Newsletter 6 - April 2009
'Carbon Matters' is a regular quarterly e-newsletter capturing current climate change news, progress on Network initiatives, case studies, regulatory information, and other interesting news items.
Climate change as a public issue has progressed fast. In the past decade it has transformed from scientific theory into stark reality.
Western Water is well on target to meet its 2009 Greenhouse Challenge to cut emissions by a quarter by mid-year, having set itself an aim of zero net climate-harming carbon emissions by 2017.
The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) permit auction mechanism will be the most advanced carbon permit auction design globally. The complexity of the design includes features such as the forward sale of permits. Recent attention has been focused on who will be liable under the scheme and which industries will be handed free permits.
"Climate Change" is a marked change in seasonal temperatures, rain, wind and humidity. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that "Climate Change" caused by humans is a serious threat to humanity and our environment.
Two reports released late last year demonstrate the leadership role that Australian local governments are playing in addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainable water management.