The U.S. failing to meet its Paris commitment would cause about $100 billion of damage to the global economy.
A climate scientist and policy scholar sees three possible scenarios following Trump's plan to pull out of the Paris Agreement –
ranging from a small uptick in emissions to a global recession.
Flooding on the Coomera River near Queensland’s Gold Coast.
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The federal government has defunded a national research agency that looks at how best to adapt to climate-related impacts such as floods, droughts and heatwaves - a decision that could cost lives.
Climate fiction: A novel describes New Yorkers keeping on even after 50 feet of sea-level rise next century.
A researcher on sea level rise and climate change impacts reviews Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel, 'New York 2140,' which envisions the city's future in the face of extreme sea-level rise.
Will talk of adapting to climate change be less polarizing politically? Faced with rising seas, Miami is adapting by raising its roads.
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Talk of adapting to climate change is less polarizing to conservatives than the idea of slashing emissions.
Hurricane Sandy, a storm with huge economic costs, bears down on New York in 2012.
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Climate change isn't just an environmental problem. It is one of the fundamental economic challenges of this century.
Should a future parent consider the impact more people will have on the Earth?
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A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
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'Adaptation' will help deal with the next decade or two of global warming. But what about key energy or transport links that are expected to last a century?
Coastal communities around Australia are facing the rising threat of coastal erosion.
Coastal communities include 24 federal seats held by margins of 5% or less, and their local councils are pressing the Australian government to show more urgency about the impacts of climate change.
Caution: climate change can affect tectonic plates, too.
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Our climate is changing. But many of the devastating repercussions are little understood.
Obama made a trip to Alaska to steer the national conversation to the effects of climate change.
Obama's trips to vastly different areas – New Orleans and Alaska – laid bare the rising costs of adapting to climate change, now and in the future.
The peacock butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia.
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Climate change means droughts will become more frequent, and butterflies will be particularly affected.
Levees in New Orleans were unable to prevent flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Delta cities in both rich and poor countries face uphill, and potentially costly, battle in containing risk from flooding.
Climate change will affect defence personnel themselves, as well as the kind of situations they find themselves deployed in.
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Nations such as the United States have treated climate change as a major security threat for years. The Australian government's forthcoming Defence White Paper cannot afford to ignore the issue.
Only a small portion of Porto Novo, Benin, is built-up. The city is taking steps to combat climate change.
Porto Novo in Benin, Rouen in France and Da Nang in Vietnam are taking steps to mitigate the harsh effects of climate change, which will hit them hard if they don't.
The University of Sydney is hoping to chart a path to climate-safe investment.
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Another Australian university has outlined plans to reduce the exposure of its investments to climate change, and is taking a contrasting approach to the Australian National University’s high-profile divestment…
Poorer people are more vulnerable to the impact of extreme weather events. Pictured: the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
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Climate projections suggest that, thanks to human activity, we will likely see an increase in extreme weather events, disruptions to agriculture, loss of livelihoods and displacement of people. While everyone…
Could politicians and scientists in the future be charged with “climate negligence”?
Society generally has a clear idea of what constitutes a crime, and those in positions of power are usually held to very high standards. Politicians charged with making decisions on the needs of society…
Even the Pentagon is issuing warnings about climate change.
Warnings about the dangers of climate change are coming from some new and not so new places. Military, security and foreign policy advisors, financial marketeers, the White House – all have recently set…
Coasts are at risk from rising seas, but that risk could be alleviated by coastal ecosystems such as mangroves.
Instead of costly levees and seawalls, coastal ecosystems could offer an alternative way to protect Australia’s coastal communities from rising seas, saving money and storing carbon along the way. Sea…
We know what’s in store – now it’s time to do something about it.
Despite the mounting evidence, there are still some who would deny the veracity of human-caused climate change and its potential to disrupt and harm our communities. Most dissenters rely on non-expert…