Issue 10 - 7 November 2011 enews home

Adaptation to climate change essential, Symposium experts urge


By Leanne Coleman

Professor Andrew Campbell

CDU's Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Director and Symposium Co-chair Professor Andrew Campbell
Hundreds turned out to this year's Charles Darwin Symposium to see some of Australia's leading climate change experts explore avenues for adapting and responding to climate change.

Opening with a lively and entertaining presentation by legendary Australian comedian Rod Quantock, the theme - that human-induced climate change has become a reality and human adaptation is a necessity - first emerged.

Over two days presenters urged the audience to prepare for the future impacts of climate change in the Territory, naming extreme weather, exhaustion of fossil fuels and degradation of the environment as major concerns and risks for the future.

CDU's Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Director and Symposium Co-chair Professor Andrew Campbell said it would require a concerted joint action, to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

"We need to develop responses that are tailored for our unique needs here in northern and central Australia, for climate change impacts that will play out during our lifetimes, and those of our kids," Professor Campbell said.

He said the Symposium also provided the opportunity to investigate practical strategies for adaptation in the NT such as opportunities for uptake of renewable energy technology, and improved infrastructure and planning design, more suited to a Territory lifestyle. The 2011 Symposium entitled "Living with climate change: at home, at work, at play", was an initiative of Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government under their Partnership Agreement.

If you missed the Symposium, but would like to view the presentation visit W: www.cdu.edu.au/cdss2011/.