Carbon budget graphic

Tackling climate change requires us to think about the challenge with the right concepts. One powerful concept is the notion of a Carbon Budget, and The New York Times has published a great dashboard for this.

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Climate change has made Hurricane Harvey more deadly

As Dr. Michael Mann describes, we shouldn’t think about climate change causing Hurricane Harvey. Instead, a convincing scientific argument can be made that climate change has made Hurricane Harvey more deadly.

SEP 3 UPDATE – I like recent articles by Nicholas Kristof and Timothy Egan about Harvey and climate change. Also there has been Bob Ward writing in the Guardian (Sep 10) and Bill McKibben (Sep 11).

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How likely will the Paris target be achieved?

A sobering analysis from a study published yesterday in Nature suggests that there is only a 5% chance of achieving the Paris Climate goal of keeping the global temperature rise to within 2 degrees.

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Removing Greenhouse Gases

There is important work being done by the ANU to address how greenhouse gases might best be removed from the atmosphere to prevent dangerous climate change.

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2020: The Climate Turning Point

The Potsdam Institute have released a paper describing why emissions need to peak by 2020 to meet the Paris temperature limit of ‘well below 2 degrees’.

 

 

 

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We Are Still In Paris Agreement

Great to see that there is so much commitment within the US to the Paris Agreement, despite the temporary lack of leadership from the federal government.

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Ceres Power Fully Charged

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Tesla Solar Roof Calculator

Tesla have provided more details of their solar roof.

One aspect I really like is the way that a Tesla solar roof is made up of a mix of solar tiles and non-solar tiles. They look exactly the same as each other.

This addresses something that I have been wondering about. We already have solar water panels covering some of our roof at our home. Our roof tiles will need to be replaced within the next 2 or 3 years. I can now imagine that underneath our solar water panels, and on our north-facing roof, we would have the non-solar tiles. That would leave the rest of the roof for our electricity-generating solar tiles.

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A Road Map for Rapid Decarbonization

Here is an article published in Science about a road map for rapid decarbonisation.

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Tesla and low-carbon marketing

The New York Times reported yesterday that Tesla is now worth more than Ford. Well done Tesla!

Reflecting on the research we have done with Environmental Choices, I think that Tesla is a poster child of how low-carbon marketing can be applied.

Our research shows that climate change stimulates unmet needs for low-carbon products amongst people concerned about climate change. There is specific evidence that, in North America, people who are concerned about climate change are significantly more likely to use lower-emission cars than those not concerned about climate change. Also, the type of Guilt-free luxury branding used with the Tesla Model S and Model X works well with wealthier Americans; those that earn over US$100,000 pa (see page 120 of The branding of climate change; report 3h).

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