Climate Change: implications for Australia and the world

Presented by ANU College of Health & Medicine

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report is the world's most comprehensive evaluation of climate change, its potential impacts and the choices we have for responding to it. Four IPCC Chairs and lead authors from around the world will be visiting Canberra to present and discuss its findings, together with two Australian lead authors based at ANU.

The report provides leaders with a scientific basis for developing strategies to address climate change. Most importantly, it will be the leading scientific document to inform negotiations at the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) in December 2015, at which negotiators will try to reach a global climate agreement.

Whilst the report finds that human influence on the climate system is clear, we do have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future.

 "Substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades can reduce climate risks in the 21st century and beyond, increase prospects for effective adaptation, reduce the costs and challenges of mitigation in the longer term and contribute to climate-resilient pathways for sustainable development." - Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Opening address:

Simon Corbell MLA, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment, ACT

Speakers:

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, IPCC Vice-Chair: Overview of the Fifth Assessment Report

Dr Youba Sokona, IPCC Co Chair Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change

Dr Andy Reisinger, IPCC Lead Author: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: focus on Australia

Dr Debra Roberts, IPCC Lead Author: Urban Areas and Climate Change Adaptation

To discuss the Australian relevance in more detail:

Dr Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute and IPCC Lead Author, Agriculture

Associate Professor Frank Jotzo, Deputy Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and IPCC Lead Author, Social, economic and ethical concepts and methods