"Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for
thousands of years and may warm by 4℃ or more this century, according to a
highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The assessment, released on Monday, also warns of unprecedented increases in
climate extremes such as bushfires, floods and drought. But it says deep, rapid
emissions cuts could spare Australia, and the world, from the most severe
warming and associated harms.
The report is the sixth produced by the IPCC since it was founded in 1988 and
provides more regional information than any previous version. This gives us a
clearer picture of how climate change will play out in Australia specifically.
It confirms the effects of human-caused climate change have well and truly
arrived in Australia. This includes in the region of the East Australia
Current, where the ocean is warming at a rate more than four times the global
We are climate scientists with expertise across historical climate change,
climate projections, climate impacts and the carbon budget. We have been part
of the international effort to produce the IPCC report over the past three
The report finds even under a moderate emissions scenario, the global effects
of climate change will worsen significantly over the coming years and decades.
Every fraction of a degree of global warming increases the likelihood and
severity of many extremes. That means every effort to reduce greenhouse gas
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