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Climate is the term given to the average weather conditions of a certain region, including temperature, rainfall, and wind. It is clear that our climate is changing, most likely to be caused by carbon pollution from human causes. The Australian Academy of Science supports the view that recent global warming is caused by unprecedented carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

The most recent IPCC report shows that emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1°C of warming since 1850-1900, and finds that averaged over the next 20 years, global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1.5°C of warming. This assessment is based on improved observational datasets to assess historical warming, as well progress in scientific understanding of the response of the climate system to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions 

Climate Teaching Resources

Climate Interactive Simulation and Role Plays

This climate interactive toolkit grew out of research conducted at MIT Sloan in Cambridge Massachusetts. The site includes interactive simulators that demonstrate global scenarios for reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emission and energy consumption. It also contains guidelines for facilitating workshops and designing student assessments:

In this video, Jason Jay, Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, runs an online workshop that demonstrates how to use the simulators. 


Carbon Literacy Training

The Carbon Literacy project provides awareness of climate change and understanding of everyday human impacts that contribute to climate change.

Climate Council Resources

The Climate Council was established in September 2013 to replace the former government funded Climate Commission. The Climate Council is an independent, non-profit organization, funded by donations from the public whose mission is to provide authoritative, expert information to the Australian public on climate change. Reports will be accompanied by a range of communications materials relevant to different audiences, videos, infographics, fact sheets, and other resources.  


Climate Change Funds - Governance and Accountability

Between 2010 and 2012 governments provided over US$30 billion to fund projects that help countries around the world to either adapt to or mitigate the impacts of climate change. Much of this financial support is channelled through global climate change funds. Taken together, these climate funds are a key weapon in the fight against climate change. But are they safe from corruption?

In five assessments, Transparency International (TI) examined the anti-corruption practices and internal accountability mechanisms of seven major climate funds: the Adaptation Fund, the two Climate Investment Fund Trust Funds, two of the Global Environment Facility’s Funds, the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (see table). By highlighting areas where governance should be improved to reduce corruption risks, the assessments aim to bolster the funds’ ability to deliver on their promise.

Read more at TI's website: Climate change funds: safe from corruption?

and download the currently available  reports: 

Protecting climate finance: An anti-corruption assessment of the Adaptation Fund(2.2 MB) Download
Protecting climate finance: An anti-corruption assessment of the Climate Investment Funds(2.6 MB) Download
Protecting climate finance: An anti-corruption assessment of the Global Environment Facility's Least Developed Countries Fund & Special Climate Change Fund(2.6 MB) Download
Protecting climate finance: An anti-corruption assessment of the UN-REDD Programme(2.0 MB) Download