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"The greenest government ever" : one year on : a report to Friends of the Earth /

by Porritt, Jonathon | Friends of the Earth.

Publisher: London, U.K. Friends of the Earth 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: "Green' is sometimes used as shorthand for 'the environment', and sometimes as shorthand for sustainable development. In judging the UK Coalition's "green credentials", it is important to adopt the broader definition of green, looking not only at measures to address climate change and protect biodiversity, but also at how these relate to economic and social policy, as captured in the themes of the Coalition Government's Sustainable Development Vision.Availability: (1)

2009 global assessment report on disaster risk reduction /

by United Nations.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland United Nations 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Risk and poverty in a changing climate.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Report is the first biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction prepared in context of the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The ISDR, launched in 2000, provides a framework to coordinate actions to address disaster risks at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Hyogo Framework for Action for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), endorsed by 168 UN member states at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005, urges all countries to make major efforts to reduce their disaster risk by 2015.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A bright future : 25% renewable energy for Australia by 2020 /

by Rutovitz, Jay | Australian Conservation Foundation | Wakeham, Mark | Richter, Monica.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Greenpeace Australia Pacific 2007Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: A report by Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and Climate Action Network Australia April 2007 Bibliography : p. 26-27Summary: Climate change threatens the human, economic, and environmental future of Australia. Temperatures are set to rise by up to 6 C by 2100 unless we act now. Even a 1 C rise would see drought increase by up to 70 per ; cent in NSW, and regular bleaching of over half of the Great Barrier Reef. The actions we take, or fail to take, in the next fi ve years will decide whether we cross the threshold of dangerous climate change. Any plan for deep cuts in greenhouse emissions entails a major roll-out of renewable energy technologies. Countries around the world have introduced ambitious renewable energy targets to reduce emissions and ensure that they get a slice of the rapidly growing renewable energy market. Australia is missing this opportunity. A 25 per cent by 2020 legislated renewable energy target would see Australia join the global clean energy revolution. Combined with medium energy effi ciency measures, the target would conservatively deliver: 16,600 new jobs, Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A clean solution : tackling climate change and sustainable development through clean technology /

by Herz, Steve.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. Action Aid 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: ActionAid report which argues that a truly green energy revolution is needed to meet both climate and poverty goals.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program /

by Ho, Stacy | Green for All | Rhodes-Conway, Satya.

Publisher: Oakland, CA Green For All 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work. Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.Availability: (1)

Adaptation in the UK : a decision-making process /

by Ranger, Nicola | Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the nvironment | Millner, Antony | Dietz, Simon | Fankhauser, Sam | Lopez, Ana | Ruta, Giovanni.

Publisher: London, U.K. Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment 2010; Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010 bibliography : p. 58-59Summary: This report contributes to the theoretical framework of the Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee's work on assessing the preparedness of the UK to meet the risks and opportunities arising from climate change.Availability: (1)

An inventory of adaptation to climate change in the UK : challenges and findings /

by Tompkins, E.L | Boyd, E | Nicholson-Cole, S.A | Weatherhead, K | Arnell, N.W | Adger, W.N.

Publisher: Norwich, U.K. Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Resaech 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change : a review of the UNFCCC and other recent estimates /

by Parry, Martin | International Institute for Environment and Development | Arnell, Nigel | Berry, Pam | Dodman, David.

Publisher: London, U.K. International Institute for Environment and Development 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This book takes another look at the costs of adapting to climate change. The estimates for 2030 used by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are likely to be substantial under-estimates. Professor Martin Parry and his co-authors look at the estimates from a range of perspectives, and conclude that: the current cost assessments do not include some key sectors, such as ecosystems, energy, manufacturing, retailing, and tourism some of the sectors included have been only partially covered in cost estimates the additional costs of adaptation have sometimes been calculated as 'climate mark-ups' against low levels of assumed investment. In some parts of the world, low levels of investment have led to an adaptation deficit, and this deficit will need to be made good by full funding of development, without which the funding for adaptation will be insufficient. Residual damages also need to be evaluated and reported because not all damages from climate change can be avoided. There is an urgent need for more detailed assessments of these costs, including case studies of costs of adaptation in specific places and sectors. This report aims to demonstrate the need for the further and transparent refinement of cost estimates for responding to climate change.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth Government 2010Description: HTML.Notes: WebsiteSummary: Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. Expert scientific evidence confirms that human activity is altering the climate. This is changing rainfall patterns, reducing water availability in Australia and increasing the frequency of severe weather events such as bushfires and storms. The Australian Government takes the challenge of climate change seriously. Our approach is to reduce greenhouse pollution in Australia in the short and long term; work with the international community to develop a global response that is effective and fair and to prepare for the climate change that we cannot avoid. On our website, you ll find information about the actions we are taking. But climate change is a challenge shared by all Australians so our website also includes information about actions householders and industry can take to reduce their carbon pollution.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australian sustainable energy : zero carbon Australia stationary energy plan /

by Wright, Matthew | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute | Hearps, Patrick.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Energy Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Zero Carbon Australia outlines a coherent and thoroughly researched blueprint showing how 100% renewable energy is achievable using technologies that are commercially available today: wind power and concentrating solar thermal with molten salt storage. It goes through the options, costs and benefits, confirming that a 10 year transformation of the stationary energy sector is achievable and affordable. This will also add huge stimulus to the new green economy and create jobs.Availability: (1)

Australias New Green Economy equation: Can environment + enterprise = a sustainable future? /

by The Total Environment Centre.

