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Climatic changes

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16 Nov 2017

This Analysis argues it is unlikely China will assume an international leadership position on climate, at least in Xi Jinping’s new term of office. However, longer-term technological and economic change, as well as a shift in the way the country presents itself on the world stage, suggest that...

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10 Nov 2017

The Paris Climate Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016. The Paris Agreement is made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Climate Change Convention, also referred to as the UNFCCC). Australia announced its ratification of the Paris Agreement on 10 November ...

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09 Nov 2017

This report shows Australia is highly vulnerable to many consequences of a changing climate, from worsening heatwaves, droughts and bushfires, to devastating coral reef bleaching, while most of the nation’s population centres are also highly exposed to sea level rise.

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Fact sheet

07 Nov 2017

The UN Climate Talks for 2017 (COP23) have kicked off in Bonn, Germany.

Two years ago in Paris, world leaders agreed to work together to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C. The Paris Agreement was pivotal in cementing the world’s...

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Research report

26 Oct 2017

We know climate change is happening and we know stormwater and wastewater systems are vulnerable. What we don’t know is how these impacts will unfold over varying places and times. This discussion paper provides an overview of our current knowledge, and outlines priority research areas to help...

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23 Oct 2017

On the back of Australia’s record-breaking warm and dry winter, particularly in the north and east of the country, dangerous bushfire weather has already been experienced across much of New South Wales. As a result, fire bans have been in place on many occasions, particularly during the extreme...

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Briefing paper

13 Sep 2017

Climate change is influencing all extreme weather events.

These extreme weather events include hurricanes (referred to as “Tropical Cyclones” in Australia) – because they are now occurring in a more energetic climate system with a hotter, moister atmosphere.

Already, this Atlantic...

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05 Sep 2017

This ATSE position statement argues that Australia’s mitigation and adaptation efforts will be strongly enhanced by the timely adoption and further advancement of science and technology innovations, supported by government policy settings that encourage investment in technologies already...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

There is growing acceptance that the climate is changing, and increasing recognition and realization of the socio-economic benefits arising from using climate information to better inform decisions and policies across a wide range of sectors1–3. Climate services are being developed worldwide for...

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Discussion paper

31 Aug 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this consultation paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions to inform the authority’s review of the Carbon Farming Initiative legislation and the Emissions Reduction Fund. It outlines:

· the scope of the work

·...

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Guide

15 Aug 2017

Transport infrastructure across the spectrum of road, rail, airports and seaports includes assets that are long-lived and infrastructure that is designed today must consider expected increases in the intensity of extreme weather events. Much of Australia’s transport infrastructure is located...

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Article

02 Aug 2017

Our concrete jungles are getting so hot they could eventually become uninhabitable. But a team of UNSW researchers is working hard to cool them down.

In the middle of winter, Australians enjoy a brief respite from the crushing heat, and silently vow to better protect their homes next time...

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19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and profile...

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Journal article

10 Jul 2017

Climate change increases the complexity and uncertainty of regional natural resource management (NRM), calling into question the appropriateness of linear knowledge-transfer approaches. In this paper we reflect on knowledge practices among a partnership of researchers and NRM planners, under a...

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29 Jun 2017

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest.

Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a...

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Research report

29 Jun 2017

Financial Markets and Transparency

One of the essential functions of financial markets is to price risk to support informed, efficient capital-allocation decisions. Accurate and timely disclosure of current and past operating and financial results is fundamental to this...

Fact sheet

23 Jun 2017

This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living. 

In summary:

  • Broad engagement with lower income households, industry, government and other stakeholders reveals that energy deprivation is an increasing
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Research report

21 Jun 2017

The first responsibility of a government is to safeguard the people and their future well-being. The ability to do this is threatened by climate change, whose accelerating impacts will also drive political instability and conflict, posing large negative consequences to human society which may...

Journal article

15 May 2017

To avoid more severe impacts from climate change, there is international agreement to strive to limit warming to below 1.5 °C. However, there is a lack of literature assessing climate change at 1.5 °C and the potential benefits in terms of reduced frequency of extreme events. Here, we...

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Thesis

27 Apr 2017

This Samoan study explores people’s experiences and understandings of climate change, including whether and how climate-related factors have influenced internal and international mobility patterns in the last 30 years. This interdisciplinary village and family-based study combined a Samoan...

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