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All Fossil Fuel Subsidies should be Removed

Environment Protection Authority Victoria

" Australia's Ecological Footprint in the Living Planet Report 2008 was 7.8 global hectares (gha) per person. This is 2.8 times the average global footprint (2.7 gha), and well beyond the level of what the planet can regenerate on an annual basis – an equivalent of about 2.1 global hectares, per person, per year". Use this fun calculator to work out how many tons of CO2 your consumption patterns are putting into the atmosphere. it good to see what are the major items but do not forget the minor ones which are often easier to change. So long as many people do this, the minor change will build into a major change.

To check how your household rates, click here.

There are also some fun cartoons.

Australian Environmental Economic Accounts, ABS 4650.0

Australia's economic production as measured by Gross Value Added (GVA) in chain volume terms rose by 67% over the period 1996–97 to 2011–12. Over the same period, indicators of environmental pressure related to the production of waste, energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased; and water consumption by industry fell. Waste production rose 147%, energy consumption increased 22%, GHG emissions increased 25% and water consumption by industry fell by 31%. The latter drop can be partly explained by the reduction in water availability due to climatic conditions (e.g. drought) as well as the adoption of water conservation measures. As water availability over the most recent years has increased due to higher rainfall, water consumption has increased, leading to increased intensity of water use by industry.

A comparison of changes in selected indicators of environmental pressure per unit of economic production (GVA) between 1996–97 and 2011–12 illustrates, among other things, the close correlation between Australia's GHG emissions intensity and energy intensity, with both decreasing approximately 25% during this period.

Waste intensity is the only indicator of intensity to increase over the period (48%). This result is consistent with international evidence which suggests that economic growth is associated with growth in waste production per capita.

For the full report, please click here.

For further graphs and images related to selected industries, please click here.

CSIRO Climate Change and Adaptation

State of the Climate 2014, 3/3/2014

" Weather and climate touch all aspects of Australian life. What we experience here at home is part of the global climate system. The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO contribute significantly to the international effort of weather and climate monitoring, forecasting and research. In State of the Climate, we discuss the long-term trends in Australia’s climate."

Here are some of the interesting graphics from the report.

Australian Mean Temperatures

Australian Maximum Temperatures

Australian Minimum Temperatures

Sea and Land Surface Temperatures

Number of Extremely Hot Days

Change in Ocean Heat Content