Flood and drought resilience lessons for the mining industry

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Fact sheets
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Recent droughts and floods in Central Queensland have demonstrated the vulnerability of mining operations and surrounding communities to extreme climatic events. The dependence that national and regional economies have on mining-led export earnings combined with the resource sector’s impact on environments and communities during extreme weather events makes the minerals sector an important focus for climate adaptation research. This fact sheet highlights findings from the NCCARF Synthesis and Integrative Research Program project 'Extractive resource development in a changing climate: learning the lessons from recent weather events in Queensland, Australia'.

The project investigated coal mining operations in Queensland, and examined climate-influenced drought and flooding challenges relevant to the future viability of the industry and local communities. Two key premises of the research were: that adaptation to climate variability can help inform the resource industry’s long-term adaptation to anthropogenic climate change, and that dialogue about industry adaptation can lead to greater industry engagement around contribution to climate change and enhance mitigation efforts. This fact sheet synthesises information on mining industry activities vulnerable to climate variability, key issues limiting industry resilience to extreme weather events and policy lessons for climate adaptation in the resources sector.

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