Climate Change 2015: Growing Risks, Critical Choices

21.09.15 By and

This latest report comes halfway through the Critical Decade for climate action and four years after the Climate Commission released its report, ‘Critical Decade: Climate science, risks and responses’. The report outlines how the changing climate poses substantial and escalating risks for health, property, infrastructure, agriculture and natural ecosystems in Australia.

Compared to our understanding when the last Critical Decade report was published, the risks of climate change for our wellbeing now look more serious at lower levels of climate change, strengthening the case for urgent action.

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Key Findings

Our understanding of climate change continues to strengthen, with dramatic changes of the climate system happening across the globe.

The changing climate poses substantial and escalating risks for health, property, infrastructure, agriculture and natural ecosystems.

The risks of climate change for our well-being now look more serious at lower levels of climate change, strengthening the case for urgent action.

 

The action we take in the next five years will largely determine the severity of climate change and its long-term impact on human societies. While action is building worldwide, Australia is lagging behind.

 

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