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This is a place for businesses and researchers to see current topics through the lens of climate change adaptation.   Climate change presents businesses with a broad array of risks and opportunities. As the increase of extreme events manifests the world is witnessing how changes in climate (and associated responses) in one location can send ripples through businesses throughout the world. Whether it is flooding in Bangkok affecting sales of vehicles in Australia or a Superstorm in the US increasing the share price of those manufacturing generators, it is evident that a combination of complex systems has far reaching economic ramifications. 
  • To cope with the rapidly growing number of flights and to accommodate future growth, a new parallel runway (NPR) and associated infrastructure, on a low lying coastal area, parallel to Brisbane Airport’s existing runway is proposed. Brisbane Airport is situated on a 2700 hectare precinct which accommodates a range of activities including domestic and international terminals with aviation and business operations.
  • Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) is an iron ore producer operating in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The company was established in 2003 with the Cloudbreak mine ore processing and transport infrastructure constructed between 2006 - 2008 and more recently a second mine was established at Christmas Creek. Fortescue has a long-standing expansion target of 155 million tonnes per annum, to be reached by 2014.
  • Australia’s 560 Local Government authorities are responsible for the management of assets valued at approximately $300 billion. Many of these assets have a lifespan greater than 50 years and so will be affected by long-term shifts in the climate.
  • The AdaptWaterTM project began with a highly innovative and challenging goal to develop an online tool to address the issue raised by Sydney Water of how to assess its infrastructure assets in a cost-effective way and establish robust, quantified cost-benefit analyses and a business case for undertaking major capital works. The outcome is a user-friendly software program to quantify the climate change risks to multiple assets, assess adaptatio
  • We discuss the reports which emerged from the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and show that climate change adaptation is now a well-considered issue in the discussions surrounding the global economy. In particular we look at the Global Risk Report for 2013 which ranked 'failure to recognise climate change adaptation' emerging as one of the top ten risks.

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