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  • A matter of degrees: why 2C warming is officially unsafe

    Originally published in The Conversation on 27 May 2015, 6.08am. By Kate Dooley and Peter Christoff image-20150526-24751-1iuc5n7.jpg We cross the 2C threshold at our peril. Shawn Carpenter/Flickr , CC BY-SA The goal of international climate negotiations is “to avoid dangerous atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”. In 2010, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate...

  • Retrospective modeling of the merit-order effect

    McConnell, D; Hearps, P; Eales, D; Sandiford, M ; Dunn, R; Wright, M ; Bateman, L ENERGY POLICY, Volume: 58, Pages: 17-27, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.01.052, Published: JUL 2013 Abstract : In electricity markets that use a merit order dispatch system, generation capacity is ranked by the price that it is bid into the market. Demand is then met by dispatching electricity according to this rank,...

  • Can air pollutant controls change global warming?

    Strefler, J; Luderer, G; Kriegler, E; Meinshausen, M ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY, Volume: 41, Pages: 33-43, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.04.009, Published: AUG 2014 Abstract : In this paper we analyze the interaction between climate and air pollution policies using the integrated assessment model REMIND coupled to the reduced-form climate model MAGICC. Since overall, aerosols tend to cool...

  • Disentangling the effects of CO2 and short-lived climate forcer mitigation

    Rogelj, J; Schaeffer, M; Meinshausen, M; Shindell, DT; Hare, W; Klimont, Z; Velders, GJM; Amann, M; Schellnhuber, HJ PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Volume: 111, Issue: 46, Pages: 16325-16330, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1415631111, Published: NOV 18 2014 Abstract : Anthropogenic global warming is driven by emissions of a wide variety of radiative forcers...

  • Probabilistic projections of the Atlantic overturning

    Schleussner, CF; Levermann, A; Meinshausen, M CLIMATIC CHANGE, Volume: 127, Issue: 3-4, Pages: 579-586, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1265-2, Published: DEC 2014 Abstract : Changes in the Atlantic overturning circulation have a strong influence on European temperatures, North American sea level and other climate phenomena worldwide. A meaningful assessment of associated societal impacts needs to be...

  • Probabilistic projections of the Atlantic overturning

    Schleussner, CF (Schleussner, Carl-Friedrich)[ 2,1 ] ; Levermann, A (Levermann, Anders)[ 3,1 ] ; Meinshausen, M (Meinshausen, Malte)[ 4,1 ] CLIMATIC CHANGE, Volume: 127, Issue: 3-4, Pages: 579-586, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1265-2, Published: DEC 2014 Abstract : Changes in the Atlantic overturning circulation have a strong influence on European temperatures, North American sea level and other...

  • Complementing thermosteric sea level rise estimates

    Lorbacher, K., Meinshausen, M., and Nauels, A. Revised: 01 Jun 2015 – Accepted: 11 Aug 2015 – Published: 02 Sep 2015 Abstract . Thermal expansion of seawater is one of the most important contributors to global sea level rise in the past 100 years. Yet, observational estimates of thermal expansion are sparse, mostly limited to the upper ocean layers, and only a part of the available climate model...

  • Setting Australia’s Post-2020 Target for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Submission to the Emissions Target Taskforce Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on Setting Australia’s Post-2020 Target for Greenhouse Gas Emissions By: Annabelle Workman (1,3), Cathy Alexander (1,9), Ryan Alexander (1,7), Peter Christoff (4), Roger Dargaville (2), Kate Dooley (1,4), Jen Drysdale (1), Robyn Eckersley (5), Adrian Ford (1), Fiona Haines (5), Ben Henley (2), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg...

  • Explainer: how countries could come to a global climate deal in 2015

    12 March 2015, 6.25am , first published in the Conversation (there with links) . by Anita Talberg and Malte Meinshausen Ahead of meetings at the end of this year in Paris, countries will submit draft contributions for a global climate deal. The goal: reducing greenhouse gases beyond 2020, and ultimately keeping global warming below 2C. Countries are working towards meetings in Paris in November...

