Dear Inga,Launched yesterday, “Climate Change 2015: Growing Risks, Critical Choices” comes halfway through this Critical Decade for climate action. The report outlines in clear, compelling language how the changing climate poses substantial and escalating risks for health, property, infrastructure, agriculture and natural ecosystems in Australia.
Changes in the climate system are occurring more rapidly than previously expected, with larger and more damaging impacts now observed at lower temperatures.
Now more than ever there’s an urgent need for action. What we do this critical decade will largely determine the severity of climate change and its long-term impact on human societies.
The more we learn about climate change, the riskier it looks. But the fact is action is finally accelerating worldwide. Renewable energy is being taken up rapidly with China and the USA leading the way and constraints are being placed on coal.
Tim and I met with Connie Hedegaard, the former EU Commissioner this week, and she emphasised just how important Australia’s role will be at international climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. She also expressed that the strong position European countries have taken on climate change has largely been due to having strong public pressure from the community.