Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia
A new book launched by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) highlights the importance of climate change as a matter of significant economic, environmental and social concern in Australia.
Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest information on international climate change science and potential responses.
According to CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark the book seeks to provide a bridge from the peer-reviewed scientific literature to a broader audience of society while still providing the depth of science that climate change demands.
“This publication draws on the latest peer-reviewed literature contributed by thousands of researchers in Australia and internationally,” Dr Clark says.
“It also provides a synthesis of CSIRO’s long history of publicly funded research into climate change.”
The book’s 168 pages provide scientific insights including:
• Evidence from many different sources shows human activities are contributing to the Earth’s changing climate
• Some of the impacts of climate change on Australia are already apparent
• We are committed to some degree of climate change as a result of past greenhouse gas emissions, so we will need to adapt on a far more extensive scale than is currently occurring
• Energy saving technologies, demand reduction and distributed power generation will help to lower national carbon emissions
• Agriculture and forestry hold great potential for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through afforestation, soil-carbon management, and better management of livestock and cropping emissions
• Action within the next decade to lower greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the probability and severity of climate change impacts.