What does climate change mean for people living in Australia?
The latest IPCC report identified some key risks for Australia:
- A native species habitat. Good examples might be coral reefs, mountains, tropical rainforests, coastal zones, or kelp forests. As temperatures rise, habitats are coming under pressure, and many species are being forced to move. Fifty per cent of species have changed where they live because of climate change. Inquiry questions - How is this habitat changing because of climate change? Are species moving, or do they have nowhere to move to?
- Extreme weather. Bushfires, heatwaves, storms, river floods, coastal storm surges, and droughts are all made more frequent and severe because of climate change. Inquiry questions - Who and what is being impacted by extreme weather? How can we adapt to be more resilient to extreme weather events?
Who is behind Curious Climate Schools? Curious Climate Schools is run by climate change and education researchers at the University of Tasmania. It’s funded by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, the University’s College of Science and Engineering, and the University’s Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS). Curious Climate Schools builds on the first successful Curious Climate project which answered climate questions in communities around Tasmania.