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Australia

17 July 2020
Queensland coast

Protecting the Queensland coast from climate change

In Queensland, Australia, the QCoast2100 programme has been introduced and designed to give all coastal local governments in Queensland the funding, tools and technical support to prepare for increasing coastal hazard risks caused by climate change over the next 80 years.

The $12m Queensland State Government fund covered 48 projects at 31 councils by the time the final allocations were announced in September 2019. For each council, the end result will be a coastal hazard adaptation strategy (Chas).

The programme considers the effect of a projected 80cm sea level rise by 2100 on storm tide incursion, erosion and increased tidal incursion.

Climate change litigation on the rise in Australia - Brendan Tobin, Principal Lawyer, DWF

Australian industry now accepts the risks of climate change are real and need to be dealt with by an organisation and be consistent with Australia’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.

A recent development is that well organised environmental activists are pursuing litigation against Government authorities and proponents of energy projects such as coal mining for climate change to be elevated in the decision making process.

This litigation is seeking changes over and above commitments given by the Australian government under the Paris Agreement.

 

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