Global warming

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...

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...

Research report

31 Dec 2015

Australia’s second Biennial Report is a summary of Australia’s progress towards meeting its commitments under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Countries such as Australia are required to submit these reports to the UNFCCC every two years. This report contains Australian...


1 Dec 2015

New Zealand had a fairly high profile on day 1 of the COP21 in Paris. Prime Minister John Key told the opening Leaders Session of his intent to make a “strong contribution” through a new emissions-reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030....

Working paper

25 Nov 2015

New Zealand households are emitting 4.6 per cent less greenhouse gas than they used to. This is a fall of approximately one tonne of emissions for a two person household that spends $80,000 per year. That’s the equivalent of the emissions involved in driving from...

Briefing paper

20 Nov 2015

The Paris climate negotiations will seek to establish an agreement for a new common international framework which facilitates stronger domestic policies for limiting pollution. For the first time, this agreement will call for domestic actions from all countries – a critical step toward keeping warming...

Research report

1 Oct 2015


Millions of poor people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach new records, and because of the onset of a powerful El Niño – the climate phenomenon that develops in the...

Research report

10 Aug 2015

Since 2007, The Climate Institute has produced Climate of the Nation research capturing the nation's pulse on attitudes to climate change. This year's results show an increasing awareness and concern about the impacts of climate change and the country’s future energy mix amid the intensifying...

Research report

30 Jun 2015

The Longest Conflict draws on extensive interviews with senior military planners and security strategists in Australia, and from around the world. It finds that Australia is critically underprepared for a coming climate security crisis, bound to have disproportionate impacts in Australia, and in our...

Conference paper

17 Jun 2015


Research into climate change adaptation is challenged by funding organisations to demonstrate immediate research impact through near term reference in sector- specific communication and policy documents. Critically, research funded to inform decision makers and current policy about adapting to climate change must...



24 May 2015

Vatican Radio summary 18 June 2015: Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘ integral ecology ’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with...

Audio interview

27 Mar 2015

New research from Oxford University has named Australia's most polluting coal fired power stations and warns of the risks they pose to the economy and the environment.

The report's author, Ben Caldecott, has been openly critical of the Australian Government's record on climate change...

Discussion paper

20 Mar 2015

This paper explains why states should have a decarbonisation strategy and explores some key policy elements.


Across the world, governments at all levels are implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions, address local air pollution, improve energy productivity, grow new industries and...

Research report

8 Dec 2014

Evaluation of the CCPI

Since 2005, the Climate Change Performance Index has been contributing to a clearer understanding of national and international climate policy. It is an important tool towards the various initial positions and interests as well as kept and broken promises...

Research report

8 Dec 2014

Key developments: on the way to Paris, what has changed since Copenhagen?

This year, the Climate Change Performance Index shows a new “record” in global energy related CO2 emissions. Similar records have been reported almost every year since the Index was started ten...

Working paper

30 Nov 2014

Climate change poses major challenges for all countries, regions and cities. Canberra is no exception, and the imperative to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to unavoidable climate changes is becoming stronger.

Climate change adaptation is a relatively new area of policy, practice...

Research report

17 Nov 2014

This resource details the 'blood pressure' indicators of the world's top twenty economies, the G20.

Twenty brief reports based on consumption accounting methods present the critical economic, social and environmental measures that underpin how each country works. Behind it is a database that brings...

Research report

6 Nov 2014

Overview: Transformative, long-term economic and institutional reforms that Australia must implement if it is to create a healthy environment with a productive economy.

This blueprint describes the magnitude of the environmental challenges we face, establishes the case that it is possible to grow...