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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 Asylum seekers,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 »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Geoff Lacey. A clash of values Towards the end of 2017, the Victorian Government put forward a proposal to build a North-East Link Freeway. Their preferred route follows the Greensborough Highway south, and connects with the Eastern Freeway. VicRoads would use tunnelling in some of the ‘residential and sensitive environmental areas’. The tunnel would cross […]

February 12th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »