Climate Change 101
What is climate change
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What is climate change?
How can we deal with climate change?
Mitigation is reducing future impact through greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Avoiding the unmanageable
Adaptation is reducing vulnerability to impacts already committed to
Managing the unavoidable
We are already experiencing changes in our climate.
Future climate change is expected to:
Climate change is making heatwaves and extreme hot weather worse.
In Melbourne heatwaves are starting 8 days earlier.
Mean annual temperatures forecast to increase by between 1.1 - 4.0 °C
Climate change is influencing rainfall patterns and drought conditions.
Average rainfall in Melbourne's west was approximately 450 mm pa for the past two decades, much below the average 550mm pa prior
Annual average rainfall forecast to fall, but could fall by 27% or could rise by 4%
Climate change is increasing the occurrence of high bushfire danger weather.
In southeast Australia the fire season is becoming longer, reducing the opportunities for hazard reduction burning
Severe fire danger rating increase by between 40% to 100%
Current intense rainfall following periods of drought lead to flow on impacts such as landslip, erosion and soil damage.
These in turn have flow on impacts.
Increased frequency and intensity of storm events are predicted for this century, resulting in damaging winds, rain and significant on-flow impacts for infrastructure, property and agriculture.
IMPACT: STORM EVENTS
CLIMATE IMPACTS ACROSS SECTORS
Example adaptation actions to manage climate risk!
Often classified as: protect, accommodate or retreat!
Community education & awareness raising
Changes to road temperature tolerance & planning
Sea walls to address sea level rise and erosion
Changes to infrastructure and drainage
Updating policies and strategies to consider climate risk
Take a moment to reflect...
What was the most important thing you have learned?
What are you taking away?
What will you talk to your colleagues about?
How can you start a conversation about adaptation in your workplace?