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

Report

18 Sep 2017

Key Findings:

  • Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
  • More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
  • The nation experienced its
  • ...
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Presentation

11 Sep 2017

When the Climate Institute closed its doors, The Australia Institute was honoured to be selected to carry forward some of the institute’s work as part of our new Climate & Energy Program.

One of the important initiatives being carried forward...

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Report

11 Sep 2017

The Four Corners program reported on the implementation of the 2012 NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling system. The Water Sharing Plan sets out the water entitlements for stakeholders (including irrigators, the environment, communities and industry). It forms the basis for individual...

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Research report

07 Sep 2017

Human-induced climate change is an existential risk to human civilisation: an adverse outcome that would either annihilate intelligent life or permanently and drastically curtail its potential. Special precautions that go well beyond conventional risk management practice are required if the “fat...

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Other text

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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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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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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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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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...

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...

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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