The Conversation: Rod Keenan - Adapting to climate change: more questions than answers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

With increasing global greenhouse gas emissions, and no clear internationally-agreed path for emission reductions, we are faced with a global climate that will be at least two degrees warmer than today in 70 years' time.

The need to adapt to climate change is being recognised at different levels of government in Australia, with the Australian Government requesting the Productivity Commission to undertake a review of Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation and the Victorian Government acknowledging the need to focus on adapting to climate risks in their response to the review of the 2010 Climate Change Act.

In the scientific community, a recent international conference held in the USA considered the challenges of adapting to climate change and this week the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCAR) and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) hosted state and national conferences that will present recent research and discuss how it can improve adaptation policy and practice.

To read the full article by VCCCAR Director Rod Keenan click here.