The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather Seminar

The SCCG hosted this seminar, by Professor Will Steffen for the Climate Commission on 4 April 2013.

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Extreme weather events, including heatwaves, intense rainfall and storm surges, can have devastating and costly effects on communities, and local government is often at the forefront in dealing with their consequences. Events such as the extreme weather experienced across Australia over this summer and in recent years are becoming more common here and around the world.


Professor Will Steffen from the Australian Climate Commission presented evidence that the changing climate is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and provided some insight into what the future may look like. This presentation included a briefing on the Climate Commission’s recent report The Angry Summer and a new, more detailed report: The Critical Decade about extreme weather. 

This seminar provided an opportunity for local government representatives to learn more about the influence of climate change on extreme weather and how this will impact on communities. There was an opportunity for questions from participants and to share perspectives on the impacts of extreme weather on communities in Sydney and beyond.

The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather 

Professor Will Steffen, Climate Commissioner

The Climate Commission is an independent body established to provide all Australians with an accurate and reliable source of information about the science of climate change, the international action being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the economics of a carbon price.

Other Resources

The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather Report

The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather Key Facts

The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather Summary Table

Quick Facts for Extreme Weather in NSW

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