Climate change is one of the most serious environmental challenges facing the world. It will effect our whole society - socially, economically and environmentally.
About climate change
Human activity and land use changes continue to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Scientific evidence unequivocally indicates that our actions are causing a warming of the atmosphere and oceans. This is changing the climate at a rate that cannot be attributed to natural variability alone.
This warming has seen Australia experiencing warmer weather and more days with extreme heat and fewer cooler extremes, significant changes to rainfall patterns and greater exposure to hazards that result from this changing climate. This includes floods, storm events, droughts, bushfires, heatwaves, rising sea levels and increases in diseases and pests.
For more information, visit: Department of Environment - Climate Change
Managing climate change impacts locally
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has conducted a risk assessment of the impacts of climate change across the Council area. The key impact areas that were identified were:
- long term management of public open space
- increased management of pest plants and animals
- increased infrastructure management costs
- streetscape management
- business continuity planning.
Eastern Region Climate Change Adaptation Project - Resilient East
Resilient East is an initiative between Cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Campbelltown, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Prospect, Tea Tree Gully, Unley and the Town of Walkerville.
The goal of Resilient East is to ensure our communities, assets and infrastructure, local economies and natural environment are resilient to the impacts and challenges of climate change.
The Resilient East project has identified the vulnerabilities, risks and level of adaptive capacity across the eastern region and has developed a Climate Change Adaptation Plan with input from government, business and community organisations.
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan offers a range of regional and local adaption pathways, which will help eastern region communities, businesses and the natural environment adapt, thrive and prosper.
For more information, visit: Resilient East