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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

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20 Nov 2017

Over the past decade, Australia’s electricity market has experienced change on an unprecedented scale. In a decentralised, yet integrated 21st century energy future, electricity networks must enable new opportunities for managing the complexity of multiple pathways for flows of electricity and ...

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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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Book

14 Nov 2017

Our world is speeding up. We have robotic construction, augmented reality, driverless cars and artificial intelligence. There are new materials invented on an almost daily basis promising better performance and better design outcomes. Old materials are reinvented and repurposed.

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Guide

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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Journal article

04 Nov 2017

Climate change will increasingly create severe risks for New Zealand’s coastal housing stock. Even a small amount of sea level rise will substantially exacerbate the costs of flooding and storm surges. Under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) three mitigation scenarios,...

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Briefing paper

02 Nov 2017

Climate change is already forcing millions of people from their land and homes, and putting many more at risk of displacement in the future. Supercharged storms, more intense and prolonged droughts, rising seas and other impacts of climate change all exacerbate people’s existing vulnerabilities...

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01 Nov 2017

Last year, IFC studied the national commitments submitted by 21 emerging market countries as part of the Paris Agreement, and found $23 trillion in investment opportunity if they achieve their targets by 2030.

This report builds from that effort...

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30 Oct 2017

Queensland is rich in energy resources of...

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Research report

25 Oct 2017

Many factors that contribute to our health and well-being as New Zealanders are threatened by climate change. These include direct effects such as increased exposure to heat waves and weather events but also indirect effects, such as reduced water safety or challenges to our mental health....

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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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22 Oct 2017

This report presents the emissions and fuel consumption test results from 30 different passenger and light commercial vehicles (“light duty vehicles”), measured with a Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) on Australian Roads. Testing was conducted by ABMARC for the...

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Article

18 Oct 2017

Two prominent New Zealand academics have recently returned from discussing labour mobility policies and long term sustainable development plans in Tarawa, Kiribati. Access to overseas labour markets is a key development priority for the country and part of wider development strategy the country...

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03 Oct 2017

Australia’s inefficient, ageing, polluting coal plants will inevitably close. It is simply too expensive to keep them going once they reach around 50 years old. This provides a critical opportunity to move to a modern, 21st century electricity system. In doing so, Australia will tackle multiple...

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28 Sep 2017

The Emissions Audit tracks Australia’s emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels – this issue contains data up to the end of June 2017. The Emissions Audit will therefore give readers the most up to date possible advice on how Australia is tracking towards meeting its...

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Discussion paper

25 Sep 2017

Under the Abbott Government, Australia signed the Paris climate agreement, committing to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The electricity sector will play a significant role in meeting these targets, as it accounts for 35% of the country’s total emissions.

A...

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Survey

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21 Sep 2017

The electricity system in Australia is undergoing a major transformation due to technological change, changing consumer preferences, rising domestic gas prices, as well as a shift away from fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Energy storage such as battery storage, pumped hydro and solar...

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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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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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