Teaching Climate Change to Children - The Sustainability Hub By Kirsty Costa, CERES As the floods raced through Queensland and then Victoria over the Summer holidays, the topic of climate change was once again raised both in the news and dinner table conversations around the Australia. My cousin and her children, who now live in Brisbane, were thankfully in Melbourne at the time of the Queensland floods. During the discussion about returning home, her 10 year-old daughter remarked, “There is no point going home if climate change means this will happen all over again!”.
Not so cheap: Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal US President Barack Obama’s latest plan to reduce carbon emissions is a welcome one, and not just because it addresses climate change. In publicising the plan to cut emissions from old coal power stations, Obama put the emphasis on health. Now it is time for Australia to do the same. Here we continue to ignore the real costs of coal, instead clinging to the myth that “coal is cheap”, justifying continuing expansion and subsidies for the industry. In the immediate wake of last month’s budget, treasurer Joe Hockey moved to reassure mining companies that the A$2 billion diesel rebate would be safe. And Australia’s largest coal mine, proposed by Indian energy company Adani, was given the green light by the Queensland government, despite expert environmental concerns.
Australian Academy of Science - Science Policy The science of climate change: questions and answers An updated edition of The science of climate change: questions and answers will be released in mid-2014. This publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia The front cover of Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia This publication provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world. It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers. Available as a free eBook. 20 June 2011 | Updated 20 September 2013 Overview
Green Choices - What are Transition Towns? What is a Transition Town? A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. There are thousands of initiatives around the world starting their journey to answer this crucial question: “for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and economic contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?” Here’s how it all appears to be evolving… It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil, Climate Change, and increasingly, economic stagnation?
7 charts that help make sense of this week's UN climate summit On Sunday, an estimated 300,000 people gathered in New York City to demand action on climate change. It was an impressive crowd — possibly the largest US rally on any issue since the Iraq war protests in 2003. Global climate talks are still bogged down by a deep dispute between rich and poor countries But now comes the hard part. Starting Tuesday, representatives from around the world will meet in New York to begin a year-long negotiation over a new climate treaty.
Methane - The Ticking Time Bomb - Boomer Warrior Dorsi Diaz This post is a collection of excerpts from interviews with three experts on the methane crisis – the ticking time bomb. Dorsi Diaz (writer for the San Francisco Examiner) interviews Harold Hensel, Guy McPherson and Malcolm Light. (Editor~Rolly Montpellier-BoomerWarrior). Climate challenges embraced in Geelong Listen to three Climate Reality Leaders explain how we solve what is far and away the greatest challenge of our time – the global climate change crisis. Within the next decade, the world needs to triple its investments in renewable energy to help avert a climate catastrophe. This enormous challenge can only happen with a radical change in the political will at the highest levels.
RET review doesn't reflect what the Government has been saying – Blog – ABC Environment The recent review of the Renewable Energy Target does not reflect the Government's repeated statements in favour of renewable energy. WELL THIS IS AWKWARD, isn't it? Before last year's federal election, and all of this year, Greg Hunt has been swearing black and blue that Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET) has bipartisan support. Even when self-confessed climate sceptic Dick Warburton was appointed to head the review panel of the RET, Hunt reiterated the government's support for this long-standing initiative. But when Mr Warburton's report was made available yesterday (pdf), it was very clear that the government's handpicked review panel does not support the RET. This can only call into question the government's stated support for renewable energy.
Resources for Educators Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment NOAA's Climate.gov features a page of information about teaching with the Third National Climate Assessment, including background on the report, learning pathways to help educators utilize key messages and data, region-by-region guides, and other supporting education and communication resources. Visit the Climate.gov page on Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment. The Climate Literacy Framework Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science is an interagency guide that provides a framework and essential principles for formal and informal education about climate change
National standards for criteria air pollutants in Australia - Air quality fact sheet Air quality fact sheetDepartment of the Environment and Heritage, 2005 Protecting Australia's air quality The quality of the air we breathe affects our health. Although Australia's air quality is better than in many other comparable countries, it is important to take steps now to ensure that air quality is protected into the future. Even small improvements in air quality can achieve benefits for human health and wellbeing. High concentrations of the major air pollutants are associated with respiratory problems such as coughs, bronchitis, asthma and, in severe cases, developmental problems in children, and even death.
Climate Literacy An Early Effort to Promote Climate Literacy During the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-1958, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences published a pioneering science education publication, Planet Earth: Mystery with 100,000 Clues. The brochure pointed out that Earth's natural greenhouse effect was being altered as "our industrial civilization has been pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a great rate." The brochure went on to warn that if this continued, the result "would have a marked warming effect on Earth's climate" that could "cause significant melting of the great ice caps and raise sea levels in time." A Current Climate Literacy brochure Fifty years after the IGY, as part of a community effort to promote climate literacy, current climate scientists, formal and informal educators, and representatives of a range of U.S. agencies participated in developing and vetting a list of the most important concepts in climate science.