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Global environmental change

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State of the climate 2022

This seventh biennial 'State of the climate' report draws on the latest national and international climate research, encompassing observations, analyses and future projections to describe year-to-year variability and longer-term changes in Australia’s climate.
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Lost time and damaged reputations: what Australia must do to go from blocker to leader on loss and damage

The author of this report argues that if the Albanese Government is sincere in its intention to show climate leadership on the world stage, and to be a 'different' Australian government to the Pacific, then it must deliver on a range of climate policies and...
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G'day COP27: Australia's global climate reset

Australia will once again be in the spotlight at this year’s United Nations COP27 climate talks in Egypt. It presents the Albanese Government with an opportunity not only to demonstrate that Australia is back at the negotiating table, but that we’re willing and able to...
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Any tidal wave could drown us: stories from the climate crisis

This report showcases communities’ experiences in seven brief case studies to provide a snapshot of how climate change negatively affects the enjoyment of human rights in different contexts, particularly of those who are marginalised, neglected or oppressed.
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State-sponsored greenwash

In discussing the Australian context, this paper suggests how the domestic landscape may be representative of state-sponsored 'greenwashing' in other countries. It also suggests that the credibility of net zero claims made by non-state actors is inextricably linked to the state.
Briefing paper

Climate finance short-changed: the real value of the $100 billion commitment in 2019–2020

Developed countries are failing to meet the $100 billion climate finance goal – the deadline for a promise made 13 years ago. This brief sets out recommendations for action at COP27 and beyond to rectify this issue, restore trust in climate finance, and stop the...
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Twin clouds on the horizon

This joint report considers the impacts of climate change and rising public debt in the Pacific - the 'twin clouds' on the horizon.
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Assessing the groundwork: surveying the impacts of climate change in China

This report is an initial attempt to survey the literature on the impact that climate change will have on China. It concludes that relatively little attention has been paid to this important topic, which is surprising - given China’s key role in international climate-change debates...
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Falling short: Australia’s role in funding fairer climate action in a warming world

This report calls on the Australia government to increase its ambition on climate finance, emphasising progressive climate action as vital if Australia is to fulfil its duty as a wealthy country and major polluter. This includes supporting a Pacific Islands proposal for a standalone finance...
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Climate impacts at work: supporting a climate ready workforce

All workers and all industries need to be supported to adapt to climate change. Serious impacts are evident now and are escalating rapidly. This report presents the first worker-centric analysis of climate change impacts.
Briefing paper

Climate change, conflict and displacement: five key misconceptions

This paper aims to build the evidence base and raise awareness of the myriad ways in which displaced people choose or are forced to adapt their lives and livelihoods to meet the challenges of displacement.
Working paper

Measuring and assessing the effects of climate policy uncertainty

This study proposes a new indicator of Climate Policy Uncertainty based on newspaper coverage frequency. The indicator currently includes 12 OECD member countries and covers the period 1990-2018. The index spikes near major political events and during major discussions around potentially significant climate policy changes.
Strategy

Aotearoa New Zealand international climate finance strategy

The New Zealand government has released this strategy in an effort to drive investment in climate action in the Pacific, and outlines how decisions will be made for spending the record $1.3 billion commitment for mitigation and adaptation.
Strategy

Adapt and thrive: building a climate-resilient New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national adaptation plan contains strategies, policies and actions that will help New Zealanders adapt to the changing climate and its effects – to reduce the potential harm of climate change, as well as seize the opportunities that arise.
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Our future world: global megatrends impacting the way we live over coming decades

This report presents an update on CSIRO’s global megatrends out to 2042, with the view to guide long-term investment, strategic and policy directions across government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and the broader Australian community.
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A rising tide: strengthening public permission for climate action

This paper aims to provide direction for campaigners looking to inoculate voters from the culture war division on climate change, and to build and sustain further public support for climate action.
Briefing paper

Climate law and public policy innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: accelerating pre-CoP27 Paris Agreement compliance

The science is clear. Human activities, particularly rising emissions levels due to fossil fuel combustion and other embedded high carbon intensity economic systems, are causing dangerous consequences. This paper argues that institutes of all kinds must play a critical role in scaling up contributions to...
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A fight for survival: tackling the climate crisis is key to security in the Blue Pacific

This report argues that to earn the trust of the rest of the region, Australia will need to show Pacific countries that it is serious about climate action. The window to avoid catastrophic impacts is closing fast. Global emissions must be halved by 2030, which...
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The bigger picture: addressing the UK’s hidden carbon footprint

This report highlights that now is the time to consider more ambitious action on consumption emissions in the United Kingdom, ensuring supply chains are more resilient to climate risks, and using the country’s trading power to speed up climate action across the world.