The Australian Financial Commission has published its annual Climate Change Survey, which is the first survey in the commission’s six-year history.
The survey is a way of finding out about Australia’s climate change efforts and is aimed at finding out what Australians want to see in government.
The Climate Change Inquiry was commissioned by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2017 to study the potential impacts of climate change on the country.
The commission’s report was released last month.
In this first installment of a two-part series, we look at the top five climate change news stories from 2017, along with some of the more interesting ones we heard.
‘Climate change has killed us all’: A report in the Australian today shows Australia’s national park system is being devastated by the effects of climate changes.
The report is titled ‘Climate Change Has Killed Us All’, and is available here.
The full report can be found here.
It is available in print here.
‘It’s time to ditch coal’: Climate Change Australia executive director John Cates has issued a statement saying climate change is “not the problem”, and it is time to “stop subsidising coal”.
He has also called on all state and territory governments to commit to a reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions.
The statement is available as a pdf here.
‘Till the last tree falls’: Climate change and Australia’s carbon footprint: The Australian has written an op-ed piece today calling on all Australians to “be bold” in cutting emissions.
In it, the author, Professor David Ehrlich, warns of the “danger of over-investment in renewable energy”.
The piece is available for free here.
‘Billion dollar plan’: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced a $1.2 billion investment in renewable generation over the next five years.
It will help the National Electricity Market (NEM) generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, and will be built in a 30-year period.
The project will be managed by a consortium led by the National Renewables Institute (NRI).
The NRI is also responsible for the construction of the $8.4 billion Great Northern Power Station, which will supply energy to NSW and Queensland.
The NREIL is set to begin operations in 2021.
‘Australia’s climate is changing’: The Australian reports on the impacts of CO2 emissions on Australia’s weather, climate and climate change policy, and the state’s emissions trading scheme.
The story can be read here.
‘Our nation’s future is at stake’: The ABC’s climate reporter, Dan Gurney, reports that the world is experiencing “the greatest threat to the health of the world’s oceans since the industrial era”.
He also says the “world’s oceans are not getting the protection they need from climate change”.
He is available to talk to you about climate change at the ABC’s Climate Change Storytelling Podcast.
‘Aussie scientists face a crisis’: A new report from the Australian Science Foundation says climate change research is under threat.
It warns that climate change and climate scientists will be “under pressure to reduce funding” in the face of the economic pressures that climate scientists have to cope with.
The Aussie Science Foundation (ASF) says the report is “an urgent call for urgent action” and calls for funding to be increased.
‘Scientists in the field of climate science have been told they have no future’: The Department of Environment and Energy (DoE) has released a statement outlining a review of climate research.
The document says climate research is not being “driven by science” and that the government needs to be more “effective” in identifying and funding climate research in the future.
‘We are going to die’: The Government’s climate policy is the topic of an interview by Professor James Green with ABC News.
He explains how the world will die from climate impacts and that “we are going a long way” from “what we can do”.
You can listen to the interview here.
‘The science is clear’: The AUS has published a statement calling for Australia to “put aside the politics of climate”.
The statement reads: “Australia has made enormous strides in the last five years to tackle the most significant climate change impacts of any nation in the world, but the science is increasingly clear that we must put aside politics and politics alone to do what is right for our planet.”
You can read the full statement here.
‘Don’t let Australia become another ‘paleo country’: The United States has released an open letter to its president.
In the letter, President Donald Trump says the United States will “never allow Australia to become a paleo country”.
He says “we cannot allow the planet to become another Paleolithic country, or one dominated by fossil fuels”.
You will find the letter here.
‘Huge climate change challenges facing Australia’: The Global Change Institute released a report on the “climate