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Global warming



2021 Strategic foresight report: the EU’s capacity and freedom to act

This report presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on important trends affecting the EU’s capacity and freedom to act in the coming decades, including: climate change and other environmental challenges, digital hyper-connectivity and technological transformations, pressure on democracy and values, as well as shifts in...

WMO global annual to decadal climate update for 2021–2025

This document presents a summary of annual to decadal predictions of global temperature.

The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world

The report synthesises the observed impacts of climate change on Australia and the risk to our future of the current global trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. It focuses on the consequences of 3°C of global warming in the absence of greater mitigation strategies for four...
Briefing paper

Deep decarbonization pathways

Getting to net-zero emissions by 2050 requires a combination of technology and policy, and the pathway can take many forms. This brief provides several building blocks that governments are using, or are considering, to construct these pathways, but the scale of current policies is insufficient...
Briefing paper

The Net-Zero Challenge: global climate action at a crossroads (part 1)

This paper is the first in a two-part series on the Net-Zero Challenge, which assesses the state of global climate action through the lens of corporations, governments, and civil society. While there are clear signs of incremental progress, climate action needs to move at a...
Journal article

Evaluation of BIM-based LCA results for building design

Various tools that use a Building Information Modelling (BIM) model for automatic quantity take-off as a basis for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) have been developed recently. This paper describes the first application of such a BIM-LCA tool to evaluate the embodied global warming potential (GWP)...
Policy report

From Townsville to Tuvalu: health and climate change in Australia and the Asia Pacific region

This policy paper highlights evidence and case studies to show how climate and environmental change will affect human health in the Asia Pacific region. It also provides proposals for how Australian governments - federal, state and local - might respond to this challenge.
Discussion paper

The third degree: evidence and implications for Australia of existential climate-related security risk

This discussion paper provides provides detailed supporting evidence for the brief 3°C scenario. Some contentious aspects are explored, including the possibility that perhaps a billion people could be displaced by 3°C of warming, and that some regions may become too hot for human habitation for...

Heatwave guide for cities

This guide offers urban planners and city authorities an authoritative summary of the actions they can take to reduce the danger of heatwaves, which are defined as a period of time when temperatures, or temperature in combination with other factors, are unusually high and hazardous...

Environmental economic accounts: 2019 (data to 2017)

This report presents the relationships between the environment and the economy, and the stocks, and changes in stocks, of New Zealand's natural resources.
Discussion paper

Heatwatch Queensland: extreme heat in the Sunshine State

This research shows that Queensland is set to experience more climate chaos, including more summers with a dramatic increase in extreme heat days – like in Brisbane, where days over 35C would go from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45...

Climate assessment for the electorate of Capricornia

This climate assessment for the electorate of Capricornia finds the electorate could suffer devastating climate impacts unless emissions are cut and climate change is brought under control.
Briefing paper

Cold shower on economics of global warming

Unless national action is taken to meet the Paris Target to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees, Australia’s GDP faces a hit of an average of $130 billion per year according to this briefing note by The Australia Institute.

Polling – support for climate action across states

This survey asked a nationally representative sample of 1,536 Australians about their attitudes to climate change. Results show support for a wide range of ambitious climate policies and broad agreement that climate change is serious and can and should be addressed.

Heatwatch: extreme heat in Adelaide

This report argues that the projected rise in extremely hot days because of global warming presents a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the Adelaide community. Adelaide already has the highest heatwave death rate of any major Australian city.

A new world: the geopolitics of the energy transformation

This report analyses the geopolitical implications of the global energy transformation driven by renewables.
Journal article

Interview with Dr Colin Tukuitonga: from crisis to action in Pacific communities

Dr Colin Tukuitonga speaks about how climate change is affecting the health of people living in Pacifc Island countries and the relevance of Australia’s climate change policy responses to these neighbouring countries.

Heatwatch: extreme heat in Western Sydney

Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Western Sydney. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 could increase by up to five times without strong climate policies from a historical average...

Heatwatch: extreme heat in the Gold Coast

The combination of the projected rise in extreme heat as a result of global warming and the high levels of humidity at the Gold Coast present a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the region’s population.

Heatwatch: extreme heat in the Sunshine Coast

Increasing extreme heat will have profound effects on people, industries and ecosystems in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region.