Today in climate change (4 December 2020)

Please find below links to recent climate change news…

Tasmania declares itself 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity https://reneweconomy.com.au/tasmania-declares-itself-100-per-cent-powered-by-renewable-electricity-25119/

Electricity supplies under pressure due to heatwave, energy market operator warns https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-29/heatwave-pushes-power-grid-to-the-limit-electricity/12930308

Cool change moves in after Sydney and northern NSW endure record-smashing heatwave https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cool-change-moves-in-after-sydney-and-northern-nsw-endure-record-smashing-heatwave

Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55109092

Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74918

Inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/epc-LA/Inquiry_into_Tackling_Climate_Change_in_Victorian_Communities/LAEPC_59-01_Inquiry_into_tackling_climate_change_in_Vic_Communities.pdf

Three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030, Guardian Essential poll shows https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/three-quarters-of-australians-back-target-of-net-zero-by-2030-guardian-essential-poll-shows

European states ordered to respond to youth activists’ climate lawsuit https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/30/european-states-ordered-respond-youth-activists-climate-lawsuit?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Weekend heatwave sent records tumbling in SA and NSW — and it isn’t over yet https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-01/weekend-heatwave-sent-records-tumbling-in-sa-and-nsw/12935088

Climate Solutions Series: Decarbonizing the Built Environment https://www.csis.org/analysis/climate-solutions-series-decarbonizing-built-environment

How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/30/climate-change-mortgage-housing-environment-433721

What’s the impact of melting ice on rising sea levels? https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/16/what-s-the-impact-of-melting-ice-on-rising-sea-levels

The UN canceled its 2020 climate summit. Youth held one anyway https://grist.org/climate/the-un-canceled-its-2020-climate-summit-youth-held-one-anyway/

Australia endures hottest spring ever, with average temperatures more than 2C above average https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/australia-endures-hottest-spring-ever-with-average-temperatures-more-than-2c-above-average

Pacific leaders condemn Australia’s climate target as ‘one of the weakest’ in open letter https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pacific-leaders-condemn-australia-s-climate-target-as-one-of-the-weakest-in-open-letter

Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55073169

Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy https://theconversation.com/australias-states-have-been-forced-to-go-it-alone-on-renewable-energy-but-its-a-risky-strategy-151086

Sea level rise and coastal flooding threaten affordable housing https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abb266

Climate emergency: New Zealand must match words and actions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/01/climate-emergency-new-zealand-must-match-words-and-actions?CMP=share_btn_tw

What can Covid-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe? https://www.cascades.eu/publication/what-can-climate-risks-teach-us-about-preparing-for-climate-risks-in-europe/

Progress toward managing rising seas https://medium.com/island-press/progress-toward-managing-rising-seas-5c3822326a72

Future Brahmaputra river flooding as climate warms may be underestimated, study says https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74966

UN climate summit president thanks Australian states – but not Morrison government – for backing net zero https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-target-climate-summit-president-thanks-australian-states-but-not-morrison-government

Rising seas predicted to flood thousands of affordable housing units by 2050 https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/1/21747466/rising-sea-levels-flood-affordable-housing-2050

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55150910

Humanity is waging war on nature, says UN secretary general https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/humanity-is-waging-war-on-nature-says-un-secretary-general-antonio-guterres?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

NZ joins a groundswell in sounding the climate emergency alarm. Can it make any real difference? https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/02-12-2020/nz-joins-a-groundswell-in-sounding-the-climate-emergency-alarm-can-it-make-any-real-difference/

Movements shaping climate futures: A systematic mapping of protests against fossil fuel and low-carbon energy projects https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abc197/meta

The matrix of two worlds working for better community resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74993

WMO Provisional report on the state of the global climate 2020 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74998

Climate change is resulting in profound, immediate and worsening health impacts, over 120 researchers say https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-resulting-in-profound-immediate-and-worsening-health-impacts-over-120-researchers-say-151027

The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32290-X/fulltext

Indonesia’s tropical glacier is rare, revered, and could be gone by next year https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-04/indonesia-tropical-glacier-threatened-climate-change/12914584

Art Basel Miami 2020: climate change concerns dominate unusual year https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/03/art-basel-miami-2020-virtual-art-fair

Confronting the ‘isolated, lonely, painful deaths’ from heat waves https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/12/confronting-the-isolated-lonely-painful-deaths-from-heat-waves/

Increased Plate Tectonic Activity May Have Warmed the Miocene Climate https://eos.org/articles/increased-plate-tectonic-activity-may-have-warmed-the-miocene-climate

“Thirstier” atmosphere will increase wildfire risk out west https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75016

Pushing back against the tide: Vanuatu’s climate fight https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75009

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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