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  • Climate Briefing at Victorian Parliament

    ParliamentBriefing_small.jpg On the day, 23rd Nov 2016, that the new Victorian Climate Change Bill 2016 was tabled for a second reading, Malte Meinshausen and Ross Garnaut provided Members of the Victorian State Parliament with a briefing on the latest climate science, the Paris Agreement and the economic opportunities for Australia and Victoria. Listen to the Podcast and download the slides we...

  • Imagineering Australian climate futures

    Author: Anita Talberg 1 1 Australian-German Climate and Energy College (University of Melbourne) Download full report here . Geoengineering scenarios workshop report.png Geoengineering is the collective term for a diverse set of techniques and technologies that aim to manipulate the planet’s environment to address climate change. M any of the methods that sit under the geoengineering umbrella...

  • Submission to Senate Environment and Communications References Committee inquiry: Retirement of coal fired power stations

    Author: Dylan McConnell 1 2 1 Melbourne Energy Institute (University of Melbourne) 2 Australian-German Climate and Energy College (University of Melbourne) Download full report here . Closing coal submission.png Summary: • In order to meet the objectives of ‘Paris Agreement’ and keep global warming below 2◦C, requires emission from the electricity sector to dramatically reduce, to practically...

  • Entry-into-Force edition of NDC & INDC Factsheets

    INDCFactsheets_EntryIntoForce.jpg Check out our new NDC and INDC Factsheets , celebrating the entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement on 4th November 2016 (and as remainder that current mitigation pledges are not sufficient to halt warming well below 2C or return to 1.5C by 2100).

  • Entry-into-force Edition of NDC & INDC Factsheets
    Entry-into-Force Paris Agreement

    To celebrate the entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement , we updated our popular Facthsheets . If you want to know how ambitious the emission reduction pledges within the (intended) "nationally determined contributions" (NDCs) of 191 countries are, then our factsheets might be of interest to you. Check out all those factsheets for individual countries, either in an overview table, as single PDF...

  • Update Log of (I)NDC Factsheets

    Update log: Updates 4th November 2016: We updated quite a number of Factsheets with up to date historical data until 2014, we included the Cancun 2020 year pledges, accounted for LULUCF credit estimtes, added the NDC of North Korea, and updated the graph's display a bit. Apologies for printing issues that occurred with some earlier versions of the Factsheets. Plus, we added a sticker "Entry-into-...

  • Closure of Hazelwood Power Station

    What are the implications for Australia's power supply and carbon emissions of the closure of Hazelwood Power Station? Find out from Dylan McConnell, PhD student at the Climate and Energy College, and Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and College supervisor, who were featured on ABC's 7.30 (3 November). 190183859 Video of 190183859

  • Synthesizing long-term sea level rise projections – the MAGICC sea level model

    Authors : Alexander Nauels , Malte Meinshausen , Matthias Mengel , Katja Lorbacher, and Tom M. L. Wigley Abstract : Sea level rise is one of the major impacts of global warming; it will threaten coastal populations, infrastructure, and ecosystems around the globe in coming centuries. Well-constrained sea level projections are needed to estimate future losses from Sea Level Rise (SLR) and benefits...

  • The Role of Health Co-Benefits in the Development of Australian Climate Change Mitigation Policies

    Authors : Annabelle Workman, Grant Blashki, David Karoly, and John Wiseman Abstract : Reducing domestic carbon dioxide and other associated emissions can lead to short-term, localized health benefits. Quantifying and incorporating these health co-benefits into the development of national climate change mitigation policies may facilitate the adoption of stronger policies. There is, however, a...

  • Habitat III: the biggest conference you’ve probably never heard of

    Henderson, Trundle , Stephan, Kamalipour and Lowe 2016 More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20 years. But Australia, one of the world’s most urbanised nations, is yet to play a major role in negotiations. If...

  • After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

    White, Trundle , McEvoy, Corney, and Remenyi 2016 Tasmania has had a damaging year, with the island state hit by a series of bushfires and floods. Now a comprehensive new assessment of Tasmania’s exposure to natural disasters shows that bushfire remains the number one hazard to people and property, while also highlighting a range of new threats. These include coastal flooding, pandemic influenza...

  • Habitat III is over, but will its New Urban Agenda transform the world’s cities?

    2016 The Conversation In this article Alexei Trundle, PhD candidate at the Climate and Energy College summarises the key points of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

  • A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production

    Authors: Dimitri Lafleur 1 , Tim Forcey 2 , Hugh Saddler 3 and Mike Sandiford 4 1 Australian-German Climate and Energy College (University of Melbourne) 2 Energy Advisor, Melbourne Energy Institute (University of Melbourne) 3 Hon. Assoc. Professor, Crawford School (Australian National University) 4 Professor of Geology, School of Earth Sciences (University of Melbourne) Download full report here...

  • The winds of change

    An analysis of recent changes in the South Australian electricity market Authors: Dylan McConnell 1 and Mike Sandiford 2 1 Australian-German Climate & Energy College, The University of Melbourne 2 Melbourne Energy Institute, The University of Melbourne Download full report here . cover.jpg South Australia has one of the highest penetration intermittent renewable generation portfolios in a...

  • Governing by expertise: the contested politics of (accounting for) land-based mitigation in a new climate agreement

    Authors: Kate Dooley and Aarti Gupta 2016 Abstract: This article analyzes the contested politics of including (and accounting for) land-based mitigation in a post-2020 climate agreement. Emissions from land have been only partially included to date within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015 and “applicable...

  • More Climate Spirals

    The new interactive addition to the climate spiral family. Global-mean temperatures are breaking one record after the other since instrumental observations began. Driven by burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, carbon dioxide concentrations have also soared to unprecedented levels. In fact, today's CO2 concentrations are higher than they have ever been over the last 800 thousand years, the...

  • Keeping warming to below 1.5C. Possible? And if so, how?

    Dr Joeri Rogelj (IIASA) and Erwin Jackson (The Climate Institute) examine and comment on the feasibility of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees - the ambitious goal set in Paris at COP21 in late 2015

  • National contributions for decarbonizing the world economy in line with the G7 agreement

    Authors: Yann Robiou du Pont , M Louise Jeffery , Johannes Gütschow , Peter Christoff and Malte Meinshausen robiou_small.jpg Citation : National contributions for decarbonizing the world economy in line with the G7 agreement Yann Robiou du Pont, M Louise Jeffery, Johannes Gütschow, Peter Christoff and Malte Meinshausen 2016 Environ. Res. Lett. 11 054005 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054005 Direct...

  • TIMELINE: AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE AND CLEAN AIR POLICY INTERVENTIONS 2013-16

    Developments under the Abbott-Turnbull government Authors: Anita Talberg 1 and Annabelle Workman 12 1 Australian-German Climate and Energy College 2 EU Centre on shared complex challenges workingPaperTitle.jpg Climate change remains a political issue both in Australia and internationally. This timeline is a record of Australian climate and clean air policy interventions from September 2013, when...

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Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.