At this year’s Charles Darwin Symposium, evidence will be presented that human-induced climate change is a reality and human adaptation is a necessity, as is the development of policy to prepare for the future impacts of climate change in the Territory.

Symposium Co-chair Professor Andrew Campbell says we need to develop responses to climate change that are tailored for the unique needs of northern and central Australia

The 2011 Symposium, an initiative of Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government under their Partnership Agreement, will bring together some of Australia’s leading climate change experts to explore avenues for adapting to climate change.

CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Director and Symposium Co-chair Professor Andrew Campbell said that speakers would explore issues such as lessons for the built environment in the NT, and the converging insecurities of climate change on health, energy, food and water.

“We won’t just be talking about the issues and risks, but the implications of climate change and the need for all of us, through concerted joint action, to adapt to the impacts of climate change,” Professor Campbell said. “We need to develop responses that are tailored for our unique needs here in northern and central Australia, for climate change impacts that will play out during our lifetimes, and those of our kids.

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