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Why the 1.5°C temperature limit is in Australia's interest

Why the 1.5°C temperature limit is in Australia's interest

A new Climate Analytics report, released by The Climate Institute today, looks at the implications of the 1.5°C warming limit in the Paris Agreement on Australia, and, in the light of the severe environmental impacts it faces, emphasises the urgency of ramping up climate action.
2016, August 24

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Interview with Bill Hare on ABC Radio National

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Climate Analytics CEO Bill Hare joins ABC Radio National breakfast host Fran Kelly to discuss the findings of our new report, which has found significant differences between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius warming for Australia.

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19/09/2016
Climate Week NYC 19 - 25 September

As part of this year’s Climate Week NYC, we will hold an event on the sustainable development benefits of the 1.5°C temperature limit of the Paris Agreement.  

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York City

What does the Paris 1.5°C limit mean for Australia?

Last December in Paris, Australia, along with world governments, agreed to keep warming well below 2˚C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5˚C. What does this mean for Australia’s climate policy and decarbonisation? What would the differences in impacts be for Australia between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of warming?  
24 August 2016

Piecing together the adaptation puzzle for small island states

Small islands are highly vulnerable to climate change but face severe adaptation constraints. To work towards overcoming some of these constraints, Climate Analytics and partners are initiating an integrated database containing information on climate impact projections, linked to examples of existing adaptation projects and embedded into a vulnerability and impact assessment framework.  
15 August 2016

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Climate change: Warning of extreme events and a move into uncharted territory

Climate change: Warning of extreme events and a move into uncharted territorySydney Morning Herald

As the world endures a third straight year of record-breaking heat, a new study has given fresh insight into what global warming is likely to mean for Australians if it is not curbed. Researchers at Climate Analytics found the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees of warming – the two goals included in the Paris climate deal – would be much greater in terms of extreme events and disasters than previously believed.

2016, August 24

Climate of change ‘vital to limit global variability’

Climate of change ‘vital to limit global variability’The Australian

Limiting global warming to 1.5C rather than 2C would potentially double the cost of action but provide significant benefits, according to The Climate Institute. A Climate Analytics report commissioned by the Australian think-tank says where 1.5C warming is the upper end of present climate variability, 2C would signal “a new climatic regime of ­temperature and water-related extremes”.

2016, August 24

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Ethnic divides play a major role in many armed conflicts around the world and might serve as predetermined conflict lines following rapidly emerging societal tensions arising from disruptive events like natural disasters. We find evidence in global datasets that risk of armed-conflict outbreak is enhanced by climate-related disaster occurrence in ethnically fractionalized countries. Although we find no indications that environmental disasters directly trigger armed conflicts, our results imply that disasters might act as a threat multiplier in several of the world’s most conflict-prone regions.