While some councils wish to take a long-term view of what can reasonably be done in the face of sea-level rises, private property owners just want their homes protected.
Many properties are at risk from rising sea levels, with owners and councils at odds over the costs of defending these. NSW law reform may lead to more forward-looking climate change adaptation.
The Solomon Islands are low-lying and vulnerable to changes in sea level.
Sea levels are rising faster in the Solomon Islands – and send a warning for the rest of the world.
In semi-arid areas, climate information that is tailored to farmers’ needs can reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
Building on local experience and having access to current and expected climate trends is crucial to adapting to climate change for farmers in semi-arid regions.
An ecosystem on the back of a truck.
Animals and plants may not be able to keep up with the speed of climate change. We could help them move.
South Africa has a long way to go to make a fair contribution to the global goals set out under the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement marks an important step towards climate change mitigation – one in which developed and developing countries alike take action.
Mumbai is one of many large cities threatened by climate change, but not adapting fast enough.
Poorer cities are spending less on dealing with the consequences of global warming, even relative to their wealth.
Indigenous Australians continue to manage fire in a way that reduces the risk to property and people.
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Every year homes are lost in bushfires. But what if we build our houses to withstand fire?
We don’t have to know exactly how high the sea might rise to start doing something about it.
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Cuts to CSIRO climate jobs will see a reduction in effort on monitoring and measuring climate change, and an increase in efforts to do something about it. That's the most politically-sensible option.
Clearing mulga woodland in Queensland to open up land for cattle during drought.
We're going to have to adapt to climate change, but some of the options on the table could do more harm than good if they destroy the ecosystems that protect us.
Climate change is predicted to hit Africa hard unless the continent puts in place adaptation plans.
Africa needs to work on adaption strategies if it is to overcome the harmful effects of climate change.
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We can live comfortably and sustainably in hot places – but we'll have to ditch the glassy skyscrapers.
Temperatures are set to rocket throughout the 21st century, but design lessons from history could help the gulf states stay cool.
Migrants from the Middle East bound for Europe earlier this month.
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Viewing human migration through the lens of natural history makes one thing clear: society needs to prepare for more migrations of people and the species we depend on.
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.
A zebra crossing melts in Delhi during extreme heat.
The latest heatwaves in India have claimed at least 1,100 lives.
Climate change is affecting gender ratios in fish, and could hamper their ability to return to a 50:50 balance.
Warmer temperatures can throw off the gender balance in some species. But some fish can adjust their offspring's gender to compensate, but only if temperatures don't rise too high.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Blooming marvellous: cacti are among the few plant species that can thrive in the desert.
Photosynthesis can be costly - but plants in hot and dry environments have evolved two special strategies for storing carbon dioxide, that could be used to protect crops against climate change.
How will we cope with the losses posed by climate change?
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A growing number of researchers are looking to grief to understand how people will respond to climate change.
The Onkaparinga River, part of the catchment that supplies around half of Adelaide’s drinking water.
Imagine a future where the yearly flow into one of the largest water reservoirs of a major Australian city could halve within 70 years. This is a scenario that Adelaide could face if the world continues…