particularly unfavourable.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) commissioned polling company Ipsos to conduct this research on the industry's reputation because it has observed a “decline in positive (public) sentiment” about the QLD resource sector, and can see that “extending to governments with political support” and are “worried about reputation of QLD resources sector” overall.
The Australia Institute made a submission on the AEMC’s draft determination on the Northern Gas Pipeline – Derogation from Part 23.
The Northern Gas Pipeline from the NT was given special treatment outside the National Gas Rules. The exemption is problematic and based on an “anomaly”. It should be revoked for future pipelines, to prevent subsidising new unconventional gas development in the NT.
The recent modelling of climate action produced by Brian Fisher is a complete outlier compared to an analysis of over 20 recent modelling exercises and Treasury models, according to new research from the Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program.
An extensive comparison of 18 recent modelling reports and three Treasury models of climate action in Australia found the economic impacts of high ambition targets are very small to negligible.
Debate about the cost of climate action is a recurring feature of Australian politics and has been central to the political turmoil of the last decade. Advocates for delaying or limiting climate action often point to modelling that claims to show the costs of action are very high.
Australia’s current climate targets, of 26% below 2005 levels by 2030, are inadequate and leave Australians exposed to large costs from increasing climate change. In the Paris Agreement, Australia agreed current targets were too low and must be increased. According to the Climate Change Authority, Australia’s targets should be at least 45% by 2030 to be in line with the Paris Agreement.
The electorate of Dawson could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut, and climate change is brought under control.
The Australia Institute Climate Assessment for Dawson released today has found that, if emissions continue to rise, by 2070 the electorate of Dawson is projected to experience:
The electorate of Herbert stands to be heavily impacted by climate change. Increasing floods, drought and heatwaves will impact the community’s health, environment, infrastructure and vital industries, particularly agriculture and mining unless decisive action is taken to tackle climate change
The Australia Institute’s new Climate Assessment for Herbert has found the electorate could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut and climate change is brought under control.
If emissions continue to rise, by 2070 the electorate of Herbert is projected to experience:
New research from The Australia Institute has found that young voters and their strong interest in tackling global warming could be a significant factor at the next election in South Australia, across both the Lower House and the Senate.