ICAN Home Forums 6. Planned Adaptation for Unavoidable Climate Impacts Planned Adaptation for Unavoidable Climate Impacts

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  • Independents for Climate Action Now
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    This policy area recognises that despite whatever efforts are mustered to mitigate climate change impacts, many will still be realised well into the future due to the response lag time associated with current emissions, atmospheric carbon levels and climate responses. As already being experienced in Australia and globally these impacts include extreme weather events, floods, droughts, cyclones, storms, extended and higher risk fire seasons, coastal erosion and sea level rise. To cope with an increasing frequency and/or severity of these impacts society will need to respond with a mix of policy commitments covering everything from building and town planning standards, structural protection of high value assets, public shelters and infrastructure, emergency response services, and enhanced water, food and energy security. Some of these issues will fall more within the jurisdiction of state and local governments but policies at a Federal level will need to be delivered to facilitate and support these outcomes.

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