Mar 26, 2014 - 9:00am
On 31 March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the Fifth Assessment Report of Working Group II. The report assesses the impacts of climate change and looks at where adaptive strategies are needed around the world to minimise the costs to society. This brief outlines some of the likely consequences projected for Australia from unchecked climate change and highlights how, in contrast to governments elsewhere and some Australian municipalities, state and federal governments often seem in retreat from good risk management. Despite the overwhelming case for adaptation, many in government, as well business, are walking backwards into the 21st century, presuming the future climate will be like the past or that adapting to a world warmed by 2ºC, 3ºC, and 4ºC will be straightforward and simple.
For full details download the Research Brief below.