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The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

Alan Finkel Office of the Chief Scientist. This week’s release of the special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put scientific evidence on the front page of the world’s newspapers. As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I hope it will be recognised as a tremendous validation of the work that scientists do. The […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

Mark Howden Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin Australian National University A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake in the world’s bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5℃. The report, released today, sets out the […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

John Menadue The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right, which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers for the Environment and Energy to the latest […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

Ken Baldwin Australian National University Andrew Blakers Australian National University Matthew Stocks Australian National University The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019. If that rate is maintained, Australia would reach 50% renewables in 2025. The recent demise of the National Energy Guarantee saw the […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Bruce Duncan.  The events around the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia have caused dismay and anger right across the country, not just because of the internecine politics involved but because the malcontents have undermined efforts to face the terrible threats posed by global warming and climate change. Our new prime minister, […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Andrew Glikson. In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science on 6 August, a group of 17 climate and environment scientists issued a stern warning to humanity about the future of advanced life on Earth. The paper states: We […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

This summer’s fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland. NEW YORK. Modern humans, born into one […]

August 15th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Rebecca Harris University of Tasmania David Bowman University of Tasmania Linda Beaumont Macquarie University. To the chagrin of the tourist industry, the Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse. Further reading It’s official: 2016’s Great Barrier Reef bleaching was unlike anything that […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Bruce Duncan. Astonishingly, some people are still not convinced about the dangers of climate change, despite frequent reports of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and record global temperatures. Europe in July experienced an extreme heat wave, even reaching into the Arctic Circle. Exceptionally severe forest fires have raged as far north as Sweden. Africa […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar photovoltaics are now the world’s leading source of new electricity generation. Andrew Blakers  & Matthew Stocks Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly becoming cheaper and more abundant than ever – so much so that they are on track to supplant fossil fuels worldwide entirely within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly […]

May 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »