climate change


Three UNSW students will head to Paris this month to take part in events surrounding the UN Climate Change Conference, after winning first prize in the Climate Change Grand Challenge competition.

Climate for Change panel discussion

UNSW, in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald, hosted a special public event in the lead-up to the Paris summit – a panel discussion and Q&A with experts from climate science, business, sustainability and politics.


The promises and pitfalls of the imminent Paris climate summit were debated before a capacity audience by experts from climate science, political journalism, agriculture and business, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenges initiative.

climate for change

Ahead of the Paris summit, we asked some of UNSW's best researchers for one memorable idea for why we should act on climate change now. 

Andy Baker

New discoveries concerning the connection between surface and cave climate will help improve the accuracy of climate signals contained in cave formations, write Gabriel Rau, Andy Baker, Mark Cuthbert and Martin Sogaard Andersen.

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What if the negotiations in Paris later this month matter less than we think? There are lots of good reasons unilateral action to combat climate change might be a better option, write Christian Downie and Peter Drahos.

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Australia is one of the few industrial nations going to Paris with inadequate emissions reduction targets – and with no credible policies to achieve even modest goals, writes Stefan Rahmstorf.


Will the Paris summit live up to its promise? Hear from experts including one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, at a free public panel discussion and Q&A at UNSW on Tuesday 10 November.


A coal mining moratorium would tackle the problem of curbing carbon emissions at its source, writes Jeremy Moss.


This year’s El Niño, combined with the Indian Ocean Diople, could be a whopper, writes Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, but we still don’t know exactly what weather the complex influences might produce.