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ANU Climate Update 2022

ANU Climate Update 2022

A road covered by floodwater with a sign saying 'road closed by flood'
Date & time: 3pm 9 February 2022, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153) University Avenue Acton, ACT 2601

ANU Climate Update 2022 will present an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are responding to these changes in Australia and around the world.

Part 1 will summarise the latest climate research, including a snapshot of newly released data on how our climate changed in 2021.

Part 2 will discuss the implications of the latest round of UN climate negotiations, COP26, held in Glasgow in November 2021. Presentations will focus on three critical issues – namely targets for emission reduction by 2030, how we can adapt to climate change in Australia and options for addressing climate change related loss and damage, particularly for developing economies.

This annual event brings together experts, policymakers, students, industry and the community to discuss the state of our climate and what can be done to tackle climate change.

This event can be attended either in person or virtually (via livestream). 


Aquifer - February - May 2022

ANU Climate Update is part of a Territory-wide program of dialogue, events and exhibitions responding to the current climate crisis:  

Aquifer:      Art + Climate + Water  

Aquifer brings a Territory-wide focus to activate conversations on the impacts of climate change drawing attention to our citizen responsibilities to act now at a time when the global pandemic dominates media cycles. Local and interstate artists and galleries from across Canberra have joined forces to engage in the climate crisis dialogue - for more information and to explore the Aquifer program across Canberra, click here.  


Program - ANU Climate Update 2022

Part 1 - State of our Climate – 3-4pm

Global Climate Overview 2021 - Prof Mark Howden, Director, The Australian National University Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

Moderator - Dr Roslyn Prinsley, Head of Disaster Solutions, The Australian National University Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions

Audience Q&A 

Break & informal discussion over light refreshments – 4-4.30pm

Part 2 – COP26 – Pathways Ahead – 4.30-6pm

Climate mitigation – Why are 2030 emissions reductions targets so important? – Kate Donnelly, Master of Climate Change student, The Australian National University

Climate adaptation – What would an effective national climate adaptation strategy look like? – Prof Jamie Pittock, Fenner School of Environment & Society, The Australian National University

Climate change loss and damage – Dr Melanie Pill, former PhD student, Fenner School of Environment & Society, The Australian National University

Followed by audience Q&A


About the speakers

  • Prof Mark Howden is Director of the The Australian National University Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. Mark has worked on climate related issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups. He has been a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1991 and is now an IPCC Vice-Chair.
  • Kate Donnelly is currently studying towards a Master of Climate Change at The Australian National University and also works as a climate analyst in the superannuation sector. She has previously worked on climate change adaptation projects in Fiji and Tuvalu, and as part of a national delegation to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.
  • Prof Jamie Pittock is an expert on climate change adaptation, water management and the intersection of biodiversity, climate change, energy, food and water policies at the Fenner School of Environment & Society.  Prior to joining The Australian National University, Jamie worked for several environmental non government organisations in Australia and internationally.  He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
  • Dr Melanie Pill is a social and political scientist who has finished her Doctorate on financing loss and damage from climate and international negotiations. Prior to that she has worked for various federal and state environment departments on policies and strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Melanie also holds a Masters in Environmental Management and Development from the Crawford School of Public Policy.


COVID-19 Information

For anyone who has recently been at COVID-19 exposure site, we ask that you do not attend this event, and instead get a COVID-19 test and follow the directions of the ACT Health team. If you are sick or have symptoms, please also do not attend this event in person. Instead, you may watch this event via the online livestream. Please register for an online ticket using the 'Registration' button above.

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 this event in-person, we will keep a record of your name and contact details for 28 days for contact tracing purposes.

PLEASE NOTE - All in-person attendees are required to check in at the venue using the ACT Government Check in CBR app. This is to ensure that the event is compliant with ACT Government protocols around hosting COVID safe events.

If you are unable to download the app on your phone due to it not having the software capacity, but still wish to attend in person, our staff will check you in using the Check in CBR app on their device upon your arrival.

If you do not have your details recorded in the Check in CBR app then you will not be permitted to enter the venue.

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