Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics, Australian National University

released 31 March 2021

The annual Australia’s Environment Report summarises a large amount of observations on the trajectory of our natural resources and ecosystems.

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Australian Academy of Science

released 31 March 2021

This report synthesises the observed impacts of climate change on Australia and the risk to our future of the current global trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. It focuses on the consequences of 3°C of global warming in the absence of greater mitigation strategies for four areas of importance to Australia’s future: our ecosystems, food production, cities and towns, and health and wellbeing. The impacts of those changes on the lives and wellbeing of Australians are discussed in detail.

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R. M. Colvin , Frank Jotzo

released 24 March 2021

Australia is a relative laggard on climate policy, amidst social and political fractures despite rising support for climate policy in opinion polls. In the 2019 Australian federal election, which was dubbed the ‘climate election’, the opposition campaigned on comparatively ambitious climate action but the government was returned on a status quo policy. We explore the social-political determinants of climate attitudes and how they are positioned in relation to voting behaviour, in the context of the 2019 election.

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Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit & Oxford Net Zero

released 23 March 2021

The first systematic analysis of significant emitters, looking at the robustness of net zero pledges as well as their scope. The report looks for evidence that entities have components of a credible plan in place, such as interim targets, a reporting mechanism and clarity on use of offsets; we do not assess whether such plans are internally coherent nor compatible with a global trajectory to the 1.5°C Paris Agreement target.12 This report is an ‘opening snapshot’ that will allow the anticipated strengthening of net zero targets to be tracked over time.

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International Energy Agency (IEA) & the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment

released 19 March 2021

This reports examines the risk and return proposition in energy transitions. In this paper, they extend the coverage of publicly-traded renewable power and fossil fuel companies to the following: 1) global markets, 2) advanced economies, 3) emerging market and developing economies, and 4) China. They calculate the total return and annualized volatility of these portfolios over 5 and 10-year periods.

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