The Federation Press

Climate Change and Australia

Warming to the Global Challenge


Climate change is one of the most hotly debated issues of this century. Politicians have risen and fallen on its wake, elections have been fought around it, and international leaders have come under unprecedented scrutiny by civil society. As Australia is battered by hotter summers, more frequent and severe floods, devastating bushfires, water shortages in capital cities, and coastal erosion on its beaches, more and more often the question being asked is, ’Is climate change the cause?’

This book provides a clear, balanced account of the science on climate change, how it is affecting the planet and Australia, and the policy options available to Australia and the world to deal with it.

It draws on the expertise of its authors from the disciplines of science, economics, geography and international law. Inquisitive readership will find this book compelling.

Ben Saul is Professor of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney.

Steven Sherwood is a Professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Jane McAdam is a Professor and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Tim Stephens is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law.

James Slezak is a partner and head of the Sustainability Practice at New York-based social change agency Purpose, and an affiliate at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Table of Contents

Warming to a Global Challenge
A Crisis in Slow Motion: The Science of Global Warming and the Response Needed
Climate Change and Australia: A Vulnerable Continent in a Vulnerable Region
Global Climate Law and Politics: From Rio to Cancún and Beyond
Australia’s Response to Climate Change
Climate Change ‘Refugees’? Climate-Related Displacement and Migration
‘Climate Wars’? Conflict, Security and Climate Change

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