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Disruptive social innovation for a low-carbon world


Dr Samuel Alexander, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute produces a working paper as part of the Visions and Pathways 2040 project.

Pathways to a zero-carbon economy: John Wiseman


A new working paper by Prof John Wiseman titled ‘Pathways to a zero-carbon economy: learning from large scale de-carbonisation strategies‘, provides an overview of key features of the most promising and innovative large scale low-carbon economy transition plans and strategies.

Canada: launch of new Energy Systems Simulator


The Cananadian Energy Systems Analysis Research has developed powerful new interactive visualisation tools of Canada’s energy systems. For the first time, a window of access is available to more than 30 years of highly integrated data on the energy systems of Canada and its provinces.

The Great Transition Initiative

The Great Transition Initiative is an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere. The website serves as a platform for examining global conditions and prospects, and for exploring bold visions and change strategies.

The transition to renewable energy is eminently affordable

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The Guardian, 13 April 2014

Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth.  Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.

Ben Caldecott: Stranded Assets

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Ben Caldecott is the director of the Stranded Assets Programme at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. On his recent visit to Australia, he presented a talk hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, titled Stranded Down Under: are fossil fuels bankrupting Australia financially and ecologically?

Overview of Climate Change Policies and Development of Emissions Trading in China



The Climate Economics Chair has recently released a comprehensive overview of China’s climate change policies and a detailed analysis of the emergence of emissions trading in China.

Carbon Crash Solar Dawn


By Paul Gilding, Writer and Sustainability Advisor.

I think it’s time to call it. Renewables and associated storage, transport and digital technologies are so rapidly disrupting whole industries’ business models they are pushing the fossil fuel industry towards inevitable collapse.

New website: cCHANGE


The organisers of last years University of Oslo conference on Transformation in a Changing Climate have recently launched the valuable new website The goal of the cCHANGE website is to empower individuals and groups with the knowledge, skills and tools to generate ethical transformations in a changing climate.

Carbon divestment is a shining example


Mary Robinson wrote this article for The Guardian on Tuesday 18 February 2014, discussing divestment as the key to moving to a low-carbon economy.