The 2014 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

Co-presented with the Sydney Environment Institute and the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

1 April 2014

The second component of theFifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to be one of the most significant climate change publications for 2014. Covering impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, this report holds particular significance as it includes an Australian focused chapter. The Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) have collaborated to present a landmark Sydney Ideas event that brings together the nation's leading experts to discuss the implications of this publication.


Lesley Hughes

Professor Lesley Hughes of Australia’s newly formed Climate Council is a lead author for the UN’s IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports. She is an ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and an expert on the impact of climate change on species and ecosystems. Lesley will bring unique insights to the panel discussion, due to her close involvement with the writing of the report.

John Connor

John Connor is the CEO of the Climate Institute, an independent research organisation that highlights the impacts of climate change. The Climate Institute has examined impacts and vulnerability in terms of community wellbeing and health as well as the risks to interdependent infrastructure. It has called for greater assessment of the risks of 2 and 4 degree warming scenarios.

Dale Dominey_Howes

Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes School of Geosciences, the University of Sydney, is a global leader in natural hazards and disaster reduction. His research focuses on enhancing community resilience, reducing losses from natural disasters and developing appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies. Dale will address the report’s focus on adaptation and vulnerability.

Professor Rosemary Lyster

Professor Rosemary Lyster is an expert in Climate and Environmental Law and the Director of the ACCEL at the University of Sydney. Her prowess in Australian and international climate law allows her to bring a vital legal perspective, applicable to both the domestic and international arena, when it comes to considering the potential legislative implications of the IPPC’s findings.

Professor David Schlosberg

Professor David Schlosberg (Chair) is a Professor in Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney and the co-director of the newly established Sydney Environment Institute. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory and will chair our panel of experts.