Almost all of Australia has warmed over the 50 years since 1960. …
The long-term trend in Australia-wide average temperature … is clear and distinct [against] the observed background variability.
It is extremely unlikely that the observed global-scale warming is due to natural variability.
Climate change is a risk management issue — the longer we take to act and the weaker our actions, the greater the risk of dangerous outcomes.
- Action within the next decade to lower greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the probability and severity of climate change impacts.
- Agriculture and forestry hold great potential for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through afforestation, soil carbon management, and better management of livestock and cropping emissions.
- Making the right energy choices for Australia’s future from among our abundant options will often be a matter of choosing the energy source, or combination of sources, for a particular context.
- Practical and sometimes beneficial low cost actions can make significant progress in tackling climate change.