Impacts on Australia

Impacts on Australia Report

Climate Science Update: A Report to the 2011 Garnaut Review

  • Author(s): Kevin Hennessy, Ian Overton
  • Secondary Author(s): Keenan, T.D, Cleugh, H.A. (Editors)
  • Published: 2011
  • Publisher: Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology

Abstract: Chapter 6 of Garnaut (2008) addressed climate change impacts on Australia. The focus was on 2030 and the period 2030-2100. Sectors included: • Resource-based industries and communities, e.g. irrigated and dryland agriculture, tourism; • Critical infrastructure, e.g. water and electricity supply, buildings, ports; • Human health, e.g. heat-related deaths, dengue fever, gastroenteritis; • Ecosystems and biodiversity; and • Indirect impacts, e.g. international trade, geopolitical stability, food security, climate refugees, overseas disasters and diseases. The chapter didn’t cite the IPCC Working Group 2 Chapter 11 synthesis on impacts in Australia and New Zealand (Hennessy et al. 2007) but it did cite a few reports from within the IPCC chapter. Some of the issues not discussed in Chapter 6 or in papers commissioned by the Review are covered by Hennessy et al. (2007). These include forestry, horticulture, viticulture, fisheries and Indigenous communities. Some of the key reports to emerge since 2008 are summarised.

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