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UTAS taking Peak Oil seriously

Good News! – Tasmania’s university, UTAS, has moved ahead of state government, having just released its Peak Oil Risk Analysis.

Described as a global first for the tertiary education sector, the UTAS study has investigated the likely impacts of increasing world oil prices on its business operations staff and student population. Continue reading

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Electric cars and Tasmania’s future

Any strident advocacy of electric vehicles feeds our society"s lust to maintain at all costs our patterns of unsustainable living. Every step along the way, the electrification debate needs to be placed into the much more important context of making our cities and communities less car dependent. Lose sight of the larger context, then we lose the sustainability argument and unintentionally end up feeding the other side of the debate instead. Continue reading

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Nicole’s message to Tasmania

In march Peak Oil Tasmania co-hosted a visit to Tasmania by Canadian writer and systems analyst Nicole Foss, who presented at two lively lectures in Hobart and Launceston. Foss is an expert in the complex global financial and energy systems and focuses a lot of her work on the pressing problem of oil depletion.

Thanks to Hobart climate science writer, Peter Boyer, here is his overview of what Nicole had to say: Continue reading

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Peak oil & Tasmania’s tourism sector

How will Peak Oil impact upon Tasmania"s high profile tourism industry and all those stakeholders who depend on tourism for their livelihoods? In the foreseeable future, demand will outstrip the supply of oil or at least cheap oil, therefore creating enormous problems for the globally growing and important tourism industry, destinations and societies. <a href="">[…]</a>

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Peak oil & Tasmania’s food security.

Existing food security challenges combined with challenges caused by looming oil depletion (peak oil) are likely to mean huge escalation of food prices and reduced food choice. It means that we will need to take a leap from our reliance on industrial grown, processed and transported mainland food to engaging with locally grown food […] Continue reading

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Transport – big changes ahead

It’s not possible to respond to oil depletion in Tasmania without tackling the transport issue head on. As an Alderman I see business-as-usual played out in policy and infrastructure decisions on a regular basis. Millions are spent on developing more car parks to attract cars in to the city. Roadways are expanded to allow faster traffic movements. The great tragedy behind these icon projects is not so much the waste but the loss of possibility<a href="">[…]</a> Continue reading

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Peak Oil and Tasmania’s farming sector

Oil depletion will impact heavily on Tasmania’s farm sector. Rising prices of inputs (fuel, fertilizers, refrigeration) will translate to increased food prices and decreased supplies of food through the market, worldwide. The cost of chemicals and fertilisers – a major cost for many farmers – is directly linked to the price of oil. Oil depletion will ultimately have a major impact on the price and availability of virtually all foodstuffs […] Continue reading

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Peak oil and the Tasmanian economy

Building resilience into the economy will have the spin-off effect of building resilience into the Tasmanian community. Being almost totally reliant on a fragile world economy will not be healthy. Goods and services that we rely on for our sustenance and livelihoods should be, as far as practicable, produced locally. There are inspirational efforts already being made in many areas of Tasmania to that end […] Continue reading

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Tasmania's energy security

As individuals, we do not have to wait for Government to act; we can start minimising our own energy security risk by: (a) purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles, this allows us to still travel but at lower fuel cost, (b) reducing our need for travel by planning to do all the things we need to do in one trip rather than multiple trips, (c) walking or cycling more often on short trips; and (d) lobbying local politicians for improved public transport. Continue reading

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