Climate Change Adaptation

This collection features work by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) as well as other sources and includes research, commentary, audio and video. NCCARF completed its first phase of operation on 30 June 2013, leading a national interdisciplinary effort to provide information for decision-makers in government and communities to manage climate change impacts. This collection features NCCARF's work during that period. New research on this topic is now added intermittently.


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Climate Change Adaptation

Strategy

18 Aug 2017

This report is the first part of Beyond Zero Emissions’ Zero Carbon Industry Plan. It focuses on cement production, which is the single biggest industrial producer of emissions. Cement production causes 8% of global emissions – more than the global car fleet. The report outlines how Australia...

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Strategy

11 Aug 2017

For the first time, this strategy brings together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment, kick starting action that will improve the city’s environment right away, while taking the most ambitious view of what is possible in the future. It makes new connections between the environment...

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Audio interview

05 Aug 2017

Our cities were designed for a world of the past. Private cars now clog our streets during peak hour and most daylight hours on weekends. Some Asian cities are jammed 24/7. So what should we do?  Build more roads? Or build for the fast changes which are happening. Ride share and autonomous...

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Report

03 Aug 2017

Climate variability and change across seasons and decades has profound consequences for primary industries, coastal and water infrastructure, the generation and delivery of energy, and transport systems in Australia and throughout the world. To the extent that this variability and change is...

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Working paper

03 Aug 2017

Few new trees planted 
Low price limited effect 
Can reform fix this?​

New Zealand is the first, and still the only, country to include forest landowners as full and, in some cases, mandatory participants in a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading scheme (ETS), the...

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Guide

03 Aug 2017

This document provides practical guidance for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia .

The...

Article

02 Aug 2017

The $11 billion Metro Tunnel rail link project, which will run under central Melbourne, is one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects, but there has been some unusual ground testing going on at the sites of two of the new underground stations.

University of Melbourne researchers...

Commentary

28 Jul 2017

Climate change will have a big impact on the global economy as nations seek to adapt to a warmer world and adopt policies to keep global warming below two degrees. In the wake of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it is important that policies around trade and investment support...

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Report

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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Guide

14 Jul 2017

Zero Carbon Communities encourages communities that are targeting zero emissions to put the BZE Zero Carbon Australia research into action.

Our new Zero Carbon Communities guide is for community groups and councils who want to see rapid local progress towards zero emission targets....

Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Strategy

13 Jul 2017

This plan outlines the action that the Victorian government is taking to encourage investment in our energy sector and to ensure Victorians continue to benefit from a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system into the future.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan invests $146 million...

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Report

12 Jul 2017

The Australia Institute has released the Electricity Update of the National Energy Emissions Audit (The Audit*) for July 2017.

The report, by renowned energy analyst Dr Hugh Saddler, reveals...

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Survey

10 Jul 2017

New polling of seven electorates belonging to senior Cabinet Ministers, including the Prime Minister, reveals strong opposition to a federal subsidised loan for Adani’s coal project, and support for instituting a moratorium on new coal mines.

The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL...

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Report

10 Jul 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s arrangements for the preparation and reporting of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and projections. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the...

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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...

Research report

07 Jul 2017

As Fiji prepares to chair climate talks in late 2017, Pacific leaders are gathering in Suva to consider what policies to push for. One should be a moratorium on new coal mines.

Australian government ministers are actively promoting subsidies to the world’s largest new coal mine, Adani’s...

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Research report

04 Jul 2017

The stabilisation of the climate system in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change is impossible without the timely phase out of unabated coal from the global energy system. Coal currently accounts for 29 percent of global primary energy supply and generates 44 percent of global CO2...

Report

03 Jul 2017

Energy sector specialists from Solstice Development Services and power sector engineers GHD have examined the cost of building new HELE plants in Australia and the implications for wholesale electricity charges.

The report considers this against the backdrop of coal plant closures...

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Audio podcast

30 Jun 2017

Dr Andi Horvath meets Dr Seona Candy – an academic at Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and an expert in the importance of urban green areas. As the EcoCity World Summit comes to Melbourne, Dr Candy says our focus on building resilient, sustainable ecocities of...