What are the key climate adaptation challenges for Australia?
Participants at the Adaptation Challenges Workshop - a side-event to the 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference – identified some of the key challenges facing Australia in moving beyond a sectoral approach to adaptation, and developing a national integrated response.
Adapting energy in urban areas
Managing energy systems in a rapidly growing region like South East Queensland requires understanding the patterns of electricity demand.
+4ºC scenarios for Australia's future climate
The impacts on Australia of a 4ºC increase in average annual temperatures – including major reductions in annual rainfall in southern Australia, marked increases in evaporation nationwide and reduced snow cover in alpine regions – were presented today by CSIRO's Dr Penny Whetton at the Four Degrees climate change conference in Melbourne.
Safeguarding future health in Australian cities
Protecting urban Australians from a range of health risks associated with global warming is the focus of a new research cluster launched today in Cairns at the 2011 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Conference.
We need concrete answers to climate change effects
Understanding how climate change could impact on the deterioration of the basic building block of much of Australia's infrastructure – concrete – is crucial to ensuring major assets such as roads, ports and buildings continue to perform up to expectations, according to a CSIRO report.
SEQ drought likely caused by ‘climate variability’
The recent South-East Queensland (SEQ) drought was likely caused by shifts associated with climate variability over decades rather than climate change, according to the findings of a team of CSIRO researchers led by Dr Wenju Cai.