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New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed

Brendan Mackey and colleagues write in The Conversation (1.3.22) about the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, highlighting how climate change is already damaging human and natural systems that we hold dear in Australia.

‘Climatic trends, extreme conditions and sea level rise are already hitting many of Australia’s ecosystems, industries and cities hard.

‘As climate change intensifies, we are now seeing cascading and compounding impacts and risks, including where extreme events coincide. These are placing even greater pressure on our ability to respond.

‘While the work of adaptation has begun, we have found the progress is uneven and insufficient, given the risks we face.

‘These findings are from our work as co-authors of the new Australia and New Zealand chapter in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation, released today.’

IPCC says the tools to stop catastrophic climate change are in our hands. Here’s how to use them

Frank Jotzo and colleagues write in The Conversation (5.4.22) about the recently released IPCC report, suggesting that the outlook for potential emissions reduction is now far better than in earlier assessments.

‘Humanity still has time to arrest catastrophic global warming – and has the tools to do so quickly and cheaply, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found.

‘The latest IPCC assessment report, the world’s definitive stocktake of action to minimise climate change, shows a viable path to halving global emissions by 2030.

‘This outlook is much more favourable than in earlier assessments, made possible by tremendous reductions in the cost of clean energy technologies. But broad policy action is needed to make steep emissions reductions happen.

‘We each contributed expertise to the report. In this article, we highlight how the world can best reduce emissions this decade and discuss the potential implications for Australia.’

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