Climate change

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Climate policy
Climatic changes


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The Climate Change Innovation Collection is a repository of innovative approaches to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, and has been established to feed for the Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation: climatechangeinnovation.org.
Report

Synthesis report of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6): summary for policymakers

This Synthesis report of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) summarises the state of knowledge of climate change, its widespread impacts and risks, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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Advancing prosperity: 5 year productivity review

If Australia is to continue to grow its economy and increase individual prosperity, productivity policy should focus on key emerging trends like the shift towards service industries, according to this final report of the 5-year Productivity Inquiry.
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Governing University Living Labs for sustainable development: lessons from international case studies

Other authors
Jonas Pigeon, Xiaoyang Peng, Sam Rye, Rob Raven
This report outlines key recommendations and drivers to help University Living Labs stimulate innovation towards collective action on global challenges like climate change.
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Climate trauma: the growing toll of climate change on the mental health of Australians

There is no doubt that the consequences of climate change are now playing out in real time across Australia. This study deepens our understanding of the impacts of climate change on mental health in Australia, and provides an opportunity to hear from those on the...
Working paper

Options for assessing and comparing climate change mitigation policies across countries

Other authors
Tobias Kruse, Yannick Hemmerlé
This working paper reviews different methods for assessing and comparing across countries the impact of climate change mitigation policies and policy packages on emissions.
Discussion paper

Delay or decarbonise? Australia’s climate policy trade-off

Australia’s current climate policy suite currently appears poised to continue recent trends and risks Australia’s ability to credibly meet its climate targets. If the Australian government wants to credibly reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, the authors of this paper argue that...
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Achieving prosperity in a net-zero future

This paper provides costed, genuinely implementable policies for parliamentarians to embed in their party platforms. It outlines the need for action and the opportunity available, and also offers a policy blueprint that will set Australia on the path to economic growth in a net-zero world.
Survey

Summary of results from national study of the impact of climate-fuelled disasters on the mental health of Australians

In December 2022, the Climate Council, supported by Beyond Blue, undertook an extensive two-part national study designed to better understand the impact of climate-fuelled disasters on mental health in Australia. This paper provides a snapshot of some of the most significant findings.
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Integrity and the Climate Change Authority

Australia’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) is again playing an influential role in Australian climate policy, following its long hibernation under the previous federal government. This report argues that the CCA’s focus on carbon offsets is inappropriate, given that offsetting is usually considered to be the...
Policy report

Government climate action: leading policies and programs in Australia

This report analyses targets, policies and programs announced by Australian federal, state and territory governments, with a focus on policies introduced since the publication of a previous report in 2021 on state and territory climate action.
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Climate change: concern, behaviour and the six Australias

The results from this study have been analysed across three different categories: climate change audience segments, civic behaviours and private behaviours. These themes have been further segmented to discuss the implications of age and gender on environmental behaviours.
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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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Regenerative Finance "ReFi": blockchain for climate action

Interview participants in this research project see ReFi as a potentially revolutionary movement, capable of transforming prevailing value systems. The interviewees pointed to several ways blockchain technology could support climate action.
Working paper

Public investment must be paired with regulation to stop climate change

Climate policy has entered a new era, as public investment increasingly moves to centre stage. While essential for decarbonisation, public investment is not enough—the carrots of investment need to go hand in hand with regulatory sticks. This paper advances our understanding of how to tie...
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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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Climate of the nation 2022

The Australia Institute’s annual 'Climate of the nation' report provides a comprehensive account of changing Australian beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions. For the first time, this year's report includes a chapter on Australians’ views on transport solutions, including...
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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.
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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.
Policy report

Lessons from the history of UK environmental policy

This report aims to provide policy-makers with an opportunity to revisit, review and reflect on environmental policies in the United Kingdom over the years. In doing so, the intention is that lessons can be learnt from the successes and failures of previous environmental policies.
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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...
Policy report

Why climate policy scenarios are important, how to use them, and what has been learned

In response to climate uncertainty, researchers, businesses and policy-makers are turning to scenario analysis. The authors of this paper argue that greater use of models will help policy-makers understand the range of uncertainties and the sensitivity of policy outcomes, based on different model assumptions.
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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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Power up: ten climate gamechangers

Australia is already suffering significant losses from climate change. The authors of this report argue that accelerating the nation's energy transition will increase energy security and affordability, boost productivity, and ensure we get on a trajectory of steep emissions reductions.