  • FactCheck: are Australian and US climate targets the same?

    First published on The Conversation by M. Meinshausen & A. Talberg (Climate-Energy College) To match the US, Australia would have to increase its emissions reduction target to 25% below 2000 levels If you use the full Kyoto period — 1990 to 2020 — the US is minus 5% and Australia is almost exactly the same. Environment minister Greg Hunt, Radio National , November 17. We and the United States...

  • The Climate & Energy College at Lima UNFCCC conference

    The COP20 (20th Conference Of the Parties) of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Peru and was a critical event on "The Road to Paris 2015" towards a final global agreement on Climate Change. Researchers from The University of Melbourne and the Climate & Energy College were there and told us their vision of what went on in Peru and why the upcoming Paris conference...

  • Does Biochar hold the key to natural carbon sequestration?

    By Laura Porter-Jacobs on 10th September 2014. Biochar technology is a novel approach to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations by retaining carbon in soils. Biochar is a manmade substance, an organic matter that is transformed into a charcoal by pyrolysis, the thermal decomposition of organic material, in a low oxygen (O2) environment. This process occurs at a relatively low...

  • FactCheck: does Australia have too much electricity?

    By Dylan McConnell on 10th September 2014. This article was originally published in The Conversation. We have 9,000 megawatts (nine big power stations equivalent) of excess capacity in electricity generation … We have more than 15% overcapacity in generation in Australia - Industry minister Ian Macfarlane, ABC Radio , September 9. Capacity and supply In electricity markets, “capacity” is used to...

  • Why fixate on 20% renewables? It’s never been the actual target

    By Dylan McConnell on 12th November 2014. This article was originally published in The Conversation. Protesters say the government’s planned cuts to the Renewable Energy Target will endanger Australian jobs in the sector. AAP Image/NewZulu/Josephine Lim Labor has walked away from negotiations with the government over changes to the Renewable Energy Target , saying the proposed cuts of almost 40%...

  • Information Brochure on Energy Cluster

    Our new brochure provides insights to our work in the energy cluster - see link below. We have several ongoing PhD projects ranging from storage solutions, virtual power plants, to solar prosumers. As a young initiative, we look for industry and philanthropic collaborations. Together, we envisage to provide PhD researchers in the field of energy research and climate science the best environment...

  • Pumped hydro – the forgotten storage solution

    By Tim Forcey and Dylan McConnell 2 July 2014 This article was origninally published in RenewEconomy . Storage is in the energy news now, in more places than can be listed. To pick a few, here is recent news from Europe , Tesla , and Queensland . Everyone is looking to the day when battery technology can economically partner with the popular yet variable renewables: solar PV and wind. But what if...

  • Pumped hydro – the forgotten storage solution

    By Tim Forcey and Dylan McConnell 2 July 2014 This article was orignially published in RenewEconomy Storage is in the energy news now, in more places than can be listed. To pick a few, here is recent news from Europe , Tesla , and Queensland . Everyone is looking to the day when battery technology can economically partner with the popular yet variable renewables: solar PV and wind. But what if...

  • Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions Video

    This short video describes what we do at the College and includes two of our students talking about their research.

  • Australia Should Pursue Ambitious Climate Change Mitigation Policies

    Alexander Nauels , Jun 15 2014 This article was originally published in E-International Relations From an international perspective, Australia’s climate change policies have been all but consistent over the last decade. In 2004, when countries responsible for 55% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions accepted the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (...

  • Peter Tesch, Australian Ambassador to Germany, on the College

    "In today’s globalised world, international collaboration is essential for the success of scientific research. Australia and Germany have long realised the potential of combining their strengths in a broad range of scientific and technological fields, ranging from neuroscience and reproductive health to solar energy and hypersonics. The bilateral Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent on a...

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  • 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.