Climate change

In a media release by the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill announced that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Fifth Assessment Report of its working group on the science of climate change in late September.

Key findings of the report include:

• Over the last three decades the earth’s surface has been successively warmer than any preceding decade since 1850.

• Heatwaves are likely to occur more frequently and last longer.

• The global mean sea level will continue to rise and at a faster rate than has been experienced over the past 40 years.

Mr Weatherill also said that South Australia has a history of strong action on climate change. The state’s emissions are now nine per cent lower than they were in 1990 – despite this reduction over that same period our GSP has increased by 65 per cent. In 2012-13 South Australia led the nation in the uptake of wind energy and roof top solar in with 27 per cent of the total electricity being generated the state sourced from wind and four per cent from solar.

At the opening of the CSIRO Greenhouse conference held in Adelaide last week, Mr Weatherill outlined a number of new climate change initiatives.

• A new target for low carbon investment is being established to support a renewed economic development focus and to further support South Australia’s ongoing push for renewable energy.

• The development of a Building Upgrade Finance mechanism for South Australia is also being developed. This is a loan scheme designed to help overcome market barriers to investment in improving existing commercial buildings energy and water efficiency.

More information about South Australia’s climate change programs can be found at www.sa.gov.au/climatechange

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