What are the impacts of climate change?

Increases in extreme climate events will pose challenges for Australia in the future.

Extreme climate events

Australia is expected to experience an increase in extremely high temperatures, extreme fire weather, extreme rainfall events, tropical cyclone intensity, extreme sea levels, and droughts in southern areas.

Increases in extreme climate events will pose challenges for Australia in the future. © Glenn Walker

A decrease in the frequency of extremely cold temperatures is expected, along with fewer tropical cyclones.

Challenges for the future

These changes will pose significant challenges for disaster risk management, water and food security, ecosystems, forestry, buildings, transport, energy, health and tourism.

For example, many animal and plant species may decline or become extinct, water resources are expected to decline in southern Australia, agricultural zones are likely to shift, coastal erosion and inundation is expected to occur more often, energy demand is likely to increase, snow cover will decline and heat-related deaths may rise.

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