William F. Lamb, Giulio Mattioli , Sebastian Levi , J. Timmons Roberts , Stuart Capstick, Felix Creutzig , Jan C. Minx , Finn Müller-Hansen , Trevor Culhane and Julia K. Steinberger

Published 01 July 2020 (Cambridge University Press)

‘Discourses of climate delay’ pervade current debates on climate action. These discourses accept the existence of climate change, but justify inaction or inadequate efforts. In contemporary discussions on what actions should be taken, by whom and how fast, proponents of climate delay would argue for minimal action or action taken by others. They focus attention on the negative social effects of climate policies and raise doubt that mitigation is possible. Here, we outline the common features of climate delay discourses and provide a guide to identifying them.


New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. Portfolio Committee No. 7 – Planning and Environment

released 30 June 2020

This inquiry was established because of significant concern in the community about the future of Australia’s most loved animal, the koala. Even before the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires it was clear that the koala in NSW, already a threatened species, was in significant trouble, with the committee finding that the official government estimate of 36,000 koalas contained in the NSW Koala Strategy is outdated and unreliable.


Network for Greening the Financial System

released 24 June 2020

The report investigates the possible effects of climate change on the determinants of monetary policy. Compiled by the NGFS group of experts on monetary policy and climate change, the report finds that climate change and its mitigation will increasingly affect macroeconomic variables essential to the conduct of monetary policy. It highlights the need for central banks to strengthen their analytical toolkits, integrating climate risks into their economic models and forecasting tools.


Oxfam Australia

released 23 June 2020

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows.