Carbon Copy August 2015



Carbon Copy Newsletter, August 2015

The Climate & Energy College met Al Gore during his visit to the University on Monday, 27 June. Photo: Paul Burston.

Annual Report

We launched our first Annual Report in June. It's the first publication to present our new logo and also to showcase what we do and our achievements so far.

You can access a PDF copy here. If you'd like a hard copy of the report, please email Jen Drysdale, the College Manager.

Inside the College

Confirmation Recap
Three students (Elisabeth Vogel, Martin Wainstein and Changlong Wang) have completed their confirmation since we last wrote. Confirmation has a number of purposes including the assessment of progress to date and the academic preparedness of the candidate to complete their PhD. It also provides the opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate written and oral presentation skills appropriate to PhD study.

New Students
The College currently has 16 PhD students. Since the last newsletter, Graham Palmer, Cathy Alexander and Annabelle Workman have joined the College. Elllycia Harrould-Kolieb, in the final year of her PhD at UoM, has also joined the College because the College provides a fantastic cohort experience for PhD students working on all aspects of climate and energy transitions.
Model UN in German Conference
The College hosted a Model United Nations Conference in June 2015. The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division), the Department of Education and Training and the Association of German Teachers in Victoria organized the event that brought together over 100 Victorian Year 11 and 12 students learning German to debate on 'The Heat is On: Climate Change and the Environment.' Alex Nauels, College PhD student, played the part of Secretary General, Malte Meinshausen gave the opening address, and the whole event was conducted in German.

Publications

Al Gore looks to states, not Canberra, on Australian climate visit
Cathy Alexander, The Conversation, 28 July 2015
Climate campaigner Al Gore has been in Australia again - but this time he didn’t share a stage with a beaming Clive Palmer. He didn’t go anywhere near Canberra. And he had good reason.

FactCheck: does coal-fired power cost $79/kWh and wind power $1502/kWh?
Dylan McConnell, The Conversation, 23 July 2015
Following Alan Jones' incorrect comments about the cost of wind power on Q&A, Dylan McConnell put the facts straight. Dylan's response was also presented on Media Watch.

How much does wind energy cost? Debunking the myths

Given the value of emissions cuts, solar subsidies are worth it

FactCheck: has Australia met its climate goals, while other nations make ‘airy-fairy promises’?
Anita Talberg, Malte MeinshausenThe Conversation, 16 July 2015
International negotiations on climate change have been underway since the 1990s. The first set of emissions-reduction commitments were made for the 2008-12 period under an agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol.

A matter of degrees: why 2C warming is officially unsafe
Kate Dooley, Peter Christoff, The Conversation, 27 May 2015
The goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”.


BP’s extreme climate forecast puts energy giant in a bind
Roger Dargaville, Annabelle Workman, Changlong Wang, Dimitri Lafleur, Dylan McConnell, Martin Wainstein, Ryan Alexander, The Conversation, 1 April 2015
BP’s annual Energy Outlook report, released in February, details the results from modelling of what it sees as the “most likely” energy scenario out to 2035.

Complementing Thermosteric Sea Level Rise Estimates
K. Lorbacher, M. Meinshausen, A. Nauels (2015). Geoscientific Model Development. Vol 8. 1201-1223.

Upcoming Events

Climate Conversations - Robert Manne
When: 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Rm 449, Level 4, Melbourne School of Design

Why have societies and the international community been unable thus far to rise to a challenge that seems certain to determine the human future? This talk will examine various competitive or overlapping explanations.

Science and Pretzels - David Karoly
When: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Seminar Space, LAB-14, 700 Swanston Street (corner of Grattan/Swanston streets)

David Karoly will provide an overview of the detection and attribution of climate change.



Events Recap

Science and Pretzels - Claire Farrell and Peter Rayner
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Green roofs are increasingly being used internationally for their environmental, social and economic benefits. Much of the evidence of benefits is based on research from cooler, temperate climates, the evidence from drier, warmer, Mediterranean climates, such as much of southern Australia, is little reported.

Science and Pretzels - Olivia Gippner
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Chinese climate change policy after 2003 has developed markedly and since then has heavily borrowed from external, especially European, experiences. Emissions trading, car emission standards and chemical standards are just a few examples. Dr. Olivia Gippner’s project is part of a four-year study which began with the puzzle of why China is adopting climate policies that originate in other countries.


Science and Pretzels - Bronwyn Wake
Wednesday, 25 June 2015
Nature Climate Change launched in April 2011 and is a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science and impacts of global climate change and its implications for the economy, policy and the world at large.
Agriculture faces a confluence of pressures in the coming years. To feed a growing world population we will need 70% more food by 2050. However, in the absence of adaptation, up to 25% of the world’s food production potential may be lost by 2050 due to environmental breakdown, largely due to climate change.

Click here to see more events from earlier this year.