For this reason, advice from the Bureau of Meteorology and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that we are already 'committed' to a certain amount of warming. This warming is due to the gases that we have already released into the atmosphere.
What happens in the longer term depends on the choices we make now.
The IPCC’s recently released a summary of its Fifth Assessment report (AR5). This information indicates that the climate is changing more rapidly than models previously predicted, particularly in South-Eastern Australia.
The City of Charles Sturt is working with our neighbouring Councils, the Cities of Port Adelaide and Enfield and West Torrens, to plan for the impacts of climate change.
To increase by 1.5 - 4 degrees Celsius
Frequency, duration and severity are all projected to increase
2-5% decrease by 2030, and 20-40% decrease by 2070
Source: Western Adelaide Climate Change Adaptation Plan – Final Stage 1 Report
The City of Charles Sturt is tackling Climate Change by:
Stage 1 (completed)
Stage 2 (currently under way)
Stage 3 – Integrated vulnerability assessment
Stage 4 – Preparation of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – AR5 report and information
South Australia’s Climate Change Adaptation Framework
Western Adelaide Region Climate Change Adaptation Plan – Stage 1
A full copy of the Stage 1 report is available on the City of Port Adelaide Enfield website here:
The Hon Paul Caica. Mayor Kirsten Alexander, Mayor Gary Johanson and Mayor John Trainer formalising the Western Adelaide Regional Climate Change Sector Agreement on 1 October 2013.