2020 was a year full of uncertainties and changes that no one anticipated.
While climate change was under the spotlight at the start of the year following the devastating 2019/20 bushfires, focus quickly shifted to the COVID-19 pandemic that was rapidly spreading around the world with devastating impact.
In the meantime however, climate change has not stopped. So what climate change impacts have we witnessed in the past year? Are we on track to limit warming to 1.5⁰C and what can we do to respond more effectively?
ANU Climate Update 2021 will present a snapshot of the latest climate research, including newly released data on the climate throughout 2020, and a focus on water and human health. You will hear from climate experts and those working on the transition to a low carbon society. The presentations will be followed by an audience Q&A.
The event brings together policymakers, business people, researchers, students, media and the wider community. If you're interested in climate change, this is great opportunity to get an understanding of the latest developments and societal responses.
This event will be run as a hybrid, with limited in-person tickets available, and free livestreaming via YouTube for online attendees. Both attendance options require registration - please ensure you are registering for the correct attendance option (online or in-person) when booking your ticket.
Global Climate Overview 2020 - Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute
Climate impacts: Water and Public Health - Dr Aparna Lal, Senior Fellow, ANU Research School of Population Health
Strategies for getting to Net Zero Emissions - Prof Frank Jotzo, Director, ANU Centre for Climate Economics and Policy
Reducing emissions: an investment perspective - Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change
Please only register if you genuinely intend to attend the event. If you find out later that you will be unable to attend , please log in and cancel your ticket so that others can use your place instead.
Getting to the lecture theatre
We strongly advise using public transport, taxi, cycling or walking rather than driving where possible. If you have to drive, parking information for Acton campus can be found here - please read thoroughly to understand the options.
There is a low risk factor at this event for the spread of COVID-19, however, there will be precautions in place to ensure that everyone's health and safety is a priority. If you are sick or have symptoms or if you have recently travelled to/from a corona hot spot or overseas recently, please do not attend this event in person. Seating will be spaced to comply with current guidelines for social distancing, we also ask that you remain at least 1.5 metres away from others at the event, no touching or hand shaking. We will be providing hand sanitizer at multiple locations for your use, please clean your hands often and minimise touching you face; we also recommend that you wear a mask when at this event. There will be signage and protocol officers in attendance to help keep you informed on COVID safe practices. If you attend in-person, we will keep a record of your name and contact details for 28 days for contact tracing purposes.
Image: A photograph of Burleigh Heads, at the Gold Coast, during a dust storm in 2009. Increasing climatic variability may see more frequent dust storms across Australia.
Image credit: Michael Dawes / Flickr