1a.Smith, M (2015) Doubling Energy & Resource Productivity by 2030 - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future through Sustainable Energy and Resource Management (Game Changing Report)
Written by Professor Lesley Hughes as a summary document for The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (published by Climate Council of Australia).
Professor Hughes, Climate Councillor, was a lead author for the Australia and New Zealand chapter in the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report .
1. The IPCC reports conclude that climate change is occurring as a result of human activities. The latest report from Working Group II confirms and reinforces the findings of the previous assessment report (AR4) published in 2007.
2. There is increased evidence that climate change is already affecting many natural and human systems and poses significant risks to human health, ecosystems, infrastructure, agricultural production and communities.
3. Key findings for Australia include:
4. Reducing the risk in Australia of water shortages, bushfire weather, extreme heatwaves, and decreased agricultural production will depend on how rapidly we are able to reduce carbon emissions locally and globally, and on the how effectively we are able to implement adaptation measures.
5. The IPCC is the most authoritative international body on climate change science and impacts. IPCC assessment reports are subject to an extremely rigorous review process.
Accessible summary reference material on the 5th IPCC report for teaching on climate change with a focus on Australia.