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IPCC Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

By AusSMC

Australian, UK and NZ experts respond to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's summary report for policy-makers.

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Dr Helen McGregor is a Research Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University

“It is clear from the report that unmitigated increases in global temperature will have significant impacts globally. For Australia the clearest evidence for impacts are on river inflow in the southwest western Australia, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and livelihoods, health and economics. The agricultural sector is also likely to see impacts in the future, including reduced wheat yields. In many instances adaptation alone will not do the job and reduction of carbon emissions, and therefore the degree of warming, is essential. The schematics in the report make the scoping, analysis and implementation of adaptation strategies seem straightforward. But there will be tough decisions to make and consequences for the short and long term. For example, take areas where flooding is likely to increase in frequency and intensity. It’s balancing the cost of rebuilding, and protecting against further flooding, or in the worst case the emotional and economic cost of relocation.”

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Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Director of the University of Queensland Global Change Institute and an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author

“Human intervention is most definitely affecting the global climate and posing...

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