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Rapid urbanisation generates risks and opportunities for sustainable development. Urban policy and decision makers are challenged by the complexity of cities as social–ecological–technical systems. Consequently there is an increasing need for collaborative knowledge development that supports a whole-of-system view, and transformational change at multiple scales....
This report argues Canberra has an opportunity to become a centre of innovation in living infrastructure (LI) through integrated planning for urban climate adaptation.
1. 2016 was the hottest year on record globally for the third year in a row. Climate change was the dominant factor in driving the record-breaking heat worldwide.The global average temperature for 2016 was 0.94°C above the 20th century...
1. Rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.Climate change is worsening extreme weather events such as bushfires and drought and rural and regional communities will continue to be disproportionately affected. Many agricultural businesses surveyed...
A record-breaking start to autumn has smashed temperature records all over Australia.
Heat records were broken again in early 2016 as the climate sends us yet another disturbing wake-up call.
In Australia, the start of 2016 brought heatwaves and...
Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves in Western Australia and driving up the likelihood of very high fire danger weather.Western Australia is experiencing a long-term increase in average temperatures and in 2014 the state recorded its highest ever...
Climate change poses major challenges for all countries, regions and cities. Canberra is no exception, and the imperative to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to unavoidable climate changes is becoming stronger.
Climate change adaptation is a relatively new area of policy, practice...
Introduction: Through the period 2 – 8 January, the country experienced seven consecutive days of area-averaged maximum temperature over 39°C. In 102 years of weather records, Australia has experienced only 21 such days, and eight of them occurred in 2013. January 2013 was Australia’s...
Coastal Urban Climate Futures in South East Australia from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance is an investigation into possible coastal urban futures to 2030 and beyond. The study focus is on coastal adaptation in the context of climate change. It is broad in its scope by...
Ninety countries representing 90% of the global economy are committed to reducing their greenhouse emissions, writes Will Steffen in The Conversation .
This is one of the take-home messages from the Climate Commission ’s report “The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change ”,...