Australia’s biodiversity and climate change

An assessment of the vulnerability of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change was commissioned by the Australian Government to help increase our understanding of how to help Australia’s rich biodiversity adapt to climate change.
The assessment finds that Australia’s biodiversity is at risk from even moderate climate change and already under stress, for example from habitat degradation, changed fire regimes and invasive species. Climate change is likely to exacerbate these existing stressors and add additional stresses such as through declining water availability.
The assessment concludes that climate change exacerbates the effects of many existing stressors, which continue to be the biggest threat to Australia’s biodiversity. Accelerating the control or elimination of existing stressors offers an extremely low-risk, high-payback starting point in building resilience of natural systems to climate change.

The Assessment was undertaken by an independent group of experts, led by Professor Will Steffen, for the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council. It compromises the major report, technical synthesis and policy-makers summary.

Click on the link below to visit the Department of Climate Change website and read the rull report. Other information is also available. The document below is a fact sheet on how invasive species, already a key threat to Australian biodiversity, will pose an increased threat under climate change.

Author W. Steffen, AA. Burbridge, L. Hughes, R. Kitching, D. Lindenmayer, W. Musgrave, M. Stafford Smith and PA. Werner
Date null
Year 2009
Place published City
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Institution Biodiversity and Climate Change Expert Advisory Gr
Pages 303 pp
Notes Notes
Region Australia - national
Documents Climate change and invasive species