Keeping under 1.5°C: are we doing enough to avoid dangerous climate change?

Have we missed the opportunity to avoid dangerous climate change? Australia has already experienced over 1 degree of warming with an increase in extreme heat events and severe bushfire weather.

What actions need to be taken to get on track to avoid a greater than 1.5°C future? If we don't act, what could our future climate look like?

To coincide with the launch of the IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5°C, as well as the 10 year anniversary of the Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008 (updated in 2011), the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College presented a panel of experts to discuss the implications of this important report for Australia and the World.


  • Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science, The University of Queensland (Co-Author of the IPCCSpecial Report Global Warming of 1.5°C)
  • Prof Ross Garnaut AC, Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Energy Transition Hub and President of SIMEC ZEN Energy
  • Prof Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, plus Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Senior Research Associate and ARC Future Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW

Watch the video of this recent seminar and discussion with these experts, held on 11 October 2018.

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Power system stability with Kate Summers

The stability of the electricity network are front and centre of the political debate in Australia.

Watch our seminar on power system control with Engineer Kate Summers from Pacific Hydro. In a fascinating seminar, held in the College on 15th August 2018, she explains why the big gas and coal (synchronous) generators often get it wrong these days to stabilise frequency across the National Electricity Market.

It is not necessarily their fault, as those machines are capable to provide the primary control on frequency stabilisation. But the current market control (and the FCAS market) do not generally use those resources.

In fact, as a sub-optimal power system control now leads to larger frequency alterations than in the old days, the wear and tear of the synchronous generatos will be enhanced - possibly accelerating a transition.

Anyway, you might be surprised that deterioation of the tight frequency control has nothing to do with renewables. Renewables in fact are the most stable ingredients of our power system at the moment on that millisecond and half-hourly timeframe, in which various events can otherwise push the electricity grid into the red zones of either too high or too low frequency.

Lean back and enjoy a fascinating and content-rich talk about power system control by one of the knowledge powerhouses in Australia, Kate Summers.

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