Climate change

We assist our clients to:

  • Conduct scenario analyses to identify their climate risks and opportunities in order to enhance organisational resilience
  • Develop performance targets for emission reduction or risk mitigation programs that are based on contemporary science
  • Report publicly on the performance of their climate related activities
  • Keep abreast of key changes occurring in the science of climate change and the policy and regulatory settings across Australia

THE STATUS OF THE RAPIDLY WARMING PLANET :  August 2018

We have prepared a  briefing paper  that correlates the scope of the world’s consumption of coal, oil and gas with the rising atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, and in turn,  the increasing temperature at the Earth’s surface.

It summarises the key data describing the status of the threat at the start of 2018

Click here to access the document (25 pages).

The review also highlights the extraordinary changes occurring in the world’s oceans;  and the relationship between land-use management and global warming.

The role that terrestrial activities play in  global warming is complex.

On the one hand,  carbon emissions from human activities such as agriculture, animal husbandry and deforestation contribute to its progression.  On the other, augmentation of natural features such as wetlands and native forests can  mitigate its influence.

But climate change is reducing the capacity of terrestrial vegetation to sequester atmospheric carbon, so the long-term aim of moving to negative carbon emissions is being seriously challenged.

THE CARBON CLOCK

The carbon clock is provided by Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (www.mcc-berlin.net).   The data and assumptions underpinning the clock are published on their website.