Climate change mitigation

Report

Aim high, go fast: why emissions need to plummet this decade

For decades, climate scientists have issued dire warnings about what is at stake and what is required to curb global warming. Yet global temperatures continue to rise, along with damage caused by extreme weather events. This report is the Climate Council’s science-backed vision for what...
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Go for net zero: a practical plan for reliable, affordable, low-emissions electricity

This report provides an analysis of what Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM) could look like with higher levels of wind and solar electricity than today, and what the cost is likely to be compared with a system dominated by coal.
Report

Boosting voluntary climate action in Aotearoa New Zealand

This paper proposes an innovative two-track system aimed at scaling up voluntary climate action to help Aotearoa New Zealand meet its Paris Agreement targets – or mitigate beyond the targets.
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U.S. climate leadership at the G20

This report proposes three G20 initiatives to help the Biden Administration meet its climate goals - the mobilisation of green investment, the enablement of green debt relief, and the promotion of green industrial policy.
Journal article

Australian voters’ attitudes to climate action and their social-political determinants

This article explores the social-political determinants of climate attitudes, and how they are positioned in relation to voting behaviour, in the context of the 2019 Australian federal election.
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Temperature check: greening Australia's warming cities

Australia has always been a country with extreme weather events. This report presents evidence that strong action to increase urban vegetation will become imperative in our three largest cities to reduce serious heatwave impacts by 2060–2080, even with strong climate action.
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From system shock to system change – regenerative opportunities

The coming decade will be one of transitions. How the world responds to COVID-19, particularly how governments spend their trillions, will shape humanity's destiny. This paper explores some of the key dynamics that lie at the heart of these transitions.
Report

Making peace with nature

This report lays out the gravity of Earth’s triple environmental emergencies – climate, biodiversity loss and pollution – through a unique synthesis of findings from major global assessments. The report flags the interlinkages between our environmental and development challenges and describes the roles of all...
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Clean resilient states: the role of U.S. states in addressing climate action

U.S. states have always played an important role in setting the nation’s energy and climate policies. This paper discusses how key measures of emissions reductions, clean growth, and energy resilience may shape perceptions about state performance in addressing climate change imperatives.
Discussion paper

Chasing the pack: Australia's prospects on green trade and climate diplomacy

This paper analyses how Australia’s immediate economic and diplomatic future could be defined by global activity around climate diplomacy, green trade and low-carbon investment.