Publisher: The Total Environment Centre 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2009Summary: The Total Environment Centre and its corporate sustainability arm, Green Capital, have produced this discussion paper on The New Green Economy to drive debate surrounding the rise of a new global economic paradigm. Our objective is to identify, test and promote key action areas to accelerate the transition to a genuine green economy for Australia. Through our Emerging Green Economy events we will draw on the views of our speakers, panelists ; and audiences ? including sustainability leaders from across the business, government, academic and community sectors ? to shape a final report, The New Green Economy Guide.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Becoming the 'greenest government ever' : sustainable development in government : reporting period 2006-2009 /

by Blakeley-Glover, Jaime | Sustainable Development Commission | Clench, Callum.

Publisher: London, U.K. Sustainable Development Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2010Summary: The UK's new government has pledged, in the words of David Cameron shortly after the election, to be "the greenest government ever", with far-reaching plans to protect the natural environment, tackle climate change and promote sustainability. There is much that it can do to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take up this challenge, and one of the best places to start is on its own doorstep - taking action to ensure that its own workplaces meet the highest standards. As the UK moves into an era that will be dominated by the enormity of the budget deficit and the increasing urgency of addressing climate change and other serious environmental problems, it is vital that Government ensures that sustainable development structures, strategies, and tactics employed to drive improvements in operations and procurement are in place. These need to be sufficiently ambitious to meet the challenges faced and make the fullest possible contribution to the UK's economic recovery, longer term well-being and resilience. Understanding the mutually reinforcing nature of different operational activities, their longer term effects and the potential benefits of taking a more innovative approach to running Government's business will help it work towards its wider policy goals through its procurement and operational activities.Availability: (1)

Building a low carbon economy : implementing the Climate Change Act 2008. /

by HM Treasury.

Publisher: London, U.K. HM Treasury 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Climate Change Act 2008 creates a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK. At the heart of the Act is a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, to be achieved through action at home and abroad. To drive progress towards this target, the Act introduces five year “carbon budgets”, which define the emissions pathway to the 2050 target by limiting the total greenhouse gas emissions allowed in each five year period, beginning in 2008. ; The first three carbon budgets - for 2008-12, 2013-17, and 2018-22 - must be set by 1 June. In setting them, the Government must take into account the advice of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) established under the Act to advise the Government on setting carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC published its first report on 1 December 2008. Budget 2009 and this document provide the Government’s high-level response to that advice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme : Australia's low pollution future : white paper. /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Climate Change 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme : green paper. /

by Australia. Department of Climate Change.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. The Department 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Challenges of responding to sustainability with implications for affordable housing /

by Arman, Michael | Zuo, Jian | Wilson, Lou | Zillante, George | Pullen, Stephen.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A.Ecological Economics, Volume 68, Issue 12, 15 October 2009 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Pages 3034-3041Summary: Sustainability is one of the most contested ideologies of our time because everyone acknowledges that it must occur but no one can agree on what needs to change in response. This is unsurprising, because objecting to the goal of sustainability is like objecting to other inherently good goals like peace or freedom. Responses to sustainability exist on a long continuum, with some interpreting sustainability to mean conservation-at-all-costs and reduced economic growth, while others suggest that the market will ensure sustainable outcomes eventually result. Further, sustainability can be easily manipulated to justify predetermined outcomes. There are, indeed, a multitude of conceptual and pragmatic challenges to operating on sustainability, particularly when the scale shifts from a global goal to local action. Using the application of sustainability to affordable housing in Australia as a case study, this article argues that rather than limiting sustainable outcomes, the existence of the sustainability debate which focuses on the many challenges is a positive indicator that sustainability may be attainable.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Clean Energy Council /

by Clean Energy Council.

Publisher: Southbank, Vic. Clean Energy Council 2009Notes: WebsiteSummary: The Clean Energy Council is an amalgamation of the Australian Wind Energy Industry Association (Auswind) and the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). With over 400 businesses covering a quarter of Australia's total electricity production including gas, wind, hydro and bioenergy; and in the spectrum of business in the low-emission energy and energy efficiency sectors. Including solar PV, solar hot water, biomass, geothermal and cogeneration. ; The clean energy sector is focused on tackling climate change in Australia. We maintain that as stationary energy is responsible for 50% of Australia's emissions - with electricity production by far the largest contributor. Any responsible remedy to climate change must tackle Australia's electricity mix.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Clean Energy Works Portland : a national model for energy-efficiency retrofits /

by Green For All.

Publisher: Oakland, California Green for All 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p.16-17Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Clean energy, investments, jobs and U.S economic well-being : a third response to Heritage Foundation critics /

by Pollin, Robert | Heintz, James | Garrett-Peltier, Heidi.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute 2009; & Department of Economics 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

CLEAR economics : state-level impacts of the Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal Act on family incomes and jobs /

by Boyce, James K | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute | Riddle, Matthew E.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Bibliography : p. 14Summary: This study examines the economic impacts of the Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal(CLEAR) Act, focusing on household incomes and job creation across the statesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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