Global environmental change

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Climate for growth: productivity, net zero and the cost of living

Climate change is all bad for the economy, but climate change policies are not. This report classifies 14 areas of green economic policy, including action on energy, buildings and transport, assessing what the direct impact of each will be on productivity.
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State of the global climate 2021

This WMO flagship report reveals that greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification all set new records in 2021. This is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean and in in...
Discussion paper

COP29 in Australia: how hosting an international climate conference could revive Australia’s regional and global reputation

Australia has a chequered history in global climate negotiations. This paper argues that hosting COP29 would provide numerous economic, regional and diplomatic benefits to Australia. It may also demonstrate that the Australian government has turned a leaf on its diplomatic engagement.
Policy report

An Australian Climate Accord: a new way forward for climate crisis governance?

In this policy brief, the authors outline the current federal climate crisis and its international context. They discuss Australia's current ability and strategy for meeting the current targets, demonstrating that current means are inadequate.
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Aotearoa New Zealand climate change projections guidance: interpreting the latest IPCC WG1 report findings

This report distils and interprets information relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand from the Working Group 1 (WG1) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) titled ‘The Physical Science Basis’, published in August 2021.
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Cutting the cost of living with a green economy

This report outlines how policies in the United Kingdom that cut emissions can also reduce the cost of living, both now and in the future.
Position paper

The climate crisis and universities: student position statement

This position statement lays out the ways in which student sustainability leaders from Australia and New Zealand want their universities to achieve specific climate action goals and provide support to student-led climate action groups.
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Climate change 2022: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability - summary for policymakers

This report recognises the interdependence of climate, ecosystems and biodiversity, and human societies and integrates knowledge more strongly across the natural, ecological, social and economic sciences than earlier IPCC assessments. The summary for policy-makers presents key findings of the Working Group II (WGII) contribution to...
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The geopolitics of climate and security in the Indo-Pacific

Climate change is much more than an environmental crisis—it’s a systemic crisis that will transform the geopolitical landscape. In this publication, leading experts explore the impacts of this rapidly emerging climate threat on regional systems by interrogating a 1.5°C 2035 climate change scenario developed by...
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Crunch time: how climate action in the 2020s will define Australia

This report unpacks the key takeaways for Australia from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, in particular the urgent need for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world.
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Climate governance study: risk and opportunity insights from Australian directors

This study reveals that Australian boards see climate change as a key strategic and risk issue, but face capacity and resource constraints in responding to the challenge.
Policy report

Climatetiveness: what it takes for Canada to thrive in a net zero exporting world

Public policy has the crucial role to push the frontiers of innovation and technology in the name of winning the global race to net zero, which could be reflected in a new, low-carbon export strategy that marries domestic and international agendas. This policy paper makes...
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China, climate politics and COP26

It is almost inevitable that competition between regional blocs — China, the United States, and Europe being the three most significant actors in this context — will increasingly be a feature of climate policy. This paper examines China's ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2060.
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From Paris to Glasgow: a world on the move

In the lead-up to COP26, there has been a rapid and irreversible shift in the global politics surrounding climate change. As the world's leaders head towards crucial negotiations in Glasgow, this report takes stock of the world’s response to the climate crisis and what Australia...
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Fairer futures: financing global climate solutions

This report outlines a detailed roadmap showing how the Australian government can play its part in easing the burden on the world’s poorest communities now facing climate-fuelled disasters.
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Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: best practice for Australian company net zero commitments

Net zero commitments from companies demonstrate that climate action is on their agenda and that action is underway at that organisation. But, perhaps more importantly, they also normalise the corporate sector contributing to Australia reaching net zero emissions. This report was informed by an updated...
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Climate of the nation 2021

This report shows that concern about climate change is at record high levels, many Australians are experiencing the impacts of climate change right now, and there is broad support for a range of decarbonisation policies.
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Markets are moving: the economic costs of Australia's climate inaction

This report looks at the economic impact that carbon border tariffs could have on Australia’s economy if appropriate measures are not taken to act on climate change now, in line with other key trading allies.
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COP26 special report on climate change and health: the health argument for climate action

The ten recommendations in this report propose a set of priority actions from the global health community to governments and policy-makers, calling on them to act with urgency on the current climate and health crises.
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Towards net zero: practical policies to offset carbon emissions

Governments around the world are moving to net zero carbon emissions to limit the impacts of climate change. This report recommends policies to ensure Australia has access to high-quality offsetting units, both to act as a ‘safety valve’ if the cost of reducing emissions sector-by-sector...