Climate Change Buoying Wildfires Across Country

Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Climate Change and Health in the Urban Environment: Adaptation Opportunities in Australian Cities

Urban populations are growing rapidly throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Cities are vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change because of their concentration of people and infrastructure, the physical (geographical, material, and structural) attributes of the built environment, and the ecological interdependence with the urban ecosystem. Australia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in the region and its already variable climate is set to become hotter and drier with climate change.

Adaptation to Climate Change in Australia’s Plantation Industry

This report explores the impacts of climate change on the forestry industry. It says impacts on productivity are likely to arise from temperature, water availability, and increased CO2 concentrations. The risks from these include challenges from extreme weather events, increased bushfire risk and management of invasive species.

Economic Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Local Government: Ku-ring-gai Council Case Study

This report describes work in progress on research undertaken jointly by Macquarie University, Bond University and Ku-ring-gai Council between July 2008 and February 2009. This research addressed the need for sound and defensible information on which to base adaptation decisions at the local level.