Climate change

What is the IPCC?

IPCC is the inter-governmental panel on climate change comprising 195 member governments. It was established in 1988 for the purpose of assessing "the scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change".

Through the IPCC, climate experts from around the world produce the most recent climate science findings every 5-7 years and present their report to the world's political leaders.

All reports are written by the elite of global scientists, who are all proposed and accepted by the governments of the world, and are peer-reviewed by additional experts and scientists working in business and NGOs elsewhere.

The IPCC has done a great job to prove that the cost of climate inaction and so-called "giant costs" of decarbonisation will be greater than the cost of implementing a low-carbon strategy which includes encouraging investments into clean technologies such as renewables and energy efficiency. The calculated economic costs do not include the multiple economic and other social and developmental benefits from avoided climate impacts, as well as reduced air and other pollution from fossil fuels, reduced freshwater consumption and more jobs.

The IPCC's outstanding work was acknowledged when it received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Read the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Headline Statements from the Summary for Policymakers Report (pdf, 469kb).

Read the full IPCC report (pdf, 3mb)

CSIRO State of the Climate Report 2014

Weather and climate touch all aspects of Australian life. What we experience here at home is part of the global climate system. The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO contribute significantly to the international effort of weather and climate monitoring, forecasting and research. In State of the Climate, long-term trends in Australia's climate is discussed.

This is the third biennial State of the Climate report. As with earlier reports, focus is primarily on climate observations and monitoring  carried out by the Bureau of Meterology and CSIRO in the Australian region, as well as on future climate scenarios.

Read the full State of the Climate Report 2014 (pdf,4mb).

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2013

The first Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Victoria was published in March 2013 by the Victorian government of the day. It focussed on government preparedness and is about increasing public and private resilience to climate risks through better decisions about managing our built and natural environment and taking advantage of opportunities.

Go to www.climatechange.vic.gov.au to download full document.