What are Australia’s climate options?

The Climate Change Authority is currently undertaking a “Special Review” of the effectiveness, equity and cost of Australia’s climate policy options, including emissions trading schemes and renewable energy programmes.  The Authority’s draft report is available for public comment until 19 February 2016.

In support of the draft report, this webinar looks at the range of climate options, how we should evaluate “effectiveness” and how climate policy can affect Australia’s international competitiveness.

World Wetlands Day – new app released

A4-LW-Bird-Poster-Artwork-v2015Happy World Wetlands Day!  Thanks to a new app developed by UTAS and NRM, Saltmarsh Matters, casual birdwatchers can now assist scientists to gather information about the population and distribution of saltmarsh wetland bird species.

The app is supported by a series of information sheets and illustrated field guides.  To download the app, click here.

To see the gorgeous artwork for this project, visit the website of artist, Rachel Tribout.

EDO Bulletin 2/2016

Image: Brendan GogartyThe latest edition of our Bulletin covers the devastating bushfires and their implications for World Heritage values in Tasmania’s wilderness areas, more by-catch deaths from trawler operations, the first arrests under the anti-protest laws, a final chance to comment on proposed amendments to the Freycinet National Park management plan and the first peek at our new “Have Your Say” website.

To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Formal report on Paris Climate Agreement

logo-cop-21-carrThe UNFCCC has released a formal report (in English) detailing the discussions and outcomes of the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21).  In order to bring the agreement into effect, the following steps must be taken:

  • Reports prepared in all official UN languages (expected to occur by end of February 2016)
  • Signing ceremony to be held in New York on 22 April 2016
  • At least 55 countries sign the agreement and submit national instruments of acceptance ratification (that is, documents showing how the Agreement is implemented in national legislation).  These instruments may commit to Nationally Determined Contributions submitted as part of the Conference (for Australia, this is 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030),  or may be more ambitious.

The Agreement will take effect within 30 days of ratification by at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

Changes to Wildlife Regulations

Burrowing_CrayfishOn 20 January 2016, a series of amendments to the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 took effect.  The amendments add or remove various species from the protection lists set out in the Schedules to the Regulations, including:

1. Specially protected wildlife
2. Protected wildlife
3. Protected wildlife that may be bought, sold, or held without a permitTrichoglossus_haematodus_-Jurong_Bird_Park,_Singapore_-Dec2009
4. Partly protected wildlife (game species)
5. Restricted animals
6. Restricted (special purpose) animals
7. Domestic stock.

The changes are designed to:

  • strengthen biosecurity by prohibiting or restricting importation of species assessed as presenting a risk;
  • remove threatened mainland species not found in Tasmania;
  • reallocate species between lists to better reflect their listing status under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (for example, several threatened burrowing crayfish species have been included in the list of “Specially Protected Wildlife” which may be taken only with permits, and only where the Minister considers it necessary to do so) and be more consistent with national listing criteria.

For a summary of the changes, click here (our thanks to intern, Andrew Norris, for preparing this summary). For the full Gazette Notice list, click here.

EDO Bulletin 1/2016

DevilWelcome to 2016!  The first edition of our Bulletin covers rising emissions and the draft Climate Action plan, what the Keystone pipeline challenge might mean for Australian government decisions under the TPP, proposals to deal with “problem trees” and a further delay in the introduction of clearing restrictions on  private land.

To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.       – David Bowie

Christmas closure

East Coast - Sophie PidcockEDO Tasmania will be closed from 23 December 2015 until 11 January 2016 while our team enjoys a well-earned break.  Wishing all our clients, supporters, donors, subscribers, friends and everyone who’s helped protect Tasmania’s environment this year a happy, safe and rejuvenating festive season.

To find out more about what we’ve been up to this year, check out our 2015 Highlights.

Image:  Sophie Pidcock

Draft Climate Action Plan released

rainfall_mapThe Tasmanian government has released a draft climate action plan,Embracing the Climate Challenge 2016-2021.  The plan outlines a framework for action over the next 5 years to capitalise on Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage and climate research expertise.

The plan focuses on “sensible and practical actions” that largely continue existing programmes, rather than setting ambitious new targets.  The government is asking for input regarding priorities, the targets Tasmania should adopt, the best ways for Tasmania to contribute to efforts to combat climate change and any changes to the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 needed to facilitate emissions reductions.

The recent announcement that the broken Basslink cable will take several months to repair and the upcoming re-commissioning of the Tamar Valley Power Station highlight the need for a coordinated, strategic response to Tasmania’s energy security.

Comments on the draft plan can be made until 25 March 2016. Read more and have your say.

A series of public meetings to discuss the draft plan will also be held across Tasmania in early 2016. Details will be published on the Tasmanian Climate Change Office Facebook page.

EDO Bulletin 24/2015

cropped-Brendan-6.jpgAs the sun starts to set on 2015, this bumper edition of the EDO Bulletin looks at the Paris agreement, Tasmania’s climate change plan, forest practices, the National Clean Air agreement, the Adani coal mine, water quality in the Huon and the Derwent and a wrap up on the year we’ve had.  Wishing you all a very happy, safe and restful festive season – we look forward to keeping you up to date again in 2016.

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