Climate scientists have warned Australia that it must pick up the pace on its climate adaptation efforts. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, described as a “code red” for humanity , has forecast global warming will likely hit 1.5 degrees Celsius by about 2035 if nothing changes. However, Australia’s land areas have already warmed by about 1.4C since 1910, according to the report. IPCC vice chairman and director of the Australian National University Climate Change Institute Mark Howden says adaptation needs a greater focus. “We are actually heading towards this very, very quickly and we do really need to start thinking and considering … action, not just in terms of emission reduction but also in terms of adaptation for those futures we can’t avoid at this point.” The IPCC defines adaptation as “the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects”. The goal is to take steps to protect communities and reduce their vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change. There is concern Australia is well behind in its efforts to adapt to the effects of more intense and frequent weather events, according to Sarah Boulter, associate professor in Climate Adaptation at the University… Read full this story
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