Climate Commission: Act now on climate change
The Climate Commission released its first report, The Critical Decade, in Canberra on 23 May.
The report warns that the scientific evidence is getting stronger that we are already seeing the effects of climate change, and have far less time to do something about it than previously thought.
"Our Earth’s surface is warming rapidly and we can already see social, economic and environmental impacts in Australia.
Failing to take sufficient action today entails potentially huge risks to our economy, society and way of life into the future. This is the critical decade for action."
The Critical Decade has four key messages:
1. The evidence is overwhelming and clear that the climate is changing.
2. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate.
3. Human activities – the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation – are triggering the changes we are witnessing in the global climate.
4. This is the critical decade. Decisions we make from now to 2020 will determine the severity of climate change our children and grandchildren experience.
The report also highlights that the key element of the Coalition’s “Direct Action” policy of offsetting carbon emissions in the land sector will not solve the problem.
Click here for further information about the Climate Commission report and to download a copy.