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The projected rise in extremely hot days as a result of global warming presents a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the Queensland community.
There has already been a clear increase in numbers of these extreme heat days over recent decades, as demonstrated in our profiles on:
- The Gold Coast;
- The Sunshine Coast;
- The Whitsundays; and
New research shows that Queensland is set to experience more climate chaos, including more summers with a dramatic increase in extreme heat days – like in Brisbane, where days over 35C would go from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45 days per year by 2090.
The report, written by The Australia Institute using CRSIO and BoM data, shows that such increases in extreme heat days will severely affect many key metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland such as Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays.
New research shows that ongoing investment in renewable energy generation by companies and households continues to reduce Australia’s electricity sector emissions, even without adequate national climate and energy policy.
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has released the latest National Energy Emissions Audit for the electricity sector, analysing the electricity sector over the previous month.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally Published on Guardian Australia, 29 May 2019]
While Australian political debate has never seemed more sharply divided, the philosophical lines between left and right have never seemed more blurred.
A broad range of Australian business and industry representatives have written a letter supporting changes to the country’s energy rules that would allow demand response aggregators to enter the National Energy Market.
The proposed change would allow companies to pay households, farms and businesses to reduce their use of energy, instead of turning on more expensive generators, when demand and wholesale prices are high.
The Australia Institute released new research showing Adani is not “ready to go” with its Carmichael coal mine and there are a number of significant reasons why Adani is not ready to proceed with its mine.
“One thing that can be said with certainty about the Adani coal mine is that whether it goes ahead or not will make almost no difference to the high levels of unemployment in Queensland," said Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at the Australia Institute.
$18 billion dollar gamble on climate action loophole
The Government’s reliance on dated carbon credits to extinguish over half of its Paris Agreement target might not be authorised, forcing it to purchase last-minute international permits or drastically reduce emissions to cover huge gap.
New analysis by the Australia Institute identified numerous legal, diplomatic and ethical barriers to using Kyoto Protocol carry-over credits, which undermine the government’s heavy reliance the credits.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally published on The Guardian Australia, 15 May 2019]
It’s now 12 years (and seven prime ministers) since John Howard promised to introduce a price on carbon and – despite emissions having increased to a new high and a number of big coal fired power stations having shut down – Australia still doesn’t have anything approaching a coherent climate and energy policy.