Climate change

Research report

16 Feb 2018

This reports aims to assist the Sino-Australian bilateral relationship adapt to meet China’s new carbon emissions policies and to facilitate a smoother transition to a low carbon future.

Research report

25 Oct 2017

This evidence summary describes the human health impacts of climate change for New Zealand and how the building blocks of our health will be disrupted.


3 Aug 2017

This report characterises Australia’s current climate science capability and identifies how well the climate science sector is positioned to meet current and future demands for weather and climate knowledge.

Discussion paper

Motu note #27
31 May 2017

This document outlines an integrated proposal for managing unit supply and prices in the ETS. Its objective is to generate a more predictable long-term emission price signal to guide efficient domestic de-carbonisation and cost-effectively manage New Zealand’s overall contribution to global emission reductions.


18 Apr 2017

This study by US company WalletHub looks at the environmental policies across the US. It uses the three dimensions of environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions with 20 metrics from clean air levels to lowest energy use per capita. Each metric was graded on...

Research report

8 Feb 2017


1. Climate change is influencing all extreme weather events in Australia.

All extreme weather events are now occurring in an atmosphere that is warmer and wetter than it was in the 1950s. Heatwaves are becoming hotter, lasting longer and occurring more...

Research report

27 Jan 2017

Executive summary

The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force, jointly convened by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the National Ocean Council (NOC), began its work in August 2015. The Task Force has focused...

Research report

8 Nov 2016

Executive Summary

The five-year period from 2011 to 2015 has been the warmest five-year period on record globally, with 2015 being the warmest year on record to date.(1) The period 2011–2015 was also the warmest on record for every continent except Africa. During this...

Research report

26 Oct 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO play an important role in monitoring, analysing and communicating observed changes in Australia’s climate.

This fourth, biennial State of the Climate report draws on the latest monitoring, science and projection information to describe variability and changes in Australia’s...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The...


23 Aug 2016

This directions paper has been prepared by the Victorian government, following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the community. It will enable all Victorians to have their say on how we adapt to climate change. It outlines:

the goals we are working towards to...

Research report

15 Jul 2016

Pacific Island countries face unique development challenges. They are far away from major markets, often with small populations spread across many islands and vast distances, and are at the forefront of climate change and its impacts. Because of this, much research has focused on the...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

The Pacific is home to some of the countries most at risk from the effects of climate change. It is now also home to countries that are leading the world in reducing their fossil fuel consumption and shifting to renewable sources of electricity generation.

Journal article

1 Jun 2016

Transdisciplinary research is increasingly used in projects dealing with transitions to sustainable, resilient and low-carbon societies. Transdisciplinary research projects require collaboration and coordination between researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds. Academic literature provides valuable insights on designing, facilitating, leading and evaluating transdisciplinary projects. While a substantial...

Working paper

30 May 2016

Summary haiku

Ruminating on Methane. Land use will change and Someone’s gotta pay.


I use simulations from the Land Use in Rural New Zealand model to consider mitigation for different classes of sheep-beef farms under climate policy. Farmers in...

Research report

30 May 2016

There goes the neighbourhood , is the largest review of the financial implications of climate risk to housing in Australia.

Natural hazards that are introduced or exacerbated by climate change include coastal shifts (erosion, storm surge, inundation etc.), riverine flooding, and bushfires. These...

Audio interview

11 Apr 2016

Climate policy has been divisive and politically brutal territory over the past decade, playing a decisive role in the downfall of Liberal leaders John Howard and Malcolm Turnbull (in 2009), and then Labor's Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. A new report by the Grattan Institute...

Research report

10 Apr 2016

After a decade of toxic political debates and a policy bonfire, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that could be supported by both sides of politics.

Abipartisan approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is within reach....

Book review

4 Mar 2016

Climate change is known as a ‘wicked’ or even a ‘diabolical’ problem: complex, persistent and requiring change in multiple dimensions that are difficult to achieve. But this characterisation does not encompass the political-economic features of the climate problem that are hampering the policy response: state...


10 Feb 2016

The fossil fuel industry is causing massive environmental damage and driving climate change.

People are inadvertently supporting the fossil fuel industry through the investment decisions of their super funds, the custodians of their retirement savings.

Many super funds have recognised the dangers of...